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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 01-11-2004, 02:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 1989 325iS, it is completely stock, except for I beleive a slightly upgraded exhaust, and I am getting new tires for it soon, and I Just bought a Short Shifter for it. What would a logical upgrade to do it next that isnt above the price of about 500$? Not rims, something that could definetly improve its performance, and stay away from gay rice rockets.
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chip i think there about 50 bux i think a cam may be pushing the 500 range
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deffinately look into a sparco strut brace, they make a big difference for such a simple thing, and you can easily install it your self. but they are only like $100. if you wanna spend all $500 on one item, then maybe get some koni sport adjustable shocks, which are $506 shipped from shox.com.
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The best upgrade for performance is a differential ratio upgrade.

There is a tag on the aft face of your differential, it will tell you what you have.

Going to a higher ratio will make the torque curve look a lot better.

With a ratio change only you can out run an M3.

http://www.bmwe30.net/cgi-bin/datacgi/data...0025&Section=03

Donor can be another e30-6 with 4.10 ratio.

Or an e24,e28, or a z3.

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Spiff, that car seems to be fine for now, other than drive it and see the problems before you do additional expenses, btw "Rice rockets" i don't love em, but you know to actually beef and wake up out E30s they need some "Rice Rocketing" Face it unless your doing a mad overhaul like i'm planning to do to another 325e, you need the same things a "Ricer" uses, lighter weight, exhaust, intake, ecu, Short shifter. I don't remember who it was, but there was a nice tuner in here last year, who had a E30 and dropped a nice Supra ENgine in it and you called him a ricer... that "Ricer" would've smoked almost any E30 around with that body + engine in it. Supra engines are amazing, i've seen the 4Bang mod supra w/ 700 HP and still put up 20-26 MPG.
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If you do drive it around already and everything is fine, the go Suspension :P. So when you do a mod no need to worry about it later.
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