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: E36 ESS Supercharger (M3, 328, MZ3, Z3 2.8)

Evergreen Dan
03-13-2006, 04:47 PM
<h4 align="center"><font face="Arial">For Sale</font></h4>
<h4 align="center"><font face="Arial">European Supercharger Systems (ESS) <br>
Vortech Supercharger System for
US-Spec BMW E36 S52 M3 (or Z3 M-Roadster / M-Coupe)<br>
(With minor parts and an an (included) reprogrammed ECU from ESS ($495
value), the kit will fit an E36 2.8L US 328.</font></h4>
<p>ESS link: <font face="Arial" color="teal" size="2">
<span style="font-size: 10pt; color: teal; font-family: Arial">
<a style="color: blue; text-decoration: underline" href="http://www.esstuning.com">
www.esstuning.com</a>.</span></font>This product is no longer current, but you
can see their other systems.</p>
<p>Owner: Dan Chadwick. 781-893-9000 (work) or other contact info
<a href="../contact.htm">here</a>.</p>
<p>This is a 7psi system which boosts horsepower from 240hp to 350hp (ESS
<p>Fuel: 91 octane minimum, 93 preferred. According to ESS, the is is CARB legal
in California, but I don't live there, so I never verified that.</p>
<p>Price: $3500. This price INCLUDES a pre-programmed ECU from my 1999 M-Coupe.
(Used ECU's are worth about $500). This avoids having to send your ECU back to
ESS for programming. Alternatively, ESS will reprogram your ECU once for free.
They say this takes about a week, but I found that it was more like two. ESS is
in Norway.</p>
<p>Age / History. The kit was used for about 20,000 miles. It was designed and
sold for the M3, but my mechanics were able to make minor modifications to
install it in my M-Coupe. I believe the installation and fit is better in an M3
because of increased clearance at the driver's front corner of the engine bay. I
recommend a fan-delete kit increase clearance between the radiator and the
engine (since the fan is moved forward by the width of the supercharger belt).</p>
<p>This is a "mild" supercharger system, which does not require the use of an
intercooler, water injection, or super-premium fuel. It requires (and comes
with) 6 high flow fuel injectors. The MAF is modified by the installation of a
resister into an extension wiring harness, and the modified ECU programming
handles the rest. I'm told that in an M3, the system runs without any Check
Engine Light problems. In my M-Coupe, I had intermittent Check Engine Lights,
but the system ran fine. Idle was stable and street driveability was good. Power
was, um, awesome.</p>
<p>I am selling the kit because I attend many track events per year. I found that use of the supercharger at the
track required more engine maintenance for wear than I was willing to undertake,
given the large number of driving events that I do per year. I believe this is a
general characteristic of superchargers and turbochargers, and not a specific
problem with this kit. I do sorely miss the extra power. It is hard to go back
to 240 hp after driving 350, especially with superb low-end torque and no
<p>Photo of Supercharger installed:</p>
<p><img border="0" src="http://www.goodwinshighend.com/SuperCharger/Installed.jpg" width="719" height="539"></p>
<p>Photos of Supercharger components as they will be shipped to you.</p>
<p>Vortech Supercharger showing intake (with included high-quality rubber hose
attached. You can also see the machined aluminum mounting bracket, the oil line,
the tensioner pulley, and the supercharger pulley.</p>
<p><img border="0" src="http://www.goodwinshighend.com/SuperCharger/VortechSC001.jpg" width="501" height="354"></p>
<p>Another view of the supercharger, this time from the pulley side.</p>
<p><img border="0" src="http://www.goodwinshighend.com/SuperCharger/VortechSC002.jpg" width="569" height="574"></p>
<p>Here's the manual:</p>
<p><img border="0" src="http://www.goodwinshighend.com/SuperCharger/Manual.jpg" width="431" height="521"></p>
<p><img border="0" src="http://www.goodwinshighend.com/SuperCharger/Manual.002jpg.jpg" width="431" height="521"></p>
<p>Here's the pre-programmed ECU:</p>
<p><img border="0" src="http://www.goodwinshighend.com/SuperCharger/ECU.jpg" width="341" height="407"></p>
<p>Six high-flow fuel injectors:</p>

<p><img border="0" src="http://www.goodwinshighend.com/SuperCharger/injectors.jpg" width="307" height="199"></p>
<p>Air Filter. I'll throw in a new K&N cleaning and re-oiling kit.</p>
<p><img border="0" src="http://www.goodwinshighend.com/SuperCharger/AirFilter.jpg" width="177" height="237"></p>
<p>Here's the drive pulley that mounts to the crank. You also get a
metal-impeller water pump for free.</p>
<p><img border="0" src="http://www.goodwinshighend.com/SuperCharger/Pulleys.jpg" width="287" height="203"></p>
<p>Plumbing parks. You can see the intake hoses and pipes, plus some oil
plumbing, including some spares.</p>
<p><img border="0" src="http://www.goodwinshighend.com/SuperCharger/Plumbing.jpg" width="343" height="341"></p>
<p>Oil breather:</p>
<p><img border="0" src="http://www.goodwinshighend.com/SuperCharger/OilBreather.jpg" width="307" height="199"></p>
<p> </p>

Evergreen Dan
03-22-2006, 05:09 AM
** Sold **