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      01-23-2012, 08:32 PM   #177
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Hey Seth...good to see you this morning at the shop. The ZHP looks good...should've taken a closer peek while I was there. Good luck and mod her up a bit
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      01-23-2012, 09:09 PM   #178
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Thanks buddy, same to you, put those parts to good use for me
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      01-23-2012, 09:09 PM   #179
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Nice. Should keep you smiling and keep the wife scowling at you.
the wife loves the car too... she said I'm a 4 door guy anyway (she's right).
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      01-23-2012, 09:09 PM   #180
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what engine do you have? Or i guess model designation since most of the engines are the same....
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      01-23-2012, 09:16 PM   #181
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its a zhp so its an 330i M54B30
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      01-23-2012, 09:17 PM   #182
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its a zhp so its an 330i M54B30
should be able to have some fun with that engine still

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      01-23-2012, 09:23 PM   #183
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its just bliss out of something that pales in comparison (on paper) to a lot of the engines in the lineup today.

I see why there are so many "die hards" who prefer the older e46s and e39's to todays models.
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      01-23-2012, 09:26 PM   #184
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its just bliss out of something that pales in comparison (on paper) to a lot of the engines in the lineup today.

I see why there are so many "die hards" who prefer the older e46s and e39's to todays models.
I'm in agreement, the new models gained too much size and weight for my liking, I prefur the e46.

interestingly, i don't think it's much bigger then the 135 as for the overall length.

I remember when my buddy had his old 4 door e36 M3 and we'd park side by side, my car was almost the exact dimensions, but with a shorter wheel base.

I don't like how cars keep getting bigger.
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      01-27-2012, 01:32 AM   #185
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yeah i'm with ya there... imagine an N54 or 55 in an e46 (especially with the ZHP gearing)
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      01-27-2012, 10:20 AM   #186
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yeah i'm with ya there... imagine an N54 or 55 in an e46 (especially with the ZHP gearing)
someone will do it somewhere.....

maybe seth (udub)
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      01-27-2012, 10:25 AM   #187
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ehhhhhhhh i doubt it.

the m54 (to me) feels like a stronger engine. you can turbo or supercharge it for much less and still get big numbers like you would adding a tune to an N54/55. Additionally the 340whp in a ZHP would blow away a 340whp N54/55 because of the gearing. I can keep up with a stock N54/55 up to 60-80mph pretty easily now with only around 210whp/wtq (it'd pull away quickly after that because of power difference).

Now swapping it for an S54, S62, S65 or S85... different story.
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      01-27-2012, 04:17 PM   #188
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ehhhhhhhh i doubt it.

the m54 (to me) feels like a stronger engine. you can turbo or supercharge it for much less and still get big numbers like you would adding a tune to an N54/55. Additionally the 340whp in a ZHP would blow away a 340whp N54/55 because of the gearing. I can keep up with a stock N54/55 up to 60-80mph pretty easily now with only around 210whp/wtq (it'd pull away quickly after that because of power difference).

Now swapping it for an S54, S62, S65 or S85... different story.
that's why he was saying the N54/55 with the ZHP transmission

but yeah, be hard to not put any of those other engines in their as a good alternative.
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      01-27-2012, 05:44 PM   #189
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that was me sorry... forgot which name i was under.

yeah i just think if you're gonna swap you do so with the S-series motors because they're made to race.
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haha, i see....

here's my question though, how often are you on the track, and if they engines are the same price to be purchased and swapped, isn't the N54/55 a better way to go for every day street use? especially since the e46 is a whole bunch lighter.

I'm just playing in the theoretical side of things. If i were making a track car.... I wouldn't touch the N54/55 but for everyday driving and fun, it just seems more useable (except in snow... with that much torque)
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      01-27-2012, 06:04 PM   #191
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well why swap at all then if its not a track car? I can S/C the M54 motor to be just as quick as an N54/55 for 1/2 the price of what a swap would be.
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      01-27-2012, 06:24 PM   #192
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well why swap at all then if its not a track car? I can S/C the M54 motor to be just as quick as an N54/55 for 1/2 the price of what a swap would be.
probably the easiest

I'd probably go turbo though, i'm just a turbo guy.
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      01-27-2012, 11:51 PM   #193
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s/c kits are more reliable on this application from what I hear.
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      05-23-2012, 12:50 PM   #194
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Been missing this car a lot lately

It was kinda nice looking through the journal again.
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man I miss this thread... winter time always reminds me of having fun in the 1.
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