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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 03-11-2005, 11:14 AM
m44droptop m44droptop is offline
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Mein Auto: 1996 bmw 318i
removed A/C belt and lovin it

96 318ic

Ok so last weekend I removed my A/C belt just to see what it was like bacause I am considering removing my hole A/C system cause what do I need air conditioning for I have a convertible and it doesnt work anyway. the Idea had been presented to me by a friend who had done it. there is a definite power increase in the lower rpms. its a great easy mod and a free one too
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Old 03-11-2005, 11:22 AM
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Mein Auto: 2004 330ci Convertible
I've had my '04 cabrio for over a year, and I think I've used my air conditioner maybe two or three short times. Once was just to test how well it worked. I just can't seem to drive with the top up!

2004|330ci|Convertible|Silver Grey Metallic|Sport Package|Premium Package|Steptronic|NAV|Xenon Adaptive Headlights|Heated Seats|Black Montana Leather|Aluminum Brushed Column Trim|SSR/GT3 19" Rims (original 18" Style 71's in storage)
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Old 03-11-2005, 02:53 PM
AC Schnitzer AC Schnitzer is offline
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My belt is gone so I don't really use it. But I need to remove the whole thing.
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Old 03-21-2005, 10:33 PM
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Mein Auto: 97 328i
I guess i could defrost with the heater from now on, but I have a sedan, and its gunna get hot.

How much power was gained? I'm not looking for numbers, just a more detailed description of the feel.
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Old 03-23-2005, 11:27 AM
m44droptop m44droptop is offline
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there is a definite power increase, I notice that i have more power down low and all over but not sure on the gains my buddy got dynoed and after the first run he removed the belt and got 7whp but that was on a maxima Im not sure what it is for our cars
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Old 03-26-2005, 06:43 PM
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I personally think your HP gains are fantasy.

if you know anything about the way the AC compressor works you would know that when the AC is NOT in use, the compressor hub freewheel's and just spins with no drag on it. When the ac compressor is activated, an electric clutch system engages the compressor, Thats that click sound you should remember hearing when the AC turns on.

So unless you are constantly using the AC, removing the belt does nothing for you. The ac rotor spins pretty freely when not engaged.

try it out.
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