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      01-02-2013, 09:35 PM   #1
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Preparing for new build!

Title says it all, I'm preparing to start my build. I'm looking for a little help here. I plan on doing all the bells and whistles and go fast mods.. but I still want to do best bang for my buck. I'm going to make a list of things I'm looking for and I'm going to look at everyone opinions and try and make one hell of a build.

I'll update this post as I get parts / install parts, etc.

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-Front Mount Intercooler - ????

-Charge Pipe / BoV - http://www.shop.stettperformance.com...c?productId=10

-JB4 (newest version) - http://www.burgertuning.com/jb4_pnp_...nce_tuner.html
-Intake - http://www.**********s.com/Injen-Col...-135i-335i.htm

-Catless Downpipes - http://www.vrspeedfactory.com/vrsf-3...in54ex100.html

-Meth kit (hidden kits are the best!) - ????

-Oil cooler - ????

-Hood - http://www.bimmian.com/82/VRH/

-Head Lights - http://www.carid.com/2008-bmw-1-seri...ts-315168.html

-Tail Lights - http://www.schmiedmann.com/632122252...uctnumber.aspx

-Cat back exhaust - ????

-Carbon Fiber rear diffusor - ????

-Carbon Fiber front lip (that will fit the BMW performance bumper) - ????

-Carbon Fiber Spoiler - http://www.ebay.com/itm/2007-2011-BM...-/320683371205

-Oil Catch Can - http://www.**********s.com/BMS-Oil-C...MW-N54-N55.htm

-Coilovers - ????

-Walnut blasting

If I forgot a major go-fast mod, call me out on it. lol

So go ahead and post if you have an item, if you like it, would have gone with a different brand, etc. I'm going for most bang for my buck, so help me out guys! Thanks.

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      01-02-2013, 10:12 PM   #2
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Its a minor one,but a BMS OCC would be very beneficial for your engine. Maybe the AA Plasma Direct Ignition Coils and a Quaife Diff.

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Its a minor one,but a BMS OCC would be very beneficial for your engine. Maybe the AA Plasma Direct Ignition Coils and a Quaife Diff.
Thanks, updated.
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You forgot the cat-back exhaust.

Also, you might want to consider a walnut blast. It breathed a whole new life into my engine, and I only had 37k miles on it. I've never seen a before/after dyno, but I'd be surprised if it didn't produce a noticeable difference.
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You forgot the cat-back exhaust.

Also, you might want to consider a walnut blast. It breathed a whole new life into my engine, and I only had 37k miles on it. I've never seen a before/after dyno, but I'd be surprised if it didn't produce a noticeable difference.
Doh, how did I forget about the exhaust. I have the BMW performance one on there right now.. but meh.
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The stock suspension does not work with all of the added power. This should be your first mod IMO.
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The stock suspension does not work with all of the added power. This should be your first mod IMO.
Coilovers, yup.. making sure I can get a list going. Also, any suggestion on brands to buy would be nice!
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Maybe the AA Plasma Direct Ignition Coils
I can't seem to find any reviews on these, does anyone have them?
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Coilovers, yup.. making sure I can get a list going. Also, any suggestion on brands to buy would be nice!
I went with Koni Yellows and BMW Performance Springs and I have been very happy with my setup.
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My BMW Performance suspension is great, but probably not worth it if you don't care about warranty. If I were changing my suspension now, I'd probably keep the same springs and go for Koni FSD shocks. Coilovers would be nice if you need adjustability, but for a street car, I think Koni FSDs will give you similar handling and a better ride for the same price.
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By the way, congrats on the decent outcome after your accident. Here are my comments on the specific things that you mentioned:


-Front Mount Intercooler - great mod, but shouldn't come before a tune.
-Charge Pipe / BoV - great option if you want the BOV sound, but I wouldn't want that sound unless I drove a Subaru. Chargepipe/BOV will make your car sound faster, but it won't help an N54 go any faster.
-JB4 (newest version) - should be the first mod for everybody.
-Intake - I like the cold air intake sound, so if I wanted a good sound-oriented mod, I'd get this before getting a BOV. Again, it won't really give you a notable power gain on an N54 (although some people have shown small dyno gains).
-Catless Downpipes - great mod if your state allows it. Otherwise, I'd get catted downpipes to avoid the hassle.
-Meth kit - this will give you a lot of power, but don't buy it before you install your JB4, intercooler, and downpipes/exhaust. I have a meth kit sitting in the garage, but I already have more power than I can handle, so I won't install the meth kit until/unless I learn how to handle the power that I already have.
-Oil cooler - not as necessary for a 135i as it is for a 335i (which doesn't have a factory oil cooler like we do). But if you really feel like your oil temperatures are getting high, just get teh CP-E intercooler with optoinal oil coole rattachment. It's the cheapest way to do it, and it will be effective enough.
-M3 hood - those are awesome.
-Carbon Fiber rear diffuser - looks cool, but not a lot of bang for the buck. If you have the money to spend, go for it.
-Carbon Fiber front lip - I love the way these look. I'd say you should definitely get this before the diffuser.
-Carbon Fiber Spoiler - I think this is the best exterior cosmetic mod for our cars.
-Oil Catch Can - Good idea, but you can hold off on it until after you get your walnut blast.
-Cat back exhaust - There's a group buy coming up soon for a quad-outlet exhaust built by some random shop in CA. Since you're thinking about buying a new diffuser anyway, you might want to consider getting in on that action.
-Walnut blasting - Great early mod, but make sure to get an oil catch can soon afterwards to prevent yourself from needing another walnut blast in a few years.
-Coilovers - see my above message.


Other suspension mods - front/rear sway bars, camber plates, M3 control arms, M3 subframe bushings. All of these will give you a better performance improvement than a chargepipe/BOV or intake.

And don't forget tires. It's always funny to see people who are putting 400 horses to the wheels and running it on factory runflats or "economical" all-season tires. Adding 100 hp is useless if you can't put it to the ground.

Also, lightweight wheels will probably give you a bigger improvement than many of the other go-fast mods that we mentioned already.

Oh, and better brake pads.
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By the way, congrats on the decent outcome after your accident. Here are my comments on the specific things that you mentioned:


-Front Mount Intercooler - great mod, but shouldn't come before a tune.
-Charge Pipe / BoV - great option if you want the BOV sound, but I wouldn't want that sound unless I drove a Subaru. Chargepipe/BOV will make your car sound faster, but it won't help an N54 go any faster.
-JB4 (newest version) - should be the first mod for everybody.
-Intake - I like the cold air intake sound, so if I wanted a good sound-oriented mod, I'd get this before getting a BOV. Again, it won't really give you a notable power gain on an N54 (although some people have shown small dyno gains).
-Catless Downpipes - great mod if your state allows it. Otherwise, I'd get catted downpipes to avoid the hassle.
-Meth kit - this will give you a lot of power, but don't buy it before you install your JB4, intercooler, and downpipes/exhaust. I have a meth kit sitting in the garage, but I already have more power than I can handle, so I won't install the meth kit until/unless I learn how to handle the power that I already have.
-Oil cooler - not as necessary for a 135i as it is for a 335i (which doesn't have a factory oil cooler like we do). But if you really feel like your oil temperatures are getting high, just get teh CP-E intercooler with optoinal oil coole rattachment. It's the cheapest way to do it, and it will be effective enough.
-M3 hood - those are awesome.
-Carbon Fiber rear diffuser - looks cool, but not a lot of bang for the buck. If you have the money to spend, go for it.
-Carbon Fiber front lip - I love the way these look. I'd say you should definitely get this before the diffuser.
-Carbon Fiber Spoiler - I think this is the best exterior cosmetic mod for our cars.
-Oil Catch Can - Good idea, but you can hold off on it until after you get your walnut blast.
-Cat back exhaust - There's a group buy coming up soon for a quad-outlet exhaust built by some random shop in CA. Since you're thinking about buying a new diffuser anyway, you might want to consider getting in on that action.
-Walnut blasting - Great early mod, but make sure to get an oil catch can soon afterwards to prevent yourself from needing another walnut blast in a few years.
-Coilovers - see my above message.


Other suspension mods - front/rear sway bars, camber plates, M3 control arms, M3 subframe bushings. All of these will give you a better performance improvement than a chargepipe/BOV or intake.

And don't forget tires. It's always funny to see people who are putting 400 horses to the wheels and running it on factory runflats or "economical" all-season tires. Adding 100 hp is useless if you can't put it to the ground.

Also, lightweight wheels will probably give you a bigger improvement than many of the other go-fast mods that we mentioned already.

Oh, and better brake pads.
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I plan on getting roughly 15k+ dollars from my settlement after all is said and done, some is going towards bills and stuff, but the rest will be going into my car.. so a lot of these mods will all be purchased together and then assembled over the weekend.

I already know the rims and tires I plan on getting for my car, so I didn't feel the need to list it. I also already have performance side skirts on my car.
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Depending on how the car will be used, stainless brake lines would be a cheap but good mod..If you want a better dedicated oil cooler i'd get the advan unit or something like that, the CPE unit is a secondary cooler, and I haven't heard great things about it. Not bashing CPE, generally speaking they make great stuff. GL with your build!
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Updated my list with some parts. Little stuck on what exhaust I want to do.. really thinking about going for a quad exhaust setup. Not sure if I should have a local shop make me one or what..
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Maybe the AA Plasma Direct Ignition Coils
I can't seem to find any reviews on these, does anyone have them?
They are like $1k coil packs. Some guys on e90 post have them.

As a few have noted, you will absolutely want to do suspension mods. In my opinion, these cars out of the box lack more in suspension than they do in power.

I would do:

Group 1:
Non Runflats on wider tiresli
Tune
Downpipes
Drop in intake filter
Coilovers
Sway Bars
M3 front arms

Second Group:
FMIC
Charge Pipe
M3 subframe bushings
LSD

Third:
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This looks like it is going to be a really cool build!
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I've also been thinking about M3 fenders with the 1M front bumper.. reclica's of course.. but do they only come in Wide body?
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They are like $1k coil packs. Some guys on e90 post have them.
Yea I looked them up and saw how much they were, just wondering if people have any problems with them or they were a good investment over stock coilpacks
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Those headlamps are meant for Halogen replacement, in the 128i, if I'm not mistaken. BMS Angel Eye LEDs are awesome, half the price.
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