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      06-01-2016, 06:33 AM   #1
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Saphireblack BMW e87 - Build thread

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I wanted to present you my BMW e87 118d from 2008
I bought this car in January 2014, so i have it now 2 and a half year.

I already warn you, this post will be long, because the first modifications started in 2014, and i did a few

When I bought it:





Sadly i dont have an interior picture when I bought it, but i have this



So first thing I did was to buy some nice 17" rims (because student)



After this i retrofitted the blackline high:



and wrapped my interior with some carbon fiber vynil



And i painted the rims black with some foliatec plastidip







After a while I was thinking what else I should to to my car and i found this bumper in a local Facebook group, and bought it really cheap, without even knowing if it would actually fit



After some reading, i found out it fits easily to the e87 LCI without M pack, so I ordered the necessary plastic parts:



Then I was lucky, and some guy at the gas station backed into me:



Nothing major, but enough that his insurance paid a respray of the bumper. So I put on my new bumper.



And got it painted basically for free



So now I have a nice bumper, so what else can I spend my money on? Right some nice sport seats



They came from an e87 pre facelift, but fitted perfectly. Oh and did I mentioned they were cheap?



All this happened in the first 10 months I owned this car.

After a while with the shittiest steering wheel in the world, i found a nice M Steering wheel with the right airbag, and multifunction buttons, so i will retrofit these directly with the steering wheel (nope until this date they still don't work ) Wrapped the multifunction cover of course in this very nice carbon fiber....



Oh and I changed all the LEDs to red and white:







Here you can see the beautiful business head unit (changed it later for a professional one)





Soooo then in about march last year I was sick of the 16" winterwheels and the 17" summerwheels. So one late evening scrolling on a local facebook group, and somebody sold some x5 wheels (styling 153 in 8.5x18 et48) and i just bought them (because very good price)

They looked like this (picture from google) and had some nice 255 50 r18 tyres



With the right tyre (goodyear eagle f1 asymetric 2 in 225 40 r18) they already look much much better



But they didn't fit... The fender touched the tyre. So i bought some 10mm spacers for the front (Didn't have enough money for spacers in the back, but bought them later )

So this was my x1 in april 2015





I really liked the look of the car now, but for the back something was still missing.... So I drove with my girlfriend to germany and picked up this bumper and sideskirt





And fitted:



Oh i also changed to M Look on the cluster:



After this in may 2015 I got some nice depo v2 for my birthday

Before:



And after:



I really love my x1 in this picture:



Ah and i nearly forgot, i bought the much needed rear spacer:



Also changed to black indicators:



And I found a cool x5



I got this aero spoiler also really cheap (still needs to be painted and mounted)





So then i planned to buy some coilovers for the summer of 2015, but then my timing chain started making noises after a quick tour to bmw, they needed to change them, sooo i had to pay 1800€ for the change (new clutch included)

So that were my plans with the coilovers... But i changed another thing.

Performance look exhaust with straight pipe.



And the professional unit changed to white and red:



After the fix of bmw, i finally got it back after 2 weeks.







And I went on vacation with it to corsica. And my x1 got stuck haha



But after the expensive repair at bmw, i managed to work some longer, and to afford finally the coilovers. Bought a nice set of Bilstein b14.



Summer 2015 pictures (and started working on my photography skills)

















Pictures from automn 2015 and winter (with the nice 17" rims)







So this was last year. What did I do this year? Not so much, because I am without my car in erasmus semester in Poland. But I managed to get some parts, and some new plans. Before I went to erasmus, i changed the ugly vynil in the interior, and tried first time in my life to skin them with real carbon fiber:







They are not perfect, but i made them, so I have to like them which I do.

Also I got a little bit tired of the red/white interior lightning in my car, so together with a new short shifter, and performance poke, my interior now looks like this:





I also lowered my car another 2 cm in the back









Looks nice when the spring is compressed:





And started on this project:





Door handle light and black ceiling (maybe alcantara)







I got all the parts together, except for the ceiling itself.

And I am thinking of mounting this, what do you think?



And the last part I got:



So on the done list are:

- 18" styling 153 rims
- e82 M pack front bumper
- e87 M pack rear bumper
- e87 M pack sideskirt
- depo v2
- e87 lci high backlights
- Bilstein b14 coilovers

- sport seats
- M steering wheel
- performance knob
- changed all the leds to white/blue
- half a black ceiling
- professional radio
- M look cluster

To do list:

- 135i or 130i brakes
- maybe e82 LCI xenon retrofit with the right FRM
- New rims.... maybe 19" styling 230? 19" styling 405M? 18" Styling 32? 18" BBS RC303?
- mounting and painting the aero spoiler
- mounting and painting the x3 shark fin
- maybe mounting kerscher lip
- tinting back windows 85%
- maybe cic high? or build something myself
- retrofit door handle illumination
- chip the engine with dpf off
- performance exhaust
- performance sideskirt
So that was it, i hope you enjoyed the car as much as I did Thanks for reading.

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      06-01-2016, 04:39 PM   #2
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Great read and nice work on the car!
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      06-02-2016, 08:45 AM   #3
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Great read and nice work on the car!
Thank you very much

Right now I am thinking to get the car remapped to 180-190 hp and 400 nm, so that will probably be done in july or august... First need to mount my spoiler and x3 fin
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      06-09-2016, 02:35 PM   #4
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This looks great, awesome to follow. Thanks for the detailed pics!
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      06-10-2016, 05:37 PM   #5
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Very nice project. 👍
Fun with the small details that make a big difference. Is it difficult to change the color of stereo?
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      06-12-2016, 06:01 AM   #6
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This looks great, awesome to follow. Thanks for the detailed pics!
Thank you I will update if I have news.

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Very nice project. ��
Fun with the small details that make a big difference. Is it difficult to change the color of stereo?
Thanks! The professional stereo is one of the most difficult pieces to change color, it has like 85 small 0805 leds to change.

So my plans for this summer are:

- mounting my aero spoiler
- tinting rear windows
- installing the door lights
- black alcantara ceiling
- mounting shadowline
- remap to 190 hp
- lower it in the front
- 18" AEZ sydney wheels (will buy maybe next year 19" and keep these for winter) in 8x18 et42. I know 19" looks better, but i have still really new 225 40 r18 tyres, and as i want to keep them for winter, 225 35 r19 wintertyres get too expensive


Here a quick photoshop of the wheels (and lowered a bit in the front)



what do you think?
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      06-17-2016, 06:19 AM   #7
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Looks really nice! 👍
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      11-09-2016, 07:47 AM   #8
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So since last time i posted there were a few changes

Attention: LOTS of pictures

First thing i did was install the new parts i got:





Much better

Went to a meeting:





Then I bought some shadowline trims:



And installed, lots of work for some glossy trims





But i really like it.

Lowered it some more, because too high





Then i finally gave my spoiler and the x3 shark fin (i already had it for more than a year) to the painter and got them fitted









Then I drove around a bit like that. But I grew tired of those rims, so I got new ones





Styling 101 in 8x19 et37 with 215 35 r19 Kumho Ku39 and 9x19 et39 with 225 35 r19 Kumho Ku39. In the pictures I had to higher the car because they were rubbing too much.

So after that got sorted out, i lowered it again









And went to the first meeting with new wheels





I also got this performance suspension strut bar:



And a quick recap of all the stages of the transformation



Then i retrofitted the door lights:







After driving some time around like this i wanted to get lower. So i sold the bilstein b14, and bought an H&R Deep 110 by ah exclusive parts















So that was it for summer 2016

Because winter is coming, i got some new 18" wheels for the winter





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      11-09-2016, 09:22 AM   #9
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Great looking car with nice mods!!
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      11-09-2016, 01:45 PM   #10
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Great looking car with nice mods!!
Thank you very much
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Dude awesome!


More information on the door handle light retrofit please! And which start/stop ignition button is that?! Looks awesome
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Dude awesome!


More information on the door handle light retrofit please! And which start/stop ignition button is that?! Looks awesome
What do you want to know? I bought the LED modules for each door, then the correct pins, and pulled cables from each door to the footwell module, pin 10 for left side, and pin 11 for right side

Thank you. It is from an e90
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Nice mods mate. Where did you get that M look cluster from?
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