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Old 01-08-2005, 05:10 PM   #1
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First mods on my new 2005 330ci?

I'm looking for some advice for my first performance mods so any help would be appreciated. I'm getting my 2005 330ci sometime in late feb., early march or whenever it gets delivered and I am trying to do. I would like to start with an intake and full catback exhaust. With the intake I was thinking Gruppe M Filter Ram Charger , and as for the exhaust, UUC TSE3. If anyone has any advice suggestions I would greatly appreciate it, since I'm relatively new to tuning and mods.
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Old 01-08-2005, 05:16 PM   #2
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A CAI is probably one of the first things you will really enjoy.......sounds very aggresive! Check out www.ecisbmw.com, they make some very nice kits with heatshields for true cold air.

Be careful about voiding warranty though!

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Old 01-08-2005, 05:44 PM   #3
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If it's a manual, I suggest you get a short shifter and a clutch stop first since they get used a lot.

My favourite performance mod is the diff swap. Best bang for the buck, IMO.

For an intake, I've tried a couple and settled on the Conforti. And for an exhaust, I've tried 3 and settled on the Remus Racing Sound and I had the resonator removed also.

Good luck and enjoy.
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Old 01-08-2005, 05:52 PM   #4
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drive the car a get a feel for it, I find it sounds really nice from factory, the exhaust has a nice low grumble thats not too loud.....if u want louder, by all means go for it.

I'd keep it pretty stock, even a short shift isn't really needed, it feels nice as it is, and why put some cheap aftermarket part in it.

I'd get an 3m invisible bra, maybe add some subs, lower it and some nice rims if you didn't get the /m double spokes
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Old 01-08-2005, 07:41 PM   #6
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Old 01-08-2005, 11:41 PM   #7
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congrats on your new ride! I dont like ecis stuff, I guess if you want to go with warranty then dinan (like me)... but otherwise of course gruppe m is the best
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Old 01-09-2005, 09:05 PM   #8
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I'm getting my 2005 330ci sometime in late feb., early march or whenever it gets delivered and I am trying to do. I would like to start with an intake and full catback exhaust.
Congrats on your car. First, you will have to decide about winter tires depending of your car's package (premium or sports), if any, your car may be delivered with High Performance Summer tires.
March and at least first half of April can be very nasty (cold, snow and ice). Driving on pure summer tires during winter is simply stupid and asking for trouble.

Second, as others suggested, I would hold off on any performance mods until you drive the car and get to feel it at least a bit.

I would recommend starting mods with getting "painted front reflectors" (to replace the orange ones on the car) and replacing orange signal bulbs with silver signal bulbs but flash orange colour (similar to Solaris on this site - http://www.bimmian.info/46 ) This will fix the egg yolk effect that comes with the stock car - orange bulbs behind clear signal lenses.
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Old 01-09-2005, 09:10 PM   #9
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it seems you want to spend a tonne of dough, in that case

get the gruppe M and dont look back... id look into the AA exhaust.. not a big fan of the UUC one.. these mods will hardly give you any performance gains, so pretty much forget it if you want your car to go faster... get it strictly for sound and pimp factor.

summer wheels are a must. 19s are a must.
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Old 01-09-2005, 11:38 PM   #11
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Old 01-10-2005, 12:41 AM   #12
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anyone have a 330 with bolt ons on street tires running high 13s?
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Old 01-10-2005, 11:16 AM   #13
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are the front turn signal bulbs in an E46 trade number 3157?
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Old 01-12-2005, 07:42 PM   #14
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Thank-you to everyone for your suggestions and advice. Just to clarify I did get the 18" m double spoke rims, they come with the m sport package and I also opted for the SMG transmission. I think I maybe pretty much set on the Gruppe M CAI, unless anyone can sway me otherwise, but I'm still not sure about the full cat-back exhaust.
I'm looking for great sound and performance. What do think of Borla as an option? Jmalixi, I didn't even think of that! Any suggestions on differentials?
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Old 01-12-2005, 10:46 PM   #15
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I believe a manual 330ci comes with a 2.93 diff. I would suggest a 3.15 or even a 3.38. The 3.46 will be an 18% increase in rpms so it's probably going to be a bit much but to each his own.

I don't have first hand experience with Borla but I've heard a lot of people raving about it.

Keep in mind Mystikal's suggestion of a performance driving course, unless you've done a few already. I can suggest a good school... PM me if interested.

Your car is gonna be nice right out of the box so try to push back on the mods until you can't hold off the mod bug anymore..... Once you start modding it's hard to stop
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