Monthly Archives: September 2014

  1. Frozen Blue M3 Gets Forgestar CF5V Wheels

    In its most recent visit to our shop, everyone's favorite Frozen Blue M3 got a fresh set of wheels. Previously equipped with a set of Forgestar F14s, the owner of this E92 wanted to change things up just a bit. Like his F14s, these new CF5Vs are finished in a similar gunmetal color and feature an aggressive, concave profile. Other new additions to this car include the Mode Carbon side skirts along with the custom LTMW 1M style front bumper. Enjoy.

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  2. Akrapovic Evolution Exhaust Installed on M4

    Having home-court advantage to Akrapovic's North American facilities, we work very closely with the company and were able to provide installation and collect some data on the new Evolution system for the F8X M3 & M4 platform. Akrapovic's newly-acquired M4 had just completed getting vinyl wrapped and needed a system installed right away.

    As expected from Akrapovic, the systems are very high quality and constructed from full titanium. Everything needed is included with the Evolution systems for a bolt on installation, and installation was a breeze. There are two options of exhaust tips: carbon fiber or titanium. For this M4 we installed the carbon fiber tips, which also feature polished titanium just under the 2x2 weave.To complete the installation, we also replaced the stock diffuser with Akrapovic's matching carbon fiber diffuser.

    Because it's made from titanium, this exhaust weighs 25.5lbs less than the OEM steel version. This system has a very throaty and exotic exhaust note while retaining the S55's signature sound. It's also a little louder than other Akrapovic Evolution exhaust systems that we've installed; it's not overbearing, just aggressive. On the dyno we recorded a peak gain of 7whp on 91 octane, this can mean a couple of things: 1) The BMW factory exhaust is very efficient, or 2) The choke point likely is further up at the downpipes. Watch the dyno video below to hear the exhaust for yourself and check out all these photos from the installation. Enjoy!

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  3. New RKP Carbon Fiber Diffuser for F8X M3 & M4

    RKP has just released their new carbon fiber diffuser for the F8X M3 & M4! This diffuser has been in development for over 3 months with a specific focus on fit and finish. The fins are particularly thin, and although this makes them especially difficult to manufacture, their athletic appearance is more purposeful and athletic. Unlike the BMW M Performance diffuser, RKP’s fins extend all the way to the edge of the diffuser, giving them a much more noticeable look in all of the right areas. Available in either 1x1 or 2x2 weave patterns. Check out the photos below to see this diffuser installed on a Yas Marina Blue M3 with iND's black exhaust tips. Enjoy!

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  4. sillieidiot's Alpine White E46 330Ci

    E46Fanatics member sillieidiot has been bringing his Alpine White 330Ci to us for the past 5 years now. During that time, we've seen this E46 change, grow and evolve into the car that it is today. Recently he stopped by for an alignment service, so it was the perfect opportunity for us to grab some new photos. Featuring a lengthy list of modifications including things like a carbon fiber roof, carbon fiber hood, carbon fiber trunk, AST coilovers, APEX ARX-8s and OEM M3 exterior components, this highly customized 330Ci has successfully maintained a clean, yet head-turning style. Take a look below at the photos and the full list of modifications to get some appreciation of all the work that went into building this car. If you want to dive even deeper, then check out silieidiot's very own build thread on E46Fanataics. Enjoy!

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  5. 1M gets Ohlins Coilovers and BBS FI Wheels

    This Alpine White 1M Coupe is certainly no stranger to our shop; the last time it was here we installed a full Akrapovic titanium exhaust system. This time we focused on the suspension, wheels and engine. First on this E82's list was installing the Ohlins DFV Road & Track coilovers, which lowered the car to a more aggressive ride height, improved the handling performance and maintained an acceptable level of daily driver comfort. Next we mounted up a set of 19" BBS FI wheels, which are almost certainly the most coveted wheels among the BMW community, along with an MRG titanium racing stud conversion kit. Under the hood, we swapped out the OEM intercooler with a much larger Forge Motorsport one and installed an Evolution Racewerks diverter valve charge pipe, both of which will work to improve the twin turbos' power delivery. Along with the carbon fiber Akra tips, this 1M's exterior is also adorned with a BMW Performance spoiler, Vorsteiner diffuser, Lightweight Performance front lip and an iND Painted cosmetic package. On the inside, a BMW Performance electronic steering wheel brings the whole car together. Enjoy.

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  6. Mineral White Vorsteiner F82 M4

    Vorsteiner just released their new carbon fiber diffuser for the F8X M3 & M4 this week, so naturally they took a bunch of photos to show it off. This Mineral White M4 features both the new carbon fiber diffuser and carbon fiber front lip, along with a set of Vorsteiner's VSC-101 forged monoblock wheels. Take a look below to check out these new pieces from every angle. Enjoy!

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  7. Lowered Alpine White 428i

    This Alpine White 428i M-Sport swung by our facility yesterday for a set of H&R sport springs. The new 1" lower ride height, combined with the matte black GTS replicas, M Performance trunk spoiler and matte black vinyl accents, give this F32 a super sleek and sporty style. Enjoy.

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  8. Carbon Fiber Installed on a Mineral Gray M4

    Having been to our shop before for some other modifications, this Mineral Gray M4 returned for a bit of additional carbon fiber. On the inside we installed the BMW M Performance carbon fiber DCT shifter knob in conjunction with the carbon fiber and Alcantara console trim, both of which perfectly match the rest of the carbon fiber interior trim. Continuing to the exterior, we then installed the M Performance carbon fiber trunk spoiler. We really love this piece; it's sharp, elegant and instantly gives the F82 an aggressive, sporty style. Enjoy.

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  9. LeMans Blue M3 Gets a Few Performance Upgrades

    This stock LeMans Blue M3 finally came to our shop to get some modifications. The first order of business for this E92 was extracting a bit more power out of the S65 V8. To do this, we installed a set of Macht Schnell performance underdrive pulleys in conjunction with a Macht Schnell catless race x-pipe. Even with the stock mufflers, the Macht Schnell x-pipe really gives an aggressive sound; check out the video below to hear it for yourself. We then focused on the suspension, where we swapped out the stock springs with a set of Swift Spec-R lowering springs, and installed two sets of Macht Schnell wheel spacers. Last but not least, we installed BMW's Edition black chrome kidney grilles and fender gilles, which really tied the whole car together. Enjoy.

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  10. Meisterschaft Exhaust Installed on F80 M3

    Wanting more sound from his M3, this customer came to us for a Mesiterschaft exhaust system. Featuring their large diameter split tips and welded sectional design, this Meisterschaft GT stainless steel exhaust system is built for high flow and high volume. This Black Sapphire F80 is also sporting the BMW M Performance carbon fiber trunk spoiler along with a set of Macht Schnell wheel spacers, which really help to give the car an aggressive style. Black kidney grilles, side markers and front reflectors give the finishing touches to this loud and sinister M3. Enjoy.

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