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Favourite and Popular mods

Post by Niall_farley » Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:37 pm

Evening guys and gals! I had a quick trawl but could find anything to match this topic.

It's mainly for fun and to give people (me) a idea of what mods to apply to your own 1 series.

So What are your favourite mods and for what price for what car?

I've not yet picked mine up but ordered a nice steering wheel from royal steering wheels always love his mod! Can't wait to get it fitted.

So what mods would you lot recommend for a 130i? And any other model for that matter


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Re: Favourite and Popular mods

Post by marco_polo » Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:48 pm

The biggest problem with the standard car is the chassis. Understeery front end, a bobbing bum, and limited grip from the Runcrap tyres.

Luckily the E87 shares it's front subframe with the 1M Coupe / E90 M3, so the longer (negative camber inducing) wishbones and tension struts bolt straight on. Camber pin mod is a freebie, so get that done at the same time. That sorts the front.

The bouncy rear is best sorted with some better dampers and shorter bumpstops. A Bilstein B12 kit (4 eibach Pro springs and 4 matched shorter B8 dampers) are a quick and easy solution. A set of powerflex rear SF bush inserts is a good idea too - cheap + quick & easy to fit.

The Runcrap tyres are easy to swap out for proper ones, just make sure to select XL's (Load index of at least 92). Going 225/40/18 92Y is the most popular.
The rear depends on your preference. 235/40/18 95Y gives neutral handling, 225/40/18 92Y oversteer, 245/35/18 94Y understeer, as an approx guideline.

If you want to go a little further, an E90 M3 front ARB bolts straight on, which is best mated to a 15mm rear ARB. Don't try a 20mm rear, you start to unweight the inside wheel during corners.

With all the extra speed you'll now be carrying, you might want some bigger anchors. M135i blue Brembo 4 pots are quite common now, and bolt straight on (with their pads and 340mm discs of course). M3 brakes don't fit.

After all that, a Quaife LSD would be nice. Relatively easy bolt-in mod on a 130i.

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Re: Favourite and Popular mods

Post by Niall_farley » Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:08 pm

Wow! Marco_polo! That's impressive didn't expect a reply quite so comprehensive. Tickle me impressed! I shall look in to a number of those mods they sound the bollox to put bluntly


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Re: Favourite and Popular mods

Post by Jfk » Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:21 pm

Does the camber pin mod yield a noticeable difference as a standalone mod ?
If so , I must get round to doing it.
The only mod I've yet done to my standard 135i is to fit a JB+... That has made a decent difference for 200 quid.
I'm longing for a quaife though , I just can't get on with the standard diff.
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Re: Favourite and Popular mods

Post by marco_polo » Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:27 pm

The camber pin mod is a small step in the right direction, most people can feel the subtle increase in front end grip. It's not enough for most though, and probably won't give you enough neg to prevent the outer shoulders scrubbing bald after a few roundabouts. :(

The M3 arms you'll need are made by TRW, and can be found inexpensively on Amazon weirdly. Part numbers TRW JTC1423, JTC1424, JTC1426 & JTC1427 - if memory serves.
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Re: Favourite and Popular mods

Post by MegaMinion » Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:14 am

marco_polo wrote:
Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:27 pm
The camber pin mod is a small step in the right direction, most people can feel the subtle increase in front end grip. It's not enough for most though, and probably won't give you enough neg to prevent the outer shoulders scrubbing bald after a few roundabouts. :(

The M3 arms you'll need are made by TRW, and can be found inexpensively on Amazon weirdly. Part numbers TRW JTC1423, JTC1424, JTC1426 & JTC1427 - if memory serves.
Do the M3 arms look noticeably different to the standard 1 series arms? ie. are they likely to get spotted if there was a warranty repair on the front suspension?
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Re: Favourite and Popular mods

Post by marco_polo » Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:39 am

No, visually very similar. My E87 went in a few times with full /M3 suspension on and nobody ever mentioned a thing. They're not yellow or anything, just slightly longer. A bit of road-dirt, and few people would ever spot them (shiny new parts are always a bit obvious at first).

The TRW versions are actually original /M3 versions with the logo ground off!
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Re: Favourite and Popular mods

Post by mikeyscott » Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:53 pm

Not got round to doing anything on mine except MPSS tyres and Birds suspension.

Heard people mention CDV too.

Reality is I doubt I'll do anything on mine further as doesn't inspire me.
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Re: Favourite and Popular mods

Post by fmn716 » Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:40 am

What's ur guys opinion on H&R swaybar for front and rear

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Re: Favourite and Popular mods

Post by marco_polo » Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:00 am

fmn716 wrote:
Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:40 am
What's ur guys opinion on H&R swaybar for front and rear
I don't like the set-up, the 20mm rear is too stiff. It won't fully lift a wheel during cornering, but it can unweight it enough to cause problems (spins).

Read This: http://babybmw.net/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=102289

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Re: Favourite and Popular mods

Post by fmn716 » Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:12 am

marco_polo wrote:
Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:00 am
fmn716 wrote:
Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:40 am
What's ur guys opinion on H&R swaybar for front and rear
I don't like the set-up, the 20mm rear is too stiff. It won't fully lift a wheel during cornering, but it can unweight it enough to cause problems (spins).

Read This: http://babybmw.net/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=102289

Eibach stuff is always better researched and better quality.
Just checked the eibach specs

here they are:

Eibach Anti-Roll-Kit BMW 1 (E81, E87)

Information:
Model: 1 (E81, E87)
Engine: 116i, 118i, 120i, 130i, 116d, 118d, 120d, 123d
Year: 08.06
Note: A, 18, 20, 22, 45
Profile Front: Ø 28 mm
Profile Rear: Ø 15 mm
Adjustable Front: Not Adjustable
Adjustable Rear: Not Adjustable

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Re: Favourite and Popular mods

Post by marco_polo » Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:14 am

Yup, far superior, much better balance.
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Re: Favourite and Popular mods

Post by fmn716 » Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:12 am

I would also like to add a good mod is also the 335i e9x front calipers and disks

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Re: Favourite and Popular mods

Post by marco_polo » Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:18 am

fmn716 wrote:
Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:12 am
I would also like to add a good mod is also the 335i e9x front calipers and disks
Quite heavy though, aren't they? Big cast single pots and heavy discs?

I'd go M135i 4 Pot Brembo's instead. Alloy caliper, 2 piece disc with alloy top hat.
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Re: Favourite and Popular mods

Post by fmn716 » Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:29 am

marco_polo wrote:
Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:18 am
fmn716 wrote:
Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:12 am
I would also like to add a good mod is also the 335i e9x front calipers and disks
Quite heavy though, aren't they? Big cast single pots and heavy discs?

I'd go M135i 4 Pot Brembo's instead. Alloy caliper, 2 piece disc with alloy top hat.
I suppose so but they good for a budget upgrade 4pot calipers would be first prize :P

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