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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 11-20-2012, 02:23 PM   #1
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I plan on getting CAI, Headers, & Exhaust: Recommendations?

Anybody have any suggestions? I'm frugal and the car has 161xxx miles on it. m52 5 speed. I'm willing to run ebay headers + 02 sim, but I don't know what my options are for the other two components.
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Old 11-20-2012, 02:59 PM   #2
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why do you want to do all of that?
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Old 11-20-2012, 03:25 PM   #3
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God just answer the guys question.. Maybe He's doing it just because he want to. Check out modbargains. They have a lot of the things you're looking for.

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ECS tuning is a great site as well
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Old 11-20-2012, 03:40 PM   #5
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I'd recommend doing either exhaust or headers unless you plan to get one of those helicopter intercoms. If you have the budget for both, I'd also recommend a more high quality set of headers. The holy grail of headers on here seem to be the technik headers.

For intake get either a tube style or one with a heat shield. I wrapped my heat shield with some heat shielding tape and it pretty much locks out any engine heat. A true CAI may be better but I'd rather not worry about water getting in. Plus I have a carb sticker so I don't have to take it out for smog.
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Old 11-20-2012, 03:53 PM   #6
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In CA - good luck with emissions
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God just answer the guys question.. Maybe He's doing it just because he want to. Check out modbargains. They have a lot of the things you're looking for.

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with a 1000 posts you still seem to post like a newb.

on a 323 its prob a waste of money just like it is on any other non-m

then if he still decides to do it he can use the search function which you must not be aware of

in any event im trying to save op some coin . maybe he can look into a did swap and muffler delete with a cosmos intake.

you sir dont have great advice
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In CA - good luck with emissions
its not that bad just find a guy to smog ya
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Didn't see you were from CA.

In that case, get a ECIS intake and tse3 exhaust. It's what I run and I've passed smog 3 times with that set up.

And don't listen to the people saying it's a waste of money to mod your car. It's a waste of money to mod any car if that's the case. In my opinion it's not a waste if it makes YOU happy. Just know you're never going to have 800hp in your car and enjoy it.
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with a 1000 posts you still seem to post like a newb.

on a 323 its prob a waste of money just like it is on any other non-m

then if he still decides to do it he can use the search function which you must not be aware of

in any event im trying to save op some coin . maybe he can look into a did swap and muffler delete with a cosmos intake.

you sir dont have great advice
I'm just pointing the guy in the direction he wants to go. I'm not telling him what he can and can't do with his car. It's his he can do what he wants. He said he wants to see what kind of intakes and exhausts are available. I'm telling him Where he can find such things

Oh by the way... There's this new thing called punctuation. Try it out sometime! It's fun!
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I'm just pointing the guy in the direction he wants to go. I'm not telling him what he can and can't do with his car. It's his he can do what he wants. He said he wants to see what kind of intakes and exhausts are available. I'm telling him Where he can find such things

Oh by the way... There's this new thing called punctuation. Try it out sometime! It's fun!
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That's not necessarily in op's best interest

Punctuation is not needed on forums I'm assuming you read what I wrote without any issues
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