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Re: What to get for first upgrade? (archive)

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Posted by Paul E on January 31, 2001 at 13:33:11:

In Reply to: What to get for first upgrade? posted by RiceRocketKiller on January 31, 2001 at 12:25:59:

Hey everyone, i'm moving here from the E34 board. I'm selling my 95 E34 and buying a 95 M3! I was contemplating between a AA Stage II Turbo or a ESS Supercharger with NOS. I really do not like turbo lag (drove my friends turbo Prelude). All this stuff i hear about the supercharger taking power from the engine and turbo lag is keeping me undecided. Or should i just go for suspension. I do not race on tracks or autocross, i race on streets really late at night to the early morning. Thanks for future input.

With all due respect, you have alot of research to do! Check out everything in the archives here, and then just starting web-searching for everything you can find on the subject....My '99 is Supercharged with the Vortech blower..Its an excellent implementation with good results...AA puts together the best Turbocharger implementation, and they produce excellent results as well. Things which might influence your decision but not those you think about first: ARe you going to do your own work? If not, better make sure you can get good tech support and followup service. AA means take your car to florida...RMS means take your car to Cal. Dinan means you'll pay alot, but at least support is localized for many people. Forget that nonsense about SCs dragging down your power...Get a couple of dyno them to stock, and you'll see big increases everywhere over 2K. Turbos claim to fame on this car is greater torque, with similar HP ... With a good installation and the right vendor, you'd be happy with the research now, and dont be sorry later...Stay away from ESS....Unless they've gotten their act together, a group purchase was put together here a while ago, and there were several very unhappy owners. Seems that was the first M3 implentation they did, and it didnt exactly work..Maybe theyve gotten better since last year, but you can do much better..If your going to look for price First, dont bother at all...For a decent SC or TC implementation, including installation, be prepared to pay something over $7k, otherwise forget it...Stay with the main players, else your gonna get hurt.

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