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    My BMW 135i: A Cosmetic & Performance Chronicle

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    “Grimm 1” 2009 BMW 135i Coupe
    Alpine White Exterior
    Coral Red Interior
    M-Sport Package
    Premium Package
    Premium Sound Package
    Rear Distance Control

    Mission
    To create a sinister and unique BMW 135i capable of intimidating and conquering performance vehicles well above class and price point by combining OEM style cosmetic augmentations and customized accents with best of breed performance modifications.

    Cosmetics
    When selecting and applying the cosmetics enhancements, I wanted to create a clean black on white aesthetic that highlighted the OEM look while establishing a baleful facade. I blended BMW performance accessories with professionally customized matte black and alpine white accents to ensure clean fitment and color harmony. Following is the catalogue of cosmetic modifications that have been applied to the vehicle:
    BMW Performance Grilles
    BMW Performance Side Skirts
    BMW Performance CF Rear Spoiler
    BMW Performance Aluminum Pedals
    BMW License Plate Covers
    BMW 35% Window Tints
    Custom Matte Black Roof Wrap
    Custom Matte Black 261M Rims
    Custom Dark Smoked Tail Lighting
    Custom Dark Smoked Rear Brake Light
    Custom Alpine White Brakes

    Following are some pictures of the vehicle:

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    Performance
    When installing performance modifications I elected to go with arguably the most reputable manufacturers of N54 products that have demonstrated significant outcomes substantiated by data and enthusiast community feedback. Each modification was carefully researched and represents what I believe to be best in class in each category and when combined deliver exceptional performance gains. Following is the list of performance modifications that have been applied to the vehicle:

    Burger Motorsports Juice Box Stage 3 Version 2.0
    Burger Motorsports Data Cable
    Burger Motorsports Dual Cone Intake
    AMS Front Mount Intercooler
    AR Designs 3” Catless Downpipes
    BMW Performance Exhaust
    H&R Sport Springs
    Hankook Ventus V12 Tires
    P3C Integrated Vent Gauge

    The following table illustrates the performance figures of “Grimm 1” fully modified:
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    Below are the dyno charts and mile time slips that substantiate the data presented in the table above.


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    Credits
    I would like to thank the following vendors and garages for enabling my vision to become a reality:

    Terry Burger for designing incredible products and delivering extraordinary customer service
    Mike at N54Tuning.com for delivering my performance modifications and helping with many installs
    Charlie at Bimmersport Automotive for his incredible installations and support
    Keiron at Kjohn Car Innovations for his extraordinary powder coating & painting craftsmanship
    Shinzo media for their spectacular vinyl wrapping and lens film handy work
    Champion Motors for their awesome dyno setup and unique customer experience

    Special thanks to the following Bimmerboost & N54 community members for offering their wisdom, guidance and friendship:

    Dzenno for helping with dynos, track days, mods and friendship, thanks bro
    UltimateRacing335 for instilling his wisdom and guidance
    Farbmw for organizing events and being one of the nicest people you will ever meet
    The entire N54 community on Bimmerboost & N54tech for being such an awesome group
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    Last edited by Irishace; 06-26-2010 at 08:45 PM.

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    looking good!

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    Thanks, had some errors on the images, fixing them now.

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    Very nice. Need to wrap the mirrors in Matte vinyl, or get the CF covers from BMW Performance + a color matched pinstripe! Also: Do 135's come stock with those size calipers or do you have a cover on them painted AW with the Logo painted black?

    Anyways, Beautiful car, thanks for sharing!

    -Adrian

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    Thanks for the feedback, much appreciated. The brakes are custom painted alpine white and the 135i does come stock with those brakes. I am not going to change the mirror color as I like how the white works. Not a huge fan of pinstripes as well.

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    Nice, clean and simple.

    Very well done.

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    Nice looking car and even better writeup! Click here to enlarge

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    You sir have some class. I really liked the way you thanked companies and members alike for their help and support.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    You sir have some class. I really liked the way you thanked companies and members alike for their help and support.
    I would have never landed on a BMW 135i if it were not for the N54 community and sites. Vendors like Terry and Mike have also been a huge help in providing advice on performance, everything that they have advised has been dead on accurate.

    Also, the awesome members of the N54 community that I have met both in the GTA and around the globe have been tremendous. I love our community even if we have the odd "disagreement".

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Terry@BMS Click here to enlarge
    Nice looking car and even better writeup! Click here to enlarge
    Thanks T, big shout out to you and Mike!

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    very nice car, super clean!
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    Gorgeous car, one of the cleanest AW 135s I've seen yet. Stance looks awesome too, maybe just a little lower in the back. Love what you did with it otherwise! Keep it up.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Phiberglass Click here to enlarge
    Gorgeous car, one of the cleanest AW 135s I've seen yet. Stance looks awesome too, maybe just a little lower in the back. Love what you did with it otherwise! Keep it up.
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    Thanks so much, your car is gorgeous as well. Really like the way you have approached it.

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    Car is looking sexy. Thanks for the pictures
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    Kick ass job man, looks awesome!

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