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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

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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Improving Perfection

Published on May 10, 2013 by in Uncategorized

How do you take one of the best modified E90 M3s ever created, and make it even better? How do you add to a car nearly any enthusiast would call perfect, without taking the project too far? These are the questions we had to ask ourselves at IND when Felix’s amazing Dakar Yellow BMW Individual M3 arrived at our facility. Although we have all seen photos of this M3 before, and even provided many of the parts already on the car, my heart skipped a beat when this car rolled off of our car transport. Felix is a man of excellent taste, and has already created one of the best machines in the US, in terms of performance, feel, and of course it’s striking appearance.

Adding to this BMW Individual M3 without diluting it’s already spectacular presence and truly completing this M3 was our task. We knew that just a few missteps, a few custom parts too many would take this car too far, and that it would be crucial to proceed with good taste.

Enhancing the car’s details was our ultimate plan of attack, and to that end we addressed the exterior, interior, and engine bay with hopes of taking this M3 from amazing to world-beating.

We started outside the car by adding one of it’s key show pieces- the original carbon fiber mirrors from the BMW Motorsport program. Coupled with the car’s Varis diffuser and IND carbon roof, these mirrors perfectly enhance the personality of this Dakar beast. The remainder of the exterior of this car was already stellar, with BBS FI wheels, Brembo brakes, a Vorsteiner GTS-V front lip, a rear diffuser from 3D Design, and even the rare E90 M3 carbon roof conversion from us at IND, we knew that the exterior could be left well enough alone.

After installing the BMW Motorsport mirrors, we moved on to painted details, and addressed what felt like hundreds of small items. From the gloss black painted fasteners holding the Varis diffuser together, to the gloss black painted hose clamps in the engine bay, to the gloss black painted speaker surrounds inside the car, no stone was left unturned in creating a perfectly finished feel. The engine bay saw a comprehensive refinish with Carbon Fiber strut bars by Dinan, textured black powdercoated valve covers, Dakar yellow ignition coil covers, and painted ESS supercharger and diverter valve. The ESS intake manifold got a coating of Lamborghini’s Grigio Estoque paint, with a special addition of pearl coat from IND.

The bulk of the effort was spent on perfecting the car’s interior. The already fantastic BMW Performance seats were disassembled completely and re-stitched with Dakar Yellow thread in both the seat’s perimeter and BMW Performance logo located in the headrest. The seat backs were repainted in a high gloss black with yellow flake, designed to match the custom IND painted interior trim already in the car. The trim pieces in the seats were refinished in a simpler gloss black to give the seats an overall subtle look that could have come directly from BMW.

The dash was removed and reupholstered in black leather, again giving the work an original BMW Individual feel that would not detract from the rest of the car. To coordinate with the car’s headliner, the door panels were subtly split and their upper half was refinished in alcantara fabric, while leaving the lower half in original BMW leather to resist wear and maintain the car’s daily usability. A genuine M3 GTS center arm rest was obtained through German contacts at BMW. From the arm rest the eye will travel back to the show piece of the interior- a custom built roll bar, welded in place as one piece by Fall Line Motorsports and finished in Dakar Yellow by IND. A rear closeout was built to resemble the M3 GTS as closely as possible, while adapting the closeout to the different dimensions of the sedan. Finally, yellow seat belts were added to the front of the car, and may be my personal favorite single piece on the car.

We hope that coupled with the parts we’d already provided for this E90 prior to it’s visit to IND, the work we’ve done over the past month and a half makes this Dakar Yellow E90 one of the best in the US. Enjoy the photos!

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A clear signal


Our Portfolio program once again proves my long-held belief that the folks we get to meet through our time at IND are the absolute best single perk of this job. To earn and modify a BMW M3 is no easy task and takes effort and dedication. Each of our clients has an amazing story to tell, and the opportunity to tell their story through their M3 is unique to our industry.

We are pleased to present Jason’s interpretation of the perfect M3. This BMW Individual Signal Green M3 is a reflection of Jason’s passions, experiences, and life, and his personality is clear in every part added.
Jason is no stranger to modified cars, having previously owned a number of great sports cars, including most recently a 911 Porsche extensively modified with many GT3 suspension and body components. The journey of creating a great modified car is part of the appeal for Jason, and so unlike most IND Portfolio projects, every single component seen on this E92 M3 was installed in Jason’s own garage. Although IND provided consultation throughout the process, Jason installed each and every part by hand, pouring his own blood and sweat into his M3.

Jason’s experience as a pilot for the Marine Corps contributed to his willingness to take on an ambitious project like this, with the patience and discipline learned in the Marine Corps allowing him to tackle the installation of the KW ClubSport coilovers, the ESS VT2 kit, Brembo brakes, and exterior components seen on the car.

This M3 takes a “less is more” approach to tuning in many ways, with Jason opting for a smaller selection of the best possible parts, rather than replacing as much of the original M3 as possible. The car was originally ordered in Porsche’s striking Signal Green color directly from BMW Individual with as few options added as possible, including BMW’s excellent speed cloth interior. With no additional luxury features, this M3 was destined to be a serious sports car from the moment it’s build order was signed.

Continuing with the plan of adding as few parts as possible to create his desired effect, this M3 forgoes many of the “go-to” modifications often seen on cars of this caliber- no painted ESS intake manifold, the original orange reflectors, no rear diffuser. These components were skipped intentionally, forcing the eye to focus on the amazing components that did make it on the car. The M3 is a showcase of nothing but the best from each manufacturer- RKP’s amazing GT4 style front lip, a GT wing from Varis, and the original exhaust system from the M3 GTS as built for BMW by Boysen.

More than any other item seen on this M3, the car’s focal points are surely the mirrors. The full carbon fiber mirrors bolted to the doors of this M3 were a key aspect of the build from the beginning, and Jason knew that acquiring a set directly from BMW Motorsport would perfectly suit the car’s aggressive appearance. Designing the custom bases required to mate the BMW Motorsport mirrors to the M3 was an amazing journey in itself, as seen in our thread here:

I believe that Jason has succeeded in creating his perfect M3- a striking mix of dramatic race-inspired looks, supercar performance levels, and enough comfort to continue driving the M3 on weekend journeys.

This weekend two members of the IND team flew to beautiful San Diego to review the car, get feedback on all of the parts, and document the car in its element in the city and mountain roads of southern California.

Enjoy the photos!

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Limited Production 311RS at iND

Published on April 9, 2013 by in Uncategorized

Although we love, live, and breathe BMW here at IND, we can appreciate any and all type of car. The amazing Evo X seen here is no exception. The 311RS project was envisioned by professional racing driver Ryan Gates to take an already excellent performance platform and transform it into a true sports car for the enthusiast by addressing critical details of the car’s suspension, drivetrain, and braking systems. The car seen here is the first of 11 examples that will be built under the 311RS moniker, and is a sign of what’s to come. This car boasts 440 wheel horsepower, JRZ suspension tuned specifically to Ryan’s personal settings, and a brake package from Girodisc, among a host of other more secret details that create a true sports car



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iND/AMS Alpha F10 M5 Tuning Program Testing and Datalogging Update. 1,000+ HP Goal!

Development of IND’s M5 continues, and in this week’s update we find our M5 within the bowels of AMS’ dyno room. Having logged over 20 hours on the dyno since the installation of a host of AMS-supplied testing and datalogging equipment, we’ve started to build a knowledge base that will help to make key decisions and allow us to take steps toward our ultimate power goal.

Our M5 was wired with a complete sensor package including:

  • intake air temperature sensors before and after the coolers
  • boost pressure sensor at the intake manifold
  • ambient temperature sensors
  • intercooler water temp pre and post intercooler
  • boost pressure pre and post intercooler
  • oil temperature

An AIM digital dash recorded these and a host of OE BMW vital signals during the testing process, and while we cannot yet share this data with the M5Post community I can say that the datalogging process has been very informative. Although the F10 M5 is a formidable package as sold by BMW, we’ve found that some of the hardware is not built for tremendous overhead, and that conversely some of the components are impressively under-stressed.

Unfortunately we can’t elaborate just yet, but will strive for extreme transparency in the long-term, once the parts are developed.

In the interim AMS has helped us to generate some eye candy for the M5 enthusiast community by digitally mapping every millimeter of the F10 M5’s downpipes along with the engine bay they fit within. By digitizing the downpipes themselves, the turbochargers, the firewall, and all of the other components in proximity, the engineers at AMS will be able to design our performance downpipes in CAD to take full advantage of the available packaging as well as the benefits available from CFD analysis.

Below are photos of the original components found in the S63tu engine, including the piston, connecting rod, wrist pin, rod bolts, and piston rings. These components will be measured, digitized, and evaluated by ourselves and the engineers at AMS Performance in an effort to gauge their upper horsepower limit. As opposed to diving into the quest for maximum power completely blind, this knowledge will enable us to understand what the S63tu engine is capable of right out of the box, and where to stop before things get expensive.

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Good news for F12/F13 M6 owners! (GruppeM fitment confirmed)

Published on January 4, 2013 by in Uncategorized

We just had the chance to confirm that the F10 M5 GruppeM intake fits perfect on the F12/F13 M6! Here are some photos of the kit + installed shots. Next downpipes and tune….

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Christmas modding

During the Christmas break we had a client make the long drive to Chicago from Toronto for some holiday goodies. The wife was not so happy that the crew here had to work over the holiday but it was sure worth it

Thanks again for making the drive to iND Karim! You have one nice looking Beast!

iND Gloss black front and side grilles
iND front painted reflectors San Marino Blue
iND Gloss black M6 emblem
Painted door handles San Marino Blue + Gloss black
Akrapovic EVO with carbon tips
Gloss black wheels (winter setup)
Calipers painted Lamborghini orange (3-stage) + Brembo logos
3D Pedal kit
20″ HRE P40SC Gloss Charcoal + San Marino Blue HRE logo + Blue and Red HRE center caps (Summer)

Coming soon-
AMS downpipes
ESS tune
GruppeM intake


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Photo Shoot: IND’s F10 M5 vists EAS in California

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