tominizer, I've tried a stocker before, but too long ago to remember and make any comparison. So right now I'm going by my butt-dyno. If I push the car the slightest, I can make the rear kick out with ease. Then there's this immediate aural sensation the moment the ignition key is turned... a deeper growl with a slight overlap in the harmonics unlike any unmodded motor I've heard. If I nail the pedal it goes! But I haven't been in this class of car for some time so perhaps the sensation is all relative? Regardless, my ass is liking it and maybe a trip to the dyno will tell the truth.
I've stumbled across S14.net and have read many threads with great interest. I also recommend the site for anybody serious about the S14.
At one time, Dinan offered Dinan M 2.6 High Output
engines, in either Stage I
or Stage II
format. The 2.6 features: (i) Dinan High Performance 10.2:1 pistons, (ii) high performance rings, (iii) billet crankshaft, (iv) custom Dinan performance software, (v) racing connecting rods, (vi) balanced and blueprinted. The Stage II is the same but with the addition of: (vi) Dinan's high performance intake cam and exhaust cam sprocket. Bore is now 94.6mm vs. 93.4mm stock, and stroke is now 92.0mm vs. 84.0mm stock. For whatever reason this package has since been removed from Dinan's product line, but interesting to note they still offer engine packages for M5's from the same era.
I mentioned earlier the car is 2.5L, but with further research it is closer to 2.6L (Dinan's spec displacement is 2587 cc). The owner says Dinan performed a Stage II upgrade on the motor, and a Stage III upgrade on the suspension. I have no doubt about the suspension, it performs and feels like a track car. Dinan claims 282 HP @6750 rpm and 267 lbs. torque @5000 rpm, but these numbers have long been disputed to be optimistic.
As for asking price, there is no set price. Simply because the owner has no idea on true value. So it's up to me to come up with a reasonable price tag. As for the comment on Dinan's high prices, it would appear they targeted a crowd that wanted something all-done and ready to go and was prepared to pay for it along with the Dinan name. Hard to comprehend perhaps, but some people have more important things to do than research and slap together their own kit.
paul christians, are you thinking of Engineered Automotive in Concord? They are the Cdn. distributor for Dinan (?).