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Old 12-16-2004, 12:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How do you like it? Do you feel more acceleration? I can get my hands on a 3.15 LSD w/ 40% lockup for about $400. I want the 3.46 but it's $1500.. Is the 3.15 worth it or should I save up for the 3.46? Thanks in advance!
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mine was stock with 3.15lsd. so i dunno any different. i am looking into a 3.23 or 3.46 next year
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Thanks Furious..so I guess if your looking to upgrade then I know my answer. IM sure the 3.15lsd would be an improvement over the open diff but might as well not jump into it and get what I want
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*Note; by doing that gas mileage will decrease
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good point- still worth it for me. The boost in acceleration will make me more happy than saving a few MPG..
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good point- still worth it for me. The boost in acceleration will make me more happy than saving a few MPG..
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Yea, I forgot, you live in the States and not in the Netherlands....... Fuel is expensive here.
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yea, we complain when it's $2 a gallon here.. costs me like $28-$30 to fill tank w/ 93 octane. Can't even imagine what it costs you...
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5.90 USD / gallon (64 euro for a tank = 85 USD)
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all I have to say is- Damn...
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Lower top-end is a another con.
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This is also true, but in my case I usually cruise at 80 on the highway. I dont need to be reaching 125mph.. or even 100mph for that matter. Already got arrested doing 100mph in a 40 mph zone, so those days are over for me..
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Just presenting all sides of the argument...

We had a thread in the 5-series forum about this subject. The pros and cons of upgrading the differential.

An individual on bimmerforums.com put a 3.64 open in his e34, and he said he loses traction real quick in first and second. He went and bought a 3.15 LSD from diffsonline.com, and I'm waiting for his report so I can buy one from there, too.

He also said that with the 3.64 and a chip, he could still do 160 MPH+.

That sounds odd with such a high jump in gearing.
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