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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 01-27-2013, 08:01 AM
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Need some HP gain

What manifold am I able to run for a reasonable price for horsepower gain on my e36
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:08 AM
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:15 AM
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:17 AM
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THe answer to this has been covered hundreds of times on this forum alone.

You CANNOT get 'reasonable' hp gains for low money on these cars. Period. If you combine multiple things you will see decent results when tuned appropriately.
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:19 AM
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Replace your model badge with a Dinan badge on the trunk lid. That's worth 20 hp.
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:24 AM
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I'm talking all motor what's the hype with m3 manifold and fuel rail I'm thinking on purchasing one .. I have dinan chipped ecu dinan exhuast and headers but I've been hearing about the m3anifold , some guy who ran one on his 328is , supposed substantial horsepower gain don't know how true though ??
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:25 AM
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Nope.

Click the link I gave you and read.
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:40 AM
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Replace your model badge with a Dinan badge on the trunk lid. That's worth 20 hp.
I think you and I both know that the point in these forums is for BMW owners enthusiast or just people in general who build and work on them to gain knowledge and understanding on them through one another sarcasm Merely childish and arrogant ,, now you and I both know rebadging my e36 is not only a disgrace but sure as hell isn't adding any horsepower what so ever ,,
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:40 AM
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Nope.

Click the link I gave you and read.
Thanks buddy .
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:43 AM
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Replace your model badge with a Dinan badge on the trunk lid. That's worth 20 hp.
Dont forget stickers on quarter panels. Thats another 10. To the wheels! Lol
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THe answer to this has been covered hundreds of times on this forum alone.

You CANNOT get 'reasonable' hp gains for low money on these cars. Period. If you combine multiple things you will see decent results when tuned appropriately.
He's right OP.

Individually, a cold air intake or exhaust will net you about 5 whp each.

But combine a cold air intake with an exhaust, headers, injectors, lightweight flywheel, lightweight pulleys, a tune (or chip as some call it) to tie all them mods together and about $2000-$3000 and you'll net like 30-40whp.

Or if you just wanna feel faster for a relatively low cost, just lose some weight. Shed all unnecessary weight in your E36.



Edit: Also to further answer your question. The stock manifold your currently have on your car is arguably the best manifold for our cars. It's the best flowing and the 96+ E36's often swap over to that one.
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Old 01-27-2013, 09:14 AM
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Edit: Also to further answer your question. The stock manifold your currently have on your car is arguably the best manifold for our cars. It's the best flowing and the 96+ E36's often swap over to that one.
Only on a track car.

Daily driven and you lose low end torque, which is what makes the car feel peppy and have more pick up around town.

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Only on a track car.

Daily driven and you lose low end torque, which is what makes the car feel peppy and have more pick up around town.

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Old 01-27-2013, 10:31 AM
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Only on a track car.

Daily driven and you lose low end torque, which is what makes the car feel peppy and have more pick up around town.

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I doubt people drive aggressively enough around town to actually notice the loss.

Look at me for example. All my power is up top and I have virtually no torque (compared to other M3's) and I don't notice it around town. You compensate by losing weight and shorter gears.

On the highway however...
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Old 01-27-2013, 04:36 PM
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He's right OP.

Individually, a cold air intake or exhaust will net you about 5 whp each.

But combine a cold air intake with an exhaust, headers, injectors, lightweight flywheel, lightweight pulleys, a tune (or chip as some call it) to tie all them mods together and about $2000-$3000 and you'll net like 30-40whp.

Or if you just wanna feel faster for a relatively low cost, just lose some weight. Shed all unnecessary weight in your E36.



Edit: Also to further answer your question. The stock manifold your currently have on your car is arguably the best manifold for our cars. It's the best flowing and the 96+ E36's often swap over to that one.
Losing weight is definitely a big help and thanks for the advice does more good than kid talk about badges and trim .. Thanks all you guys for the help means a lot
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Old 01-27-2013, 04:48 PM
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And I will be daily driving the car aggressively ... And for all you other guys that don't have any useful information please don't reply to my thread or waste my time I don't need the sarcasm .. Thanks again everyone else. Any other useful opinions greatly appreciated
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I you can't deal with sarcasm on a car forum, it's going to be a never-ending uphill battle for you. Best to just roll with it.

But as pointed out above, you won't get any meaningful power gains without spending a boatload of money. Your money is better spent on handling and maintenance.
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Just change to a lsd 3.91 and u will feel like it has doubled the hp
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Just change to a lsd 3.91 and u will feel like it has doubled the hp
you'll accelerate quicker but lower fuel economy and top speed. and for what it costs you're better off making actual numbers.
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3.91 will be slower to 60. The only time it'll be quicker is on the highway. That is, until you're banging off the limiter at 120mph.

Also, fuel economy will be significantly worse, and there will be more wear on the engine at highway speeds.
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Old 02-03-2013, 06:05 PM
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Yes I know but most people only want more hp to get a faster take off to feel the power but don't wanna spend the money for it.....so for about 350.00 u can spin the tires off it in city driving ....I personally like mine the way it is and more in looks then speed
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Another one of these "All motor, bro" kids?

nah brah, it's all motor, no boost. faster than an E46 dawg. i wish someone would post a link to the thread that this phrase originated from. I can't correctly remember the kid's user name.
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