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Ma1 01-08-2013 01:39 PM

Performance chip
Hello guys, can someone help me plz? I need a performance chip for my 1992 bmw e36 316 ia (auto), any recommendation?

E36 Phantom 01-08-2013 01:41 PM

An auto 316?

Don't bother. Enjoy the fuel mileage and work on handling and braking instead. There are motorcycles with bigger engines.

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ZeGerman 01-08-2013 01:43 PM

Seriously. Do not waste money trying to add power to a 316 auto.

Ma1 01-08-2013 01:48 PM

Lolll guys i know, but i thought that can make some extra power in a cheap way, so the only way is to do an engine swap, right?

Ma1 01-08-2013 01:55 PM

Btw i have another e36 with a tunned 325 engine, the 316 is for daily use only, i am enjoying the low fuel cost :p

hornhospital 01-08-2013 02:35 PM


LuckyFlop 01-10-2013 01:23 PM


LuckyFlop 01-10-2013 01:24 PM

Well While were on the topic, is the chip a decent option for the 2.8?

Moeman10 01-10-2013 02:16 PM


Originally Posted by LuckyFlop (Post 7304001)
Well While were on the topic, is the chip a decent option for the 2.8?

Sure is. I'd recommend Turner, Conforti, Dinan, or TRM.

Up to you. (I'd also recommend an exhaust to pair with it)

petriej 01-10-2013 02:34 PM

I think you're looking for a reflash, not a chip.

Hectorml07 01-10-2013 04:47 PM

Turner is what I have in my car and I'm happy with it. Well that's with the M3 cams working together as well :)

LuckyFlop 01-11-2013 06:05 AM

errr.....reflash? no clue what that is..??

SCJon 01-11-2013 06:55 AM

It's having your car's computer reset to a usually different standard.

E36 Phantom 01-11-2013 08:25 AM


Originally Posted by LuckyFlop (Post 7305416)
errr.....reflash? no clue what that is..??

On older cars and the M50 BMWs, the fuel maps and other engine control data are hard coded onto a removable EPROM chip. Simply pop out the chip and put a new one with different parameters and your engine program is different from

Newer OBDII cars don't have these removable chips. Instead you plug a unit into the OBDII port and it will upload the new programming to the DME. This is called a reflash.

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petriej 01-11-2013 08:29 AM

The term comes from regular EPROM, which required a flash of UV light to reprogram. The EEPROM does this electronically, but the term stuck.

Your Engine Control Unit has an EEPROM that stores timing information for the car. You can 'reflash' it to get a boost of power with properly programmed timing info.

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E36 Phantom 01-11-2013 09:17 AM

I always thought EPROM was electronically erasable, I've never even heard of wiping a chip with UV like that.


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petriej 01-11-2013 10:14 AM

Yea it's pretty awesome. We learned how to do it at Virginia Tech, then the professor let us use EEPROMs, which you just stuck into a special circuit that would do it all really easy. "Gotta learn to crawl before you can walk, bitches!" - Our TA.

Most complex circuits with an EEPROM were designed with the flashing circuitry built in, so the engineers could reprogram the chips without removing them. This is what we have in our cars.

LuckyFlop 01-11-2013 11:21 AM

Ill have to look it up to wrap my head around it. thanks for the info.
So what your basically telling me is that the EEprom reflash is just as good as buying a new chip??

petriej 01-11-2013 11:28 AM

I'm saying that the chip in your car is not removable. Buying a new chip is a waste of money. What you really need to buy is a reflash. (Example) Usually they're sold with the equipment you need to hook it up to the connector inside the engine bay that allows you to reprogram your ECU.

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LuckyFlop 01-11-2013 11:50 AM

AHA! its all comming together!
Ill be doing this project this weekend. if I can find the "Shark"

Moeman10 01-12-2013 10:51 AM

Man it's definitely been a while. I'm fooling thinking that I can suggest a chip for an OBDII car. :rofl:

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