- Post is under moderationThe December issue is always a bit weird because, as you can see, it’s clearly not December (yet) and I’m actually writing this in October, which makes it feel even weirder. These last couple of months of the year are going to be busy – there are the last few shows to attend, there’s winter prep to be done and, for me, it’s arguably the busiest period of the year and there’s always a manic rush to wrap things up before Christmas.
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This time of year is usually pretty lean for most people as everyone is saving up their cash for Christmas and so there’s really not much left in the kitty for car shenanigans. That’s why we’ve put together a value for money mods guide in this issue. It’s not about the cheapest mods but it is about the ones that, in our opinion, represent the best value for money imaginable – and some of them are actually pretty cheap, too. From styling to suspension and wheels, we’ve done a bit of hunting and found a fine selection of mods that will seriously impress, without breaking your bank account, perfect for some budget winter modding – it all starts on.
For this month’s selection of cars we’ve really given you an automotive pick ’n mix, serving up a truly eclectic selection of modded BMs from around the globe and there’s something for everyone in this issue. Our cover car is an absolutely full-on 135i pushing out a frankly ridiculous 750whp from its single-turbo #N54 and it is a beast built for the road but with the track kept firmly in mind. It’s an epic machine and no mistake. If that’s not quite hardcore enough then we’ve also got the legendary JUDD F1 V8-powered E36 hill climb monster, star of some of the most-watched YouTube clips in Internet history and one of the greatest track BMs of all time. We’ve also got a 440hp, 4WD 435i that’s a real all-weather weapon, a sublime S14- swapped 2002 and a seriously cool retro-styled E36 Cab as well as show reports and loads more to get your teeth into. Next month we are bringing you a real heavyweight, the UK’s fastest and most powerful F10 M5, a real record-breaking machine that will absolutely blow you away. Until then, savour the last 2018-dated issue and we’ll you see next time!
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- Post is under moderationDARREN’S E82 DRIFTER / 118d / #BMW-E82 / #BMW-118d / #BMW-118d-E82 / #BMW / #BMW-118d-Tuned / #BMW-1-Series / #BMW-1-Series-E82 / #BMW-118d-Tuned-E82 / #BMW-1-Series-Coupe / #BMW-1-Series-Coupe-E82 / #BMW-118d-Rebuild / #BMW-118d-Drift-Car
Recently we have been working on the turbo front pipe and wastegates. It’s not been an easy task and I’m unsure if anyone else has been able to make a 3.5” front pipe fit in N54 E82? Never mind a RHD one! There is zero room on this side of the engine bay and I now understand why people who make manifolds choose a smaller diameter pipe, but why would we make this easy for ourselves?!
We were short on room and there was no way we could fit the front pipe in the engine bay without doing something, so we had to notch the chassis leg to make a little bit more room. Some people may frown upon this but it doesn’t bother me in the slightest; it’s still structurally sound and we used a section of 4” pipe for the notch and it worked out perfectly to fit the front pipe in.
Once we got it past the chassis leg we still had to get it around the manifold and engine mount; it took a bit of time to suss out which way was best, also bearing in mind the flow aspect. Most of the bends are made up of small sections of straight pipe and pieced together as part of a lobster tail and doing it this way we could get the bends perfect. The second 40mm wastegate is now in place as well, which just leaves the screamer pipes to complete, which I’ll be doing very soon.
We have now managed to get the exhaust all tack welded together and once we get time it will be Tig welded and covered in heat-proof wrap; to be honest the exhaust manifold has seemed to take forever and I’ll be glad to see the back of it but it was a must to get it complete so we can move forward with the build.
Once the manifold and front pipe are complete, we are going to concentrate on completing the front panel. We have decided it’s best to do a hybrid between the stock front panel and a steeltubed front end, this way we can house all the coolers and charge cooling equipment but keep the stock mounting points for the front bumper and headlight brackets etc.
We have taken a huge decision to remove all the direct port injection and stock management from the N54 and some may ask why? I just feel like we have the skills to make an inlet manifold and use ‘conventional’ injection that allows us to remove the high pressure pump (which everyone seems to have issues with) and all the DPI and stock management. This will allow us to use a stand-alone management system and no restrictions when it comes to tuning the engine. It’s possible it could be a bad move but I can’t find anyone that has done this yet, so it’s a bit of a stab in the dark. So, next on the list, weld the manifold, build a front panel and make a custom inlet manifold. Thanks to Pete for his time and effort helping me with build.
Turbo front pipe required a notch in the chassis leg.
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As I write this I only have three weeks left with the 120d, which will take me up to 11 months of ‘ownership’, so it’s a little bit of a shame that I couldn’t enjoy a full year with it but that’s just how it goes. I’m not being left in the lurch, though; as I type, my 630i has been collected from a Preston auction and is awaiting a thorough, two day detail at the hands of Ian of Lullingstone Cars (lullingstonecars.co.uk), who sourced it for me, before delivering it to me where it will begin its new life as my ‘sensible’ daily.
My E39 is also coming home after a 16 month absence and dramatic makeover, so while I will miss the 120d I will have two cars to keep me busy. If you want to follow the E63’s journey with me then you’ll have to pick up a copy of Performance BMW as it will be standard for about 30 seconds before I begin to ‘ruin it’, as Bob so amusingly puts it.
Not much to report on the 120d; it ferried myself and a photographer over to a shoot in Reading without any fuss, swallowing all of his paraphernalia with relative ease, and it proved to be as comfortable and capable a companion as it ever has been. Next month I’ll swap back to the original wheels and tyres, which will thankfully get rid of the tyre pressure warning bong, and bid it farewell with some closing thoughts, one of which is that this might well be the last diesel I ever own, which is food for thought.
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Mileage this Month: 547
Total Mileage: 7905
MPG this Month: 54.8
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The BMW brand is celebrating an all-time sales high, both worldwide and in the UK. Globally the BMW brand achieved a new full-year sales record of 2,003,359, 5.2 percent up on 2015. The onward march of the X vehicles was certainly responsible for some of this growth with one in three #BMW vehicles now being equipped with four-wheel drive. With nearly 645,000 X models being sold worldwide this represented a year-on-year increase of 22.3 percent. Other notable growth drivers for the brand include the 2 Series (up 24.8 percent) and the #BMW-7-Series , which saw sales increase by 69.2 per cent to total 61,514.
In the UK the BMW brand accounted for 182,593 sales, an increase of 9.0 percent compared to 2015 and over 15,000 vehicles more than its previous UK sales record in 2015. The #BMW-1-Series five-door was the brand’s biggest selling model closely followed by the #BMW-3-Series-Saloon , the #BMW-5-Series-Saloon and the new X1. #2016 also saw demand doubling for BMW’s electric and hybrid models with more than 9000 customers choosing an alternatively fuelled vehicle. The recently launched #BMW-330e-F30 iPerformance models have already become a popular choice with over 3500 vehicles sold in the UK last year.Stream item published successfully. Item will now be visible on your stream.
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Having enjoyed a 135i for a little while, Steve says he recently upgraded to his dream 1M, adding he’s hoping prices stay strong. We don’t think he’s got anything to worry about. He’s over the moon with his machine and while he’s not been too heavy-handed with the modifications he has added some carbon fibre bits and a #DMS-remap , which has taken power up to 425hp, plenty to be getting on with, and he’s considering a mid-pipe modification to add a bit more exhaust volume to proceedings. A recent Euro tour around the Alps allowed him to really stretch the 1M’s legs and it sounds like he had a blast which cemented his love for his dream machine.Stream item published successfully. Item will now be visible on your stream.
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Over the last few months it’s been a bit of struggle to find some time for the car, really. The lead-up to Christmas was absolutely full-on at work and then when Christmas rolled round I felt like I just needed a little time to do nothing apart from drink and eat food! But, hey ho, the holiday period is over now and its back to it!
My plans have slightly changed with the car. With a few rules changing in the British Drift Championship, and with no sight of sponsors or financial backing to race this season, it’s only going to be used for a few practice drift days here or there. Unless something changes dramatically over the next few weeks I think I’ll be focusing on making the car more of a fast road/track build rather than a full drift car as I first set out to do. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still smash it round a track, no bother, but I just want to be able to use it on the road as well. So, with this in mind, I’ve changed a few things. One major thing is up front; with no steering lock kit I’ll just be running standard M3 hubs and standard steering lock. As you may know, in drifting we normally run different steering setups to get maximum angle in and out of corners, but most are not road-friendly. Obviously I could have built this car with all fibreglass panels then I wouldn’t have cared too much about it, but that was never the car I wanted to build from the start.
Anyway, I digress. I’m so close to sending the car away for paint, it’s just this section in the build process that seems to take forever! I’m trying to get all the little bits complete so once it comes back from paint I won’t have to grind this, change that, drill this etc. The main things are the manifold (I’m just waiting on a small section of pipe to fit the second wastegate and that’s the manifold complete at long last. Why did it take so long? The answer is lack of time and doing everything in-house between friends rather than sending it away or buying a complete car. It takes a lot longer but not only is it more satisfying. Also, if I got someone else to build the car the way I wanted it built, the bill would be through the roof! The problem is all my friends spend a lot of time working on their own builds. For example, Pete has just started taking his turbo 500hp+ E30 Convertible to bits for its annual winter spruce up. Matty has been building his Toyota 1.5J-powered Nissan 350Z. While Yates has just finished his barge off, an Audi A6 with a 500hp single turbo 2.7 V6, so there’s plenty going on in the garage!
The engine has been in and out the car over 100 times now (if you’re following my Instagram account, @Darrenr33, you will know this already!) to make sure the turbo position is correct and that I can get the wastegates in, too! We have also made a start on the front pipe from the turbo-back; the Precision turbo only has a 3” outlet so we have stepped this up to 3.5” and that’s going to run all the way to my back boxes. We need to somehow shoehorn it in between the engine and chassis leg as it’s starting to get tight! I have no doubt Pete will sort the job out…
Another job I still need to tackle is to swap the diesel front panel for a petrol one as the alloy radiator does not fit (it was making the radiator sit too close to the engine). And the petrol front panel solves this problem although we still need to squeeze a lot of coolers in there somewhere, too! I’ll just put that on the ‘to do’ list. And remember, don’t be shy, go take a look at my build.Stream item published successfully. Item will now be visible on your stream.
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No sleep 476HP 135i Wild 1 Series brings it on Most modified 135is we see are in sleeper guise. However, this boisterous example is loud and proud – and rightly so… Words: Elizabeth de Latour. Photos: Matt Richardson.
Last year saw this magazine nearly overrun with 1 Series feature cars. This was totally fine as far as we were concerned because a lot of you are clearly loving them, otherwise we wouldn’t have been inundated with such a huge variety of fantastic modded examples. The charms of the 1 Series are hard to resist and while some people might find the first generation hatch a little inelegant on the styling front, we reckon #BMW nailed it with the Coupé. And people clearly agree, as that’s mainly what everyone’s been modding. A quick glance at the classifieds shows that this iteration of the 1 Series is holding its value and while some people might think you’re not getting a lot of car for your money compared to what else you could buy, the appeal of a compact, sporty car that’s also practical and can be had with a huge range of engines is easy to see and hard to resist. It’s the perfect antidote to the supersizing epidemic that’s now a staple of the motoring industry. And it’s a car with plenty of potential. Just ask Dom C, because he took a fiery little 135i and turned it into a real beast. It’s most definitely not shy about what it’s capable of; with 476hp on-tap, why would you be? A sleeper this ain’t.
A glance at Dom’s car history shows you that the 135i fits right in with his taste in small, fast cars, which have included a Saxo VTR and VTS, a Toyota Glanza V turbo, a Civic Type R, and an Impreza RB5 – which is a little less small but was “mega”, according to Dom, so that’s fair enough. “I had a 120d,” he continues, “which was good on fuel. This was good for when I was going to business meetings, but I decided I wanted something really fast that would handle well and was exciting. There was nothing of this age with a six-cylinder engine and rear- wheel drive apart from a 135i, so I bought one.”
The car was purchased bone stock and the initial plan was just to fit a JB4 and an exhaust because these alone would amp up the performance in a big way. But after Dom had sampled the sweet taste of what the 135i could offer, there was no way he could go cold turkey. And he had a pusher.
“The car’s been sponsored by Hard Knocks Speed Shop,” Dom explains. “It saw that I was passionate about modding and we had a great relationship, so it offered to sponsor me. Badger there has done all the work.” With his sights set on some serious numbers, things were going to have to change…
That JB4 is now a Cobb, supplied by BW Chiptune with a custom remap by Litchfield. The exhaust is now a custom straight- through system from Hard Knocks Speed Shop, with no cats or silencing. There’s even a valve for increased loudness. There’s a video of it in action on our Instagram page (@pbmwmag) and, having heard it in person, we can confirm it’s very, very loud.
The path to 476hp is lined with a lot more than just a Cobb and a custom exhaust, though. Dom has been busy under the bonnet, with the resulting list of engine mods making for some impressive reading. The stuff you can see includes a set of BMS dual cone intakes and an HKS SSQV blow-off valve. And there’s much more going on
beneath the surface that you can’t see. The stars of the show are, without doubt, the Turbo Dynamics Stage 2 hybrid turbos that really help to push the power up. But they don’t have to go it alone; up front sits a beefy Pro Alloy intercooler, there’s a Fuel It Stage 3 uprated fuel pump, a VRSF metal charge pipe with meth bungs, VRSF cat-less downpipes, plus a BMS meth injection kit to help keep intake air temperatures down.
The end result of all that underbonnet wizardry is a very impressive dyno-proven 476hp and over 400lb ft of torque. That’s an awful lot of power to enjoy in a compact car such as this. And that dyno run took place on a really hot day with intake temperatures well over 80ºC and the ECU pulling the timing, so there’s potentially even more on tap than the figures suggest.
Of course, simply ramping up the power and hoping for the best is not the way to do things and most certainly not the way Dom was planning to do things. So those engine mods are joined by a supporting cast of chassis and drivetrain mods. The standard clutch would have been completely out of its depth with these sort of power figures so it’s been replaced with a much sturdier Spec Stage 3+ affair mated to a single mass flywheel. On the chassis front, BC Racing coilovers have been called to action, along with M3 lower control arms, and a strut brace. And that’s not all because Dom then took the car to FW Motorsport, run by Tom Walkinshaw’s son Fergus, who spent a day-and-a-half setting up the suspension after corner weighting the car. Dom is also planning to add some custom adjustable drop links.
The brakes haven’t been forgotten about either. With the 135i coming equipped with some pretty serious six-pot front calipers from the factory there was no need for a BBK, but grooved discs have been added and are clamped by Pagid RS29 race pads. Goodrich braided hoses and race brake fluid concludes the brake upgrades.
Somehow we’ve managed to make it this far without once mentioning the way this car looks – which isn’t easy because this is a 1 Series that stands out, and then some. A lot of this is to do with the Avery Denison Gloss Blue wrap. “The car was originally Monaco blue,” explains Dom, a colour that you can see lurking in the engine bay. “It had no presence and made the car not look as fast as it actually was. My neighbour had a GTR wrapped in this blue and I absolutely loved it, so I decided to get the 135i done in the same shade, and the bonnet and mirrors done in gloss black.”
With the 135i looking rather more rapid, Dom set about adding the aero addenda. This started off with the relatively subtle carbon front splitter, followed by the carbon bootlip spoiler, and then the bulging Seibon carbon bonnet with aero catches. But Dom refuses to take responsibility for that rear wing. “It’s all Hard Knocks’ fault,” he laughs. “They suggested I got a wing. I agreed and went online to buy it whilst in the pub… although I don’t actually remember buying it!” Oh dear. Still, while the APR rear wing would look out of place on many a car, the overall look of this 135i means it works here. It ties in nicely with the whole black and blue theme, as do the wheels, which are Apex Aero-7 18s, with the car’s arches having been rolled to help accommodate them. The wheels have been wrapped in super-sticky Advan AD08R semi-slick rubber for maximum grip.
As for that Gran Turismo sun strip: “I think it looks badass,” explains Dom, “and it makes a huge difference to the feel of the car when driving.” The interior has, for now, been left largely standard, bar the removal of the rear seats, but Dom was planning on fitting some bucket seats and a roll-cage, that is before he decided to sell the car…
We should be used to it by now, feature cars owners getting in touch not long after a shoot informing us that they are selling their BMW. That’s the way it is with projects, but it was still a little surprising to hear it from Dom considering just how much he’d put into the 135i. It turns out he’s gone and bought himself a Nissan GTR and, to be fair, the signs were there all along as we recall he mentioned it on the day of the shoot. We can’t really blame him either; the GTR is a hell of a car and probably one of the few things that could get his heart pumping the same way as his ferocious 135i. Could we, he asked, mention that it was going to be up for sale? Of course. But then, a month later, we received another email. The 135i was staying, a stablemate for the GTR, and Dom had, in his own words, “gone full circle”. In fact, he now plans to take the 135i to the next level: a roll-cage, bucket seats and steering wheel will transform the interior, while a race diffuser, a side exit exhaust, and a body kit will transform the exterior. “It’s come too far to go back…!” were Dom’s parting words on the email. We can’t wait to see him go all the way.
Custom-mounted meth injection kit helps keep inlet temps down and power up.
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ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION 3.0-litre twin-turbo straight-six #N54B30 / #N54 / #BMW-N54 , #Cobb-V3-Accessport custom mapped by #Litchfield-Motors , #BMS dual cone air intakes, #HKS-SSQV blow-off valve, #Turbo-Dynamics-Stage-2 hybrid turbos, #Pro-Alloy front mount intercooler, Fuel It Stage 3 upgraded fuel pump, custom- mounted BMS meth injection kit, #VRSF metal charge pipe with meth bungs, VRSF cat-less downpipes, Hard Knocks Speed Shop custom Y-pipe , custom straight- through two into one 3” de-catted centre section, custom quad exit exhaust system with electronic valves. Six-speed manual gearbox, #BMWP short-shift, Spec Stage 3+ clutch and single mass flywheel
POWER & TORQUE 476hp and 400lb ft+
CHASSIS 8x18” ET45 (front) and 9x18” ET50 (rear) #Apex-Aero-7 satin black forged wheels with 225/40 (front) and 255/35 (rear) Advan AD08R tyres, #BC-Racing coilovers, M3 lower control arms, strut brace, car corner weighted, Pagid RS29 race brake pads, grooved discs, #Goodrich braided hoses, race brake fluid
EXTERIOR Wrapped in Avery Denison gloss blue with gloss black roof and gloss black door mirrors, tinted windows, rolled arches, gloss black kidney grilles, carbon front splitter, #Seibon carbon #Powerdome bonnet with AeroCatches, carbon rear spoiler, #APR carbon wing, custom carbon diffuser, #BMW Darkline rear lights
INTERIOR Factory grey M Sport leather, Cobb V3 Accessport controller, rear seats removed
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I took the 1 Series through a car wash. I don’t condone it, it’s definitely a case of do as I say not as I do, and what I say is wash your car by hand using the two bucket method but, when it’s cold and wet and dark and miserable and your car is so dirty that you can barely open the doors or boot and is white so looks about 1000 times dirtier, you get desperate. What’s a girl to do? Pay £3 and take it through the car wash at the local Sainsbury’s, that’s what. I didn’t even choose the drying option because the roads were wet so I figured it was pointless and when I came out of the petrol station shop brandishing my car wash code I discovered it had started raining anyway, rendering it even more pointless. The person in the Merc having a wash and blow dry in front of me looked a bit silly. And you know what? It was worth every penny, all 300 of them. The 1 Series came out looking clean and I could open the doors and boot without getting covered in filth. Also my mum had never been through a car wash before so she was intrigued by the whole affair. Is it wrong to admit that you find car washes a little scary? She didn’t, but I do. I just don’t like the noisy pounding. It’s unsettling. I wouldn’t dream of taking the E39 through but, with its solid white paint, I figure the 120d is less likely to show up scratches and swirl marks.
In other news, the 120d is doing something the 118d didn’t, and that is managing to stay dry inside. The 118d had a chronic moisture problem, with the windscreen absolutely covered in water droplets when the temperature started to drop, which would then freeze on particularly cold nights, and ice on the inside of your windscreen is not something you expect in a brandnew BMW. My Camaro does it, but that’s because it’s terrible at being a car and was built for about 50p. We never did get to the bottom of it, but it wasn’t an isolated case as a few people got in touch with the same problem but now I have a solution that I can guarantee will work 100 per cent: sell your leaky old 1 Series and buy a face-lift. Job done.
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MILEAGE THIS MONTH: 390
TOTAL MILEAGE: 6435
MPG THIS MONTH: 45.9
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