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    Hi all.
    I have just bought another E36 316i Compact 1.9 on a S plate.
    Id like to Squeeze more power out of the little 4pot 8valve engine (m43)
    I was wondering if anybody has done this and had good results.
    Is it possible to conwert to twin carbs or a set of throtle bodies?
    Is there a company that makes a supercharger for this engine or Cam shafts?
    If so will the rest of the engine be able to cope with the extra power i,e Bottom end, clutch etc.....
     
     

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    You'll struggle to find performance cams for the M43 engine, M44 engine you can get them easier and you'd have more power to start off with, but that would need a engine conversion,

    You could always turbo it, http://www.bmw-syndikat.de/bmwsyndik...=3er+BMW+-+E36
     
     

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    theres never a lot u can do to get more power out of a n/a engine, yeah turbo or supercharger is a good idea, but would highly recomend re-building the engine first, coz theres a big change it'll go bang, if it was me ide drop in a 2.5 lump, but this is just my opinion,
     
     

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    I managed to get my hands on a cam from kentcams for £280 and a full set of powerflex bushes.
    I haven't got round to fitting the shaft yet but I fitted the bushes in a few hours and what an improvement!
    I hope the same can be said for the cam shaft.
    I recently read a articl about somebody doing an engine transplant from a E36 328 into a E36 compact without any modifications to engine mounts etc...
    Only problem is, they used a E30 M3 diff. Would the 328 diff fit under the compact without any serious mods to the body?
     
     

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    i think they simply swap over but not 100%
     
     

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    Ronnie, Checked out the link you left. Very good.
    Thought about this befor, Fitting a turbo would be the easy bit. What about the other bits like the ecu?
     
     

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    Camshaft now fitted. I found much more power mid range, around 3.5k to 4.5k. Its removed all them little flat spots. Plus for an extra bonus i recived £134 back from Kentcams. So £126, a hour graft under the bonnet and Im a happy chappy.
    Well worth it.
     
     

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    Good choice in cams I have always found Kent Cams to be good

    Another thing to think about..... any not many people like the idea, but a NOS installation. Usually much cheaper than spending loads of money on air intakes/exhausts/etc

    NOS install would usuall cost around £800-£900 but could give something like a 25-35bhp shot?

    I ma a fan of NOS though as long as you use a controller you will have no problems!

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    Thanks for the advice but thats a bit mad for me. F*****g dangerous in my opinion. lol
    Im thinking of a little DIY supercharging and fitting it where the AC pump should be. Does anyone have any advice or experience in DIY supercharging.
     
     

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    Haha, I have used NOS in a fair few cars before and it will be going back in my Bimmer. As I said not many people like the idea, it is really not as bad as people make it.

    As for the charger, I would go Rotrex - good tested chargers, usually pretty easy to mount etc. Use their own oil res, cooler and lines etc so no need to plum in to the engine oil lines like in turbocharger options. On low boost aplications you wont need an intercooler so you will have a nice short boost circuit.

    Good thing about superchargers as they are run from the belt, boost is almost always there.... depending on what RPM - Keep in mind though - Superchargers give a very N/A feel to the engine.

    Not sure what the max boost would be on that engine though?

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