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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronnie View Post
    From many sources I've heard they are rubbish and really not worth touching.

    If it's too good to be true it probably is
    I discussed this quietly with a friend of mine and he said to steer clear as you get what you pay for
     
     

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    XS power kit is very poor quality. I have had a lot of dealings with their parts and they rarely fit well, they normaly fail very quickly and inevetably dont do what it says on the tin. I now refuse to fit their parts for people.

    If it was me I would go my tried and tested route, buy a turbo with a compressor map that suits the engine, for a 325 or 328 I would go for a Garrett GT3080r or a GT3582. This will give good responce and torque, the smaller one will run higher boost for the same power but deliver more torque as a result of the higher boost as well as earlier spool up. Expect to pay £1400 for the turbo alone, I recomend Fensport or turbo dynamics for the turbo.
    Manifold get made custom, equal runners, port matched and dowled to the head and turbo, this helps no end. £500 for manifold is fair. If you wanted you could go for a twin scroll turbo and get the manifold made to suit, but it will cost a bit more and require 2 waste gates. V band hot sides.
    Exhaust is simple and should cost no more than £100 to make a down pipe to suit.

    Heat shields and/or ceramic coaings, heat rap.

    Intercooler and pipe work £4-500, get extruded internal micro fin design not ebay tat, polish internaly over all welds for flow. An evo 9 intercooler core second hand is very cheap and good quality, fine upto 450bhp ish.

    ecu or piggy back. Not cheap but lots of options from £500-5000.
     
     

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    xspower are pants, but for the money some of there stuff is ok.

    The problem is they are selling that manifold for 323, 328 etc and it wont actually fit a Right Hand drive car, without some fairly hefty tweaking.

    This is because its designed to mount the turbo facing downwards and the steering rack on RHD cars is a major PITA and gets in the way!

    Dont be fooled with the £500 though.

    A new turbo is neededas theirs are likely to fail in short order and put a million bits of ceramic impeller etc in your engine. Meaning a possible scrap engine.

    Then theres the Wideband O2 sensor and gauge - £250 and critical bit of kit

    Theres downpipe and wastegate

    Then engine management - Not many (that I know of) remappers I would trust to map a turbo map on the 328i here in the UK, so you may need to conact Technique Tuning (USofA) and get Nick G to do you a custom map remotely

    Then intercooler and associated pipework

    Then a new exhaust system to mate with your new downpipe. 3" minimum, 4 " ideal

    Mr Barry -nice info
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reno5gtt View Post
    Cheers to ElectricGer! had a quick browse at them they are quite similar but that companys seems abit more trusting! lol
    they are a good site, bought an exhaust from them before and its great,

    if i was going for a turbo conversion i'd at least buy theyre fitting kits etc,find a different turbo and make my own manifold
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reno5gtt View Post
    Yeah I think you are right there, I have found something on the forum saying there pretty cheap and they need modded to fit somtimes. Its worth spending a little more for the propper goods! lol

    Cheers
    I dont personally think that 4 grand is a 'little' more. sub 500 quid for a full turbo layup seems well suspect though. That said, when the alternatives are a 5 grand kit or an electric fan (I am laughing here, lots and lots about the electric fan doobrey) then maybe 500 quid and a bit of fabrication, and/or a better turbo, is a potential starting point. That said, I hate to think how big the can of worms that a cheap setup would open is.

    Much as I fancy a turbo or supercharger though, it wont be happening in the cheap seats, nor can I justify the royalty boxes. so for me, its the induction kit, remap and game over.

    I learned very quickly with bikes that true power costs. Going the cheap route usually ends up costing a lot more in the longer term
    2002 325 Compact Sport ti M-Tec---- A little thanks goes a long way
     
     

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    Going the cheap route usually ends up costing a lot more in the longer term
    I totally agree, a cheap engine component could cause catastrophic effect to the engine... I think this is something we would much rather avoid

    Suspension, yeah I can get over that (he says with H&R coilovers, Eibach anti roll bars and powerflex bushes) but engine, brakes and tyres NAH!!! Not for me
     
     

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    indeed, unless you gonna put some serious dough into your engine forget about it
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElectricGer View Post
    they are a good site, bought an exhaust from them before and its great,

    if i was going for a turbo conversion i'd at least buy theyre fitting kits etc,find a different turbo and make my own manifold
    Yeah that was another Idea I thought of, I put a set of ZXR-9 carbs on my Citroen AXGT and built an inlet manifold a while ago, It was a bit fiddely! lol
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diablo944 View Post
    I dont personally think that 4 grand is a 'little' more. sub 500 quid for a full turbo layup seems well suspect though. That said, when the alternatives are a 5 grand kit or an electric fan (I am laughing here, lots and lots about the electric fan doobrey) then maybe 500 quid and a bit of fabrication, and/or a better turbo, is a potential starting point. That said, I hate to think how big the can of worms that a cheap setup would open is.

    Much as I fancy a turbo or supercharger though, it wont be happening in the cheap seats, nor can I justify the royalty boxes. so for me, its the induction kit, remap and game over.

    I learned very quickly with bikes that true power costs. Going the cheap route usually ends up costing a lot more in the longer term
    I will agree to that, I better start saving!! Cheers
     
     

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    Turbo kit on hold I think people! lol

    I better get my finger out and finish my little Renault 9 turbo for weekend fun!

    Thank you all for the advice!

    Next question if you don't mind...can I please get advice on what to go for 328i and 325i coupe?
    I thought 328i because alot of people have a 325i and I like to be a little different.

    Is there any difference besides the extra cc?

    I could look all day on the net but its better coming from a drivers/enthusiasts view like yourselves.

    Cheers.
     
     

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