If the mods want to make this a sticky for quick reference then please do
i have another thread started a while ago nearly the same, but it got meey so you can delete that one if you like!
this is another thread with more things added.
I decided to give this a quick go to see if we can make a thread that shows people what manufactures of parts and performance upgrade items that have been tried and tested, and have the bmw seal of aproval.We are looking for all things from suspension, brakes, exhausts, re maps ect. you post them, people coment and we will add it to the list, a sort of quick reference guide!
1. powerflex bushes.front and rear most people highly recomend this brand
2 eibach pro springs, these seem to be the spring of choice across continents,
give a lower ride height but keep the ride quality.
3.yellow stuff pads, have heard these alot. or Brembo discs and ferodo DS2500 pads.
4.re map, eg from emaps. motecmike, or other forum vendors usually gains around 10%
5.new one this, e46 compact rack! tighter and heavier feel than the older type
6.hot tuning coilovers seem to get mentioned alot
7.meyle wish bones. expensive but top quality. also do bushes and tie rods
8.eibach spacers when using coilovers, good quality! well made. (some coilovers foul the wheel)
9.pipercross panel filters, or green cotton filter.
10. Lm 19" alloys, or csl reps. mv1 and mv2 for upgrade to 18s
11. a cheaper alternative to a quickshift kit is the 330d shifter!(£60) shorter stick, longer pivot point! also the e90 330xi 1 works, paddy2bsure knows about this 1.
i have the Z4 shifter, really stubby but not for every 1, as throw is a bit short and there is no bend in the shaft! so sits close to the dash.
cosmetic add ons
1.m tec stearing wheel and gear knob
2.the obvious clear lenses for all those early orange versions
3.angel eyes / hid kits i've got the ccfl angels and they are great.
4.Matte Black Kidney Grills / Xenon Headlight Bulbs i use philips extreme, but there is also philips blue vision and osram nightbreakers for bulb upgrades. ( don't dismiss the halfords brilliance either, my partner has them and there great!)
5.led rear lights if you don't already have them.
6.lip spoiler, or the clubsport spoiler, rare find though!,
7.m sport leather seats black or red.
8. if you don't have them, m sport bumpers and side skirts
9. ultimate add ons are the m3 mirrors on m sports