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    Hi all

    I've owned my M44 E36 318ti Sport in Avus Blue for a few months now (upgraded from '97 mazda 323... what a difference!) In that time I've carried out the following mods / repairs:

    replaced suspension bushes with Powerflex all round, new track rods & ends, front arb drop links, replaced leaking breather pipes, & DISA valve, lowered 35mm on Apex springs (Boge stopped selling springs weeks before itried to order them...), front M3 splitter, rear M-Tech boot spoiler, 17" E46 radial multi spoke alloys refurbed in shadow chrome & new Uniroyal Rainsport 2 tyres all round, changed all fluids, had paintwork buffed, hella angel eyes, silvertec bulbs all round, braided brake lines

    I will get some pics up next week as it needs a good clean...

    It now looks & drives sweet as a nut, only I need more power - well more specifically more bottom end / mid range acceleration as I'm happy with how it picks up in 3rd over 3000-3500 rpm. I've decided on the following mods which dont cost the earth (relatively speaking) & hopefully should pretty much give me what I'm looking for without sacrificing too much comfort / smoothness:

    Green cotton panel filter, BBTB, remove & clean inlet manifold, have injectors & ICV ultrasonically cleaned, engine balanced, lightweight flywheel & matching clutch (& bleed clutch fluid), z3 short shifter, some sort of exhaust upgrade - a set of headers will yield more gains that cat back system?? finally custom remap (i've heard good things about CNL)

    I have the following questions:

    Would it make an improvement if I fit a cold air feed to the stock airbox / green panel filter?

    Flywheel - the best option I've found is buying the Valeo solid flywheel conversion kit; comes complete with sprung hub clutch (3 peice). Its £320 from ECP, & have it lightened further. has anyone had experience of this kit, not sure what the quality is like (i know they're oem supplier to some manufacturers, but this is a BM not a Ford!!)

    Also I've bought a braided clutch line & I've read the M44 needs a male-male adaptor to fit this, where can I buy this from? is it a BMW part or aftermarket?

    Finally, if I want to upgrade one exhaust section to boost performance would headers give better gains than a cat back? was thinking of headers & new back box (for the appearence) or can anyone suggest a better value for money exhaust mod? And can anyone recommend where to get a set of headers for the M44 to fit a compact?

    Any other comments / advice on my plans much appreciated!

    Sorry for the mammoth post, just wanted to get all the questions in one go - I dont know much about all this & researched a lot and now just need to iron out the details before I push the button & order parts...

    Thanks in advance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ButtyBoy View Post

    I have the following questions:

    Would it make an improvement if I fit a cold air feed to the stock airbox / green panel filter?
    Personally I would go for a form of 'induction kit' IIRC one with a long intake as this will improve low down torque, maybe like a BMC CDA, will look nice and do the trick!

    Quote Originally Posted by ButtyBoy View Post
    Flywheel - the best option I've found is buying the Valeo solid flywheel conversion kit; comes complete with sprung hub clutch (3 peice). Its £320 from ECP, & have it lightened further. has anyone had experience of this kit, not sure what the quality is like (i know they're oem supplier to some manufacturers, but this is a BM not a Ford!!)
    Valeo is a good make, if I am honest you shouldn't have any problems with this. But I would say only change it if you have to as this won't give you the best bang for your buck if you know what I mean.

    Quote Originally Posted by ButtyBoy View Post
    Also I've bought a braided clutch line & I've read the M44 needs a male-male adaptor to fit this, where can I buy this from? is it a BMW part or aftermarket?
    Speak with a hose specialist they will help you mate but you will need the thread size and pitch... the only one I can think of at the moment is AB Hoses in Chesterfield.

    Quote Originally Posted by ButtyBoy View Post
    Finally, if I want to upgrade one exhaust section to boost performance would headers give better gains than a cat back? was thinking of headers & new back box (for the appearence) or can anyone suggest a better value for money exhaust mod? And can anyone recommend where to get a set of headers for the M44 to fit a compact?
    I have a lot of customers ask me about exhausts and putting performance downpipes on their VAG cars and leaving the cat-back... I find there is no point... you are still going to have a restriction in the exhaust system, If I am honest I would leave the exhaust manifold as this could turn out to be very expensive for a good quality system and go for a sports cat or de-cat (off road use recommended) and the cat-back... but with most engines this will only give you a slight increase nothing major.


    I hope this helps mate. If you need any recommendations in to what product/manufacturer to buy let me know, I work in the tuning trade and I have got a lot of experiance with all.

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    deffo go for a induction kit, not a panel filter..you get more gaines from an induction kit
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    oh...get a simota one...the best there is for BMWs from what i have heard from
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    thanks for your help fellas, sorry for tyhe late reply - actually stopped checking this thread after a while!!

    & cheers mike will defo shout u if, or WHEN more like, i need any more advice

    re the exhaust - a tuner on another forum said a decat will give good low end torque gains (all i want if im honest..) so was plannin that & cat back for the exhaust, decat seems good low cost option as well - any thoughts?

    only thing with an induction kit is i dont really want the noise... may sound daft but dont want my motor to sound like something its not - a 6 pot will come all in good time! also currently enjoying the luxary feel of a smooth, quiet engine after upgrading from the ol' maz. plus extra noise from a decat & cat back

    gonna run it on vpower & get a custom remap at the end so guess it makes more sense to go for an induction kit tho.

    how much difference in noise would there be with an induction kit??

    thanks again for your help

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