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Fall-line Race toe link kit for F8x M3/M4 (Product update Ver.2)

Published on January 5, 2016 by in Uncategorized

The unique design of the Fall Line Motorsports race toe link kit showed the BMW audience what is possible when true motorsport-derived engineering solutions are applied to high performance street cars. The slotted lock design, inspired by BMW Motorsport and Porsche Motorsport components gave BMW M fans the best possible solution in suspension.

Now, we are proud to release the newest evolution of the Race toe link kit.

Machining the toe adjustment arms from a single piece of billet aluminum enabled Fall Line to eliminate assembly and welding operations, creating a substantial reduction in manufacturing cost. All new Race toe links will now ship in the new billet version, forwarding the savings directly to our client!

A byproduct of multi-link suspension arrangements is a dynamic change in the car’s alignment settings- when making an adjustment to one attribute like camber, track width and toe will follow. This is especially true for the F8x cars, as the original BMW camber eccentric bolt has an impact on toe as well. Alignments are made faster and simpler when using a set of aftermarket lower arms, enabling the alignment tech to easily reset toe after adjusting camber.

The race toe links utilize a unique clamp-style fastener system as seen in BMW’s own tie rods and Porsche Motorsport components, tightening the adjustment arm in place with no stretch of the hardware or change of alignment. Less expensive jam-nut designs limit precision and nearly guarantee an alignment change when the jam-nut is tightened. As will all Fall Line suspension components, high quality bearings are used to ensure a very long service life. ARP hardware is used throughout to guarantee the highest level of durability. Laser cut lockout washers correctly eliminate the original BMW adjustment, eliminating any unwanted movement in the system.

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True Colors: a Quest for a Fire Orange M4

 

BMW’s introduction of Fire Orange to their color palette excited M enthusiasts everywhere. For many, the vibrancy of the color reflects the dynamic nature of the M car, and it is perhaps for this reason that BMW elected to use Fire Orange as the official release color for the E92 M3 GTS.

The owner of the Fire Orange M4 in this thread has been a BMW M enthusiast for many years, and was inspired by the E92 M3 GTS. The E92 GTS was a car that made no apologies about its sporting nature, and the M4 you see in this post is similarly unapologetic. When choosing the specification for his new M4, our client knew that nothing less than Fire Orange would suit the modifications he had already planned for the car.

Obtaining the Fire Orange color itself was a year-long quest, made more complex because of equipment changes within BMW’s own factory. We will give our client the opportunity to explain the details of his ordering process himself when he is ready, but suffice to say that ensuring that his Fire Orange order went through required persistence, good follow-up, and the help of some very kind people at BMW internally.

We’d planned the modifications for this M4 long before the car was completed by BMW, and had them prepared for installation before the car arrived at IND. The E92 M3 GTS spoke to us as inspiration, across generational lines, and with that car as our guide we began our work. This M4 was delivered to us with BMW’s carbon ceramic brakes, and an individual interior which included a beautiful orange stitch throughout.

IND then added a host of BMW Performance parts, ranging from the BMW Performance front splitters and lip (which IND painted gloss black), to M performance side skirts (also painted gloss black at IND), a carbon diffuser, M performance exhaust, LED steering wheel, and shift knob cover and trim. IND’s cosmetic package as always eliminates the original trim items in favor of beautiful gloss black pieces. Carbon mirror caps accompany the carbon splitters and diffuser to maintain a consistent feel. IND added a BBS FI-R wheel package in gloss black with Advan AD08R tires in a 275 front and 295 rear size for excellent handling balance. A Fall Line oil cooler guard was added for peace of mind when driving the car aggressively. Finally, to complete the GTS feel, IND reached out to our friends at Motorsport 24 in Germany to add a rear wing in carbon fiber which matched the GTS in personality.

Although there is now an official M4 GTS offering from BMW, this Fire Orange M4 will always stand on its own in evoking the Motorsport inspired feel many M owners pursue. We at IND were fortunate to see this gorgeous M4 in person, and are happy to share these images with the BimmerPost audience. Enjoy the photos!

 
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Individual San Marino F80 from IND!

Individual San Marino F80 from IND!

It seems that with each passing year, the powers that be at BMW are more aware for their client’s desire for individual expression. The BMW Individual program itself is more accessible now than ever before, and BMW is complimenting that lineup with BMW Performance components.

Our client is no stranger to personalized M cars, and consulted with me prior to ordering his M3. We knew that certain components would be added to his M3 the moment it arrived, and BMW’s Individual program helped us to better integrate those components with custom touches directly from BMW.

The beautiful San Marino Blue M3 arrived at IND in late fall, directly from a European Delivery trip to the Nurburgring. After being tested at the legendary race course in stock form, this M3 was dropped off at IND’s facility for some basic stage 1 modifications. We installed a set of yellow Brembo brakes with a custom set of “classic” style logos on each caliper, and slipped 12mm Macht Schnell spacers over the brakes. A BMW Performance trunk spoiler, diffuser, and custom fitted side skirts gave us a starting point for the exterior, and a BMW Performance steering wheel with yellow stripe compliments the BMW Individual yellow stitched interior perfectly. The driver’s controls all include M tri color stitch- the steering wheel is supplied by BMW and the shift and ebrake boot are hand-stitched items from IND. An IND cosmetic pack eliminated the unsightly chrome and orange from the outside of the car, while the Fall Line skid plate and some snow tires complete the winter driving package.

After this upcoming winter we will revisit this San Marino M3’s modifications, to complete the car and add to this first stage. Stay tuned!

 
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Lowering spring comparison from IND

Published on October 29, 2015 by in Uncategorized
Lowering spring comparison from IND.

The F8x M’s in-cabin adjustable dampers provide a tremendous range of driving experiences, and can transform the car from comfortable to sporty at the push of a button. Although most springs are a lateral move at best from a performance standpoint, many M owners choose to add lowering springs for a simple, low cost solution of lowering their car and simultaneously retaining the original BMW damping adjustment.

In order to shed some more light on the myriad of available spring options, we’ve created a simple comparison of each. IND has each type of spring in stock and measured the overall length, coil count, and coil diameter of each spring. We also tested the spring rate of each on Fall Line’s spring rate tester, to see what the actual measured rate is.

A few notes:

  • The springs shown here may have a variance in material. It is not possible for us to know the metallurgical makeup of the springs, and this will obviously have an impact on spring rate, ride quality, and other factors.
  • It is my hope that this thread will improve in depth and scope in the future, as IND gathers more information and data.
  • In the near future I will also measure compressed length of all of the springs, to give a clearer picture of how each spring functions.
  • Calculating spring rate based on OD/ID of the springs is not necessarily possible, because nearly every spring set has a complex shape, with the exception of the KW rear springs.

 
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IND presents: Eisenmann’s X5M exhaust!

IND presents: Eisenmann’s X5M exhaust!

Eisenmann Exhaust Systems GmbH has been a leader in hand built, German made exhaust systems for BMW M cars since the company’s inception in 1988. These decades of experience grant Eisenmann perspective in designing exhaust systems, granting Eisenmann engineers the ability to create the best exhaust systems possible again and again. After so many years of experience as the best exhaust manufacturer in the world, however, the ability to reinvent and remain creative becomes of paramount importance. The new X5M Eisenmann Race system represents precisely that ability, and is a new approach for Eisenmann.

We worked hard to give our clients a multitude of choices for the new super SUVs, and so have created two completely different styles of exhaust system with Eisenmann. The Eisenmann Race exhaust system is designed specifically to maximize power output and exhaust note while maintaining the lowest possible exhaust system weight. The original BMW muffler is deleted and two high flow resonators are put in its place, allowing Eisenmann to tune the exhaust note while minimizing restriction.

Each race system is hand-built from 304 stainless steel, and is available with either four 102mm steel tips, or four 93mm carbon fiber tips. The race system will showcase Eisenmann’s signature flawless fitment and sound, along with a dramatic weight savings that is always welcome on this large SUV.

The Eisenmann Sport exhaust system is designed to maintain a civilized, refined, and simultaneously aggressive sound. The canister is specifically tuned to minimize bass notes while at typical cruising RPM, and generate an excellent tone through the RPM range without creating excessive volume. The Sport system will give the X5M and X6M driver an exhaust system that is both exciting to drive and easy to live with. Valve control supplements the excellent sound engineering to give the exhaust multiple personalities- the valve will open or close to cater to your driving.

Each sport system is hand-built from 304 stainless steel, and is available with either four 102mm steel tips, or four 93mm carbon fiber tips. The sport system will showcase Eisenmann’s dedication to creating the best possible exhaust tone, adding a powerful exhaust note to the already exciting SUV and combining this sound with valve control for true double duty useability.

 
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IND | Fall Line Motorsports F8x M3/M4 Oil Cooler Guard

Published on September 10, 2015 by in Automobile
IND | Fall Line Motorsports F8x M3/M4 Oil Cooler Guard

The F8x M3 and M4 cars are incredibly well sorted from a cooling standpoint. Even in a road course environment with extremely high ambient temperatures, the S55 engine tends to operate beautifully, with consistent oil and water temperatures. BMW M invested a great deal of time, money, and effort into designing a cooling system that worked in nearly every condition that the M3 and M4 would be tested in.

Although excellent ducting, good core design, strong fans, and other factors all play in to how well a cooling system works, there is one ultimate factor which cannot be circumvented- you must have enough heat exchanger surface area, and you must have enough heat exchangers. When examining the front of an M3 or M4, then, we see the hard work of the M engineers in packaging the various cooling components of the car. Everything had to be accounted for, and given ample space, surface area, and ducting.

Unfortunately, this leaves the S55 engine’s oil cooler precariously exposed. A direct impact to the oil cooler can have catastrophic effects, draining the S55 of all of its oil in seconds, a fact that more than a handful M3 and M4 owners have had to learn in a painfully direct way.

Having seen that this was a critical need for the M3 and M4 cars, IND worked with Fall Line Motorsports to develop a robust oil cooler guard, specifically designed to shield the S55’s oil cooler from large road debris and prevent disaster.

The new Fall Line Motorsports oil cooler guards will be constructed from thick stainless steel plate, and will fasten directly to existing frame members on the F80 and F82 cars, spreading any impact across strong structural components. Special care was taken to ensure that the opening in the oil cooler guard matched the shape and size of the existing BMW oil cooler air outlet, ensuring that proper air flow is maintained. Installation is straightforward and uses all existing mounting locations, and also retains the factory BMW plastic shield and associated outlet ducting.

Installation hardware is included.


Fall Line Motorsports F8x M3/M4 Oil Cooler Guard $695

Please contact IND by phone or email for more information or to place your order.
866.963.4520 | info@ind-distribution.com

 
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IND presents: S55 oil cooler guard by Fall Line Motorsports!

IND presents: S55 oil cooler guard by Fall Line Motorsports!

The F8x M3 and M4 cars are incredibly well sorted from a cooling standpoint. Even in a road course environment with extremely high ambient temperatures, the S55 engine tends to operate beautifully, with consistent oil and water temperatures. BMW M invested a great deal of time, money, and effort into designing a cooling system that worked in nearly every condition that the M3 and M4 would be tested in.

Although excellent ducting, good core design, strong fans, and other factors all play in to how well a cooling system works, there is one ultimate factor which cannot be circumvented- you must have enough heat exchanger surface area, and you must have enough heat exchangers. When examining the front of an M3 or M4, then, we see the hard work of the M engineers in packaging the various cooling components of the car. Everything had to be accounted for, and given ample space, surface area, and ducting.

Unfortunately, this leaves the S55 engine’s oil cooler precariously exposed. A direct impact to the oil cooler can have catastrophic effects, draining the S55 of all of its oil in seconds, a fact that more than a handful M3 and M4 owners have had to learn in a painfully direct way.

Having seen that this was a critical need for the M3 and M4 cars, IND worked with Fall Line Motorsports to develop a robust oil cooler guard, specifically designed to shield the S55’s oil cooler from large road debris and prevent disaster.

The new Fall Line Motorsports oil cooler guards will be constructed from thick stainless steel plate, and will fasten directly to existing frame members on the F80 and F82 cars, spreading any impact across strong structural components. Special care was taken to ensure that the opening in the oil cooler guard matched the shape and size of the existing BMW oil cooler air outlet, ensuring that proper air flow is maintained. Installation is straightforward and uses all existing mounting locations, and also retains the factory BMW plastic shield and associated outlet ducting.

Please contact an IND representative for more information!

Original BMW oil cooler shield

Fall Line Motorsports oil cooler shield

Track testing and validation

 
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The X5M, by IND.

The X5M, by IND.

BMW is widely recognized as the company that transformed the concept of the four door car. The menacing acceleration of the first M5 super sedan, the shockingly sporting character of the standard 3 series, and of course the incredible capability of the M3 have made BMW a company that has redefined automobiles for a generation.

In this same way, in 1999 BMW redefined the 4×4 truck segment with the launch of their brand new X5. BMW’s unique approach shattered contemporary ideas of what a truck should be, giving BMW fans something that was luxurious in its interior appointments, comfortable when used as a daily driver, and an absolute adventure to drive when compared to offerings from Rover, Jeep, and Mercedes. Nothing was similar, and yet suddenly, the rest of the car building world was forced to take note and catch up.

A decade after the release of the X5, BMW created their incredible X5M. This amazing machine has the absolute utility and comfort of an X5, with the otherworldly performance typically left to BMW’s sports sedans. Once again, BMW had changed everything.

With the release of the F85 X5M and the F86 X6M, BMW will once again work miracles to push the X5 further into uncharted territory. With even more power on tap, a beautiful interior, more dynamic suspension, and rumors of Nurburgring lap times that rival the E92 M3, the new X5M cars make this a great time to be an X5 fan.

IND’s interpretation of the X5M strives to maintain the car’s sense of luxury and composure, while adding M car touches that bring it’s Motorsport derived character to the forefront. IND’s X5M was enhanced with the following components:

ACS Lowering Kit

IND custom painted front grilles

IND custom painted side grilles

IND “black chrome” trunk badge

Eisenmann Race exhaust system

RKP rear diffuser

Motorsport Hardware Stud Conversion

Velos Solo V Forged Wheels
22×10.5 front / 22×12 rear
Brushed with double dark clear finish

Pirelli Scorpion tires
295/30/22 front
335/25/22 rear

 
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IND | BMW OEM M4 GTS Bolt-In Roll Bar

Published on August 25, 2015 by in Uncategorized
IND | BMW OEM M4 GTS Bolt-In Roll Bar

BMW is notorious for designing bespoke-fit, specially engineered roll bar solutions for their special M cars, and then keeping them from M fans everywhere. Fortunately, enterprising vendors have always worked hard to provide M fans the most rare components possible, and the F82 M4 is no different.

IND has secured the factory-commissioned roll bars found on the M4 GTS test cars and M4 safety cars for the BimmerPost community!

The GTS roll bar does require removal of the rear seat. Weld-in reinforcements to strengthen the floor mounting points are included with purchase. The roll bar bolts in place and attaches to those reinforcements.


BMW OEM M4 GTS Bolt-In Roll Bar $6500

Please contact IND by phone or email for more information or to place your order.
866.963.4520 | info@ind-distribution.com

The BMW OEM M4 GTS Bolt-In Roll Bar may be viewed here in our online store: http://ind-distribution.com/ind/bran…-gts-roll-cage

 
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IND | F85 X5M/F86 X6M Front Kidney Grill DIY

Published on August 18, 2015 by in Uncategorized
IND | F85 X5M/F86 X6M Front Kidney Grill DIY

Even as BMW trends toward more aggressive vehicle styling, they continued to opt for a chrome accent trim on their infamous kidney grills and fender trim. Fortunately, BMW now offers a range of gloss black accessories to replace the trim pieces and match the shadowline window trim.

Among the options for the F85 X5M and F86 X6M are the gloss black front kidney grills. For those that have opened the hood and peered into the tidy bay with its M clad covers, you will notice that access to the front kidney grills is not such a simple task. As a means to assist clients in their installs, our technicians have discovered and easy, albeit unconventional method of removing the front kidney grills. This is a similar practice used on the F10 M5 front kidney grills and has been performed hundreds of times without a single failure. That said, we recommend everyone exercise caution as to not damage the paint or the kidney grills during the removal and installation process.

As with all DIY’s, there are many ways to install items and this is simply one example. Now for the fun part.

Step 1: 
The first step in this procedure is to mask the area on the bottom and sides of the front kidney grills. This is a precautionary step to protect the vehicles paint.

Step 2: 
This is the aforementioned “unconventional” approach to the front grill removal. Using two microfiber towels, grasp the vertical slats second furthest from either end of the kidney grill.

Step 3: 
Use even force and pull the front kidney grills toward your body. This may take a few tries, but if performed properly it will release without breaking the tabs.

Step 4: 
Repeat Step 3 with the other kidney grill

Step 5: 
Remove the painters tape and install the gloss black kidney grills. The grills will click into place.

 
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