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      04-17-2014, 02:13 PM   #1
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Smile 1st Mod - what is best ? Help requested here

Greetings gentlemen,

Well - I need some help in deciding what I should do for 1st ever mod on my M3.
  1. I like the idea of a front lip/spoiler in CF
  2. Add CF splitters to above
  3. BBS wheels (so many great choices) - I have the ZCP wheels now, they are perfect, could I sell these ya think ? if so, what is market price for perfect condition ZCP wheels?

Any ideas or guidance would be great !

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      04-17-2014, 02:25 PM   #2
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I'd go for performance instead of aesthetics.

Test pipes & tune?
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What is your goal for the mod? Bling or function?
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What is your goal for the mod? Bling or function?
The OP 1/2/3 notes are bling ! So i guess it's all about bling
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      04-17-2014, 03:11 PM   #5
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well first describe your budget. you said cf lips to bbs wheels. there is a huge gap there
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Can't wait to see how this thread turns out. GLHF OP!
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well first describe your budget. you said cf lips to bbs wheels. there is a huge gap there
When modding.... Gaps we fill with money....
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Can't wait to see how this thread turns out. GLHF OP!
In a gap filled with money....
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Seems like aesthetics are your main focus so...Lower it aka suspension, then wheels, then buy the other cosmetic stuff (front lip, grilles, etc). In that order, good to go.
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2) Catless + tune
3) Suspension
4) CF
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Smile Funny people have mentioned exhaust - it's how I got here

Greetings,

Yep, what really got me thinking and actually on the Bimmerpost forums in the first place was that I watched a video on YouTube from Bimmerpost - at the time I wasn't even yet a member here - the video is of a test with the Akrapovic exhaust on a 1M and M3. I must have watched that video 20+ times...the sound was incredible ! (I still watch it!)

And truth be told - I would like to get one of those Akrapovic exhaust units, they really sound amazing...I guess the question is, if I get the slip-on version is there anything I need to be aware of ? Like a check-engine light, etc. and is the fit and finish all good ? No weird mounting issues ? Can I trust the BMW dealer to do the install ok ?

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Greetings,

Yep, what really got me thinking and actually on the Bimmerpost forums in the first place was that I watched a video on YouTube from Bimmerpost - at the time I wasn't even yet a member here - the video is of a test with the Akrapovic exhaust on a 1M and M3. I must have watched that video 20+ times...the sound was incredible ! (I still watch it!)

And truth be told - I would like to get one of those Akrapovic exhaust units, they really sound amazing...I guess the question is, if I get the slip-on version is there anything I need to be aware of ? Like a check-engine light, etc. and is the fit and finish all good ? No weird mounting issues ? Can I trust the BMW dealer to do the install ok ?

Thank You,
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With a Akrapovic slip-on = no check/engine light,so no worries here !
Very good looking exhaust , and much lighter than oem. and personal i would go for the CF tips(option) they are looking amazing !
I would say.....go for it,it's a very good "first" mod.
But first make sure like i said above, fill the gap with money
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      04-17-2014, 06:57 PM   #15
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Do not pay a BMW dealer to install an Akra slip-on it is easy... Hence the name slip on, if you can't do it, I'd get an exhaust shop to do it for no more than $100
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Well I personally think the car is amazing stock and the ZCP wheels ...cant really do better than that visually. Wheels are opinion based so to each their own. Lowering a ZCP ? Its already 1/2 inch lower than the regular M3 -any lower cant be a benefit (from a performance standpoint) and the lower you go the more ghetto IMOP. Honestly the gains you receive from most performance mods mentioned is not really worth it. $$$Cost for mods are crazy..( I come from the Dodge and Vette world so to me its ridiculous) and If you mod for performance realize your warranty is gone. If your engine blows, well lets just say this isn't a corvette with a 10k Ls2 or Ls3 engine, the S65 is expensive 25k and sensitive. The transmission is too...12k + ....

Easy mods that are not performance based, don't void your warranty but still waste your money....you can blow 4k on just this crap.. I know because I did. Its allot of fun to install yourself and makes the car look definitely better ..
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Axel back exhaust: ESS satin black IMOP the best exhaust available from all aspects sound, no drone, looks and cost. Still runs you 2k...
Drop in filter: Macht Schnell
Front Splitter: Mode Carbon GTS V1 or V2 lip - best fitament, clearance and heck its the style of the M3 GTS.
Rear Diffuser: Arkym Rear diffuser -great fitment and look.
Spoiler: OEM performance spoiler - best fitment, high quality.
IND cosmetic mods like side markers, front grills, black hood vents, driver and passenger mirror covers. front reflectors etc.


If you are a risk taker, have money to burn, don't care about the warranty, and track the car ....go with a supercharger, full exhaust and intake. Then you will see some real gains for the money spent....then the spending can continue on brakes, suspension modifications and engine internal upgrades and drive train upgrades...I have been there done that...with my Vette, really not worth it IMOP...

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Greetings gentlemen,

Well - I need some help in deciding what I should do for 1st ever mod on my M3.
  1. I like the idea of a front lip/spoiler in CF
  2. Add CF splitters to above
  3. BBS wheels (so many great choices) - I have the ZCP wheels now, they are perfect, could I sell these ya think ? if so, what is market price for perfect condition ZCP wheels?

Any ideas or guidance would be great !

Cheers,
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Seems like aesthetics are your main focus so...Lower it aka suspension, then wheels, then buy the other cosmetic stuff (front lip, grilles, etc). In that order, good to go.
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This seems about right.
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