Jonwilli's BMW E81 130i story and mods review

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Re: Jonwilli's BMW E81 130i story and mods review

Post by jonwilli » Sat Jan 30, 2016 8:51 am

I got the Apex wheels fitted on Wednesday. Took a photo yesterday, not the best photo as its pretty dark and wet but that isn't going to change for the foreseeable future!! So what do people think compared to the 313's? I really like them but still getting used to them. I love the 313s and how minimal the design is. You could really see into them and see the with of the wheel which I thought look really aggressive. These wheels are an inch wider front and rear but yet from the side look narrower. The 255 rear Conti's actually looked slightly stretched on them! I think I will have to go up to a 235 front and at least a 265 at the rear when I next replace the tyres. They are a few kgs lighter a wheel though and give about 10mm extra clearance for the brake discs and callipers.

Also fitted the gearbox mounts (see post above for details) from the short drive I have done since they were fitted they seem to have given the gearbox a very precise feeling with no additional vibration or noise in the cabin. Although the Revshift mounts only 80a hardness they feel a lot stiffer than the OEM mounts that came off. The OEM felt very soft, I could twist them in my hands! Imagine the twist induced on hard acceleration or fast, tight cornering!

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Re: Jonwilli's BMW E81 130i story and mods review

Post by *123D* » Mon Feb 01, 2016 9:46 pm

Very nice indeed!
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Post by jonwilli » Mon Feb 01, 2016 9:57 pm

*123D* wrote:Very nice indeed!
Thanks, they're definitely growing on me! Gave the car a proper clean on the weekend and it looks very nice. Pity the weather is so dark, impossible to get a photo that shows off the detail.
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Re: Jonwilli's BMW E81 130i story and mods review

Post by jgalea324 » Mon Feb 01, 2016 10:40 pm

That looks extremely mean - proper great job!
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Post by sixpistons » Wed Feb 03, 2016 9:19 pm

Those wheels look absolutely spot on. I think I prefer them to the 313s.
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Re: Jonwilli's BMW E81 130i story and mods review

Post by jonwilli » Thu Feb 04, 2016 12:38 pm

sixpistons wrote:Those wheels look absolutely spot on. I think I prefer them to the 313s.
I'm moving towards that opinion myself! Thanks for the compliment and feedback :)
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Post by raiets » Mon Feb 22, 2016 6:40 pm

They do look good on 8)

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Post by jimmy-120sport » Thu Aug 18, 2016 7:23 pm

Any updates?
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Re: Jonwilli's BMW E81 130i story and mods review

Post by jonwilli » Fri Aug 19, 2016 3:47 pm

jimmy-120sport wrote:Any updates?
Not really at the moment. Still working on it, using it but not pushing it hard until I have managed to richen the tune on boost.
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Post by unutterable83 » Thu Dec 01, 2016 8:26 pm

Updates? Great project


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Re: Jonwilli's BMW E81 130i story and mods review

Post by jonwilli » Fri Dec 02, 2016 5:21 pm

Yeah its with a garage Iain recommended near Manchester being 'tweaked'. Dropped it off three weeks ago...fingers crossed my next proper update (realistically at least a couple of months away) will be full of good news with everything running perfectly :). Andy the owner seems a top guy and really seems to know his stuff and have some great connections in all corners of the globe.

Then I can finish off poly bushing the rear subframe, fit the M3 suspension arms and get my BMWP bumper and skirts painted and fitted.
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Post by unutterable83 » Fri Dec 02, 2016 5:25 pm

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Re: Jonwilli's BMW E81 130i story and mods review

Post by marctwoo » Fri Dec 02, 2016 6:18 pm

What a write up and I love the detail you've gone into over the course of your journey!!

I'm fairly new to this scene, and my 130i for that matter, and the part where you mention where you talk about researching on this forum and your wallet slowly getting lighter, that's me right now!!!

Plan was to keep it stock for at least 6 months as well but I've already purchased an exhaust, SSK, CIC controller and getting some coding done next week :oops: , better go update my members car thread...

Look forward to hearing about your journey as it happens from here on out.

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Re: Jonwilli's BMW E81 130i story and mods review

Post by jonwilli » Fri Dec 02, 2016 6:34 pm

marctwoo wrote:What a write up and I love the detail you've gone into over the course of your journey!!

I'm fairly new to this scene, and my 130i for that matter, and the part where you mention where you talk about researching on this forum and your wallet slowly getting lighter, that's me right now!!!

Plan was to keep it stock for at least 6 months as well but I've already purchased an exhaust, SSK, CIC controller and getting some coding done next week :oops: , better go update my members car thread...

Look forward to hearing about your journey as it happens from here on out.

Marc
Yeah I'd forget about keeping a car stock if you are on this forum!! The non M 1 series derivatives I think also really deserve to be modified! They have a great chassis that was hindered by some of their OEM parts. You don't need to go crazy to turn what is a great little car from the box into a really really fun car. The 6 cylinder variants also get the benefit of the true BMW aural pleasure!
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Re: Jonwilli's BMW E81 130i story and mods review

Post by jonwilli » Fri Dec 02, 2016 9:22 pm

roundasapound wrote:Interesting journey turning your 130i into a pocket rocket. I dread to think of the bill.

The new wheels look good but I'm a sucker for a 313 alloy. 313's are just beautiful.
Well so far I have lost almost nothing in depreciation, I own the car and the modifications so pay no interest on leases, tax and insurance is cheap, mpg is great for the performance. The 130i so far (touch wood) has been incredibly reliable so other than some consumables has cost very little to run. If I'd 'upgraded' the 130i since I'd owned it I reckon the loan interest and depreciation on most cars I looked at would pretty much cover the costs of the mods believe it or not!

If I get my arse in gear the 313s should be up for sale in the new year if you are interested in them...will have taken me a year to advertise them! Agree the 313s look gorgeous on a 1 series but unfortunately the clearance on the front brake callipers was just too tight. I was worried if I really thrashed the car and the brakes got very hot I might find the callipers grinding the inside of the 313s which would have been ugly.
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