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Someone mentioned I should look into upgrading my cam shaft. How does that affect your performance? Also what are some good brands?
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yeah they are spendy but are worth it make sure you have a header and exhuast on your car first, my friend with a 200sx that runs mid 13s has some and when they kick in you can feel it they are really nice upgrade! check bavauto i think they are like 1200$

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m3 cams will make the car much more agressive and quicker.

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how much do m3 cams cost? and where can u get them?

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you can't use them. you'd need the i6 engine.

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i know iwasnt saying for this car, i only have like 340 days till i get an i6 haha, so where and how much hahaha

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right.......

check bmpd.com. i know they carry more agressive cams. Don't know if they m3 or not. you couls aldo get m3 cams from, well, an m3.

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Or a '92. Before you do the camshafts you should do the m50 manifold swap, and an obd1 conversion. The obd I conversion will allow for you to have a proper chip made up to accomodate the higher lift and duration of the cams.

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how much does the obd1 conversion cost? and is that at bmp too?

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But don't M3 cams fit right into 328i's?

So you're saying if I got a schrick cam for my car that's stock engine except sharking.... it won't help much? I need to do heads and exhaust (both of which are really expensive)?
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I've read that M3 3.2 L cams give about a 5-10 horse gain, but if you do the obd1 conversion m50 manifold swap, you're easily looking at at 50-60 horse gain.

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I've read that M3 3.2 L cams give about a 5-10 horse gain, but if you do the obd1 conversion m50 manifold swap, you're easily looking at at 50-60 horse gain.
Can't really do an OBD 1 conversion now, conforti shark injector is coming in on wednesday, remember? =/
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Hmm, cams and m50 manifold probably a 20 horse gain, I'd go for that.

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50 to 60 hp gain! That is insane!

A quick newbie moment... what car is an m50 out of? And what engine do I have? used

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