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Old 08-27-2011, 01:54 AM   #1
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Best M42 Mods

Hey Guys,

I should be getting a 318is in good mechanical condition soon and was wondering what the best modifications to perform on one were? Preferably cheap modifications tho because I don't have too much money.
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Old 08-27-2011, 03:09 AM   #2
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Hey Guys,
I should be getting a 318is in good mechanical condition soon and was wondering what the best modifications to perform on one were? Preferably cheap modifications tho because I don't have too much money.
First off make sure everything is up to par.
Intake vacuum leaks are notorious on M42's due to the rats nest of lines under the intake.

Then the mods can start. A good chip is always a great improvement on the M42.
Here in the US MarkD seems to be the preferred choice.
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Old 08-29-2011, 08:09 AM   #3
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^MarkD chip, Coil-on-plug kit, lighter FW. Not crazy light, makes it a bit trickier to drive. I have a 19lb non-ac FW & clutch on my M42.
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Old 08-29-2011, 12:30 PM   #4
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Old 08-30-2011, 04:06 PM   #5
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If you go mustang injectors, make sure they are at least 19 lb/hr but less than 23 lb/hr. that seems to be the sweet range. Free-flowing cat back also helps, supersprint really being the best. You'll read a lot about M20 flywheels, but larger diameter and larger clutch pack means about the same overall mass. I have one machined down to 15 lbs and it's nice, but the only reason I went with an M20 one is to keep up with the turbo.
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Old 08-31-2011, 11:04 AM   #6
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The best cheap mods:

1) CAI - 100.00
2) DME chip, MarkD or similar (Ebay) - 30.00 (Ebay) - 200.00 (markD)
3) Advance intake cam - Free
4) Freeflowing catback - From 100.00

Good, but not so cheap:

1) M20 clutch and flywheel setup
2) COP
3) 4.45 diff (?)
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Old 08-31-2011, 11:40 AM   #7
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The best cheap mods:

1) CAI - 100.00
2) DME chip, MarkD or similar (Ebay) - 30.00 (Ebay) - 200.00 (markD)
3) Advance intake cam - Free
4) Freeflowing catback - From 100.00

Good, but not so cheap:

1) M20 clutch and flywheel setup
2) COP
3) 4.45 diff (?)
CAI does nothing and advancing the intake cam only moved the powerband up higher, really stupid to do if you use it as a street car.
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Old 08-31-2011, 03:19 PM   #8
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Old 09-01-2011, 12:16 PM   #9
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CAI does nothing and advancing the intake cam only moved the powerband up higher, really stupid to do if you use it as a street car.
CAI will only help if you use it in a combination of mods.
Agree as CAI only is help less.

Correct - Cam advance does not "add" any power, but it does help to generate power faster while in the top end.

Another good part of advancing the cam is the "feel" of power comming alive around 4.5k RPM, you feel this nice kick in the butt...once the motor goes past the 4500 rpm you can feel the small surge of power and faster acceleration with out extra throttle push. Very sweet spot...I love this feeling during acceleration.
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Old 09-04-2011, 03:09 PM   #10
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What is the difference between a ac and non ac flywheel?
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Old 09-04-2011, 04:32 PM   #11
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Non-AC ones are singlemass and a lot lighter. Never available in the US.
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Old 09-04-2011, 04:37 PM   #12
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Any write ups on advancing cam timing?
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Old 09-05-2011, 12:32 PM   #13
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super easy to do. pull valve cover. loosen cam gears on desired cam to advance. rotate clockwise till you reach your desired advance. clockwise when standing directly in front of your car.
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Old 09-05-2011, 03:50 PM   #14
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Non-AC ones are singlemass and a lot lighter. Never available in the US.
Really?


My 318i didn't have AC...interesting.
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Old 09-05-2011, 07:48 PM   #15
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So what is better a markd chip or a turner motorsports one I saw on pelican parts. Also I live in Australia. would markd do international shipping?
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