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    Hi everyone

    Just wanted a quick bit of advice now i have got the Nikasil engine issue checked out.

    I am gonna start tuning the car and sorting it out looks wise anyway i have got it in for the Alloys being refurbed (E36 M3 Alloys) so thats the first thing on the looks side sorted.

    For the tuning tho i have no idea where to start the car is stock atm minus a performance panel filter not that makes a huge diff. Things i was thinking is

    M50 Intake Manifold
    ReMap
    New Perfomance exhaust
    Or Lower it with Coilovers

    Can only do one of em atm with the alloys just wondered what ppl thought a good place to start is

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    M50 manifold conversion
     
     

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    M50 manifold is the biggest jump in power, The exhaust will be the biggest obvious change from the new sound although not as much of an improvement as the noise would suggest, but still worthwhile.
    I'd be able to sort you out with a remap which would net you approx 17-18bhp on top depending on how much you have already done before hand, and lowering / coilovers is the top visual mod, with different ride characteristics (ie it can be sportier, but often you will lose some comfort which is to be expected)
     
     

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    Well i think i am going to go for the M50 Manifold first however would i need to change the exhaust as well to allow that extra power or is the 325I exhaust the same as the 328I?

    Well glad to know you can sort me out with the remap soon as i got the exhaust done as well if i need to ofc then i will come to you i msg you.
     
     

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    328 exhaust is better than the 325 one...You won't need to change it
     
     

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    Great well i just brought the manifold off ebay and the kit from BM Conversions should have it all and fitted in around 2 weeks thanks for the advice and help
     
     

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    The manifold is probably the biggest hidden power on any BMW.

    It will still run OK with just the manifold on the original ECU settings, so don't feel that it needs to be done at the same time.
     
     

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    I might get the exhaust done after before the remap or not but soon as i need the map doing i will send you a pm saves me the hassle of trying to find someone that way as well
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheEnd View Post
    The manifold is probably the biggest hidden power on any BMW.

    It will still run OK with just the manifold on the original ECU settings, so don't feel that it needs to be done at the same time.
    I'm thinking of doing this soon also. Do you need to change the throttle body to any specific one whilst doing the conversion?
     
     

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    No both the 328 and 325 throttle bodies are the same size You can use the one you have
     
     

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