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      09-13-2011, 03:59 PM   #1
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Talking My New 118D M-Sport - Mods and Retro-fits

Hello everyone,

- Iím a new member

I have recently become a proud owner of a 2007 E87 LCI M-Sport Le Mans Blue 118d (previously a Audi A3 owner).

I have decided to create my perfect looking 1er. I will be doing quite a few things to it adding lots of pictures, DIYs, retro-fits, and diagrams to help everyone do/make these changes to your own 1ers, as there are a lot of same question out there, so hopefully here will be a good source of lots of these mods.

Ok lets beginÖ

Project code name : Twilight (because its gonna be black on dark blue lol)

Car Background Ė first things first is abit of background about the car and why this oneÖ
  • My 1er is Le Man Blue probably of the best colours for a 1er (there is a whole post dedicated to these).
  • It is one of the first LCI models with stop/start technology (with the improved 143BHP)
  • Full M-sport kit
  • 17Ē M-sport M207 Alloy Wheels (one of the nicest stock rims)
  • Half leathers (which I looked for everywhere, I think they are better because the seat is not cold in the morning to seat on, easy to clean, but still has the leathers for the look and durability on the lumber supports)
  • 6 speed Manuel (how it should be on a hatchback)
  • 118D (the reason I went for this over the 120D is three main reasons; 1. Itís two groups lower on the insurance then the 120D 2. Much more efficient both on economy and tax. 3. If you add the BlueFin superchip you get nearly 190BHP soo it will be faster too then 120D, while keeping all the other benefits

Ok soo lets begin with how it looks currently






This is my wish list for future planned projects:
  • All major body parts to be re-sprayed (front bumper, side wings, bonnet, rear bumper, tail gate) - DONE
  • Original BMW LED licence plate light retro fit - DONE
  • Grey rear diffuser sprayed gloss black - DONE
  • Vinyl wrapping roof gloss black - DONE
  • Front Grill gloss black
  • Llumar 35% window tinting - DONE
  • De-badging - DONE
  • E90 shark fin retro fit gloss black
  • Taillights LED
  • Interior LED lighting kit
  • Original BMW Illuminated door seals
  • Matt Black Door handles
  • Matt/Gloss or Carbon steering wheel wrap
  • Rims powder-coated gloss black
  • Original BMW Valeo Angel headlights retro fit
  • Original BMW E82 coupe M-sport front bumper Crazy retro fit (Iím going to be mad when doing this)
  • Stealth/OEM full system upgrade including two SWS8 mid-subs, HK/Top-Hifi or an aftermarket mids and tweets and upgrade from BMW business HU to professional, two amps/single big-power amp.
  • Full, multi-stage detailing to end the whole project

There has been quite a few ppl that have made these things possible to conceive, especially the sound stage, people like Technic, whoís expertise has been vital to making final decisions and choices. I will be posting the people and links that helped me along the way and pay my due course respect to those before me.

Please give your opinions and advise on these mods, photos will be added as well as the instructions and how things went over the next few weeks.

Thanks guys wish me all the best, and hope everything goes well!

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      09-15-2011, 06:18 PM   #2
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That's a nice car you bought. But are you really sure about the all black roof and wheels? won't that look strange when the rest is dark blue? or are you re-spraying in a diffrent colour?
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That's a nice car you bought. But are you really sure about the all black roof and wheels? won't that look strange when the rest is dark blue? or are you re-spraying in a diffrent colour?
Thanks! I've just had it resprayed now, I going to post some pics shortly, I have had it done the same colour Le Mans Blue, its my favorite BMW colour. So It now looks super crisp not a single scratch or chips anywhere, I've got a few mods happening this weekend including the roof, I think it will look super, cos on a dark colour like grey or black it not nice ive seen it just looks no different and on white its too common so I'm bored of seeing it. I think the dark blue should just be perfect. Plus I think Black on Dark Blue is going to sit well its like a Blue suit, with Black Shirt!
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Thanks! I've just had it resprayed now, I going to post some pics shortly, I have had it done the same colour Le Mans Blue, its my favorite BMW colour. So It now looks super crisp not a single scratch or chips anywhere, I've got a few mods happening this weekend including the roof, I think it will look super, cos on a dark colour like grey or black it not nice ive seen it just looks no different and on white its too common so I'm bored of seeing it. I think the dark blue should just be perfect. Plus I think Black on Dark Blue is going to sit well its like a Blue suit, with Black Shirt!
You're probably right! I'm looking forward to see the pictures!

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New paint job!!

ok.. So as is first on my list the new paint job... Its wasnt cheap (its was done by an official dealer bodyshop, not no local one man job ), but itís looking absolutely super. Itís like a new car!
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You're probably right! I'm looking forward to see the pictures!

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Yep... the roof and other couple of bits including the window tints, have been done over the weekend, I think it turned out quite awesome better then I thought even!!!
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looking good ...
now you have to "smoke" the rims like i did on my 207M
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looking good ...
now you have to "smoke" the rims like i did on my 207M
Thanks man, yeee but u know what I had these couple of guys saying that the 207Ms are ugly..... and I was like what!! In my IMO these are some of the nicest rims on a 1er they give it such a good stance... What do you think? or should I change them for 18" like 208, 261? Plus do you think I should "Smoke" or "Gloss Black" them. I think smoke may not be dark enough to match by Dark Blue and Black theme....
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Thanks man, yeee but u know what I had these couple of guys saying that the 207Ms are ugly..... and I was like what!! In my IMO these are some of the nicest rims on a 1er they give it such a good stance... What do you think? or should I change them for 18" like 208, 261? Plus do you think I should "Smoke" or "Gloss Black" them. I think smoke may not be dark enough to match by Dark Blue and Black theme....
Check it out my car .....
the 207M smoked gun metal like mine are pretty nice in the alpine white.

I like very much the 208M but many people have it.
I have in my garage the 216 Motorsport to be smoked .. will make the change next time i need new tires.

I dont like the 207M in black as the rim is "close type" and will look even more smaller.

Your car & mine would look "mad" with the 182 - Black: check it out.
http://www.salesafter.eu/product_inf...idgestone.html
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Here are the pics of the Shark Fin and the Roof finally washed....
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looks good.....
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Diffuser and De-badge

Ok next is pics of the rear diffuser sprayed gloss black, and de-badge.... (plus polished exhaust lol)

Below are before and after pics.....
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looks good...now miss the mod i just made yesterday....."black line" rear lights....heheheh

I was able to sell mine to a non LCI 120d and at the end costed only 50% ....
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looks good...now miss the mod i just made yesterday....."black line" rear lights....heheheh

I was able to sell mine to a non LCI 120d and at the end costed only 50% ....
Well thats what I doing next fitting black line rear tails, not sure which ones to get tho I want to get LED ones but I dont have Bi-xenon headlights...
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Well thats what I doing next fitting black line rear tails, not sure which ones to get tho I want to get LED ones but I dont have Bi-xenon headlights...
You can put the HIGH Version with some extra wirering on

I did that on my Pre LCI
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