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Old 03-15-2006, 02:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Good Turbo kit

Do you guys think this is a good turbo kit for my E36 1994 325i BMW? http://images.google.com/imgres?imgu...3Doff%26sa%3DN
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Old 03-15-2006, 02:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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hmm i dont really know much about that company, but the kit itself looks kinda blah.. the price really does speak for itself in this case. the thing with forced induction is you get what you pay for.. and i wouldnt want some second or third rate turbo on my car. its not a status thing, its really the matter of reliablity and compatability. this is also what bothers me

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Kit INCLUDES FRONT MOUNT INTERCOOLER!
masking the important stuff with complete crap like this..

what they should be showing you is pictures of it in the car, with dyno graps, and proven numbers.
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Old 03-15-2006, 05:55 AM   #3 (permalink)
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if u want a turbo/supercharged car u should have got a jap, not a bmw!

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[QUOTE=Furious]hmm i dont really know much about that company, but the kit itself looks kinda blah.. the price really does speak for itself in this case. the thing with forced induction is you get what you pay for.. and i wouldnt want some second or third rate turbo on my car. its not a status thing, its really the matter of reliablity and compatability.

Well Garrett is a well know turbo manufacturer. What is unkown is the quality of the rest of the kit. Will the manifold start developing cracks after a while? Is the intercooler sized for the turbo? It also doesn't include fuel management. The price is absolute killer if it is a good system. I would email them and ask for testimonials from people who have installed the kit.
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if u want a turbo/supercharged car u should have got a jap, not a bmw!

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My e30 is turboed, my 540i is in the process of getting supercharged.. nothing wrong with wanting luxury, handling, and power.

BTW: as of this year, bmw now will officially have factory turbo cars. the 335i.
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BMW offered factory turbo cars in the 1970's... that's old school turbo...

As for the kit, yeah it looks kinda questionable. Get very detailed specs of everything and run the math on it. Then you'll have to just trust that the parts are made from quality materials and put together well.
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hmm i dont really know much about that company, but the kit itself looks kinda blah.. the price really does speak for itself in this case. the thing with forced induction is you get what you pay for.. and i wouldnt want some second or third rate turbo on my car. its not a status thing, its really the matter of reliablity and compatability.

Well Garrett is a well know turbo manufacturer. What is unkown is the quality of the rest of the kit. Will the manifold start developing cracks after a while? Is the intercooler sized for the turbo? It also doesn't include fuel management. The price is absolute killer if it is a good system. I would email them and ask for testimonials from people who have installed the kit.
yeah i forgot to mention the part about the turbo itself, yes about the only decent part of that kit is the turbo itself, but like i said before the rest looks iffy at best
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My e30 is turboed, my 540i is in the process of getting supercharged.. nothing wrong with wanting luxury, handling, and power.

BTW: as of this year, bmw now will officially have factory turbo cars. the 335i.
yeah i agree but the 335i will be made to handle that turbo, with upgraded breaks, suspension etc putting a turbo in an e36 will decrease its handling and increase parts wear!

but yeah your car lol
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BMWs respond very well to engine mods (see Alpina, Dinan). The m50 and m52 are very very good with forced induction. I would do it right and pay the money for a good kit.
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if you want to cut cost on the actual turbo setup.. do your research and buy the parts seperately, youll save cost and get a better setup. the only problem with this, is that engine management and tuning will be expensive. kits are great because the R&D has already been done and should work with little or no tuning out of the box. but of course its gonna cost a bit more for the kit.
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For starters that kti doesn't even say what type of turbo is included. The kit basically onyl has intercooler + piping + turbo + manifold + wastegate. Nothign is branded. Everythign is plain. The manifold looks decent and at least the plumbing is alreayd done fo rthe wastegate, but the main thing there is "Kit incorporates all parts necessary to turbocharge your BMW 3 Series 325i, besides fuel management." That's the most important adn expensive part. Look to spend about 2 grand on a standalone EMS and then about 1k - 1.5k on tuning! What a rip. In the end you are spending the same amoutn as other kits who already include tuning and most importantly with those other kits they are proven, have dyno's, and have aweosme tuning. Tuning is everything.

Don't go with that. What you need ot do is go to www.turbo-kits.com. It's a great site and their kits are competitively priced and are sold by a member on bimmerforums who knows his stuff.
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Don't go with that. What you need ot do is go to www.turbo-kits.com. It's a great site and their kits are competitively priced and are sold by a member on bimmerforums who knows his stuff.
o u mean wat speedinfusion just posted above? kthnx
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dont buy that kit. it looks like absolute junk. if you want to buy the best off the self kits check out aa or tt. for a budget low boost kit check out the tsi kit from turbokits.com
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yeah i agree but the 335i will be made to handle that turbo, with upgraded breaks, suspension etc putting a turbo in an e36 will decrease its handling and increase parts wear!

but yeah your car lol
on what basis are you saying that a fi e36 will have decreased handling? what do you know about fi to make such a statement? your suggestion implies that it would also be bad to do things like cai's and exhaust because they increase power. regardless if you are fi or not upgraded BRAKES and suspension are a good idea. a turbo car can handle just as well as a n/a car and be much faster and more fun to drive. plus an e36 can easily be built to handle the extra power:turbo clutch, stronger diff, reinforced rear subframe, ect.
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