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Old 05-30-2004, 12:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm wondering if any one has any information on turbo charger kits for a 318i 5-speed. If I can find a kit i'd surely purchase it because I'm looking for more HP for my car. Thanks
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For FI the Downing Atlanta kit is by far the best. 220 HP, kit is 3k-something.
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is it even worth it? will the car be able to handle the turbo over time? wont you need to keep replacing crap?
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Unless the engine is low milage (Anything over 50s questionable, 75 tops), it will need to be rebuilt to assure quality performance anyway. Ergo, you won;t have to replace much crap continually.
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it will add a nice boost to your performance.... you will most likely need a new clutch and flywheel too
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You wouldn't need either of those right away, but you may burn the clutch from all the launches you'd be doing.
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The most popular turbo kit (and the only reputable one I'm aware of) for the 318 is the Mossleman turbo kit. It's a garett turbocharger. I have friends who have this kit installed. I'd say price ranges from anywhere around $4000-$8000USD depending on where you buy the kit. Franky, I don't think the turbocharging is worth it. It's unreliable and the results aren't too impressive. On a chassis dyno my friend got 150RWHP on his ti (M44) which isn't that impressive. It's about a 30HP gain over stock (at the crank).

I'd go for the DA supercharger. It's a lot more reliable and it runs at relatively low boost 6-7psi. I have another friend who has this kit installed on his ti and it produces a nice 175RWHP (chassis dyno'd), that's about 60-80HP more than stock which is very impressive. I think you'll have no problems keeping up to stock 328's with this kit installed. It'll run you around $3000+ USD for a new kit. The only thing you would ever need to replace is the S/C belt. Make sure your engine has good compression before installing one, otherwise you should do an engine rebuild before the install.

I would upgrade the clutch kit to handle the increase in power. However, I make it a rule to always upgrade the suspension and brakes of the car before adding more power. Always make sure the handling and braking of the car outperforms the power of the car. That way, you're always in control.

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