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Old 07-15-2009, 08:12 PM   #1
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performance improvments for a M52...

What to do first in a 1000 dollar budget range.

I just want to hear what some of you would do with a 1000 bucks.

now from what i understand theres the M50 manifold if im correct?
or S52 cams??

i have really no idea so if someone can chime in on what they did with their M52 that would be GREAT.

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Old 07-15-2009, 08:54 PM   #2
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Yeah there's the OBDI conversion which is $350-400
If you were to get an M50 manifold I'd get a chip to optimize for the new manifold as well. Try MarkD he quoted me somewhere around $450 IIRC for an ecu flash for the 530 (which is an M54 though)

I've heard that an M52B28 with an with OBDI conversion and a chip is good for ~220hp
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Old 07-15-2009, 09:45 PM   #3
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so its 400 OBDI conversion then another 450 for the chip???

hmmm thats pretty good HP/$ ratio

what about cams? anybody jump in those waters?

id like to hear what people would do with there 328I with 1000 be it sound performance what ever.
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Old 07-15-2009, 11:45 PM   #4
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You can typically find used sets of s52 cams for between $300-$400. The will run fine on the stock tune, but one again to get the most out of the mod you'll need bigger injectors and a tune.
The best thing to do would be to save up a bit longer and just buy a kit
http://www.eurosporthighperformance.com/cam_kits.html
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Old 07-16-2009, 12:09 AM   #5
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Search the E36 section here and on BF.C. This topic has been discussed to great lengths many times before and there's plenty of good info out there.
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If you haven't gotten an LSD yet, do that first. Then M50 manifold.
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Old 07-16-2009, 04:56 AM   #7
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with 1000 keep on saving, one day turbo or save for a m3 swap
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Old 07-16-2009, 01:43 PM   #8
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get an LSD first, then go for the manifold or cams.
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the car as i beleive has LSD Dinan M5 thanks for the website that looks like Great performance kits.
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what makes you think you have an LSD? I didn't think a 96 would have one, it should be the horrible 2.9x stock one. getting a 3.23 LSD from an M3 should be number one on your list.
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with 1000 keep on saving, one day turbo or save for a m3 swap
That would be a waste being that the car already has an M52 swap, for a couple thousand more in part upgrades he can get it pretty close to s52 power which is more than enough seeing as it's a ti shell

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what makes you think you have an LSD? I didn't think a 96 would have one, it should be the horrible 2.9x stock one. getting a 3.23 LSD from an M3 should be number one on your list.
The car has a 3.73 LSD, the previous owner installed it.
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That would be a waste being that the car already has an M52 swap, for a couple thousand more in part upgrades he can get it pretty close to s52 power which is more than enough seeing as it's a ti shell



The car has a 3.73 LSD, the previous owner installed it.
Also, the Ti came with a LSD STOCK in the mtech package. so eitherway, it would have one.
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3.38 diff.

(unless its a ti, which glancing over this thread it looks like it is)
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Yeah there's the OBDI conversion which is $350-400
If you were to get an M50 manifold I'd get a chip to optimize for the new manifold as well. Try MarkD he quoted me somewhere around $450 IIRC for an ecu flash for the 530 (which is an M54 though)

I've heard that an M52B28 with an with OBDI conversion and a chip is good for ~220hp
Is that WHP? Cause if it's bhp that wouldn't be enough of an increase (192->220) ...software alone would almost do that. If it's WHP, that's huge.
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Is that WHP? Cause if it's bhp that wouldn't be enough of an increase (192->220) ...software alone would almost do that. If it's WHP, that's huge.
I'm talking at the crank. An M52B28 with OBDI conversion, s52 cams, injectors, and a chip will bring the hp into e36 M3 range (~240hp@crank or ~209hp@wheels). A chip alone is not going to give the car a 30hp gain, usually 15-20hp gain max. An OBDI conversion plus a chip is probably good for around a 30hp gain (~225hp@crank or ~190hp@wheels).
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