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Old 05-22-2005, 09:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hey, i'm still making a list of things to do to my car. Right now i'm trying to think of all the mods i can do without cracking open the engine for some big buck mods. I'm talking about things like performance chips, underdrive pulleys, CAI, various suspension parts, etc...

if you all would, please list all of these types of mods you can think of. this will help me get an idea of what all i can do to my car and can also help others who don't know what to do with their ride next.

i will start by listing a few i can think of...

upgrade shocks & lowering springs
cross brace
stress bar
sway bars
performance bushings
subframe mounts
CAI
underdrive pulley
headers
short throw shifter
high performance ignition wires
brake duct vents

...please list all that you can think of! thanx!
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Old 05-22-2005, 11:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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supercharger.... dont need to crack open the engine for that... runs safe amount of hp, hell get crazy and run 543 hp on the stock internals... i know of someone on bimmerforums that did it, give you a hint, his name starts with a C

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Old 05-23-2005, 12:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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ok, so superchargers are a good bolt-on, don'tknow about the 543hp for my ride, but if it were built i might do it.

anyone else have any?
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Old 05-23-2005, 12:35 PM   #4 (permalink)
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lsd with closer ratio gears
ltw flywheel
fan delete
m50 intake manifold
good tires
e46 m3 rsm's
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Old 05-23-2005, 01:47 PM   #5 (permalink)
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ok bw. all sounds good to add to my list, but what are the e46 m3 rsm's?

keep adding if you can think of anymore, these are all good, thanx guys
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rsm = rear shock mount. e46 m3 rsm's are much beefier than the e36 ones. it would be a good idea to replace them when replacing springs and shocks.
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Old 05-23-2005, 07:19 PM   #7 (permalink)
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If you live in california or any other "warm" state, dont do fan delete.
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Old 05-23-2005, 08:26 PM   #8 (permalink)
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will the e46 rsm's bolt-on to the e36 no problem? or do you have to make some modifications?
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Old 05-23-2005, 10:12 PM   #9 (permalink)
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You can do all that but would see a bigger gain from a supercharger like bigred said. I wouldn't do alot of those anyways as the money is not worth the performance boost.
I like my small list of what I want to do
chip
CAI
pulleys
exhaust
cams
suspension
wheels and tires
cosmetic stuff

wheels and tires are a big expense but one that greatly changes the look and adds alot to performance if you get some good tires.

By the way a chip/software is not on your "list" although you mentioned it earlier.
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keke. I dont want to sound noob, but what is "lsd with closer ratio gears", "cams" and "a MAF off 540i".
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Old 05-23-2005, 10:59 PM   #11 (permalink)
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lsd=limited slip differential
cams=camshafts
MAF=Mass Air Flow
i am sure on two and not quite sure if right wording on one, let me know if I screwed up.
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jshearerl,
your list sounds much similar to mine, however, i want to do all of the other odds and ends as well minus the supercharger for now. sometime down the road i will look into superchargers and turbochargers. i've found that no matter what you do they are always expensive, so i'm gonna wait until i can get a really good _______charger and in the mean time be keeping up the other performance odds and ends. i like the suspension mods, can't wait for those!
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I had a list of mods I wanted to do before I went to my first driving school. At the end of the school, my priorities changed drastically. Top of the list now:

Street/track brake pads
Stainless steel brake lines
4-point harness (for the track).

I decided I needed more stopping power before adding more horsepower.

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pads and lines won't help you much... tried that already... got myself some ferodo pads and brembo oem rotors... still have overheating problems... guess i have to start thinking about getting a big brake kit...

i'd like to know too if the e46 rsms will bolt on to an e36 or if i have to modify something... new springs and shocks coming next month so any info would be welcome...
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Custom leather interior, custom audio install, custom made bumpers, clear side and corner markers.
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I just changed my RSM's this weekend. Very easy to do and it is a direct fit using the E46 RSM's. The ride does feel better now. I plan in changing the RTAB's with E36 M3 ones.
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