BMW Accessories and Upgrades
Updated Thursday Feb 01, 2018
Looking for a list of cool BMW accessories, upgrades, and modifications? This article is all you need. The first thing that comes to mind when you own a BMW is how can I personalize it. Or maybe you are just looking for a gift idea for someone who has a Bimmer. We will go over several BMW accessories, upgrades, gifts and modifications that you can do to any BMW. In this list, you will find cool BMW accessories and many upgrade ideas which are easy DIY projects. Regardless of which BMW you have, be that a 1, 3, 4,5, 6, 7, X1, X3, X5 series, you will find something in this list. If you like any of these BMW accessories or upgrades, they can be purchased from online retails such as Amazon and eBay. Links to these retailers are provided.
To make this article easy to navigate, we broke it into two parts.Back to top
1. BMW Accessories & DIY Upgrades
BMW Front Bumper Kidney Grille
What you will need: BMW Kidney Grill
One of the most common BMW upgrades is to install a black kidney grille. This is an easy DIY project that you can perform in less than 1 hour. A tutorial on how to change BMW front grille can be found here. This is a simple and easy upgrade for BMW that will make your car look more sporty and aggressive. Black BMW front grilles can be purchased online, for any BMW. These grilles come in a black mate and black glossy finish. The choice is yours.
M Color Grille Stripes
What you will need: BMW Grill M Insert
Love the M red, purple and blue colors? Add these three grille inserts to your grill in less than 5 minutes. M color stripes can be installed within minutes. Definitively a cheap and easy upgrade for any BMW.
BMW Door LED Projector Lights
What you will need: BMW Door Projector Lights
One of the coolest BMW upgrades that you can get. These lights can be installed at the bottom of the door panel. In case you didn't already notice, your BMW already has the lights down there, but these lights don't project any logos. What you can do is remove the old lights and plug these LED lights. Next time you open the door, you will see BMW logo project on the ground. Easy and simple installation. There is no drilling required; the holes are already in your door panel. Definitely, an upgrade that will make your BMW stand out.
BMW Key Chain
A keychain is one of the first items that you will be looking to buy as a new BMW owner. Keychains are the #1 most popular BMW accessory. The problem with BMW keychains is that there are so many designs we didn't want to only list one or two in here. Instead head over to this online marketplace to see various BMW keychain designs.
Carbon Fiber Rear Trunk Spoiler or Lip
What you will need: BMW Trunk Lip
A rear lip is another easy DIY BMW upgrade. These come in various shapes. You can get a small lip which looks just the stock BMW trunk or get a more significant trunk wing. Regardless of what you pick, it allows you to change the look of your BMW without spending a fortune. The lip can be added to the trunk and comes with tape for easy installation. No drilling is required. I know what you are thinking. "Won't it come off?" No, it doesn't. If somehow you manage to get the lip off, then you should be Formula 1 driver. This is a simple DIY upgrade, cheap and can be completed in less than 15 minutes. You can also add a rooftop wing if that is your style. The rear wing comes in carbon fiber. If you would instead make your BMW look stock, get the unpainted version and paint it to match the color of your car.
Engine Start Stop Key Ring
What you will need: BMW Start Stop Ring
Want a cheap and beautiful accessory for your BMW? Get an engine Start/Stop ring that installs right on top of your button. The ring comes in various colors including red and silver.
LED Light Bulbs Kit
What you will need: BMW LED Headlight Kit
Does your BMW have halogen light bulbs? The good news is that you can easily upgrade your BMW lights by changing the bulbs to LED. LED lights have come a long way compared to the HID conversion kits. They don't require any splicing and can be installed quickly. For a factory look pick, 5000k color temperature and your BMW will look just like those that come with HID headlights.
BMW Wireless Mouse
What you will need: BMW Wireless Mouse
This BMW accessory is not for your Bimmer. Instead, it is an upgrade for your computer at home or work. This is such a cool idea that we thought it was worth including in the list of BMW accessories. If nothing else, it is a great gift idea for any BMW owner.
BMW Valve Stem Caps
What you will need: BMW Valve Stem Caps
If you are looking to personalize every aspect of your BMW, you may as well change those stock valve stem caps. Twist the old caps off and twist the new caps with the BMW logo in a matter of seconds. Easy and cheap BMW modification. Great gift idea if you are on a very tight budget too.
Change BMW Logo Color
What you will need: BMW Logo Sticker
This is another cheap way to modify the look of your BMW. Just change the BMW logo from the white and blue to any color combo that you like. Two of our favorite combos are the black and white or red and white. You buy pre-cut stickers that come in various colors and just stick them on top of your existing BMW logo. No need to remove your old BMW logos. Easy BMW modification.
Custom License Plate Frame
What you will need: BMW License Plate Frame
There is no better way to personalize a BMW than to add a personalized license plate. You can either get a Custom License Plate frame that says anything you want or just pick any of these pre-designed BMW License Plate Frames.
Custom BMW floor mats
What you will need: BMW Custom Floor Mat
You can buy floor mats anywhere, but if you have high standards like me, you are looking for a custom fit. The WeatherTech Floor Mats for BMW, are a perfect fit and come custom cut for your BMW. Yeah, just skip those universal rubber floor mats that you see at the local store.
BMW Key Case Cover
What you will need: BMW Key Case
This is not much of an upgrade. Maybe a BMW accessory? Not sure to be honest. We wanted to include it in the list, because it can save you $350. Yep, that's how much a new BMW key costs if you damage it. Just snap this case on top of your existing BMW key to add a second layer of protection. You already add a case to your phone, right? Your BMW key costs almost as much as your phone.
Phone Bluetooth Pairing Module
What you will need: BMW Bluetooth Module
If your BMW does not support, Bluetooth music and handsfree calling their interface will solve that problem. This interface allows you to integrate it with your BMW. Once it is installed, you will be able to make hands free calls and play music from your phone. The best feature is that there are modules that will allow you to control your phone from the steering wheel buttons. These modules even work with NAV and DSP
Headlight Upgrade Project + LED lights
If you have a new BMW, you don't have to worry about this upgrade. For those of you that still love driving your classic Bimmer, upgrading the headlight is something worth considering. Not only will you get better light but these headlights can make your BMW stand out from the rest. Nowadays you can find aftermarket BMW headlights for any BMW model. For popular models such as 3-series and 5-series, there are even various project headlight designs. Just pick a headlight that is a direct fit to your BMW. Even the wire harness should match that goes to your old headlight.
Lower Bumper Lip
What you will need: BMW Bumper Lip
A bumper lip can change the look of your BMW without having to spend a lot of money or time. Add a carbon fiber bumper lip or get an unpainted lip that will allow you to paint it to match the color of your BMW. While these lips may come with double sided 3M tape, you should drill holes and secure the lip. Otherwise, the lip will come right off as soon as you touch another object. Make sure to prep the bumper before you install the lip. At a minimum, the bumper should be cleaned carefully. These lips are available for all BMW chassis, including 1, 3, 5, 7 series, X1, X3, X5.
M Style Side Skid Skirt
What you will need: BMW Side Skirt
If you are looking to drastically change the look of your BMW, side skirts are the answer. These can make your stock BMW, look like an M-series. There are various aftermarket designs you can choose from. The side skirts come unpainted. You will need to find a body shop that can paint them for you. Don't install the side skirts unpainted. Take them to a local auto body repair shop and ask the shop to paint them based on the color code of your BMW. If you don't know how to find the paint cod eon your BMW, watch this video on how to find the paint code on your BMW.
M Style Caliper Covers
What you will need: BMW Caliper Covers
These covers just look cool. If you are working hard to make your BMW look like an M series, these will get you closer to your goal. Just remove the wheels and snap these on top of your stock brake calipers. That's it! You are done.
License Plate Holder
What you will need: BMW Tow Hook Plate Mount
Do you love the look of BMWs that have the license plate off center? This is an easy modification that will allow you to move the license plate from the center of the bumper to the side. Remove the tow hook cover and thread in teh license plate holder. Easy DIY and only takes a few minutes. No tools are required for this BMW modification.
What you will need: BMW Exhaust Tip
Here we have another BMW modification, that is worth considering and won't make you go broke. Add dual or single exhaust tips for a more aggressive look. You can choose BMW OEM tips or aftermarket ones. They are easy to install and require basic DIY skills.
Carbon Fiber Roof Trim
What you will need: BMW Carbon Fiber Roof Trim
You never thought about this one, but the roof trim can be easily removed. And since it can be removed, why not change it to carbon fiber. You are going to remove about 400 grams of unnecessary weight from your car. Don't expect to improve the fuel economy with this modification, but you can defenitively make your BMW stand out at car shows.Back to top
2. Performance Upgrades
Drilled Slotted Brake Rotors & Ceramic Pads
What you will need: BMW Drilled Slotted Brake Rotors Ceramic Pads
If you are looking for BMW performance upgrades, start by installing slotted brake rotors and ceramic pads. An easy DIY project that will allow you to upgrade your BMW brakes right in your driveway. You don't have to spend a fortune unless you are a Brake Addict. Drilled holes allow maximum heat dissipation.Ceramic brake pad meterial perform best when the rotors heat up and even at cold winter temperatures. If you wanted to go the extra mile, consider upgrading the brake calipers as well.
15mm Wheel Spacer
What you will need: BMW Wheel Spacer
Are you wondering why some BMW look more sporty and agressive? Often, that's because of wheel spacers. Typically a 15mm spacer fits BMW wheels perfectly. The most used wheel spacers have a bolt patter of 5 x 120. A spacer can be installed even with stock wheels. If you are installing aftermakert wheels spacers are necessary to avoid hitting the shock or allow the rim to sit properly on the wheel hub.
Turbo Kit Upgrade
What you will need: BMW Turbo Kit Upgrade
Looking to increase the horsepower of your Bimmer? A BMW turbo kit can help you with that. This will be a good weekend project. Not a cheap project, but the one that will bring a big smile to your face. There are several BMW turbo upgrade kits out there. Things to keep in mind is if you are going to install an intercooler or not. A blow-off valve with about 8 PSI is recommended. Ideally, you should have a boost controller at your fingertips to change the boot range when needed. You will also need to install a turbo boost gauge, oil temperature gauge, and water temperature gauge. Technically you can get oil and coolant temperature from your instrument cluster. But at least install a turbo boost gauge so you know the turbo is working properly.
Slip Differential Upgrade
What you will need: BMW Slip Differential
You may not think of the differential when it comes to BMW performance upgrades, but you will be surprised what a slip differential upgrade kit can do. A three clutch limited slip differential setup can be used on most BMWs. This improves the clutch durability significantly and at the same time, dynamic lockup is increased over the stock setup.
Charge Pipe Upgrade
What you will need: BMW Charge Pipe Upgrade
If you are looking to increase throttle response and decrease turbo lag, you can add a charge pipe. Make sure to get good clamp because it is common for leaks to develop at the joints. This upgrade applies to various BMW models including 2012-2015 E84 BMW X1 35i 2008-2012 E82/E88 BMW 135i N54 & N55 including 1M 2007-2013 E90/E91/E92/E93 BMW 335i / 335xi.
Stage 1 ECU Software Upgrade
What you will need: BMW Performance Chip
Improve your BMW torque, and horsepower with a performance chip. This will allow you to gain up to 30 extra horsepower. Depending in the setting you choose, it can help improve the fuel mileage too. The chips are very easy to install and no previous experience is requried. Follow the instructions that come with the kit and in less than 20 minutes you will have a new and upgraded BMW. The good thing is that this kit does not make permanent changes to your BMW DME module. The manufacturer calims that it won't void the warranty and can be removed anytime. Some BMW performance chips can be plugged directly to the OBD-2 port under the dashboard, which literally takes about 15 seconds.
We hope you got a few ideas to get you started. If you have any suggestions for new BMW accessories and upgrades, please add them in the comments section below. If it is an awesome suggestion we will add it to the list.Back to top