Chadillac2000's 2008 135i Road Warrior Daily Driver Build Thread

Aug 1, 2017
365
Nice update! I was really looking forward to the dyno results, but I guess my anticipation will have to wait.

Love seeing the 1M-style bumper on a car that looks so similar to mine, as I've been debating the "upgrade" forever. I would really like to see it with a splitter...
 
Oct 26, 2017
202
NC
Nice update! I was really looking forward to the dyno results, but I guess my anticipation will have to wait.

Love seeing the 1M-style bumper on a car that looks so similar to mine, as I've been debating the "upgrade" forever. I would really like to see it with a splitter...
I was too. Had been planning on it for months and was really bummed when the weekend fell apart given the dented bumper and coil debacle. I'm getting antsy about seeing power numbers while the car is running so healthy, so I need to end up just finding an indoor dynometer over the colder months. All the ones in the Asheville area are outdoor and usually non operable during winter.

I was the same way about the bumper -- had been eyeballing the upgrade since I bought the car. Adding a full lip to the M-Sport front bumper had kept me satisfied, but this 1M style looks better in my opinion. I agree though, this would look even better with a nice lip/splitter under the front of it. For my DD, I'm enjoying the added clearance though. We'll see if I end up adding something eventually, but pretty satisfied with the current look; for the time being.
 
Oct 26, 2017
202
NC
Lightweight lip! Looks classy and can't break it.
I'm sure one will end up on there to match the side skirt extensions eventually, but I've done zero research into what fits on the 1M style front bumper. It will also be tricky because not all 1M style front bumpers for the non-M cars are the same. and not sure that a flat piece of ABS will work if I went custom.
 
Jan 24, 2018
481
SC
Yeah good point. That's the one I have tabled for my front, but no clue if it will fit the replica bumpers. Since it's polymer, it would be theoretically easy enough to drill it out if they were the right length.
 
Oct 26, 2017
202
NC
My mileage rolled over the 130,000 mark on the way home from work this past Friday, so the 135i was due for another day in the garage come Saturday. I've been using OCIs of 3,000-4,000 miles, and as much as I drive, that comes along often. I should buy stock in Motul. In addition to the routine oil change, I'd also noticed some slight coming from the front wheel bearings when turning. They certainly looked rough, so I figured I'd preventively go ahead and change those out before the problem got any worse.

For a little under $300 from FCPEuro, I was able to get two front hub assemblies, 8 new bolts (these are supposedly non-reusable and the new ones come pre loaded with thread locking compound, and 2 new brake disc set screws.

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As always, grabbed my trusty BMS 17mm wheel socket so I don't scratch up the ARC-8s. I've also been pleasantly surprised at how well my powder coated calipers have held up as the mileage adds up. They still look like the day I received them back from finishing.

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After removing the front wheels, I took the time to get out my tire tread measurement tool to see how the Firestones were holding up. 6/32nds on the fronts, and 5/32nds on the rear. I've put about 25,000 miles on this set, so they're holding up pretty well. It doesn't look like they'll last as long as the Hankook V12 Evo2s I had previously, but the Firestone do grip better in dry/wet, and look better too.

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Prior to starting the wheel bearing DIY, I found this extremely helpful video showing the exact steps. The process to the E82 is just like the E90 and bolt sizes are the same as well.


Removal of the old wheel bearings started with removing the brake caliper, rotor, and then starting the process of removing the 4 bolts on the backside of the hub assembly. It might not be completely necessary, by I removed the wheel speed sensor to gain some more room as well. This was not the easiest area to photograph.

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These bolts are very very hard to remove. They have thread locking material from the factory, and take a lot of effort to remove. There wasn't really enough room to get power tools in there unfortunately, so I just had to use patience and a few different 18mm bolt removal tools. The old ones had seem better days aesthetically, and looked like they need a refreshment.

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The Apex wheel stud kit was also fused with the old hub assemblies, so I switched back to normal wheel bolts. They had tarnished into a rusted look anyways, so I was glad to see them go. It's easier to mount wheels with studs, but the rusty look of the studs wasn't for me.

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This is prior to installing the new hub assembly:

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And afterwards:

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Before starting up the car, I added 7 quarts of Motul.

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I also fastened down the Craftsman socket set I received in the boot. I felt vulnerable traveling with no tools in this car, and received this as a Christmas gift. The well organized plastic case made it a perfect candidate for staying in the car in case of emergencies.

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Now she's ready to return to daily duties!

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In fact, the very next day my wife, Winston, and I set off for a little Sunday drive into the Pisgah National Forest for a long hike, followed by a stop by Sierra Nevada brewery for a few beers, before heading home for the evening. Here’s a few other shots I took, as well as a little montage I made of the day’s activities. I’ve been looking for excuses to use the S&Q function on the Sony A7iii.

Constantly making great memories in the 1er.

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Aug 1, 2017
365
Weird that your APEX studs rusted and fused together like that. Mine haven't done that and I can actually loosen the studs from the hub almost too easily.

Awesome update otherwise!
 
Oct 26, 2017
202
NC
Weird that your APEX studs rusted and fused together like that. Mine haven't done that and I can actually loosen the studs from the hub almost too easily.

Awesome update otherwise!
I was honestly surprised as well. That happened within a few months of putting them on too. Them being stuck I can understand because I used aggressive Loctite the first time around to ensure they wouldn't back out, but the development of rust was unacceptable.

I still have them in the back, but want to explore the E90 hub route sometime in 2019 to get a little more clearance for some wider rubber. I would almost be content if I could squeeze a 275 width tire back there with a little more concavity on the Apex wheel.
 
Aug 1, 2017
365
I was honestly surprised as well. That happened within a few months of putting them on too. Them being stuck I can understand because I used aggressive Loctite the first time around to ensure they wouldn't back out, but the development of rust was unacceptable.

I still have them in the back, but want to explore the E90 hub route sometime in 2019 to get a little more clearance for some wider rubber. I would almost be content if I could squeeze a 275 width tire back there with a little more concavity on the Apex wheel.
I love that idea. Always wanted to do the conversion, but never needed to. Do it and document it so I can copy some day!
 

derekgates

Specialist
Feb 23, 2018
74
NW FL
These photos are ace, your motivation for maintenance has me embarrassed. Great job. Car is looking *fantastic* and it makes me regret getting a 3 series instead of a light and nimble 1 series.
 
Oct 26, 2017
202
NC
I love that idea. Always wanted to do the conversion, but never needed to. Do it and document it so I can copy some day!
Jake, that's not how that we do this. You do things, work out the kinks, and then I follow suit.

These photos are ace, your motivation for maintenance has me embarrassed. Great job. Car is looking *fantastic* and it makes me regret getting a 3 series instead of a light and nimble 1 series.
Thanks Derek! My approach to maintenance has worked out nicely so far. It's resulted in a fairly reliable, high horsepower N54 car. Hopefully it will continue to pay off as I continue my surge towards 200,000+ miles on this 1er.
 
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