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      01-14-2013, 02:58 PM   #1
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PurpleHeart's 135 Journal

UPDATE: 2/10/2013 - Post #29 --> Tint/CF wrapped roof teaser
UPDATE: 2/4/2013 - Post #25 --> Downpipe Install/Technical input would be appreciated.

Hello everyone! Welcome to my 135i Journal. If you are a car enthusaist you'll come to enjoy this thread. I intend to produce a crowd pleasing head turner with my recently added 2009 Space Gray 1. Enjoy the ride!

First, a little background on myself. My name is Kiva, I'm 23, and I live in Western New York. I know the whole age thing on forums for whatever reason gets brought up so I'll just get the explaination over with. I joined the Marine Corps when I was 19 and became a Rifleman (0311 for those of you who understand the MOS system). While I was in I was deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 I became part of the most offensive mission in the war to date. I was in Marjah fighting for 5 months before my luck ran out. While on a foot patrol on May 20th, 2010, we were ambushed and I had a roadside bomb detonated on me. (That's the story behind my username) Ultimately, this lead to my retirement from the military and onto life.

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Im starring at my buddy putting on chap stick like a creeper



Now, onto why we are all here in the first place, Cars. To begin I am I'll shed some light on my previous adventure. When I got back from my deployment I had to get behind the wheel again to escape. I loved the 1 series before, however, I stumbled across a 2008 Subaru Sti which I had to have. By the end of my journey with it it had a built bottom end powered by an externally gated, dual ball bearing, gtx3582r with over 400awhp. This car was a blast until... It blew up. I lost the motor recently and have no desire to rebuild that car again. Well, here it is: (Feel free to ask any questions on this car as well)



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Finally, onto the reason we are on a bmw forum. Within a week of finding out my Sti had blown up I found myself behind the wheel of arguably my first truely desired car, a 135i. This car is a 2009 Space Gray 135 that came with 19,994 miles. Due to being blown up a few years ago and driving the built Sti for a few years the condition of my back and hip deteriorated so I got the automatic. However, lucky for me, I landed this car with paddle shifters so I can still enjoy the experience of a manual minus the clutch. I know the power is limited by the tranny, but beyond the point I intend to take this car which is ok with me. I'll throw some pictures in here to get the almost stock looking car over with and then go over my intentions for it. Enjoy!











And this pic has my 1, my brothers z4m, and my Sti which has been sold and just waiting to be picked up.




Now, for the fun stuff and what this thread will become. From experience I see a lot of people getting a car and setting the bar really high for it from day one and then they fall short and the thread falls into the depths of the internet. However, due to the nature of my situation I promise a speedy transformation on this car. Like I said, the Sti has been sold and a good chunk of that is going towards making the bmw a head turner. I am making two sections for now, "Already done" and "Still to come..." with subsections. I think that is pretty self explainatory. I also enjoy taking pictures and hope to get better at taking them over time. And finally, my brother and I being long time enthusiasts also enjoy doing some custom work so that should also be rather entertaining. So, here is how this car should unfold:

Already Done:

1/5/2013 - Drive the car away from the dealer with 19,994 miles.
1/10/2013 – Install BMS DCI
1/11/2013 – Install BMS JB4 and BMS Angel Eyes

Still to come:

Performance:

AA Downpipes
FMIC (Brand TBD)
Catback (Will be custom made by myself, likely quad tip)
CP-e Charge Pipe w/ Tial
KW Variant coilovers (Likely 1's, I wont be tracking and just aiming to lower it to a perfect height)
Meth (This is the big MAYBE in this section, on the fence still...)

Cosmetic:

Tinted windows
Slek CSL CF Trunk
Slek CF "M" Hood
CF Front lip (Brand TBD)
Roof spoiler (Brand TBD)
CF wrapped roof
LCi Blackline Tails (Potentially will smoke these)
Rear valance (Holding off depending on the exhaust, dual vs quad)
Wheels (See below)

Ordered/Enroute:
AA Downpipes

This is what I have lined up for now. And yes, for those of you who are scratching your head right now wondering what wheels I'll be going with there is reason they haven't been mentioned. I am undecided for one. However, I am also working with HRE among other companies because I will have these made at the desired specs that I want. Also, I don't want to ruin everything off the bat

I hope you enjoy what you have seen here so far, and hope you keep checking back for updates. As mentioned, this is a large transformation that would usually fall short. However, as promised, once the Sti goes you'll see almost an overnight switch.

Thanks for looking!

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      01-14-2013, 03:21 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forums! I've never been associated with the military in any way at all; however I grew up with veterans all throughout my family--those are impressive medals on your uniform and I can appreciate what you have done as a person. Thank you.

As for the car--looks clean. I almost pulled the trigger on a SG but ended up with AW. Either way looks good and can't wait to watch the build!
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      01-14-2013, 03:24 PM   #3
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^Thanks. I couldn't decide on the AW or Black (Not sure of the actual color name?) so I mixed the two and out came gray! I've always had black cars and I am looking forward to making this gray contrast well with CF/Black. Should be fun
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      01-14-2013, 03:28 PM   #4
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my last car was black and washing so often got annoying and time consuming. the grey is nice to contrast carbon fiber/black bits like you said--easy to look clean and mean.
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      01-14-2013, 04:43 PM   #6
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Welcome! I like the mod list for your 1 build! Hard to argue with a water meth kit! Love them. Have one in my 380whp '86 GLH-T, had one in my R56 Cooper S and the new 1'er will get one too.

I'm also planning to build a quad exhaust setup for the beast.. trying to figure out the rear valance as well, couple of good options, but we'll see

What sort of damage did you take to the back/hip? I was 22 when I ended up on a hillside, encased in aluminum that was once an airplane on a medevac. A couple crushed vertebrae, broken hand, multiple mandibular fractures and some shoulder damage..
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Lucky for me I didn't have to deal with shrapnel as this was a concussive IED. That being said I have some muscle/nerve damage that to this day is still being worked out. My face is what took most of the blow. Lost some teeth, limited use of my jaw, and the TBI I said before. Good times.

I'll let you know how our quad exhaust endevour goes. Also making something up for the z4m.

And as for the Meth, I feel like I can get to the power threshold on the tranny without using meth. I also have E85 here which I can play with if I still have room to work.
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      01-14-2013, 06:41 PM   #8
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Welcome. Glad you made it back in mostly one piece man.
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      01-14-2013, 10:32 PM   #9
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Welcome and thank you for your service from a fellow veteran. Glad you are doing well now. I know TBI is challenging.

You and I have essentially the same car. Mine is also a Space Gray auto but a 2010. Enjoy the car. You won't be disappointed. This is my second N54-powered BMW. Tons of fun.
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And as for the Meth, I feel like I can get to the power threshold on the tranny without using meth. I also have E85 here which I can play with if I still have room to work.

Also lucky for you, you have a 2009 auto. The 2008-2010 steptronic can take a lot more torque than the manual tranny or the 2011+ DCT. I'm running meth on my 2008, 65K miles, 3/4 of which were tuned, 10K or so with meth, no problems at all beyond the problems that occurred on even stock cars, not notably the high pressure fuel pump / fuel injectors. The HPFP was replaced twice, the second time with some injectors, and also with a software upgrade @ around 25 or 30K miles, and no problems since. Runs great.

Your plans sound very similar to what I've done with my car (though I don't have nearly everything you listed!). Definitely keep us updated regularly with what you do to the car.

Welcome to the forums! I see you're in the NYC area, so if you have a facebook you can search up "Tri-State 1Addicts" and join if you want to hang out and stay updated with local meets etc. Glad you're home (and with all your limbs ) Thank you for your service!
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      01-15-2013, 03:03 AM   #11
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As the son of a veteran who's deployed several times and being one myself thank you for your service man. It's hard for most people to comprehend this life sometimes.

Welcome to the forum. Excellent thread and story. I have some similar plans for my car as well but waiting for break in to be over. For sure keep us updated with your progress.
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Also lucky for you, you have a 2009 auto. The 2008-2010 steptronic can take a lot more torque than the manual tranny or the 2011+ DCT. I'm running meth on my 2008, 65K miles, 3/4 of which were tuned, 10K or so with meth, no problems at all beyond the problems that occurred on even stock cars, not notably the high pressure fuel pump / fuel injectors. The HPFP was replaced twice, the second time with some injectors, and also with a software upgrade @ around 25 or 30K miles, and no problems since. Runs great.

Your plans sound very similar to what I've done with my car (though I don't have nearly everything you listed!). Definitely keep us updated regularly with what you do to the car.

Welcome to the forums! I see you're in the NYC area, so if you have a facebook you can search up "Tri-State 1Addicts" and join if you want to hang out and stay updated with local meets etc. Glad you're home (and with all your limbs ) Thank you for your service!
Correct me if I am wrong, but from what I've seen around you dont want to take these auto's beyond 450tq. Yes?

Thanks for the invite, I'm actually from Rochester so about 7 hours from NYC. If I'm out that way I'll shoot you a PM for sure though.


Thanks for the welcoming everyone, I wont dissappoint.
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welcome...carbon fiber looks great on Space Gray.
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Welcome Devil Dog!! And Semperfi!!

Im a former Marine as well! My primary MOS was 0613 field wire, and secondary was 8531 PMI.
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I really appreciate the dedication and sacrifice that you have made for our country. You've made good choices in life so far! The STI looks like it was a blast to drive! Allow the mod bug to infect you once again! The 135i is the best of both worlds- superior performance and luxury. Can't go wrong!
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Hey OP - I turned my car in and have these space gray grilles just sitting around and would love to help you out with your modding. I'll ship 'em off to you for nothing if you want 'em. It's the least I can do as a thank you for your service. Shoot me a PM if you're interested!

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looks like some quality time will be spent with your car.
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Thanks again for the warm welcome everyone. Hopefully wrapping this up with my Sti either tomorrow or this weekend and then a large order being placed. Things should get interesting.
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Welcome to the forum and thank you for your service.

Looking over your planned mods, it seems you have done your research. I cant wait to see your car progress.
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Well, as mentioned, I was waiting for the Sti to go before dipping into this car. Unfortunately today the mod bug bit me hard and I just couldn't resist not doing anything anymore. So, today the following occured:

Ordered Active Autowerke Downpipes.
Took it in to get the ball rolling on tints and a little vinyl wrapping action. Had to take measurements and then order the wrap so whenever it gets in I'll be schedule to have tints/wrap done the same day.

Hopefully by next weekend I have some results! And more so I hope to get this Sti out of here and get the orders for more substaintial items in the works.
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Welcome to the forum! the car looks great and i am actually going to be in rochester next weekend to visit my friend up at school, but unfortunately I wont have my car. When i make my next trip in march I will drive this time and we can do a photoshoot. Good luck with the modding and thank you for serving our country! Look forward to seeing your progress
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