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      11-21-2015, 01:47 PM   #1
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Saab story's 235i Intro/build thread

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Hello all, new to the BMW world but not to modifying cars. I came from a 2012 b8 A4 s-line. It had some basic mods such as coils, wheels, intake,exhaust, etc.

I switched over to the dark side last week and picked up a new estoril blue zf8 m235i with nav, leather, cwp, hk sound system and driver assist.

Since picking it up last week I swapped out the grilles for the gloss black ones. Changed the side markers to the color matched set from ind and currently have the car in for 30% ceramic llumar tint.

Mods to come in the very near future :
Coils or dinan springs
Exhaust- army trix or awe. Unless some reasonably priced quad tip options present themselves.
19" Wheels
front lip/ splitter
And I'm sure much more once I browse the forum on regular basis

Audi A4 S-Line by M2DAR2, on Flickr

Audi A4 S-Line by M2DAR2, on Flickr

Untitled by ross bellis, on Flickr

Untitled by ross bellis, on Flickr

M 235i by M2DAR2, on Flickr
BMW M 235i Coupe by M2DAR2, on Flickr

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      11-21-2015, 04:33 PM   #2
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fixed the issue with the pics not showing up
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      11-21-2015, 05:36 PM   #3
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Hi, looks great, what colour leather have you got, is it Oyster? Looking forward to seeing the mods on it as they come!

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      11-21-2015, 06:29 PM   #4
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Nice ride! Good to see another local on the boards
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      11-22-2015, 05:42 PM   #5
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Hi, looks great, what colour leather have you got, is it Oyster? Looking forward to seeing the mods on it as they come!

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Thanks!

It has Black leather. I picked it up off the lot at the dealership because it had 95% of the options I wanted. However, if I were to speck it myself I Would have gone with Terra Leather.
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      11-22-2015, 05:46 PM   #6
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Nice ride! Good to see another local on the boards
Thanks! Any local meets? I've been going to the occasional West Chester Cars & Coffee and helped run a Philly Audi group but I haven't heard of anything BMW related.
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Dinan Springs and AWE exhaust installed. Plus some fun in lightroom.

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      01-03-2016, 08:39 PM   #8
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Those AWE tips look great.
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Sweet!

You're not fucking around when it comes to modding!!! I love it!!! Keep us updated on changes - this forum is slow and we need people like you!!!
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      01-04-2016, 06:10 PM   #10
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      01-05-2016, 10:14 PM   #11
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Sweet!

You're not fucking around when it comes to modding!!! I love it!!! Keep us updated on changes - this forum is slow and we need people like you!!!
Thanks, I appreciate the love!

I'm moving pretty fast when it comes to modding this car. I feel like it has most of the right ingredients out of the box but theres a lot of ways to enhance the driving experience.
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      01-07-2016, 01:59 AM   #12
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great pictures. Thanks for the updates.
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      01-07-2016, 03:11 AM   #13
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Sweet!

You're not fucking around when it comes to modding!!! I love it!!! Keep us updated on changes - this forum is slow and we need people like you!!!
Totally agreed! We need more action..
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      04-10-2016, 12:13 PM   #14
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Coming Soon: 19 inch BBS CI-Rs + 235/265 MPSS tires


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BBS CI-Rs mounted.




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      04-30-2016, 12:21 PM   #16
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BBS CI-Rs mounted.



Looks good. I got my Estoril blue M235i in February. I see a bunch of them on this forum, but not many in my city.
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      04-30-2016, 01:06 PM   #17
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looks so goooood!
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Very nice!
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Looks amazing. Fitment and color are completely on point!!
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Dinan Springs and AWE exhaust installed.
So what are your thoughts on the springs and exhaust? How do you compare the ride quality to oem while on rough roads and bumps? And how much louder is the exhaust intrusion into the interior?

Car looks great!
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looks so goooood!
Thanks!

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Very nice!
Thank you!

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Looks amazing. Fitment and color are completely on point!!
Glad you like the wheels!

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So what are your thoughts on the springs and exhaust? How do you compare the ride quality to oem while on rough roads and bumps? And how much louder is the exhaust intrusion into the interior?

Car looks great!
Dinah Springs:
This is my first time using springs instead of coilovers and i'm really liking them. In sport mode, the ride is firm. Dinan's claim of a 10% increase in stiffness seems valid. Handling is mildly improved and the ride height is just about perfect (if scraping weren't an issue it could use couple MM in the front).

In comfort mode it is just that, comfortable; works well for long drives and bumpy roads. Overall it's a livable package that gives you the looks your after and a small but noticeable increase in handling.

AWE Exhaust:
I have a love/hate relationship with the exhaust.

The big issue with the system was the install, I had it installed professionally but there were so many fitment issues:

the pipes stuck out a few inches past the bumper (had to be cut)

the pipes leading to the muffler hung too low and were contacting the rear brace / drivetrain stabilizer (washers had to be used to create some space.

the clamps for the exhaust tips were too weak and either broke or wouldn't crush the back of the tips properly to secure them onto the pipe (this led to them having to be welded on).


Things that I like about the system:

The sound; The full system with the performance mid pipe sounds amazing, it cackles and burbles during downshifts and deceleration. the tone is aggressive and deep when your on it, and it makes you want to rev the engine more often just so you can be rewarded with its growl.

The 102mm tips also look great, and beef up an otherwise simple back end.

Cold starts are wake up the neighbors loud, but once the engine warms up the sound is pretty civil. Cabin noise is generally pretty miild unless you go full WOT.

Also, there is a slight drone zone between 2800-3000 rpm;it hasn't been an issue though. I'm usually below that range during daily driving and above it when I'm doing some more spirited driving.

Overall, I really like the tone and characteristics of this exhaust. If the build quality improves I'd recommend it.
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