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If I've got 5 -6K to spend on mods, what do you feel is the best bang for buck. I have 2000 stock everything. This is my daily driver, no track or really hard driving.

Thinking Dinan Stage 1 or perhaps Tubi, sway bars, software upgrade.

Thoughts, thanks in advance

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You first haved to ask yourself what you want more out of the car, and what you want to do with it. Are you seeking more power? Better handling? Cleaner looks? If it were me, my first mods with 5-6K would be as follows:

-Exhaust (either Dinan or Kellners)
-Powerchip software
-European spec headlights w/ silvervision turn signals
-Dinan rear swaybar
-UFM IATS
-SSK (Autosolutions or UUC)
-Stoneguard

This is a good mix of handling, power, and improvement of personal aesthetic pet peeves that go with the M5, an example being the egg yolk affect rear turn signals.

Like I said, it all depends on what your going to do with the car.

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Whatever you do, i say exhaust #1... most grins per mile! Really not many other cars out there have engines that can produce such racy sounds as the m5. It's a shame to conceal them with the stock setup. If you want to keep the noise down in the cabin keep the stock resonators.
 

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Take a look at my list below my signature. There is probably less spent on my mods than what you have to spend with the exception of the wheels.

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Suspention

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stereo

brakes
 

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1- exhaust, Tubi, Kelleners, or SuperSprint
2- Coilovers, KW!
3- CAI, GruppeM or Dinan
4- Powerchip
 

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1. RD sport headers ($2550 - Group buy on forum)
2. Kelleners exhaust ($1900)
3. Active Autowerkes CAI ($1200)
4. Powerchip ($1200)

The powerchip will put you a little over your budget by about 800, plus the labor, but this setup will sure to get you WELLL on your way
 

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I would go with

1) Stonguard or X-pel 3M clear bra
2) Exhaust (I went with Tubi)
3) Powerchip 93
4) Angel eye upgrade
5) Short shift kit
6) UUC clutch when the original goes out (mine still hasn't, and it has almost 50,000 miles on it)

You should also throw in a Lidatek in there.. probably earlier than later.
 

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This is the order I would mod. my Beast if I had to do it over again:
1. Powerchip ($1,200)
2. Tubi Exhaust ($2300 including labor:If you get it through BeastPower now)
3. Dinan 3.45 Diff ($3,000 including labor)
4. ITAS ($125.00)
5. UUC Short shifter kit ($500.00 incuding labor)

$7.100.00: a little over budget, but who is ever on budget?
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5. CAI (Active Autowerke) ($1,200.00 including labor)
6. Dinan Stage III suspension ($3,600 including labor)

BeastPower.com sells a very wide selection of aftermarket products for the Beast and Daniel is very knowledgable about everything he sells.
I purchased my Tubi exhaust and UUC SSK kit from him. I highly recoomend you visit his site and ask him any questions regarding his product line.


Kings MotorSport said:
1. RD sport headers ($2550 - Group buy on forum)
2. Kelleners exhaust ($1900)
3. Active Autowerkes CAI ($1200)
4. Powerchip ($1200)

The powerchip will put you a little over your budget by about 800, plus the labor, but this setup will sure to get you WELLL on your way
 

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My mods:

1. EXHAUST!!!! wow it sounds amazing!
2. Shifter - really shortens the throws and takes out some slop. Since you use this all the time its very useful
3. Angel eye headlights (not a mod but they look a whole lot better)
4. Lidatek and Valentine One (what goo is power if you can't use it :haha: )
5. IATS and intake (I am going the Home Deopt route)
6. I'm thinking about headers, 30-40+hp gain
7. Software for the stuff.

I also have wheels, but those are up to you. The 275 fronts I run help a LOT with understeer.
 

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like others have said, it depends on what you want out of the car, or where you see the deficit. I think you'd get a big bang for the buck out of a suspension kit, but that comes close to blowing your whole budget. The car has plenty of power stock, and most bolt on mods (other than headers) do not give much of a performance boost. You can used better handling daily!
I'll agree the exhaust and short shift kit, while not really providing much in measurable performance, do enhance the daily enjoyment of the car.
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Thanks to all for the useful information and thoughts.

Jason





mottati said:
like others have said, it depends on what you want out of the car, or where you see the deficit. I think you'd get a big bang for the buck out of a suspension kit, but that comes close to blowing your whole budget. The car has plenty of power stock, and most bolt on mods (other than headers) do not give much of a performance boost. You can used better handling daily!
I'll agree the exhaust and short shift kit, while not really providing much in measurable performance, do enhance the daily enjoyment of the car.
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txbeast said:
How much HP+TQ does the AA CAI really yield? Compared to Dinan CAI?
And the answer is 0. No measurable difference, just different companies.

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I agree with others who say to do the things you'd notice/use every day first. My list, based on Howler's estimates:
1. UUC Short shifter kit ($500.00 incuding labor)
2. Sway bar brackets ($195)
3. Low dust brake pads ($100)
4. TEC Cupholder ($90)
5. Powerchip ($1,200)
6. Tubi Exhaust ($2300 including labor:If you get it through BeastPower now; or pick another exhaust that sounds good to you)
7. ITAS ($125.00)
8. Dinan or coil-over suspension (about $3000); if that blows the budget, a good compromise is a Dinan rear bar and a pair of OEM rear wheels mounted on the front (about $1400)
 

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I know this is going 'against the prevailing wind' here, but I am looking at:

Sirius (new radio, new Nav) cost $500? ( if I get the radio free under warranty and sell the old NAv MK4 on ebay) Also gives me an ipod input

Bluetooth (or other ) cell phone interface $??

Valentine V1 and Stealth One

Cup Holders.

I just think those will have the most direct impact on ME.

Then we move to the performance mods, exhaust, chip, shifter seem the next biggest impact.

My 2 cents

(Come to think of it, are these electronic mods not really considered MODS??? maybe fall into a black budget category? "Honey, it was necessary for the cell phone to work"...)
 

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If you want real power, feel difference and have value for you money, get headers, TUBI exhaust, and Powerchip. For power vs value for you money stay away from the intakes as they net you barely any HP gain and are very pricey, at least $1000-$2000 range which can be 1/3 of your budget.

I had Gruppe M intake which was IMO a total waste of cash unless you live in cold climates and it does not get hot, then it will work a bit better.

I have Kellener and Xpipe and will be moving over to TUBI for power reasons in which i should of just bought in first place. Both sound the best of all though.

Factory brakes are fine for daily driver street car. Suspension too, Dont forget Eibach and H&R are cheaper than KW, and for what the DINAN stage 1 MSRP's for you can get H&R coillvers for a tad bit more. Dinan is good however and best if warranties concern you.

I got lots of parts from Daniel at www.beastpower.com he can supply you with anything for you M5.

Hope this helps.
 

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What I would do:

1. Hardwired Radar/Laser (I have Escort 8500/ZR3) ~ $750 installed
2. Light weight 18" rims that are 1/2 wider than stock (I have BBS RGR). This will improve handling by removing most of the understeer and provide a slight excelleration improvement by reducing unsprung weight. It will also individulize and improve the look of your car. ~3,500 including new tires. You can decide to sell the stock rims/tires (I did) and recoup about $1,500 depending upon condition but let's assume that you keep the stock rims/tires for whatever reason.
3. SSK w/tranny mounts ~400 installed (I have Rogue)
4. Powerchip ~1000
5. (Option if you sell the stock rims/tires) Tubi for looks and sound plus a reduction of sprung weight by ~40lbs. ~2500 installed.

These mods will provide well rounded benefits that include performance, looks, handling, sound, improved daily usage and financial (no tickets).
 
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