I recently took possession of a '92 535i, black on black, 5 speed in pristine condition from a family member. It's a beautiful car, but let's be honest, in the summer heat with the A/C on it's incredibly underpowered and could use a serious boost anyway.
I know I can do a chip (already has TriFlo exhaust I installed for dear old mom years ago), but it needs another hundred horsepower, not 20 etc.
I can't find anything... does anyone make a turbo/supercharger for this car? A buddy of mine told me many in search of serious performance upgrades just switch to the M5 motor. How much "creative" surgery is required in this swap?
Sorry for the newbie questions, I'm not some kid with no intentions or ability to do these things, but an engineer trying to start some genuine research. Hopefully I've come to the right place.
Edit: Browsing around on the forum I found TCD, which looks interesting and uses a T04E. Not a small turbo eh? But based on their site, I'd be nervous there would be a significant possibility for custom work to get it installed and working properly, and they have nothing about max boost they're running, dyno charts, fuel requirements, installation, the a/w intercooler, etc. I don't want to spend hours in a machine shop to install a "kit" if you know what I mean. Anyone know anything about this "kit." The sheer list of applications scares me:
Engines: 2.8, 3.0, 3.2 (3.3), 3.4 (3.5)
Chassis: e3, e9, e12, e23, e24, e28, e32, e34