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Posted by DRM on September 14, 1999 at 07:38:13:

In Reply to: Boston mechanic recommendations?? posted by Chris Wirth on September 13, 1999 at 11:34:08:

Depends on where in the Boston area you are. Besides BPG in Boston near BU, there's HMS in Marblehead, Turner Motorsports in Amesbury. I use Autobahn in Natick. Don't know the South Shore.

I don't know if Turner does routine maintenance like Inspection II, but for the performance stuff, he's tops and very helpful. He's also the source for the JC chip.

Have you asked around Boston BMW CCA? There's a Tech session coming up next Saturday in Norwood and another in October in Norwell, although it may be tacky to ask about private shops at a dealer-sponsored function. See

I'm surprised that you are contemplating a strut brace and "maybe" springs/shocks. The strut brace generally isn't added until after springs/shocks and maybe sway bars, too, if then. The usual progression is: Stage 0, p-chip and maybe K&N air filter (although I'm not yet convinced that the K&N is worth it); Stage 1 springs/shocks; Stage 2, sway bars (+1 or +2 wheels/tires at any time, if you're not pot-hole shy). Then maybe strut brace, camber plates, and what-have-you. Don't forget the 4-point seat belts.

Think hard about your intended uses for the car before choosing your mods. Boston pot-holes and general road conditions are not too kind on those who go whole-hog for performance options such as the stiffest and shortest springs, etc. My Bilstein Sport shocks (with mild Racing Dynamics springs) and stock wheels/tires can be bone-jarring on sharp road irregularities, but it's worth it to me when I get to Lime Rock.

If you're planning on Driver's Schools and can get to NHIS tomorrow, it'd be a good place to ask around. It's a co-sponsored school by White Mtn and Boston chapters, I think.

Don Michael
90 535i, sharked, Stage 1

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