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      02-12-2018, 12:12 AM   #1
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Just another wagon

Last year, I partnered up with a local shop, Greenwood Motosports to hunt down an E91 with the options I was looking for. Some months went by and both Jason, head huncho at GMS, found a few wagons but there was always something that didn't fit what we were looking for. Around September 2017, I stumbled upon this 2012 sample in Seattle and we immediately jumped on it. The car the sport package, m-sport aero, iDrive, XDrive, and a few other things. Few weeks later and it made its way to Chicago.

Currently, there are no mods done besides getting the windows tinted. Getting maintenance all sorted and enjoying the car

Interior:
P3 vent gauge
35% tinted windows

Exterior:
3D Design roof wing
Euro taillights
IND paintmatched front reflectors

Engine:
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Suspension:
Reinharte coilovers (9F/16R) - prototype
SPL rear toe arms
AKG Motorsport poly 85A rear upper suspension bushings

Wheels & Tires:
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By mid fall, I fell more and more in love with the wagon













Then we had snow. I threw on some weak sized wheels and winter tires. Couldn't be happier





















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      02-12-2018, 01:58 AM   #2
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Congrats on the new ride and very nice photography you got going on
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      02-12-2018, 08:30 AM   #3
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What lens do you use? These pictures are awesome!
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      02-12-2018, 09:31 AM   #4
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Great photos and beautiful car!
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      02-12-2018, 08:06 PM   #5
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What lens do you use? These pictures are awesome!
Thank you!

I used the the Nikon 16-35 f/4 for the city and winter photos. Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 for the fall photos
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      02-13-2018, 12:16 AM   #6
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Awesome photos! Wallpaper worthy photography. I love it.
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      02-22-2018, 06:25 PM   #7
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      02-22-2018, 06:37 PM   #8
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Great post. Love wagons (no surprise....) and I miss Chicago.
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      02-22-2018, 07:08 PM   #9
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love it!
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      02-22-2018, 07:49 PM   #10
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Awesome pics
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      02-23-2018, 10:23 PM   #11
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Nice! How many miles? 6MT? What color interior? Looks awesome! Great shots.
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      02-23-2018, 10:36 PM   #12
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      02-24-2018, 11:03 PM   #13
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Jason is awesome.
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      02-25-2018, 09:07 PM   #14
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Nice! How many miles? 6MT? What color interior? Looks awesome! Great shots.
Just approached 63k mi - I've been driving it too much lol. It's auto and black interior
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      07-22-2018, 07:40 PM   #15
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Just crossed 70k and did some changes since the last post.

In April, my TPMS module got corroded from all the salt and caused my FRM to get busted as well. Got both of those replaced.

IND is about a stones throw away from me so I've been doing some "browsing" there.. Ryan@IND helped with getting a 3DDesign rear wing, painted front sidemarkers, and now there are some wheels on the way too

I found a very cheap set of EU tails and light switch overseas so I had to put them on
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I got a set of Reinharte R1 (sister company of Stance Suspension) coilovers and we are currently in the prototype phase. They ride and handle great, but on high speed impacts of over an inch, there's an instant harsh bump stop impact. Gotta get that figured out. We are running 9K front and 16K rear.

We noticed that the stock rear suspension bushing were way to soft and were acting as a secondary spring. The rear would oscillate over wavy roads and continuous rough patches in the road. Those soft bushings didn't allow the coilover to actually do its job. I got a set of AKG Motorsport poly 85A rear upper suspension bushings.

The fit an finish of the bushings is great and install was super easy. Instantly, the rear end was "firmer" and more responsive to my input. They eliminated that weird behavior I was experiencing prior to having them installed.

Along with the bushings, I put a set of SPL rear toe arms to tidy up the alignment. We went for -1.5* camber front and rear and 0* toe all the way around.

Once we figure the front out, it will be set . I'm considering upgrading the rear sway bar as well for some better rear turn in. Need to research the alternatives that are out there.

















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Love it! Great car and photos.
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      07-24-2018, 01:43 AM   #17
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Love the Euro tails, it was one of my first mods. Can't beat the Amber turn signals
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      10-22-2018, 11:25 PM   #19
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Not much has changed since last time other than raising the front end a little bit. This significantly increased the the ride quality especially over significant bumps and I never hit bump stomp now

Since the car now has about 73k miles and getting into the territory of when the water pump may fail, I found a P3 vent gauge on the forum and have now been able to monitor a whole lot of metrics. I usually leave the view on 'Coolant.' I'll get pictures of the setup next time.

Still waiting on wheels to get here, but they'll be here soon










IND paint matched reflectors are top notch!















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Awesome photos, keep them coming
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      07-21-2019, 11:14 PM   #22
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A few things have changed since last time

Suspension wise, I'm no longer running Reinharte R1 coilovers due to wanting more comfort and simplicity. Below is the current setup:
Koni Yellow front struts
Eibach Pro springs ( for RWD model )
Ground Control Street camber plate
E36 front bump stops
TC Kline rear shocks
AKG rear upper and lower shock mounts
SPL adjustable rear toe arms

After a few thousand miles, I started hearing clicking from the front end and a really strange whine from the engine. The clicking was due to a torn passenger CV boot. I installed a used axle instead because I don't know how long it's been damaged for.

The whine was coming from oil filter cap. The cap and the little cylinder inside came apart like this:

Strange... but easy to fix

Got some new wheels through IND.
Rays Gramlight G07EX 18 x 9.5 +35
Front wheels needed a 5mm spacer to clear the struts.

Also through IND ( thanks Cat!! ) I was able to acquire the Individual Maple Anthracite trim. It was for a non-iDrive setup, so I had to make my own iDrive to non-iDrive center console adapter. It was my first time doing anything like this and I think it came out pretty ok! I finished it all together with the performance shift lever + boot and ebrake handle + boot.

A lot of the newer BMW models come with this titanium looking trim. Ryan@IND was able to help me out and try recreating the same look with a spare set of kidneys. Still not sure how I like them, but worth a shot.

Lastly, just through in a Euro intake box that I found in the marketplace on here. Instant throttle response improvement and my butt dyno is telling me the car feels quicker. Still want to try getting a silicon intake boot and maybe a 330 intake manifold down the line.

















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