Whether you have a bone stock F10 528i, a turbo-six powered 535i or the muscular 550i, there are a few basic modifications that will make your F10 BMW 5-series look better and perform at its best. At the core of it, what we all want is for our cars to look awesome, right? Even the mighty M5 can be improved upon and tailored to reflect your style and taste, whether that’s aggressive and in your face or subtle and refined, your 5-series is an expression of yourself, so make it your own.
This post is for all you 5-series guys who aren’t sure what your options are for modding your F10 BMW 5-series – the 8 Best Mods for the F10 BMW 5-Series. We’ve done our best to spell it out in terms that layman and veteran enthusiasts will understand.
#1 Wheels & Tires
Easily the simplest thing you can do to make the biggest cosmetic change to your F10 5-Series is to ditch the OEM wheels for a set of stylish and lightweight aftermarket wheels, like the Forgestar F14 Flow-Form Wheels for F10 5-Series (shown here in Matte Black 19×8.5 / 19×10), consider matte black if you’ve got a silver 5er, or gold if you have a bluish or red 5-series.
There are tons of great options out there for the 5-series, another great Flow Form wheel for the 5-series are HRE FF01 Wheels for F10 BMW 5-series, shown here in liquid silver finish.
Considering a set of wheels but don’t have a ton of cash? Check out a set of Sportline 8S wheels for BMW F10, which offer an incredible value for the money, making it possible to get a set of lightweight and strong rotary forged wheels at an extremely affordable price – these lightweight beauties only cost as much as a set of inferior cast wheels.
The CSL Style wheel has been an iconic piece of BMW styling since it first debuted on the E46 over a decade ago. Timeless and clean, this design looks great on most cars, but looks especially good on a BMW.
The concave wheel look is all the rage these days, and the Sportline 8S marries that classic CSL style with modern concavity flawlessly. Check out this setup with a Semi-Deep concave profile up front paired with a deep concave rear profile to make the most of that 19×10 width.
Not only does the styling of the Sportline 8S make the car look sportier and more aggressive, but also because the style of the wheel face compliments the car in a “natural” way, it looks CLASSIER than stock too.
Of course, your new wheels are only as good as the tires you wrap them in- we’re stocking distributors for Toyo Tires, Hankook, Michelin and can order any of the finer names in tires. Michelin Pilot Super Sports, Toyo Proxes and Hankook Ventus V12 are great tire options that’ll stick like glue and help the heftier 5 move with a little more authority.
If you have a 550i or 535i, you already have dual exit exhaust – but what if say, you wanted quads like an M5? Besides the sound of the exhaust, your exhaust also plays a huge part in the aesthetics of your car’s rear profile – for instance, on the 528i, the single exit dual tip exhaust does seem a touch inadequate relative to the size of the 5. So dress up the rear end and hear your motor a bit more clearly with an aftermarket exhaust setup.
REMUS Exhaust is a popular option for every trim level of 5-series, offering 528i owners the ability to convert to a quad tip exhaust configuration and a great tone and stylish CF-trimmed quad tips for the 535i crowd – Eisenmann offers a similar setup that also yields a quad tip exhaust.
Have one of the big boy 550i’s? There’s exhaust options for that too, such as the Eisenmann Quad Tip Axle Back Exhaust for F10 BMW 550i.
The tradeoff with springs is that the lower ride height is harder on your OEM shocks and will wear them out more quickly than the OEM springs, which is why coilovers are such a popular choice. Since you’re going to have to tear the suspension apart again if/when the OEM shocks go bad, why bother keeping the OEM shocks at all?
Which brings us to coilovers.
There are quite a few quality coilover options for the F10 available – if you have a M5 with the electronically adjustable suspension and wish to retain the functionality of your electronic shocks, something like KW Suspension’s Height Adjustable Spring kit for F10 M5 yields the adjustable ride height of a coilover while leaving the electronic OEM shock undisturbed.
CKS Suspension Coilovers for F10 are a great option and feature adjustable ride height and damping, while BC Racing BR-Series coilovers for F10 are ideal for the F10 enthusiast on a budget – and of course, KW Suspension Coilovers for F10 are an outstanding choice and ideal for anyone that lives in a state with more inclement weather or lives extremely close to the ocean thanks to their stainless steel finish. Any of these coilover options will give you the ability to set your F10 BMW 5-Series Suspension to exactly the ride height you want, and adjustable shocks to tailor the comfort of your 5-series’ ride quality. Contrary to the popular myth, coilovers will not ruin your ride quality at all – in fact, many people who buy coilovers report that the coils are more comfortable than stock.
Coilovers and lowering springs take about the same amount of effort to install, so since you’re already paying for the labor, why not step up to the better option?
#4 Exterior Accessories
(E9X shown for illustration purposes)
Then you have your Kidney Grilles. You have quite a few options – you can get your grilles painted to match or have ///M stripes painted onto the F10 Kidney Grilles, or get a set of Matte Black Kidney Grilles for F10 or even get your F10 Kidney Grilles in Carbon Fiber. Replacing the bright trimmed OEM kidney grilles creates a cleaner look and that classic “BMW” look.
#5 Get A Facelift: Change Your Front & Rear Bumpers
#6 A Front Lip or Splitter
While there are options for the non M-Sport front bumper like this HM Style Front Splitter for Non M-Sport F10 5-Series or 3d Style Front Splitter for Non M-Sport F10 5-series, nearly everything else available is either for an M5 front bumper or an M-Sport front bumper – so as we said the OEM bumper really limits your options. Check out the gallery below and scope out the differences for yourself.
A Style Carbon Fiber Front Lip for M-Sport F10 BMW 5-Series
Vollkommen Design Urethane Front Lip for M-Sport F10 BMW 5-Series
If you have an M5 or M5 style front bumper however, the options are a bit different – take a look at what we mean.
Your options are only as limited as your imagination, so express yourself!
#7. A Diffuser
The best fitting rear diffuser is the BMW Performance Rear Diffuser for MSport F10 BMW 5-Series – it’s the most conservative and a bit on the pricey side, as to be expected of any OEM BMW part. We only mention fitment because literally every aftermarket rear diffuser we’ve ever installed has needed some finesse to look perfect – so if you’re planning to install yourself, opt for the OEM BMW part or seek professional installation for your new parts to look their best. Feeling bold? Check out the options available – from Carbon versions of the OEM diffuser panel to wild and aggressive aerodynamic accents.
Carbon Fiber Performance Style Rear Diffuser for M-Sport F10 BMW 5-Series
ARKYM Aerosport Carbon Fiber Rear Diffuser for M-Sport F10 BMW 5-Series
HM Style Carbon Fiber Rear Diffuser for M-Sport F10 BMW 5-Series
Have an M5 or M5 style rear bumper? There are options for you as well.
RKP OEM Style Carbon Fiber Rear Diffuser for F10 M5There are so many combinations of front/rear bumpers and lips/splitters and diffusers that you can put together a look that’s unlike anyone else.With the mods above, you’ll create a 5-series that drives better than it did stock and has killer aesthetics that tell the world who you are and what you’re about.