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      01-05-2013, 07:32 PM   #1
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2011 BMW E90 328i Modification List - FINALIZED

Here it is: my finalized modification list. All of the criticism about the 328i being inferior to the 335i has been received (but disregarded), so hopefully we can all move on from this :mad:

Features:

Engine: N51 (SULEV, let's goooooooo!)
Transmission: Automatic
Drivetrain: RWD
Exterior Color: White or Black - not sure yet. suggestions?

Modifications - Exterior:

Matte Black Kidney Grills for E90 LCI: $100 (link)
BMW OEM M-Tech Aero Kit (Front Bumper, Side Skirts, Rear Bumper): $2140 (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: $1300 (link)
BMW Carbon Fiber Roundel Overlays - $45 (link)
Carbon Fiber Mirror Covers: $170 (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)
Pre-Painted Key Hole Covers for BMW E9X: $35 (link)
Carbon Fiber Vinyl Door Sills: $50 (link)
BMW License LEDs: $25 (link)

Modifications - Interior:

Escort Passport 9500ix Radar/Laser Detector (Blue Display): $475 (link)
E90 Full LED Interior Kit: $75 (link)
AC Schnitzer Aluminum Pedals: $100 (link)

Modifications - Wheels / Tires / Suspension:

SUMMER:

Avant Garde M359 Wheels 19 Silver [F: 19x9 ET35, R: 19x10 ET38]: $1100 (link)
Hankook Ventus V12 EVO K110 Tires (F: 235/35/19, R: 265/30/19): $1000 (link)
Tire Pressure Monitoring System: $250 (link)

WINTER:

Factory Wheels (Either 16 or 17)
Bridgestone Blizzak Tires (confirm size with TireRack before purchasing)

KW Variant 1 Coilover System: $1500 (link)
Tire Garage: $50 (link)

Modifications - Lighting:

Lux H8 LED Angel Eye Upgrade v3: $245 (link)
Philips 5000K Capsule D1S HID Bulbs: $140 (link)
Philips Crystal Vision 9006 HID Bulbs: $35 (link)
WeissLicht LED Turn Signal Bulbs (Front): $70 (link)
E92-Lighting LED Turn Signal Bulbs (Side): $6 (link)

Modifications - Performance:

BMW Performance Intake: $850 (link)
K&N Replacement Air Filter: $50 (link)
Eisenmann Racing Exhaust BMW E90 335i: $2200 (link)
*will require custom work to allow 335-type exhaust (one tip on each side)*
Active Autowerke E9X Performance Software: $500 (link)
BMW OEM Front Strut Tower Brace: $260 (link)

Modifications - Mechanic Services:

Paint carbon fiber parts with clear coat to prevent from yellowing
3M ClearBra
Convert 328i-type exhaust to 335i-type exhaust (one tip on each side)
Hardwire Escort Passport 9500ix Radar Detector
Fully black out headlights (delete amber corner if legal)
35% tint
Paint side-view mirror caps
Paint calipers matte black
Carbon fiber wrapped interior

Hope you can all benefit from this, and I hope we can all improve on this to the point of perfection! 3-series FTW!
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      01-05-2013, 09:27 PM   #2
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Sinking $30,000 into modifying a 3-series is retarded.
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      01-05-2013, 09:31 PM   #3
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All said and done, it will be $10,000 of modifications and $2,000 of labor. It's 100% worth it.
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      01-06-2013, 01:11 AM   #4
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Looking forward to seeing some build posts for your mods. Should be a good result.
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If you are spending this type of money, why not get it tuned by the company over in Germany? I cant remember their name off the top of my head, but v supposedly they can tune the engine to over 270hp.

Also there is a company that sells a stroker kit that will get you 300+HP.
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All said and done, it will be $10,000 of modifications and $2,000 of labor. It's 100% worth it.
Well from the numbers you provided and added up they come to $14,761 and the labor estimate might be a little low and you didn't include shipping costs for all the parts. So I can see $20K in cost. None of the performace add-ons will do anything for an actual increase in performance.

Leave the cosmetics alone and build the motor for the money you'll spend and get some real performance gains.
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All said and done, it will be $10,000 of modifications and $2,000 of labor. It's 100% worth it.
The stuff you listed is over $16,000. Plus labor, paint and misc expenses puts you easily at $30K. Plus the cost of the automatic base model 3-series that you will festoon with all of this stupid crap and you are at $50-55K for a slow car that is worth about $15,000 because it is so hacked up. Knock yourself out.
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      01-06-2013, 11:21 AM   #8
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It is his car, let him turn it into a frankenbimmer. It is no different than what a lot of other people are doing. It is not for me, but I am always interested in the final result. Look at Dimitris' M3 conversion, he got dumped on hard for that and now it is coming together nicely.

As far as money spent on performance, a few HPDE track days would probably make you faster than some of your choices. The 335i racing exhaust is a waste as your car wont have enough back pressure to make it effective. I would put the PE on instead and take the extra cash to the track.
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If you are spending this type of money, why not get it tuned by the company over in Germany? I cant remember their name off the top of my head, but v supposedly they can tune the engine to over 270hp.

Also there is a company that sells a stroker kit that will get you 300+HP.
Well I've heard the best 328i tune is AA Stage 2. Might as well stick with that. And any chance you can find that stroker kit? Sounds interesting!

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The stuff you listed is over $16,000. Plus labor, paint and misc expenses puts you easily at $30K. Plus the cost of the automatic base model 3-series that you will festoon with all of this stupid crap and you are at $50-55K for a slow car that is worth about $15,000 because it is so hacked up. Knock yourself out.
Relax, bro. I'm getting 20% discounts off everything, and won't be purchasing a few of these parts. My friend is a Dinan-approved mechanic and agreed to install my parts for free. Everything will cost $35,000 for a sexy yet well-sounding bimmer. That's my goal, and I know it will turn out great.
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Sweet.
Fbo 335 territory price.
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      01-06-2013, 05:28 PM   #11
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Sweet.
Fbo 335 territory price.
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The 2011 335i is worse than 2011 328i for many reasons:

-less reliable
-worse MPG
-more expensive
-sub-par bushings, plastics, etc.
-twin-turbo is unnecessary

I will not be purchasing a 335i or M3. The 328i is the car for me.
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Fair enough lol.
How are the plastics and bushings different?


Please update us if you actually bore and stroke it.
I have yet to see anyone actually follow through with adding significant power.
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Fair enough lol.
How are the plastics and bushings different?


Please update us if you actually bore and stroke it.
I have yet to see anyone actually follow through with adding significant power.
"oil filled rubber bushings & wimpy rear subframe bushings"

-CALWaterboy, verified by several 335i car reviews.

There are plenty of ways to get 300HP on a 328i. On a N51 engine, aftermarket exhaust,3-stage intake manifold,intake,stroker,methanol injection, and stage 2 tune will give you some great results.
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"oil filled rubber bushings & wimpy rear subframe bushings"

-CALWaterboy, verified by several 335i car reviews.

There are plenty of ways to get 300HP on a 328i. On a N51 engine, aftermarket exhaust,3-stage intake manifold,intake,stroker,methanol injection, and stage 2 tune will give you some great results.
And the 328 has different bushings?
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I am all for you spending whatever you want on your car, that said, what makes you so big on the N51 SULEV vs. the N52B other than that is what you ended up with? The N51 has more restrictive parts. Just curious.
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quite the list, if I had this kind of money:

in the "performance" category, I would be inclined to spend less money on exhaust and intake and put the money into suspension / wheel / tire

M3 front control arms
M3 rear subframe bushings or powerflex inserts
Camber plates
Apex ARC-8 or EC-7 (lighter unsprung weight) for summer
Hankook Rs-3 for summer

...and no way I'd have an automatic

good luck, enjoy this
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And the 328 has different bushings?
I believe so. Even if it doesn't, it also doesn't have TWIN TURBO, meaning there is much less chance of having any issues with these bushings.

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I am all for you spending whatever you want on your car, that said, what makes you so big on the N51 SULEV vs. the N52B other than that is what you ended up with? The N51 has more restrictive parts. Just curious.
N51 SULEV has the 3-stage intake manifold, gets better MPG, and produces the same horsepower AT A LOWER COMPRESSION RATIO, meaning it has more potential than the N52 engine.

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quite the list, if I had this kind of money:

in the "performance" category, I would be inclined to spend less money on exhaust and intake and put the money into suspension / wheel / tire

M3 front control arms
M3 rear subframe bushings or powerflex inserts
Camber plates
Apex ARC-8 or EC-7 (lighter unsprung weight) for summer
Hankook Rs-3 for summer

...and no way I'd have an automatic

good luck, enjoy this
Hmm, will look into these parts as well. Thanks for being one of the first to actually bring some helpful advice to the table other than "buy a 335i"
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Looks like a pretty solid list.. but why the 335 exhaust? Eissennman has a 328 exhaust im pretty sure. No need to fake 335, although the duel exhaust looks nice.
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Looks like a pretty solid list.. but why the 335 exhaust? Eissennman has a 328 exhaust im pretty sure. No need to fake 335, although the duel exhaust looks nice.
Thanks! I'm a huge fan of the dual exhaust, and so I'm gonna have custom work done so I can install it. Can't stand the 328-type exhaust.
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From the tell of this list it is obvious you care more about looks than performance, the automatic is the biggest tell. I could care less about how you spend your money but if you are willing to dump that kinda change into your car do everyone a favor and do a before and after dyno.

I would agree with the comment above about about the 335 PE and you shouldn't waste your money on the PI, just get an euro intake and save half that coin!
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From the tell of this list it is obvious you care more about looks than performance, the automatic is the biggest tell. I could care less about how you spend your money but if you are willing to dump that kinda change into your car do everyone a favor and do a before and after dyno.

I would agree with the comment above about about the 335 PE and you shouldn't waste your money on the PI, just get an euro intake and save half that coin!
Well, I don't know how to drive stick. Worth learning?

I will definitely post a before and after dyno for everyone. I'm not expecting much HP gains, but then again, that's not my goal for this build anyways.

The irony is that 1/2 of the people commenting how I'm spending too much on my car have spent at least $5,000 in modifications themselves haha.
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Wow, that's a lot of $$. Enjoy it.
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