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IND presents: F8x Eisenmann Heritage exhaust system!

Published on October 10, 2014 by in Uncategorized

When inspecting the F8x M3/4 in any amount of detail, one thing becomes abundantly clear- in their quest for the perfect M car, BMW left no stone unturned, no issue unaddressed, no aspect of the car’s behavior un-optimized. Technology and art in engineering has enabled BMW to create an absolutely spectacular M3, a car that’s capable of plush comfort when driven normally, and life changing performance when driven in anger. Simply put, the M3/4 is BMW’s latest masterpiece, and has made all of us at IND fall in love with BMW M all over again.

Watching BMW create and engineer their new F8x inspired us and Eisenmann Exhaust Systems GmbH to respond in kind. We knew that we could not simply connect a series of pipes to a generic canister and attach exhaust tips at the end. Every aspect of the design had to be analyzed, evaluated, and perfected until the exhaust system as a whole was absolutely flawless. Eisenmann did not approach the design of this exhaust system with the idea of beating their competitors- Eisenmann’s only peer in this race would be BMW M itself, and no stone could be left unturned.

Today, we are happy to introduce Eisenmann’s own masterpiece, the F8x M3/4 Eisenmann Heritage valved exhaust system. Eisenmann’s Stuttgart-based engineers have leveraged 30 years of heritage as Germany’s premier exhaust manufacturer as well as decades of experience as OE designers and manufacturers for Porsche and AMG to create the M3/4 Heritage exhaust system.

Each system is constructed from high grade 304 stainless steel, with a specific attention to wall thickness throughout to create the best combination of fantastic sound and reduced weight. The canisters are machine-pressed into a shape specifically designed for the F8x M cars using a series of deep draw dies, resulting in extremely high canister rigidity and contributing to Eisenmann’s signature tone. The canister shape was specifically created to completely eliminate the canisters from the rear view of the car, drastically improving the appearance of the F8x cars. Multiple internal flow paths work in unison with BMW’s Comfort, Sport, and Sport Plus ECU programming, and enable Eisenmann’s valve control to have a variable but drastic effect on the exhaust system’s personality, yielding a quiet tone while cruising and a fearsome growl under full load.

Eisenmann’s Heritage system is available as a rear section or complete exhaust system, enabling M3/4 owners to choose their sound level in stages. The complete system will include everything from the exhaust tips to the BMW downpipes, allowing for a bolt-on solution for easy installation and an aggressive sound. Improved flow capacity gives the exhaust system sufficient overhead for future modifications, removing any restriction in the system and enabling the F8x’s S55 powerplant to make even more power.

The new “Signature” tip combines what was great about BMW M’s design with the classic Eisenmann LeMans style to create something that is both at home on BMW’s new M car and also an homage to Eisenmann’s own classic tip designs. Eisenmann’s new “Signature” tips are specifically designed to emulate the style of the BMW M tips, to allow our clients to remain within the M realm of design and appearance, while simultaneously having something very unique- the added “LeMans style” inner tip is an Eisenmann hallmark, and has been unique to Eisenmann for over a decade.

In short, we are confident that this is the best Eisenmann F8x M exhaust possible. We are thrilled to present the new F8x M3/4 exhaust system to M enthusiasts worldwide!

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Eisenmann Exhaust Systems GmbH F8x M3/4 first look!

Eisenmann Exhaust Systems GmbH F8x M3/4 first look!

The sheer volume of phone calls asking about the new F8x M3/4 Eisenmann exhaust system that we have fielded at the IND offices over this previous month has been absolutely staggering. Although we cannot release details on the production system just yet, I am confident in saying that just as BMW left no stone unturned in designing this new F8x M3/4, Eisenmann has left no stone unturned in designing the perfect exhaust system for the car. I can truly say that the new F8x exhaust is Eisenmann’s best effort to date- a big claim, considering that Eisenmann Exhaust Systems GmbH has been building exhaust systems for nearly 30 years.

As we do not want to leave the BimmerPost audience in complete suspense over this weekend, we are happy to announce that the very first audio clips of the new Eisenmann system are ready for release. This video shows the Eisenmann rear section installed on IND’s own F82 M4, driven in the “Sport Plus” M mode. Like the rest of the F8x M car, the Eisenmann system’s behavior and sound will change to suit the driver’s mood, using the original BMW in-cabin controls.

For now, this is all that we can say about the new Eisenmann system. All of us at IND are truly proud to have been a part of the development of this exhaust, and are absolutely thrilled to see the feedback from the M enthusiast audience in just over a week, when we can release all of the information about our new Eisenmann exhaust.

Enjoy the video!

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First installed shots of the RKP F8x M3/M4 Diffuser

First installed shots of the RKP F8x M3/M4 Diffuser

Today, RKP is proud to announce our first entry into what will be an extensive F8x M3/M4 catalog.

While the majority of the F8x M car is stunningly muscular, the diffuser section in particular leaves something to be desired. The flat polyurethane insert installed from BMW does not match the M3/4’s aerodynamically sculpted exterior, and so was the first item RKP elected to attack. In contrast, the RKP diffuser was designed with full length fins that reach all the way from the inside of the insert to their termination point at the rear of the bumper. The fins are particularly thin, and although this makes them especially difficult to manufacture, their athletic appearance is more purposeful and athletic. Unlike the BMW performance diffuser, RKP’s fins extend all the way to the edge of the diffuser, giving them a much more noticeable look in all of the right areas.

The RKP M3/4 diffuser has been in development for over 3 months with a specific focus on fit and finish. After several revisions, we have carefully sculpted what we believe to be a truly perfect fitting part. This was no easy feat, as working with the complex rear bumper shape and creating a component that would be durable, strong, lightweight, and integrate perfectly with the original BMW mounting took special care and attention to detail. We are proud to say that this diffuser fits like all other RKP components- absolutely flawlessly.

Carbon Weave Options:

  • 1 x 1 plain weave (BMW F8X M3/M4 carbon roof)
  • 2 x 2 twill weave (BMW M Performance parts)

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IND | F82 M3 / F80 M3 KW H.A.S. “Sleeve” Kits Inbound

Published on August 29, 2014 by in Uncategorized
IND | KW H.A.S. “Sleeve” Kits Inbound

IND has maintained a partnership for the greater part of our companies life cycle. We are proud to have early access to one of their most popular solutions, the H.A.S. sleeve kit.

Founded in 1992 in Murrhardt Germany, KW has grown to become a leading suspension tuner for European and Japanese cars. KW suspension is developed thoroughly by KW’s engineers to have an extremely long service life and create a balance between great handling and a comfortable ride quality. KW has equipped winning race teams for over a decade, and is a supplier to AMG as well as BMW in the M3 GTS. KW’s facility is one of only 15 facilities worldwide to be equipped with a 7 post suspension test rig, giving regular M3 enthusiasts access to Formula 1 technology.

KW’s sleeve kit for the F8X M3/M4 allows a large range of height adjustment while retaining the factory electronic damping control. The factory spring perches are removed from the front dampers, and KW’s own threaded height-adjustable perches are installed. The kit includes progressive rate lowering springs for each corner of the car, height adjustable spring perches for the front and rear, strengthened and shortened bump stops and KW shock sleeves to protect the OE BMW dampers.

IND will have access to the first 35 kits inbound from Germany. The first batch of kits will arrive mid to late September. Below is a link to the listing on our site as well as some more information regarding KW’s 7 post rig testing.


KW Part# 253200AN

KW 7-post rig driving dynamic testing:


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OEM BMW F80 M3 Seat weights + Recaro install

Published on August 14, 2014 by in Uncategorized
OEM BMW F80 M3 Seat weights + Recaro install

We just installed a set of Recaro pole position’s in the iND F80 M3 plus the OEM BMW Motorsport DTM floor mounts. The F80 M3 seats weight 24.4lbs each with black leather.

OEM seats = 24.4lbs each
Recaro’s = 8.0lbs each 

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Ear to Ear in Motion

Published on July 28, 2014 by in Uncategorized

In late June, we released photos featuring one of the more detailed projects any member at IND has been a part of. This project titled Ear to Ear featured cosmetic and mechanical work that was a culmination of nearly 5 months of work. From the custom bumper and rocker panels to the paintwork, every surface of this vehicle was addressed with some form of individuality. With the amount of time spent addressing every detail of the E93 it was only natural that our client, nicebraces, and IND employ the skills of Mike Maravilla and Unscene Media Group to capture every curve, line, and accent.
Video work:

Unscene Media Group
Mike Maravilla

Below is a link to the vehicle details:



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IND | F8X M3/M4 BMW Performance Splitters

Published on July 18, 2014 by in Uncategorized

As fellow enthusiasts we are always looking for rare and unique parts. There is something about the hunt for that hard to find part that simply pulls at the strings in all of us. Whether you are a previous generation ///M enthusiast hunting for rare hurricane cloth and hounds tooth interior or someone into the more current offerings and seeking rare GTS parts, the sense of reward when the part is found is the same. Although the BMW Performance parts will eventually be an item available in dealers worldwide, at the present moment they are just as rare as an authentic E92 M3 GTS front lip spoiler. After searching the North American dealer network and hearing a release of late August we decided to expand our efforts to Europe. Through our contacts in Germany we were able to source the only available item from the Performance catalog (aero), the 2×2 weave carbon fiber splitters. Without hesitation we immediately sent the funds and had them shipped via FedEx Air Freight.

The BMW Performance division continues to expand their offerings all the while keying into the desires of BMW enthusiasts around the world. The F8X M3/M4 Performance parts are a more aggressive option created by the designers at BMW ///M. The aero options from the Performance division , design by BMW ///M provide a more sporty and aggressive look all the while maintaining or accenting the factory lines. The kit includes carbon fiber front splitters, trunk spoiler, rear diffuser, and of course mirror covers. All BMW Performance carbon parts are 2×2 weave.

We currently have 5 sets of splitters available for purchase. The lower partition is still not available, but this is a modular edition should any enthusiast decided to go with the full front Performance package.


  • 2×2 weave
  • Includes double-sided tape (per BMW)
  • BMW insulation foam pre-installed.

Available for order through our website or direct with a IND representative.


Email: info@ind-distribution.com
Phone: 866-963-4520 (Local – 847-963-4520)

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One small step for M, one giant leap for M fans: IND takes Euro delivery of our M4

Published on July 17, 2014 by in Uncategorized

Ultimately, all of us on BimmerPost are followers of the nearly 50 year old tradition that is BMW M. Whether you’re a vendor, an M owner, or both, we all fly the same flag. Since the humble beginning of BMW M with a small 35 person staff, M engineers have resolutely marched in the same direction: building the best race-derived road cars in the world. IND staff has been following the M tradition since the E36 M3’s heyday, and we are privileged, honored, and humbled to participate in M’s next step. Like all M3/M4 owners, we have taken the giant leap forward that is the F82 M4.

Ownership of our M4 started with Euro delivery, flawlessly arranged for us by Steve Thomas BMW. Euro Delivery is one of the best ways to get acquainted with a new M car. The German countryside, the Autobahn, and of course the birthplace of BMW Motorsport are uniquely able to inspire an M enthusiast to fall in love with an M car, and this was precisely the case when we got to the BMW Welt to pick up our M4.

Although I had to take a traditional “BMW Welt” shot, I’ll spare you the details of the amazing facility- many have already covered the Welt delivery experience in fantastic threads, so save for a few highlights I will move forward with my trip.

A classic 3.0 CSL “Batmobile” race car- this represents one of the origins of BMW M, and is one of M’s first creations. Because this car was also an art car designed by Frank Stella, seeing it in the flesh was truly like seeing a piece of BMW history.

One thing we’ll miss about classic race cars are the incredibly wide and low offset BBS race wheels used in the 70s and 80s. These classic spoke patterns and amazing wheel sizes are something we will likely never see again.

BMW displayed their E90 chassis clay model, giving us a fascinating view into the BMW development process. I can just imagine artists and designers working hard to shape the clay into BMW’s future- it must be an extremely exciting moment!

No trip through the BMW Motorsport history books would be complete without a look at the classic M1, and the amazing E46 M3 GTR. While both of these projects had their dramas during their service life, BMW M would not be the company it is today without either. Each is a critical component of the M story.

With our IND keys firmly in hand, we headed out to the German countryside, knowing that we would eventually have to hand over these keys and our amazing new car to Eisenmann.

Our first stop was our hotel in Heidelberg, a place we stop at each year. You can see more photos of this incredible town in our previous Germany trip stories:


We stopped in town to take some photos of the new M4, and found a local German admirer of the car. He stopped us to ask questions about the car, and shot photos of it for nearly 30 minutes! Talking to another fellow M4 fan truly made me feel lucky to participate in the M4’s history, and to enjoy such an amazing car in a place like Heidelberg.

Finally, I was back at our home away from home in Germany, Eisenmann GmbH. The ultimate purpose of our trip, our mission, is to help Eisenmann create the best exhaust system available for the M3 and M4 cars. It was for this that we purchased our F82 M4, for this that I made this voyage to Germany. Eisenmann has been planning and preparing for months now with the original BMW exhaust system components already at the facility and being studied carefully by the engineers, but it will take real study of the M4 as delivered by BMW M to truly create something special.

Finally, after nearly 5,000 miles and months of waiting and preparation, our IND M4 was on Eisenmann’s lift. The engineers at Eisenmann could not wait to truly dig in to the car, and apply their concepts and designs to a real M4.

Over the next three months, Eisenmann will meticulously digitize every inch of the M4’s floor, firewall, engine bay, and exhaust system as it connects with every related component.

By combining acoustic simulation, actual acoustic testing both in a lab and on-road environment, dyno testing, and computer aided design, Eisenmann will create an exhaust system for the M4 that is truly unique. We will work tirelessly with Eisenmann to ensure that they achieve nothing short of perfection by giving them our own M4 project car for hundreds of miles of road testing, as well as testing on the famous Nurburgring.

Please stay tuned as we work hard to develop our M4 demo car, both in Germany and then when it arrives in the United States!

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The RKP M6 front lip is here!

Published on July 3, 2014 by in Uncategorized

RKP continues a tradition of flawless fit, incredible surface finish, and the most carefully plotted designs in the industry with their M6 front lip.

The brand new M6 front lip was designed with extreme attention to detail, and special care to not only maintain but also to continue the original BMW body lines and design language. RKP also worked hard to design this lip for excellent drivability- placing the lowest point of the lip no further than the lowest point of the original BMW bumper.

The RKP M6 front lips are available in 1×1 plain weave, 2×2 twill weave, or any number of custom weave patters, along with matte and gloss carbon finishes. Each lip is hand built from 100% carbon fiber with no additional filler materials used.

Please contact an IND representative for more information!

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IND wheel fitment compilation thread, M3 and M4

Published on June 26, 2014 by in BBS, BMW, Falken

IND Distribution has been dedicated to the BMW M car since the company’s inception, and through nearly a decade of commitment have done everything possible to learn the secrets of BMW M to a science. We have explored every aspect of BMW’s marvelously engineered machines, and work tirelessly to ensure that our client base is always at the forefront of available information.

Today, we are proud to announce that in cooperation with BBS North America and Falken Tire we have made the first critical steps to understanding the M3/M4’s wheel well packaging, and in turn the available space we can use to install wider wheels and tires.

While IND specializes in custom tailoring widths and offsets specifically to the client, this document will provide some good basic guidelines for what we’ve found works, and what does not. IND will work directly with BBS to develop custom width and offset wheels for the M3 and M4 in the near future, so please keep in mind that what you see here were existing applications and installed on the F80 for testing purposes only.

For those who have not been introduced to the BBS brand, please have a look at our photo tour of both the main German BBS manufacturing facility, as well as the more elusive tour of the German headquarters of BBS Motorsport:



BBS has been responsible for creating some of the best road and racing wheels in the world, and have contributed more to the modern racing wheel than any other wheel manufacturer. We can think of no better company to partner with, for this or any other project.

With all of this said, we are happy to present our findings to the M3/M4 community!

Late last night, one of the first F80 M3s in our area rumbled its way into our warehouse for the first ever test fit of performance wheels on this chassis. After several hours of measuring wheel well clearance, damper position, and the shape and packaging of the car’s brake system, we were finally ready to move on to the good stuff- actually test fitting wheels!

A few basic cliff notes are in order, before we get into the details of our findings:

  • Please keep in mind that IND custom tailors each set of wheels we sell to each client we have, and that the information below should serve only as basic guide lines.
  • We’re happy to say that the OE brakes easily clear 18″, 19″, and of course 20″ wheels. This car should accept a wide range of wheels and tires both for the track and the street!
  • We’re also happy to announce that this car can easily accept very wide wheels! Thus far we’ve focused on 9.5″ wide front wheels, and 10.5″ wide rear wheels.
  • We’ve found that a 9.5″ wide front wheel with a +27 offset, and a 10.5″ wide rear wheel with a +35 offset will be very flush fitment on the F80 chassis, giving the car an aggressive stance for a good basic setup.
  • We’ve also determined that a 275/30/19 front tire and 295/30/19 rear tire are a small 2% smaller in rolling diameter than the tires originally provided by BMW, and are a great fit and sizing combination for both appearance and performance.

The M3, with IND’s custom painted engine cover.

Installing our Macht Schnell stud conversion kit.

Measuring maximum caliper diameter.

Our test subjects for the night.

The BBS RE wheels, mounted on our client’s F80 M3. These were a good fit in front when spaced to a +27 offset, and just a touch too flush in the rear, at a +30 offset.

Wheel fitment close ups of the BBS RE wheels. You can see that the 9.5″ wide wheel works perfectly with a +27 offset, but the 10.5″ wide wheel should be just a touch higher offset for a great fit.

The BBS FI wheels. At a 9.5″ front width with a +26 offset, the front FI fit nearly perfectly. The 10.5″ +28 rear wheel was too aggressive.

Front brake clearance shots of the 19″ BBS CH-R wheels. Plenty of space!

Front and rear brake clearance shot of the 18″ BBS FI wheels, again showing available space.

We will continue to update this thread as we learn more about these amazing new machines. All of us at IND are absolutely thrilled to begin to study, analyze, and develop the M3 and M4 to their fullest potential.

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