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      08-25-2014, 08:05 PM   #1
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ShocknAwe 135i Photo History & Build

This is the photo-diary history of my 135i from stock to current. Unfortunately some parts that are on the car, or have been part of the cars history have either been lost or were neglected and haven't been photographed.

The first picture will be semi-regularly updated as the build changes to reflect the current state of the car! I'm not much for words here, and I'll let the pictures do the talking.

Current State of Affairs:



Current Modifications:
MadDad Whisper Exhaust
BMS JB4 G5 ISO - back on straight 93 octane for now with the new setup.
CP-e DCI
Modified OEM BMW Clutch Delay Valve
Bilstein HD Dampers
Swift Spec-R Springs
Whiteline RSFB Inserts
TRW OE M3 Front Control Arms
Alufelgen SF-71 Titanium Gunmetal - 19"
Vredestein Ultrac Vorti tires 235-35-19 Front, 265-30-19 Rear
Rolled Fender Lips - Front & Rear
OEM BMW Performance Carbon Fiber spoiler - Painted Jet Black
OEM BMW ZHP Shift Knob
Redline Goods Italian Leather Shift & Brake Boots
Matte Black custom mesh vented OEM diffuser
Matte Black mud guards
Matte Black Kidney Grilles
Matte Black CSR Eyebrows
Front Air Duct Mod
Coded AE max voltage, windows up on key, folding mirrors on key
Redline D4ATF
Motul 8100 X-cess 5w-40 engine oil

Past (removed) Modifications:
N55 mids, DPs, Berk Sport, LED Angel Eyes, misc cosmetic mods



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Added Ebay Performance Replica Spoiler:


Black Slat Kidneys:


CP-e DCI:


Disaster! Turns out it buffed right out!:


Front Duct Mod & Alufelgen SF-71 19" Wheels w/ Vredestein Ultrac Sessanta tires (225F/255R), Full 360* Ceramic Tint:


Mudguards (rear), Debadged 135i emblem, and Berk exhaust:



Matte Black Diffuser Project:



A little suspension work - Bilstein dampers paired with Swift Spec-R springs M3 Wishbones, and plugged up those pesky (squishy) RSFBs:



Matte Black Kidneys & upped the voltage on the angel eyes:


Deleted the sun visor airbag warning labels:


Custom Italian Leather boots (courtesy of Redline Goods) and ZHP shift knob:




Matte Black CSR Eyebrows (Thanks HondaGoneRogue!), external suspension, Vredestein Ultrac Vorti tires (increased to 235F/265R):


MadDad Whisper Exhaust, OEM BMW Performance CF Spoiler painted Jet Black, went back to N54 mids and stock DPs:
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Very nice. I like the drop with the Swift springs and BHD dampers. How does it drive?
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Very nice. I like the drop with the Swift springs and BHD dampers. How does it drive?
Thanks. If I were to do it again with a spring/damper setup I'd probably use the same parts. I find it amazing how little space I was left with under the front fenders by upsizing the front tires again, but it really illustrates how little room we have up there. The ride and handling are exactly what I wanted. Turn in is sharp and I can actually feel the road now. There is hardly any body roll whatsoever even without a bigger front sway bar and the rear end grips about as evenly as it can without a proper limited slip diff. I get no axle tramp and very little squat. Oh and NO RUBBING (a requirement of mine, along with no drone from my exhaust).

The ride is compliant over bumps at mid/high speed. At low speed (40 and under) you'll feel them, but it's not spine shattering or kidney powdering by any means. Also, it's firm enough that where the road goes, you go. What I mean by this is that if the road bumps up and then dips, so do you. If it repeatedly undulates, so do you. A lot of the harshness that would go along with that does get soaked up but the car still moves with the road, there is ZERO floatiness. I will add that this typically isn't a problem and actually works in your favor for flat cornering and transfers. My wife loves the change, and she's super picky about being comfortable.


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Thanks bud! Need some more pics of your car, been a while!
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Finally some pictures of your car Alex!!! Your car looks beautiful and sharp! Good taste in mods too!
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Finally some pictures of your car Alex!!! Your car looks beautiful and sharp! Good taste in mods too!
Thanks for the kind words Marc. Would have taken more pictures for ya of the car now but some jack-hole intentionally blasted my car with his hose as I was driving out to go photograph it. I almost stopped.. couldn't believe someone would do that. The other side of the car had dirt and dust all over it when I got to the picture site.
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Your car looks great, I have similar plans for mine. Bilstien hd's and swift, as well as a mesh insert in the rear diffuser. The only difference is I bought a front lower grill to cut out and use for the rear, I have a few ideas for securing it but wanted to ask how you secured yours. Do you have a photo you could post of the back side of the diffuser?
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Your car looks great, I have similar plans for mine. Bilstien hd's and swift, as well as a mesh insert in the rear diffuser. The only difference is I bought a front lower grill to cut out and use for the rear, I have a few ideas for securing it but wanted to ask how you secured yours. Do you have a photo you could post of the back side of the diffuser?
Very cool! It's an easy job, but I used black plastic gutter mesh which is flexible and can be stretched over the opening in the diffuser once cut. I tacked down the corners with 3M tape then used a black plastic epoxy resin to secure it. I'll see if I can find an in progress picture for you. If not I'll shoot a picture from the exhaust side of the diffuser with my phone for ya.
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Thanks. If I were to do it again with a spring/damper setup I'd probably use the same parts. I find it amazing how little space I was left with under the front fenders by upsizing the front tires again, but it really illustrates how little room we have up there. The ride and handling are exactly what I wanted. Turn in is sharp and I can actually feel the road now. There is hardly any body roll whatsoever even without a bigger front sway bar and the rear end grips about as evenly as it can without a proper limited slip diff. I get no axle tramp and very little squat. Oh and NO RUBBING (a requirement of mine, along with no drone from my exhaust).

The ride is compliant over bumps at mid/high speed. At low speed (40 and under) you'll feel them, but it's not spine shattering or kidney powdering by any means. Also, it's firm enough that where the road goes, you go. What I mean by this is that if the road bumps up and then dips, so do you. If it repeatedly undulates, so do you. A lot of the harshness that would go along with that does get soaked up but the car still moves with the road, there is ZERO floatiness. I will add that this typically isn't a problem and actually works in your favor for flat cornering and transfers. My wife loves the change, and she's super picky about being comfortable.
Oh, thanks for the write up. Sounds like exactly what we are after. I am just annoying people and asking about their suspension mods as I have been searching for the optimal setup for about half a year.
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Oh, thanks for the write up. Sounds like exactly what we are after. I am just annoying people and asking about their suspension mods as I have been searching for the optimal setup for about half a year.
No worries. There are a LOT of different, correct ways to go about doing this, and I'm far from finished. If you have any other questions or need help feel free to fire away.
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looks great!
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looks great!
Thanks for the love!
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Thanks mike.

On another note, gonna throw some front mud flaps on there soon. Got a wild hair and pulled my 3mm spacers off the front end. Also starting an intercooler project. Going to try to source a KL Racing unit.
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Thanks mike.

On another note, gonna throw some front mud flaps on there soon. Got a wild hair and pulled my 3mm spacers off the front end. Also starting an intercooler project. Going to try to source a KL Racing unit.
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So small update, made the upgrade from the G4 to the G5 ISO board and figured it was time for a new harness too. Very nice box improvement from BMS and the isolated boost control is SO MUCH SMOOTHER. All my complaints about the JB4 have been resolved. Going to pick up a bavarian technic cable soon and play around with backend flashing. I figure it's time.

Also finally got front mud flaps, going on after I detail the car this weekend.

Decided to re-evaluate my catless DP situation as I got an unbelievable deal from a friend in Mass who just sold his 335. Hoping they get here this weekend so I can install before my roadtrip.

Also grabbed a new underhood shield. Those things are stupid expensive. I was hoping to hold off until I did my 1M OEM wide body conversion but it looks like that is taking a back-seat for at least another 6 months (seems to be a recurring problem).
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Are you using the Ebay spoiler or the OEM spoiler? I have the ebay spoiler and i think it looks very off from the oem spoiler. Do you have pics for comparison if you had both?
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Looks great! I love how you can see part of the exhaust through the rear diffuser
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Are you using the Ebay spoiler or the OEM spoiler? I have the ebay spoiler and i think it looks very off from the oem spoiler. Do you have pics for comparison if you had both?
I have pics of both in my thread. I am currently using the OEM Performance CF spoiler, albeit painted Jet Black. I agree, the OEM spoiler is much better than the ebay one.

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I have pics of both in my thread. I am currently using the OEM Performance CF spoiler, albeit painted Jet Black. I agree, the OEM spoiler is much better than the ebay one.



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Happy to help. If you have any other questions let me know.
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