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View Poll Results: What to do
Turbo 2 15.38%
Engine Swap 9 69.23%
Other 2 15.38%
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Old 08-15-2008, 12:20 AM   #1
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M42 upgrade?

So basically i like my 318 great car and all but not quite fast enough...

now what should i do?

Turbo it or just do a engine swap

what are your opinions on this

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Old 08-15-2008, 01:35 AM   #2
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Turboooo....
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Old 08-15-2008, 01:36 AM   #3
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I would focus on brakes, tires and suspention, with some weight reduction...That car can be like a go cart, even with the power you got! Unless you wanna do 250km/h and loose your license...BUT if you do, then engine swap is far more reliable, and cheaper then a turbo, and will in most cases give you more power...
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Old 08-15-2008, 03:27 AM   #4
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engine swap, you can always turbo the swapped engine if you need more power
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Old 08-15-2008, 07:00 PM   #5
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I would focus on brakes, tires and suspention, with some weight reduction...That car can be like a go cart, even with the power you got! Unless you wanna do 250km/h and loose your license...BUT if you do, then engine swap is far more reliable, and cheaper then a turbo, and will in most cases give you more power...
i am in the process now of doing those first few suggestions but i am also not a fan of losing my license


if i do go for the engine swap what would be my best bet???
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Old 08-15-2008, 10:05 PM   #6
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Why not just sell it and buy a 325 or 328?
Go ask Thorold Imports what you should do, and ask about guys that had regular 3 series that started to do M3 parts conversions.....

I say neither, and find a deal on a nice E36 M3.... or 325is / 328is
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Old 08-16-2008, 12:14 AM   #7
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i was doing my co-op thier for a bit and i just finished up working for them i know their thoughs about that kinda stuff i am most likely just going to get an e36 but i was gunna keep my e30 and just learn more about tuning and what not
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Old 08-17-2008, 11:18 AM   #8
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i was doing my co-op thier for a bit and i just finished up working for them i know their thoughs about that kinda stuff i am most likely just going to get an e36 but i was gunna keep my e30 and just learn more about tuning and what not
Do you want more power? Why not keep that motor and get one of my chips for the M42? Have a look at what people with that motor and my chip think at m42club, you'll be surprised at the difference it makes and it may save you a few thousand.


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Old 08-17-2008, 12:44 PM   #9
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hmmm i think i will consider this after looking around on m42club people seem very impressed and pleased
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Old 08-17-2008, 12:50 PM   #10
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engine swap, this is the only upgrade for an m42 powered e30
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Old 08-17-2008, 02:28 PM   #11
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although that looks pretty intense and is intense what was the total cost (if you dont mind me asking) because if i was to do a engine swap wouldn't i need to also upgrade the brakes, suspension and diff??

but it would be nice to do all that
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Old 08-25-2008, 01:09 PM   #12
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Another option might be to find a used DASC (supercharger setup). A bit less involved than a swap, and pretty decent output. (GRmotorsports liked theirs)
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Old 08-25-2008, 08:54 PM   #13
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yea thats a good suggestion but i think i am just going to get a newer car not sure what yet though either a e36 (maybe 325is) or a 04 mazda rx8
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Old 08-27-2008, 10:40 PM   #14
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more power

Believe it or not there is more power in your engine.

The dual mass flywheel and clutch can be replaced with 325 parts (wayyyyyyyyyy lighter) Or buy a lightweight aluminum one.
You can also chip the car.

I think there are a few easy mods that you can also do and it's all cheap to do.

The 1991 318 can have a better power to weight ratio than a stock 325i.

I read a great article, and they call it the poor man's M3.

The engine easily made over 130 hp to the wheels, which is over 150 at the crank.

FWIW, you can spend as much as you want. If you do a few tweaks, you can enjoy the car.
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Old 08-27-2008, 10:58 PM   #15
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I would focus on brakes, tires and suspention, with some weight reduction...That car can be like a go cart, even with the power you got! Unless you wanna do 250km/h and loose your license...BUT if you do, then engine swap is far more reliable, and cheaper then a turbo, and will in most cases give you more power...
But turbo has that cool factor... lol
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