E36 M42 turbo Q

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E36 M42 turbo Q

Postby emoor » Thu Nov 24, 2011 3:56 pm

I have read the turbo posts here and elsewhere looking for a bolt on kit for my 1994 E36 318i M42. The conclusion appeared to be to skip it and buy a DASC, but Downs is no longer selling it.

So, here's my question. Edelbrock sells a high quality kit for the Honda civic, P/N 1500 (http://www.edelbrock.com/sportcompact_n ... perf.shtml). Why could't I use this kit with a 666fabrication M42 manifold? The 666fabrication product contemplated a Garrett compressor and a TiAL wastegate (per their pictures anyway) so it would appear that the 666fabrication manifold and the Edelbrock kit would get me to the point of having to worry about how to tune it.

Comments?

Thanks, Ed.
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Re: E36 M42 turbo Q

Postby Adam » Sun Nov 27, 2011 8:29 pm

The DASC is the way to go, but Downing Atlanta did stop making superchargers for the M42 & M44.

Is it worth it to spend that kind of time and money drawing extra power out of an M42? You can find E36 six-cylinder cars & engines so easily and cheap now that it seems silly to try to make the M42 more than what it really is. Besides, the M42 is a great engine, and keeping it naturally aspirated is cool, I think.
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Re: E36 M42 turbo Q

Postby Vince30 » Sun Nov 27, 2011 10:39 pm

Adam wrote:Is it worth it to spend that kind of time and money drawing extra power out of an M42? You can find E36 six-cylinder cars & engines so easily and cheap now that it seems silly to try to make the M42 more than what it really is. Besides, the M42 is a great engine, and keeping it naturally aspirated is cool, I think.

Very true, M50/2 cars have a lower compresion ratio and handle boost very well as oposed to the m42 witch you will need to buy a $250 head gasket to lower your compression enough to handle a turbo and still not make as much power as you would be getting with a lightly boosted m50/2. So if you want to go boost, sell your 318 and buy a 325 or 328.
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Re: E36 M42 turbo Q

Postby Caligula » Fri Dec 02, 2011 8:39 pm

I like the idea though, my friends is considering turbocharging his 318. There is plenty of room in there after all. A small turbo for a civic would fit nicely with an M42.
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