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Old 08-03-2005, 06:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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[B] Hey Everyone!! i need help on ideas of how to soup up my 1999 328i sedan so i can compete against all these lil crappy honda civics around where i live. I want BMW to be the top dawg around here and i have money to spend its just i have no clue on what will give me instant power. A lot of people are tellin me engine swap but what engine will swap best??? If anyone has i deas please respond THANKS!
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Old 08-03-2005, 10:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm kinda in the same boat, 1999 323i sedan. I'm young, 22, but I def. didnt buy a beemer for mounds of power or to put 20's on it (no offense of course, I'll be working for the government, I can't really show up with a race car). Here's some classy/subtle mods that I'm thinking of...

Kamai Turn Signal Covers (mimick the 2002+ face-lifted e46's)
Euro Clears (all around, possibly smoked rears)
Carbon fiber hadlamp liners
Carbon fiber blackout grille

I figure a couple hundred bucks will modernize my 99 to make it appear like a nicer and newer model. All these should look very good on the all black car.


(I love some of the M rims, next summer I may get a set, have yet to research if they fit??)


PS. I hate the ugly modling... is it sturdy enough to withstand paint, eg will it flex too much and crack? I was considering sanding/smoothing and putting a gloss on it. What other ways do you get around it?
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VZRACER: The molding, when properly prepared, will work great with paint. I was considering to do it aswell when I was going to paint my car.

Also, I wouldnt recomend you only get smoked in the rears. If you are going to do your corners, get all clears or all smoked, you'll like it better. Just sta away from those "crystal" looking corners.



BIMMERBOY: Carefully remember why you own a BMW and not a civic. Your car was never really meant to be the speed demon it is often confused to be. What is way more fun to do with BMW's is upgrade suspension> If you got some cash, drop it into some coilovers. It will giv eyour car a much more agressive stance aswell as handling you would never expect in a sedan.

Now if you insist on more power, i'd recomend some camshafts.

www.turnermotorsport.com is a GREAT place to start. Shrick (as previously mentioned) makes some common/decent cams.

There are a lot of possibiities. Go to turner and look at everything they have.

If you have your heart set on a lot of power, forced iduction might be your only possibility. Ive never looked up F/I for a e46 but im sure htye have a wide variety here at www.aatuning.com. AA has amazing packages and customer service.


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Dollar for dollar, NOS is the cheapest upgrade for a quick hp boost.
Exhaust mods will get you at best 7hp, moderate DIY
CAI at most 5-7hp Easy DIY
Cams will get around 15-20hp serious DIY
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If yous gots money, Dinan, stage 3-4 will get those ricers behind you.
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If you've really got "money to spend and no idea what to spend it on" then sell your 328 and buy an M3
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