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Old 02-04-2009, 02:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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E36 performance question

hey, so i've got a 1992 325i. its my first car so i can't really complain but unfortunately, its a 4 speed automatic

i have a lot of ideas i wanna do to the engine but does anybody know how much power my transmission can support without it failing on me?

& while i'm on this subj. does anybody know any cheap transmission alternatives? like upgrading the auto? or switching to manual? and their cost estimates?
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Its good to at least 250 ftlbs or so, plenty of dinan S3 e36's out there still and those push ~240 ftlbs out.
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Its good to at least 250 ftlbs or so, plenty of dinan S3 e36's out there still and those push ~240 ftlbs out.
so do you think if i bought a greddy emanage and had it tuned my tranny would be fine? cuz i was informed by one of greddy's employees that my car would be pushing out around 340hp or so
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greddy makes a turbo kit for e36's? N/A you won't make that much from an M50.
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so do you think if i bought a greddy emanage and had it tuned my tranny would be fine? cuz i was informed by one of greddy's employees that my car would be pushing out around 340hp or so
340 hp with just and emanage i highley highley dout that may pushing 15- psi you might hit those numbers with a really good tune injectors fuel pump and more you owuld e luckey
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oh. alright then. well i don't know what they were talking about. i'll just mod up the engine and see what all happens. if my tranny breaks. then i'll save up money and fix it lol
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oh. alright then. well i don't know what they were talking about. i'll just mod up the engine and see what all happens. if my tranny breaks. then i'll save up money and fix it lol
i would go wit good drive shaft and diff
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what are you talking about? i already have my license and i'm almost 18.
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what are you talking about? i already have my license and i'm almost 18.
i belive he means to handle a 400 hp rear wheel drive its not like driving your moms mini van.
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i belive he means to handle a 400 hp rear wheel drive its not like driving your moms mini van.
oh alrite i understand now. ha. i thought he was inferring that i was only 15 y/o or something. but yeah, i know.
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oh well greddy sent me a follow up e-mail stating that the greddy emanage won't work on bmw's because bmw ECU's are "too smart" and when the piggyback management system makes changes the ECU will self correct itself.

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i belive he means to handle a 400 hp rear wheel drive its not like driving your moms mini van.
My last car was a 93 Honda Integra VTI-R.. 5kw more than my BM.. but front wheel drive with 3cm less width on tyres.. sheesh that thing was scarey in wet weather!

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oh well greddy sent me a follow up e-mail stating that the greddy emanage won't work on bmw's because bmw ECU's are "too smart" and when the piggyback management system makes changes the ECU will self correct itself.

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Negative. the BMW DME(ecu) can be modified to not make corrections to achieve an air/fuel ratio close to the stoichiometric air/fuel ratio. seen it on an autoX car i ran into last year in San Diego. but in order for the catalytic converter to work at maximum efficiency the vehice needs open and closed loop. plus there are easier, cheaper ways to manage the engine than making a piggyback work for the BMWs DME.

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Negative. the BMW DME(ecu) can be modified to not make corrections to achieve an air/fuel ratio close to the stoichiometric air/fuel ratio. seen it on an autoX car i ran into last year in San Diego. but in order for the catalytic converter to work at maximum efficiency the vehice needs open and closed loop. plus there are easier, cheaper ways to manage the engine than making a piggyback work for the BMWs DME.
Garbone,

I was under the impression that most reputable conversions include the DME updates or piggy backs to make it work. Reason they are expensive.. hardware plus software and making sure it wont break!

And if ford can make a 2litre 4 cylinder output 550bhp.. i'm sure there is no reason why a fully worked 325 couldn't go beyond that with ease!

But in answer to the original question.. how much money do you want to spend.. coz power costs! And yeah.. have you ever driving a vehicle that has over 300hp?? It takes experience to drive them at the limit without screwing up big time!

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