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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 08-15-2015, 08:06 PM
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cheapest quality turbo kit i can get?

recommendations and pics of your install and how its worked out for you would be great. figure i have it tore down , so no better time to do it.
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Old 08-16-2015, 07:05 AM
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Old 08-16-2015, 07:10 AM
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Old 08-16-2015, 07:13 AM
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currently have it tore down do the block (redoing head gasket) also do you know any members with the fdm running a trubo? i read a zillion pages on fdm think i only seen 1 or to comments from people with under drives or turbos...
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Old 08-16-2015, 10:02 AM
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Cheap, turbo and automatic should never be in the same sentence!
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Old 08-16-2015, 10:14 AM
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Yes I know I had that one coming, but I'm on a budget School is expensive these days
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Old 08-16-2015, 10:27 AM
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cheapest quality turbo kit i can get?

An S50 swap will (believe it or not) be cheaper in the long run. Or a V8 swap will be even cheaper!

EDIT: I was just busting your balls breh!

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Old 08-17-2015, 10:59 AM
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This all sounds like a terrible idea. The auto trans cannot even handle stock power for very long. Adding more power will just ensure that you'll be shopping for new transmissions in a matter of weeks. And cheap turbo kits are a nightmare. If you're on a small student budget, you shouldn't even be considering this plan.
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Old 08-17-2015, 05:54 PM
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^this,...times like, a gazillion.

best bet?? learn to drive this thing. hard. on a track.

put your money, time, effort into tires, brakes, and a suspension refresh.

if you've got it torn down to the block then you most likely have the ability to turn wrenches and follow instructions, as well as understand specs.





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Old 08-17-2015, 07:18 PM
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Turbo out, cai better rotors, pads and fdm in oh also fabricating that bar to connect the the front end suspension so that's in too
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Old 08-17-2015, 08:00 PM
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Cheap does not equal quality
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Old 08-17-2015, 08:11 PM
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Old 08-18-2015, 03:16 AM
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Depends on the situation lol believe me im all for cheap deals
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Old 08-18-2015, 10:48 AM
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Cheap with these cars is not easy to find, I'm finding out, just have to fabricate alienating your self if you have the skills I see
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Old 08-18-2015, 03:18 PM
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Cheap is everywhere with the E36! You just have to look harder and prepare to DIY.
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I agree with E36KEN, the e36 is the cheapest car I have ever owned, to maintain, not fuel.
Parts can be found anywhere and everywhere and thanks to them making millions of them, they are cheap.
However the reason it is cheap for me is because I do all the work myself and I stay as far away from the stealership as possible unless its something I just cant find anywhere.

Turbokits, in general are not that expensive if you know what you are doing, however tuning, setting it up and making sure nothing breaks is the expensive and difficult part.

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You wanna go fast? Here are your options: cheap, fast, reliable. Choose two.
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Cheapest quality turbo kit you can buy. 5 or so psi of boost for under $500.
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Old 08-19-2015, 02:58 PM
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Cheapest quality turbo kit you can buy. 5 or so psi of boost for under $500.
Wait what lol. I wouldn't want to be friends with that guy
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Old 08-19-2015, 03:00 PM
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You wanna go fast? Here are your options: cheap, fast, reliable. Choose two.
Actually, with turbos, I'd say choose one.
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I wonder if it really works
Needless to say my post was in jest but it does work. It's just ghetto as hell. If you look at the leaf blower it's a high velocity centrifugal type just like a turbo. It just has a looser fit in its housing so it has more leakage and can't build as much pressure. You also have to match up blower CFM with what the engine needs. If you do a search on leaf blower turbo you'll find some actual dyno charts. and even some rigs with 4 blowers to get lots of CFM.
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