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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 12-20-2003, 04:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Sounds interesting. I've researched it a lot and found a lot of the pricing to be up around 4-5k. Anybody heard of a cheaper way to go? I wonder if I could take out a loan... Also, I was reading on www.machschneller.com that if I were to put a 4.10LS on the back, my car would acclerate faster, and have a higher top speed... Is that true? I thought putting a shorter gear on the back would make my car slower in top speed, which is why I never did.
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mechanically a shorter diff will take away from top speed, but since you cannot hit the rev limiter in 5th gear, due to drag, you'll be further into your power band which could possibly squeeze out a few more mph due to more power being put to the wheels. putting in a 4.10:1 diff wont really help you go faster on the street (aside from accelerating from a stop), but it could give you an advantage on a low speed track or autox
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most people prob want that kind of acceleration, from a stop... i know i do, for the turbo, read some books, do some research and install and fine tune it urself, thats what im planning to do and just finished my first book, maximum boost by corky bell, great book, very helpful, however i feel i need at least another supplement, and the more the better(books)
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Old 12-21-2003, 06:17 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yeah, I'm gonna go to the 'noble to read up after christmas
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most people prob want that kind of acceleration, from a stop... i know i do, for the turbo, read some books, do some research and install and fine tune it urself, thats what im planning to do and just finished my first book, maximum boost by corky bell, great book, very helpful, however i feel i need at least another supplement, and the more the better(books)
I'm currently reading maximum boost. What a great book. I have learned so much from it, and I'm not even halfway done. I would definitely recommend this book.

When I'm done with maximum boost, I would like to further my education a bit more. Does anyone know of anymore turbo related books?

How many people out there have read maximum boost?
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Old 12-23-2003, 07:09 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Originally posted by detour54+Dec 23 2003, 08:24 AM--></span><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (detour54 @ Dec 23 2003, 08:24 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-ehlpitel@Dec 20 2003, 08:21 PM
most people prob want that kind of acceleration, from a stop... i know i do, for the turbo, read some books, do some research and install and fine tune it urself, thats what im planning to do and just finished my first book, maximum boost by corky bell, great book, very helpful, however i feel i need at least another supplement, and the more the better(books)
I'm currently reading maximum boost. What a great book. I have learned so much from it, and I'm not even halfway done. I would definitely recommend this book.

When I'm done with maximum boost, I would like to further my education a bit more. Does anyone know of anymore turbo related books?

How many people out there have read maximum boost? [/b][/quote]
i got 3/4 through maximum boost, but never got around to finishing it, its an excellent book though. i know corky bell has a book on superchargers
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Originally posted by MrM3+Dec 23 2003, 09:49 AM--></span><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (MrM3 @ Dec 23 2003, 09:49 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'>
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most people prob want that kind of acceleration, from a stop... i know i do, for the turbo, read some books, do some research and install and fine tune it urself, thats what im planning to do and just finished my first book, maximum boost by corky bell, great book, very helpful, however i feel i need at least another supplement, and the more the better(books)

I'm currently reading maximum boost. What a great book. I have learned so much from it, and I'm not even halfway done. I would definitely recommend this book.

When I'm done with maximum boost, I would like to further my education a bit more. Does anyone know of anymore turbo related books?

How many people out there have read maximum boost?
i got 3/4 through maximum boost, but never got around to finishing it, its an excellent book though. i know corky bell has a book on superchargers [/b][/quote]
Yeah, I saw that supercharger book listed at the back of maxmum boost. It probably wouldn't hurt to read up on superchargers, even though I like the idea of a turbocharger a hell of a lot better.
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Old 12-27-2003, 02:00 PM   #8 (permalink)
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yeah i read and am gonna reread max boost, great book, im also looking for another turbo book to read, but id be interested in any performance book, suspension is something im interested in, some suggestions???
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blah. not worth it. Either go supercharger on stock engine or beef it up and go all-motor. Personally my preference would be all motor. Get some lighter rods, crank, 272 cams, and then top it off with 11.1:1 compression pistons. Oh man thatd be a killer engine. But more than a supercharger, but probly same or less than a turbo but much more fun for autocrossing.
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fabricate your own it will be alot cheaper. theres a place in finland (forgot the site go to a search) they have the turbo manifold which is the most important part for the job for $500 and a conversion using the stock manifold even cheaper. go to a salvage yard or find a used one with an internal wastegate on ebay get it rebuilt. and buy a blow off valve from ebay or go to the salvage yard and look for one of of a dsm(eclipse talon 1st gen.) my buddy got a dv valve and a intercooler for $15. go to a muffler shop have them make a new downpipe. and have some intercooler piping made. and viola.
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integral wastgates sucks, moreover, i dont know how safe it is to go get trubo parts from a junkyard/ebay....u get waht u pay for, and just cause u might of heard of a few people that get good deals, the chance that ur one of them is low...ove gotten fucked by ebay twice
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