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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
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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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Pad swept area: a quick comparison between BMW OEM and Brembo GT.

Published on January 21, 2015 by in Uncategorized
Pad swept area: a quick comparison between BMW OEM and Brembo GT.

The introduction of a monobloc fixed caliper on the F8x M cars was a windfall for M3 fans everywhere, improving not only the appearance and style of the car’s brake system from the factory, but also (and most importantly), the temperature control, stopping power, and pedal feel. The change from the old E92 M3’s sliding multi-piece calipers to the current fixed calipers represented a technological leap, and M fans around the world expressed their excitement.

IND plans to take advantage of the improved brake system found in the F8x M cars by further developing those components, including drop-in brake pad and rotor solutions from industry leaders like Race Technologies and Girodisc, along with pad and fluid packages that will help make the M4 a performer in harsh track environments. Our developments here will help the M community enjoy their cars in HPDE and road course lapping days by making simple, relatively low cost modifications.

With that said, the F8x M cars continue to suffer from BMW M’s tendency of opting for very large brake calipers with a high performance appearance, but coupling those with relatively small brake pads with limited effective swept area. It is this attribute that I wanted to elaborate on in this thread. Brake pad swept area is a contributing factor in nearly all aspects of braking performance, and impacts everything from overall generated friction, to temperature dissipation and rotor wear.

I’ve created a number of CAD drawings in SolidWorks of both the OE BMW brake pads, and a Brembo GT front pad for comparison purposes, to illustrate the difference in swept area between the two kits. My analysis of each pad’s respective area gave the following results:

M3/M4 OEM front: 71cm²

M3/M4 OEM rear: 40cm²

Brembo GT front: 95cm²

Brembo GT rear: 62cm²

The top pads in the below photo are from Brembo’s GT big brake kit, while the bottom pads are part of IND’s OEM fitment performance pad development program.

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In the presence of giants- IND’s M4 visits Fall Line Motorsports

Published on January 19, 2015 by in Uncategorized
In the presence of giants- IND’s M4 visits Fall Line Motorsports

Having installed the brand new 3D Design aero kit on IND’s M4, we stopped by Fall Line Motorsports to plan the next steps for our M car. We managed to capture some images while discussing suspension packages for IND’s clients. We were honored to be in the presence of so much racing prowess, and feel truly lucky to be partnered with Fall Line. The ability to offer our clients the combination of IND’s street performance expertise along with Fall Line’s setup, alignment, and race engineering experience is a privilege for us at IND.

IND’s M4 is currently using KW’s Variant 3 coilovers, HRE R101 wheels in 18″, and Brembo’s 380mm GT kit to complete the new look and feel offered by our Eisenmann exhaust and 3D Design aero kit.

Enjoy the photos!

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Official info on AMS’ new M5 tune, from IND!

Published on January 17, 2015 by in Uncategorized
Official info on AMS’ new M5 tune, from IND!

After two years of waiting, the F10 M5’s S63tu engine control has been unlocked to tuners with the M5 community buzzing with a palpable excitement. IND understands that unlocking the car’s engine control is only half of the picture- after learning to effectively communicate with the ECU, we must also understand how to properly modify the engine’s behavior and look at all engine components from a complete system perspective. Changing one aspect of the engine’s behavior will impact all of the other parameters as well.

It is precisely this understanding, and this level of complete system control that an open ECU allows, and a piggy back controller can never achieve. It is precisely for this reason that IND dropped our M5 at AMS for research and development nearly two years ago, eschewing the easy to obtain alternatives offered by cheap, low quality piggy back controllers. Today, we are proud to announce that our (and your) wait is over.

AMS Performance has finally released an Alpha tune for the F10 M5, and as expected the first M5 to be tuned by AMS has yielded incredible results. The months of testing and development on IND’s own F10 M5 have given AMS a running start, and combined with AMS’ incredible knowledge of tuning and engine control systems will now ensure that AMS performance software continues to be an industry leader in the F10 M5 market. AMS has an absolutely one-of-a-kind history within the tuning community. AMS has set records in drag racing, road racing, time attack, and nearly every other form of motorsport, starting from their humble beginnings with DSM cars, and finally moving to Evo and GTR platforms. The tuning community knows that an AMS Alpha car is an absolutely fearsome machine.

AMS’ Alpha tune for the M5 will include:

* 100 horsepower gain over the factory power output
* True ECU reflash, balancing the critical parameters of the engine for safe operation
* Top speed limiter removal
* CEL removal

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