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The BMW E46 ///M3 is the M version E46 and puts out an amazing 333 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque at stock specs! There are an amazing amount of modifications for both the coupe and convertible models so read up and get started modifying your cars today!

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Old 05-06-2013, 10:27 PM   #1
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Best Headers for M3?

hey guys .looking to put headers on my car ? Im leaning toward status gruppe headers . but i hear that agency power also good headers,and of course supersprint v2 stepped headers .now the here is the few questions i have . looks like supersprint will have most torque and hp , ""but how much more""? does it really worth spending 2k on headers ? and one more question, ceramic coating option .is it worth it to spend 200$ for it ,and does it really works as it described .the reason i kinda want ceramic option because im planning to supercharge it later on. so im trying to avoid as much heat as possible .Thanks
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Old 05-07-2013, 12:24 AM   #2
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Supersprint is the best but very expensive. I would personally go with euro headers and stay away from "eBay"headers" (they are hit or miss some people have had them for years no problem others never got them on the car) . There is a huge thread with dynos and what not over on m3forum. Honestly though they are all about the same power wise

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Old 05-07-2013, 01:15 AM   #3
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eBay headers are actually hit or miss. some people have got great fitment quality products for $100, others have got garbage. In all reality its just a set of stainless steel pipes welded and shaped together, no reason to spend over $1k IMO.
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Old 05-07-2013, 01:39 AM   #4
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eBay headers are actually hit or miss. some people have got great fitment quality products for $100, others have got garbage. In all reality its just a set of stainless steel pipes welded and shaped together, no reason to spend over $1k IMO.
I meant hit OR miss in my original post lol my bad
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:05 AM   #5
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How about ceramic coating ? And by any chance do you have a link to that tread ?
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:05 AM   #6
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Best overall is Supersprint and Im still not sure if they have been released yet, but I want to say EPIC headers are right there with Supersprint. Shown to even have a bit more TQ in midrange power.

Next, I would put all the other headers in a class... Fabspeed & AP being at the top of the list of the "middle tier" if you will...

Finally, eBay etc...

As far as the coating... I mean everyone has their opinion, but honestly the best reason to have them coated is if you plan on tracking your car (supercharger or not) or resale it will help. Other than that its going to be a nominal difference. Just remember at the end of the day you get what you pay for...
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:13 AM   #7
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Epic are nice to but man 2k for headers ?it all depends how much hp u get extra for 1k more . Is it really worth it .
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:40 AM   #8
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I'll look for a link this evening. If you are looking for a serious hp boost you need to look into f/I. Headers give a nice kick but it's really not that much
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:41 AM   #9
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Oh ye planing for a suprer charger but with time .
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Old 05-07-2013, 10:00 AM   #10
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I wasted my time with cheap knockoffs. Do yourself a favor and do it right the first time, Supersprint V1 Stepped headers
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Old 05-07-2013, 10:02 AM   #11
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I don't know if you've already decided on a sc set up but if you go aa I would get their headers and exhaust too. A full active set up sound down right mean. Also look at max psi turbo kit. If you went turbo you wouldn't need headers.
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Old 05-07-2013, 12:45 PM   #12
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http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showt...+master+thread
http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showt...+master+thread

Read through these threads, they should have all you need.
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Old 05-07-2013, 04:25 PM   #13
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People are on supersprints nuts as well as others...fact is, if you have catless headers your going to make power. You may make another 5RWHP with more efficient ones or more and a few more TQ numbers, however to pay nearly 2000 for headers is ridiculous. Euro headers or JVT are both making power and are generally under 700...
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any word on where bimmerbrakes stands on this?

http://www.bimmerbrakes.com/BimmerBr...325-330-v2.htm
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I have Bimmerbrakes headers, they required some alterations to get them to fit. It was not fun
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Old 06-01-2013, 12:30 AM   #18
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are the JVT headers catless as well?
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are the JVT headers catless as well?
All aftermarket headers are catless with only one or two exceptions.
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