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Old 12-10-2004, 11:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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my baby got hit yesterday becuase some idiot coworker of mine decided to be funny and lock up his brakes in his POS van to mess with me...i swerve and crunch up the front right quarter...
anyways im tryin to think positive...being that the front quarter panel is effed...im thinkin a possible custom widebody kit (cheaper) or maybe some wheel cut out ducts for the front. possibly a custom front diffuser. (a little ricy but the cars all black so it might offset the hitman mobile look). the hood is messed in the front and the arms are bent up bad so im thinkin maybe a carbon fiber hood or just replacing it or maybe a small scoop? engine came to mind aswell. stock m50 (1992 525i stickshift). its got about 140k miles so if im gonna have the car outa commision for a while i thought why not go for the engine too. how would i go about this...i would like to stay N/A if possible and put out ~250-300whp with nitrous. i assume the tranny would have to be beefed up or replaced along with a nice grippy clutch. gimme some feedback...maybe a couple links for how-tos and poeple who have done similar with their engine. and i live in florida so and place that you know of that would sell cheap used bimmer body parts please let me know. sorry for such a long message...kinda started ramblin there a little.
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Old 12-11-2004, 10:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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1. you were following too closely if you couldnt stop in time to not hit anything. bmw has better brakes than any van - guaranteed.
2. carbon fiber hood, new bumpers, splitters and what not will cost you more than the car itself.
3. engine swap = costs too much. if you are looking for better acceleration look into a different differential
4. don't go with nitrous. in the long run forced induction is much better for the engine/more reliable than nitrous ever will be. a turbo kit will cost you a few thousand... and it's always there - constant performance. nitrous = you spray twice and you are back to being slow until you refill it, which costs an arm and a leg.

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hmmm...way outa my price range....forget the body kit stuff..how bout just engine wise...nitrous was a possibility but after thinking about it i dont think my parents would approve of a big blue in my trunk so...how much power could i get out of an engine rebuild (not a swap) with an aggressive cam and some free flowing intake/exhaust parts...i want to try and stay under 2k for the engine and spend the rest on fixing up the front good.
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cams are about 700 a piece from what i know...

chip is best bang for the buck... about 15 hp for 200 dollars.
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