My Blue 1

azshantris

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It's time I finally get together a build thread of my bimmer. It's not the most fascinating, the fastest, nor the coolest, but it's mine. I want to show it off and definitely keep building it. (Who wants to send me a big turbo?)

This is my third BMW so far. Still have a 1988 735i, and sold my 2004 e46 330ci 9/16/19
My dad has 2 e90 335i's, 2 e46 328i's and an e46 325i so far. I do the mods and maintenance on all of them.
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As I add to this build I'll update, as well as post links to DIYs that I plan to write up.
Enjoy 😊

2011 135i with a DCT and I think every available option. It's Montego Blue Metallic. Mid 2010 build so it has an N55 engine but pre-lci lights, combox, and n54 hpfp.
It was traded in by a guy who was going to turn it into a track car and then found out his girl was pregnant.

Here's the very first photo I took, anxiously scribbling my signature to finally bring her home:
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And after I signed:
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Car had an MHD tune (not sure of stage), Carbon fiber kidney grilles, a red tow hook, tinted side marker lights, VRSF catless ceramic costed downpipe, muffler delete, M3 cowl with BMS filters, and BBS RS-GT forged 2 piece 18x8 +35 wheels with bald winter tires. Oh and the factory wheels with brand new tires 😁

Every mod and hit of maintenance to the car since I've done myself.

BMS intake:
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Blew the stock charge pipe like 2 weeks after having it:
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MHD stage 2+, VRSF 7" HD intercooler, GGB FV+, VRSF aluminum charge pipe and elbow, plus all silicone couplers:
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At some point I did a combox retrofit to have bluetooth streaming but apparently didn't take pictures, or I couldn't find them.

1000w alpine type S, originally in a basic sealed box and then a fitted fiberglass from Visual Ice. Definitely recommend them for price. Added myself a remote bassknob so it can be quiet when I want, and obnoxious if I so choose:
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Meatier grip was next. Apex Racing 18x8.5 et45 and 18x9.5 et 52 wrapped in continental dWS06 235, 265. Managed to pick these up for 1300$ as a set, and shortly after sold my bald tire bbs for 1500$. I loved the look of the BBS for their style color, and lip, but they just didn't fit right:
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A few shots here and there:
1st autocross
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First Drag Race
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My girlfriend had to get a 328i
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My best friend is a mopar guy
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Boost gauge. Not sure why exactly I installed this, I know it's a bit tacky but I like it and it's nice to not have to boot up MHD or anything else. From Prosport:
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Boost gauge helped me see dome missing boost here and there so I got a test kit and found all of my couplers to be slightly leaking by and fixed them by tightening and adjusting. Highly recommend Dave at turbo boost leak testers, very responsive and helpful:
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Changed from pre-lci to Blackline taillights for a drastically more modern look:
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The real fun, 2.81 rear end, M3 shifter, M3 cluster, and M3 GTS transmission software!:
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3/20/20:
His and hers wash and wax. Her 2012 328i coupe. Ibiz car wash, Car Guys wax. Pretty darn glossy. And a little paint correction with compounding and polishing where needed.
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doublespaces

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Awesome dude, thanks for sharing. I don't know how many 1 series has this m3 setup? I've been out of the loop for a while but there can't be very many.
 

azshantris

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Awesome dude, thanks for sharing. I don't know how many 1 series has this m3 setup? I've been out of the loop for a while but there can't be very many.
Thank you!
I think I've only seen 2 other 1s, at least on this forum. And even then only a handful of 3s. It's a pretty sweet mod and really not that terribly hard after all the research and troubleshooting that's been done on this forum. Definitely a good bit of trimming to be done for the 1 fitment, I've got lots of photos I'll put into my write up on it when I get around to it, possibly later today.
 

azshantris

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Update:
Looking sick!!! How much does that sub weigh? :)
Thanks!
Just about 10lbs
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I'm surprised at myself for not having pics of my install, the sub amp is under the trunk floor and I tapped a line out converter to the factory amp.
 

derekgates

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Cool to see you post this! Looks like a fun ride. I think you have a really interesting combination with the N55, DCT and in the lighter 1 series. I drive a pig of a 335is :p

I look forward to what you have coming next!



How is the M3 'swap' going for you? The shifts start feeling any better?
 

azshantris

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Cool to see you post this! Looks like a fun ride. I think you have a really interesting combination with the N55, DCT and in the lighter 1 series. I drive a pig of a 335is :p

I look forward to what you have coming next!



How is the M3 'swap' going for you? The shifts start feeling any better?
Thanks dude!
I don't think they're too far off in weight 😅

The shifts seem pretty great. There are a few weird differences in how iand when it chooses to downshift and then if you lift right after r shift it revs way up in neutral. Overall definitely a pretty different feel and takes some getting used to but I've found that D3 is what I think feels the closest to my stock software which I prefer for daily driving. Really enjoying everything about it so far 😁
I got a couple vids on my gopro that I'll try not edit and upload but don't wanna show me maybe flying by a cop at 80 in a 50 😂😂
I'm gonna do a whole thread on my conversion for other to follow and kinda recap and realoem all the info to make it a little easier for everyone jumping in a couple years after the OGs, like me.
 
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JPuehl

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Is the pic of your car at the auto-cross taken in Bremerton? I take my LMB 135i there often but have only been there once in March so far this year.
 

azshantris

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Is the pic of your car at the auto-cross taken in Bremerton? I take my LMB 135i there often but have only been there once in March so far this year.
Yep, sure is. I live in Port Orchard like 10-15 minutes from the track. I've only been one time total so far. Too much other stuff going on to get out there but I sure would like to race more.
 

JPuehl

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Yep, sure is. I live in Port Orchard like 10-15 minutes from the track. I've only been one time total so far. Too much other stuff going on to get out there but I sure would like to race more.

Let me know when you go race somewhere and I'll join you if you don't mind. I usually auto-cross at Bremerton, track day at Pacific Raceway and used to drag at Bremerton, but then they switched from a 1/4 to 1/8 mile format, so my wife and I want to go to Pacific Raceway, when they open back up.