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It doesn’t take a team of Formula One engineers to tell you that running a suspension setup intended for the track out on real surface streets is going to be anything but comfortable. David A’s 2009 BMW 128i has been on autocross-toy status for a while, but lately, he’s been finding himself driving his 128i on his commute more and more often, and so a change from the race coilover setup was warranted. David got in touch with the Mod Experts, who set up the install of the new suspension setup.

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The new suspension setup is a set of Bilstein HD shocks and a set of Swift Springs for BMW E82 1-series, which offers a nice compromise of making the car more livable as a daily driver without taking away too much of the the car’s trackday capability. This 2008 E82 BMW 128i is something of a BMW purists’ car- it’s the last of the Naturally Aspirated, Rear-Drive, 6-Speed-Manual Inline-Six BMWs, it’s simple, uncluttered. A careful eye will notice the car has a few OEM+ upgrades, like the OEM BMW Performance Exhaust for E82 1-Series visible in the photo above.
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Rocking OEM Blackline LCI Tail Lights for E82, the back end of this 1er looks sexy and modern.

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In addition to the suspension upgrades, the car sports a few other subtle tweaks to improve its trackday capability.

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Up front is a BMW Performance Big Brake Kit for E82 with drilled and slotted brake rotors to enhance the stopping power of the E82 128i brakes and traction is dramatically increased thanks to a set of BBS Wheels RK 17×8 ET40 (square) wheels wrapped in sticky Michelin Pilot Super Sports in 235/45-17 both front and rear, ensuring optimal grip on the track or on the street.
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We’re really fond of the overall package David has put together here. A nod to the original 2002tii, David considers it a “welcome back” to the “small BMW” – the car captures a fun to drive but pure spirit, handling being the priority of the car. Aesthetically this E82 exterior is a bit different than stock as well; wearing an M-Sport front and rear bumper with a Performance Style Rear Diffuser for E82¬†and a BMW Performance Trunk Spoiler for E82 1-series, it looks like it’s some kind of factory package.BMW_E82_128i_BBS_RK_Bilstein_Shocks_Swift_Springs_BMWPerf_BBK_Intake_Exh_img004a BMW_E82_128i_BBS_RK_Bilstein_Shocks_Swift_Springs_BMWPerf_BBK_Intake_Exh_img007a BMW_E82_128i_BBS_RK_Bilstein_Shocks_Swift_Springs_BMWPerf_BBK_Intake_Exh_img018a

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Up front a set of BMW Performance Gloss Black Kidney Grilles for E82 1-Series evens out the look of the M-Sport front bumper.BMW_E82_128i_BBS_RK_Bilstein_Shocks_Swift_Springs_BMWPerf_BBK_Intake_Exh_img001

 

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David A was trying to recapture the spirit of the small, fun to drive BMW with his “tii tribute”, and with a bit of help from the Mod Experts, we’d have to say that he succeeded.

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We hope you enjoyed the photos of this car as we enjoyed taking them. Thanks for reading, see you next time!

Story & Photos Nick Gregson