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I've read alot of talk about cams and such... what are they? What do they do? Putting in M3 cams can increase performance (on a 318i) how? Thanks...
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Go hear.... and type in "cam" "camshaft"... or just go a head and type in "gasoline engine".... you'll learn a lot... I still go back and read that stuff...
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pretty sure you couldnt put M3 cams in a 318i....


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pretty sure you couldnt put M3 cams in a 318i....
yes that is correct, because of the 4 cylinder engine, but you could put m3 cams and crank in a 325.

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Well but of course... You know how it would play on the vanos system on a 325 or anything other than an M3?.... if it moved it 15degs. changing the cams position... what if the engine isnt meant to move that much ?? You could lose a vanos system very fast that way... who knows.... not me obviously


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should drop in just fine from what I've read around.

some places sell a more agressive cam sometime m3 sometimes custom cams with custom software to futher gains.

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I've just always wondered how all that stuff worked.... oh well...thanks


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thanks for the info, I'll read up on it
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