1997 E36 323i Convertible - is there a way to make it sound more throaty?

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  1. 1997 E36 323i Convertible - is there a way to make it sound more throaty? 
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    I'm really enjoying owning my 323i and if I'm honest with the hood down it is plenty quick for me but I do hanker after an M3 Vert (not yet though ).

    One of the things I think is a bit wimpy is the sound the 323i makes when accelerating but I don't know the first thing about how to make it sound more throaty/aggressive/roarty etc. etc.

    Is it a change of exhaust or is there something simpler I can do like change a few filters or somesuch things?

    All advice much appreciated
     
     

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    An induction kit or a new exhaust or both
     
     

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    Time for another stoopid question - what's an induction kit and can I fit it myself or do i need an army of experts?

    You can tell I'm a company car driver can't you
     
     

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    This is a good induction kit...You can see it has a proper heatshield and massive filter


    They are fairly easy to install yourself but its very important to have a good heatshield or else you'll lose HP cause you will be sucking hot air from the engine in which is not good for combustion
     
     

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    Cheers, it looks smart and I now what I was looking at when visiting the breakfast club yesterday

    I'm sure I though i saw a thread here where a kit legend was doing a limited supply of these filters but I can't seem to find the thread

    I'm not looking for a boy racer effect but something that makes a more powerful noise, this way I might be able to put off buying the M3

    Thanks for the tip, does the heat shield come as standard with these things and is there any particular kit you'd recommend?
     
     

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    Well all the kits made by the legend have been sold and we are currently waiting delivery but there are other kits available...You could go for a K&N 57 which comes with a heatshield but has a smaller filter...there are also other kits which can be very expensive.Or you could buy a filter kit and get a heatshield seperately...If you speak with Gunner1 he may have some heatshields available...however in the near future I will be selling the heatshield I have currently...But it'll only be when I get my Dave-F kit
     
     

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    Damn I knew it was something important when I saw the thread but it meant nothing to me

    I'd be interested in buying your heat shield and will pm gunner1 to get an idea of price but please don't be offended as I've no idea of pricing so will leave that to you to tell me - last thing I want to do is offend folk.

    Just a thought, why is the Dave-F kit so well thought of compared to the branded ones, is it a price thing or does it affect performance better or is it just noisier?

    I'm going to have to apologize for asking some very stoopid questions.
     
     

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    I use to have a 323i coupe mate and i tell you what i miss it a lot. They are great mottors. Enjoy the car! One thing you can do is if you change the manifold with the 325i one you will get more power and better economy to. Guesing the sound will improve to.This will set you back around 250 but its worth it for another 20bhp. If not then i sugest you keep it standard as in my opinion they sound smoother that way.
    My BMW history= E36 318IS, 323I,Mini Cooper, E46 320 D SE and now E39 530D. awesome
     
     

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    An extra 20 BHP for £250 sounds like bargain.

    You are right Shiku I'm trying to keep the 323 as original as possible, what would be the downside of changing the manifold ( I'm gonna have to look at heat a manifold is now )
    Last edited by Onedesi; 20-09-2010 at 11:18. Reason: Typo
     
     

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    There's no downside to changing the manifold and its probably the best mod you can do to get that amount of HP out of it....Basically it allows the engine to breathe as it should because at the moment you have a restricted manifold on it Good mod
     
     

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