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Driveline, Engine & DME Tuning
Talk about driveline improvements, NA tuning and DME tuning your E46 BMW here. This includes diffs, intakes, exhausts, chips, software and OBD tuning.

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Old 11-11-2012, 12:23 PM   #1
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Need advice on piston And rod kits for 01 330i

Hey guys just bought my first BMW its a 2001 330i and I don't know much about it just need some advice on pistons and Rods For it I've been leaning towards cp pistons any advice will help thanks
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:38 PM   #2
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CP pistons are nice. But why? I'm pretty sure the M54B30 has forged guts from the factory. If you're planning on lots of boost and/or abuse it's a pretty long shopping list...
But, for my money, nothing beats a good racing Mahle piston and Carillo rods...
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:58 PM   #3
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Well I don't know much about the car so I was basically googling the best kits for the car I deffinetly apreciate the advice do know how much that would cost me ? Cause I do wanto do a performance build and possibly boost it eventually any suggestions on that as well ?
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Old 11-13-2012, 03:05 PM   #4
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What do you plan on doing? Trying to put a turbo or blower on it?

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Old 11-13-2012, 03:40 PM   #5
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Vac has an affordable rod package. They have tested them up to 550whp. I'm planning on buying a set.
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:21 PM   #6
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Probably a blower my cars automatic wich sucks
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:32 PM   #7
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Would it even be worth It to turbo it or supercharge it ? Its the 4dr and its automatic but the car needs a lot of work and I figured I may as well build it
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:52 PM   #8
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Don't get caught up in the BS of "I'll build this car, this way, because it'll be different." Depending on the work that needs to be done, I'd say try and get it as close to factory floor room stock as possible... and sell it.
Seriously, if you've got the cash to build/boost a 330, look at getting an M3 or an M5 if you need the 4 doors. It's one thing to slap on a turbo kit or supercharger but when you look beyond that, and to the entire package, an M series has significantly more potential.

I'll put it this (Honda) way: Would you really want to boost an automatic EG LX if you could spend a little more and get an ITR?
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:55 PM   #9
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I would say maybe he would want to boost a 4-door. i have a 4-dr automatic 328 and I'm thinking that even a mildly boosted 300 hp 4-door sports sedan that handles and brakes well is a good thing to have. even better is to mildly build the engine and then up the boost with a target of about 400 hp. i'd guess such a combo would run mid-12 sec quarter miles and still get 30 mpg. I'm game. i like the M5s but they are too big for me. however, i know a lot of guys who like the bigger V8 cars. it's all a matter of taste or preference I guess.
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