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Old 09-22-2013, 12:05 AM   #1
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I am currently overseas till july 2015, with all the money i have saved up im looking to put in a FI kit into my nice little 325i. of course some would ask why not buy an M3? simple, my car is already fully paid off and i have grown very attached to her since i bought her almost 4 years ago . plus i rather not have to have a car bill again since the rest of the money after the FI Kit is going towards a BMW S1000RR. anyone that knows that bike knows its the real deal! so my real question im getting at is what would you go for? Technique Tunnings Turbo, or Active Autoworke's StgII SC? any other suggestions are welcome.
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Old 09-22-2013, 12:11 AM   #2
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I'd go with an S54 swap instead. It's much more difficult, but I think it'd be worth it over FI in the long run.
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Old 09-22-2013, 12:12 AM   #3
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Old 09-22-2013, 12:19 AM   #4
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I'd go with an S54 swap instead. It's much more difficult, but I think it'd be worth it over FI in the long run.
honestly that was an option aswell. i just love the sound of FI.
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honestly that was an option aswell. i just love the sound of FI.
Ha, I'm a sucker for supercharger whine. But think of it this way: once to turbo/supercharge it, you pretty much hit the cars limits because M54 can't handle much boost. You'd have to swap out some internals. With S54, you get the same performance, roughly, but then you still have a lot of room to grow.

I also love high revving engines.
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I'd go with an S54 swap instead. It's much more difficult, but I think it'd be worth it over FI in the long run.
N54 swap or gtfo. It bolts up and can make 600 crank for 2k
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Old 09-22-2013, 10:01 AM   #7
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N54 swap or gtfo. It bolts up and can make 600 crank for 2k
That's a serious misrepresentation of the cost - it's a lot of labor to make it work. Not only that, the S54 is higher maintenance in the long run then the M54.

OP: What are your long-term performance goals? I notice your sig says no such thing as done...if that's the case, the S54 may be for you. If you're ok with the high 300s to the wheels (Stage 2 330 kit is 375 to the wheels, not sure where you'd fair with the 325), the Technique Tuning kit is best bang for your buck.

Keep in mind with both the S54 swap and higher torque options with the M54, supporting components tend to like to break.

Whatever you choose, I'm certain you'll be happy with the results.

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EDIT: Totally read S54. Can't speak to N54.

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I am currently overseas till july 2015, with all the money i have saved up im looking to put in a FI kit into my nice little 325i. of course some would ask why not buy an M3? simple, my car is already fully paid off and i have grown very attached to her since i bought her almost 4 years ago . plus i rather not have to have a car bill again since the rest of the money after the FI Kit is going towards a BMW S1000RR. anyone that knows that bike knows its the real deal! so my real question im getting at is what would you go for? Technique Tunnings Turbo, or Active Autoworke's StgII SC? any other suggestions are welcome.
i would personally go with the TT kit just for price vs performance. the 325 kit wont be listed on their website but it does exist and someone on this forum has already done it.

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N54 swap or gtfo. It bolts up and can make 600 crank for 2k
please explain your logic very precisely. i would like parts cost, labor costs, headache costs for getting the electronics to work right, and i'd also like to know how many times you've personally done that swap for 2k and made 600 hp.

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I am currently overseas till july 2015, with all the money i have saved up im looking to put in a FI kit into my nice little 325i. of course some would ask why not buy an M3? simple, my car is already fully paid off and i have grown very attached to her since i bought her almost 4 years ago . plus i rather not have to have a car bill again since the rest of the money after the FI Kit is going towards a BMW S1000RR. anyone that knows that bike knows its the real deal! so my real question im getting at is what would you go for? Technique Tunnings Turbo, or Active Autoworke's StgII SC? any other suggestions are welcome.
You have alot of options laid out on the table. The mere fact that you have your E46 325i paid off and attachment the next big step would be going F/I. I will be more than glad to send you over more information on our S/C to think over for when you come back.
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please explain your logic very precisely. i would like parts cost, labor costs, headache costs for getting the electronics to work right, and i'd also like to know how many times you've personally done that swap for 2k and made 600 hp.
The engine can make 600hp crank (I think its more like 500-550 personally) for 2k. $400 tune, $350 catless downpipe, $400 meth injection, $500 fmic, $80 dual cone intakes, + install. This is on a factory equipped N54 btw. On a e46 swap it'd be much more due to custom parts needing to be fabricated.

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N54 swap or gtfo. It bolts up and can make 600 crank for 2k
no one (including you) doesn't even know if this swap can be done successfully. Further, OP's car is a nice daily driven car, not some hack box he's going to screw modules onto with zip ties (DME hanging from the rear view mirror) with 10,000 lights on the dash lit up. This has to be a fully functional (I mean fully) car for OP. Not some gutted track rat with pedo bear stickers on the side
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either way, i'm interested to see what you chose works for you.

me, i'd go Built & Stroked S54 with a Turbo kit! the ultimate sleeper of an E46 Sedan in the USA! although Lutz has built one and mert in Turkey has an AWD M3 but like others have said, you have options and an opportunity to be unique and stand out amongst us mere mortal peasants! lol

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either way, i'm interested to see what you chose works for you.

me, i'd go Built & Stroked S54 with a Turbo kit! the ultimate sleeper of an E46 Sedan in the USA! although Lutz has built one and mert in Turkey has an AWD M3 but like others have said, you have options and an opportunity to be unique and stand out amongst us mere mortal peasants! lol

Good luck Lcpl
hmm well the thing is i know when i get back ill have atleast $15k budget for my car. if i were to go with the S54 i'd look for the motor, trans, and bottom rear end. i feel like that alone would be around $5k-$6k after that use what i need to SC or Turbo the car. Then again i'd like to just SC/T my car and buy a nice alpine white or Topaz Blue M3 to match my Sedan haha.
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