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Old 10-02-2015, 02:23 AM   #1
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Turbo for 330ci?

Hi guys, a friend of mine has got a 530d turbo for sale. It's got me thinking whether I can install it on my 330ci? Any info would be much appreciated
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Old 10-02-2015, 03:32 AM   #2
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His is diesel, your car is petrol => doesn´t work properly.

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Old 10-02-2015, 05:19 AM   #3
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So basically all diesel turbos won't work in a petrol car right?
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Old 10-02-2015, 07:28 AM   #4
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Well, basically yes as the exhaust temp is pretty different. That said, back in the days when nickel wasn´t that expensive, the chargers even for diesel engines took much more abuse without complaining.

But today, where its all about maximizing income, i wouldn´t trust a diesel charger on a petrol engine. I´d rather purchase a cheapo chinese clone.
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Old 10-02-2015, 08:35 AM   #5
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Thanks for the reply. It's something that I had been thinking about for a while but at least you've cleared that up now. With these cheapo chinese clones, can u tell me more about those. How cheap are we talking about? Where can u get them from? Roughly how much power gain do u think I'd get if installed and what's the life span on them do u reckon?
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Old 10-02-2015, 09:20 AM   #6
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Ebay is probably the easiest source. You should be able to get a GT35 for ~300€ and you probably need another 1000€ to get the last bits. I assume you can weld or at least have a friend who´s able to TIG weld some parts.

I don´t know anything about MOT in the UK, so thats up to your own, but expect some 400ish hp from such a build Tuning is pretty easy these days and you can do it on your own.
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Hi guys, a friend of mine has got a 530d turbo for sale. It's got me thinking whether I can install it on my 330ci? Any info would be much appreciated
We have a Supercharger Kit that fits your 330ci perfectly.
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Old 10-02-2015, 10:35 AM   #8
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Thanks daniel_f. 400ish sounds very tempting n I'm sure gona be looking into that. Installing a turbocharger won't be a problem with MOT. I know how a turbo works n that it gives u a nice but that's about it. Mind letting me know what other bits I would need if I was to get 1?
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Viral@activeautowerke, can u post the link please? Thank u
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Old 10-02-2015, 11:06 AM   #10
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Thanks daniel_f. 400ish sounds very tempting n I'm sure gona be looking into that. Installing a turbocharger won't be a problem with MOT. I know how a turbo works n that it gives u a nice but that's about it. Mind letting me know what other bits I would need if I was to get 1?
Actually the very same parts that are included in a supercharger kit, which is pretty easy to reveal as there are some. At least you need much more fuel, so bigger injectors and a uprated fuel pump. Maybe a bigger MAF, but that depends on you.

Have a look on here about turbo conversions and turbo kits and you get the idea whats missing.
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That's true. I'll will have a browse around now. Thanks mate
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