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      11-08-2012, 03:45 PM   #1
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E83 Interior Swap

I bought my silbergrau X3, which had everything I wanted except an interior in a coordinating color. Rather than tobacco (dark brown), I really wanted black/gray (black interior with gray seats and door inserts), which was a color combination never offered. Undeterred, I created it myself from a salvage set of seats and door panels.

The other interior niggle was the dark wood trim, which offered a less sporting appearance than aluminum, and the smooth black vinyl surfaces, which are dust magnets. I applied two contrasting shades of carbon fiber film to achieve the appearance I sought and hide light dust on the dashboard.

While I was at it, I replaced the gearshift knob with a stubby ZHP alternative (slightly shorter throws) and the steering wheel (SAV package version with leather spokes and aluminum trim.
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