View Full Version : Parked for Winter - Mods while stored

uber e36
11-13-2005, 02:07 PM
Well I parked my car for the winter yesterday.

I picked it up from getting detailed and drove it straight to it's hiding spot. I should've brought a camera because that's the first time I have had my car detailed and it looked amazing!

List of things I did to prepare the car:
- New oil & filter day before storing
- Detailed in and out
- Increased tire pressure by 8-10 psi over what I drive with
- 4 Layers of carpet under each tire
- Baking soda on passenger floor
- Steel wool in exhaust
- Rear vents and sunroof tilted for air circulation
- BMW Car cover
- In reverse with e-brake disengaged
- Battery unplugged but left in trunk (will plug it in at times this winter to do some work)

Winter Projects:
- Alcantera the headliner, a/b/c pillars, rear deck
- New microfilter
- Install new windshield fluid sprayers
- Powder coat brake calipers
- Install front M3 lip
- Reinstall door sills
- Explore new engine options

I'm sure there are more things I'll think of.

When did/are you storing your cars and what are your projects for the winter?


11-13-2005, 05:25 PM
I found some cheap 15" bmw steel wheels with winter tires, almost at the wear marker....

So i think i'll keep mine operational it will still sleep in a nice locked garage away from home.

This way i'm not tempted to drive it every day, blizzards etc
besides i have a Jetta w/ Michelin X-ices, want to get rid of in the spring.

Bmw projects:
missing a d-side floor drain plug -asap on that 1.
needs undercoating, oil spray
*fog lights don't work, fuse was good though :confused:
missing 1 of them too :D
car came with a cracked windshield below the wipers, maybe fix that.
maybe some urathane motor, trans, diff mounts?
or rear suspension bits, Rtabs, r-cntr arms, will see

The dub has the carpet out (still) surface rusted floors need some attention
before they turn into holes...
or do they :confused: :D
My cluster is dead, so no speedo, gas gauge or any of that.
sunroof is busted have spare, winters probably not a good time for that.
vavle cover small sweating leak, since i;ve owned it 02...

wow, that piled up *sad*

11-14-2005, 12:39 AM
im about 2 store my m3 for the winter ...first time....what is the steel wool in the exhaust for and the bakin soda on the passanger floor???

uber e36
11-14-2005, 11:10 AM
Steel wool in exhausts is so little critters don't crawl up in there... The box of baking soda on the passenger's floor is to keep it o-so-fresh inside.

edit: I also topped it up with Ultra 94 and a bottle of Octane Booster

11-14-2005, 05:09 PM
Steel wool in exhausts is so little critters don't crawl up in there... The box of baking soda on the passenger's floor is to keep it o-so-fresh inside.

edit: I also topped it up with Ultra 94 and a bottle of Octane Booster

Baking soda can also absorb moisture too.. *th-up*
if your parking on anything other then a thick concrete slab,
you might want to put a tarp underneath the car to stop ground moisture from rising up!?

Guys ever hear of Stabil? its a gas stabilizer keeps gas good when it sits over a month or longer.
very used in the Bike world come winter, but it's good for all gas engines.

Remember to top up too, keeps gas tank humidy down.
not so important on Dubs, plastic tank.
but you can accumulate water in the fuel, would run bad till passed.

uber e36
11-14-2005, 05:39 PM
I thought about the tarp but I am inside an insulated garage with no one accessing it but me with a solid concrete floor... so I think i'm going to be fine.

I topped it up to the max with gas, but put Octane Booster instead of Stabilizer... I'm going to buy stabilizer and dump it in next time i'm up there!

I also put my A/C on and hit the recirculate button before turning off. I was told this closes the vents so no mice crawl up and live in your ducts...

11-14-2005, 06:06 PM
I want to re-do my door panel inserts
Re-do my rear seats either in black vinyl or get a new bench
don't think I'll have money for anything else. lol

11-16-2005, 09:59 AM
Storing mine soon, very soon.

I wouldn't call these things mods but...they need to be done.

Roof won't tilt
Brake lines are craking
2 new tires(last ones cost $400 and only got 12K out of them)
windshield wiper fluid won't come out
window regulators
O2 Sensor
MAF might be on the fritz....
Headlights are peeling big time, might just buy depo's
My p-side signal light doesn't work and it's not the bulb...might be the wiring, previous owner used black hockey tape for the wires....stupid numbnuts..

I need a paint job as well... I'm sure I have other stuff as well but can't remember right now....