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Re: Dinan (archive)

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Posted by Crazytrain on June 06, 2000 at 03:51:12:

In Reply to: Dinan posted by SilvaM3 on June 04, 2000 at 21:49:28:

Dinan makes everything you could ever want for the E30 M3. As someone else said, they are expensive though. Here is a list of some of it:
Suspension: Stage 1: 4 shocks, & 4 lower, stiffer springs (only about 1/2 inch lower, I wouldn't mind my car being a bit lower, shocks & springs are the same in all four packages)
Stage 2: 4 shocks, 4 springs, 22mm front sway bar, 16mm adjustable rear sway bar
Stage 3: 4 shocks, 4 springs, 22mm Adjustable front bar, 16mm adjustable rear bar, 1 set of camber plates (not adjustable)
Stage 4: 4 shocks, 4 springs, 22mm adj front bar, 16mm adj rear bar, 1 set of camber plates, and 1 adjustable subframe. This is a camber adjustable rear subframe, a pretty neat little trick. Dinan also makes a J stock suspension setup, that I have heard is better than the Stage 1-4 setups, but it doesn't have the adj subframe, but that can be added.

Engine: Unfortunately the catalog I have in front of me at the moment doesn't go into detail on the engines, I can't find the catalog that does.
Turbo System: New fuel management system w/ electronic detonation control system. The turbo engine package also includes an engine overhaul with forged pistons and racing connecting rods (possibly titanium, but I'm not sure), and a "very high quality gauge panel." Ok now for the fun part 323 hp @ 5500 rpm, and 324 ft-lbs of torque @ 4500 rpm, all at 12.5 psi of boost. 0-60 in 4.9 second, and the 1/4 mile in 13.5 sec. I think those numbers speak well for themselves. The only problem is I don't know if Dinan is even still offering this system.
Dinan also makes a 2.5L engine with the Evo 3 crank, Dinan forged pistons, and a Dinan custom chip.
Now for the other fun engine, the 2.6L, my car was the prototype for this one so I kind of partial to it. The catalog I have in front of me was printed before my engine was done, so it doesn't have any info on it, so I'll just throw out what I can remember off the top of my head. Dinan forged 94.6mm pistons, billet steel crank (mine took five months to grind), titanium rods, custom chip, and the stage 2 engine also has some sort of cam timing change also. The one thing that I think really lacks in this package is headwork, but it still makes 282 [email protected] 6750 RPM, and 267 ft-lbs of torque at about 5000 or so. The engine makes more torque at its lowest than the stock engine does at its peak. Acceleration is about the same as the Turbo car, 0-60 in the high fours.

If you have already had your engine rebuilt, I would not go with anything from Dinan though, because you would be throwing away all the money you just spent on your rebuild because Dinan's stuff is sold on an exchange basis. Dinan's stuff is good, I would call them and see what they can do since your engine has already been rebuild. You could also go with a supercharger kit from someone like ERT or ESS, they tend to run about $5K. As of when this catalog was printed, probably '92 or '93, the turbo system was $13,995 plus labor which is another $4995, the 2.5L was $4,995 plus $1,995 in labor, when I looked a Dinan's web page a few months back the 2.6L was at about $13K, plus labor. There is also a $5K core charge, but since you have a perfectly good engine the core charge wouldn't be a concern if you decided to go with Dinan. Dinan also makes plenty of stuff I haven't mentioned, they make racing parts like the J stock suspension, they are mostly know as a street tuner, but they do racing parts too. They also make wheels, and like I said, just about everything you could ever want. If you have any more questions I could try to answer them, but I'm sure someone at Dinan could probably do a better job. I still need to get a new emblem for my car.

Brian '88 Dina(n) M3

: Does Dinan make a bunch of aftermarket stuff for the e30's? Ive only seen e36's with Dinan, aftermarket stuff, not to mention a very sweet Dinan 8 series the other day in center city philadelphia. Could use some help. The engine is almost done being rebuilt. So i figure with everything being new, that it would be a reasonable time to turbo, chip, intake, etc. who makes a better aftermarket line of engine performance? ac schnizter or dinan, any other big companies with a good reputation?

: thanks
: SilvaM3

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