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      12-07-2017, 07:24 PM   #1
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Well after months, probably 12 of deliberation, calculations, quotes, notes and spreadsheets I have finally pulled the pin on converting my 08 135i manual to 1M bodywork. Parts have been ordered with ECS Tuning, a body shop has been lined up, the only things left to do will be organising exhaust and wheels. I have an exhaust shop and rims in mind.

Given the massive difference in freight costs, I have decided to go down the fabricated rear guards route. This will save nearly $4,000 in parts and freight alone. I am also not doing the battery conversion and will get a custom exhaust done instead.

Why is often the question but put simply I own my current car, happy with the performance but want to customize; 1Mís are going up in price and I cannot quite afford nor want to borrow for one; 135i prices are going through the floor and they appear hard to move, trade in quotes are crap (last trade price I got was $7,500 on a 1M) so the conversion option is now way more affordable; my car already has a range of BMW Performance gear on it and I know its history.

I also live in SA so little dealer choice plus additional costs buying interstate, and I will save on stamp duty if I need to fatten my budget a little.

Car as it is now, I will update as parts arrive and things start to happen.
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      12-07-2017, 08:21 PM   #2
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thats awesome! look forward to the pics. keeping it white or going with a different colour?

if you end up needing a genuine brand new 1M bumper PM me, friend has one for sale here in Perth. new, never used.
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      12-07-2017, 08:24 PM   #3
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keeping it white with black wheels I think.

New bumper already ordered but thanks.
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      12-08-2017, 01:13 AM   #4
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Care to share the spreadsheet of costs?
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      12-08-2017, 06:36 AM   #5
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I used tun3D parts list

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      12-08-2017, 10:01 AM   #6
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Unsolicited advice: I would strongly advise against this
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Maybe you can increase the budget for new wheels and tyres.
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Unsolicited advice: I would strongly advise against this
Why?

Let me guess -He/She shouldn't do it because the 1M is a sacred cow.

Screw the haters, Build the car, I'd like to go for a spin when you're done.
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      12-10-2017, 04:45 AM   #9
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Unsolicited advice: I would strongly advise against this
Why?

Let me guess -He/She shouldn't do it because the 1M is a sacred cow.

Screw the haters, Build the car, I'd like to go for a spin when you're done.
Probably because the 135i will be worth less than it was after dropping the money on a body kit and parts. Nor will it drive like a 1M.

Seems rather stupid to me too, but hey, if you have the money and the time to do it why not?
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Unsolicited advice: I would strongly advise against this
Why?

Let me guess -He/She shouldn't do it because the 1M is a sacred cow.

Screw the haters, Build the car, I'd like to go for a spin when you're done.
Probably because the 135i will be worth less than it was after dropping the money on a body kit and parts. Nor will it drive like a 1M.

Seems rather stupid to me too, but hey, if you have the money and the time to do it why not?
135i are dropping in price so if OP was looking for value he probably wouldn't be starting here. The 1M is a nice car but its just a bunch of parts. It'll never BE a 1M but you can make a 135i perform and look like one. If i was in the market for a 135i I would pay more for one that had 1M parts on it. Save me the hassle of doing it myself.
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      01-04-2018, 03:19 PM   #12
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Yes one of the front guards currently not available so waiting for ECS to find one B4 order ships.
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Sounds like I ordered all of my stuff at the right time.

What part number are you looking for?
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Rhf fender ending in 2626

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      01-11-2018, 06:54 PM   #16
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Thanks in Australia so local pickup a bit hard!!
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I just saw the post and thought of ya. Maybe you can talk him into shipping.
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Thanks all cool ECS have advised they have located a fender so shipping to occur soon.

Once parts arrive I will report on the build.
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Parts have shipped on the 17th of Jan so things starting to move.

Will share photos etc as the build progresses, and happy to answer any questions.

Please note I will not be responding to negative or "sounds stupid to me" posts as I am simply sharing my experience & build on this forum.

However I will at least say many people spend tens of thousands of dollars to improve performance and don't get their money back ; I am happy with the performance I simply want to improve the looks and keep it factory. I am also not doing it for resale but to extend the longevity in my ownership.
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Like I said nuthin but support from me.
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Parts have arrived in Melbourne currently clearing customs. Should be in Adelaide mid next week. Nervously excited let the build begin!!
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No need to justify your spending mate! Everyone has their own ideas and I reckon
Itís great what you are doing!! Canít wait to see the progress
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