BMW 1 Series Coupe Forum / 1 Series Convertible Forum (1M / tii / 135i / 128i / Coupe / Cabrio / Hatchback) (BMW E82 E88 128i 130i 135i)
 





 

Post Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      01-04-2022, 03:19 PM   #1
Fishee
Private First Class
Canada
121
Rep
106
Posts

Drives: 135i, Tiguan
Join Date: Jan 2022
Location: Toronto

iTrader: (0)

Thumbs up Out with the old toy, in with the new(ish).

Hi all, new here, and new to BMW.

After a couple of months of searching and debating a '19 Golf R, I decided to switch gears and go after something a little older, and with a lot more character and driving appeal. Obviously, unlike a newer Golf R under warranty, this car will be more of a hobby, to which I'm looking forward. Also looking forward to learning about a different brand, architecture, and "quirks". I've been a VW driver for my 20 years of daily driving; the Alfa was a weekend car for the last 5.

...of course, it doesn't hurt that I kept quite a few thou in my pocket over buying an R, plenty to deck out my garage and set aside for spares, upgrades, etc.

Ideally, my criteria was for something with driving charm, a manual transmission, equipped with as many factory "sport" options as possible, a good amount of power, and something I wasn't about to get tired of any time soon; as this will likely be my last IC powered car, and one that I want to cherish until environmental regulations, what have you, put the final nail in the IC coffin.

More to come as I tinker.

Well, here it is:

'09 135i n54 - all original, unmodified
Black sapphire metallic
Boston korall red interior
6 speed manual

Spec:
S710 M Leather Steering Wheel
S337 M Sports Package
S704 M Sports Suspension
S442 Drink Holder
S4AS High-Grade Wood Trim,Varieg.Poplar, Grey
S431 Interior Mirror With Automatic-Dip
S4NA Interior Mirror With Digital Compass
S494 Seat Heating Driver/Passenger
S473 Armrest Front
S459 Seat Adjustment, Electric, With Memory
S481 Sports Seat
S488 Lumbar Support, Driver And Passenger
S430 Interior/Outside Mirror With Auto Dip
S403 Glass Roof, Electrical
S663 Radio BMW Professional
S677 HiFi System Professional DSP
S6FL USB/Audio Interface
S655 Satellite Tuner
S540 Cruise Control
S522 Xenon Light
S524 Adaptive Headlights
S521 Rain Sensor
S502 Headlight Cleaning System
S534 Automatic Air Conditioning
S563 Light Package
S249 Multifunction F Steering Wheel
S2MR BMW LA Wheel, M Double Spoke 261
S3AP Windscreen With Grey Wedge
S319 Integrated Universal Remote Control
S321 Exterior Parts In Vehicle Colour
S823 Hot-Climate Version
S322 Comfort Access
S775 Headlining Anthracite
S760 High Gloss Shadow Line
Attached Images
      

Last edited by Fishee; 01-04-2022 at 04:03 PM.. Reason: Fixing broken links...
Appreciate 2
asbrr485.00
Almuliman162.00
      01-04-2022, 04:30 PM   #2
asbrr
Major
Canada
485
Rep
1,187
Posts

Drives: 335ix M-Sport
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Toronto

iTrader: (1)

Nice ride & welcome, fancy seeing you here ha...(it's Ash!)
You'll find the N54 drivetrain, suspension+brakes, forums pretty active here and full of good info.

The car is as nice as I imagined, we should get together when it warms up
Appreciate 1
Fishee120.50
      01-04-2022, 04:55 PM   #3
Fishee
Private First Class
Canada
121
Rep
106
Posts

Drives: 135i, Tiguan
Join Date: Jan 2022
Location: Toronto

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by asbrr View Post
Nice ride & welcome, fancy seeing you here ha...(it's Ash!)
You'll find the N54 drivetrain, suspension+brakes, forums pretty active here and full of good info.

The car is as nice as I imagined, we should get together when it warms up
Thanks Ash!

Lots of reading and playing catch up.
Upgrades are in the plans.

Down for getting together when it's warm, the car is sitting patiently in the garage in the meantime.
Appreciate 0
      01-05-2022, 09:53 PM   #4
mrexcuse
Private First Class
Canada
32
Rep
175
Posts

Drives: Tiguan, M2 Comp, 330 Touring
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Etobicoke, Ontario

iTrader: (0)

Beauty!

Nice find and congratulations.
Appreciate 0
      01-07-2022, 01:03 PM   #5
fast1eddy
Second Lieutenant
fast1eddy's Avatar
Canada
193
Rep
297
Posts

Drives: 2008 135i Lemans Blue
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Edmonton

iTrader: (1)

Garage List
2008 135i  [0.00]
Congrats. Beautiful car. You'll get lots of good advice here. I've had mine for over 8 years and lots of mods so I know what works on these cars and what enhances the driving experience. Hands down I'd say suspension and rear subframe bushings first.
Appreciate 1
Fishee120.50
      01-09-2022, 05:20 PM   #6
Fishee
Private First Class
Canada
121
Rep
106
Posts

Drives: 135i, Tiguan
Join Date: Jan 2022
Location: Toronto

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by fast1eddy View Post
Congrats. Beautiful car. You'll get lots of good advice here. I've had mine for over 8 years and lots of mods so I know what works on these cars and what enhances the driving experience. Hands down I'd say suspension and rear subframe bushings first.
Thanks!
Pretty happy so far with this choice for weekend duty.

For sure.
#1 Tires
#2 Suspension

I'm reading more about the subframe bushings.
A) mine are now 12 years old
B) i think traction could use some enhancement

Headlight lenses need some cleaning up too.
Appreciate 0
      01-14-2022, 08:37 AM   #7
mrexcuse
Private First Class
Canada
32
Rep
175
Posts

Drives: Tiguan, M2 Comp, 330 Touring
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Etobicoke, Ontario

iTrader: (0)

+1 to the rear subframe bushings
low cost - good upgrade b12 pro kit and dinan camber plates with an apex staggered fitment completely changes the car.
Appreciate 0
      01-20-2022, 02:37 PM   #8
Fishee
Private First Class
Canada
121
Rep
106
Posts

Drives: 135i, Tiguan
Join Date: Jan 2022
Location: Toronto

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by mrexcuse View Post
+1 to the rear subframe bushings
low cost - good upgrade b12 pro kit and dinan camber plates with an apex staggered fitment completely changes the car.
Yeah, suspension is a bit of a quest.
A lot of permutations and combinations out there.
I've had luck with Bilstein/H&R in the past, but we're talking a completely different suspension design and vehicle manufacturer.
I've noticed that plenty of the kits for the E82 seem to be VERY low in front, or all around.
If anything, I'm looking to maintain current ride height (about a 10mm gap) - less than a finger.

Any opinions on keeping factory M sport springs paired with new shocks and struts?
Appreciate 0
      01-20-2022, 02:45 PM   #9
asbrr
Major
Canada
485
Rep
1,187
Posts

Drives: 335ix M-Sport
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Toronto

iTrader: (1)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Fishee View Post
Yeah, suspension is a bit of a quest.
A lot of permutations and combinations out there.
I've had luck with Bilstein/H&R in the past, but we're talking a completely different suspension design and vehicle manufacturer.
I've noticed that plenty of the kits for the E82 seem to be VERY low in front, or all around.
If anything, I'm looking to maintain current ride height (about a 10mm gap) - less than a finger.

Any opinions on keeping factory M sport springs paired with new shocks and struts?
I think paired with upgrades shocks is an option, some have said the car sits higher with B6 even on stock springs, not sure about Koni. One other thing I'll say is I think the strut mounts (front) tend to compress with age and mileage so I would bet your car is lower now than it was a few years ago. When you refresh everything you should refresh the mounts as well. So it may be the extra height people find when pairing a new shock with a factory spring is actually due to a refreshed upper mount lol, or maybe both that and the updated shock.
Appreciate 0
      01-20-2022, 03:39 PM   #10
Fishee
Private First Class
Canada
121
Rep
106
Posts

Drives: 135i, Tiguan
Join Date: Jan 2022
Location: Toronto

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by asbrr View Post
I think paired with upgrades shocks is an option, some have said the car sits higher with B6 even on stock springs, not sure about Koni. One other thing I'll say is I think the strut mounts (front) tend to compress with age and mileage so I would bet your car is lower now than it was a few years ago. When you refresh everything you should refresh the mounts as well. So it may be the extra height people find when pairing a new shock with a factory spring is actually due to a refreshed upper mount lol, or maybe both that and the updated shock.
Can confirm, Bilsteins will actually add height... I had to compensate for this by going with H&R Race springs (vs Sport). Was kind of a stiff setup in the end. This was on a GTI.

Konis tend to not have this issue, from what I can tell.
Appreciate 0
      01-21-2022, 09:17 AM   #11
mrexcuse
Private First Class
Canada
32
Rep
175
Posts

Drives: Tiguan, M2 Comp, 330 Touring
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Etobicoke, Ontario

iTrader: (0)

I gave up on trying to maintain the factory ride height. To maintain that there are compromises the B12 kit was a well calibrated setup. Height is lower than i would want for Toronto roads, but they way it is setup eliminated a lot of the "bounciness" present in the factory setup. I also refreshed all of the related suspension mounts and components. Dinan camber plates also helped raised the front a bit and were required to get rid of the rubbing due to the wider APEX setup.

That being said m sport with a b16 may be a good start. You can always add the Eibachs from there.
Appreciate 0
      01-21-2022, 10:05 AM   #12
asbrr
Major
Canada
485
Rep
1,187
Posts

Drives: 335ix M-Sport
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Toronto

iTrader: (1)

You can likely get close to OE M-SPort height with Ohlins I'd say, not cheap, that's the main thing.

Some users (fe1rx and others) have developed custom spring/stack plates to add some height, that would be the other option.
Appreciate 0
      01-23-2022, 07:25 PM   #13
Olgeezer1
Lieutenant
140
Rep
442
Posts

Drives: 2010 128i 6MT Sport Pkg. 18"
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Ottawa, Canada

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
Welcome. Spring can't come soon enough. Tons of info. out there, and this forum isn't a bad place to start. Tires and suspension, especially the rear sub-frame bushings, is always a great place to start. If you're planning on keeping the car I can't recommend a LSD highly enough, especially with N54 power. I put in a Wavetrac Torsen style diff. this year and (along with M diff. mounts and Whiteline poly 2pc. subframe bushings) the difference coming out of a corner is amazing. Admittedly, less expensive in a 128i because of the bolted ring gear vs. the welded gear in your car but believe me, it's probably the single best mod you can make to a 135i.
Appreciate 0
      02-15-2022, 09:43 AM   #14
Fishee
Private First Class
Canada
121
Rep
106
Posts

Drives: 135i, Tiguan
Join Date: Jan 2022
Location: Toronto

iTrader: (0)

Thanks! Those are great recommendations... lots of warm weather projects!
Appreciate 0
      03-21-2022, 10:19 AM   #15
Fishee
Private First Class
Canada
121
Rep
106
Posts

Drives: 135i, Tiguan
Join Date: Jan 2022
Location: Toronto

iTrader: (0)

Spring project #1.
Attached Images
      
Appreciate 3
asbrr485.00
gorilla12.00
fast1eddy192.50
      03-26-2022, 07:50 AM   #16
fast1eddy
Second Lieutenant
fast1eddy's Avatar
Canada
193
Rep
297
Posts

Drives: 2008 135i Lemans Blue
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Edmonton

iTrader: (1)

Garage List
2008 135i  [0.00]
Looks great. How difficult was opening the lights and getting that side reflector out ? I have light smoked reflectors that I need to install but not looking forward to the job.
Appreciate 0
      03-26-2022, 07:53 AM   #17
Fishee
Private First Class
Canada
121
Rep
106
Posts

Drives: 135i, Tiguan
Join Date: Jan 2022
Location: Toronto

iTrader: (0)

It was a bit of a pain, better with learning curve. Feel free to dm me if you want some tips.

Last edited by Fishee; 03-26-2022 at 03:34 PM..
Appreciate 1
fast1eddy192.50
      04-21-2022, 02:12 PM   #18
Fishee
Private First Class
Canada
121
Rep
106
Posts

Drives: 135i, Tiguan
Join Date: Jan 2022
Location: Toronto

iTrader: (0)

Fresh windshield, seals, condensation sensor, etc.
And can I say, this makes the car feel nearly brand new... holy.
Guessing my car has mostly highway use, good deal of sandblasting on the windshield.
Attached Images
 
Appreciate 0
      04-21-2022, 02:19 PM   #19
Fishee
Private First Class
Canada
121
Rep
106
Posts

Drives: 135i, Tiguan
Join Date: Jan 2022
Location: Toronto

iTrader: (0)

Factory 261M wheels refinished.
Powder coated in BMW hyper silver and clear, then ceramic coated.
New centre caps, little M stickers, and OEM valve caps.
Fresh Michelin PS4S in 225/40 and 255/35.
Attached Images
   
Appreciate 1
asbrr485.00
      04-21-2022, 02:30 PM   #20
Fishee
Private First Class
Canada
121
Rep
106
Posts

Drives: 135i, Tiguan
Join Date: Jan 2022
Location: Toronto

iTrader: (0)

Building an OEM space saver kit (if anyone knows where I can find the tool holder foam, pls lemme know) since I'm not using run-flats.
Attached Images
 
Appreciate 0
      04-21-2022, 02:42 PM   #21
Fishee
Private First Class
Canada
121
Rep
106
Posts

Drives: 135i, Tiguan
Join Date: Jan 2022
Location: Toronto

iTrader: (0)

Installed the fresh set, gave the suspension, fender liners, and brake components a really good scrubbing. Used steam on the fender liners and a detail brush on the brakes to get them all spic and span.
Attached Images
    
Appreciate 2
asbrr485.00
      04-21-2022, 06:10 PM   #22
chris82
Brigadier General
chris82's Avatar
United_States
760
Rep
3,812
Posts

Drives: 128i
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: NY NY

iTrader: (7)

Garage List
2009 BMW 128i  [10.00]
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fishee View Post
Installed the fresh set, gave the suspension, fender liners, and brake components a really good scrubbing. Used steam on the fender liners and a detail brush on the brakes to get them all spic and span.
Really liking the pics. What did you decide on for suspension?
Appreciate 1
Fishee120.50
Post Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:44 PM.




1addicts
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST