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#1 (permalink) Old 05-05-2005, 09:29 AM
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im getting ready to spend some $$$ on my 328i. im looking to spend about 2500 so what should i get? so far i am planning on getting underdrive pullys, cosmos intake, short shifter, headers, cat back, and some 17" rims and tires from wheel max. ive already got tint m3 front and headlights and im mainly looking for performance thats why im gonna go with 17" rims instead of 18's but if i add this stuff how much power am i looking at gaining and is there somthin else i should get so i could get more power for cheap?
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That is alot of stuff. If you are looking at making it breath easier(exhaust and intake), look into a M50 manifold. Do some searching and you should be able to find some topics on this. Your engine(M52) has a more resrtictive manifold and this should help you out too.
It also sounds like you are doing a bunch to your car and I would hold off on software(which you didn't list anyways). That way you can get active autowerks to custom do something for you down the road. The only other thing that I would also look at doing sometime is M3 cams.

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Originally posted by 323ic@May 5 2005, 08:29 AM
im getting ready to spend some $$$ on my 328i. im looking to spend about 2500 so what should i get? so far i am planning on getting underdrive pullys, cosmos intake, short shifter, headers, cat back, and some 17" rims and tires from wheel max. ive already got tint m3 front and headlights and im mainly looking for performance thats why im gonna go with 17" rims instead of 18's but if i add this stuff how much power am i looking at gaining and is there somthin else i should get so i could get more power for cheap?
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I don't know what kind of rims and rubber you're planning getting but I know that $2,500 budget would be long gone by the time I have the new rims and rubber on...? Rims alone will be approx 400-500 or more each, and well if you get good rubber that could run about 150-250 a tire?

Apart from the rims and rubber the best bang for you buck upgrade is a performance chip, it would boost your REV limit, give you better fuel consumption, remove the limiter, and increase peak HP and Torque.

Hope this helps...
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scott..... i am not really for sure where you look at rims and tires but you definetly need to check out wheelmax.com the ones i were looking at were rims and tires 896.00 mounted and balanced and shipped. and they were yokohama tires and i forgot the name of rims but 500.00 a rim!!!!!???????? holy cow. check this place out.
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so the m-50 manifold will just bolt on? thats awesome i will probly get one of those 1st. theyr on ebay for 80.00$ why would they make a 2.8 more restrictive than a 2.5????? but any ways thanks this is exactly what i was looking for. keep em coming.
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Get a part time job to afford the Downing/Atlanta supercharger - $3300. And try and find some one knowledgeable to help install it. You will get the most performance out of it.
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pretty sure i have a job last time i checked but im 17 and still in h.s. and get more hours in that half adults. Me working at a import specialist mechanics shop i do know a few knowledgeable people that could put it on. just not for sure if my trans will hold a supercharger. not wanting to shift quite as well as it should so im kinda takin it easy on her.
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For a real forged two or three piece rim you are looking at $400+ a wheel without tires. The ones you are probably looking at are either replicas or cheap wheels. There is nothing wrong with that though. Not all of us can afford to spend 1/4 the value of our car on wheels and tires. Find some you like and check for information on the seller or wheel to see how reliable they are.

aaarims.com
thewheelexchange.com
tirerack.com

Check those ones out. Also 2 brands of tires you may look into that I have not heard anything bad about, perform very well, and are not bad priced at all are the FUZION ZRI and the AVON. Check tirerack for info. That site is a wealth of information even if you don't buy from them. I bought the Fuzions and really like them so far.


The M50 manifold doesn't bolt up perfectly but can easily be done with a few extra parts if I remember hearing correctly. I have a 325 so obviously did not do this, but seartch around and you can find it. By the way i usually stay away from ebay for engine stuff.

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Yeah be careful with cheap rims man...if you have cheap rims and low prof tires, the first pothole you inevitably hit will crack the rim and you'll have a constant flat tire. I'd keep the factory gear till you can afford some good ones.

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