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Old 07-02-2014, 09:08 PM   #1
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Ebay Headers

So, I have read all of the threads on the Ebay headers, but before I spend the money i want to make sure I am not wasting it. So, who here has them? How are they doing?
This link is what I had in mind since the recommended sellers only had the 325/330 ones, and I drive a 323.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/FOR-BMW-E46-...c38bc9&vxp=mtr

Please let me know! Thanks.
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Old 07-02-2014, 09:37 PM   #2
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So, I have read all of the threads on the Ebay headers, but before I spend the money i want to make sure I am not wasting it. So, who here has them? How are they doing?
This link is what I had in mind since the recommended sellers only had the 325/330 ones, and I drive a 323.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/FOR-BMW-E46-...c38bc9&vxp=mtr

Please let me know! Thanks.

I have them, they work great. Mine came from "Trader Nos", they're one of the few that had perfect fitment.

My only real concern is if the o2 bungs are located in the right spot, it's 50/50 if they are. Be prepared to have to deal with that. It you haven't bought a Cat-Back yet, wait until you get the headers installed & listen to them.


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Old 07-02-2014, 09:47 PM   #4
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Rob43- I have heard good things about that seller, but they don't have the ones I need (at least for now). That's why I'm kind of concerned about these, because they're $200 cheaper. I want some quality, I just can't afford the real deal! Unfortunately I can only find these, or name brand. No in-between.
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OP, the secret to 323Ci/i performance for $2000 or less dollars is this:

1) Ebay header
2) CAI
3) $1100 to $1400 Nitrous system spraying 35 to 75 WHP


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Rob43- I have heard good things about that seller, but they don't have the ones I need (at least for now). That's why I'm kind of concerned about these, because they're $200 cheaper. I want some quality, I just can't afford the real deal! Unfortunately I can only find these, or name brand. No in-between.
Ya, I just did a quick search, not to many options for 323 headers. Like I said, I'm Not concerned about them failing you, I am concerned about the o2 placement.


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Old 07-02-2014, 10:05 PM   #7
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the thing with ebay header is that they are hit and miss.

you'll get a good set or get a bad set. if you get a good set everything should line up. if you get a bad set your o2 sensor will be misplaced and the bottom flange of the headers will not be even with your exhaust mid-pipe therefore you'll need to go to a exhaust shop.

as for rob, another great way to increase HP is by getting a cheap mufler lol. can't go wrong with a magnaflow or kpeng special
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You could put in a cold air intake that would probably give u 5-15 go increase and if u put a cat back exhaust u could get 40+ hp (pretty sure it more but) together plus high octane gas maybe u could get like 50+ hp
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Old 07-03-2014, 07:16 AM   #8
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Yeah, i just ordered a magnaflow yesterday actually. I guess I'll take my chances with these headers and hope for the best. Thanks for all of your help guys!
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Old 07-03-2014, 05:02 PM   #9
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Just a thought...did you review his negative feedback. A few of them complained about fitment on other vehicles. Might want to wade through a few to see if they have any complaints about your type.

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Old 07-04-2014, 06:56 AM   #10
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OP another thing to consider here are the drawbacks of driving a car around with header installed. I will tell you that both the noise and the terrible smell will get old after a while, and being a project that is time consuming and labor intensive I would seriously take this into consideration before going thru with this. If you really want some extra grunt go buy a muffler and slap it on. At least then it's somewhat tame sounding when you just want to cruise and when you step on it you get that roar that you're looking for. Especially with a non M e46. These cars weren't made for what some of these guys are doing to them. They are a civilized luxury performance minded automobile and when you throw a loud exhaust on that type of car it just looks and sounds broken to other motorists when driving it. I would suggest that if your dream is to own a sportier car that can pull off things like loud exhausts then save up your cash and look for a nice E36 M3 or a higher mileage E46 M3. Until then enjoy your car and keep it happy and healthy by doing your maintenance. Just my 2 cents, which I'm sure is not for everyone.


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