1991 E30 318is- how can i squeeze more power out it?

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    can anyone help me with tips to squeeze more power out of my 1991 e30 318is. also any moding tips are very much appreciated thanks
     
     

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    I wanted the same thing from my suzuki bandit 600, after spending a few hundred pounds I simply bought an 1100 instead
     
     

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    Chip first. Try Ant at A-Tech or Sal at Evolve.

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    IIRC from my E30 days it's a bit of an effort to get much more out of a 318is engine. Make sure the engine is in good nick and thoroughly serviced before looking at any mods, it's better to start with a healthy engine! As for looks try clear or smoked indicators, lowered springs and at least 15 inch alloys if it hasn't got them already.
    To do: Far too much.....

    Me: 04 E46 320d Sport in Titan Silver

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    I'm just a lottery win away from that 335i.........and a Series 3 Discovery..........and an old Mini.........and an E30 325i........
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by clartsonly View Post
    I wanted the same thing from my suzuki bandit 600, after spending a few hundred pounds I simply bought an 1100 instead
    did you mean 1200, or did you just go for a diff bike altogether ? The 1200's are sweet bikes and well moddable, front wheel up 1st 2nd and 3rd just off the throttle wooooo hoooooo
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    Quote Originally Posted by D-Sport View Post
    IIRC from my E30 days it's a bit of an effort to get much more out of a 318is engine. Make sure the engine is in good nick and thoroughly serviced before looking at any mods, it's better to start with a healthy engine! As for looks try clear or smoked indicators, lowered springs and at least 15 inch alloys if it hasn't got them already.
    The E30 318is is a bit special, it's my favorite E30 bar the M3. There are ways of getting as much power as you could possibly want out of them Aftermarket cams are cheap, plenty of people have done engine conversions, 1.9-2.1 is popular but up to 2.3 is possible. There are also supercharger conversions that will give you 200bhp.

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    best bang per buck is cams. defo change the cams , exhaust and air filter/feed
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian S View Post
    The E30 318is is a bit special, it's my favorite E30 bar the M3. There are ways of getting as much power as you could possibly want out of them Aftermarket cams are cheap, plenty of people have done engine conversions, 1.9-2.1 is popular but up to 2.3 is possible. There are also supercharger conversions that will give you 200bhp.

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    Seems like things have moved on since my E30 days!! The supercharged ones must be rapid little motors.......I seem to remember them being tagged junior M3's in the magazines at the time.
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    If you've got some engineering skills you could create your own seperate throttle bodies.

    I know of guy who used 3ltr M3 throttle bodies, took the centre two out, bit of fabrication is required though


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    You talking about Iain? The M3 throttle bodies have been done plenty of times. I know of three/four people who have done it. The power gains are small but they will let you run wild cams. They are difficult to get running well. The noise is fantastic.

    Easiest/cheapest power out of a E30 318is, is cams, chip and the 1.9 it. Should be then putting out 160-170 which in an E30 is plenty.

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