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Old 06-28-2014, 11:42 PM   #1
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Rhd headers ??

I have a 00' 330ci.

What does everyone do for headers?

I was looking to buy budget ebay headers then after further research realised that they are all made in America for LHD BMWs.

Apparently LHD headers won't fit our RHD cars due to interference with the steering rack.

What sort of modifications would I have to do to have LHD headers for on my RHD?

Are there any suppliers that sell RHD headers?

Would e36 328i headers fit on my car? Are these worth installing?

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Old 06-29-2014, 12:36 AM   #2
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I have a 00' 330ci.

What does everyone do for headers?

I was looking to buy budget ebay headers then after further research realised that they are all made in America for LHD BMWs.

Apparently LHD headers won't fit our RHD cars due to interference with the steering rack.

What sort of modifications would I have to do to have LHD headers for on my RHD?

Are there any suppliers that sell RHD headers?

Would e36 328i headers fit on my car? Are these worth installing?

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Old 06-29-2014, 12:57 AM   #3
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M52 headers fit. Oxy sensors and cat will need to be relocated, tail end will need se modifying too.
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Old 06-29-2014, 01:57 AM   #4
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http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/BMW-E36-3...item2c8528ad11

And there's a New Zealand mob that lists headers for E46 RHD ocassionally on ebay much cheaper than these. As with any option, they still require work/mods to fit.

If headers are to be your first and only mod, spend the money elsewhere imho

Cost versus gain on a stock motor??? Delete or replace the primary cat with a high flow is another option.
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Old 06-29-2014, 02:45 AM   #5
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^ with dave here. not much point going to the trouble of finding headers that'll work. spend it on maintenance or an exhaust imo
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Old 06-29-2014, 03:54 AM   #6
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Just buy m52 headers,they're like 100~150 for a set,just have to decide what your gonna go with the rest of the way down
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Old 06-29-2014, 04:26 AM   #7
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Same guy that was selling on ebay.

Granted the M52 headers are a cheap option, but are they really optimum/ bigger gain than deleting the primary cats on the M54 oems? Legit question, not trying to be a smart a$$. Unfortunately none of these were a viable option for myself, could have saved me a heap of time, but I am happy with the route I took.
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You can cut primaries out of 54s but then id rather just sell complete 54 manifolds with cats integrated since you can easily fetch $250 or more for them. Either route is pretty much same ****,just depends on price,time and what your gonna do with the rest of the exhaust (retain 330 exhaust with adaptor section,custom exhaust etc etc)
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Old 06-29-2014, 06:07 AM   #9
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http://www.tntexhausts.co.za/ProductsMain.html

http://www.masterparts.com/exhaust-h...-product-range

These guys also do a tubular header for E36, that bolts onto RHD M54. Model BB02.

Someone would have to email for pricing, from best I can find they are around 1500 rand, about $150 au.
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Few more examples

http://www.schmiedmann.com/3_series/...e18.htm#paging
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Thanks for the opinions guys.

Comment #36 in this thread:
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...=573862&page=2

'2000 year 330i/ci's had the older 328i style of exhaust, which means no cats in the headers, but instead under the car'

'Also as stock the 328i exhaust would only have 1 resonator as opposed the 330's 2 resonators'

I put the car up on the hoist today and to see if I had the '328i' style of exhaust as my car was also a 2000 model.

Found out that I also have the 328i style of exhaust. The previous owner for some reason deleted the resonator, not sure why...

Regardless, would this mean that I already have m52 headers? If my headers are from a m52, what are my options? I already plan to delete the cats. Are the m52 headers as restrictive as the m54?

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Yes your car has m52 manifolds. The options are yours really,obviously the previous owner has deleted the resonator for a louder exhaust note. Im not a fan of deletes on the standard system,always get an odd exhaust note like rattly sort of bark but this is purely my opinion. Some people go for simple muffler delete,to after market mufflers with same twin piping or others go for single piping headers back etc.
Maybe some people can post videos of their exhaust soundwho and set up soo you get a rough idea
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Best way to tell is to take a pic of the manifold rhside of the engine the covers are very obvious. Early Euros didn't have the 328 manifolds.
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I have a 00' 330ci.

What does everyone do for headers?

I was looking to buy budget ebay headers then after further research realised that they are all made in America for LHD BMWs.

Apparently LHD headers won't fit our RHD cars due to interference with the steering rack.

What sort of modifications would I have to do to have LHD headers for on my RHD?

Are there any suppliers that sell RHD headers?

Would e36 328i headers fit on my car? Are these worth installing?

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Old 07-01-2014, 04:39 AM   #15
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The options are yours really,obviously the previous owner has deleted the resonator for a louder exhaust note.
Deleting the resonator doesn't really give the car a louder exhaust note. Sounds almost identical to stock, not much difference. That's why I was confused as to why he deleted it

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What are you planning with your car?
I just simply wanted a bit of extra power. What better thing to do than ebay headers? Best bang for buck. I didn't mind the fact that ebay headers weren't a 100% fit. I have family that's in the mechanical industry, could have worked around the headers to make them fit.

As for the rest of the exhaust. I was definitely planning to delete the cats. (more power).

I'm not entirely sure what i'll do to the rest, maybe put on aftermarket muffler and keep the resonator out since it's already removed.

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Honestly man,why would you want to risk having no cats? Usually epa are always down at inspection depos and man you get caught with no cats your pretty much done lol
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why would you want cats is a better question.
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Honestly man,why would you want to risk having no cats? Usually epa are always down at inspection depos and man you get caught with no cats your pretty much done lol
Just personal preference. I ain't scared of no epa haha


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Same guy that was selling on ebay.

Granted the M52 headers are a cheap option, but are they really optimum/ bigger gain than deleting the primary cats on the M54 oems? Legit question, not trying to be a smart a$$. Unfortunately none of these were a viable option for myself, could have saved me a heap of time, but I am happy with the route I took.
What route did you end up taking?


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