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Old 10-09-2011, 02:38 AM   #1
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how to customize a 330 ci

hey guys... im kind of a newbie to this so bare with me. i drive a 2004 330 ci and i would really like to start throwing some money into customizing it/making it faster. any tips or ideas on what i should do??
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Old 10-09-2011, 03:07 AM   #2
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You have to read.
There are 1000's of pages on this subject.
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Old 10-09-2011, 03:09 AM   #3
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There are 1000's of pages on this subject.
This. Goto the showroom section. Find things you like. Look em up. Research. Start from there. Then start asking specific questions when you can't find the answers

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Old 10-09-2011, 03:32 AM   #4
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Hmm. Ok.

Alright. I can do this.


OP, please search, go to showroom, and look at all the threads you can find.
That's how you mod an 330.
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Old 10-09-2011, 05:07 AM   #5
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If you are looking for significant HP gains, then you need a supercharger or turbo. Nothing else is going to make a significant difference. You can throw thousands at it on "performance" parts, that may buy a few HP here or there. Go to the page with the dyno results and look at the mods listed v/s the gains achieved. It is a lot of money for not much more power. So, you can go that route.
Or you can spend a lot of money and go forced induction, and get serious power.
Or, you can spend some money, and make cosmetic mods to get the car looking the way you want, and stop there.
Or, you can save your money, maintain the car well, and take that saved money and the well running car somewhere, and get an e46 M3, which has the power you really want.
Just don't think you can bolt on $3000 worth of parts, and be able to run with the M3's. It does not happen.
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Old 10-09-2011, 09:57 AM   #6
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how do we know how YOU want to customize YOUR car....
its like asking us what is your favorite food.
its your car, you make your decision. gees.
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Old 10-09-2011, 11:48 AM   #7
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How to make your car faster? Well You can get headers if you want a bit of power , you could do intakes and cams ect but if you dont want to F*ck around go FI
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Old 10-09-2011, 01:29 PM   #8
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how do we know how YOU want to customize YOUR car....
its like asking us what is your favorite food.
its your car, you make your decision. gees.
Exactly.
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Exterior: clear corners, sidemarkers and tail lights. Angel eyes, a drop and wheels. After that you should change the bumpers and...........

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Old 10-09-2011, 04:38 PM   #9
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If you want horse power gains, sell your car and buy a new mustang
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Old 10-09-2011, 04:41 PM   #10
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Old 10-09-2011, 04:51 PM   #11
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Old 10-09-2011, 05:58 PM   #12
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Easy.

Looks - M-Tech II front and rear bumper covers, clear side markers, corner lights, and taillights, and a good set of 18" wheels (personal preference).

Performance - The basic bolt ons and a differential swap for the best "bang for the buck" mod. You'll lose fuel efficiency on the highway, though. If you have the money, either supercharge it or check out Technique Tuning's turbo kits. You could always do the nitrous route, too.

WHY do you want your car to be faster? Taking it to the track? Drag strip? Just want to accelerate up to 70 MPH faster on the on-ramp to the interstate? Don't talk about street racing here... it's bad! But we all know 71.3% of them do it anyway. Who doesn't like to play around at 2:00 a.m. when you and the Lexus IS300 who pulled up next to you are the only two cars on the road for miles? Just don't bring your stories about how you "absolutely dominated that Prius" in here. 'K?

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Old 10-09-2011, 06:28 PM   #13
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Old 10-09-2011, 07:11 PM   #14
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hey guys... im kind of a newbie to this so bare with me. i drive a 2004 330 ci and i would really like to start throwing some money into customizing it/making it faster. any tips or ideas on what i should do??
click on the transformation vids in my sig to get an idea of what you may want to do. Will save you some searching....welcome, goodluck and get modding but dont over do it....
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