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    e36 1.8l dohc all-motor hp?

    im looking to buy a e36 bmw very soon. im leaning toward the 1.8l because of insurance costs since im only 17. right now i have a jetta vr6 which pulls pretty strong. i know the 1.8l wont do that, but how hard is it to get some good hp #s out of it without going fi? to me 140hp sounds miserably slow....just trying to find a way to work around that

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    atleast it probably wont break as much as the jetta (the things ive heard about those cars) If your worried about insurance money on a i6 over a 4 banger then i doubt youll be wanting/having the money to make it very fast- no offense.



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    There isn't very much room to grow in the 1.8L, as far as I know. It just doesn't seem worth it.
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    all motor is ruff for tha 1.8. but "Downing Atlanta Supercharger -3.91 LSD -Autothority Chip -K&N Intake -Free Flow Exhaust" not that bad???
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    the insurance is an issue because im 17 and i was at fault in a bad accident 3wks after i got my liscence. how much do superchargers go for on these cars? i could afford a turbo setup just a few months after buying the car, i just wanted to know how it does with bolt ons

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    Not so well. To get worthwhile gains, you'll need to do FI. Either the DASC or the Mosselman turbo. I don't recall seeing a dyno, but I don't think intake + exhaust + chip yeilds anything worth bragging about. There are a bunch of threads on this, try using the search feature. Hope it helps. They are peppy little cars with great handling, but are by no means fast.

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    could someone post up links to good fi sites with parts for that car?

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    There are a few people on here with the Downing/Atlanta Superchargers, the member Coleco is one of them. I think they go for a little bit over 3 grand, and apparently they wield over 200 bhp, which isnít too bad of a gain for the m42. Here's the webpage:

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    do a custom turbo setup, thats what im planning on an e30 m42....

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    Quote Originally Posted by dinomite
    There isn't very much room to grow in the 1.8L, as far as I know. It just doesn't seem worth it.
    I disagree. We get an estimated 368bhp at the engine and a definate 258rwhp with the 1.9L M44 engine. It ran in 4th gear on a Dyno Dynamics machine. The car just wheel spins in 3rd gear dyno on heavy rims with 255 rear tires

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    I have a 96 318i and it is by no means fast. On the other hand i have modded it to be a little quicker and it handles awesome!!! Im 18 and it's great for insurance, gas, and driving around. I went to a track last weekend and was easily killing the 325's, 330's, and some stock M's in the corners and then they would pull on me some in the straights.
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    how expensive is it to build a custom turbo setup? me and a friend set one up on his prelude for around $1500 and it ran about 8psi...is the cost similar on these cars?

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