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

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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 G4 - running 40% mix
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



Stock:





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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