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      06-10-2013, 09:25 AM   #1
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My e91 mod thread

update 7/1/2013 : little diy for removing the trunk liner. post 17.

Not really sure if I should have posted this in the general section or the photo section...

7 months ago I got my e91, coming from an e46 sedan.





And this is how I got my (new to me) baby...



After spending way too much on the e46 on mods (bmw aero kit, ast coilovers, lightning, audio) I told myself I wasnít going to modify my car too much.
Just required a simple lowering (e91 didnít have sports suspension).
The previous 6 months the weather has been really terrible, so I wasnít able to really do anything to the car.
I donít have a garage, just the sidewalk.. so i need good weather.
But a few weekends ago the modding finally started.

Picked up a box of suspension goodies.



Swapping the suspension was because in a touring you need to remove all of the interior and this required some
I think we spend about equal time on getting all the interior out compared to the actual replacing of the suspension.


Jack it up, before riding low :-)

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As for the second mod. My stock rotors were on/over their limit and needed replacement.
But with a 300mm square rotor setup and styling 162, i wanted something bigger...just to fill up the void behind the spokes.
At first i was looking for the carrier upgrade to the 330 and 336mm rotors, but for a few extra bucks I ordered some parts at Alpina instead.

Big of goodies nr 2


New 335i brakes, which came from their b3 gt3 conversion. So new parts for a real bargain price.
Included some new goodridge brake lines, 5.1 fluids... so all the brake related CBS got a service reset

Front Old vs New


Rear Old vs New


Front

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And because all the tools where already outside, I replaced the taillights for some blacklines, replaced the bulbs on the angel eyes for some umnitza leds, replaced the sparkplugs (62k miles) and replaced the cone filter in the airbox.

So.. current mods:
Blackline taillights
Umnitza Predator ICE AE leds
Bilstein B12 Pro-Kit suspension
Goodridge Stainless Steel Brake lines
335i brakes (calipers, carriers, pads, rotors)
15mm spacers on rear
Air filter & Spark plugs
Styling 161 -> Styling 162
FRM2 retrofit

Mods to come:
Dension Gateway 500sbt.
Exhaust, maybe because this car is waaaay to silent.


Just need to shoot some new photos of the entire setup. But i didn't have the time.

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I love the e91 ;D
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Love where this is headed, but let's see some more pictures post-suspension install!
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looking good! i need to lower mine now!
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Washed all the yellow pollen off and took some photos.
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Im sorting the suspension on my E91 in the next few weeks and all the guides seem to be for an E90. Did you really have to strip the interior that much? Dont suppose you have any more photos of the process do you?

Other than that, car looks like its coming along nicely
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Im sorting the suspension on my E91 in the next few weeks and all the guides seem to be for an E90. Did you really have to strip the interior that much? Dont suppose you have any more photos of the process do you?

Other than that, car looks like its coming along nicely
Had the same problem, I couldn't find a diy for an e91.

I made some more photos of the process, but i can't find them anywhere. Not on my sdcard, laptop or iphone.

All trim panels have to be removed to get to the struts. Pretty straightforward.
The only 'problem' is those plastic covers on the front where the seatbelts come from. There is a small plastic 'slider thingy' under the seatbelts, you can push these in and guide the seatbelts under the covers (free them as like).
Remove the c-pillars (there's a screw under the airbag cap).
With the c-pillar removed you can jank the plastic cover off (had to use a lot of force and bloodshed). This cover uses about 14 opposing hooks, so you cant wiggle it out. Just pull it straight up. With the c-pillar removed you can't really scratch or damage other panels.
And there's one screw underneath holding the trim. Bastards


I actually was at that point that I really didn't give a f*** and was willing to destroy those covers. Spend so much time trying to get them off without breaking anything. I Used so much force I thought they were going to break. realoem'd the price... just 20 euros.
So.. just tore them off, figuring I would damage them and would have to order some new ones. But nothing broke, all clips and hooks where still in order.

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nice sister of mine e91
also 325i, also 2006 and sparkling graphite
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nice touring, how do you find the b12 kit?

i got some bits to be fitted this month, cant wait
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nice touring, how do you find the b12 kit?

i got some bits to be fitted this month, cant wait
In general?
More comfortable than the stock non-sport suspension icm with runflats.
The ride is a little bit firmer than it used to be, but it gives a lot more feedback from the road (which is a good thing imo). Before everything just felt numbed down.
Overall the car feels more stable, especially on the highway, where it just seems to track a lot better. Only 'harsh' thing really noticeable are brick roads and hitting some bumps in the road, but that last one was to be expected with progressive springs.

Although compared to AST on my e46, brick roads are like driving over clouds. Not getting my kidneys beaten up
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Wanted to explain the trunkliner removal process for the e91, maybe helping others

Most things are pretty straightforward.

[photo1]
  • start with removing the rollerblind
  • take out the floor compartment cover. Remove the front part as well, otherwise the side panels can't be removed. Just plastic pushpins.
  • fold the seats forward

[photo2]
  • right side : with the rear floor compartment removed you can see two plastic screws holding the side panel, remove these two and pull out the side panel.
  • left side : just take out the panel :-)
  • on both sides, remove the cover plate on the c-pillars. remove the torx bolt and remove the c-pillar covers (this will make things a lot easier and you won't damage them).

[photo3]
  • just push in the clip, and wiggle the seatbelt out

[photo4]
  • pull off the dome. this requires a lot of force. this thing is attached with about 12 double hooked clips. just try to pull up as straight as possible. With the c-pillar covers removed, you won't really damage anything.
  • remove the torx bolt and the fastening loop on the bottom & remove the screw on top.
  • With the dome removed you can pull see the last screw holding the trunkliner. Take it out.
  • Take out the sidewall of the bench. Just pull it to the front and lift it out. Now you should be able to remove the rest of the trim

With everything removed everything is exactly the same as all other 3 series.

Hope this helps you save a lot of time, not having to figure out everything yourself.
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F* doing suspension on an E91. The rear shock was a pain

Nice car btw
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Thanks for the info, I did the same thing at the weekend, trying to get access to the rear struct, as a preparation for the diy sometime very soon, just waiting the weather to pick up now and my mechanics friend become available

Did you change any of the guide support / metal plate at the top for the rear or re-use the existing one? one more question, did you use the impact gun to tighten the top strut nut of the front suspension?

Thanks
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Thanks for the info, I did the same thing at the weekend, trying to get access to the rear struct, as a preparation for the diy sometime very soon, just waiting the weather to pick up now and my mechanics friend become available

Did you change any of the guide support / metal plate at the top for the rear or re-use the existing one? one more question, did you use the impact gun to tighten the top strut nut of the front suspension?

Thanks
I changed the guide support (upper/lower) but not the metal cup. Also replaced the spring pads (upper/lower & front/rear).
Rather inexpensive parts... so I changed almost everything suspension wise. For that +/- 80 euros extra everything is new.
The upper guide support should be replaced anyway, because it's a self locking nut.

Regarding to top strut nut; I used an open-ended 16mm socket and a long 6mm Hex aka Allen key.. don't have any power tools.

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I changed the guide support (upper/lower) but not the metal cup. Also replaced the spring pads (upper/lower & front/rear).
Rather inexpensive parts... so I changed almost everything suspension wise. For that +/- 80 euros extra everything is new.
The upper guide support should be replaced anyway, because it's a self locking nut.

Regarding to top strut nut; I used an open-ended 16mm socket and a long 6mm Hex aka Allen key.. don't have any power tools.
Thanks for the help and advice! I think I will take order those parts for mine before installation.
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Just retrofitted a FRM2 module, thanks to makkan00 for supplying the module.

I now have the front fogs & AE's as welcome lights (already had the puddle lights option). So i can see the car in the dark
And AE DRL instead of xenon drl.
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