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IND | 399

Published on August 27, 2013 by in Uncategorized

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One of the most rewarding moments as an IND employee is the opportunity to witness firsthand the passion and excitement of our clients as they work toward creating their dream M car. On a daily basis we take part in the beginning, continuation, and end of a vehicles evolution. For this stunning Atlantis Metallic E92 M3 the journey is just gaining momentum.

The progression of this Atlantis Metallic (paint code 399) coupe began with a simple phone call regarding painted reflectors. Like many BMW fans, the owner of this M3 was a bit apprehensive about the Atlantis Metallic paint color, and was unsure about his color choice. The order with BMW was fresh and was eligible for cancelation at a moment’s notice. To help our client confirm his color choice, IND sent painted reflectors long before the car was delivered to our client. Once the paint sample was in hand a series of phone calls and even an in-person meeting at BimmerFest West took place, in an effort to string together a general outline for 399’s first iteration. It was clear the owner had a passion for detail and perfection, and knew that he wanted his modifications to standout, but also possess an “OEM plus” feel.

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Our client is no stranger to high performance cars, and knew that this M3 would need some additional pep in its step. With the odometer reading just past the break-in period the S65B40 engine received a ESS VT2-625 kit. While in the engine bay we took the opportunity to tidy things up a bit and provide the Atlantis clad coupe with a more cohesive scheme. The valve covers received a high-temp textured black powder and the coils are now protected from the elements via color-matched ignition coil covers. The power is aurally translated with the assistance from an Eisenmann sport exhaust mated to the high flow catted Challenge sport x-pipe.

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There is something nostalgic about an analog gauge, but as individuals immersed in the ebb and flow of performance technology we were giddy about the release of the Awron gauge. The seamless integration and factory bright OLED display fit the E9X M3′s interior perfectly. The functionality and diagnostic capability of the unit is near second to none. In continuation with their goal of seamless integration, Awron even offers the display with a specially machined ESS velocity stack capable of receiving both an IAT and Boost sending unit adapter.

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To stay with the OEM plus theme the seats and door panels of the E92 were removed from the vehicle. These pieces then received a touch of Alcantara to individualize the interior without detracting from a factory fit and look. For the center dash trim inspiration was taken from the M3 GTS name plate. The logo was borrowed from the notorious GTS and a subtle Atlantis hand pinstriped 399 was added below the logo. The OEM carbon door trim then received a splash of color via an Atlantis hand pinstriped accent line.

It is always a pleasure to immerse ourselves in a customer’s vision and is even more special when we are a direct part of bringing this vision to reality. Although this is the first iteration of 399, we are confident that the car’s owner will enjoy it and look forward to the next phase of 399′s evolution.

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Eisenmann Originals: The F30 335i

Published on July 24, 2013 by in Uncategorized

Any fan of BMW will tell you that the release of a new 3 series platform is a significant event indeed. The BMW 3 series has been the sports sedan to beat for five generations, and BMW continues to build on this tradition of excellence with the 6 generation of the 3 series, the F30. The F30 sedan maintains the dynamic behavior of the E90, while adding a host of luxury features and simultaneously saving weight. In essence it is yet another step forward in the BMW 3 series legacy.

Similarly, Eisenmann has been building performance exhaust systems for the BMW 3 series since the beginning of the 3 series. With each new chassis the engineers at Eisenmann GmbH develop a complimentary exhaust system, designed to build upon the sporting personality of the car as designed by BMW. Eisenmann adds to their 3 series program with the new F30 335i exhaust system and continues their own Eisenmann tradition of excellence.

A host of tip styles are available to further personalize the F30- the classic 2x83mm, aggressive 2x90mm, and the striking 4x76mm tips. Each system is hand built to order and available in a Sport sound level for a refined tone that is discreet during daily driving, or a Race sound level that truly brings a sports car sound from the 335i.

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New iND Parts and Accessories website!

IND continues to improve our client’s experience, and this month has introduced our brand new website to allow for easier browsing, research, and shopping.

IND’s new site includes an easy to navigate Portfolio section to showcase our previous Portfolio projects, an online shopping cart function for easier order processing, and an overall smoother functionality and presentation. Please click over to http://ind-distribution.com/ind/ have a look around!

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Steel Harmony

Jesal has been a member of the Chicago European Car community for so long, it seems like he has been involved since the very birth of the Euro scene here in the Midwest. As a moderator of our local EuroTeknik forum and an active member of our community for almost two decades, Jesal is a key part of the IND team. His perpetually flawless Silverstone E90 M3 doesn’t hurt, either.

This past week we had an opportunity to flog Jesal’s M3 in an attempt to truly capture the sound of his Eisenmann Sport exhaust as combined with the Challenge HFC x pipe. We travelled from the IND offices to a closed section of road where we could really open the car up, and this video was the result.

ESS Tune
Eisenmann Sport Exhaust
Challenge Sport X-pipe (high flow cats)
Dinan 4.10 dif

KW V3 Coilovers
19″ Work Meister S1R wheels
Project Kics Lug Nuts in NeoChrome
Macht Schell Stud Kit

3D Design Carbon Fiber rear diffuser
RKP CRT Front Lip in Carbon Fiber
BMW Edition Front Grilles
BMW Edition Side Grilles
BMW Performance Spoiler with CRT stripe
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A stunning combination

Published on June 13, 2013 by in Uncategorized

This F13 M6 arrived at our facility with a perfect list of factory options. The Silverstone paint finish is a perfect compliment to the discreet supercar persona of the M6, and optional additions like BMW’s amazing carbon ceramic brake rotors hint at this GT car’s incredible performance capabilities. The brake caliper color works perfectly well against the Silverstone paint, and gives the car an extremely elegant feel right from BMW.

In spite of the excellent choices made when this M6 beast was ordered, any car enthusiast understands that no car is quite complete when delivered from the factory.

Our client opted to address the details BMW overlooked by changing to gloss black front and side grilles, and adding painted reflectors in the Silverstone color. An Eisenmann Race performance rear section was added to give the M6 exhaust the personality and volume it deserves while retaining a quiet and comfortable cruising sound that is critical for any good GT car.

Together, these simple additions perfect what was already an excellent M6. Enjoy the photos!

Eisenmann Race with 4x102mm tips
iND Gloss black side grilles
iND Gloss black front grilles with Night Vision
iND Silverstone II A29 front painted reflectors
charcoal filter delete
carbon ceramic brakes

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The Right Stuff

Published on June 13, 2013 by in Uncategorized

If your goal is to create the best possible finished product, it’s smart to start with the best possible ingredients. Our client chose BBS, KW, Akrapovic, ESS, Brembo and other industry greats to perfect his M3, and the result is nothing short of spectacular. Enjoy the photos!

ESS VT2-585
Jerez black custom painted manifold by iND
Brembo 365mm/345 kit
KW Sleeve kit
BBS RE-V’s 19×9 +22 and 19×10 +25 in Diamond black
5mm spacer front and rear
iND Jerez black painted reflectors
OEM BMW Edition grilles front and side
Akrapovic E92/93 M3 EVO with Carbon fiber tips

 

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Eisenmann Originals: The 1M

Published on June 7, 2013 by in Uncategorized

BMW’s 1M is a car many people thought would never come. The 1M was a car meant to recapture a spirit lost in the glorious era of 1980’s homologation, and although it is not a true race-bred homologation special it is by 21st century standards a no-nonsense driver’s car. BMW enthusiasts have been asking for a simpler and most importantly slimmer sports car throughout the 2000s as the M3 and M5 have gained weight and sophistication and BMW has finally answered their call with the amazing 1M.

The car is interactive, simple, relatively low in weight, and incredibly fun to drive so it came as no surprise that BMW chose to couple the 1M with the forever iconic E30 M3 in their marketing campaign for their new sports coupe.

Eisenmann GmbH answers the call of BMW enthusiasts by adding their one of a kind roar to the 1M’s already engaging personality. Eisenmann’s engineers have developed a complete downpipe-back exhaust system for the 1M in both a Race and Sport variation that gives the 1M the sound it deserves. Each Eisenmann system features four aggressive 83mm tips, a choice of a silenced or straight through intermediate pipe, and Eisenmann’s unique hand built construction.

In our latest installment of Eisenmann Originals, BMW Blog’s own 1M made the trip to the offices of Eisenmann North America to receive an Eisenmann exhaust system. As this 1M is owned by a BMW fanatic that truly has seen and done all things BMW, we knew that our Eisenmann exhaust had to be nothing short of perfect. The downpipe-back system was installed on the BMW Blog 1M, and from the moment the car first started all present knew that the exhaust had given this compact sports M the sound and persona the car deserved.

Please have a look at our photos and video for a chance to see this great 1M!

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Sharp Beast

Published on June 6, 2013 by in Uncategorized

M5post member Sharpie12 came in last week to have his OEM wheels powder coated gloss black. We also added 10mm spaces front and rear which gave the M5 a nice aggressive stance with the H&R spring kit. Next up is some AMS downpipes and an RKP rear diffuser

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Eisenmann Race with 4x102mm tips
Eurocharged tune
charcoal filters removed
RKP front lip 2×2 weave
Gloss black wheels
iND Cosmetic package front and side grilles + Dark LED’s
iND F10 M5 Singapore front + rear reflectors
iND Gloss black M5 emblem
Painted door handles
Macht Schnell 10mm Spacers front and rear
H&R Springs

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RKP F10 M5 rear diffuser (New release)

Published on May 29, 2013 by in Uncategorized

 


RKP’s second entry in their F10 M5 catalog follows the same guiding philosophy as their amazing front lip- easy installation and a discreet look that improves over stock without outright removing original body lines.

The rear diffuser of the F10 M5 provides a unique challenge in installation, as the flexible clips interfacing with the M5’s rear bumper must remain absolutely flexible. While it’s possible to have a smooth installation of a carbon fiber or composite diffuser, the nature of these clips makes the proposition very difficult and often unlikely.

The RKP rear diffuser circumvents this problem by first creating an ultra thin skin of carbon fiber, and then bonding this skin to an original BMW rear diffuser. More than a simple overlay, the carbon fiber skin used in this application is layed up individually, and then bonded to the BMW part in a special fixture to ensure perfect fitment.

By building the rear diffuser in this way, RKP has created a component that gives the rear of the car a more aggressive carbon fiber look while maintaining exact OE fit. The original BMW remains in place under the RKP carbon skin, and the fit and finish is second to none as a result.

The appearance of the diffuser follows the original BMW lines exactly, and does not depart from the already effective design of the original BMW part. No extreme fins or protrusions were added, allowing the diffuser to maintain a simple look.

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iND visits Vorsteiner

Published on May 28, 2013 by in Uncategorized

Had the chance to stop by Vorsteiner during the bimmerfest 2013 trip. Such a great looking place and the staff took good care of us

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