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Old 08-16-2004, 08:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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i have an 92 325i which is almost 13 years old at this point and i feel i should be doing more or my car as in restoring it to better specificstions so i need some advice as to what i should replace to gain some of that lost power
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ill also have a 92 325i and getting it tuned up so this might help you. parts ac charge, spark plugs, head gasket, gear box gasket, exhaust change ( broken muffler), brakes, and whole bunch of filters,belt, radiator (not oem so need replacing), water pump, thats basically it if i find out more ill tell you plus im on 61k so tune up well needed

ps my mechanic told me bmws run hot so always watch the cooling items
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Old 08-16-2004, 08:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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lol.. better have some money for that.... tuning up a bimmer.. IS DOUGH!!!!!!!!
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yup blew 2k on that and maybe still going up!!!
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Port & Polish, engine rebuild? While your at it, have it re-bored and put M3 cams in. Get a bigger throttlebody. If your fuel filter's really clogged, a new one will help (it's like 20$) + it's a good idea to change this anyways... You dont want to feed your baby dirty gas do you?
Intake: CAI or drop in preformance filter replacement...
Exhaust overhaul: new freeflow cat & muffler.

BUSHINGS BUSHINGS BUSHINGS!
Get urathane bushings if you can afford it, otherwise go M3 with all bushings. This will help a LOT for handling... It's amazing.
-front & rear LCA
-RTAB (with shims)
-swaybar bushings. (might want a new, stiffer swaybar upgrade while your at it)
-maybe upper control arms.

If you dont feel like ripping your car apart, at least do a full fluids flush if you havn't done some of that recently, always a good refresher.

You may want to replace the shocks if you havn't already, they tend to get gooey after a long time. Get OEM bouge or upgrade to bilstine.
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wow thanks for the ideas man , i have a fuel filter on its way new spark plugs and i have already done a CAI chip pulleys but i think im gonna be headed the exhaust toute here soon
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do the bushings! How many miles you have?
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ill also have a 92 325i and getting it tuned up so this might help you. parts ac charge, spark plugs, head gasket, gear box gasket, exhaust change ( broken muffler), brakes, and whole bunch of filters,belt, radiator (not oem so need replacing), water pump, thats basically it if i find out more ill tell you plus im on 61k so tune up well needed

ps my mechanic told me bmws run hot so always watch the cooling items
Damn, only 2000 bucks for all that it is a bargin... head gasket alone is good for about 1300 bucks, hell the GASKET alone comes as a kit for like 275 bucks, and it is not exactly two hours labor to install. Also hate to burst your bubble man but replacing a head gasket (unless you are driving a nitro methane drag car) is not considered a normal maintenance item, or even a normal wear and tear item... A blown head gasket with only 60K miles on a BMW I6 is pretty rare. Hey wait .. did you mean valve cover gasket? becuase those leak like sieves. let me know becuase I am curious.
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