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      02-28-2013, 06:39 PM   #1
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Which to get first?

Hi guys, Sorry if something like this has been posted before multipul times. I couldn't find the post specific to what I am looking for.

I currently have a Bmw 328xi (Sulev) 2008 coupe w/ sport. Currently no real mods on it but i want to add some stuff on there just to make it more of a thrilling drive/ride. Please none of that get a 335 crap lol.

My current options since I need to get new Brake/rotors I was told $490 for Zim rotors and Textar pads with installation etc.

That one on top is a must. But I also want to get AA tune and a BMW PE.
I'm sure there are other mods I can add on so feel free to throw them in if they should replace on of the above.

The AA tune waiting on full price including install.
PE - $850 - Morristown bmw free shipping or pick up. Install at local indy probably $100? so total $950 - $1k.


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Also anyone have experiance with AA Tune by E SHIFT Performance (Authorized dealer for the tune in local NJ area)

I should be able to get all the above by summer or before winter. but any thoughts on which I should get first for now? AA tune or PE or something else you had in mind? And a shop in Central NJ? I looked into ACM and AKM

Any information is greatly appreciated!

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Best advice I can give you is do the AA Tune last or after you put all the performance mods in.
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Since you have n51 Sulev, I would recommend the AA tune over any PE or Intake ( they dont do alot).
Then do suspension & non run flat tires.

Exhaust has new options now, dont just jump on PE without listening to videos of all the stuff available.
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Since you have n51 Sulev, I would recommend the AA tune over any PE or Intake ( they dont do alot).
Then do suspension & non run flat tires.

Exhaust has new options now, dont just jump on PE without listening to videos of all the stuff available.
Sorry didn't see it as much of a mod haha but I do have Continental DWS tires on the 18in Style 197 rims. (PlastiDipped black)
Hopped on the PE bandwagon because of how it sounds in person, have yet to hear other mods. Mostly something close to the 335 note.
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okay, my order so far was exhaust, manifold, tune, intake

I wish i did suspension earlier, currently disliking how bouncy it is with non runflats
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okay, my order so far was exhaust, manifold, tune, intake

I wish i did suspension earlier, currently disliking how bouncy it is with non runflats
i would do the aa tune last, get all the perfomance stuff first so when you get the tune you tell them what you have and they will adjust the tune accordingly to tge performance mod you have on the car.. and you will get the best bang for the buck..
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Tune will be best value for the money on N51, since it unleash the hidden power of 3 stage intake manifold. your XI definitely need that extra 20ft/lb torque at 2500-3000rpm for daily driving.

I would probably get Tune first then try find used PE-PI combo alone the way, the tune will adopt to any mod you add on afterwards.
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I ended up opting for the AA Tune + the AA exhaust for n51 if anyone has that setup?
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I ended up opting for the AA Tune + the AA exhaust for n51 if anyone has that setup?
You can do the AA tune and AA exhaust it will give you some nice gains and you will loose a lot of the stock exhaust weight. I would also consider getting rid of the secondary cats and res if you going to mess with the exhaust.
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