2008 BMW 135I

Pasmag (USA) - - TRENDING. - By Adam Gor­don Pho­tog­ra­phy By Dy­lan Acki­menko ( @dy­lanacki­menko)

Ken Del Castillo grew up mod­i­fy­ing all sorts of Hon­das. His very first car was an In­te­gra, and he got hooked on fourth and fifth gen­er­a­tion Pre­ludes shortly af­ter that. When he went look­ing for a NA1 NSX to add to his ros­ter, he be­gan to no­tice that the NSX be­came less and less ac­ces­si­ble. That’s when he de­cided to break the mold and dive into some­thing new. Chal­leng­ing his old no­tion that BMW cars were not mod friendly, he de­cided to pick up a 2008 BMW 135i and start mod­i­fy­ing. “I was un­der the be­lief that BMWs are not DIY friendly and should be avoided like a plague,” he jokes. “I was wrong!” De­cid­ing to take the road less po­nents from a crashed E9X M3, who knows where this cus­tom BMW will end up. “The car that I never in­tended on keep­ing turned out to be the per­fect project for me,” ex­claims Del Castillo. “The dis­cov­ery of the first of its kind wide­body made me keep it, and even to this day I’m still ex­cited about this car and the fu­ture mods that I am plan­ning on do­ing.” trav­elled, Del Castillo de­cided to widen his car with a va­ri­ety of meth­ods. With fend­ers from a BMW 1M and N5 tuner fender flares for the rear, he be­gan the widen­ing process. “Be­cause there was none be­fore me, I had to pic­ture ev­ery­thing in my head,” he tells us. “Even af­ter the wide­body was in­stalled, I still felt it was in­com­plete, so I made some cus­tom split­ters to tie ev­ery­thing to­gether and fur­ther the cus­tomiza­tion, mak­ing this my own wide­body kit!” The cus­tom aero, as well as the Work wheels, re­flect Del Castillo’s pre­vi­ous ex­per­tise in mod­i­fy­ing Ja­panese cars and his love for JDM styling, which is some­thing he keeps close to his heart, even as he’s switched to Eu­ros. For now, the car re­mains mainly for the street, but with plans to har­vest sus­pen­sion com-

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