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      04-21-2013, 05:53 PM   #1
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2013 550 Xdrive Modding Progress

In February I picked up a Space Grey / Cinnamon 550. I came out of a 2012 E350 4 Matic and although I had a great experience with MB products I was really hooked on the 550's looks and performance. This car strikes a great balance for me. It's my daily driver and I can play around with it enough to satisfy my habit. To date it's been the best performance sedan I've owned. I've been on the forum since the first week I got the car and have been looking at all of the great things you guys have done with your cars so I started taking the plunge almost immediately. I've uploaded pics and added the list so far. I've driven a Dinan Stage 3 car at my dealer and love it, but I think I'll keep the motor stock until I'm bored before I go there. The thing that I've had the toughest time with is the wheels. I love the HRE mono blocks and the MORR's but they are pricey and I live in the NYC metropolitan area and don't know if I want to deal with the road damage. I have the factory BMW wheel insurance and my dealer tells me that the policy will cover any factory wheels so I'm leaning towards factory BMW 356's in liquid black or a set of 20" M5 take off's (I'm not into the poser scene so I'm still not sure on these), but I'm not in a rush. I'm not lowering it either...NYC commute and front splitter add up to stock ride height for me.

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Painted front and rear reflectors.
Carbon Fiber Front Grills
Carbon Fiber Side Marker surrounds.
BMW Carbon Fiber Rear Spoiler
BMW Carbon Fiber Front Splitter
BMW M Performance Rear Diffuser
US Millworks front license plate mount.
White Line Tails

I'm happy so far, any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for all the help and advice!
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      04-21-2013, 06:24 PM   #2
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Looking good man! Nice mods!
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      04-21-2013, 08:10 PM   #3
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Looks very nice and clean.
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      04-21-2013, 11:02 PM   #4
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Looks really good. I would have painted the diffuser black, I think it would look better. Otherwise tastefully modded.

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      04-22-2013, 10:40 AM   #5
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Nice. You have a pretty unique combo of mods that turned out great. I would do a light smoke of the tails to provide some contrast against space grey. Should be pretty sweet with the whitelights imo.

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Well played sir!
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      04-22-2013, 11:55 AM   #7
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Nice. You have a pretty unique combo of mods that turned out great. I would do a light smoke of the tails to provide some contrast against space grey. Should be pretty sweet with the whitelights imo.

Alan
Thanks....you're car has been a source of inspiration...I really like your wheel set-up. Do you know anyone around here who could smoke the tails? I also want to do some black accenting on the rear diffuser, but I started out with just Grey first to get more familiar with the look I was going for. I'm also considering going with black grills and side markers to match shadow line trim but I'm not sure yet...
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      04-22-2013, 11:57 AM   #8
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thanks fellas I appreciate the comments!

I can't figure out this "quote" thing but I'm tryin
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      04-22-2013, 12:03 PM   #9
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Any legit bodyshop could do the light smoke for you. If you want the best then i would contact the guys over at Martino Auto Concepts out in LI. They know what they are doing but pretty pricey. I had them do my tails.
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      04-22-2013, 01:16 PM   #10
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Awesome F10

Just a heads up keep your eye on the front splitter mines gone in today and BMW HAVE CONFIRMED THAT THE GLUE THEY STUCK IT ON WITH AS CAUSED A REACTION UNDER THE CARBON..They carnt just take it off the whole front end as got to be replaced...Free of charge of course.
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      04-22-2013, 06:23 PM   #12
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thanks for the tip I'll keep my eye on it..
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      04-25-2013, 04:12 PM   #14
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Jersey loose that plate and that's an order lol! WTF NJ bro here. Like it a lot!
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Any legit bodyshop could do the light smoke for you. If you want the best then i would contact the guys over at Martino Auto Concepts out in LI. They know what they are doing but pretty pricey. I had them do my tails.
I 2nd this... they are the real deal.

Can prob get a local to do it right for less but it's a gamble.. I know a guy in Toms River that will do it perfect also.
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