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      11-22-2012, 01:30 AM   #1
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✪ Alekshop Built | 2013 X5M - Akrapovic - ESS - Vorsteiner - Dinan

Before the winter starts in California, our customer wanted to make sure his car is ready to slice the windy roads in the mountains

So here we got right of the dealer lot 2013 X5M. The car is absolutely amazing and on my "To Buy" list hehe ...

Here is what we did:
  • Akrapovic Evolution Titanium Exhaust
  • ESS Tuning Flash
  • BMW Performance Front Grilles
  • IND Side Grilles
  • Dinan Lowering Suspension
  • Vorsteiner Carbon Fiber Front Lip
  • Alekshop - Valentine 1 Mirror Radar System
  • Alekshop - LI jammer system
  • Alekshop - Window Tint



Installing LI Quad System









Installing V1 System







Installing Dinan Kit







Installing Vorsteiner Front Lip











Installing Akrapovic Evolution











And the Most Important step - ESS Tune








The X5M turned out to be a monster after all was done ... The ESS Tune and Akrapovic Exhaust awakened the TT V8 and gave it a breath of a fresh air

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      11-22-2012, 02:13 AM   #2
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Truck looks great! Where in the bay are u guys?
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      11-22-2012, 02:18 AM   #3
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Truck looks great! Where in the bay are u guys?
Fremont

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      11-22-2012, 01:14 PM   #4
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How does the x5m look after the Dinan lowering springs were installed? How is the overAll handling and comfort affecteted. Or is better to just get the KW's?
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      11-22-2012, 01:15 PM   #5
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That is one clean X5M, I hope to see it on one of my trips to Tahoe!
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      11-22-2012, 11:26 PM   #6
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How does the x5m look after the Dinan lowering springs were installed? How is the overAll handling and comfort affecteted. Or is better to just get the KW's?
KWs are great but if you want to keep EDC Dinan is the best bet ... The car handles very very well ... the ride quality didn't get worse but it feels a bit stiffer in a nice way
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      11-23-2012, 03:05 PM   #7
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That is a terrible placement for the Li's.
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      11-23-2012, 04:04 PM   #8
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I have a v1 as well but how did you get it on the mirror?? That is not the same as the factory mirror is it?
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      11-23-2012, 04:32 PM   #9
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wow, looks great, and sounds great
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      11-23-2012, 04:36 PM   #10
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I have a v1 as well but how did you get it on the mirror?? That is not the same as the factory mirror is it?
There are a few places to get the "stealth mirror" in the USA. There are some DIY as well. They can also take the OEM BMW mirror and etch it as well for integration with the V1.
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      11-23-2012, 04:44 PM   #11
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This is probably similar

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      11-24-2012, 08:38 PM   #12
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hmm! neat! will look into that! thanks!
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      11-25-2012, 10:52 PM   #13
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Love it, all that's missing is a set of wheels guys!
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      11-26-2012, 11:53 AM   #14
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I have a v1 as well but how did you get it on the mirror?? That is not the same as the factory mirror is it?
stock mirror ... we can modify your mirror if you like.

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      11-26-2012, 11:56 AM   #15
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That is a terrible placement for the Li's.
and why is that ? this is a vertical LI setup that is specific for BMWs. Bubbles have 180 degrees of unobstructed view ... Sensors are leveled and the lateral incline doesn't affect the performance.
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      11-26-2012, 01:21 PM   #16
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and why is that ? this is a vertical LI setup that is specific for BMWs. Bubbles have 180 degrees of unobstructed view ... Sensors are leveled and the lateral incline doesn't affect the performance.
From the pic it appeared that the heads were not level and set to far back thus obstructing receiver view and would cause deflection errors. Also, could not tell the heads are the vertical aligned diodes. I assume these are the newer version 8.9? I do realize there are limited areas to mount on the X5. I am sure you guys know what you are doing and Cliff at LI is great at instructions. Looks great. Will you be running any test on the Li's? Would be interested to see how they perform with that configuration especially against the high freq. truspeeds.
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      11-26-2012, 01:25 PM   #17
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any pics of the rear LI mounting?
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      11-27-2012, 02:41 AM   #18
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From the pic it appeared that the heads were not level and set to far back thus obstructing receiver view and would cause deflection errors. Also, could not tell the heads are the vertical aligned diodes. I assume these are the newer version 8.9? I do realize there are limited areas to mount on the X5. I am sure you guys know what you are doing and Cliff at LI is great at instructions. Looks great. Will you be running any test on the Li's? Would be interested to see how they perform with that configuration especially against the high freq. truspeeds.
The same vertical set was installed on the m3 (owned by the same customer) and he said that he was covered 100% - no tickets

We didn't have time to test LIs as the car was finished at 9pm and picked up at 5am.

This was the best place to place LIs on this car. It would've been much easier to mount them in the lower grill and not to deal with finding a way to run the cables inside the hood (since the grilles are part of the hood) but this is most appropriate place to install LIs.

The rear heads are mounted horizontally (a different LI kit that is intended for horisontal placement).
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      11-27-2012, 08:05 PM   #19
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I want to get the pipes too, but it's probably gonna cost an arm and a leg in Taiwan.
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      12-01-2012, 12:53 AM   #20
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U'll need a bigger wheel & some BBK to complete to whole package & it's set.
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      12-12-2012, 11:33 PM   #21
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I want to get the pipes too, but it's probably gonna cost an arm and a leg in Taiwan.
Feel free to PM me and we will be happy to assist you.

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Great upgrades!
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