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    Just wondering who has done one? And if it is worth doing?

    Found a kit on ebay;
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/97-00-BMW-...-/190701727336

    And would you recommend the T4 or T5?

    Also how hard/ easy is it to complete? Will I have any issues? Cheers

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    & would I also have to buy a turbo manifold they cost more than the kit itself at 1000 pound. . What other bits would I need?

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    buying a kit from a company that thinks a BMW M52 engine is a V6...


    yeah right where's the fookin door please
    330i sport a big chunk of berlin...

     
     

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    its cheap Chinese junk below I have copy/paste from Zdriver,com



    "This turbo is complete garbage! DO NOT even think about buying one of these on ebay, you could end up getting screwed like I did. They are all over the place with cheapass names like XS-Power, superpower, etc etc. Usually selling between $350 and $450 and featuring auctions that contain no real information about the product, these turbos are cheap knockoffs of the actual thing. The supposed "stage 3 turbine" they included with it was the right bore size, but was absolutely not a REAL garrett stage 3 turbine. The seat for the compressor wheel was machined incorrectly, causing this brand new turbo to hammer the compressor wheel into the housing, sending shards of aluminum into my intercooler piping. I ended up with a wrecked turbo and a bunch of pipes to clean out, but considering what happened I was actually lucky. The seller refused to answer my e-mails and it was just out of the time period that PayPal can take action. DO NOT BUY ONE OF THESE TURBOS; YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!"
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by payno View Post
    its cheap Chinese junk below I have copy/paste from Zdriver,com



    "This turbo is complete garbage! DO NOT even think about buying one of these on ebay, you could end up getting screwed like I did. They are all over the place with cheapass names like XS-Power, superpower, etc etc. Usually selling between $350 and $450 and featuring auctions that contain no real information about the product, these turbos are cheap knockoffs of the actual thing. The supposed "stage 3 turbine" they included with it was the right bore size, but was absolutely not a REAL garrett stage 3 turbine. The seat for the compressor wheel was machined incorrectly, causing this brand new turbo to hammer the compressor wheel into the housing, sending shards of aluminum into my intercooler piping. I ended up with a wrecked turbo and a bunch of pipes to clean out, but considering what happened I was actually lucky. The seller refused to answer my e-mails and it was just out of the time period that PayPal can take action. DO NOT BUY ONE OF THESE TURBOS; YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!"
    Cheers for that mate probably going to leave it in that case, just got the 323 and after more power. . I've ordered an induction kit and a full stainless decat system this should de-restrict it shouldn't it? Will get a map shortly after buying a set of springs aswel

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    best option for more power is a engine swap to 2.5 or 2.8
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by payno View Post
    best option for more power is a engine swap to 2.5 or 2.8
    The 323 is a 2.5... its the same unit as the 325 just restricted and mapped differently

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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigL View Post
    The 323 is a 2.5... its the same unit as the 325 just restricted and mapped differently
    they are and aren't the same engine yours is a 2.5 but made of alloy the 2.5 is made of iron and much stronger
    in fact if I was going to turbo a E36 I would pick the 325 and use the crank from a 2.8 so I would have a
    turbo charged 2.8 iron blocked bullet proof car
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by payno View Post
    they are and aren't the same engine yours is a 2.5 but made of alloy the 2.5 is made of iron and much stronger
    So going on this wouldn't alloy be lighter? Wouldn't want to convert my engine for no apparent reason would have to be a noticeable difference

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    yes its lighter but not as strong and gives a lot of problems if over heated
    but as your not going to turbo any more I would fit the 2.8 as its close to 200 bhp as is but with a map and m50 manifold 240 bhp
     
     

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