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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 03-31-2009, 08:48 AM   #1
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uuc tse3 or dinan muffler?

Im planning on buying my dinan intake this week for my 2002 330xi. what would be a better option down the road. a uuc tse3 catback exhaust or a dinan muffler?

is that catback exhaust worth the extra cash? its not like its easy buying a uuc tse3 catback used because they are so popular and sell quick.

just wondering what performance gains would be between the two.

these would be the only 2 performance mods i do because ebay headers would not pass emissions.

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Old 04-01-2009, 12:47 AM   #2
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The TSE3 without a doubt gets my vote. The TSE3 is the loudest and best sounding exhaust for a non-M. There are minimal performance gains with exhausts for the E46, so that really isn't a deciding factor. All exhausts will yield a bit of power, but the real difference is the sound and appearance.
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Old 04-01-2009, 12:50 AM   #3
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TSE3 any day of the week

however, if you want to spend a few hundred bucks to make your car sound........ exactly the way it was before, well then go with Dinan
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Old 04-01-2009, 12:53 AM   #4
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TSE3 any day of the week

however, if you want to spend a few hundred bucks to make your car sound........ exactly the way it was before, well then go with Dinan
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Old 04-01-2009, 02:08 AM   #5
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i love my TSE3
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Old 04-01-2009, 02:16 AM   #6
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Why dinan intakes and mufflers sound same as stock?
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Why dinan intakes and mufflers sound same as stock?
Because it wasn't made for fanatics. Plus it's an axle-back exhaust, the TSE3 is a full cat-back.
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Old 04-01-2009, 02:30 AM   #8
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Definitely TSE3 without a doubt.
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Old 04-01-2009, 04:11 AM   #9
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So i guess tse3 wins and im not surprized either.

but now my question is the dinan intake box worth it?
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Old 04-01-2009, 09:06 AM   #10
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What about Highline tuning's catback? http://www.highlinetuning.com/ I just got mine in yesterday, excellent build quality, great price. I will be installing it within the next week or so.
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Old 04-01-2009, 09:06 AM   #11
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at this question.

Assuming they cost roughly the same, should I buy a Timex or a Rolex?
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So i guess tse3 wins and im not surprized either.

but now my question is the dinan intake box worth it?
Two of my buddies have the Dinan airbox and love it. I've got the older long tube style Dinan CAI and love it because it's really loud.
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Definitely TSE3, but if you go with Dinan you are gonna want to remove one or both of your resonators.
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Old 04-01-2009, 10:44 PM   #14
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I was thinking about the tse-3, but what does it sound like inside the car, i drove a cavalier for years, and the exhaust i had, had a terrible cabin drone, and I was wondering what it sounded like inside?
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I was thinking about the tse-3, but what does it sound like inside the car, i drove a cavalier for years, and the exhaust i had, had a terrible cabin drone, and I was wondering what it sounded like inside?
there is absolutely no droning on it at all, buy it
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Old 04-03-2009, 07:09 PM   #16
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I'm running the TSE3 and the dinan intake airbox and i have not complaints. I'm sure dinan switched to the airbox style 4 a reason
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Old 04-04-2009, 10:59 AM   #17
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chuckles, any sound clips available? i'm strongly considering this. as soon as i go past warranty, i'm installing a dinan airbox, 3.46 rear and some kind of muffler(still looking)!
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