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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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Published on August 14, 2015 by in Uncategorized

RKP’s rear diffuser for the F85 X5M and F86 X6M was designed to remain congruent with BMW’s design language, adding aggressive fins to the center section of the rear bumper while maintaining the outermost ridge of the factory BMW diffuser so as to appropriately balance the existing body lines with the new fins. The RKP X5M and X6M diffuser uses only existing BMW mounting locations and screws, and requires no modification to the car to install.

The RKP F8x X5M/X6M rear diffuser is constructed from 100% carbon fiber, and is hand-laid in the United States. Each piece is designed for excellent fit and finish, and available in a 1×1 plain or 2×2 twill weave
Tools required:

  • 8mm socket

NOTE:

Due to the vehicle ride height, installation may be completed with the vehicle on the ground. Please ensure all appropriate safety precautions have been taken into account.

Step 1:

Remove the four 8mm screws on the underside of the factory rear diffuser

Step 2:

After the screws are removed, it is now time to remove the piece from the factory bumper cover. The diffuser is held in place by several clips/tabs. To remove these clips/tabs it is best to start from one end and work your way to the other side.

Step 3:

The RKP rear diffuser uses the exact same factory style tabs and retains the four 8mm screw locations. First step in the installation of the RKP piece is to align the tabs with their corresponding factory mounting point.

WARNING:
Please exercise care during the alignment of the RKP tabs. The RKP diffuser is full carbon fiber and if the installer does not exercise care they run the risk of damaging the mounting tabs. 

Step 4:

With the tabs aligned with their corresponding recess, apply light pressure around the diffuser. Work your way around the diffuser a couple times to ensure that the diffuser is fully clipped into the bumper.

Step 5:
Now that the diffuser is clicked into place, install the four factory 8mm screws in their original position.

JOB COMPLETE 

 
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RKP’s X5M and X6M diffuser revealed!

Published on August 7, 2015 by in Uncategorized
RKP’s X5M and X6M diffuser revealed!

RKP Composites has emerged as an industry leader of top quality US and German-made carbon fiber products, starting with an excellent development history in the E92 market. RKP was responsible for bringing M3 GTS and M3 GT4 racing parts to US M3 owners, and easily made the transition to stylish carbon fiber components for the F10, F82, and now F85 chassis. By working within the confines of the original BMW body lines, RKP was able to create uniquely attractive carbon fiber components that made long-standing carbon manufacturers take note. RKP’s approach to exterior accessories that followed BMW’s own design language quickly set the brand apart from their competitors.

RKP’s rear diffuser for the F85 X5M and F86 X6M was designed to remain congruent with BMW’s design language, adding aggressive fins to the center section of the rear bumper while maintaining the outermost ridge of the factory BMW diffuser so as to appropriately balance the existing body lines with the new fins. The RKP X5M and X6M diffuser uses only existing BMW mounting locations and screws, and requires no modification to the car to install.

The RKP F8x X5M/X6M rear diffuser is constructed from 100% carbon fiber, and is hand-laid in the United States. Each piece is designed for excellent fit and finish, and available in a 1×1 plain or 2×2 twill weave. Enjoy the photos!

 
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