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#1 (permalink) Old 10-20-2004, 12:59 AM
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the meter shows 160mph, thats impossable!

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i belive its around 120mph

the gauge lies!

mph gauge on speedo's never go all the way to the end
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It's electronically limited at 126mph.

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That's really high. My car tops out at 230km/h (138mph) and it's modified. When my car was stock I did about 210km/h (126mph)

I wasn't even aware that the E36 speedo went up to 160mph. The 318's top speed is limited by aerodynamics (duh), so you'll see that when you hit the top speed, you still have another 1000-1500RPM before you hit the rev limiter.

Are you using the correct ratio for tires? Even at such high speeds the speedo shouldn't be off by that much.

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Originally posted by Autotechnica@Oct 20 2004, 11:18 AM
That's really high. My car tops out at 230km/h (138mph) and it's modified. When my car was stock I did about 210km/h (126mph)

I wasn't even aware that the E36 speedo went up to 160mph. The 318's top speed is limited by aerodynamics (duh), so you'll see that when you hit the top speed, you still have another 1000-1500RPM before you hit the rev limiter.

Are you using the correct ratio for tires? Even at such high speeds the speedo shouldn't be off by that much.

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I believe he was just saying that the speedometer actually lists 160. I don't think his needle ever got anywhere near that point!(I know my 318is never did!)

Correct me if I'm wrong.

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Would the '96 on up 318's have a slightly higher top speed than the 95's and lower?
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My Grand national's speedo only goes to 85

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Originally posted by Storamin+Oct 20 2004, 11:44 AM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Storamin @ Oct 20 2004, 11:44 AM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-Autotechnica@Oct 20 2004, 11:18 AM
That's really high. My car tops out at 230km/h (138mph) and it's modified. When my car was stock I did about 210km/h (126mph)

I wasn't even aware that the E36 speedo went up to 160mph. The 318's top speed is limited by aerodynamics (duh), so you'll see that when you hit the top speed, you still have another 1000-1500RPM before you hit the rev limiter.

Are you using the correct ratio for tires? Even at such high speeds the speedo shouldn't be off by that much.

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I believe he was just saying that the speedometer actually lists 160. I don't think his needle ever got anywhere near that point!(I know my 318is never did!)

Correct me if I'm wrong.
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But he was asking about top speed not what's the highest number on his speedo. Anyways, if he misworded his question and was wondering why his speedo goes to 160, it doesn't mean anything. You could slap 300km/h on a Geo metro and it wouldn't mean a thing.

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Originally posted by Autotechnica@Oct 20 2004, 09:18 AM
That's really high. My car tops out at 230km/h (138mph) and it's modified. When my car was stock I did about 210km/h (126mph)

I wasn't even aware that the E36 speedo went up to 160mph. The 318's top speed is limited by aerodynamics (duh), so you'll see that when you hit the top speed, you still have another 1000-1500RPM before you hit the rev limiter.

Are you using the correct ratio for tires? Even at such high speeds the speedo shouldn't be off by that much.

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i don't really remember what my car got up to stock (1997 318i), but ive gotten it up to about 140, just a bit under if i remember correctly. but that is only with air intake and exhaust for the engine parts. but yah when that happens i have about 1000 rpms left, that is annoying. There is no way it will get to 160 thats for sure but i bet if the limiter was off it could make it to about 150.

i know this is a bit off topic, but autotechnica, do you know any companies that make chips or software for a 1997 318i?

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Haha, there is no way you did 140 with only an air intake and exhaust. Speedometer become exponentially wrong as you go that fast.

Oh my, I'm gonna piss myself. A chip on a 318... haha

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indeed, 140 is impossible. Its governed at 128.

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Originally posted by sean+Oct 21 2004, 03:47 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(sean @ Oct 21 2004, 03:47 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-Autotechnica@Oct 20 2004, 09:18 AM
That's really high. My car tops out at 230km/h (138mph) and it's modified. When my car was stock I did about 210km/h (126mph)

I wasn't even aware that the E36 speedo went up to 160mph. The 318's top speed is limited by aerodynamics (duh), so you'll see that when you hit the top speed, you still have another 1000-1500RPM before you hit the rev limiter.

Are you using the correct ratio for tires? Even at such high speeds the speedo shouldn't be off by that much.

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i don't really remember what my car got up to stock (1997 318i), but ive gotten it up to about 140, just a bit under if i remember correctly. but that is only with air intake and exhaust for the engine parts. but yah when that happens i have about 1000 rpms left, that is annoying. There is no way it will get to 160 thats for sure but i bet if the limiter was off it could make it to about 150.

i know this is a bit off topic, but autotechnica, do you know any companies that make chips or software for a 1997 318i?
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At 140 the speedo is usually off. When I hit 138 I was using a GPS to track the speed, so it's quite accurate. At that speed I already had my Dinan chip installed with the top speed governer removed. When it hits that 138 (230km/h) it won't go higher, it's limited by aerodynamics/engine, not the computer.

Not sure who makes software for the 318. You could try TMS or Dinan? No idea, sorry I couldn't help.

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