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SeanCon Build Thread - '08 E92 335i (PURE Stage 2) **NEW FORGESTAR F14 SDC WHEELS**

My Build:

Getting pretty deep into modding my '08 335i coupe so I figured it was time to make a build thread...


First I'll explain how this all started. My love for BMW's began when I turned 16 and got a '05 325xi. The first thing I did (typical 16 year old) was upgrade the sound system and throw 2 10" JL Audio subs in the trunk. This thing was loud! I was happy with the car otherwise stock... at the time I wasn't familiar with "modding".

Eventually my brother mentioned a "cold air intake" which I'd never heard of before... make the car sound and perform better? Why not. I bought an air intake and I can still remember that slight change in sound... "WOOSH"... I was hooked. From there I threw on some black wheels and grills. I loved the feeling of customizing the car to make it my own.

At this point I had never been in a fast car. I thought the coolest thing about a car was the sound system and aesthetics. I had no idea what I was missing. One day a buddy of mine asked if I wanted to race. He had a Subaru STI and I remember thinking "that is no match for a BMW" and the race was on. Little did I know he was running like 450hp or so. I got destroyed. My understanding of "fast" was forever changed. I was no longer satisfied with my 184hp 325xi.

The Search Began
At first I was on the hunt for an E46 M3 and had the opportunity to test drive a few. Don't get my wrong I loved them. I was right about to close on an Alpine White M3 but I decided I'd give the E92 335i a chance before doing so. With all the research I was doing at the time, I kept stumbling upon people raving about the N54 engine. Plus I liked the idea of being able to get a newer car, with less miles, for around the same price.

This is when I stumbled upon a post made by a fellow forum member jdrdeer . He was selling a 2008 335i coupe in Black Sapphire Metallic. For the sake of keeping this post as short as possible I'll just link that here: http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=791360

This was my dream car... it had everything I was looking for. I met up with him and remember seeing the OSS angel eyes creep into the parking lot thinking "damn that's a good looking car!" After the test drive I was sold. The overall feel was much tighter than the older M3's I had driven. Unfortunately he was asking $30k and $22k was really the highest I was looking to spend. At the time we couldn't agree on a price so I had to let it go... Months went by and I just couldn't pull the trigger on another car. Nothing jumped out at me the way this car did so I kept waiting it out. Sure enough, one day in early March of 2013 I got a text saying "$25k takes it". A little bit out of my price range but I couldn't pass it up. This car was so clean, the color scheme was exactly what I wanted. The deal was done.

Day One
The day finally came to pick up the car. March 16th 2013, I pulled into the sellers apartment complex to be greeted by what was officially my 335i. This was the first time I saw it with the AvantGarde wheels and I couldn't believe how sick it looked all blacked out. Here's a picture of new vs. old the first day I arrived home:

[img]https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4408/...2fe8cd23_b.jpg[/img]BMW Day One by Sean Connolly, on Flickr

Modding and caring for this car has has become my biggest hobby and passion (and addiction). I'm sure most of you know where I am coming from... the minute I'm done installing one thing, I immediately have my eyes set on the next thing I "need". It's never ending, and I love it.

Anyway, here is where I am at so far... I will be updating this thread as I obviously have more plans. I also hope to do a professional photo shoot in the near future.

Shout out to Matt@ZNMPerformance for hooking me up with most of this stuff. Full turbo build thread should be coming soon.


Current Build:

Approx. 102,000 miles


- Pure Stage 2 Turbos
- Fuel-it Stage 2 LPFP
- MHD Stage 2+ (93 oct)
- BMS DCI
- VRSF 3" Catless Downpipes
- VRSF 7" HD FMIC
- Cobb Charge Pipe
- Turbosmart Dual Port BOV (set to 50/50)


- 19" Forgestar F14 SDC (Gunmetal)
- Hankook Ventus V12 EVO2 (235/35/19 x 265/30/19)
- Macht Schnell Stud Conversion Kit
- Project Kics R40 iConix Lug Nuts
- R1 Drilled/Slotted Rotors + Akebono Euro Brake Pads
- KW Variant 1 Coilovers
- SPC Rear Camber Arms (-1.6 front, -3.6 rear)
- OSSdesigns Angel Eyes w/ Full Blackout
- Shadowline Window Trim
- 30% Window Tints
- M-Sport Front/Rear Bumper
- Arkym Style Lip
- M3 Rep. Side Skirts
- M3 Rep. Spoiler
- HP Sport Diffuser
- Smoked Side Markers
- Yellow Brake Calipers
- Custom Painted Cyba Scoops (yellow)
- Color Matched Reflectors
- Performance Shift Stick
- Escort Passport Max Radar Detector (hardwired to mirror)

Coming soon/Wishlist:
- Wavetrac LSD
- OEM Performance Steering Wheel (Alcantara w/ yellow stripe)
- 3.8' Chrome Cyba Tips
- BMW PE
- M3 Control Arm Kit
- Vorsteiner CSL Trunk
- HPB Full LED Upgrade
- Side Skirt Extensions
- P3 Vent Guage
....


Pictures

IMG_0184 by Sean Connolly, on Flickr

IMG_0174 by Sean Connolly, on Flickr

IMG_0180 by Sean Connolly, on Flickr

IMG_0182 by Sean Connolly, on Flickr

IMG_0176 by Sean Connolly, on Flickr
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Gotta figure out why only half of this post is showing on the mobile app...
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That's Beautiful.
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That's Beautiful.
Thanks!
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Nice ride bro!
Wish I had a BMW 30 years ago when I was 16 in the late 1980's.
Enjoy that badness!
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Nice ride bro!
Wish I had a BMW 30 years ago when I was 16 in the late 1980's.
Enjoy that badness!
Thanks! Grateful to have had one as my first car... even now at 23.
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Installed R1 Concepts Drilled and Slotted Rotors and Akebono Brake Pads. Apparently these pads have close to zero brake dust. Rotors look great. Got them for $345 on a forum labor day sale. Pads were $145 from Tire Rack. Install was $189. So total was $679. Very happy with the outcome. Will report back on how the pads are biting after they get a chance to bed in.

[IMG]Rotors and Pads by Sean Connolly, on Flickr[/IMG]

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Installed R1 Concepts Drilled and Slotted Rotors and Akebono Brake Pads. Apparently these pads have close to zero brake dust. Rotors look so great. Got them for $345 on a forum labor day sale. Pads were $145 from Tire Rack. Install was $189. So total was $679. Very happy with the outcome. Will report back on how the pads are biting after they get a chance to bed in.
I have had these Pad on reg rotors since June 2013.
and so far 72k km on the car since almost 50K Miles.

hwy and city both.
Brake Dust..... if OEM was 10 on a scale of 1-10
then Akebono is like 0.01

it still there but so not noticeable.

I see light dust like every 4 months.

also DO NOT BED the Brake Pads after installations.
NOT Required.
and you will feel as if the brakes are soft in braking for the first 2 Tanks.

Then its like OEM.
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Installed R1 Concepts Drilled and Slotted Rotors and Akebono Brake Pads. Apparently these pads have close to zero brake dust. Rotors look so great. Got them for $345 on a forum labor day sale. Pads were $145 from Tire Rack. Install was $189. So total was $679. Very happy with the outcome. Will report back on how the pads are biting after they get a chance to bed in.
I have had these Pad on reg rotors since June 2013.
and so far 72k km on the car since almost 50K Miles.

hwy and city both.
Brake Dust..... if OEM was 10 on a scale of 1-10
then Akebono is like 0.01

it still there but so not noticeable.

I see light dust like every 4 months.

also DO NOT BED the Brake Pads after installations.
NOT Required.
and you will feel as if the brakes are soft in braking for the first 2 Tanks.

Then its like OEM.
That's really good to know. I look forward to no longer cleaning my wheels once a week

Also I did read that... when I said "bed in" I should have said "break in". I really meant take the layer of zinc off the rotors. And regardless of what they say I'm sure the pads don't perform to optimal capability until, like you said, after 2 full tanks or so.
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That's really good to know. I look forward to no longer cleaning my wheels once a week

Also I did read that... when I said "bed in" I should have said "break in". I really meant take the layer of zinc off the rotors. And regardless of what they say I'm sure the pads don't perform to optimal capability until, like you said, after 2 full tanks or so.
get some SOS Pads from Dollar Store.
Clean the Inside of each wheel.... 4 Years, my wheels are clean from the inside.
PS: Mine were Bakes Black brake dust on Stock 162s. (the inside of each wheel.)
4 sos pads and running hose did it. (1 sos pad on each wheel.)
Also Point to note I cleaned installed new rotors also at the same time...
so I took time on each brake component and really removed every spec of Brake dust. Brake Cleaner and a few sanding foam pads.
Caliper Brackets, anywhere where brake dust accumulated.

also the rear wheel squeak during slow turns. look it up.
bend that metal.
I also adjusted my ebrake while the rear wheels were off. 4 clicks now.
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That's really good to know. I look forward to no longer cleaning my wheels once a week

Also I did read that... when I said "bed in" I should have said "break in". I really meant take the layer of zinc off the rotors. And regardless of what they say I'm sure the pads don't perform to optimal capability until, like you said, after 2 full tanks or so.
get some SOS Pads from Dollar Store.
Clean the Inside of each wheel.... 4 Years, my wheels are clean from the inside.
PS: Mine were Bakes Black brake dust on Stock 162s. (the inside of each wheel.)
4 sos pads and running hose did it. (1 sos pad on each wheel.)
Also Point to note I cleaned installed new rotors also at the same time...
so I took time on each brake component and really removed every spec of Brake dust. Brake Cleaner and a few sanding foam pads.
Caliper Brackets, anywhere where brake dust accumulated.

also the rear wheel squeak during slow turns. look it up.
bend that metal.
I also adjusted my ebrake while the rear wheels were off. 4 clicks now.
Thank you for the advice but personally there is no way I would take steel wool (aka sos pads) to my powder coated wheels. Not sure how you didn't scratch the hell out of them...
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Thank you for the advice but personally there is no way I would take steel wool (aka sos pads) to my powder coated wheels. Not sure how you didn't scratch the hell out of them...
Stock wheels are not powder coated inside.
seen a few members recommend that for the heavy brake dust build up on the inside.
you just do it lightly, you do not lightly.
also, the sos pads were not 100% steel wool.
by the time 1 wheel was done, the pad was in no condition to be used on another wheel.

BUT I agree, with you, the idea of SOS Pads on wheels scared me also.
I was careful not to touch any part of outside or shiny parts.

Enjoy the pads.
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Nice car ,
do you have any dyno test ?i d like 2 know how many HP your car produce
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do you have any dyno test ?i d like 2 know how many HP your car produce
Thanks. No I haven't yet I'm planning on doing it soon... I'm very curious as well
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Thanks. No I haven't yet I'm planning on doing it soon... I'm very curious as well
please update me , Good Luck
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Duuuuuude...

Your car looks amazing.

Now I want some angel eyes and new rotors

Did you do the calipers yourself?
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Duuuuuude...

Your car looks amazing.

Now I want some angel eyes and new rotors

Did you do the calipers yourself?
Really appreciate that! Yea the OSS angel eyes are a game changer but I'm not sure the company is opporational anymore. Reached out to them a few months back with no response. But there's other options out there.

And no bought the car with the calipers painted but planning on redoing them very soon. Highly suggest the R1 Concepts rotors, especially if you have wheels with high visibility through to the rotors like mine.
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I would love some demon eyes, but I heard they'll get you pulled over pretty fast.

I'm definitely going with the pad/rotor combo like you... Break dust is killing me with chrome rims. Not sure what color calipers I want to go with though...
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I would love some demon eyes, but I heard they'll get you pulled over pretty fast.

I'm definitely going with the pad/rotor combo like you... Break dust is killing me with chrome rims. Not sure what color calipers I want to go with though...
Yes highly suggest Akebono pads + R1 Concepts rotors. ONLY downside I have after owning the rotors for a few weeks is that rust builds up after rain in the drills and slots and it doesn't get scraped out when breaking because the pads don't touch inside the crevasses if you get what I'm saying. More so the slots. Will have to go in there with a screw driver to scrape it off. But if you garage the car this shouldn't be an issue. Unfortunately I'm at college and park it outside.

R1 is having 11% off with coupon code BRAKETOBERFEST.

And what color car do you have? I'll give you my opinion on caliper color..

Edit: just realized you own the sick Frozen Grey I just commented on. Hmm hard choice anything flys with that color. I'm thinking like a gold or something bright would look nice to contrast with the frozen grey. Red is very common but can't go wrong. Yellow would be nice too... Black if you want to be subtle. Yellow or Gold my pick.
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how much power is the car putting down on the dyno?
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how much power is the car putting down on the dyno?
Where I go to school the nearest dyno is like 3 hours. Will definitely go when I get back home in N.J. and update this thread.
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Where I go to school the nearest dyno is like 3 hours. Will definitely go when I get back home in N.J. and update this thread.
oh man...thats like torture. Keep us updated...awesome build.
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