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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 03-24-2014, 07:14 PM
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I'd bet it's for the increased low down torque.
Exactly.
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Old 03-24-2014, 08:50 PM
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Well if the only purpose of the intake manifold was to keep the 328 under 200hp, then why put it on an engine that has well over 200hp anyways?
Cos the other upgrades for the S52 meant they could hit their power target without the expense of a different intake manifold perhaps?
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Old 03-24-2014, 09:54 PM
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So you're saying that the M/S50 manifold that they would still have had in stock in the many thousands, would make less sense to use than one they had to make more of specifically for the new cars they were building?

Seriously, think it over.
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Old 03-25-2014, 02:38 PM
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So you're saying that the M/S50 manifold that they would still have had in stock in the many thousands
I never said they have excess stock of M/S50 intakes, not sure where you got that from.

It just doesn't seem sensible that BMW would sacrifice a significant amount of top end power for a small gain in torque, unless there was some other motive (tax brackets or otherwise). The M54 doesn't have any extra features which would significantly increase power. Yet it produces the same torque per litre, and manages an extra 20% power from the 7% capacity increase.
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Old 03-25-2014, 09:11 PM
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This is a great post and answers many of the questions that i had in mind. Im new to the forums with my 97 328is. Now let the work begin, thanks for the help everybody
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Old 04-03-2014, 02:10 AM
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Great post, this answered so many of my questions. This forum is awesome

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Old 04-04-2014, 05:46 AM
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Question, I'm getting my car tomorrow and I'm not sure if the best fuel has been used prior to me getting it. Is there any type of fuel treatment I can use or should I just start using better fuel from here on out?


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Old 04-04-2014, 01:02 PM
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Get a bottle of Techron and use it with the first tank full of mid-grade (your 318 doesn't require premium, and it's a waste of money to buy it).
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Old 04-22-2014, 11:38 PM
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Awesome information for a soon to be first time buyer, cheers! Probably better product options by now, I'll look into it
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Old 05-08-2014, 07:31 PM
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Wonder if my 93 325i needs 91 or I'm just wasting money >.<
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Old 05-08-2014, 07:46 PM
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I believe mid grade (89) is what's recommended. Lol as soon as I saw you say 91 I said to myself, he must be in Canada.
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Old 05-10-2014, 07:47 PM
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Good read has anyone tried an engine swap with a M5 motor in an E36 chassis
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Old 05-10-2014, 07:50 PM
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Also I found the best way to get more power or performance out of my BMW 318is Msport is to use Bosch spark plugs and Mobil1 super syn 0w-10 oil and 98ron fuel. In my experience the car was more responsive
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Old 05-15-2014, 10:19 PM
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Smile Rieger Infinty II replicas?

I hope this is the right place to post this.. I've been reading around the forums and I've seen a few people mention Rieger replicas being out there but I haven't been able to find any. I'm looking for the fender flares specifically. I really want them but being a young father on a single income can't exactly afford the real deal. So anyone know where I can get some decent knock offs?

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Old 05-15-2014, 10:59 PM
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Google it. I did, and the very first page came up with three sets of them for sale. That is subject to change quickly as other postings about Rieger body kits get posted to the Web.
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Old 05-15-2014, 11:08 PM
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Google it. I did, and the very first page came up with three sets of them for sale. That is subject to change quickly as other postings about Rieger body kits get posted to the Web.
What did you search? I've been googling for an hour or more. Maybe im just not searching the right "keywords"
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Old 05-15-2014, 11:21 PM
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Exactly what you put as your title to this thread:

https://www.google.com/search?q=Rieg...m=122&ie=UTF-8
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Old 05-15-2014, 11:42 PM
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Well I found some on dtmfiberworkz but still pretty high priced. Thanks for the help hornhospital


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Old 06-21-2014, 06:56 PM
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I want to do a motor swap but want a faster motor, I don't want anything crazy fast, just want to end up at around 250 horsepower, I have a 1995 325i with the 2.5L and 5 speed manual, I just want to know what motor would be best suited for this job, I don't want to have to change over to obd2 unless I have to. Also I don't want to spend more than 5,000, I can, but want to keep this project fairly cheap


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Old 06-21-2014, 07:50 PM
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With your power goals, an S50B30 from a '95 M3 is the only logical choice. They run about $2000-2500 in decent condition, but you'll probably surpass your $5k budget if you aren't doing all the work yourself.
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Old 06-22-2014, 01:55 AM
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I have swapped motors on my old Pontiac firebird, Chevy cavalier, and mitsubishi eclipse so I'm pretty sure I'll have the experience necessary to do all the work myself, is there a specific year m3 I should go for? With the transmission I have now work or will I need to get one? And what's the horsepower? And if you know of a website to but one off of please let me know


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Old 06-22-2014, 10:24 AM
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Are you located in the United States? If so, the S50B30 engine came only in the '95 M3, so that's the year you'll want to get. It's also the only year of OBD1 for that engine. The subsequent S52B32 came in the '96-99 M3, (so, much easier to find since it was in production for longer), but was an OBD2 engine. You could covert an S52B32 to OBD1, however. Both the S50B30 and S52B32 have 240hp, although the S52B32 has a bit more torque than the S50B30.

Regarding transmissions, the Getrag 5-speed manual in your 325 is okay, but not as strong as the ZF 5-speed manual that came in the 328 and M3. I'd recommend getting your hands on a ZF 5-speed, since you'll have everything out in the open during the swap. Like I said, the Getrag 5-speed would be okay for a while if you didn't abuse the car, but wouldn't last as long as the ZF unit, which was built to handle the extra power.

If you've done engine swaps in the past, you should have no trouble with doing one in this car. They're really easy to get the engines out of.
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Old 06-22-2014, 11:49 AM
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Alright, sounds good, thanks for the help, do you know of a website that sells them? Or should I just give google a shot?
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Old 06-22-2014, 01:36 PM
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You could check out Bavarian Auto Recyclers, but their prices are usually insane. You'd probably have the best luck searching in craigslist, ebay, and in bmw forum classifieds.
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Old 06-22-2014, 03:38 PM
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