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      08-23-2020, 08:28 PM   #1
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My 540ix Bluestone Build

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New to this side of the camp..

Thought I'd create my own build thread on here to showcase and share the various modifications I will do on the car.

History - I have owned a few E90's, an F30 335d x drive, an F10 and more recently a F06 GC. The F06 was heavily modded and was an enjoyable build, which lasted around 11 months from ownership to me part exchanging it in for a G30. Alot of that build was showcased on IG - project640d.

New Car - The new car/project I have purchased is a 2018 G30 540i x Drive in Bluestone Metallic

The car caught my eye as it has a high specification. I wasn't sure on the Bluestone Colour as I've always gone for Blacks or Greys. However, I feel I made a good choice going for this one. Looking at it side by side to the 640d, it wasn't far off Space Grey!

Like with the F06 I had, I plan to make it individual to me and carry out various changes and modifications to make it my own - all of course, tastefully done .

My new IG profile: project540ix

540i Spec List:

Standard Spec
  • Ambient lighting
  • Digital cockpit
  • Heated front seats
  • Instrument panel in sensatec
  • Lumbar support
  • Sport seats
  • 20 inch individual wheels v-spoke 759i
  • High-gloss shadowline
  • Ext. mirrors- folding
  • M rear spoiler
  • Sun protection glass
  • M sport braking system
  • M sport suspension
  • Active guard
  • Active pedestrian safety
  • Alarm system (thatcham 1)
  • BMW online services
  • Navigation system professional
  • PDC front and rear
  • Real time traffic information
  • Single-disc cd player
  • Dab digital radio
  • Sport automatic transmission

Additonal Spec
  • BMW gesture control
  • Elec fr seats + driver memory
  • BMW icon adaptive led headlights
  • Display key
  • Enhanced bluetooth- wireless charging
  • Harman kardon loudspeaker system
  • Head-up display
  • Headlight wash
  • High-beam assistant
  • Reversing assist camera
  • Wifi hotspot preparation
  • Comfort access
  • Piano black - bmw ind.

Packages:
  • M sport package
  • M sport plus pack
  • Comfort pack
  • Technology pack
  • Visibility pack

Planned Changes/Modifications -

  • Retrofit / Code in SLI
  • Retrofit / Code in Apple CarPlay
  • Front Spliiter
  • Side Blades
  • Rear Diffuser
  • De-Chrome Handles
  • De-Chrome Exhaust Tips
  • LED Reverse Bulbs
  • Black Gloss Grille
  • Black Gloss M Wing Badges
  • Remap
  • Exhaust Mod
  • 15mm Spacers All Round
  • Lowering Springs
  • I'm sure there will be more

Pics below of the outgoing car and also some of the new car, in it's stock form.
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2 small changes done today...

- Removed clip controlling exhaust flap and changes made so it stays open all the time.

- Black Gloss M wing badges added (Chrome ones removed) to match the air breathers.
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OEM Black Kidney Grilles fitted today.

Considered getting the double slat one but when the active grille closes the slats, it didn't look right with the double slat.

Managed to get the dealer give me a good discount on them which was a bonus
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Hi

Car looks amazing, I have a few items you may want.

I have the full touch screen air con controls I will attach a picture. I also have the DSC pump and airbag control unit if you want to add adaptive cruise control. Which I have done on my car. I also have a full option heated steering wheel with touch and vibration

I also have the lower grill needed for the adaptive cruise control
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Black gloss model designation added..

I also had a spare xDrive badge which i sprayed gloss black too. I have another that I may try - keeping the lettering in silver but the rest of the badge black.
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Handle inserts now wrapped black gloss...

Looks much better imo compared to the chrome.
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Radiator bars wrapped in "M Sport Blue" to match the M Sport Brakes...

Was a bit of a faff trying to remove the grill but got there in end. There's 2 hidden screws behind the bumper that hold the grill in place. There's enough give on the bumper to pull and loosen them.

Had to turn the brightness up on the pictures as its hard to capture the end result in a photo. Looks much better in person!
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Car decontaminated (to the best of my ability) using a synthetic clay mitt, quik detailer and tar remover.

Now ready for Compound, Polish and Hybrid Ceramic Wax.

Wheels to be coated using Gtechniq C5.

Interior to be given a good clean and leather treated.
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Productive day -

Full Exterior Detail:

g3 Farecla Clay Mitt
g3 Farecla Detailer
meguiars Ultimate Compound
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meguiars Hybrid Ceramic Wax
meguiars Hyrid Ceramic Detailer
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carbon collective Sateen Tyre Shine
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15mm Eibach spacers fitted all round

Personalised IG decals added
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Gardx 2 stage sealant protection applied today over the Meguiars coatings. I was able to acheive that smooth, high gloss finish!

Looks much better in person...
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Finally found the part number for what BMW call a Design Clip.

£19.58 for a bit of metal
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Fitted some gloss black M style mirror caps earlier...
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I fitted some 50w CREE LED Pure White bulbs earlier and even coded out the bulb error warning message using BimmerCode.

I had to buy the UniCarScan OBD 2 device as my Vgate 3 wifi wss limited to what it can code on the G platform cars.

I looked through the modules but nothing was clear cut. I then went into expert mode and In the Body Domain Controller I found 3061. I remember this from when I coded the bulbs in my F30 335d.

Here's what I made Not Active:

3061 RFS_L_KALTUEBERWACHUNG = nicht aktiv
3061 RFS_L_WARMUEBERWACHUNG = nicht aktiv
3061 RFS_L_IS_LED = aktiv

3061 RFS_L_KALTUEBERWACHUNG = nicht aktiv
3061 RFS_L_WARMUEBERWACHUNG = nicht aktiv
3061 RFS_L_IS_LED aktiv

Coding successful and error gone! Even in daylight, they are quite bright
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I also coded off the horn beep when you lock the car and leave the engine running!

That 'feature' was so annoying! not sure why there's not an option to turn it off. Anyhow, BimmerCode to the rescue.
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Nice looking machine Junebug85.

Colour looks totally different in the flesh to the BMW configurator.

Nice Job
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Nice looking machine Junebug85.

Colour looks totally different in the flesh to the BMW configurator.

Nice Job
Thanks Bud!

I wasn't sure on the colour before I got it. Seeing it in the flesh changed my mind and like how unusual it is - that mix of blue/grey.
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Lovely car mate. Started following your Instagram as well. I just picked up a 2020 M550i in Bluestone. Big change in colour for me. I usually get black or white cars but when I saw this one on the dealer lot I loved the colour.

What other mods you got planned?

I've already ordered spoiler, front lip, side skirts, mirror caps, and side vents. Considering a res delete as well
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Lovely car mate. Started following your Instagram as well. I just picked up a 2020 M550i in Bluestone. Big change in colour for me. I usually get black or white cars but when I saw this one on the dealer lot I loved the colour.

What other mods you got planned?

I've already ordered spoiler, front lip, side skirts, mirror caps, and side vents. Considering a res delete as well
Hey Bud,

Thank you and thanks for the follow!

Congrats on the new car! be good to see some pics!

I've got a few things lined up...

- MSS lowering Springs

- Exhaust/Backbox modification to make it a little louder

- Maxton Front Splitter and Side Blades

- STM rear diffuser and black out exhaust tips

- DMS tune and possibly a downpipe too.


Moving house early next year and my wife keeps reminding me to go easy on the car for now
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Lovely car mate. Started following your Instagram as well. I just picked up a 2020 M550i in Bluestone. Big change in colour for me. I usually get black or white cars but when I saw this one on the dealer lot I loved the colour.

What other mods you got planned?

I've already ordered spoiler, front lip, side skirts, mirror caps, and side vents. Considering a res delete as well
Hey Bud,

Thank you and thanks for the follow!

Congrats on the new car! be good to see some pics!

I've got a few things lined up...

- MSS lowering Springs

- Exhaust/Backbox modification to make it a little louder

- Maxton Front Splitter and Side Blades

- STM rear diffuser and black out exhaust tips

- DMS tune and possibly a downpipe too.


Moving house early next year and my wife keeps reminding me to go easy on the car for now
Sounds like it's going to be pretty epic. Look forward to the updates.

My other half is also urging caution on the mod spending. By urging I mean she's going to cause actual bodily harm if I spend too much more on it. Which is why I ordered all the aforementioned items first and then told her
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Sounds like it's going to be pretty epic. Look forward to the updates.

My other half is also urging caution on the mod spending. By urging I mean she's going to cause actual bodily harm if I spend too much more on it. Which is why I ordered all the aforementioned items first and then told her
I like your style! My wife only new about this car after I bought it

Looking forward to seeing yours transform!

LCI + M550i + Bluestone = Winning Combo
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