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The BMW E46 ///M3 is the M version E46 and puts out an amazing 333 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque at stock specs! There are an amazing amount of modifications for both the coupe and convertible models so read up and get started modifying your cars today!

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Old 10-09-2012, 07:20 PM   #1
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Bang for buck

Alright where to start, I am looking into getting a e46 m3. And I was curious as to which route is more sufficient for power, turbo or supercharger. I want to run around 550 hp. Or is it possible to get close to that with the car being n/a? I have also heard of people doing the e85 map in the m3s, is that just a rumor or is it possible? I'm new to this tuning world so any help would be great thanks.
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:41 PM   #2
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:30 PM   #3
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:03 PM   #4
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:20 PM   #5
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:08 PM   #6
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:18 PM   #7
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I might get banned for this, but I have to make this joke. Sorry choxor.
Best bang for buck= a razor for the ferret on your face.
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:21 PM   #9
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Most people here just supercharge their M3.
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:25 PM   #10
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That's what I have been seeing. Now I just need to find the right kit to use
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:31 PM   #11
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Power from an engine never designed to make it in a chassis never designed to handle it. It will more than likely never be reliable, and it will cost way more for the same speed versus a solid axle v8 car.

And no, you won't make anywhere near that on E85. Probably not with a supercharger either, from what I've seen. Not without running it to the ragged edge, which once again decreases reliability.
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http://store.activeautowerke.com/act...vel-1-p43.aspx

I'm looking at that
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So low to mid 400's to the wheels. Honestly, for that price. Wait on the new turbo kits coming out for the S54. I believe they're putting down more power for the same money. I think I recall around 500whp. I could very well be wrong.

Edit: I was sort of wrong. About $9k and 440whp. Maximum PSI's kit is the one I was referring too.
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Alright where to start, I am looking into getting a e46 m3. And I was curious as to which route is more sufficient for power, turbo or supercharger. I want to run around 550 hp. Or is it possible to get close to that with the car being n/a? I have also heard of people doing the e85 map in the m3s, is that just a rumor or is it possible? I'm new to this tuning world so any help would be great thanks.
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So low to mid 400's to the wheels. Honestly, for that price. Wait on the new turbo kits coming out for the S54. I believe they're putting down more power for the same money. I think I recall around 500whp. I could very well be wrong.

Edit: I was sort of wrong. About $9k and 440whp. Maximum PSI's kit is the one I was referring too.


What company is coming out with that supposedly
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Did you know there's a forced induction forum here?
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On any LSX powered car in the budget

Cheaper mods, cheaper to fix.
are there any good lsx powered cars that originally came with the engine though? yeah the corvette z06 but the interior is just absolute garbage.
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