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The all new 2015 BMW X6 is the second generation luxury cross over. BMW referes to the X6 as a Sports Activity Coupe (SAC) as it combines the attributes of an SUV (high ground clearance, xDrive and all-weather ability) with the stance, styling and roof line shape of a coupe. The F16 BMW X6 is build side by side with the F15 X5 at BMW's BMW's Spartanburg, SC plant. Read all about the second generation BMW X6 here!

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Old 04-04-2018, 05:30 PM
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F86 X6M (2016) Build Thread

Ok, "build thread" is a misleading headline. I'm not really building it, but I wanna share with everyone what I am doing (and what I want to do). Should you choose to follow along, you can.

My first 24 hours have been interesting. Bought it from a dealership in OC and didn't get home to LA without the "need service" gong going off. Oil, filters, spark plugs... nothing major, but c'mon?!?!

Then after picking it up from service, I plugged in my new phone charger and ZAP POP POW - blew the fuse. This is a horrible way to start a relationship with a car I spent months looking for. (BTW - fuse 36 in the Right Front kick panel area in case this happens to you).

So! Now on to some tweaks.

First thing I gotta do it start getting rid of some of this chrome. The kidney grilles are easy. I ordered a set from Amazon and will pop those in by friday (I'll include photos here when I do). The fender fins (or vents) were next. I snapped a before pic...
IMG_0011 by sam zamir

and here's the fins with a gloss black wrap...

IMG_0013 by sam zamir

and a close up...

IMG_0014 by sam zamir

While at it, I had them wrap the reflectors in the bumper, too.

IMG_0015 by sam zamir

Stay tuned for more... For example, I've had a hundred conversations around lowering springs vs. coil overs. Considering the affect on the factory shocks, warranty, cost of parts and install, who to use for install or do it myself.... I'm going nuts.

I think I made up my mind, but you're all welcome to throw your thoughts at me and make me further questions myself.

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Old 04-05-2018, 02:19 AM
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Where are the pics?
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Old 04-05-2018, 08:40 AM
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Where are the pics?
I failed. It looked good on preview post, but somehow didn't work. Sigh. Let me phone a friend on this.
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Old 04-05-2018, 09:14 AM
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Where are the pics?
There, I fixed it. (I really hope I'm not setting myself up to ridicule with this one)
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Old 04-06-2018, 04:54 PM
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Basic, I know. But...

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Old 04-16-2018, 05:23 PM
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So I went with H&R Sport Springs (not the coil overs) in the front, and adjustable links in the rear. Ghost Motorsports hooked me up on the install (I think they make their own links too).

I had measured the car at the fenders from the ground. The Left front went from about 31.9" to 30.4". That's 1.5" in the front.


The rears went from 31.75" to 30.5". That's a 1.25" drop in the back (they also balanced the .5" difference from LR to RR that was there before).


The new kidney grilles came in today (all black 'er thang) so I wanna install those before taking more photos. But here's one I took at night.

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