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Old 01-24-2016, 02:03 PM   #1
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How reliable have your FI setups been?? Advice?

Hey guys i have a 2002 330ci manual trans with 180k miles. Not a problem with the engine ever. Its been very well taken care of. I was thinking about getting a TT turbo kit. My concern is how reliable FI m54b30's are with stock internals?

How reliable have your setups been and do you recommend SC or turbo? Thanks!
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Old 01-24-2016, 03:27 PM   #2
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I do not have a fi'd bmw engine, nor have I ever done any kind of work like that to a German car. I have however played around with some Hondas and American v8's in the past.....so take my advice with a grain I guess.

At 180k clicks I wouldn't go adding tons of horseponnies, I'd most likely begin the search for a low mileage engine. if the body and interior is in good shape, I'd go hunting for a wrecked m3 and swap out all the good stuff. (Engine, transmission, diff, cluster, ect.) Most likely you could go this route substantially cheaper than sc the car. Also you won't be dealing with all the tuning crap that goes along with fi....

Just my 0.02
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Old 01-24-2016, 04:39 PM   #3
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I do not have a fi'd bmw engine, nor have I ever done any kind of work like that to a German car. I have however played around with some Hondas and American v8's in the past.....so take my advice with a grain I guess.

At 180k clicks I wouldn't go adding tons of horseponnies, I'd most likely begin the search for a low mileage engine. if the body and interior is in good shape, I'd go hunting for a wrecked m3 and swap out all the good stuff. (Engine, transmission, diff, cluster, ect.) Most likely you could go this route substantially cheaper than sc the car. Also you won't be dealing with all the tuning crap that goes along with fi....

Just my 0.02

I was looking into s54 swap and it looks like a headache! All the special wiring and i cant find any good guides on DIY
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Old 01-25-2016, 03:12 AM   #4
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I do not have a fi'd bmw engine, nor have I ever done any kind of work like that to a German car. I have however played around with some Hondas and American v8's in the past.....so take my advice with a grain I guess.

At 180k clicks I wouldn't go adding tons of horseponnies, I'd most likely begin the search for a low mileage engine. if the body and interior is in good shape, I'd go hunting for a wrecked m3 and swap out all the good stuff. (Engine, transmission, diff, cluster, ect.) Most likely you could go this route substantially cheaper than sc the car. Also you won't be dealing with all the tuning crap that goes along with fi....

Just my 0.02

Lol. What tuning crap? He looking at buying a proven kit.
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Old 01-25-2016, 05:33 AM   #5
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Lol. What tuning crap? He looking at buying a proven kit.
You still need to tune for your engine...
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Old 01-25-2016, 06:17 AM   #6
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The kit does include a tune, which is probably the best you can find for that setup.
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Old 01-25-2016, 08:05 AM   #7
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I know the kits are proven. Im worried about engine reliability and how much hp stock internals can handle
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Old 01-25-2016, 08:52 AM   #8
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I know the kits are proven. Im worried about engine reliability and how much hp stock internals can handle
Probably much more then you will gain by the kit I donīt know how its handled in US, but in EU the seller of such a kit is responsible for such kits and if the engine blows due to imperfections, like the tune being to advanced, then you can pull him to court!
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Old 01-25-2016, 12:21 PM   #9
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My M54 has been supercharged for 3 years now. I have increased the boost incrementally each year with zero "mechanical issues"
Before you seriously consider the SC route be sure the base engine s running at its best.
Check
1 Vanos rattle
2 Disa valve operation
3 Vacuum leaks
4 CCV
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6 Cooling system is up to snuff

Do some searching and educate yourself on these items
Also decide up front whether you are going to add more enhancements ie header and perf. exhaust. The kit supplier will adjust the tune for these items(that is what VF Engineering did for me)
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Old 01-25-2016, 05:46 PM   #10
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I've had my AA kit installed since April 2012 and about 10k miles or so. It's been flawless - minus me having to replace the clutch since it couldn't cope
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Old 01-28-2016, 10:49 PM   #11
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About 40k miles on twinscrew SC 331whp. The engine had about 140k when I installed it.
Do a compression test and see what's up.
Worst case scenarion just change the block if you blow it up.
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Old 02-01-2016, 09:16 PM   #12
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Old 02-02-2016, 04:23 PM   #13
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How reliable have your FI setups been?? Advice?

2 years, like 80,000 kilometers, 79mm pulley, 325whp, 0 issues with my motor
(ESS TS2+ SC)

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Old 02-02-2016, 07:23 PM   #14
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Worst case scenarion just change the block if you blow it up.
Seriously long blocks are so cheap now.
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Old 02-03-2016, 09:28 AM   #15
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I just added a s/c to my engine at 153k miles. Took care of regular issues (DISA, OFHG, Vanos) and I don't expect any issues.
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Old 02-03-2016, 09:56 AM   #16
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I would recommend having a compression and leakdown test performed with that type of mileage before going F/I. Whatever parts are weak are going to quickly show. Make sure you have a back up car if this is your daily
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