1997 E36 328i, budget tuning tips? HELP!!!!!

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    Right then, I'm entering a 1997 E36 328i, in the Practical Peformance Car £999 Challenge.

    I know that swapping the inlet from a 325i M50 engine releases some extra horsepower, I'm also planning on binning the cats, and fitting a cold air induction(made out of any bits of old inlet pipe i have kicking about).
    I'm also thinking of removing either the back or middle box, out of the exhaust too.

    I'm also stripping it to within an inch of it's life (all the interior out, dashboard out, doors stripped, plastic side windows fitted, any metal that can be cut out, etc...).

    Can't waste cash on lowering springs/shocks, so it will have the standard coils cut.

    Can anyone suggest anything else that can be done, for very little cash(used parts, i have a budget of about £200)?

    Or, can you see a problem with what I'm planning to do already?

    Also, has anyone got any idea what sort of BHP i can expect to acheive?

    Your help and advice is very welcome.

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  3. 328i E36, budget tuning tips? HELP!!!!! 
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    Looking forward to this one mate love cheap modding!
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    well, it seems you got the exhaust sorted. some headers will be good as well, but they won't fit the budget. make sure you fit a heatshield to your CAI, otherwise it will be useless, if not worse (e.g. losing horsepower because of the heat soak). stripping the car to bear metal is also a very good idea, that will defo make a difference. one more cheap-ish thing you can do, and very important as well - remap. with free flow exhaust and CAI, the 328 will respond very well to remapping. other than that, you can't really do much and still stay within the budget. but will all those mods, i rekon your car should be good for 230bhp (give or take, depending on the bits and remap), which should be fast enough for a stripped 328i.

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    Can you recommend anywhere for remapping in the east midlands?

    Oh yes, forgot to mention, this engine is going to be used in my Lotus 7 project, after it's competed in the £999 challenge, so any power mods are for the long term, not just a quick gain, for the race.
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    evolve, in luton. they're really good at this and they also have a rolling road to see exactly what the gains are. definitely recommend them!

    http://www.evo-s.co.uk/shop/index.php?cPath=6
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    Thanks, but i could do with somewhere a little closer, seeing as i'm going to have trailer it there.

    1 other thing, I've got a fair amount of 3" bore mild steel exhaust kicking about, from when i made a new exhaust for my 7.5 tonner.
    Would the 328 benefit from a big bore exhaust, or does it require some back pressure to run well?
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    i can't really say, but i've seen a lot of bm's with 3" exhaust. torque might drop a bit, though, but should be all right for track. I got 2.5" on mine, it's quite good for top-end power but as i said torque dropped a bit in the low-end range. also, i now have the max torque @4700, so that's 1000rpm higher than stock. can get annoying in a daily driver, but i learnt to live with it.

    regarding the remap, i can't recommend anyone else, since i've only used evolve, but there are a few vendors on the forums which will remap M52's, you might want to check the vendors section of the forum.
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    try e-maps buddy.
    One of the forum approved tuners and based in Walsall but is fully mobile so he could come to you.
     
     

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    sorry i'm late on here but u gotta do the egr bypass, more hp and more economy...well u want 1 anyway!!
     
     

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    How do I do the egr bypass?
    Enviromentalists say "The petrol reserves are running out at an alarming rate!!"
    So, you may as well enjoy it while we've still got it!!
     
     

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