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      01-01-2023, 12:14 PM   #1
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^^Shimmy's F15 Journal^^

Happy New Year everyone! New to the F15 chassis but familiar with BMWs. As the family grows and we venture into more sports/activities, i found myself wanting more space than my e90 M3 could accommodate. I never thought we'd be a two SUV family but here we are!

Big thanks to my cousin Jiggz for educating me on all the options, decoding cars as we found them, and ultimately finding this gem for me!!

Introducing my new to me 2016 F15 50i, glacier silver on black dakota. I Bought her on the opposite coast and took delivery a couple weeks back. Here she is at 32,512 miles. My plans are to keep this an OEM+ build.
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      01-01-2023, 12:16 PM   #2
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Future plans and modifications:

Exterior/Interior:
BMWP front kidney grill installed 12/23/22
BMWP CF front lip installed 8/12/23
BMWP style CF rear diffuser made by IKON installed 4/10/23
AutoTecknic X5M gloss black mirrors installed 4/18/23
IND color matched side reflectors installed 2/20/23
IND black roundels installed 3/5/2023
IND red start/stop button installed 1/7/23
OEM F85 CF interior trim installed 1/7/23
OEM F85 dakota kneepads installed 2/1/23
BMWP pedals TBD
OEM euro switch w/rear fogs enabled installed 11/26/23
35% Formula One tint installed 12/21/22
ArmorUltra PPF on rockers,door lowers, arches, hood, fenders, bumper 4/13/23
OEM roof rack COMP

Engine/Exhaust:
Ebay black stock tips TBD
RK intake TBD

Suspension/Brakes:
Dinan springs with Dinan handling package installed 4/4/23
E70 X5M front brakes TBD

Wheels/Tires:
469s on Michelin Alpin 4s (winter setup)
599s on MPSS (summer setup)
F85 spare tire kit COMP

Electronics:
V1 Radar, hard wired installed 1/8/23

Maintenance:
I perform the majority of the maintenance myself since i don't trust many shops.

36712 - oil change with 5w-30 liqui moly
38118 - replaced rear air bags with Arnotts (8/12/23)
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First things first! We're a snowboarding family so proper winter tires were in order. Jiggz had the Michelin Alpins and i was impressed with how they rode and handled. On they went! Might as well fix that curb rash too!! If you're in WA and you need wheels repaired or refinished, go see Corey at Sound Wheel Works!
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Welcome Shimmy. As an FYI, one of our fellow forum members classic_erik is selling both the MPBK and Supersprint. May want to take a look as you can get yourself a deal on those immediately.
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Congrats, nice ride and welcome to the X5 family!
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Future plans and modifications:

Exterior/Interior:
BMWP front kidney grill installed 12/23/22
OEM gloss black mirrors TBD
BMWP CF front lip TBD
BMWP CF rear diffuser TBD
IND color matched side reflectors TBD
IND black roundels TBD
IND red start/stop button TBD
OEM F85 CF interior trim TBD
OEM F85 dakota kneepads TBD
BMWP pedals TBD
35% Formula One tint installed 12/21/22
Xpel PPF front end TBD

Engine/Exhaust:
Supersprint exhaust TBD
Ebay black stock tips TBD

Suspension/Brakes:
KW Coilovers TBD
BMWPBK TBD

Wheels/Tires:
469s on Michelin Alpin 4s (winter setup)
599s or 612s on MPSS TBD
F85 spare tire kit TBD

Electronics:
V1 Radar, hard wired installed 1/1/23

Maintenance:
I perform the majority of the maintenance myself since i don't trust many shops.
What about ///M badges? So many options... rear hatch, front fenders, heck some people slap them on the dashboard!

Some real nice ///M accessories on eBay!
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What about ///M badges? So many options... rear hatch, front fenders, heck some people slap them on the dashboard!

Some real nice M stuff on eBay!
hahaha! no way!
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Subscribed man, looking forward to your build!
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installed the cf x5m dash today w/red SS button
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installed the cf x5m dash today w/red SS button
Leather dashboard ftw! Congrats on the new car, looks great. Even a stock 50i is pretty peppy for such a big car huh? I've only had mine for a few months now and it still surprises me sometimes
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installed the cf x5m dash today w/red SS button
Where did you source the CF parts from?
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Where did you source the CF parts from?
i found the interior trim on ebay. it came off an f85 with 30k miles.
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installed my valentine one today. tapped into the passenger fuse panel for a quick and clean install
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i found the interior trim on ebay. it came off an f85 with 30k miles.
Ahh nice find! I've been trying to finish out my interior with that set but have yet to come across some that arent at MSRP -_-
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installed my valentine one today. tapped into the passenger fuse panel for a quick and clean install
How did you run the wiring? I need to hardwire my detector.

Also--did you swap the dashboard? Your car has what looks like nappa leather on the dash and upper part of the door cards
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How did you run the wiring? I need to hardwire my detector.

Alsoódid you swap the dashboard? Your car has what looks like nappa leather on the dash and upper part of the door cards
my x5 came with S4M5 individual leather covered dashboard.

i ran the wire up to the mirror, across the passenger windshield and down the a pillar to the fuse panel. the fuse panel is located just under the glovebox.
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love the rainbow on the black from ceramic coat
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love the rainbow on the black from ceramic coat
OMFG I need to get my trims polished and coated... That looks so good...
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hell yes to carbon dash and Blendmount hardwire. mirror tap couldíve saved you some wiring but nicely done nonetheless!
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found a set of dakota black stitch knee pads from a euro vendor! installed them today. love how sporty these look.
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Awesome! I was looking to find some for my Mocha Dakota but I can never find any in that color, not to mention any I found were almost $1k. I think thatís a bit much for knee pads but they certainly add a nice touch!!
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Awesome! I was looking to find some for my Mocha Dakota but I can never find any in that color, not to mention any I found were almost $1k. I think thatís a bit much for knee pads but they certainly add a nice touch!!
They're not available in Mocha.

They are expensive, but it's a huge improvement, especially for X5's equipped with the ridiculous fake wood trim.
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