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      09-07-2016, 12:29 AM   #1
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Drives: 2008 BMW 135i MT
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Melbourne, Australia

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vtl's Alpine White 135i

I've had the car for almost 2 years now (Oct 2014) and thought it’s time to have a thread with all the mods to the car.

Came from a 2000 B5 A4 1.8T Quattro, great car but wanted something with better handling and power, while still being a nice car on the interior.

Had my heart set on an E46 M3 manual, but spent 2 year trying to find one with no luck. Theyre mostly SMGs and none for sale were taken care of. After so long, the 135is/335is had depreciated to the point where they were in my price range. Since 335is were so hard to find in manual I ended up going for a 2008 135i in Alpine white, black interior.

This car is my daily driver and all the mods have to be reasonably sensible with regards to comfort and noise. This car does a mix of street daily driving and track driving.

October 2008 build, Alpine White III, black interior, sunroof, heated seats with business idrive, basically had every option I wanted apart from CIC and comfort access.

Car came with Agency Power downpipes, Procede tune and Wagner EVO1 performance intercooler. Happy it came with the aftermarket parts, the intercooler is a direct fit with no cutting and stock couplings, while the downpipes are great quality and I didn't have to endure the pain of fitting them myself.

Initial impressions were generally positive apart from the handling. On one hand the straightline performance amazing and off the line performance is effortless in day to day driving. Interior quality was better than I expected and seating position and control layout is very ergonomic. Manual transmission is very east to heel and toe downshift and is very a very nice driving experience. Very comfortable for long journeys. On the other hand, the handling felt pretty poor. Chassis felt very wobbly, especially under heavy acceleration, understeers a lot, especially when the body rolls. The steering feel and feedback is excellent though, and feels like theres a very good chassis underneath. Turns out I needed to basically replace the entire suspension and tyres to sort it out!

Since purchasing the car this is the complete list of mods done to the car:

- Procede V2 (removed)
- MHD Stage 2+ flash tune (removed)
- Custom MHD tune
- Agency Power 2.6" downpipes
- Wagner EVO 1 Performance Intercooler
- Fuelit Stage 2 LPFP
- 2008 335i charge pipe, 24x3.5mm thicker diverter orings
- Turbosmart Kompact Plumbback diverters
- DIY PE mod exhaust
- M3 Microfilter cowl with custom 8AN brake booster line
- Custom power steering overflow bottle
- Silicone vacuum lines
- Billet cylinder head ->thermostat hose coolant fitting
- CSF radiator
- 034 Engine mounts with custom billet bottom caps

- BMW performance short shifter kit
- UUC black transmission mounts
- UUC DBO delrin shifter carrier bushings
- Turner motorsport rear carrier shifter bushing
- BMS clutch stop
- 335is/550i clutch
- CDV delete
- AD Engineering oil blockoff
- RB PCV valve and cap

- M3 E93 3.15 Limited slip differential
- M3 E93 Axles
- Custom M3 propshaft by Knox Driveshaft Services

- Dinan front camber plates
- KW Competition coilovers with H&R ID race springs (180mm 60N/mm front, 250mm 105N/mm rear)
- M3 steering rack
- 28mm E93 M3 front sway bar
- 20mm Whiteline rear sway bar with custom end links
- TRW M3 front control arms
- German Autosport front control arm monoball bushings
- TRW M3 rear guide rods (with rubber joint replaced with Lemforder ball joint)
- TRW M3 upper control arms (with rubber joint replaced with Lemforder ball joint)
- Trailing arm bushes replaced with Lemforder ball joints
- Hardrace rear toe arms
- Nolathane rear subframe bushings
- M3 front differential bushings
- F30 rear differential bushing
- Dinan rear upper shock mount kit

- Alcon CR6380 355x32mm Front big brake kit
- Project MU Club Racer front pads
- Ferodo DS2500 rear brake pads
- Apex EC-7 8.5" ET45 front, 9.5" ET58 rear
- Yokohama Advan Neova AD08R 225/40/18, 255/35/18

- E92 M3 Steering wheel
- ZHP Gear Knob
- Schroth Quick Fit Pro harness
- 1M Alcantara Interior
- BMW fire extingusher mount with cup holder attached

- BMW CIC Professional retrofit
- Combox retrofit
- High beam assist mirror retrofit
- Garage door opener wired into blank fog front switch
- Arm rest phone cradle replaced with regular arm rest for more storage space
- Full LED interior conversion

- Mars Performance black gloss outline/matte slats kidney grilles
- LED angel eyes
- 5000k HID bulbs
- Custom reverse LED bulbs
- LED front/rear indicators and brake lights
- LCI Blackline tail lights
- Carbon fibre rear diffuser

Will retrospectively post the info on the list of stuff I’ve done to the car, long list to cover but I’ve taken photos of most of the stuff I’ve done to the car, stay tuned

One of the few pics I have of the car looking stock:
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Build Thread | MHD Custom Tune | Agency Power DPs | PE Mod Exhaust | 550i Clutch | Wagner FMIC | M3 LSD | Turbosmart Kompact DVs | M3 Control arms | M3 steering rack | KW Competition Coilovers | Dinan Camber Plates | E92 M3 Front Sway | UUC Trans mounts | Nolathane rear subframe bushings | Alcon 355mm BBK | Yokohama AD08R | Apex EC-7 | Schroth Harness | M3 Steering Wheel | LEDs | CIC + Combox retrofit

Last edited by vtl; 09-30-2019 at 01:42 AM..