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Old 01-19-2009, 07:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What's going on everybody. I'm new to this forum and want to show what I've been cooking up. This Premium Package 528i started life as a boring run of the mill car, something that you would see on the road from a day to day basis. My goal with this car was to do something that was clean but would also stand out without screaming "look at me." Originally I didn't have any plans to work on this car but things changed quickly during the summer of 2007 when I bought a new set of wheels. From that point on I haven't looked back...

This is what she looked like stock in March 2007:






This is what she looked like in August of 2008:














Current Modifications:

Performance:
-Bilstein Sport shocks and struts
-H&R lowering springs (-1.3" front/-.75" rear)
-Upgraded bushings
-Racing Dynamics front strut brace
-Custom 2.5" cat-back exhaust w/ Magnaflow 14816 muffler
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-Genuine BMW M-Technic body kit
-Genuine BMW M5 sport mirrors
-Projector39 headlights w/ Predator Chromium AE's
-Projector foglights
-Bimmian Xenoflo 6000K HID upgrade
-Crystal clear turn signals
-Paint matched impact strips
-Black ASA AR1 17x8 wheels
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-Alpine IVA-D106 7" touch screen
-Alpine KCE 422i iPod integration
-Polk MMC 5250 components (front)
-Polk MMC 525 co-axial (rear)
-JL Audio 12w6v2 in custom box
-Alpine MRP M1000
-Alpine MRP F600
-JL Audio RCA, power, speaker cables
-Tsunami 5 farad cap
-Dynamat Extreme acoustic insulation

Future Modifications

-Reorganized ICE install (2 Alpine SWR-1222D Type R's, custom trunk install including box, trim panel, and amp rack, new wiring)
Staggered Black Beyern Mesh Type wheels (18x8.5" front/18x9.5" rear)
-Eibach sway bar kit
-TMS cross drilled rotors
-Axxis brake pads
-TMS stainless steel brake lines
-Schrick M52 inlet manifold
-Conforti CAI
-Big bore throttle body conversion
-Umnitza Predator Orion V2 AE's
-Dinan tune
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FYI, for my two cents...don't bother with the big bore throttle body unless you're also going to do the M50 manifold conversion...and note, with your engine, turbo is a great option!!!
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FYI, for my two cents...don't bother with the big bore throttle body unless you're also going to do the M50 manifold conversion...and note, with your engine, turbo is a great option!!!
Thank you. Whoops, I forgot to add the Schrick M52 inlet manifold on the list. I was considering FI for awhile but I'm kind of on the fence about it. I started putting money aside to be able to buy an M3 one of these days but if I start making more money on the side I might be able to pull both off.
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Thank you. Whoops, I forgot to add the Schrick M52 inlet manifold on the list. I was considering FI for awhile but I'm kind of on the fence about it. I started putting money aside to be able to buy an M3 one of these days but if I start making more money on the side I might be able to pull both off.
I've never heard of the Schrick part; how does it compare to the old M50 manifold?

Which M3 do you want, and for what purpose?
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Wow, looks like its in great shape, love the rims, where did you get? We carry some good quality parts for the 528i if you ever take on any other projects:

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What was the total cost with breif break down please...
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Which M3 do you want, and for what purpose?
I was looking into the new E92 M3 although I may opt out for the E46 M3. IDK yet and when the time comes I'll make the right decision. Purpose? Well, that's actually a good question. I guess I want a car I can daily drive but still go to the track and have some fun.
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What was the total cost with breif break down please...
Price breakdown...honestly I don't even know where to start. The body work alone cost me $1800 for paint not including parts. I'd say body work cost about $4,000 including the HID upgrade, headlights, M-Technic body kit, and other random bits and pieces. Suspension work was probably about $2,000 with parts and labor. Audio has been a disaster as I have redone it quite a few times. I can't even begin to think how much I have squandered away on that however my final install will be done in a few days and I will be able to come up with a pretty decent guess. I also have a bunch of parts and pieces sitting at my house and I have also sold quite a few pieces as well.
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