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Old 02-18-2005, 01:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I just got my Cold Air Intake, and (already ordered) my exhaust. So now it is relevant to consider a chip, or an ECU re-programmer. But since my car is odbII, a chip is out of the question. Now I know the SHARK INJECTOR is supposed to utilize the exhaust and Intake by helping them breathe more (or some bullshit), but all I have read from you guys is bad things about the shark injector. Jim Conforti, however, is race proven and an established designer of great parts. So why would he put out crap? His chips claim usually about 15-22 hp for odbI cars and people say there are no real gains for the injector. They say I would be lucky to get 2-3 HP. That being said, can anyone stick up for the injector? Is it worth $350? Should I just skip this and save up a tiny bit more for a UUC flywheel? Or should I just have bought a 325is from the get go. Confused and kinda pissed, Chris.
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Old 02-18-2005, 02:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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i dunno where your getting your information from ( i know its from here but i dont recall reading those kinda numbers for a shark)

its true the sharking system isnt as effective as the obd1 chip replacement, however it will probably be a better upgrade than both your exhaust and intake was , maybe even better than both of those together.( what the shark is suppose to do is maximize your fuel curve and air intake to increase power)

i havent read too much into the sharking system that conforti uses but email them and see if they can even customize the shark to compensate for you mods.

cant hurt to even ask for a dyno chart on a stock 328 if they have one.
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Try this:

http://www.bmw-forums.com/forum/inde...howtopic=31883
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i think most of the power from the shark injector comes from extending the redline to 7000rpm.
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I can't speak to your car, but I too have an E36 2002 330xi which I plan on upgrading. But I did just upgrade my 528i (97) and it did make a difference. And I was kind of skeptically like you but I was pleasantly surprised by the change. Even from a standing start in the lower rpm's I noticed a peppier response.

Now the bad news. I ended up going to a dealership here locally that is a Dinan dearership as well. So I Dinan'd my car rather than Jim Conforti'd my car. I ordered in the Conforti upgrade for both my 330i and my 528i. In the end, I couldn't install it on either. And we did everything specified, in fact at one point I bought a new battery because we kept getting a 123 code for low voltage. We charged the battery for almost an hour (20 minutes is enough), disconnected the Canadian running lights, took out the fuse for the heated mirrors (not required) and took out all the other recommend fuses. We could not get either Conforti software to install in either car. In fact, we even tried different battery chargers to make sure it wasn't that factor.

So in the end the Conforti is being returned to sender. Also I was smart and didn't try to install it myself; I took it to a local service station that only deals with BMW's. The chap there tried to install it in his car and it wouldn't install. So be warned there are some bad Conforti software sharks out there. I would have preferred to use the Conforti software as you get to keep the shark, but if I lose my software with a Dinan upgrade, I have to pay all over again for another upgrade.
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jesus...extending the rev limiter or whatev to 7000rpm, yaaaay. good way to crap out your engine. i never shift at the redline on my 328is cuz the power starts to decrease after 6000rpm, i shift around 5500 or 6000. its cool that if frees up that extra 1000 rpm and removes the limiter...but still its something i wouldnt risk time and time again. (going to 7000rpm)
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