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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 10-11-2011, 12:01 PM
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I say buy it matt, theres alot of possibillities there, if it was local to me i'd snatch it up and lola would be a bit quicker
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Old 10-11-2011, 12:43 PM
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Gonna have to wait to look at it until I get back from Louisiana next week.


Emailed some peeps about E30s as well.
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Old 10-11-2011, 01:29 PM
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E30 FTW

they make great beaters

cant wait until spring, gonna make mine all nice and pretty again
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Old 10-11-2011, 02:13 PM
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Hey Matt, what gauges are you running in your car? I've already got a boost and wideband in mine, but I need 3 more to occupy another gauge cluster I'm buying..

I'm thinking oil temp, oil pressure, and water temp? I found those 3 gauges for like $60 on ebay..
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Old 10-11-2011, 03:47 PM
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Yea I want a daily E30 with an M50 in its future.

Ryan, I've got Prosport electric gauges.

Boost
Oil pressure
Fuel pressure
A/F
Water temp

I would like to add oil temp to mine.

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Old 10-25-2011, 04:04 AM
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Hey matt, do you think running the turbo top mounted would save me from having to run the charge pipe under the subframe and from having to dick around with the AC? I'm looking at these Ebay kits and it looks like i could just flip the manifold over and mount the turbo top right front. I'd probably move the coolant res, but anyways. You think that's doable? I've seen it done on E36's I just don't know much about that method.
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I plan on going top mount, but a couple of issues.

You want an Ebay kit?
What manifold?
You can't flip the manifold, it would require modification.
Bottom mount you don't have to mess with AC at all and running under the subframe isn't a big deal, I have yet to scrape it. However you need to modify your motor mount arm or buy a different one.

Top mount you will have to move the two hard AC lines and the expansion tank.

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http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-E36-6CYL...ht_6600wt_1270

this is the one I'm looking at. It appears to pretty comprehensive. I'm wary of the "oil filter relocator" what all did you do to the motor mount arm? I don't have a lift or any cool stuff so if it goes down, it's going down at ground level.
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Old 10-25-2011, 07:13 AM
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I wouldn't get any of that Lol. That manifold will crack, and the turbo will blow up.

Get it piece by piece. A nice turbo. What are your power goals? Top mount or bottom? Stock HG?

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welp, to be honest, I don't have power goals.(flame suit) I just want to run enough boost to not grenade my engine. I like the bottom mount because of how out of the way it is, but top mount seems easier for maintenance and such. stock HG for sure. I don't have the facility or proper equipment to break the motor down in my garage.
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Old 10-25-2011, 08:01 AM
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if your running pump gas no meth 14-15 psi will blow that headgasket....


but if you had an mls headgasket and a big turbo there was a 328 that went 711whp and developed rod knock
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I think anything over 10 PSI on a street driven non tracked car with stock internals is a bit much.I'd probably set mine for 8 and call it a day. specially with the cams and such I've got.
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Old 10-25-2011, 08:12 AM
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a freind of mine who tunes for ics now has a 93 325 with an m52 and just a mls headgasket with arp studs and that car makes 515whp daily driven and beat on every day the m52 can take it believe that
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Frank you know Jordan??

Anywho it's like i told Chad, if you keep the stock gasket, switch to ARP studs. You can do so one at a time.

Give us a power goal, that determines everything. Top or bottom mount are about the same in terms of difficulty. 300whp?

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Yea man he's a good freind of mine he brought me the rear trailing ARM when ny car was stuck on the side of the highway overnight, he's a good guy and smart when it comes to boost.


His green car is a testament to reliability on a stock motor with mls and the right tuning
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300 sounds like a nice ballpark, given existing mods so far, are the cams, the shark tune, cat back, flywheel clutch, fan delete. 350 wouldnt be to lofty to aspire for.
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Yea man he's a good freind of mine he brought me the rear trailing ARM when ny car was stuck on the side of the highway overnight, he's a good guy and smart when it comes to boost.


His green car is a testament to reliability on a stock motor with mls and the right tuning
Nice. Thats awesome man. He is right there to tune your car.


Alright Ken, so 350whp is your goal.

Get ARP2000 studs.

Buy a turbo around the size of a GT30.

Tuning?

Top or bottom mount?

Buy 42lb injectors.

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Almost no one tunes for E85 right now, even then the stock bolts don't hold up to much.
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Got the bushings out, and sandblasted.

Welding in the sway bar reinforcements tomorrow, as well as welding up all the seams.

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Lookin' good, Matt. Take photos of your welding.
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Old 10-26-2011, 04:24 PM
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Ehhh, ok

I don't have a lot of experience in welding, so we'll see how it goes.
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Old 10-26-2011, 04:32 PM
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Yeah, I was going to say, no pressure...

Better not look like popcorn.
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Karl, what LCA bushings are you running?
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