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    Default Modding? Cheap ways?

    Hi!

    I have a 95 525i with 100,000 mi. I dont know an incredible amount about improving performance but I wanted to know if anyoneone had any cheap ways to improve performance...it's always slugish when I hit the gas and I would love to improve that.
    Thanks in advance
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    Do you know about the kickdown switch? Its under the gas pedal, just floor the pedal and then press a little more. It selects the lowest possible gear for the most possible power.
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    foot to floor is the only cheap way to improve performance. it'll really f your gas mileage though.


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    lower rear ratio gear?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nmwaldron
    Hi! I have a 95 525i with 100,000 mi. I dont know an incredible amount about improving performance but I wanted to know if anyoneone had any cheap ways to improve performance...it's always slugish when I hit the gas and I would love to improve that. Thanks in advance Nathan
    Start by fixing all the things that are worn out or malfunctioning. Then start on the things that are not in spec anymore. These provide the best bang for your buck- once done there (if your wallet is still cool enough to touch, think about sports shocks, springs, suspension bushes and bumpstops, a carbon fibre hood, turbo and a megasquirt ECU. Bigger brakes, manual gearbox- you can keep going...

    Best to fix the things that are about to break before breaking them through more use... things like this can wreck your plans by causing a warped head otherwise- delaying your hopes to buy a Sashs kit or get started on a turbo...


    Oh. don't forget to buy a new fuel and air filter at some point
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    Quote Originally Posted by genphreak
    Start by fixing all the things that are worn out or malfunctioning. Then start on the things that are not in spec anymore. These provide the best bang for your buck- once done there (if your wallet is still cool enough to touch, think about sports shocks, springs, suspension bushes and bumpstops, a carbon fibre hood, turbo and a megasquirt ECU. Bigger brakes, manual gearbox- you can keep going... Oh. don't forget to buy a new fuel and air filter

    but whatever you do don't get a K&N!!!!


    nick- he said he wanted cheap improvements. i took the position that improvements = after you've got the car to spec and you can afford to think about said mods?


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    ugh that picture brings back bad memories


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    Quote Originally Posted by angrypancake
    but whatever you do don't get a K&N!!!! nick- he said he wanted cheap improvements. i took the position that improvements = after you've got the car to spec and you can afford to think about said mods?
    Yea I guess I mean that fixing broken/malfunctioning stuff is the cheapest way to start... especially if any of it is to do with the engine or the suspension...

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    Quote Originally Posted by genphreak
    Yea I guess I mean that fixing broken/malfunctioning stuff is the cheapest way to start... especially if any of it is to do with the engine or the suspension...
    If you want a car that responds to cheap mods, you really want to buy one that was so poorly engineered in the first place that it is actually improved by replacing the parts it is made from with cheap parts that can be bolted on without much attention (engineering effort) given to how they are specified/employed in relation to the rest of the machine... This is the equation that the average layman simply doesn't get as they don't appreciate what a team of specialists can achieve building cars like they do at Munich.

    However it is why people buy Bimmers isn't it? Hmm somehting doesn't make sense here...

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    Dear Nathan,

    Here us a 'cheap as chips' guide to improving your performance.

    Get hold of your standard air-filter....throw it away.

    take out the spare wheel, rear seats, door cards, air-con system, power steering pump, windshield washer bottle & pump, dash & headlining.

    Run on 98 Ron petrol and use a bottle of 10K boost (or 2) per 1/2 a tank of gas.

    That should see you accelerate a bit quicker.

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