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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Tue, Oct-16-2018, 08:04:35 PM   #1
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Hey guys,

Finally looking to install an M50 manifold on my car after holding onto it for...5 years. What is the general consensus on an install kit?

I've always looked at the CNC aluminum one that turner and others sell because of plug and play, keeping things in stock location etc. But I wonder if its really worth the premium over the m50manifold.com silicon hose setup?

https://www.turnermotorsport.com/p-3...52s52/?pdk=AAE

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http://m50manifold.com//index.php?op...d=26&Itemid=40


Any thoughts from people who have either setup would be great.
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The aluminum one takes up space and makes access under the manifold more challenging. I’d use a hose kit or make your own.
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I went with the CNC aluminum one when I did mine as I am a fan of nicely machined parts and it being plug and play with the stock location. It is about a $100 difference and you don't get new vacuum lines but they are cheap to get from the auto parts store.
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I can't quite recall, but I believe the M50manifold option requires some cutting to the bracketry for install. Whereas, the Turner option only needed a coolant pipe to be bent and you couldn't reuse one or both of the manifold support brackets. Either way, neither is 100% plug and play.

Ultimately, a few years ago, I went with the Turner option. Its a very high quality part that allows for factory mounting. Can't ask for more. Well you can... its the Schrick manifold.
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I can't quite recall, but I believe the M50manifold option requires some cutting to the bracketry for install. Whereas, the Turner option only needed a coolant pipe to be bent and you couldn't reuse one or both of the manifold support brackets. Either way, neither is 100% plug and play.

Ultimately, a few years ago, I went with the Turner option. Its a very high quality part that allows for factory mounting. Can't ask for more. Well you can... its the Schrick manifold.


Ehhh the schrick manifold doesn’t flow better then the m50 manifold, and the thing it does better then the m50 is retain heat/heatsoak.
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Ehhh the schrick manifold doesn’t flow better then the m50 manifold, and the thing it does better then the m50 is retain heat/heatsoak.
Haha... I knew someone was going to chime in while I was writing that last part to my reply.
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Haha... I knew someone was going to chime in while I was writing that last part to my reply.


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i actually was considering the shrick awhile ago when some randomly popped up for sale but could never justify the asking price.
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I did the m50 kit. It did require some minor modifications to the brackets to make it work. Overall, the biggest issue was understanding the directions as to the some of the vacuum hoses and which brackets to use (I had both the OBD1 and OBD2 brackets and got into a long discussion whether we needed both for a car subjected to high Gs on track).

Overall it works. I've had a lot of tough hours on the car without issue on the kit this season.
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For that price, I would go with the m50manifold kit w/ the modified fuel rail cover. You won't ever see that pretty piece mounted and you don't need the sandwich plate with the proper size gasket that m50manifold provides....
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