Check out the new vid I have posted showing a few of the many BMW’s in Minnesota (United States Of America).
Check out my M3 and E92 Exhaust comparison. If you’ve ever driven the N52 engine BMW, you are disappointed on how quiet and tame BMW has made its machine. However, with a few upgrades I made it into a respectable sports machine.
So this article is old; written April 17 2015 by Carthrottle, but I just found it more hurtful than helpful on most of the suggestions. So here, I’m just going to comment on some of these mods they suggest….again it’s my opinion and I’m always down for other input. Quoted statements are whats said on the article, second are my opinions.
- “You can either go with a slight edge, matching the car’s paint or a bold colour to contrast your paint. Headlight eyelids are quick and easy to install and rather inexpensive. Done right, they can transform a car’s soft face into something with more road presence.”
- I agree with this, except if you’re adding eye lashes lol. However some eyelids have to be put on with adhesive so be careful because you could damage your headlamps. Make sure you look at how similar cars look with this addition and how to install it before you make this mod. These days headlights have many components where damaging them could cost you mondo $$$
- Sleepy Eye Kit
- “If you aren’t one of the lucky Nissan owners who can do the sleepy eye mod by clipping a wire, check to see if your car model is a candidate for a Sleepy Eye Kit. This style will get people doing a double take to check out your lights, and are always a talking point.”
- This is very debatable. Most people will think your lights can’t close, which would explain the double take look. So……….to each their own, I guess?!?
- “Old painted or plastic mirrors that have faded can be a real eye sore. An easy side mirror swap with something classy or sleek could really dress up your look. There are many different styles to choose from, so make sure it fits with your ride’s lines.”
- Definitely agree with this, however most modern cars have incorporated many features in their mirrors that it’s becoming much harder to swap them out. A couple of my favorite cars with mirror mods are the Datsun 240 Z and Mazda RX-7’s
- “The bonnet of your car takes a fair amount of wear from the road. If you’re trying to make a bold statement, buy a new bonnet to set off the colour of your paint. Even a new bonnet to match your paint is better than an old flaky one.”
- So this means your “hood” for those in the America’s. I’m guessing this statement assumes that your hood is damaged. I don’t agree with this statement as in most cases you really need to have a seriously customized car to pull this off. Carbon Fiber hoods or any other hoods that don’t match your cars paint can end up looking like an expensive mistake and will reduce your selling price if you are thinking of selling your car in the near future. I would rather repair my hood if damaged and put my money on other items. If you are a track goer, switching your hood for an Aluminum or Carbon Fiber one would be perfect
- Bonnet Scoop
- “Steer away from buying an oversized, obnoxious bonnet scoop. A modest scoop on an appropriately sporty car will serve as both functional and stylish. This project takes a little more time than the others, but the result will be worth it.”
- As I said with #4 this is worthless unless your car sees track time; this mod would seem wasteful to me. If you are 100% towards going this route; have a professional shop make a functional one that looks great if you can’t do it yourself. Stay away from fake glue on scoops unless you want to be ridiculed
- Bonnet Pins/Clips
- “Not every car deserves bonnet pins or clips. When it’s right, you’ll know. Like the scoops, this project will take a little more time. The last thing you want to do is botch the job, so be sure to be patient and do your measurements before drilling holes. There are loads online DIY tutorials to see you right.”
- Another wasteful suggestion unless you are running a high horsepower (650+ bhp) machine with a carbon fiber hood or light weight hood. Again this mod would only be for drag/track focused cars i.m.o. Also if you have a carbon fiber hood, this should be used for safety and not to get noticed, because there is a high chance that your hood might flip up if you hit speeds of 60 mph plus
- Body Kits
- “For every nicely done body kit, there are ten more poorly executed ones on the road. A lot of people buy body kits without being able to visualize their car with it installed. Try searching for your model with the kits installed before you commit. Otherwise you’ll be labelled a ricer, and nobody wants that.“
- 100% agreed with this comment. Surprised they are saying “labelled a ricer”, since some of these mods listed are definitely ricer material. Always make sure your body kit is functional and from an official company….try and stay away from replicas especially on ebay/amazon/etc they may lack in quality. However Ebay is great for finding quality parts that might be on clearance. Bulletproofautomotive is also a great source for international and domestic shops
- Fender Flares
- “You can use a fender roller tool to gently widen the flare around your wheel, install fender flares or do a combination of both. If you’re installing fender flares, the same rule applies with the colour. A match to your paint will keep it subtle, but a contrasting colour will make it really pop.”
- This statement is off. So it comments on rolling fenders to widen the flare, which is technically wrong. You roll fenders to roll the inner lip of the fender flat; usually the case for “non-performance” cars. This helps you fit wider and larger tires, lower your car without rubbing on tires, and fit fender flares. Some cars, such as the Nissan Nismo Z editions already come with rolled fenders from factory. Please don’t add a completely different color from your car, 85% of the time it looks horrible. Let me know if I may also be wrong on these statements
- “Buying a roll of stick-on trim is inexpensive and rather risk free. If you don’t like it, you can always remove it. Most trim like this can be used in several areas in and around the car. Just don’t go all out and trim all the lines – subtlety is key!”
- Slightly agree, however some of the “roll of stick-on trim” may make your car look cheap. I would try looking for premium interior parts if your car wasn’t fitted with the top of line interior parts. These are usually cheaper when you search for them online for used parts or you could also just replace broken or nicked parts, and add a performance steering wheel. For me a clean interior and exterior will make others have a double take on your cars looks…in a good way that is
- Rocker Panels
- “For trucks and SUVs, you can protect the bottom of your body panels and add detail with rocker panels. Use the vehicle parts tool to match your make and model to the perfect fitting rocker panels for a flawless look.”
- Agree 100%, rocker panels make trucks look on point……or on fleek
- Tool Box
- “A truck’s toolbox gets a lot of attention on the roads. A new shiny aluminium toolbox is nice to look at, but even more importantly: it’s functional. Having all that extra storage will keep your cab clean, too.”
- Ummmmm……seriously? Are we talking construction workers. I’m not even going to post a picture. They should have offered a paint repair kit; cars stand out much better if their paint is on point. Spend time detailing the exterior and interior of your car
- “A bumper is one of the easiest things to remove and replace on your ride. There are thousands of options for car and truck bumpers at almost any price. If you have a bumper coloured differently than your paint, make sure to match that colour with your other exterior mods.”
- Repeat? #7 mentions body kit, this should have been grouped with that
- Exhaust Heat Shield
- “Little things like an exhaust heat shield really add those perfect touches. In this case, the shield has an important purpose and looks great. The shields can greatly range in price, but there are several inexpensive ones that fit a variety of car models.”
- Ummm I guess? I would try and look for a rear bumper that has a diffuser/shield as part of its design. Otherwise if you have an aftermarket exhaust that runs hot definitely get this as it will help save your paint from high heat
- Rear Diffuser
- “When you look at your car from behind, and you can see the exhaust tips suspended in the air, it’s time to get a rear diffuser. It will make everything look neatly tucked, while improving the car’s aerodynamics.”
- Okay just answered my own question from #13……this should be grouped with the exhaust heat shield as the rear diffuser can also play the same role as a heat shield. Instead why not put in a new exhaust; aftermarket exhausts from known brands are usually lighter, perform better, and make your rear end look better in some cases. Once broken in most exhausts will make your car slightly louder and give an awesome exhaust note, which should get you noticed
- “Lastly, take a look at your wheels. If you don’t like what you see, start imagining an upgrade. There’s nothing like a set of nice wheels to make a car stand out. On the other hand, a set of ugly wheels can ruin even an otherwise good looking ride. Be picky with your wheels, and look at what other people have done before for inspiration!”
- Ummm why didn’t they just make 1-15 wheels. 100% agree with this as these four circular objects will make or break how your car looks and also your bank account. ADV.1 is still my favorite.
Bought from Bavarian Autosport, installed at Tim’s Custom Exhaust (Twin Cities)
PREVIOUS ENGINE MODS:
CDV- extreme help with better clutch engagement (for M/T)
AFE Stage 2 – more air, more engine noise in cabin (during 2800+ rpms)
- Scorpion Exhaust (Wanted more engine noise/response/better flow):
- Adds a needed/wanted grunt to the car.
- Very subtle back fire (once broken in should sound a lot better; reminds me of the E46 M3’s meisterschaft exhaust).
- Moderate performance increase.
- Increased engine noise and response for M/T drivers.
- Improved flow.
- Cutting exhaust since it’s not a cat back (if you have warranty I would suggest getting a cat back): this means from the cats that are located at headers, not the secondary cats.
- You feel your car yearning for more; the Germans built a performance engine, but definitely held it back. It’s an engine that had potential, but was told she can’t get anywhere with a flat chest, unlike her N54 sister who had tig ol’bittys’.
2. Recommend to get a throttle tune or Re-Map because you’ll be so frustrated on how the stock ecu maps are holding back the car (if you weren’t already disappointed in the beginning). If you are going to get a re-map make sure you aren’t installing the 330i performance manifold in the near future (< 1 year) since you might have to have it re-mapped again. Also the M-tech rear bumper would match this well.
3. Paths you can take with Scorpion Exhaust
- Cut and attach before the secondary cats (you’ll need to cut mid pipe and stock)
- Take off whole exhaust and construct piping that will go from scorpion mid-section to headers. (so basically a full catback.)
- Only install muffler (for those who want a different performance muffler)
- Whatever custom work you want to do?
What to expect:
Overall the exhaust should fit from the muffler towards the mid pipes, however on the stock exhaust the piping with the resonator is slightly dented on the top to prevent the exhaust from pressing on the heat shield that protects the driveshaft. If the exhaust presses on this, you will hear the weights on the drive shaft hit the heat shield. This can be easily fixed in a couple of different ways: 1) denting new exhaust in similar manor as stock exhaust, 2) “shift/dent/move” the heat shield slightly lower so it isn’t coming into contact with the driveshaft, 3) use your judgment on how to approach it, I’m probably making it sound more difficult than it is.
Mondays spotlight is on tuner company Active Autowerkes’. I’ve known about this company ever since I had my BMW E36 M3 and loved seeing their products, especially the E92 M3’s they have tuned. Tuner companies have a way of taking stock cars and bringing out the performance and highest potential of them. The vast and innovative ways they do this is amazes me by how many different directions a car can be taken.
Usually the stock production cars taken for tuning are the highest performing or ones with the most “potential”. In the case of a E92 BMW 328i vs a 335i, the 335i will most likely be chosen since it had more power and turbos. Obviously a little more thought might go into this, but usually that is the case.
This makes the customer, who gets the “lower” grade car; miss out on engine upgrades and remains only with aesthetic options. Also, a customer with a 328i wanting to increase the horsepower of their car might see a much heftier bill since they would have to do a bit more custom work than initially going for the 335i from the get-go. However the new models all have turbos, which in my mind is annoying as I’ve always loved the NA I6 engines of BMW, but it creates an even playing field for aftermarket options.
Active Autowerkes’ tries to involve the whole section of a model lineup; providing options for both the top to bottom tiers of the lineup. Their products are reliable and finished with superb quality. One company I can say that does it better and has more options would be Turner Motorsports.