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      06-20-2016, 02:31 AM   #1
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Third 1er's the charm? 135i -> 1M Conversion!

Itís been a long time since Iíve worked on my build thread! So much has happened, and Iíve learned so much about the car in the past few years! To quickly summarize my history, it started with a 2009 AW 128i that I purchased back in 2013. It was my first BMW, and I had no idea what kind of world I was getting myself into. The car was bone stock, and I had no idea what I wanted to do with it (other than to DD it).

Fast forward 6 months later, I wanted to upgrade, so I traded the 128i in for the 135i (Old Build Thread - http://www.1addicts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=881797).


I ended up getting the same colored car, now with the turbo . It also had a couple of nice aesthetic pieces, and I just absolutely loved the drive. I guess this is where I really started getting deep into the modding/maintenance on the vehicle. Car had basic bolt on mods, 19Ē 313s, with some nice CF bits. Iíve dealt with the infamous WP failure, oil leaks, boost leaks, starting issues, *etc*Ö haha! It was a great learning experience, and Iíve had the car since until Oct 2015.


Some lady in her Q5 decides to not yield, makes the turn going at least 40MPH, and then rams into me as I slam on my brakes.



That was my first accident and I face-planted myself into the airbag. Thankfully, I came out with no scratches or bruises, maybe a little bit of neck/back pain. All the work that Iíve been putting into the car, whether it was maintaining or modding, was just gone down the drain in an instant. Insurance claimed it as a total loss (frame damage/airbag deploying), and I was out of a 1er. This literally happened 1 week later after I picked up an Abarth tooÖ..



Now I was not planning on getting another 1er (at that time, wait for the M2 or something else). But I found a deal that I could not resist, and for the price, it was a STEAL! Iíll just say that the car was FBO track prepped with low mileage!



I actually found out that the 1st owner was a 1addict member . The car lived in Germany for the entire time, and was shipped to the US. From what Iíve researched, the car was driven hard, thanks Dackelone for the heads up :P. Now, before flaming me, normally I wouldnít prefer purchasing a car that was heavily modded or driven hard. But learning from my past car, I was pretty confident in my DIY skills, hah. Luckily, there was a mod/maintenance list, so that gave me an idea on how the car was taken care of. I picked up the car, drove it back, and I have to say, I was very impressed! Originally, I had the intention of flipping the car, but that 17 hour drive convinced me not too! The car was already FBO, and I was pretty happy with the amount of power it was already making. There were very little things that I did to the car.

TL;DR Ė Purchased a AW 128i, traded in for a AW 135i 6 months later, got totaled by someone 2 years later, bought another JB 135i 1 month after, got hit recently, and nowÖ


Onto the fun partÖ Iíve been eyeing the 1M conversion project for a long time (since the white 135i), and of course, it was just too damn expensive. I guess you can say that I was very inspired by the other builds (ilikebmxbikes, chen, venom, tun3d, uberschnell, 1littlemonster, etc.) I was actually in the process of saving up/crunching numbers, and until last month, something magical happened. I was swapping out my headlights, and some guy just reverses into my car. He hit the car hard enough where it launched it 3-4 feet forward. The bumper was cracked, and my diffuser was hit as well  (Check out my FS thread!). I was able to get a decent amount from insurance, and now that 1M conversion seemed very tempting! I started to get quotes from multiple dealerships + bodyshops. I did find a place that did quality work for a very reasonable price. Originally, I was going to do a custom fabrication for the rear quarterpanel, but now, Iíll be ordering the 1M quarterpanels!

So whatís the current status on the conversion? So far, Iíve placed an order for all the 1M bits through my local dealer (Shoutout to ice7 & Jose@BMWofFairfax!). I actually picked up some parts this past weekend, and Iíd like to give a big thanks to @chenchen, tommyfyeah , Xaeryan , and AriKoRN for the local meetup + parts! I was able to source the tires, wheels, M3 steering rack, side markers, fenders, sideskirts, 1 quarterpanel, exhaust, and the battery tray/hoses!!! Also ordered a diffuser! This will definitely save some time, as I can install some of these, while I ďpatientlyĒ wait for the other parts to come in. I would also like to give a big thanks to ilikebmxbikes , @chenchen, TUN3D (DIY Guides), for all the advice and information!


Car is torn apart front/rear, hehe.




When will it be completed? Iím aiming for the end of July 2016. If the parts do come in by the end of the month, the bodywork can immediately start either on the 1st or 2nd week of July. Iím hoping I can have the car fully prepped before Bimmerfest East hits! Bodywork on the quarterpanels should take approximately 2 weeks. I havenít decided on paint, as the easy way is to go Jet Black to match. At the same time, I really miss AW + easier to maintainÖ

Also need to figure out how the quarterpanels should be done. TUN3D's panels were cut around the flare (like a rectangle), and uberschnell's was just the flare. I'm not sure what would be easier and efficient for the bodyshop. I would appreciate some input on that! Thanks!

What are the current mods on the 1er?
- JB4 G5 ISO (Soon to be switching to MHD)
- Stett Chargepipe w/ Synapse BOV
- Big Tom Intercooler
- cp-e Catless Downpipes (Switching to high flow cats later)
- BMS Dual Cone Intake
- BMS Oil Catch Can
- BMS Cowl Filter
- Berk Race Exhaust (Sold)
- BMS 2.3gallon/Cooling Mist Meth Injection Kit
- Bilstein PSS10 Coilovers
- Vorshlag Camber Plates
- Mason Engineering Strut Brace
- OEM LCI Blackline Taillights
- OEM Euro LCI Headlights
- CF Grilles from ********
- Revo Hood w/Aerocatch
- M4 Style Trunk Spoiler
- OEM CF Mirror Caps (Sold)
- OEM CF Diffuser (For sale!)
- Custom Steering Wheel from ledermanz
- OEM 261M Tires/Wheels (For sale!)
- BMWP Shift Knob
- BMS SSK (Sorry, POS Shifteck, will be switching)
- OEM M3 Instrument Cluster (Have an extra one for sale!)

What are your future mods for the 1er? (Top is priority)
- Upgrading the axleback exhaust (Temporarily mounting on the stock exhaust)
- Switching DPs to high flows, and eliminating secondary cats on midpipes.
- Diffuser
- Retrofitting the M3 steering rack
- Sourced an entire M3 rear suspension for a very reasonable price! (Need to also figure out driveshaft, as the 1M DS will not fit on the N54s! From what I've read)
- Purchasing M3 bits for the front suspension!
- Purchasing a set of Apex wheels/tires! (Will depend on the suspension upgrade!)
- More Revo bits!
- Better seats!

Iíll be updating the thread pretty frequently. Feel free to ask questions, or even perhaps if you need help with the conversion process! I probably wonít be of much help, as thereís LOADS of information on the forums! Thanks for reading!!

For more photos of the current car, and future, follow my Instagram, @IAMHNRY!

Also here is my part-out thread! http://www.1addicts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1272562
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      06-20-2016, 02:43 AM   #2
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20JUN2016

- Ordered the last bits for the conversion, 1M Front Bumper, Passenger Side Rear Quarterpanel, L/R Fender Liner Covers
- CF Diffuser came in today! I have to say, I'm very impressed by the quality and packaging! (eBay) I'll be running this temporarily, until I save up for an authentic RZ!






23JUN2016

- Received parts from the first shipment. (Smaller pieces, fender liners, bolts, etc.)
- Battery tray conversion, bumper carrier, heat shield installed

24JUN2016

- Cannister hoses all replaced (still need to do scavenge air line)
- Bumper guide covers installed
- Exhaust mounted
- Front and Rear Bumper received

06JUL2016

- Received quarter panel from dealership, will be delivered to the body shop!
- Also received a bunch of bolts, now I can finally install everything back together one by one!

07JUL2016

- Air ducts installed
- Fenders mounted
- Received my 1M mirrors!
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      06-20-2016, 05:52 AM   #3
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Very nice. Hope to see it riding around sometime when it's done!
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meh... that'll buff out
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      06-20-2016, 11:42 AM   #5
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ohhhhhhhhhhhhh how the times have changed HAHAHAHA
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Very nice. Hope to see it riding around sometime when it's done!
Thanks! I'm hoping it goes smoothly without any issues

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meh... that'll buff out
Yeah as soon as the appraiser got out of his car, looked at mine, and immediately said it was totaled.

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ohhhhhhhhhhhhh how the times have changed HAHAHAHA
I know right?? Never thought my journey with the 1 would venture in this deep!

Anyways, I placed in my other order for the front bumper, passenger rear quarterpanel, fender liner housing cover, and some bolts.
Manager told me that the small bits are already here, so I'll be picking them up tomorrow!
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Just received my first shipment! These parts came a lot faster than I expected! Now for the bumpers and the other quarterpanel.

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BMW of Fairfax is a great dealership to deal with! I would love to see this build at some point, I'm in Loudoun County.
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BMW of Fairfax is a great dealership to deal with! I would love to see this build at some point, I'm in Loudoun County.
Are you in our DMV 1addicts group? I'm in Fairfax county. We're actually doing a run to skyline this coming Saturday! Come join!
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Tackled the cannister hoses yesterday! Thanks mechavore884 for the extra hand!

It was a very straightforward process except the LPHP hose.
There seemed to be 2 braces that was holding up my fuel tank. First bolt was easy, but that second one was complete PITA. I tried a impact wrench (320ftlb), breaker bar, and that thing did NOT budge!! I actually gave up, and started to shove the hose with an extension, and that actually worked! Definitely need some patience.

Mounted the heatshield, exhaust, bumper guide covers...Still need to modify the scavenge air line, and extend the wiring harness that connects to the cannister.

I also got to do a test fitment with the wheels!










Bumpers just came in as well! Picked it up asap!!!!

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the fight that this was HAHAHAHAH...I seriously can't wait to see the end result
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Kudos doing all this in the parking lot! I usually have a tough time working on my car with a lift!
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Kudos doing all this in the parking lot! I usually have a tough time working on my car with a lift!
Haha thanks! I usually aim for the morning to do all my work because it's just too hot once noon hits. Unfortunately, that tree does not provide enough shade
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Kudos doing all this in the parking lot! I usually have a tough time working on my car with a lift!
Haha thanks! I usually aim for the morning to do all my work because it's just too hot once noon hits. Unfortunately, that tree does not provide enough shade
Shame. If you were closer I'd offer you my lift in the garage.

Who is doing your rear arches?
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Nice! I always enjoy watching all the 1M conversion builds come together! Best of luck with the build!
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Shame. If you were closer I'd offer you my lift in the garage.

Who is doing your rear arches?
I appreciate it!
Honestly, the jack is sufficient. For the DIYers, it's really the exhaust, battery tray, and the canister hoses. Everything else can be taken on/off while the cars on the floor (with the exception of people with back problems :P).

As for the quarterpanel work, there's a local shop here, Blockstar, that does custom bodywork on all kinds of cars. They gave me a very reasonable price, and were going to fabricate the rear flares. Until I ended up with a quarterpanel, so I just bought the other one.

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Nice! I always enjoy watching all the 1M conversion builds come together! Best of luck with the build!
Thank you very much! I've also enjoyed watching other people's 1M conversion builds come alive!

Just some photos to throw in, our DMV 1addicts group recently went on a cruise this past weekend. Also invited the Fiats out, and some Porsches came out to play as well! Here are some photos!



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looks like a promising build. Have fun with it
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Thank you!
Waiting on new bolts/nuts from the dealership. I figure it's best to replace it new ones rather than re-using the rusty old ones
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Need moar. Hope to see you around the DMV
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I'll be putting up another event soon on our FB group, you should come out then!

As for updates, I've been sick for the past week, so there wasn't much progress with the car.

But...I couldn't really do anything with the car because I was waiting for new screws/bolts/rivets to come in! And the last quarter panel finally arrived from Germany!

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I'll be putting up another event soon on our FB group, you should come out then!

As for updates, I've been sick for the past week, so there wasn't much progress with the car.

But...I couldn't really do anything with the car because I was waiting for new screws/bolts/rivets to come in! And the last quarter panel finally arrived from Germany!
Very cool! And yeah I'll try to make it to the next meet, I was away for the last one. It's rare that I have a free weekend unfortunately
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