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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 02-20-2015, 12:21 PM
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hi guys new to this forum just wondering if anyone knows and cheap mods for power on the 1.9 petrolom my e36 compact cheers
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Old 02-20-2015, 12:54 PM
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There isn't much you can do. To get any meaningful gains, it's always less expensive to just preform an engine swap.
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bmw + cheap mods seldom, if ever, belong in the same sentence. that being said, it depends primarily what your desired result is. track?? (depends on class rules), auto cross, drifting, and so on....

this will at least baseline what your *needs* are. one doesn't need huge amounts of horsepower to do well in a lot of classes of auto racing, and those that do generally require budgets larger than the performance gains that are desired.

the *best* bang for your buck, as it were, would be in tires, suspension bushings (again, depending on class, poly may not be needed/desired) and brake upgrades.

if you do find yourself in a class that allows major mods to the drivetrain, then i like vac for their m44 performance mods. they are, however, not cheap.




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Best thing to do is get a performance chip . You wont gain a alot of hp and torque but its better then stock . Best thing to do is a engine swap . My opinion.
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Extractors ,intake mods ,
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Old 02-21-2015, 09:45 PM
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Best thing to do is get a performance chip . You wont gain a alot of hp and torque but its better then stock . Best thing to do is a engine swap . My opinion.
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Neither of these efforts will give you anything more than a few extra HP, and you'd be hard pressed to actually notice the difference. But you will be many hundreds of dollars poorer...

Nothing short of a $6k turbo is going to make the 4-cylinder cars anything other than slow. Money is best spent on suspension, wheels, and tires.
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