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      01-31-2013, 05:31 PM   #1
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GMP Performance - 135I Build Thread

Hey everyone,

We picked up a 2009 135I in Apline White over black as a shop car. We will use this thread to document the work done on it as it progresses. Please feel free to ask us any questions.

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      01-31-2013, 05:34 PM   #2
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First, of course, the suspension needed some help.

We have worked with our friends at H&R to come up with the best solution for our needs with the suspension on the car. We all know that the 135I factory suspension is comfortable.. but the handling does not have the feel that BMW drivers are used to.

We choose the H&R Premium Performance Coil Overs and are very satisfied with the results.


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      01-31-2013, 07:20 PM   #3
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Great to see a new 135i shop car. I thought that we were done with these now that the 1er isn't a novelty anymore, but I'm excited to see where you guys go with this. If there are any cool creative mods, I'd be all up for copying it and buying the parts from you.
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I remeber GMP from my VW days, and they had some beautiful project cars back then.
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      02-01-2013, 11:02 AM   #5
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Thanks for the comments. We are excited to see where it goes to!

MS135I, we love to hear that people remember our old VW's! We've been at it since the 70's and still have a few of them around.

Car is up on the lift today, making some new friends:
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      02-01-2013, 11:10 AM   #6
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      02-01-2013, 11:22 AM   #7
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      02-05-2013, 12:22 PM   #8
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A little lower and a little wider stance:
1.5" down in the front, and about 1.25" in the rear. Currently with 5MM spacer up front and 10MM Spacer in the Rear.


We originally installed 10MM Front and 15MM Rear Spacers on the car, but with the lowered ride hight we had quite a bit of rubbing in the rear and minimal rubbing in the front. We will likely roll the fenders to accommodate for this soon.
Before/After of the Rear:
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      02-05-2013, 01:37 PM   #9
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wow... the whole look changes so much with just those spacers!
nice start!
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Subscribed! Great start, suspension is the number one thing i want to change on my 1er as well.
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I miss my 264's with 15mm spacers all around! with msport suspension it sits perfectly flush all around.
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      02-05-2013, 05:21 PM   #12
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Thanks everyone!

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Subscribed! Great start, suspension is the number one thing i want to change on my 1er as well.
I would highly recommend it for the 1 Series. Not just for the enhanced look, but for the improved handling as well. Since I mostly drive on horrible city streets, I was worried that the ride would be too harsh. However, I have been pleasantly surprised with the results of the H&R Coil Overs.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
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Here's a quick update.

Current lowered ride height:


BMS Angel Eyes Installed (big thanks to our friends at Burger Tuning)

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      02-07-2013, 01:47 PM   #14
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The spacers really added to the look.. Nice, can't wait to see what you guys have planned next!
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Local! Cant wait to see this in person soon!
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      02-12-2013, 12:49 PM   #17
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Local! Cant wait to see this in person soon!
Feel free to stop by and check it out! If you can't make down to our shop, the car should be at the next Charlotte Cars and Coffee meet April 2nd.
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Awesome build! To get the most out of the handling of this car, a LSD is CRUCIAL! I can't begin to explain how much better the car handles, a LOT less plow, and a lot more oversteer
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Awesome build! To get the most out of the handling of this car, a LSD is CRUCIAL! I can't begin to explain how much better the car handles, a LOT less plow, and a lot more oversteer
Yes it is! We are working on LSD's for a 335 and E46 M3 in the shop soon and would love to get one on this car too!
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The first set of VMR V705 Wheels in 1-Series Specific Fitment!!
These just arrived from our friends at VMR (Huge thanks to VMR!)
18x8" ET45 Front and 18x9.5" ET45 Rear

What do you guys think?


Higher quality pics coming soon.
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      03-04-2013, 11:42 AM   #21
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The first set of VMR V705 Wheels in 1-Series Specific Fitment!!
These just arrived from our friends at VMR (Huge thanks to VMR!)
18x8" ET45 Front and 18x9.5" ET45 Rear

What do you guys think?


Higher quality pics coming soon.

Looks good!

What size tires are you running?
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Sorry! Meant to post the tire sizes as well.

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Front 225/40 18
Rear 245/35 18
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