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1036E90M
03-03-2010, 02:07 AM
Hey guys,

Just picked up a 2010 E90 M3 AW on black interior. Went with the DCT tranny, all options except cold weather. Heated seats keep the wifey happy up in these hills ;). It's my first time checking out MFEST, but not a first timer in a 3-Series...they've always been great cars. And of course, I've also still got a bright red AP2 in the stable that will always catch my eye. ;)

Just a bit about myself. I'm a 24/7 full-time photographer amongst other things so I figured I'd start a photo adventure of the build-up. I'm going full steam with this project in hopes to make it for MFest and WILL take the plunge on modding, so this should be fun. You'll catch me mainly running around the Diamond Bar / Pomona area so if there are any meets maybe I can catch one before the event?

Anyways, enjoy! BTW...I also happened to pick up an Akrapovic Evolution based on the quality and reviews I've seen, but I do have comments about the sound/increased power output. :p Pictures and review to follow.

Andrew

http://www.kimatherapy.com/1036E90M_Project/1036E90M-1_stock.jpg
***building the photos, bear with me***

~~~Modlist~~~

Currently Installed:
-Akrapovic Evolution Full Ti - 5/5 Service from Pyspeed Eric!

Planned (way too many to list):
3/2/09 - thinking of suspension mods... spacers and some type of drop are most likely next.

1036E90M
03-03-2010, 02:07 AM
So after the initial break-in period, it was time to actually mount up the Akrapovic and do a little comparo at the muffler shop. If you're near the OC area and need a reputable install shop, my buddies at OC Muffler are more than well equipped to handle the install, ask for Mike. I also knew that they would be alright with me documenting the process and completely didn't mind taking quick photo breaks. Ask for Mike and as always, they're customer service is top-notch...and an install without any hiccups is easily less than $200.

Pictures:

http://www.kimatherapy.com/1036E90M_Project/AKRA_Install/e92_exist_2422.jpg
-Stock, before going under the knife...

http://www.kimatherapy.com/1036E90M_Project/AKRA_Install/e92_exist_2433.jpg
-Some serious muffler craftsmanship

http://www.kimatherapy.com/1036E90M_Project/AKRA_Install/e92_exist_2438.jpg
-Full Ti Akrapovic system laid out

http://www.kimatherapy.com/1036E90M_Project/AKRA_Install/e92_exist_2442.jpg
-Final words, final views...

http://www.kimatherapy.com/1036E90M_Project/AKRA_Install/e92_exist_2445.jpg

http://www.kimatherapy.com/1036E90M_Project/AKRA_Install/e92_exist_2456.jpg
-The signature Akrapovic tips we're all big fans of :)

http://www.kimatherapy.com/1036E90M_Project/AKRA_Install/e92_exist_2498.jpg
-At some points there were times I knew the weight of the stock exhaust had to suck on the removal part.

http://www.kimatherapy.com/1036E90M_Project/AKRA_Install/e92_exist_2510.jpg
-Probably the cleanest I'll ever get to see her undercarriage!

http://www.kimatherapy.com/1036E90M_Project/AKRA_Install/e92_exist_2528.jpg
-And all of a sudden that much easier to hold up during installation

http://www.kimatherapy.com/1036E90M_Project/AKRA_Install/e92_exist_2569.jpg

http://www.kimatherapy.com/1036E90M_Project/AKRA_Install/e92_exist_2575.jpg

http://www.kimatherapy.com/1036E90M_Project/AKRA_Install/e92_exist_2583.jpg
-Akra tip placement

http://www.kimatherapy.com/1036E90M_Project/AKRA_Install/e92_exist_2588.jpg
-Thanks again to Mike for his patience on the tip placement.

http://www.kimatherapy.com/1036E90M_Project/AKRA_Install/e92_exist_2590.jpg

http://www.kimatherapy.com/1036E90M_Project/AKRA_Install/e92_exist_2592.jpg
-Full Akra Evolution in its entireity.

http://www.kimatherapy.com/1036E90M_Project/AKRA_Install/e92_exist_2597.jpg
-Another final angle at it..

Overall the exhaust install experience went quick and painless. Took about an hour and a half since I went on a weekday (possibly a bit more with my picture-taking interruptions). I've had the system on for a few hundred miles and I'll definitely throw my input and review out there next.

I do want to give special thanks to Pyspeed/Eric for working with me on an an the entire Akra system. :thumbsup: I even had it in the bag before I picked up the M and he was helpful every step of the way about providing pics, reviews, etc. I'll throw this in real quick though... the "drone" that people say isn't there, well it's there alright, but manageable compared to some of the vids I've studied. A more detailed review to follow.

And also, thanks Mike at OCMuffler! Sometimes it's worth the drive out for peace of mind during an install especially while I'm documenting...great customer service just can't be beat!

NOTE: Some way or another I know I want to make it out to MFEST IV, I've got a lot of catching up to do though ;).

Laidback
03-03-2010, 02:30 AM
Welcome to the Mfest fam and very nice and detailed pics:drool: we have quite a few photographers here and it would love to see more of your work:excited: I rode on an E9X m3 stock and S/C with the Akrapovic exhaust and i'd say the sound is smoother and deeper, pretty sick exhaust and not to mention it Titanium:goldcup:


Hope to see you and your beast to Mfest and have a good time with us (modded or non modded;) )..

1036E90M
03-03-2010, 02:46 AM
Welcome to the Mfest fam and very nice and detailed pics:drool: we have quite a few photographers here and it would love to see more of your work:excited: I rode on an E9X m3 stock and S/C with the Akrapovic exhaust and i'd say the sound is smoother and deeper, pretty sick exhaust and not to mention it Titanium:goldcup:


Hope to see you and your beast to Mfest and have a good time with us (modded or non modded;) )..

thank you sir, hope to see you there too! Yep, the Akra dropped ~50+lbs instantly!

Laidback
03-03-2010, 04:11 AM
Here's a vid :)

YouTube- eas | Akrapovic Exhaust Factory Tour


thank you sir, hope to see you there too! Yep, the Akra dropped ~50+lbs instantly!

Tavis@Magicdist.com
03-03-2010, 06:48 AM
Welcome to the family. Very nice ride. Hope to see you at one of the weekly meets.

1036E90M
03-03-2010, 11:00 PM
Here's a vid :)

YouTube- eas | Akrapovic Exhaust Factory Tour (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wTCSl-RZjM)
This video instantaneously makes me a proud owner :). Thanks!

Welcome to the family. Very nice ride. Hope to see you at one of the weekly meets.
Same here, I look forward to them, but I do have some mod catch up to do!

Ive got a review coming up soon too :).

canikickit?
03-03-2010, 11:02 PM
Great build up pics amigo.

1036E90M
03-03-2010, 11:17 PM
Akrapovic Evolution (Ti) Review:

Warning: this is going to look like Ca$hOnly's type of Akra review because I liked the way he laid it out ;).

Purchased:
Again, the guys at PySpeed got me hooked even before the delivery of the vehicle. Eric's been nothing but a pleasure to deal with! I had a huge itch once the break-in period was comfortably over! Will likely purchase from these guys again in the future.

Quality:
At first viewing, I had to convince myself that something 'aftermarket' can actually come this...beautiful. It's truly an experience to see and feel the exhaust even though I've read countless many stories and threads about it. It was a toss up between the Gintani and Meisterschaft's which would have saved a CHUNK of change, but you only live once? And it's just that damn clean looking. I have personally never seen anything better built in an exhaust system.

Sound / Drone:
I've actually heard a Meisterschaft GT in person and while it's awesomely obnoxious, it's quite a bit much in RESONANCE for me... it's literally ear-drum shattering at times, believe me, I like that it's over the top, but this M has to be a bit tame more often than not.

But the Akra is a perfect balance of in-car and out-of-car noise, picks up in a great tone when WOT, and quiets down to civilization (to almost silence) at cruising speeds. I have to mention though, all reviews mentioning "no drone" are in my experience false...there's a good 'drone' alright, but it's in the low MPH area even when trying to be easy... until you pass 2-3KRPM and/or 1st gear, then any drone remaining eases up to easy listening.

Now at WOT or when revving, something's there alright, but in a sort of natural ramp of volume. Something's mean and the V8 sound is obvious, which is perfect. Growl when you want it and never when you don't.

Driving / "The Butt Dyno"
I think the moment the Akra was bolted on I noticed the car just shifting easier into the next gear and really not just due to an eager lead foot! There's a certain 'breathing' difference in smooth power delivery. Its almost expected from the Akra build quality though, but you can most definitely feel it, especially from 3-5K rpms... just more grunt. The car just wants to get up and go :). There are enough of us out there now anyway :p.

Videos:
Yes, I have exhaust videos of right when the system was bolted on and I'll likely host them on VIMEO or YouTube when they've been reduced to something smaller than 170mb each!!

Hope this review helps in exhaust system choice, not saying everyone should go out and Akra themselves, but I think small contributions like these help everyone who's on the fence about their wants/needs.

Cheers,

Andrew

E90///M3
03-03-2010, 11:26 PM
whew! i gotta hear this exhaust in person...

Orange fever
03-03-2010, 11:29 PM
keep mod-ing ///

E46transforM3r
03-04-2010, 12:47 AM
whew! i gotta hear this exhaust in person...

+1:D

RadzM
03-04-2010, 08:48 AM
nice exhaust!

canikickit?
03-04-2010, 09:00 AM
So sick amigo. I've always been a fan of Akrapovic and the same unit on my M3 as well as my RC51. The sound is of no compare. Congrats and great pics chico.

1036E90M
03-06-2010, 05:41 PM
How are you guys posting YouTube vids? LOL... I've got the sound clips on my channel though, feel free to check em out :).

http://www.youtube.com/user/1036E90M

Andy

ThisFlyGuy
03-06-2010, 05:58 PM
great car and nice start for modding choice

ironcheflam
03-06-2010, 06:36 PM
Welcome see u at one of our meets or Mfest 4

mbox
03-07-2010, 01:42 AM
hotness!

RadzM
03-08-2010, 01:57 PM
akras are the best looking exhaust for the e9x m3!!!

EAS
03-15-2010, 06:58 PM
Love the look of the E9X M3 sedan! :thumbsup:

BMER1
03-15-2010, 08:05 PM
i had a akrapovic exhasust on my motorcycle and it sounded really good now on a v8 its awesome keep modding.

1036E90M
03-16-2010, 12:18 AM
Welcome see u at one of our meets or Mfest 4
Yep, looking to make that Oakley calm before the storm meet! See you there!

great car and nice start for modding choice
thanks!

hotness!
Everyone on here's got a piece of that ;).

akras are the best looking exhaust for the e9x m3!!!
I couldn't agree more...I'm really happy with the choice. Still no issues but I also don't expect any :).

Love the look of the E9X M3 sedan! :thumbsup:
Thank you sir!

i had a akrapovic exhasust on my motorcycle and it sounded really good now on a v8 its awesome keep modding.
Yep I even like their website! Small updates before big updates next!

1036E90M
03-16-2010, 12:52 AM
Performance grills got here, thanks Evan @ Tischer BMW :).

The big before and afters...

http://www.kimatherapy.com/1036E90M_Project/PERF_Grill_Markers/perf_grills-1.jpg
-Not digging the chrome so much...are you guys?

http://www.kimatherapy.com/1036E90M_Project/PERF_Grill_Markers/perf_grills-2.jpg
-Much better frontal upgrade. Wasn't too bad to DIY, btw... took less than 20 minutes to pop in and out and all I needed was a flathead and some good squeezing techniques ;).

Fitment is superb (no surprises) and quality is excellent. Ordered some sidemarkers from iND for $75 shipped (thanks Andrew@iND) but they're expected to arrive tomorrow ;)... Getting a drop for my next big mod after the reflectors!

Andy

Laidback
03-16-2010, 02:51 AM
Love the AFTER pics for sure:thumbsup:Performance grills got here, thanks Evan @ Tischer BMW :).

The big before and afters...

http://www.kimatherapy.com/1036E90M_Project/PERF_Grill_Markers/perf_grills-1.jpg
-Not digging the chrome so much...are you guys?

http://www.kimatherapy.com/1036E90M_Project/PERF_Grill_Markers/perf_grills-2.jpg
-Much better frontal upgrade. Wasn't too bad to DIY, btw... took less than 20 minutes to pop in and out and all I needed was a flathead and some good squeezing techniques ;).

Fitment is superb (no surprises) and quality is excellent. Ordered some sidemarkers from iND for $75 shipped (thanks Andrew@iND) but they're expected to arrive tomorrow ;)... Getting a drop for my next big mod after the reflectors!

Andy

1036E90M
03-18-2010, 12:21 AM
Love the AFTER pics for sure:thumbsup:
Thank you! Definitely have more next!

1036E90M
03-18-2010, 12:21 AM
Alright guys, the iND painted reflectors finally came in :). Was seriously looking to get rid of the orange reflectors so here we go:

http://www.kimatherapy.com/1036E90M_Project/reflectors_wheels/refl_wheels-1.jpg
-Thanks Andrew@iND! :thumbsup:

http://www.kimatherapy.com/1036E90M_Project/reflectors_wheels/refl_wheels-2.jpg

http://www.kimatherapy.com/1036E90M_Project/reflectors_wheels/refl_wheels-3.jpg

http://www.kimatherapy.com/1036E90M_Project/reflectors_wheels/refl_wheels-4.jpg
Definitely loving the clean look here, do have a couple notes...but of course nothing to really write home about.

The painted markers are a 99.5% perfect fit, they did seem to lift up a bit on the inner corners on both sides of the car, they're an OEM part though so my guess is that they just need to be on the ride to settle in. I'm extremely happy though and feel that they're a definite MUST to have.

AND...the big parts that got here earlier than expected! Teasers...because I'm not slapping them on until I get a drop which is also coming soon.

http://www.kimatherapy.com/1036E90M_Project/reflectors_wheels/refl_wheels-5.jpg
-Thanks Eric@PySpeed!... for convincing me over last weekend to just have a quick wheel and tire package :thumbsup:. I'm surprised these actually came this fast...kinda begs me to get this girl lowered!

http://www.kimatherapy.com/1036E90M_Project/reflectors_wheels/refl_wheels-6.jpg
-And yes, running on Yokohama Advan's AD-08s and Alufelgen SF-71s Matte Blacks! I'm happy that the wheel and tires (for now..) provided came with TPMS as well.

Specs: 245/35/19F, 275/30/19R

Cheers!

aznazasin
03-25-2010, 06:24 AM
nice mods so far

very clean car

cant wait for the drop

kloh
03-26-2010, 01:05 AM
I love the look of the E90 M3. Great photos, and the car is coming along nicely!

1036E90M
03-26-2010, 08:00 PM
The much anticipated CEL right? :\

http://www.kimatherapy.com/1036E90M_Project/newshoes/newshoes-5.jpg

http://www.kimatherapy.com/1036E90M_Project/newshoes/newshoes-6.jpg
I've heard there is a solution to this problem but if anyone has any better suggestions, well... this will in time annoy me greatly. Help?

Anyway onto better news, I got her dropped on KW V3s thanks to the boys at Rennspec! Completely excellent work! I would like to mention that I've had KWs in the past and had always loved the ride...same applies here. Not too stiff, but definitely feeling more confident during curvy on/off ramps :). Pomonians are next to Carbon Canyon and getting distance in the hills is actually pretty easy.

Went with a conservative drop since I'm not a fan of rubbing or trying to roll a fender that can't be rolled. I have room for adjustment, but I'm happy for now.

http://www.kimatherapy.com/1036E90M_Project/newshoes/newshoes-3.jpg

http://www.kimatherapy.com/1036E90M_Project/newshoes/newshoes-2.jpg

http://www.kimatherapy.com/1036E90M_Project/newshoes/newshoes-1.jpg

http://www.kimatherapy.com/1036E90M_Project/newshoes/newshoes-4.jpg

I'm feeling like a dark tint would do well with the matte black SF-71s but we'll see. I'm loving the black/white look so far.

Enjoy! Not too sure what else is next with MFEST around the corner!

Andy

Laidback
03-26-2010, 11:47 PM
Looks sick a tint will set it off for sure:thumbsup:

1036E90M
03-30-2010, 12:30 AM
http://www.kimatherapy.com/1036E90M_Project/steering_wheel/steering_wheel.jpg

:buttrock: thanks to Eric@PySpeed for the SUPER FAST shipping! Really did not expect to even have a teaser this week!

Andy

///M3Lover
03-30-2010, 02:18 AM
You should get the MS Intake Charge kit for your E90 M3. :devillook:

Besides that, very nice AW E90 M3.

Laidback
03-30-2010, 02:26 AM
F/I!http://www.kimatherapy.com/1036E90M_Project/steering_wheel/steering_wheel.jpg

:buttrock: thanks to Eric@PySpeed for the SUPER FAST shipping! Really did not expect to even have a teaser this week!

Andy

|sland|2oots
12-17-2010, 09:44 AM
Very nice E90!