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The fruit of our labor: IND’s M4 gets the complete Fall Line suspension treatment.

Published on May 29, 2015 by in Uncategorized

As many of you know, IND has been cooperating with the engineers at Fall Line Motorsport to analyze and improve the F8x M cars’ already potent suspension. For those who need to catch up, our various discussions have been covered in these threads:

An announcement of our newest project with Fall Line

An introduction to our suspension plans, and available components.

After months of tireless analysis, testing, and manufacturing, I am proud to report that we have completed the first phases of F8x M suspension development. Our shelves are stocked with Fall Line Motorsport suspension, and just before BimmerFest we had a chance to sneak our M4 over to Fall Line’s facility for installation of the complete Fall Line suspension kit. Some of the most exciting aspects of working with Fall Line to develop these suspension solutions are our ability to design these pieces with a systems approach, and our ability to test and validate these components.

All of the pieces in the M3/M4’s suspension interact together as the car moves through cornering, braking, and acceleration, and by inspecting each piece at once we can design accordingly. A change to a bushing here will affect suspension arm displacement elsewhere. Rigid bushings enable less suspension deflection and a limited geometry change during suspension movement, which also allows us to use a slightly softer spring rate. This gives more overall compliance, and the whole system works better.

Additionally, our ability to test and validate these components is second to none. In cooperation with Fall Line we are granted the privilege of access to their facility at Autobahn Country Club, along with Fall Line’s experienced drivers. Look for more information on this second component in the near future, as we put our own IND M4 through its paces at the Autobahn Country Club test course.

Our car pulled up to one of Fall Line’s many lifts with a host of modifications already installed: an Eisenmann exhaust system with downpipes takes care of necessary exhaust flow, a Brembo GT kit provide a far larger pad swept area and better floating disc design than factory, Volk ZE40 wheels in IND’s own PVD finish provide a very rigid base for the suspension to attach to, and a full 3D Design aero kit gives our M4 a striking appearance. With the help of Fall Line’s master technicians, we were ready to transform our M4 from a car that looked fantastic to a car that also handled as well as it looked.

No matter how many years I spend in this industry, I will never grow tired of the feeling of seeing a collection of well-designed parts. We would be adding Fall Line’s front spherical bearing kit, rear upper spherical bearing kit, and toe adjustment arms, to complement the JRZ suspension valved specifically to IND and Fall Line spec.

Over the course of several hours, original BMW suspension arms and bushings were removed…

…and Fall Line designed components were installed in their place.

I couldn’t help but be impressed by the attention to detail in each component. The JRZ rear height adjusters cleverly attach to the M4’s floor, enabling easy adjustment and limiting movement when the suspension is relaxed. The JRZ camber plate offers a superior design to all other camber plates I’ve seen, being specifically built to sandwich the intermediate plate between an upper and lower locking plate, precisely locking the camber adjustment with no chance of slippage. The recessed design of the camber plate also minimizes stack height, and increases front suspension travel in bump to the absolute maximum possible. Fall Line’s toe adjustment arms feature Aurora bearings, ARP hardware, and laser cut eccentric lockouts for a perfect alignment every time. I was thrilled to install such top quality components on our M4!

During our install we took care to reveal the damper adjusters while simultaneously maintaining the integrity of all original BMW trim for a factory-like appearance and function. The JRZ dampers looked right at home in the wheel well of our Yas Marina Blue M4!

Our M4 made its way to California for the BimmerFest show just days after installation was completed, but even the street driving that I was able to complete prior to the car’s departure gave me the distinct impression that we have something special in this suspension package. The car’s ride is smooth, compliant, and comfortable. The turn-in is sharp and incredibly precise. I look forward to updating BimmerPost when we test these suspension components at the AutoBahn road course. Thank you all for reading, and please stay tuned!

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01-0001: IND installs the world’s first S55 Gruppe M intake!

Published on May 18, 2015 by in Uncategorized
01-0001: IND installs the world’s first S55 Gruppe M intake!

Gruppe M’s Mamoru Ogose has dedicated his life to European sports car racing. Since 1996, Gruppe M has constructed and supported BMW, Porsche, and Ferrari competition cars in Japanese club racing, FIA GT, LMES, and ALMS. Gruppe M’s dedication to creating parts that are both functionally beautiful and aesthetically pleasing makes the company a pleasure to work with.

Today, we’re proud to announce our installation of the world’s first Gruppe M intake on our IND F82 M4 demo car. The beautifully crafted carbon fiber intake arrived at IND just days before our M4 was to ship to BimmerFest, and while we have not had an opportunity to dyno test the intake just yet, we were very happy to see the ease with which the components fit together, and enjoy the extra induction road along with the beautiful appearance of the intake parts in our M4’s engine bay.

Enjoy the photos!

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Embracing the future: IND interprets the i3 and i8.

Published on May 18, 2015 by in Uncategorized

Being a car enthusiast in the 21st century brings with it an interesting duality: one typically develops a love for technology and science in a pursuit of better understanding of a modern car’s systems, but the more science a modern car enthusiast understands in pursuit of their hobby, the more one is confronted with a stark reality: burning fossil fuels for personal transportation has been a science experiment conducted by billions of people on a global scale, with consequences that are uncertain at best and absolutely dire at worst.

The realities of internal combustion are not lost on BMW, and although no auto maker in the world loves the sports car more than BMW, the brand has embraced alternative fuels, electric vehicles, and hybrids. Since BMW’s early attempts at hydrogen burning engines in their Hydrogen 7 concept, BMW engineers have resolutely pursued the future of the automobile.

The advent of BMW’s i vehicles has ushered in a new era of environmentally conscious technology. It should come as no surprise that the BMW version of the environmentally friendly automobile is not simply an appliance made only for commuting, but rather a machine with soul that expresses passion and a love for the automobile, even while standing still. Ultra high efficiency electric and hybrid cars are here to stay, and all of us at IND are grateful that BMW has taken on the challenge.

As always, when BMW breaks new ground, we at IND do our best to follow suit. We have done everything possible to create new parts for the i3 and i8 cars with our technology partners, and are working hard to create a full host of components designed to help the BMW i enthusiast personalize their cars. IND’s i program is expanding steadily, and we are proud to introduce our interpretations of the BMW i.

IND i3:
IND painted reflectors
3D Design front lip, gloss black
Gloss black foglight surrounds
Gloss black front bumper slats
Carbon fiber mirror caps
Gloss black grille surrounds

Cobra lowering springs

HRE 303 M wheels, ilectric blue outer barrel and face, gloss charcoal inner barrel

IND i8:
IND painted reflectors

Cobra lowering springs

HRE S101 wheels, gloss charcoal outer barrel and face, ilectric blue inner barrel

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A pedigree of excellence: the BBS FI-R on film

Published on May 14, 2015 by in Uncategorized

Much like the BBS FI wheel before it, bringing the BBS FI-R to market has been a journey and a trial, both within BBS itself, and outside of BBS among BBS supporters and vendors. I described a full history of the FI-R and its relationship with IND here, in this thread:

However amongst the bustle and noise of hundreds of hours of engineering, finite element analysis, pricing negotiations, and even negotiations between IND and BBS Germany, one element of the story is lost to us.

The FI-R wheel is not a wheel engineered and conceived in a vacuum. It is a culmination of a history of hard work, struggle, and success. It is this accumulated effort, this compounded knowledge and force of human will that impresses us at IND. Although the FI-R is still in production and not yet released to the general public, it represents a lineage and a bloodline that is unique to a company founded in 1970 by a couple of guys from Schiltach Germany with a true passion for engineering.

This is why we follow the FI-R program so closely, and this is why we feel as we do about the FI-R.

Enjoy the video!

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IND | JRZ RS Two – Touring Coilover Kit

Published on May 14, 2015 by in Uncategorized

JRZ has been a leading suspension manufacturer in Europe and the United States for over 20 years. By applying innovative thinking and a unique engineering approach to damper design, JRZ was able to achieve success in all forms of motorsport on a global scale, enjoying victories in everything from club racing to the highest levels of LeMans endurance and touring car racing. Leveraging experience gained in Formula One, DTM, LeMans, and other top level motorsport JRZ is able to provide top level racing damper technology to the everyday sports car driver, club racer, and HPDE participant.

JRZ RS Two – Touring
• perfect for street and occasional trackday use
• uses OE top mounts to minimize road noise and vibrations
• adjustable rebound and dampening
• lowering springs
• height adjustable
• bump stops
• valved for comfort and control

JRZ F8x M3/M4 RS Two – Touring Coilover Kit: $3350

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

The JRZ F8x M3/M4 RS Two – Touring Coilover Kit may be viewed here in our online store: http://ind-distribution.com/ind/bran…l-coilover-kit

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Double Trouble

Published on April 21, 2015 by in Uncategorized

Just had two brand new M’s in for upgrades. The MW F80 M3 had less than 300 miles on it! Here is the current mod list along with a ton of photos 

F80 M3 mod list-
F8X M3/M4 Front Grill Surround Gloss Black
F80 M3 Painted Side Vents Select Color: Gloss Black
F80 M3 Painted Side Marker Set in Gloss black
F80 M3 Rear Painted Emblem Finish Gloss black
F8X M3 / M4 Painted Front Reflectors Vehicle Color: Mineral White
F8X M3/M4 Painted Key Hole Cover Vehicle Color: Mineral White
BMW M Performance – F80 M3 Carbon Trunk Spoiler
RKP F8X M3/M4 Carbon Fiber Front Lip 2×2 gloss carbon
RKP F8X M3/M4 Carbon Rear Diffuser Select Weave: 1×1
KW F8x M3M4 HAS kit
Eisenmann F8x M3/4 Catless downpipes (OEM exhaust)
Macht Schnell F8X M3 / M4 Exhaust Valve Control Module
Macht Schnell Competition Wheel Spacer Kit – (15mm) 14mm Lug (Front and rear)

F82 M4 mod list-
F8X M3/M4 Front Grill Surround Gloss Black
F82 M4 Painted Side Marker Set in Gloss black
F82 M4 Rear Painted Emblem Finish Gloss black
F8X M3 / M4 Painted Front Reflectors Vehicle Color: AW (300)
BMW M Performance – F82 M4 Carbon Trunk Spoiler
RKP F8X M3/M4 Carbon Fiber Front Lip 2×2 gloss carbon
3D Design M3/M4 Carbon Fiber diffuser 2×2 gloss carbon
3D Design M4 Carbon fiber side skirts 2×2 gloss carbon
H&R Springs
Eisenmann F8x M3/4 Exhaust with Signature tips

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First M3 + M4 Varis shipment in the US lands at ……….

Published on April 16, 2015 by in Uncategorized
iND  shipping by Ocean is no fun 

VRS F82 M4 Carbon Fiber Rear Diffuser System 1

VRS F80 M3 F82/F83 M4 Carbon Fiber Rear Diffuser Skirt (Upper diffuser)

VRS F80 M3/F82 M4 Carbon Fiber Front Lip Spoiler

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Testing the beast, stage 1: IND X5M F85 S63Tu dyno at AMS Performance.

Published on April 14, 2015 by in Uncategorized


BMW’s turbo engines have radically changed the M ownership experience. While many lament the loss of BMW’s normally aspirated powerplants for their ability to give every owner a race car like experience on the street or on the track, few can deny the ability of the new turbo powerplants to ignite an internal horsepower war within BMW M’s very own walls. With each turbo car released by the M division, the bar is raised progressively higher. Compounded with consistent under-rating of M’s turbo cars, the turbo era does have some welcome perks.

All of us at IND were therefore thrilled to dyno test our new X5M, and brought it to our friends at AMS Performance at our first opportunity. AMS Performance very kindly opened their busy tuning schedule to accommodate our X5M on their DynoJet dynamometer, and the results were at once pleasing, surprising, and yet all too familiar for fans of BMW M turbo engines.

Our X5M roared to an astounding 535 SAE corrected all wheel horsepower, without breaking a sweat, in completely factory form. We are of course thrilled at the real world power output of the car! The powerband is incredibly linear (something which all X5M owners can attest to), and the car so clearly has ample power on tap.

We are excited to have taken this first step with our X5M, and are thrilled to move forward with the project. Stay tuned for more updates!

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IND F80 M3

With another SEMA show in the books, it is now time for the IND F80 to embark on a new journey. Akin to our previous projects, the next iteration of our F80 will adopt a new personality, design theme, and parts list. Every change and addition will strictly adhere to our philosophy of quality parts and technology partners. As the F80 undergoes its new transformation we celebrate the past and the technology partners that made this possible.

  • Eisenmann Exhaust Systems
  • HRE Wheels
  • KW
  • Brembo Group & Race Technologies
  • RKP
  • Fall-Line Motorsports
  • Falken Tire
  • Macht Schnell
  • ESS Tuning




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Out of the Blue Ice: IND creates a Portfolio Project for Pertplus.

Published on February 6, 2015 by in Uncategorized
ut of the Blue Ice: IND creates a Portfolio Project for Pertplus.

Why not an M2? Why not a Porsche? Why an M235i? Why modify any car to this extent? Simply put, IND’s Portfolio Program has never offered clients the easy way out. It is far easier to purchase one of the many incredible varieties of 911, and have Porsche build it to suit. It is far easier to begin with a more extravagant car, and simply add wheels, suspension, and an exhaust system.

It is far easier to operate a business in the tuning industry in the warmth of California. It is far easier to make a living in the tuning industry by selling cheap parts built in countries that place a low value on human lives and labor. It is far easier to do all of these things, but it is not for IND. At IND, we have never been in favor of choosing the easy solution, and it is therefore natural that our highest level of service, our Portfolio Program, caters to clients who understand that the easy road is not always the one to take. Matt, known as Pertplus online, is one such client.

It is therefore only appropriate that this car be born into the dead of the Chicago winter. It is only appropriate for this M235i to be born out of the Blue Ice.


It’s impossible not to see the elephant in the room when looking at the photos: this car is considerably wider than a factory-original M235i. The width of this car came from a need to satisfy the overall concept, our goal of creating a superior precursor to the M2, with respect to visual impact, interior fit and finish, and components used. As with many IND Portfolio Projects, this M235 was delivered to us in brand-new condition, with a mere 9 miles on the odometer. Such low mileage cars are both exciting and nerve-wracking to work with. The untouched palette granting us a unique opportunity to practice our craft on the one hand, but the absolutely perfect condition of the car setting the bar incredibly high: our final product must have identical or better fit, finish, and quality to what is possible inside BMW’s state of the art manufacturing facilities. No panel can move or rattle, no clips can be loose, and no piece of bodywork misaligned.

IND would borrow from the best available to create this M235, taking cues from BMW M, Fall Line Motorsport, BMW Performance, BBS Motorsport, KW Motorsport, 3D Design, Gruppe M, and Eisenmann to create a complete picture that enables the M spirit to thrive. We knew that the wheel and tire specs would define and constrain this project: only BBS Motorsport would do. Only 265 and 295 width tires would grant this car the correct personality.

With these sizes as the starting point, we were able to calculate the correct widths for the BBS Motorsport E05 wheels, and in turn, the correct offsets. BMW did not bless the M235i with substantial inboard clearance, and so our only choice was to go out. As with all of IND’s bodywork, careful attention was paid to the original body lines of the car. The fenders and quarter panels take inspiration from BMW’s greats like the E46 M3, and were designed to give the appearance of an original BMW part. Each flare was carefully hand-build, starting with a master tool and followed by a faithful composite layup which would eventually be bonded to the car’s body. The position, placement, scale, and shape of the flares could not interfere with the existing bodylines, and had to augment what was already in place. Although this was no small feat in its own right, we also knew that we would have to widen the side skirts to meet the car’s new hips. The basic shape of the bumpers had to be revisited as well, to ensure that the front and rear bumper could meet the new wider body work. Body lines had to be added, new shapes created, making this an exercise in design as well as fabrication. Even the 3D Design front lip was modified, to accommodate this M235’s new aggressive stance. A 3D Design trunk spoiler was added to add drama to the top of the car, enabling us to match the rear quarter panels.

Finally, we spent countless hours carefully modifying the original M235i grilles from their original single-slat versions, to the double slat style found on today’s M cars. While this was a small detail, we felt that it was a critical component of the personality of the car.

-Suspension and brakes-

KW’s 3 way adjustable ClubSport coilovers were an obvious choice for this car- the damping, height, and camber adjustability was necessary for both wheel fitment and performance reasons, and KW’s relationship with BMW as an original equipment supplier was an ideal fit for a car that had to give a “built by BMW” experience. Brembo’s GT kit was again an obvious choice for this project. No other brake manufacturer owns foundries specifically to cast and forge metal in-house, giving Brembo a level of process control that is absolutely unparalleled. Brembo is a long-standing original equipment supplier, and like KW was original equipment on the venerable M3 GTS, another fact that helped to earn this GT kit a home on the Blue Ice. The GT kit calipers have been painted in an Estoril Blue color with a gold flake added to coordinate with the gold BBS Motorsport E05 wheels. Macht Schnell’s stud kit was added for easy wheel changes and a more race-ready look, rounding off the wheel and brake package.

-Intake and exhaust system-

A car with this visual presence would not be complete without a matching growl. We turned to Eisenmann to give this car its sound, and to remove restriction from the original BMW exhaust system. Eisenmann’s exhaust system was hand-built from 304 stainless steel and shipped directly to IND, giving this M235 a chance to be the first in the United States to enjoy the powerful roar granted by the Eisenmann exhaust. A Gruppe M intake was imported from Japan to add induction wail to the soundtrack, giving the drivetrain the personality it deserves. Finally, IND finished the engine cover in a wrinkle black with blue details, perfectly aligning the look of the intake manifold with our “OEM Plus” goal.


Our biggest challenge was to create an interior that would maintain BMW’s design language and philosophy, while simultaneously besting BMW at every turn. Starting with BMW’s own Euro-only Performance fabric as a guiding theme, IND transformed every surface of the M235’s interior, giving this car an absolutely one-of-a-kind driving environment.

BMW’s extensive use of Alcantara in the Performance line enabled IND to follow suit. After removing every single interior component from the car, we began to change the car’s cabin piece by piece. The dash was upholstered in Alcantara with color-coded blue stitch. The headliner and rear parcel shelf followed, and both are now wrapped in fresh Alcantara. BMW’s Euro-only Performance fabric was imported, its distinctive hexagonal pattern to be applied sparingly throughout the cabin in order to perfectly accompany the BMW Performance interior trim set.

Simply adding BMW Performance seats would not suit a project of this caliber, so IND upholstered the new Performance seats with the same Alcnatara and Performance hex fabric, adding blue stitch to perfectly coordinate the interior with the car’s Estoril Blue color. Custom-webbed blue belts were a must, adding vibrancy.

This set of seats was wrapped in full unlike our previous Performance seat projects to give the car’s interior a more luxurious feel. The seat backs, and even recline adjustment knobs are all wrapped in Alcantara, all with blue color coordinated stich! Illuminated M logos from the F82 M4 cars were an extra touch, giving these Performance seats an even more distinctive personality.

Our Performance steering wheel with carbon trim was wrapped in a perforated Alcantara, following BMW’s own style choice of material while adding the classic feel of a perforated grip. BMW Performance carbon shift and parking brake handles complement the BMW Performance shift knob surround, all of which are customized further with perforated Alcantara carefully matched to the steering wheel. An Awron gauge system was installed to display a myriad of engine vitals, providing data on oil temperature, water temperature, boost, and a great deal of additional data at a glance. 3D Design pedals complete the driver interface, giving much-needed grip in all driving scenarios.

Finally, the car visited the master race car builders at Fall Line Motorsports for the best possible alignment, and a limited slip differential install. This would complete the car dynamically, and make the M235 as interactive and engaging as an M car should be.

Our partners at Fall Line always have an incredible array of race cars under their roof, but what we saw quietly nestled on their last storage lift that day left me in absolute shock for nearly half of an hour.

The Porsche 962 is an absolute treasure in the racing world. Only a few exist on the planet, and they are truly incredible machines, with the one seen here valued at over $2,000,000. The 962 operated in races around the world, ranging from IMSA to the All Japan Prototype Championship, to Group C, and was driven by legends like Hans Stuck. Few prototype cars have such a decorated history, or such a long service life. To have this M235i project worked on in the same building as a real 962 is an honor, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Finally, after several months of intense effort, the Blue Ice M235i is ready to send home to its owner. Matt did not simply grant us to opportunity to modify an M235i, but rather an opportunity to reach beyond our own abilities, to push our creative talent, and to create a car that is at once extreme in its scope of modification, and subtle in the way those modifications are presented. Matt, thank you for taking this journey with us, not because it was easy, but because it was worth it.

-Bonus shots and details

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