BMW_E82_135i_Chameleon_JoelP_Niche_VRSF-1Chameleons are known for blending in – but this 1-series does anything but that. Recently our team of Mod Experts helped Joel P out in Aurora, CO out with a fresh set of wheels to complete the look of his Chameleon BMW E82 135i. Our Mod Experts hooked Joel up with a set of Niche Misano Wheels for BMW. The right 1-series wheels can really make the car stand out.
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The E82 1-Series Suspension naturally sits low, but Joel has lowered his 1er with a BMW Performance Suspension kit with yellow springs, good for a 1in drop. Beefing up the chassis is a Cusco Front Strut Tower Brace for E82 1-Series, reinforcing the tops of the strut towers as well as eliminating any potential deflection in the towers.
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At the rear of the car, you’ll spot an Agency Power axleback exhaust peeking out from beneath a Performance Style Carbon Fiber Rear Diffuser for 1-Series. The AP axleback is mated to stock midpipes, but the crucial difference is the addition of a set of performance catted downpipes, allowing the turbos to breathe much more freely.

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Under the hood, there’s no shortage of performance modifications. The ECU has been schooled with a Cobb AccessPORT for BMW 1-Series good for 60hp+ even before we get to performance parts. We’ve mentioned before that the OEM chargepipes on N54 and N55s are beginning to fail, so Joel’s swapped the stock one out with a Cobb Chargepipe for BMW N54 engines paired with a set of Turbosmart Kompact Plumb-Back Diverter Valves to ensure boost is consistent and also eliminates the leak-prone factory diverter valves. A simple K&N Drop In Air Filter for 1-Series was all that was needed to let the motor breathe a bit better, and a Mishimoto Oil Catch Can for BMW N54 keeps the intake tract free of nasty oil vapors. Keeping the air charge cool is a 7in VRSF Front Mount Intercooler for BMW 135i, allowing Joel to run much more aggressive mapping on his AccessPORT.

BMW_E82_135i_Chameleon_JoelP_Niche_VRSF-5We’ve mentioned before that the OEM chargepipes on N54 and N55s are beginning to fail, so Joel’s swapped the stock one out with a Cobb Chargepipe for BMW N54 engines paired with a set of Turbosmart Kompact Plumb-Back Diverter Valves to ensure boost is consistent and also eliminates the leak-prone factory diverter valves. BMW_E82_135i_Chameleon_JoelP_Niche_VRSF-6A simple K&N Drop In Air Filter for 1-Series was all that was needed to let the motor breathe a bit better, and a Mishimoto Oil Catch Can for BMW N54 keeps the intake tract free of nasty oil vapors.BMW_E82_135i_Chameleon_JoelP_Niche_VRSF-7 BMW_E82_135i_Chameleon_JoelP_Niche_VRSF-8

Keeping the air charge cool is a 7in VRSF Front Mount Intercooler for BMW 135i, allowing Joel to run much more aggressive mapping on his AccessPORT. BMW_E82_135i_Chameleon_JoelP_Niche_VRSF-11With a little help from our Mod Experts, Joel’s built one gorgeous 1er.
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For those of you wondering about the color… the Olive blueberry dip job was done by “the dip garage” in Aurora, Co – clearly awesome driving country to have a 1er. Thanks to Joel for letting us share his build with you.

We hope you enjoyed the photos, and we’ll see you next time!

Interested in modding your BMW 135i? Need something installed? Talk to our team of Mod Experts, give us a call at 714-582-3330 to chat with our team of experts or stop by the ModAuto showroom in La Habra CA during business hours (8-5 M-Sat) and talk to our experts in person.

Thanks for reading, see you next time!

Story Nick Gregson
Photos Tom Valdez

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