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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 11-30-2012, 09:10 AM   #321
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What's up everybody!? Alright, thought we'd give it one more go on the dyno just for good measure...before I tear it back down again. We pulled a little more fuel up top and played around w/the timing a little bit too, and well...I think the results speak for themselves!?!? We managed to eek out a few more ponies, and torque is now up to 275ft lbs. The car is making 300HP by around 6,000ish rpms and then hitting 360+HP @ 7,700rpms and holding it all the way to 8,500rpms. The car is running very, very well!


I'm a little late to this thread, but what are the mods on this car?
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:18 AM   #322
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I'm a little late to this thread, but what are the mods on this car?
You can click on the earlier pages and go back to see what has been posted even years ago.
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Old 11-30-2012, 12:02 PM   #323
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I'm a little late to this thread, but what are the mods on this car?
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You can click on the earlier pages and go back to see what has been posted even years ago.
Uuum, my build was just completed this spring, so not sure what you're referring to Stinger9???

Major mods are a mildly re-worked cylinder head, Schrick cams, CSL intake, & a custom Alpha-N tune.
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Old 12-26-2012, 11:34 PM   #324
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Small video of my car on a dyno in November 2012. This was to test the effects of a Shark Injector plus Evosport underdrive pulleys, and the result was a gain of 9.5 peak HP at the wheels. Same dyno used 2 years earlier. The ambient temp was much cooler for the 2nd test, but the SAE correction should account for that.
Edit: Went from 189.7 to 199.4 RWHP. aFe intake installed but not yet tested.

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Old 02-05-2013, 07:13 PM   #325
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:22 PM   #326
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^That's about the same power as my car currently has. Details?
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:05 PM   #327
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It's kinda a weird car. The previous owner had a 2.8L swapped in to get a little more power (???) so the motor is a clean, lower miles bottom end with a fresh head... But, I think, running all the M54B25 engine management. I'm not sure which intake manifold it has, I'm assuming the M54B25 since it has the electronic throttle body.

It feels to me like something isn't quite right with the VANOS/Cam Timing, but I haven't had time to go back in and check. It doesn't throw any codes but it is slooooow as the dyno shows (it doesn't help that my E36 has 100whp/80wtq more).

I think, basically, that I would like it to have stock ZHP power. It feels so flat above 4k after the DISA switch. I'm hesitant to do headers since it makes this exhaust sound so awful (and I really do like the sound now.) It's just a new daily for me, so I'm not likely to do much to it. Maybe some pullies (the alternator is doing some... interesting things) and an intake of some sort to replace the stock airbox.

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Old 02-05-2013, 10:13 PM   #328
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You should flash the 330 software on to it and upgrade to the 330 intake system. Manifold, DISA, TB, Intake boots and the MAF can be had for under 400 total if you look hard enough.
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Old 02-08-2013, 09:01 AM   #329
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It's kinda a weird car. The previous owner had a 2.8L swapped in to get a little more power (???) so the motor is a clean, lower miles bottom end with a fresh head... But, I think, running all the M54B25 engine management. I'm not sure which intake manifold it has, I'm assuming the M54B25 since it has the electronic throttle body.

It feels to me like something isn't quite right with the VANOS/Cam Timing, but I haven't had time to go back in and check. It doesn't throw any codes but it is slooooow as the dyno shows (it doesn't help that my E36 has 100whp/80wtq more).

I think, basically, that I would like it to have stock ZHP power. It feels so flat above 4k after the DISA switch. I'm hesitant to do headers since it makes this exhaust sound so awful (and I really do like the sound now.) It's just a new daily for me, so I'm not likely to do much to it. Maybe some pullies (the alternator is doing some... interesting things) and an intake of some sort to replace the stock airbox.
I would take it to a tuner, explain what was done, and have them make an appropriate calibration

Keep in mind it is still a 2.8. I wouldn't expect much more than 190whp

Are you 100% sure the previous owner wasn't blowing smoke out of his ass? i can't see why someone would swap a 2.8 in to an MS43 car with the 3.0 being available.

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Old 02-08-2013, 11:25 AM   #330
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I would take it to a tuner, explain what was done, and have them make an appropriate calibration

Keep in mind it is still a 2.8. I wouldn't expect much more than 190whp

Are you 100% sure the previous owner wasn't blowing smoke out of his ass? i can't see why someone would swap a 2.8 in to an MS43 car with the 3.0 being available.
Unfortunately, I am 100% sure of what was done. I used to work at the shop that did the work, and now work for the previous owner... And have the shop bill for all the work that was done ($$$$$).

I really don't care all that much about more power. It would be nice but in reality I have a "fast" car when I want to drive it. This is strictly a DD and it gets good enough mileage that I am probably not going to mess with it. Maybe flashing up to the 330 stuff with the larger TB/MAF/IM as was suggested above, eventually.

I have no idea why they went with a 2.8 instead of the 3.0 - It's dumb in my book too (but I got such a good deal on the car that I couldn't pass it up.)

Completely unrelated:

Has anyone ever swapped an E36 exhaust into an E46? The head bolt pattern is the same, the underbody isn't that different. I'm wondering if it would be worth some power (I have more than one full E36 exhaust laying around.) It would be interesting to see how much power could be gained simply by removing those ridiculous factory manifolds and replacing them with... less ridiculous factory manifolds (or something aftermarket.)

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Old 03-05-2013, 08:29 AM   #331
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Has anyone ever swapped an E36 exhaust into an E46? The head bolt pattern is the same, the underbody isn't that different. I'm wondering if it would be worth some power (I have more than one full E36 exhaust laying around.) It would be interesting to see how much power could be gained simply by removing those ridiculous factory manifolds and replacing them with... less ridiculous factory manifolds (or something aftermarket.)
Hah! Chris let me know if you find anything out, I'm working on a similar project... (E36 shorty headers with a cat added after a collector for my ZHP)

I'm not totally sure the shorties will clear the engine mount arm, but there's a $40 M54B30 nearby, and the arm is $30, so I might just buy those and find out before I try it in my car.
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Old 04-15-2013, 12:38 PM   #332
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Old 04-22-2013, 10:09 PM   #333
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:04 PM   #334
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:42 PM   #335
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nice numbers. are the dynodynamics the ones that tend to run a little inflated?
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nice numbers. are the dynodynamics the ones that tend to run a little inflated?
numbers mean nothing, lol.
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I heard dyno dynamics dynos reads low. idk I was keeping up with 330i's.


I think dyno jet is the one that reads high. But then again you can get different readings different days with the same car...
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nice numbers. are the dynodynamics the ones that tend to run a little inflated?
no they dont usually but if the operator has not used shootout mode they can enter in a scale factor and fudge it to get any number you want. if you see a dyno dynamics dyno without shootout written on it you never know what is going on in the background and it is worthless for comparison with other graphs. shootout mode locks in several variables like the ramp rate, correction factors so the operator cant fudge it unless he puts the temp probe in a bad spot but even then it is all printed on the graph to see if it is suspect.

some places even say they can correct dynodynamics to read dynojet. this is a complete wank and just pain BS, all they are doing is fudging the numbers to make the customer happy there is not a fixed correction to get from one to another. if you want a dynojet number well go to a place with a dynojet......

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fvck numbers, line em up
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