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      09-15-2020, 11:55 AM   #1
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Hey guys! Last weekend, I picked up a 2016 M235i. It is basically stock, other than a couple exterior bits, so I have a clean slate to build on. That being said, I'm not too sure where to start. What has been your route of building, and where would you suggest to start?

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Congrats on your purchase! I have the same car (mine is Melbourne Red). First item performance wise is a new charge pipe - I got a VRSF but there are many to choose from. This will allow you to go Stage 1 with bm3 (bootmod3) tune (HIGHLY recommended). If you want to go all out then get as well a new front mount intercooler (FMIC) and either a high flow catted or catless downpipe. This should (with the Stage 2 bm3) get you close to 400hp. I'm doing those additions next spring; enjoying Stage 1 for now. I drove the car stock for 3 years (while under warranty) and enjoyed that immensely. These forums are to blame for the mods (both performance and appearance).

These are the most common mods; check particular build threads for more detailed information about other things you can do. The possibilities seem endless...

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      09-16-2020, 09:44 AM   #3
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Start with a tune + charge pipe
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      09-17-2020, 01:49 PM   #4
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I started about month ago on my mine with a charge pipe, BMS intake and BM3 tune. Next is DP and IC for stage 2. Car hauls ass even at stage 1, but knowing there's much more potential is like a drug!

I would start by contacting Mike x-ph for BM3.
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      09-18-2020, 08:37 AM   #5
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Catted or non Downpipe
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From my experience,
I did the necessary maintenance such as Coolant Hose, Oil Filter Housing, Fresh Oil, and a couple belts, because my M235 was as at 45k mileage and didnt know what the Dealer/Previous Owner had serviced. Next, I installed CTS Turbo Intake, Charge Pipe, and FMIC. Lowered on Dinan Springs with Apex Wheels, NGK Spark Plugs, and finally Tuned with BM3 Stg1. Soon DownPipe/Stg2 but just enjoying it for now
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Congrats on the new car!
I agree with meppadua, you should do your regular maintenance first but secondly I strongly suggest a new charge pipe as these things burst under normal conditions and a new charge pipe also allows you to install a JB4 tune. I recommend this over Bootmod 3 as it integrates well with several other more advanced performance modifications such as Pure Turbo (a bigger turbo for increased HP if that's what you plan on doing) and the Burger Motorsport methanol injection kit (allows for increased cooling so that you can run a higher boost). And after you get a tune, the sky's the limit. My recommended install directly after a charge pipe and tune would be intercooler, then downpipe.
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