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Old 08-03-2010, 02:28 PM   #21
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No one said it is the best deal out there, tons of people crap on Dinan products and have never owned one. No one said a Stage II or Stage III complete package is the best deal.
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Old 08-03-2010, 02:32 PM   #22
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I got my cf dinan intake for 200$ shipped, front strut for 200$ shipped... Thinking about selling my tse3 and buying a dinan muffler with a custom exhaust then I'll be at 8 pts... then auto tranny software... and rear strut. then I'll be at 10. However I won't be able to get the badge through dinan... anyone know of a replica badge?
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Old 08-03-2010, 02:49 PM   #23
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You wanna play this game again?
I can get something cheaper and better than every singly Dinan product you own.


I, uh, really don't even need to waste my time explaining this one, but sure , why not.
$7312.60 for what? A "cup kit," some software, a 3.15 diff that you can get for like $200 used TOPS, an intake, sway bars, and a badge....

For $7000, I can get a 3.15, AST 5200's, H&R/hotchkis sway's, AA supercharger, and hell more and still be <$7000.
Sure it's nice if you want a kit that "supposed" to work together, but there is no way you can argue it's the best deal out there.
there is no arguing dinan is not cheap... yes, you could go out and get something much more powerful... for sure its not for everyone... i think the dinan customer is more of the type that wants everything to be better but doesn't want to modify the cars character by adding a supercharger or making the ride uncomfortable... my friend had a supercharger on his car and always had problems with it... but anyways that said if what you want is a lot of power... then superchargers and turbos are your main bet... but yes no doubt dinan is expensive...

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Old 08-03-2010, 02:55 PM   #24
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Old 08-03-2010, 03:16 PM   #25
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damn, but you have to keep in mind... For the best performance you must make sacrifices in "ride quality".
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Old 08-03-2010, 03:23 PM   #26
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damn, but you have to keep in mind... For the best performance you must make sacrifices in "ride quality".
Very true... for sure
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Old 08-03-2010, 03:24 PM   #27
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I got my cf dinan intake for 200$ shipped, front strut for 200$ shipped... Thinking about selling my tse3 and buying a dinan muffler with a custom exhaust then I'll be at 8 pts... then auto tranny software... and rear strut. then I'll be at 10. However I won't be able to get the badge through dinan... anyone know of a replica badge?
I don't see the need people get for having points and the Badge. This is pure marketing ploy that some fall into. This is not the Boy Scouts. Sure an officially licensed Dinan car is worth more through certified BMW than a car with other aftermarket parts. But either way you are not going to get anywhere near what these parts cost you back.
I'm not knocking Dinan products. I have owned several of their products on my previous BMWs and driven a few. Great civilized street performance.
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Old 08-03-2010, 03:42 PM   #28
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The way I see Dinan pricing is this. They are one of the first to come out with the research and development on the newer models. This costs money. This is passed on to the select nitch of people who want this and have the money to buy it. Now as time goes by many other aftermaket companies jump on their R&D (reverse engineer) and get in on the action. At a lower price. But Dinan has to keep their pricing steadfast. If they drop too much then their next model line won't be able to be charged their premium price point. So for those buying a $40K-$85K bmw, relatively speaking it's not that much. But for a used $10-$15k car it's really noticeable and inexpensive options with similar if not better gains are more abundant.

With all that said, their wheel design is a marvel of engineering.
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Old 08-03-2010, 03:44 PM   #29
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Yeah you probably wont get your money back.. true... my plan is to keep the car as long as possible if not forever though... but like you have hartge and alpina who changes all the badges on the car... thats just dinans touch... i think they just make it limited to ensure people don't get into the whole "Type R" syndrome or the newly created "GT-R" syndrome haha... sure if ya want a badge you can get it on ebay... we all hate when people put Mbadges on their car when its not an ///M... sure its marketing... wouldnt you hate it if you saw like some really beat up Nissan sentra with ///M badges everywhere.... lol im sad to say ive seen it! lol
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Old 08-03-2010, 03:45 PM   #30
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I don't see the need people get for having points and the Badge. This is pure marketing ploy that some fall into. This is not the Boy Scouts. Sure an officially licensed Dinan car is worth more through certified BMW than a car with other aftermarket parts. But either way you are not going to get anywhere near what these parts cost you back.
I'm not knocking Dinan products. I have owned several of their products on my previous BMWs and driven a few. Great civilized street performance.
I want the badge because not many have it. It sets my car out from the rest instead of seeing a normal 330i or 325i every block you will see DINAN 3 . I have 5 pts, but I got my cf dinan intake and front strut for 400 shipped (together)... I not going out and spending mass money on this sh1t... I can't I'm 19 and can't afford the sh1t strait from DINAN... Does anyone know of a replica dinan badge? I'm gonna need one when I hit 10 pts because I didnt buy my product directly through dinan...
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Old 08-03-2010, 03:47 PM   #31
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The way I see Dinan pricing is this. They are one of the first to come out with the research and development on the newer models. This costs money. This is passed on to the select nitch of people who want this and have the money to buy it. Now as time goes by many other aftermaket companies jump on their R&D (reverse engineer) and get in on the action. At a lower price. But Dinan has to keep their pricing steadfast. If they drop too much then their next model line won't be able to be charged their premium price point. So for those buying a $40K-$85K bmw, relatively speaking it's not that much. But for a used $10-$15k car it's really noticeable and inexpensive options with similar if not better gains are more abundant.

With all that said, their wheel design is a marvel of engineering.
well said... often times though dinan is last on the market with their product.... when they dyno a car they go through 3 days of testing prior to the actual run...
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Old 08-03-2010, 03:51 PM   #32
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haha im 22 lol it took a lot of time for me... haha alot of it has to do with the cost of tires and tickets that slow down the progress in my car... lol ummm right now... my car is currently sitting in an impound haha from having too much fun in canyons lol
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Old 08-03-2010, 03:56 PM   #33
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damn, but you have to keep in mind... For the best performance you must make sacrifices in "ride quality".
Not necessarily. There are higher quality coilover setup's that can go from track-ready to street comfy in minutes that don't cost an arm or leg.
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Old 08-03-2010, 04:11 PM   #34
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the ride quality of the suspension is really good... its a bit rougher than stock when you get to pretty rough roads... on smooth roads its way better than stock...
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Old 08-03-2010, 04:22 PM   #35
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If your looking for a replica Dinan badge here is a strategy you could try:

1. Go to www.bimmian.com
2. Click on Emblems + Vinyl.
3. Click on Custom Vehicle emblems.
4. From there you can create your own Dinan badge.
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Old 08-03-2010, 04:35 PM   #36
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I want the badge because not many have it. It sets my car out from the rest instead of seeing a normal 330i or 325i every block you will see DINAN 3 . I have 5 pts, but I got my cf dinan intake and front strut for 400 shipped (together)... I not going out and spending mass money on this sh1t... I can't I'm 19 and can't afford the sh1t strait from DINAN... Does anyone know of a replica dinan badge? I'm gonna need one when I hit 10 pts because I didnt buy my product directly through dinan...
Im sorry but in your case the badge won't mean much. Anyone can buy these on ebay from china for a few dollars. I can put one on my gardeners pick-up tomorrow. Unless things changed when I had my E30 M3, Dinan registers the parts bought and only when bought new through an authorized dealer will their points be tallied. And when anyone needed to verify if buying your car if it's a legit Dinan, Dinan would tell them it's not.
My point is that badge is only valuable to you. Now that anyone can buy them counterfeit (like what you want to do), no one thinks much of just the badge alone. Most people who know what Dinan is know what's a legit car and what not legit. So it being sold as a Dinan Stage X isn't going to happen with just the badge.
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Old 08-03-2010, 05:10 PM   #37
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its the same way still... they register each part... Did you have the dinan E30 M3 with their turbo kits... haha back then those turbo kits they made were crazy
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Old 08-03-2010, 05:26 PM   #38
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Point I am trying to make is Dinan makes good stuff, some of their items are very expensive but just like any other approved product, SVT, Saleen, TRD, they are more expensive because it is dealer approved. Not every BMW owner wants the same parts, we are all unique and have different tastes, themes, and budgets.

You can buy used Dinan stuff very cheap, there is stuff for sale all over Ebay and this forum most of the time. Hell, if you got a 10 point Dinan car with used parts, still a Dinan car to me.

Their tuning is really not much more expensive than the Shark either. The suspension parts are pretty $$$ though. If I had the money, I would love some Fiske Dinan rims....those are SO sweet!!!

Just my 2 cents. For people who want to buy the Dinan stuff, the 15% off was posted, for those who don't....why do you care?
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Old 08-03-2010, 05:34 PM   #39
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exactly haha.... oh those fiske dinan wheels are really nice for sure... what does suck is i bought the suspension about 2 months ago... and now this sale comes up that applies to suspension haha the 15% would have been nice
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Old 08-03-2010, 10:25 PM   #40
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Not necessarily. There are higher quality coilover setup's that can go from track-ready to street comfy in minutes that don't cost an arm or leg.
Correct but you just contradicted yourself... Also how do you adjust the rear in minutes?!
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