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Old 01-02-2013, 01:15 PM
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2011 BMW 335i - Complete Modification List (NEED ADVICE)

I've spent at least 20 hours researching the "best" parts for the 2011 BMW E90 335i.

Features:

Engine: N55
Transmission: Automatic
Exterior Color: White
Sports Package
Premium Package

Modifications - Exterior:

BMW OEM M-Tech Aero Kit (Front Bumper, Side Skirts, Rear Bumper): $2140 (link)
Matte Black Kidney Grills for E90 LCI: $99 (link)
3D Design Carbon Fiber Diffuser for 2-tip Exhaust (Matte Black): $1440 (link)
3D Design Front Lip Spoiler (Matte Black): $1050 (link)
Karbonwerke CSL Style BootLid for LCI E90: $1200 (link)
BMW OEM M3 Mirrors: $1750 (link)
Vorsteiner BMW E90 Vented Race Hood (1x1 Mesh, Single Sided): $1300 (link)
AutoTecknic Painted Side Bumper Reflectors: $60 (link)
BMW E90 Painted Front Bumper Reflectors: $65 (link)
Vorsteiner Carbon Fiber License Plate Frame w/ logo: $55 (link)
Carbon Fiber Vinyl Door Sills: $50 (link)
BMW License LEDs: $25 (link)

Modifications - Interior:

E90 Full LED Interior Kit: $75 (link)
AC Schnitzer Aluminum Pedals: $100 (link)
BMW Carbon Fiber Roundel Overlays - $45 (link)
Escort Passport 9500ix Radar/Laser Detector (Blue Display): $475 (link)

Modifications - Wheels / Tires / Suspension:

Not sure what wheels/tires I want yet -- will go to tire shop and figure it out.
KW Variant 1 Coilover System: $1500 (link)

Modifications - Lighting

Lux H8 LED Angel Eye Upgrade v3: $245 (link)
Philips 5000K Capsule D1S Xenon HID Bulbs: $170 (link)
WeissLicht LED Turn Signal Bulbs (Front): $70 (link)
E92-Lighting LED Turn Signal Bulbs (Side): $12/pair (link)

Modifications - Performance:

Vanguard Stainless Exhaust System for BMW E9X: $1350 (link)
AR Design 3" Hi-Flo Catless Downpipes: $840 (link)
Active Autowerke E9X 335i Intercooler (Sport Version): $699 (link)
N52 Euro Air Box: $410 (link)
N52 Euro Air Box High Flow K&N Air Filter: $50 (link)
RSD Oil Catch Can for BMW 335i: $320 (link)

Modifications - DIY:

1) clearcoat carbon fiber parts to prevent from yellowing
2) hardwire escort passport 9500ix
3) fully blackout headlights w/ corner delete
4) 35% tint
5) paint side-view mirror caps
6) paint calipers matte black
7) carbon fiber wrapped interior
8) convert the front bumper/fender to m3 bumper/fender

Questions:

1) What modifications can i remove from this list?
2) What modifications should i add to this list?
3) What is the recommended front/rear tire sizes?
4) Is a performance chip recommended? I'm more into looks/sound as opposed to horsepower.
5) Are any of these parts necessary modifications?:

Performance Chip
Front Strut Brace
Front/Rear Sway Bars
Oil Cooler
Bushings for rear subframe
Limited slip differential

Look forward to hearing your responses. THANKS!

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Old 01-02-2013, 01:17 PM
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Only response I have is this is a badass thread if I end up picking up my 335. Ill be right here for a few hours looking at everything
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You forgot the best improvement/mod of all: BMW Driving School (or equivalent)
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Old 01-02-2013, 01:23 PM
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You forgot the best improvement/mod of all: BMW Driving School (or equivalent)
why is that so important? What does it do other than teach you how to drive the bmw really well
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Old 01-02-2013, 03:32 PM
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Can anyone offer some suggestions and/or answer my questions? It would be much appreciated.
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Old 01-02-2013, 03:35 PM
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I've spent at least 20 hours researching the "best" parts for the 2011 BMW E90 335i.

Dude....get some sleep!

Gonna burn, what, 10 grand?

Recommend: Pick just one....enjoy the job. Revel in your worth. Think about maybe another mod some time down the road.
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Need Cobb or JB4 up top....
Concur. Too much show, nearly no go. And the amount of go you've got baseline is going to be poorly utilized without some track training.
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why is that so important? What does it do other than teach you how to drive the bmw really well
Why would someone invest an insane amount of money to not drive the car to its fullest potential? Driving school is probably one of the cheapest "mods" he/she can do.
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Dude....get some sleep!

Gonna burn, what, 10 grand?

Recommend: Pick just one....enjoy the job. Revel in your worth. Think about maybe another mod some time down the road.
+1 might as well just flush the money - also +1 on the driving school.

BTW: Anyone who has to ask why driving school's a good deal really really needs it.
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Why would someone invest an insane amount of money to not drive the car to its fullest potential? Driving school is probably one of the cheapest "mods" he/she can do.
Because if I could take a corner very fast after taking this class Id probably get more tickets? That'd be a good reason lol
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Because if I could take a corner very fast after taking this class Id probably get more tickets? That'd be a good reason lol
Usually, knowing how to accomplish something skillfully comes with the added benefit of better judgment on when and where to accomplish that something. This is very often true of driving technique. There's also the not insignificant matter of knowing that, should you ever actually need to take a corner at high speeds for, say, accident avoidance purposes, you're capable of doing so successfully and safely.
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Usually, knowing how to accomplish something skillfully comes with the added benefit of better judgment on when and where to accomplish that something. This is very often true of driving technique. There's also the not insignificant matter of knowing that, should you ever actually need to take a corner at high speeds for, say, accident avoidance purposes, you're capable of doing so successfully and safely.
Good points
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OP, do you have a 328i or a 335i? you have mods listed for the N55 and n52, both are completely different engines and not compatible
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OP, do you have a 328i or a 335i? you have mods listed for the N55 and n52, both are completely different engines and not compatible
I messed this modification list up. I am now dead set on the 2011 BMW 328i Sedan.

I won't be posting any modification threads until I have it 100% down (1-2 weeks). Sorry about the confusion here.
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jesus christ dude it is just a car. are you looking into something to drive or some kind of weird human peacock display of reproductive traits?
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jesus christ dude it is just a car. are you looking into something to drive or some kind of weird human peacock display of reproductive traits?
A BMW is never just a car.
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Back in my old apartment there was this depserate housewife that lived under me and just about every time Id leave she's have to say something like "Oh my gawd yoah caah is so beautiful" or "Oh my gawd I wish I had yoah caaah" till one day I got fed up and I was just like lady, it's just a car. And this was my 328 lol
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Why not buy an M3 if you are going to drop that much money on mods?
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Old 01-04-2013, 11:29 AM
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I'm spending $25,000 on the 328i and ~$12,000 on the modifications. That's $37,000 (including labor). Last time I checked, an M3 is more than that. Besides, I don't like turbos and I'm not here for power; more for looks and sound.
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I'm spending $25,000 on the 328i and ~$12,000 on the modifications. That's $37,000 (including labor). Last time I checked, an M3 is more than that. Besides, I don't like turbos and I'm not here for power; more for looks and sound.
M3's don't have turbos. NA V8 engine. And I'd say an M3 sounds and looks pretty good. You can get an '09 M3 for about that price. Just a thought.
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M3's don't have turbos. NA V8 engine. And I'd say an M3 sounds and looks pretty good. You can get an '09 M3 for that about that price. Just a thought.
M3s get ~20MPG highway -- I want 30MPG highway, which the 328i does (even better with performance exhaust,intake,tune)

Also, I've always been more interested in upgraded base models than stock top-of-the-line models, just a personal preference.

For my age, where I live, and my expectations of my car, the 328i is the best car for me. Thanks for the suggestions though.
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IMO, 30 mpg might be a little optimistic.

Also I say drive a 335. For the amount of money you plan to put into the car, a 335 may be a better place to start as you may want more power not now, but later. 328 is much less complex and likely more reliable than the 335 though.
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IMO, 30 mpg might be a little optimistic.

Also I say drive a 335. For the amount of money you plan to put into the car, a 335 may be a better place to start as you may want more power not now, but later. 328 is much less complex and likely more reliable than the 335 though.
For some reason, I can't get my head around the twin turbo. I don't like turbo at all. Also, I'm buying a certified used 328i because I can't afford to shell out for repairs after I spend all my money on modifications. And to be completely honest, I'd want to spend the same amount of $$$ on 335i modifications, so I might as well stick to the more reliable, better MPG, less expensive car. I will be very content with the 328i; I don't want more power than that!!! Thanks for all the advice though, guys. I do get where you're coming from, just not ideal for me (yet).
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Then get a 330i that is your best choice and do the mod still giving high twenty miles per gallon.
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