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      08-08-2012, 07:44 AM   #1
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HELP new 09' 750li looking for a few upgrades and changes

Hello all! I am new to forum and look forward to learning a lot more. Just picked up a 2009 750 li. Loving the car but immediately looking to change a few things.
1 The interior trim is the Ash wood and I would really like a Piano black high gloss. Has anyone done a wrap to their trim like this? Good/bad idea? Does it last?
2 Want to do a dinan stage 1 bought car in FL live in NC. From what I read it sounds like best idea is to do at home where I can go back to dealer. Few questions. Anyone done this with Leith BMW in Raleigh? If so happy? Can you negotiate price? The $3500 is steep. I would do immediately at $2500, cHas anyone offered a lower price and got it?
3 Want blk kidney grills. Anyone know where to get?
4 Want to upgrade all lighting to 6k. I am in south florida now and would like to do immediately if possible. Suggestions?
5 Looking to get Alpina wheels.
6 MTech front bumper. where to get?
7 Can you add ceramic controls. I love the look of the ceramic,

I am looking to do a few other things as well but this is a good start. My f02 has sport, conv, drive asst, prem sound, lux seat, HUD
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      08-08-2012, 11:02 AM   #2
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3 Want blk kidney grills. Anyone know where to get?
-turner motorsport
http://www.turnermotorsport.com/BMW-...rior-body.aspx

6 MTech front bumper. where to get?
-realOEM.com
http://www.realoem.com/BMW/

7 Can you add ceramic controls. I love the look of the ceramic,
-yes you can, but you will need to buy a control unit for each part (for example, you need to buy the ceramic gear lever AND its own new control unit. same with a/c controls and radio/volume knob...)
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      08-08-2012, 11:32 AM   #3
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Appreciate the help. I will check into all items now. Sounds like adding the ceramic controls might get very expensive. Any idea approx how much?
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      08-08-2012, 06:41 PM   #4
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anytime!!

here in the middle east, to retrofit ceramic controls costs about $6,000. that is TEN times how much it would have costed to add the option before the car was manufactured.

personally, i couldn't justify it no matter how much i wanted them. instead, i decided to buy the front and rear idrive controllers in ceramic, alongside a wooden gear selector lever (which attaches to the original part without additional ecu expense).

for $6000 you might want to consider:
-exhaust (eisenmann, dinan, supersprint, etc.)
-ecu tune (hartge, dinan, velos, active autowerke?, etc.)

finally, here's a better link for the m front bumper:
http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...62&hg=51&fg=15
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holy!!! $6k for the ceramic control addition? Thats just nuts. I am def going to do the Dinan tune. Hoping to find someone who successfully used Leith BMW in Raleigh NC who did this. I am in S Florida now and could get done here but would prefer to use a local shop in case of any issues. Read quite a bit about it here and a little frightening that some have had done and felt no change,
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holy!!! $6k for the ceramic control addition? Thats just nuts. I am def going to do the Dinan tune. Hoping to find someone who successfully used Leith BMW in Raleigh NC who did this. I am in S Florida now and could get done here but would prefer to use a local shop in case of any issues. Read quite a bit about it here and a little frightening that some have had done and felt no change,
Someone this upgrade on their 5 series, I love the look as well but can't justify the cost.

Here's the link;

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...hlight=ceramic
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Lowering car and wheel size

So ordered the blk kidneys, about to do lighting. I am also going to wrap trim in piano black. I have the ash wood and do not like. Want to lower the car a little. Any suggestions on best springs? What is best wheel size? I am thinking 20" vossen cv4's. Anyone else have this set up I can see a pic of?
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So ordered the blk kidneys, about to do lighting. I am also going to wrap trim in piano black. I have the ash wood and do not like. Want to lower the car a little. Any suggestions on best springs? What is best wheel size? I am thinking 20" vossen cv4's. Anyone else have this set up I can see a pic of?
Best springs: probably eibach
Lowest springs: h&r super sport

I have 21inch OEM wheels on my 7 and feel they're a bit small. 22's look best in my opinion (adv1, agetro, hre).. Don't know how much you will lose out on comfort though..
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Yeah, black/ash wood and black front panel could be better for the white interior
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I am not sure why but seems like most people go with the HR. Running 22's seems excessive to me. I like the Vossen 20's. Think I will wait and see if I can pick up a slightly used set by looking at forums over the next few months. With any luck I will be able to get a set.
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I am not sure why but seems like most people go with the HR. Running 22's seems excessive to me. I like the Vossen 20's. Think I will wait and see if I can pick up a slightly used set by looking at forums over the next few months. With any luck I will be able to get a set.
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Yah, H&R seems like the popular choice, not sure why but maybe the H&R's are the only ones that work best with the leveling suspension on the LI models? I think 22's look sick on the 7er but for everyday driving I would go with 20's or 21's.
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Anyone Ever Use Leith For Dinan

I was hoping ot find someone who used Leith in Raleigh for dinan tune and like the results. I have been searching and cant seem to find anyone who has used them.
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