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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 11-25-2012, 06:02 PM
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turbo a 96 318ti?

I just bought a 96 318ti and the motor is blown!! Has huge hole in block. Sue to the fact that i will be newsing a new motor i was curious if i just bought a block and built it up is it possible to turbo it? I have motor out and know there's not much room on the exhaust manifold side but i figured id get some suggestions! I'm new to this type of build so all ideas will help thanks
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Old 11-25-2012, 06:13 PM
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welcome to the fest....

there are some guys here that have done write ups on turbo'ing, so i believe that their posts will be most helpful.



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Old 11-25-2012, 10:40 PM
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Building these 4cyl motors for boost is actually more expensive than building a 6cyl, and the 6cyl can make a lot more power on stock internals than a built 4cyl can.

What would you HP goals be? Anything more than 200whp on the M42/m44 would take some serious $$$.

For the price of getting say, 225whp out of the M44, you could swap in an M50, keep your stock internals, get ARP stud and an MLS headgasket, and shoot for 350whp. I believe the M50 is the most ideal motor for boost that BMW offers outside the current turbocharged vehicles.
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:17 AM
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I was wondering if you could swap a 6 on these cars because I used to have a 325e and that baby could pick up now I have a 318I I'm really not liking the performance do I wanted to know ofyou could put a 6 in it..

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Old 11-26-2012, 09:03 AM
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Yes, you can put a 6 in it, but use an M50/M52, not an M20 like was in your 325e. You'll need the engine, harness, DME, exhaust, and would be a good time to do a 5-speed swap if you don't already have one.
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