BMW 135i – Angel Eye Upgrade with LUX H8 Halos

After owning my 1-series for over a year, I finally got sick of the halogen angel eye bulbs. I previously coded their voltage intensity up higher to make them brighter, but I still didn’t like the warm color.

So, I decided to buy myself an early Christmas present! LUX was running a sale, so I grabbed a pair of their latest and greatest angel eyes. Their H8 angel eyes advertised a pure white 7000k temperature with extreme brightness. Perfect!

LUX H8 Angel Eyes

I received them a few days after ordering and wanted to install them right away. All I had to do was pop the rear headlight covers off. They can be finicky, but you’ll figure it out. After the cover was off, I twisted the old bulbs out. Next, I inserted the new bulb and tucked the power supply box out of the way. Drum roll please…

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BMW 335is/550i Clutch Upgrade

2016 Update: Clutch setup is holding up great after 12k hard miles!

After adding my aggressive E85 flash last summer, the factory clutch started to slip. I decided it was time to upgrade so I could enjoy the car to it’s full potential this summer. From Spec to ACT, there are plenty of aftermarket options available. Then I found the 335is/550i clutch upgrade on ECSTuning, so I started to do some research.

This clutch comes factory in the F10 550i, which puts down 443 tq and weighs a whopping 4552 lbs. DINAN doesn’t offer a clutch upgrade for their different stages of 550i’s, so apparently they feel that it is adequate. Their Stage 3 550i puts down 580 tq and they kept the factory clutch. Also, someone on the forums is using this clutch and claims that it is holding at over 620wtq on aftermarket turbos. To me, it sounds like the clutch is severely underrated.

My 135i won’t see more than 500 tq anytime soon. I’d guess that it is currently around 420whp/465wtq, but only weighs 3300 lbs!

I decided to give it a try. Here is my parts list from ECSTuning:
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BMW N54 Serpentine Belt Issues

A few weeks ago the car started making a squeaking noise. So, I popped the hood and started taking a video. Here is what I found:

As soon as I noticed the shredding serpentine belt, I drove home and parked the car. Ordered a new belt and tensioner, along with oil filter housing gaskets (#1 & #2) because mine were leaking. Once the parts arrived, Bob helped me install everything. Here is a picture of the OFH gaskets going in, what a mess…
Oil filter housing gaskets

Obligatory picture of the shredded belt:
Shredded serpentine beltWe put everything back together and assumed all was good. Wrong. About 50 miles later, the belt started shredding again. This time it started wrapping around the alternator pulley and burnt up the backside of the brand new tensioner pulleys.

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How-To Install APEX Stud Conversion Kit

I recently purchased a 75mm Wheel Stud Conversion Kit from APEX Race Parts to go with my APEX ARC-8 wheels. I chose the kit with hex head studs and silver lug nuts.

This kit  makes wheel changing much easier and allows you to use spacers without having to buy extended lug bolts.

As the weather has been getting warmer, I decided it was the perfect time to install them with my summer wheels. So, I documented the process to share!

Step #1 – Loosen all 5 lug bolts while the car is on the ground.
Loosening lug boltsStep #2 – Jack up the car, take off lug bolts, remove the wheel.
Removed wheelStep #3 – Apply a drop or two of thread-locker onto the threads at the short end of the stud.
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