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Old 06-25-2008, 04:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Are headers legal?

Hey guys. I just bought my dream car, but I'm afraid to dump in a bunch of money into headers if it will get me screwed over by the law. Are they legal? If so, what kind? I live in mississippi, so I doubt it's strict as far as emissions go. How much modding is required? I'm sorry for the questions, but I'm new and want to learn as much as I can. I appreciate it.
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Old 06-25-2008, 08:57 AM   #2 (permalink)
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headers are legal :-) you should be able to buy them as a bolt-on unit. no mod required.
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Old 06-25-2008, 09:48 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hi Darkhorse, another Sac brother and MBZ owner. Just came over here from Benzworld looking for info on purchasing an E36 for my daughter. Currently own a 1991 300SE (W126) and a 1988 VW Cabriolet (daughters car). Worked at a local German dealer here in Sac for many years until the owner went to Federal prison (ouch). Looking for a 1996 or newer E36. Looked at a 1997 328i last night that looked pretty good. Any insights you can provide on suspect areas? The only thing I could find was a slightly noisy A/C compressor but other than that it was pretty clean, 141K miles and they are asking $5799.
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Old 06-27-2008, 03:50 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Hi Darkhorse, another Sac brother and MBZ owner. Just came over here from Benzworld looking for info on purchasing an E36 for my daughter. Currently own a 1991 300SE (W126) and a 1988 VW Cabriolet (daughters car). Worked at a local German dealer here in Sac for many years until the owner went to Federal prison (ouch). Looking for a 1996 or newer E36. Looked at a 1997 328i last night that looked pretty good. Any insights you can provide on suspect areas? The only thing I could find was a slightly noisy A/C compressor but other than that it was pretty clean, 141K miles and they are asking $5799.
for pricing, i would use New Car Prices and Used Car Blue Book Values - Official Kelley Blue Book Site just fill in the blanks and it should give you a price which is the going market rate, give or take a $1000.-

97 is a good year for E36. there are not many faults that i can think of... a fault in the A/T giving out false codes(nt critical); and if the car is equipped with the EWS, thta is a potential fault area.

noisy A/C compressor and other parts you might need... you are in luck. we have BAVAUTOPARTS recyclers in Racho Cordova that will give you any part you need for a fraction of the going price... used original parts w/ warranties :-)

i also base pricing from here craigslist: sacramento classifieds for jobs, apartments, personals, for sale, services, community, and events or, you might even find another 1 ;-)

Good luck with your search
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You have a 328 so you already have the obd 2 headers which are a bit of an upgrade for obd 1 cars (95 m3/325's). You could do supersprint headers, they won't bolt up though as they are a "slip-on" design unless you get flanges welded on, etc.. You could also use the supersprint midpipe instead, so then they would connect together. The shorty aftermarket headers that bolt up, posted much lower gains, and also tend to cost noticably more.
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u in Jackson. Mississippi... i darn miss the place. I used to drive fr 'nawlins to Pensacola on the weekends fr the naval base in Algiers...

The green boyz are not gonna like my suggestion but u can knock out the CAT and achieve at least 25% HP increase in power; and u can change your stock ECU chip to a performance chip and probably get another 25 HP more...

Headers: will work, but that depends on the setup you have. On a stock engine whose ports aren't opened and polished for teh necessary "flow", i really doubt u will feel any difference.
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nice! Yep. I used to live right near new orleans, but I moved here a few years back for college. What about a magnaflow cat? Would a supersprint muffler do much of anything? (besides sounding wicked) Thanks for all the info!
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