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      02-26-2013, 09:50 PM   #1
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Drives: 15 X5 Msport & a lot of Merc's
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Tacoma/Puyallup, WA

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Welcome to my E90 build thread, everything will be posted here even small mods to update regularly.

IG: taranofficial
Car Fiend: @Taran.j


Bought as a daily driver/beater in August of 2012. I come from a family line of Mercedes' which I had no intension of ever buying a 3 series it definitely is a more solid and overall joy to drive over my 2008 C350, 2009 C300, and 2009 A4 respectfully. The helpful and knowledgable Bimmerpost community surpassed my expectations in what I could achieve out of this 328i. The best part of this car has to be its driver engagment over other luxury cars in this catorgory. The steering response, the suspension modded by just springs, perches, and struts to give the ultimate drivers car a little more grip in the hills. My e90 came as stock as they came in 2007, its an early build with a date of production of 11/06. I got none of the goodies and doing no research of this car or any BMW for that matter and buying it unseen in 35 minutes it was a risk I would like to say paid off. It came without any packages so I recieved the bare minimal. My car has gone through some stages (Seen throughout my videos). I started it off as a daily driver which would get no love, just miles, gasoline, rock chips, and service. But the ease of modifying this car and being "Bit by the mod-bug" only left it stock for about 48 hours. It was a California lease return car so it came with a n51 motor (3 stage from factory) which is paired to an Active Autowerkes tune, charcoal delete in the stock air intake box, and a OEM BMW performance exhaust. With decent performance and no turbo the N51 in my opinion is the last REAL naturally aspirated inline 6 from BMW. Which in my case is great as I do not have more things under my hood to worry about but for a daily driver and a head turner I believe what I envisioned after signing up for this forum and understanding BMW's and what they stood for this is the pinnacle of motoring for this generation of automotive history.

I'd like to thank the countless PM's with forum members who have shared their knowledge and ease of DIY with me over long evenings in garages, Facetime and text messages.

To the companies who get my parts when I want them and for the price I can live with - Van Cours Custom Installs in Puyallup, WA, Griots Garage Detailing service in Tacoma, WA, Kao@BIM Coding in Renton, WA for all of my coding needs.

Here is a full list of my modifications, pictures, and videos from along the way.

Enjoy, Taran.J


-Jet Black
-1M Front bumper with brake ducts painted in Jet Black
-1M Custom Front Lip
-Seibon LCI M3 CF Hood painted in Jet Black
-LCI Gloss Black kidney grills
-ACS Jet Black rear bumper add on spoiler lip (diffuser)
-Custom rear bumper side fin/diffuser blades wrapped in gloss black
-ACS Jet Black roof spoiler
-Sonic Tuning high kick CSL trunk with exposed CF lip
-OEM M3 Side mirrors with auto fold, heat, etc.
-OEM M3 CF Mirror caps
-35% tint all around
-Prosplitters side skirt splitters 79.25"
-Debadged 328i model identifier
-OEM radiator painted matte black
-OEM Blacklines
-R-Dash 24 LED license plate lights
-OEM brake calipers paint in gloss black
-80mm EAS M3 quad exhaust tips in stainless steel
-OEM halogens retrofitted with's Bi-Xenon Morimoto H1 projectors with 4xLED angel eyes. 6,000k 35w digital slim HID kit + 55w resistors wired up with no errors.
-Black Cyba scoops
-Black and White CF Hood and Trunk BMW Emblems
-Tinted side turn markers in VHT NiteShades spray on tint
-GodSpeed front tow hook plate
-Red CNC tow hook
-Red Turner Motorsports Tow Hook Strap


-Black leatherette
-CF air bag emblem
-OEM Performance Blue Steering wheel
-OEM Performance Alcantara trim
-OEM M3 DCT paddles with CF extended paddles (RETROFITTED, car did not have paddles pre installed)
-OEM split black leather armrest
-Hardwired Whistler radar detector
-Belkin Bluetooth CarAudioConnect V2 (Aux + 12v in armrest unit in storage cubby)
-Custom Galaxy Tab 3 7" velcro'd to my dash (Streaming Bluetooth audio via Belkin CarConnect via cars Aux)
-LCI Volume knobs BMW PART # 65 12 9 284 679
-LCI Cup holders
-6,000k Interior LEDs
--Doors, dome, map, footwells, glovebox, trunk
-Red painted Start button surround
-OEM Jet Black painted interior pieces
--All oem wood trim, m3 steering wheel trim, light switch surround, sport gear shifter


-Charcoal delete
-AA Stage 3 tune
-Removed under hood insulation
-Rear bumper under carriage plastic deleted for M3 exhaust
--Engine cover, intake ducts (suction hoods), 3 Stage manifold 'BMW' Cover
-Black cyba air scoops
-OEM BMW Performance exhaust with quad EAS 80mm exhaust tips
-Custom Magnaflow Y pipe (part number 10758) in place of BMW OEM Y PIPE resonator delete for more rumble!
-Coded off low and, high beam checks, disabled turn signals
-Coded virtual MPH, live MPG, Disabled seatbelt chimes, auto unlock at Stop, windows up and down with remote.
-Zimmerman OEM Rotors Front and Rear
-328i Trunk storage replaced with 335i/M3 storage compartment
-DIY E vap canister mount

Wheels and Suspension components

-Renn Motorsports RS 51 Light weight flow forged wheels
--Front 19x8.5 ET 35, 2009 TMPS, wrapped in Toyo Proxy 235/35 + 15mm Renn Motorsports spacers final ET 20
--Rear 19x9.5 ET 35, 2009 TMPS, wrapped in Falken FK452 265/30 + 20mm Renn Motorsports spacers final ET 15
--Black and white wheel center caps
-Style 268 alloys (Wintersetup)
--16x7, 2007 TMPS, wrapped in 205/55 Bridgestone Turanza RFT's
-Eibach Pro-Kit
--Progressive springs
-Sonic Tuning supplied Renn motorsports 15mm and 20mm spacers
--With extended tapered bolts
-SUPREME POWER Lowering Perches
-Rear fenders rolled
-APEX Racing STUD conversion kit
--BLOX Racing extended nuts in NEOCHROME

Old/Removed Modifications

-OEM Jet Black bumper (SOLD)
-OEM Jet Black splitters (SOLD)
-Hamann Jet Black rep lip (SOLD)
-M3 front bumper painted Jet Black, with fogs (SOLD)
-M3 style Vorsteiner CF lip (SOLD)
-OEM PRE LCI front grills (SOLD)
-OEM Jet Black trunk (SOLD)
-OEM Carbon fiber performance spoiler (SOLD)
-Alufelgen SF-71 Custom powder coated BK12 (SOLD)
-Starke Racing LS1 Silver with Polished lip (SOLD)
-Black CF wrapped hood (Removed)
-OEM 328i Trunk Storage (SOLD)
-Pre lci cup holders black (SOLD)
-OEM non sport springs (Back-up)
-Style 157 16x7, wrapped in Bridgestone Turanza RFT's 205/55 (SOLD)
-Style 162 18x8, 18x8.5 wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza RFT's 225/40, 255/35 (SOLD)
-Style 95 19x9, and 19x10 (SOLD)
-DEPO V1 4 LED projector plug and play no error headlamps, with white euro reflector (SOLD)
-ACS trunk spoiler (SOLD)
-MTech trunk spoiler (SOLD)
-Black tow hook (SOLD)
-20% tint (Removed)
-Custom iPad on dash mount via portfolio case (Now galaxy tab)
-Pre lci cup holders (SOLD)
-OEM black Armrest (SOLD)
-Sport steering wheel trim (CF main and red vinyled chrome pieces)
-M3 steering wheel sport trim (SOLD)
-OEM BMW e90 Roof Rack Base System w/Thule xt871 fairing (SOLD)
-OEM tails painted reverse in VHT red + Plast-Dip over in Smoke SOLD)


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Last edited by Taran.J; 06-01-2016 at 03:57 PM.