In Reply to: Dinan supercharger first impression. posted by J.M3 on January 06, 2000 at 18:26:41:
: Picked up my car today from bmw and boy were those parts guys excited!
: First off let me say that the dinan vortex s/c is very very quiet. At idle you could just make out a higher pitched whine and once you steped on the gas all you hear is the exhaust GGGRRRRRROOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWLLLLL.
: I was warned not to floor it in 1st with the traction control off or I'd be suddenly facing the other way.
: The installation looks very neat, the hoses are all black, not orange like in the Dinan photo.
: I also got their stage 2 clutch kit. It was a bit trickly at first but I quickly picked it up. Hardly any slipping, the clutch clamps up very quickly.
: Pulling out of the gallery onto route 1 I punched it in 2nd gear and I suddenly had the strangest sensation of the rear of the car wanting to launch ahead of the front. I kepted it fairly subdued on the drive home. Got a few stares from the Dinan badge. Around home its very quiet. If you keep the revs down below 2-3k the car almost sounds stock.
: So far I'm very happy, we will see what the next week brings!
Congratulations on your Dinan Supercharger...I got my stage II on dec 6, and its been a blast ever since...this is one car I can definitely keep for a decade with no problems...Its an M3 afterall, with 354 hp! Cant do much better than that! If you wanna have some fun, put in second, and find a wide open street, and start cruising at 3000 rpms....Then, when you've got a few hundred of clear street ahead of you, really lean on the throttle! You'll be fishtailing down the street with the most incredible feeling! Only down side? Be prepared to lose about 2 miles per gallon! I'm sure you'd agree, its well worth it. Did you get the exhaust with yours? The sound is sensational. That clutch is one expensive pkg, isnt it? I was told that unless I got their upcoming aftercooler, I could well live with the stock clutch, which they say can handle up to 325 ft lbs without problem. When it wears out, then I'll upgrade.
Enjoy the kit....I've had mine for 1500 miles now, and its trouble free....
'99 Alpine White M3; <8000 mi; Forged M dbl-spokes; Rotex pads; Dinan Stage II Supercharger