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    M50 2.5 Turbo conversion!!!

    Don't want to sell my car as I am happy with the faults I know this one has. What options are there I had the 2.0 for insurance purposes which no longer matter, When I bought this car it was to be a temporary run around for a few months but now the moment has come and I've seen the subaru I like I can't bring myself to sell the BMW for the peanuts its worth. I don't mind learning and doing work myself.

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    300BHP what sensible routes other than buying an M is there

    Buy my 335 421bhp

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    Should have added I want it in an E36 coupé. From what I've been reading a M50 2.5 with a turbo. I fancy a turbo and I want to be as fast if not faster than a scooby.
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    300BHP what sensible routes other than buying an M is there

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    Buy my 335 421bhp
    Only when it's working

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    You can turbo charge the M50 to 300BHP on standard internals....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Whittaker View Post
    You can turbo charge the M50 to 300BHP on standard internals....
    Pardon? are you for real? That may be the way forward. I assume then engine will bolt straight to my car.

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    For real, yes mate.........

    I have read that you can get as much as 500BHP on standard M50 internals (they are very good I am told).... The best information that I have on the M50 and turbo charging in general is e30zone.net, you need to register to read the information (it's free). But be aware, turbo charging is not a cheap hobby....

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    I am looking at a 520I for the family/missus. Then this is going to be my toy want to keep it as a daily driver so keeping standard internals and running lower boost to get 300 sounds good. I got to drive a mates scooby for a couple of days when I got rid of my Gsi and Sri vec's and loved the turbo. The original plan was run this £600 ebay banger till we had moved got the new house sorted but the car is so neat and tidy I can't stand to sell it and I've been converted to RWD

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    I hope "the zone" forgive me for this.....

    They are generally good for 500hp on that. Quite common really, read around on sites like e30tech. Standard recipe.

    Read somewhere the pistons tend to melt around 600hp. Con rods are good for more and crank is pretty bullet proof.

    I'll be going for MLS head gasket or ringed block and standard h/g, undecided yet, ARP head studs, 666fab manifold (or VAC, both made by 666fab) and more than likely a holset hx35/40. Need to read into turbo's more.

    Management will be taken care of with VEMS. Gunni does a plug and play jobbie at a reasonable price.

    Do loads of research is my best advice. e30tech has a lot of very useful information and will save making loads of threads or PM'ing Gunni who must receive hundreds from dreamers



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    Thank you very much @Kevin Whittaker. What a beast of an e30 running 1.5 bar on a standard M50. i was looking for 300 bhp but looks like 350 would be a close possibility, Think I will put wider tyres on my car and the 330 brake conversion first. Time to look at price's.

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