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About this blog

I figured it was time to join the community here to keep everyone up to date with what KoogleWerks is doing and get some feedback.

 

many of you know, I make and sell metal air dams (or "chin spoilers")  for the 2002 and other BMW models...with more products being developed and special projects in progress, hopefully this will give some insight and answer any questions.

 

Working in hotrod and custom car shops as a fabricator for most of my adult life, I've made a lot of "one-off" parts and have learned the hard way, through research, experiment, and seeking out experts in motorsport, design, metalshaping, casting, composites and automotive interiors. From working in a Porsche race-prep shop to custom car-audio shops...it has been a wild ride.

 

Transitioning from "project-based" to "product-based" is the evolution that brought about the "KoogleWerks" shop name and line of parts. Everything I produce is hand made, just like every original BMW 2002. Thoughtful design, symmetry, fit and finish all come into play when producing a new part. There are many old and new techniques and tools that I employ. Being brand or material-loyal is often a handicap. (Most "metal fabricators" don't want to touch fiberglass, plastics, or wood...and vice-versa.) I try to choose the best materials for the Job...and have the tools to work them. I'm sure pictures will explain better than words at this point...and I thank anyone who has spent the time to read this intro!

 

-Forrest Koogle

 

 

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Entries in this blog

New Kooglewerks cast aluminum dead pedals

New Kooglewerks cast aluminum dead pedals

We've been hard at work (and having a lot of fun) developing new "period correct / vintage" motorsport products for the 2002 community!   Our new cast aluminum dead pedals are designed specifically for the BMW 2002 (tread design matches OEM accelerator pedal) and help to aid in driver comfort and access to clutch pedal while driving aggressively, on and off track. The upper mounting holes lock under factory underdash panel tab, (drilling optional) lower mounting holes require two
New KoogleWerks parts update

New KoogleWerks parts update

The last couple months have been a blur! Since the BA02 Brisbane swap n show, we've been back in the shop busy filling orders and working on new prototyping projects. Both Left and Right hand drive gauge options, A/C console options, driving light mounting solutions, etc.( Some of which I've posted up on Instagram and/or even leaked over onto FB) ...But I haven't updated with a post for the FAQ in quite some time.   The update goes as follows:   We are working hard to fi

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Forrest_KoogleWerks

console update

console update

After much debate, I am now making factory style console sides, both short and long. they are not a quick and easy part to make correctly, in both shape and finished look...most upholstery shops will typically "french seam" a part like this (where the factory uses a dielectric seam) and it can look great (or not so great, depending on the quality) I chose a single sewn seam that is internally bound/recessed. it looks stock-ish and with higher quality wood (MDF, not particle board like OE) and a
KoogleWerks 'how to' installation videos

KoogleWerks 'how to' installation videos

We just put together this (kinda silly) little video to help customers install their kooglewerks air dams....hopefully it provides some useful information. (on a side note: the air dam I install in the video is a new "slim" version, smaller than any previously offered!)              

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Forrest_KoogleWerks

New Product! late model driving light brackets

New Product! late model driving light brackets

I've had requests for a bumper-delete driving/fog lamp mount (late model impact bumper cars) the last couple years and it's been on the radar, just not at the top of the list...until recently. It required a friend sending a pair of lights and telling me he was 'waiting for it', so it happened. I'm happy with the result.   quoted from www.kooglewerks.com :   this kit is designed for late model US market impact bumper cars, (requiring the front bumper removed) adds to the

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Forrest_KoogleWerks

coastal range rally prep for Ali's S14 '02

coastal range rally prep for Ali's S14 '02

In preparation for an upcoming event on the central California coast, Ali Javidan brought his car up to the KoogleWerks facility for some special requests. Bouncing back and forth between filling production parts orders and working on Rick's pig cheek car (another story) in a little over a month we got a lot done. Here are some of the details (all items on Ali's "to-do list"    1: cut out existing seat mount sheet metal structure and fabricate a lower system to mount aftermarket Recaro

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Forrest_KoogleWerks

New KoogleWerks "product and prototype update" page

New KoogleWerks "product and prototype update" page

Spent a brief moment updating the KoogleWerks website, added some details on air dam fit/length (so each one is easier to identify in photos I.E; long/short, high mount/low mount, etc.) as well as made a new page dedicated to updates on new product development and prototypes that may (or may not) make it to production.   "As we gain manufacturing capabilities and Ideas evolve, we hope to keep you up to date with future products and special projects (some of which are available for purc

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Forrest_KoogleWerks

vintage rally style headlamp protection covers

vintage rally style headlamp protection covers

I've been wanting to produce these for some time now, and although many of you (including myself) want to see bigger projects like the aluminum fender flares done and up for sale... these were a "must do" and I'm glad to be producing the first run.    Made from impact resistant polycarbonate/PETG these durable covers protect your expensive headlamps from damage while enhancing the 'rally prep'd/track" styling of your 2002!   7" version fits many common vehicles (bmw 2002, E9,

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Forrest_KoogleWerks

"full width" air dam: from prototype to production

"full width" air dam: from prototype to production

After many inquiries and requests for a wider version of our Aluminum air dams, I finally found the time (and a good car to work from) to make a prototype. There were a lot a variables to consider. It needed to mount up high, covering the bead detail in the valence (nose panel). It needed to fit and look good both with and without a front bumper (early and late) it also needed to wrap all the way to the fender arch/wheel well....yet fit the average banged up and repainted 45 year old car. 

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Forrest_KoogleWerks

kooglewerks "update/upgrade" interior parts now available

kooglewerks "update/upgrade" interior parts now available

It's been a while since an update, and I'm happy to say we haven't been idle. There's a few new parts I've developed and released, now on the website and into the hands of fellow enthusiasts. Hoping to both share the news and maybe gain some feedback/insight into what else might be needed and desired...as I often times am most inspired to create parts that fill a void in the market both style and function-wise.   Here are a few of the recent offerings:    replacement under da

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Forrest_KoogleWerks

 

LaCarrera Panamericana interior pieces

Although my website has some of these parts listed, hopefully I can use this 'Blog' to post some more fun stuff and projects that come and go.   I have been working closely with Rick (and the whole team) over at Northbay Bavarian here in Santa Rosa, he has been a great friend and advocate of my work. Tasked with making 'something' for his LaCarrera Panamericana race car trans tunnel (given only the request to "make it look better") I came up with this insulated/padded vinyl stitched co

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Forrest_KoogleWerks

weekend visit by a french tourist

weekend visit by a french tourist

this weekend we had a visit from Pedram (chime in dude, I don't know your username on here!) in his french market 2002 touring. He came up from the south bay to have me install a short low mount aluminum air dam...(ended up with a little more than just the lip...I think it was a good trip!) There are many options when installing aftermarket body panels and aero parts, but for this application, I chose to use a coated steel threaded insert (or nutsert) and stainless button allen screws. easily se

Forrest_KoogleWerks

Forrest_KoogleWerks



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