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      04-10-2013, 11:27 PM   #1
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New to the forum! advice for future mods?

Im new to the forum, from bay area. although i have been creeping on it for some time just browsing through it. It seems as though the best performance mods are to do the euro box, catback exhaust with secondary cats removed and aa tune with 3 stage manifold. am i missing anything? besides headers which seem to be $$ . anyways heres a pic of my ride, 2009 328i. I already have all my cosmetic mods in progress or planned. just want to know what other performance mods are out there for these cars.
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      04-11-2013, 12:50 AM   #2
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I see a white car with shadows where the wheels should be. Take some daytime pic's bro
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haha i will! ill post up tommrw. so far i plastdip the trim, wheels, grill, and emblem, changed to black bumper reflector, and upgraded ae to cree led v3's which are awsome
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Should have taken some pics with the headlights on to show off those led's heh.. As far as performance for the N52's I don't think there's much else other than what you've mentioned. I think the AA tune and the 3-stage will net the biggest improvements so prioritize those I guess. What exhaust are you planning on? I'm ordering my PE sometime this summer I hope
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Love the detail in the 2nd pic.
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      04-11-2013, 10:26 AM   #6
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I think i plan to go with magnaflow, it sounds pretty good form what ive heard, and for the price its hard to beat, i can get it for about 800. the bmw pe runs at least a grand. my budget for everything is to be under 10 grand. Im pretty sure this should be easy to do. after all there are not too many tuning capabilities for non aspirated cars. But coming from an audi a4 1.8 t. i wanted to try something different haha
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Im new to the forum, from bay area. although i have been creeping on it for some time just browsing through it. It seems as though the best performance mods are to do the euro box, catback exhaust with secondary cats removed and aa tune with 3 stage manifold. am i missing anything? besides headers which seem to be $$ . anyways heres a pic of my ride, 2009 328i. I already have all my cosmetic mods in progress or planned. just want to know what other performance mods are out there for these cars.
You're missing any type of chassis upgrades! Going fast is fun, but going fast around turns is even better!

I would look in to:

M3 Front sway bar, M3 Control arms, maybe a strut brace(Gains are debatable) and Coilovers or shocks and springs.

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are sways and controll arms nessisary at this point? i was planning on getting kw v2's ! my car has about 55,000 miles on it right now. should i do that all at the same time or just wait until the ride quality goes down haha
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are sways and controll arms nessisary at this point? i was planning on getting kw v2's ! my car has about 55,000 miles on it right now. should i do that all at the same time or just wait until the ride quality goes down haha
I mean, they aren't "necessary", but they will definitely improve handling. Plus they're much tougher, so even if you don't "need" them you probably wont have to worry about replacing them for a very long time.

I was just suggesting them, as you were looking for performance mods and I consider these performance mods.
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Oh yeah good point. I appreciate your input! Am.I missing.anything? The brakes seem pretty decent, what upgrades can people do for those?
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lightweight wheels and non-rft
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Hmm are the power gains notixable for light rims? What do people do when you have non run flats? No.place for spare
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lightweight wheels and non-rft
this.....

you could lose lots of weight here, which makes a huge difference.
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I'll deff look into that. What do you do with the spare though?
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Welcome to the forums and i'm jealous of your car color but what you mentioned is pretty much on point also M3 Control Arms & new suspension will make a huge difference and are more reliable then the stock ones since the stock bushings tend to wear out early.

Intake, Exhaust, Headers, 3 Stage IMC, AA Tune and your done with your engine mods. You'll be around 330i base horsepower.
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I'll deff look into that. What do you do with the spare though?
I would get the AA tune and the 3stage first but thats just me :]

Not sure what you can do with the spare, I don't even keep one. Nor do I have runflats :x
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Thanks for the advice guys. I appreciate it. If I decide to do all of those mods minus the headers. Should I still accept baseline power of 330i? I want to get rid of the rft but rims will most likely come later. I want dpe
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Also is there any venders that sell the stage 3 manifold? Where do people go to get it installed
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Thanks for the advice guys. I appreciate it. If I decide to do all of those mods minus the headers. Should I still accept baseline power of 330i? I want to get rid of the rft but rims will most likely come later. I want dpe
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Also is there any venders that sell the stage 3 manifold? Where do people go to get it installed
Just don't get the same DPE's as me if you want the manifold go search in the for sale section, buy it brand new from any bmw parts website, or search in a bmw junk yard for a 330i and take it's manifold.

This should help you
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Thanks. How much is expected if its.brand new. A grand? Also don't wpry
I'm either gonna get those or some forgestar. I'll post it on the forrum before hand
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If you buy them brand new I think it's around $700-900, if refurbished/used i'm guessing around $300-600 depending where or who you get it from.

Goodluck in your find
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Since you're in CA, the 3stage manifold might not be needed. Check on realoem with your VIN if you have a N51(3stage stock) or N52(no 3stage).
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