F30POST
F30POST
2012-2015 BMW 3-Series and 4-Series Forum
BMW Garage BMW Meets Register Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
BMW 3-Series and 4-Series Forum (F30 / F32) | F30POST > 2012-2019 BMW 3 and 4-Series Forums > General F30 Sedan / F32 Coupe / F36 Gran Coupe Forum > Favorite Cheap/Free Mods
Extreme Powerhouse
Post Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      11-06-2017, 03:27 PM   #1
kern417
Cheapskate
United_States
2535
Rep
3,751
Posts

Drives: 2018 440i / 2010 X5
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Cincinnati

iTrader: (0)

Favorite Cheap/Free Mods

So I already like to think of myself as pretty frugal, but with a newborn I have even more motivation to scratch the itch to mod my car without blowing too much money. So what is everyone's favorite free/cheap mods? Try to keep it $100 or below. I'll start with what I've done:

Debadge - $0
I used some floss to pop the badges off on a hot day and rubbed off the remaining glue with my fingers. I did mine after I got home from delivery, so the numbers came off clean with no need to compound/polish. But otherwise maybe $10 for detailing supplies if you don't already have them.

Remove Clutch Delay Valve - $0 + Price of Brake Fluid if needed
http://f30.bimmerpost.com/forums/sho...5&postcount=31
The clutch delay valve prevents you from shifting quickly, smoothly. Removal gets rid of unexpected bogging or slippage when driving aggressively.

Enable Rear Fog - $0 (or cost of OEM button if you want it) + Coding
https://f30.bimmerpost.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=877278
Follow the DIY to modify your existing button or replace with the OEM Rear foglight button, then code to enable it. Only works on Pre-LCI models as far as I'm aware.

Clutch Stop - $10
https://www.ebay.com/itm/230519560074
I was genuinely surprised at how much this improved the driving feel. There's a lot more dead space behind that pedal than you think.

Amazon Stainless Steel Brake Pedal Covers - $20
Automatic: https://www.amazon.com/Drill-Steel-B.../dp/B01MG53TVI
Manual: https://www.amazon.com/MOON-Aluminum...dal+f30+manual
Replicas of the MPerformance Stainless Steel Pedals for a fraction of the OEM price.

Coding - $25
I bought an ENET cable on amazon. The Esys software was free. It's pretty simple to do yourself if you follow one of the many guides that are out there, but you can also buy an app or have it remotely coded for a bit more.

MirrorTap - $40
https://store.blendmount.com/mirrort...aps-p3513.aspx
Must have for a clean radar detector install, especially with only one power outlet in the front.

eBay Dual Slat Grille - $75
https://www.ebay.com/itm/122418396223
Fitment was fine and no //m badge, just how i wanted it.

IND Painted Reflectors - $85
https://www.trinityautosport.com/ind...roduct_id=1319
Self explanatory. Cleans up the front end wonderfully. I bought from Trinity because the shipping was the cheapest.

I also bought some used h&r super sport springs for $100, but some consider used parts to be cheating

What else?
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by umizoomi View Post
As long as 3-pedals are an option, I will exercise my right to suffer the handicap and indignity of slower shifts and reaction times.
Instagram @kern417

Last edited by kern417; 05-02-2018 at 07:34 AM..
Appreciate 10
      11-06-2017, 03:36 PM   #2
jeffc83
Lieutenant Colonel
706
Rep
1,618
Posts

Drives: 2015 328i XDrive Luxury Line
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Philly Burbs, PA

iTrader: (0)

I bought the LCI door trim off of eBay but the rears needed to be trimmed. (the silver trim piece towards the top of the doors that is black on PRE-LCI models) Really adds to the "interior feel" IMO.

I also bought an LED lighting kit with remote for the front (Amazon, $30) and rear footwells to add better ambient lighting. (recently hard wired it too) Although I usually just stick with white like OEM for the floor, it really pops with the blue and red at night!

As a side note, I have two power outlets....why do you only have one? There is one in the center and another under the glove box on the passenger side. (third in the rear to but I know I know, who the hell would plug it in there, lol)

Oh and I also popped this trim over the LCI lighted faceplate to give it a different look since I liked the glossy black with the silver trim - https://www.ebay.com/itm/Chrome-Dash....c100005.m1851
__________________
Originally Posted by jmg

That seat was meant to be used, are you going to deny it's purpose in life?

Last edited by jeffc83; 11-06-2017 at 03:58 PM.. Reason: Clarified and added more info
Appreciate 3
kern4172534.50
RDY4TKF27.00

      11-06-2017, 03:40 PM   #3
vgore
Second Lieutenant
vgore's Avatar
71
Rep
232
Posts

Drives: 2015 328xi
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: PA

iTrader: (0)

Good list. I 'll add another one.
eBay door projector lights - 12.98
https://www.ebay.com/itm/4X-LED-Logo...VZ~TU-&vxp=mtr

They look very cool @ night
Appreciate 4
kern4172534.50
RDY4TKF27.00

      11-06-2017, 03:48 PM   #4
YuminNuman
Lieutenant
YuminNuman's Avatar
United_States
259
Rep
450
Posts

Drives: '17 340ix 6MT
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: US

iTrader: (0)

lol .. i've owned the 340 for less than a month and so far I have done (in order)

- clutch stop
- dual slat grills (no badge)

planning to do
- matching side reflectors
- debadge of rear (free)
- minor coding tweaks

So very good list, you and I are on the same page.

That's probably it for me though. That and 4 snow tires + a 2nd set of wheels and good summer tires. Stock is good.

Last edited by YuminNuman; 11-06-2017 at 03:55 PM..
Appreciate 1
kern4172534.50

      11-07-2017, 07:32 AM   #5
kern417
Cheapskate
United_States
2535
Rep
3,751
Posts

Drives: 2018 440i / 2010 X5
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Cincinnati

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by jeffc83 View Post
As a side note, I have two power outlets....why do you only have one? There is one in the center and another under the glove box on the passenger side. (third in the rear to but I know I know, who the hell would plug it in there, lol)
not sure. i have a 2018 lci and it only has one between the cupholders (and the useless one in the trunk).

Quote:
Originally Posted by YuminNuman View Post
lol .. i've owned the 340 for less than a month and so far I have done (in order)

- clutch stop
- dual slat grills (no badge)

planning to do
- matching side reflectors
- debadge of rear (free)
- minor coding tweaks

So very good list, you and I are on the same page.
yep, i actually bought the grilles and sidemarkers first and had them waiting at home before mine was delivered.

and i forgot i debadged the rear too haha. i'll have to add that to the OP.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by umizoomi View Post
As long as 3-pedals are an option, I will exercise my right to suffer the handicap and indignity of slower shifts and reaction times.
Instagram @kern417
Appreciate 0
      11-07-2017, 08:18 AM   #6
jeffc83
Lieutenant Colonel
706
Rep
1,618
Posts

Drives: 2015 328i XDrive Luxury Line
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Philly Burbs, PA

iTrader: (0)

kern417 Interesting; so you truly don't have one on the left side of the passenger foot well below the glove box?! I wonder why they would delete/remove the additional outlet under the glove box for the LCI models. It's very convenient for passengers and owners alike. If they did delete it, what did that save them in the long run? A few dollars? This cost cutting is similar to how GM approaches it if that's the case.
__________________
Originally Posted by jmg

That seat was meant to be used, are you going to deny it's purpose in life?
Appreciate 0
      11-07-2017, 11:17 AM   #7
metallicpea
Major
metallicpea's Avatar
692
Rep
1,327
Posts

Drives: 320i ZSP & E46 M3 6MT
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Chicagoland

iTrader: (1)

Quote:
Originally Posted by jeffc83 View Post
kern417 Interesting; so you truly don't have one on the left side of the passenger foot well below the glove box?! I wonder why they would delete/remove the additional outlet under the glove box for the LCI models. It's very convenient for passengers and owners alike. If they did delete it, what did that save them in the long run? A few dollars? This cost cutting is similar to how GM approaches it if that's the case.
I bet it's there. Look carefully - it's on the bottom of the dash - upsidedown above the passengers left foot.. It's like an Easter egg . My LCI 320i came with it, and it didn't even have the one for the rear passengers. I added the rear one myself.
__________________
2002 325i sport - sold 2009 135i M sport - sold
2009 550i M sport - sold
2005 M3 6MT Jet Black w/Cinnamon
2016 F30 320i ZSP
2003 E46 325it ZSP 5MT

Last edited by metallicpea; 11-07-2017 at 11:24 AM..
Appreciate 0
      11-07-2017, 11:20 AM   #8
Mr. Tasty
Captain
Mr. Tasty's Avatar
412
Rep
732
Posts

Drives: AW 335i Mperformance
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Gilbert

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by jeffc83 View Post
kern417 This cost cutting is similar to how GM approaches it if that's the case.
EG: E90 to F30 build quality
Appreciate 0
      11-07-2017, 11:40 AM   #9
jeffc83
Lieutenant Colonel
706
Rep
1,618
Posts

Drives: 2015 328i XDrive Luxury Line
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Philly Burbs, PA

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr. Tasty View Post
EG: E90 to F30 build quality
True that...
__________________
Originally Posted by jmg

That seat was meant to be used, are you going to deny it's purpose in life?
Appreciate 0
      11-07-2017, 11:41 AM   #10
jeffc83
Lieutenant Colonel
706
Rep
1,618
Posts

Drives: 2015 328i XDrive Luxury Line
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Philly Burbs, PA

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by metallicpea View Post
I bet it's there. Look carefully - it's on the bottom of the dash - upsidedown above the passengers left foot.. It's like an Easter egg . My LCI 320i came with it, and it didn't even have the one for the rear passengers. I added the rear one myself.
I had a feeling they didn't cost-cut like GM Never would BMW do such a nasty thing!
__________________
Originally Posted by jmg

That seat was meant to be used, are you going to deny it's purpose in life?
Appreciate 2
      11-07-2017, 11:51 AM   #11
enjoythemusic
Captain
enjoythemusic's Avatar
354
Rep
775
Posts

Drives: 2014 BMW 435i Dinan Stage 4
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Florida

iTrader: (0)

Best cheap mod is to remove the whining passenger(s) who comments about my driving 'style'. Saves at least 120 lbs of weight plus makes it easier to hear the engine.
__________________
Enjoy the Drive,

Steven
2014 435i M-Opt, M LSD, Dinan CAI/IC/BTurbo/Stage 4, ER TIC/CP, GFB DV+, Fabspeed HJS cat DP & Mich PS4S.
Appreciate 17
kern4172534.50
jeffc83706.00
ErkanTR16467.50
otay685.50
Beek698.00
mbfanos53.00
BrettKA7277.50
KenE.2.00
DonVito16.50
ali820222.50
orb2k0.00

      11-07-2017, 12:06 PM   #12
Metanoia Prime
Private
Metanoia Prime's Avatar
96
Rep
99
Posts

Drives: 2017 F36/430i M Sport
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Bakersfield, CA

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by jeffc83 View Post
I bought the LCI door trim off of eBay but the rears needed to be trimmed. (the silver trim piece towards the top of the doors that is black on PRE-LCI models) Really adds to the "interior feel" IMO.

I also bought an LED lighting kit with remote for the front (Amazon, $30) and rear footwells to add better ambient lighting. (recently hard wired it too) Although I usually just stick with white like OEM for the floor, it really pops with the blue and red at night!

As a side note, I have two power outlets....why do you only have one? There is one in the center and another under the glove box on the passenger side. (third in the rear to but I know I know, who the hell would plug it in there, lol)

Oh and I also popped this trim over the LCI lighted faceplate to give it a different look since I liked the glossy black with the silver trim - https://www.ebay.com/itm/Chrome-Dash....c100005.m1851
Can you link to the lighting kit on Amazon? How easy was it to hardwire it? I would love some footwell lighting (especially red, to match the current lighting in my M Sport).
Appreciate 0
      11-07-2017, 12:13 PM   #13
Basswacker
Private
Basswacker's Avatar
United_States
26
Rep
56
Posts

Drives: 2013 328i M-Sport package
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Carver MA

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by vgore View Post
Good list. I 'll add another one.
eBay door projector lights - 12.98
https://www.ebay.com/itm/4X-LED-Logo...VZ~TU-&vxp=mtr

They look very cool @ night
Did this to mine and everyone comments on it and how awesome it is. Can't beat this $20 mod
__________________
2013 328i M-Sport Estoril blue W/335 M-Performance exhaust

Carver, Mass
Appreciate 0
      11-07-2017, 12:18 PM   #14
jeffc83
Lieutenant Colonel
706
Rep
1,618
Posts

Drives: 2015 328i XDrive Luxury Line
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Philly Burbs, PA

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Metanoia Prime View Post
Can you link to the lighting kit on Amazon? How easy was it to hardwire it? I would love some footwell lighting (especially red, to match the current lighting in my M Sport).
I still cannot believe how cheap they were but don't let that price fool ya; the quality is there -
https://www.amazon.com/SurLight-Mult...ior+car+lights

Hard wiring was easier than the lighting install; I had installed a custom screen running Android and had an extra +/- lead. If I didn't approach it that way, I most likely would've just tapped into the lighter socket even if it retains power for 10 mins. (I'm used to shutting the LEDs off using the remote anyway) You can also just use the lighter socket below the glove box if you prefer not to wire it up.
__________________
Originally Posted by jmg

That seat was meant to be used, are you going to deny it's purpose in life?

Last edited by jeffc83; 11-07-2017 at 12:45 PM..
Appreciate 1
kern4172534.50

      11-07-2017, 12:20 PM   #15
kalien34
Second Lieutenant
United_States
63
Rep
226
Posts

Drives: 2018 AW 430GC xDrive M Sport
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Chicago

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by enjoythemusic View Post
Best cheap mod is to remove the whining passenger(s) who comments about my driving 'style'. Saves at least 120 lbs of weight plus makes it easier to hear the engine.
LOL. This is great.
Appreciate 1
      11-07-2017, 02:30 PM   #16
Dan328f30
Private First Class
United_States
53
Rep
104
Posts

Drives: 2013 BMW 328i xdrive
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: MD

iTrader: (0)

1. Black kidney grills

2. Debadge/black badge

3. Black CF vinyl overlays for BMW roundel
__________________
2013 328i XDrive 8AT
Bootmod3 Stage 2 OTS 93 Octane
ER TIC | VRSF HD intercooler | ER catless downipipe | Supersprint catback exhaust
19" VMR 810s | Continental extremecontact DWS 06 | H&R sport springs
Appreciate 1
kern4172534.50

      11-07-2017, 02:43 PM   #17
jgoens
Major General
jgoens's Avatar
3609
Rep
5,753
Posts

Drives: 2013 335i msport
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: San Mateo, CA

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Basswacker View Post
Did this to mine and everyone comments on it and how awesome it is. Can't beat this $20 mod
Looked it up but it says it is not compatible with my car a 2013 335. You have a 2013 328, which is not on the list either.
__________________
2013 335i Msport Black sapphire/Coral red. MHD. stage 2--e30 VRSF DP, ER CP, Dinan Shockware. VRSF 12mm/15mm spacers. Cobra dashcam. Various codings.
Last car: 2011 335i Msport. JB4. Vrsf CP
Appreciate 0
      11-07-2017, 03:02 PM   #18
Basswacker
Private
Basswacker's Avatar
United_States
26
Rep
56
Posts

Drives: 2013 328i M-Sport package
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Carver MA

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by jgoens View Post
Quote:
Originally Posted by Basswacker View Post
Did this to mine and everyone comments on it and how awesome it is. Can't beat this $20 mod
Looked it up but it says it is not compatible with my car a 2013 335. You have a 2013 328, which is not on the list either.
I bought mine from amazon. The ones I bought are no longer available but there are a few others on there
__________________
2013 328i M-Sport Estoril blue W/335 M-Performance exhaust

Carver, Mass
Appreciate 1
jgoens3608.50

      11-07-2017, 03:22 PM   #19
jeffc83
Lieutenant Colonel
706
Rep
1,618
Posts

Drives: 2015 328i XDrive Luxury Line
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Philly Burbs, PA

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Basswacker View Post
I bought mine from amazon. The ones I bought are no longer available but there are a few others on there
I've had a bunch of these but never for the Bimmer. How long have you owned them and did they fade? Every single one I have owned faded in one to two years tops as the lenses were cheap. Really want to do this again too....
__________________
Originally Posted by jmg

That seat was meant to be used, are you going to deny it's purpose in life?
Appreciate 0
      11-07-2017, 03:24 PM   #20
Basswacker
Private
Basswacker's Avatar
United_States
26
Rep
56
Posts

Drives: 2013 328i M-Sport package
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Carver MA

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by jeffc83 View Post
Quote:
Originally Posted by Basswacker View Post
I bought mine from amazon. The ones I bought are no longer available but there are a few others on there
I've had a bunch of these but never for the Bimmer. How long have you owned them and did they fade? Every single one I have owned faded in one to two years tops as the lenses were cheap. Really want to do this again too....
I've had mine for over a year and no fading yet. Took about 15 min to install all 4
__________________
2013 328i M-Sport Estoril blue W/335 M-Performance exhaust

Carver, Mass
Appreciate 1
jeffc83706.00

      11-07-2017, 03:32 PM   #21
jeffc83
Lieutenant Colonel
706
Rep
1,618
Posts

Drives: 2015 328i XDrive Luxury Line
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Philly Burbs, PA

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Basswacker View Post
I've had mine for over a year and no fading yet. Took about 15 min to install all 4
Must've been an issue with the first/second gen units, thanks brother! Yeah, this is definitely a quick install if it's anything like the others I've done in the past...pop the old housing out, plug the new one in and pop it in place. Thanks again, grabbing a set now.
__________________
Originally Posted by jmg

That seat was meant to be used, are you going to deny it's purpose in life?
Appreciate 1
      11-08-2017, 07:11 AM   #22
kern417
Cheapskate
United_States
2535
Rep
3,751
Posts

Drives: 2018 440i / 2010 X5
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Cincinnati

iTrader: (0)

well, i'm glad i looked up pictures of where the other power outlet is located. every time i read about it, i assumed it was adjacent to the glove box door or somewhere on the side panel. i didn't realize it was literally under the glove box pointed downwards. it's only slightly more useful than the one in the trunk lol, but i'll take it.

obligatory photo of when i used my front facing camera to find the new hotness. finding existing features = best free mod ever.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by umizoomi View Post
As long as 3-pedals are an option, I will exercise my right to suffer the handicap and indignity of slower shifts and reaction times.
Instagram @kern417
Appreciate 2
jeffc83706.00

Post Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:22 AM.




f30post
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST