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Old 03-15-2008, 02:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Modified 97 E36 M3, 88,000mi with a DINAN Supercharger system, featuring a Vortech supercharger and DINAN Stage 3 software, was installed just 33,000 miles ago and generates well over 300 horsepower. The cat-back exhaust system by Active Autowerkes and the brand new B&M short-shifter unit. Systems are monitored with VDO gauges; My question is, being that the main engine components are stock, will it be able to handle the supercharger or am i gonna most likely burnout the engine?
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Modified 97 E36 M3, 88,000mi with a DINAN Supercharger system, featuring a Vortech supercharger and DINAN Stage 3 software, was installed just 33,000 miles ago and generates well over 300 horsepower. The cat-back exhaust system by Active Autowerkes and the brand new B&M short-shifter unit. Systems are monitored with VDO gauges; My question is, being that the main engine components are stock, will it be able to handle the supercharger or am i gonna most likely burnout the engine?
Ir really depends on how you drive it. I have seen E36 M's with Vortech blowers go through three engines before 50,000 miles. But that is rare. Your motor should take that in stride. But you will shorten your engine life. By how much is factored in based on your driving habits. Bottom line is you should be just fine.
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With E36 BMW's the rule of thumb is that 8psi will be fine on stock internals if you don't drive it hard everyday with minimal impact on the engine. More than that and I would definitely consider internal upgrades to the engine etc.
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i agree depending how u drive....but if ur gonna beat the car up i would do some upgrades so it wont affect anything
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You guys are great! Thanks for your input, makes decisions a lot easier! :-)
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Any type of forced induction will eventually engine life... not to say it will be catastrophic or anything.. but say it would have gone 300k on stock setup with perfect maintenance... that may indeed be cut in half. Just be sure to use the best lubricants available and keep your egt's low. Also consider that the drive train will probably give out before the engine does... I have never burned up a Bimmer engine but have trashed several drive shafts/transmissions/differentials... and that's with stock engines. I say if you can afford to pay someone to do all of this, you can afford to rebuild the damage later on... speed costs my friend!
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