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Old 05-03-2012, 09:37 AM   #1
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is this a good way to go?

hey guys i have a 1990 520I and im looking to turbo it over the winter along with paint and some other things, i am wondering if the turbo (somewhat) kit is a good buy to build off of. also what else will i need? i will be adding intercooler not sure of demensions of it but for now just wondering about the turbo (somewhat) kit.

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Old 05-03-2012, 03:51 PM   #2
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S52/S54 swap and you are done.
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Old 05-03-2012, 06:30 PM   #3
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Really? Just swap it out and it will be better then the turbo? Will it mount up the same and will it mount up to my getrag 260 tranny?
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Old 05-04-2012, 09:40 AM   #4
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Would it be better tp purchase a 540? Like mid 90's?
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Old 05-04-2012, 11:59 AM   #5
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What motor is in the 520?
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Old 05-04-2012, 01:28 PM   #6
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m50b20 150hp i would like to make it atleast 200hp, i could just swap for an m30, wit 208hp but i like that its the original euro engine not found in canada or the states, and the feul consumption on an m30 is rediculous!!
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Old 05-04-2012, 01:38 PM   #7
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I'm not sure if the manifold is the same as the b25. If not, you'll have a really hard time tracking down a manifold for it, likely needing a custom one made. Be prepared for loads of work, learning and unexpected turns with a turbo.

Why not swap a m50b25 in? Probably a straight swap, close to 200hp.
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Well the link on my first post shows a basic kit that includes a turbo exhaust header also a turbo and partial install kit, i believe ill need an intercooler and intake, also low comp pistons and short connecting rods to get a lower comp. ratio
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Old 05-04-2012, 02:29 PM   #9
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If im gunna do all that new injectors and higher pressure fuel pump is in order, i wanna stay away from engine swaps, but like if its my only choice then ill just pick up a 540i later in life
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Old 05-04-2012, 05:14 PM   #10
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You certainly don't need to open the bottom end. Heck, you probably don't even need to remove the head. Low comp pistons, etc, or not necessary at all for a 200hp goal.

You'll need:
-manifold
-turbo
-oil feed
-oil return
-intercooler + piping
-bov / wastegast
-exhaust (downpipe, merge into exhaust)
-fuel injectors
-engine management
-loads of time

Pretty much it really.
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Thats all i want pretty much, and that seems completly doable! Is the turbo kit i posted a good way to go?
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Old 05-10-2012, 02:23 PM   #12
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so the onlything i need to find now are the fuel injectors, where would i look for those? and what size or pressure should i get?
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Old 09-19-2012, 08:49 AM   #13
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would the 2.8L injectors work for a setup like this or for my 323ci?
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