Advice from our readers: Best power and handling modification for BMW 850CSi

Others | June 15th, 2009 by 6
bmw 8 e31 850csi Advice from our readers: Best power and handling modification for BMW 850CSi

Every week we’re receiving emails from our readers asking for advice on their next purchase or about BMW related issues. Even though we’re making those …

Every week we’re receiving emails from our readers asking for advice on their next purchase or about BMW related issues. Even though we’re making those emails a priority of ours, there are times when we might not know the right answer.

So, instead of referring them to Google or even worse, ignoring the emails, we decided to start something new here. Since over the course of last years we’ve built a very close and valuable community here, we are going to leverage that and ask for your help. Many of you might actually have more experience with some of the BMW models out there, so your input can and will be valuable.

And this leads us to our first inquiry we have received from one of our long time readers, Hasan, who is looking to purchase a BMW 850 CSi. This particular 8 Series model is powered by a 5.6 liter 2-door 2+2 coupe built by BMW from 1989 to 1999. The engine is based on the regular 850i mode, but it was tuned up to 375 horsepower.

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The 850CSi’s modified suspension included stiffer springs and dampers and reduced the car’s ride height. The recirculating ball steering ratio was dropped 15% over the stock E31 setup. The model also sported wider wheels, with the option of forged alloys. The front and rear bumpers were reshaped for improved aerodynamic performance. Four round stainless steel exhaust pipes replaced the square pipes found on other models. The 6-speed manual gearbox was the only transmission option.

Now, Hasan is looking for some advice on this car, starting with any maintenance issues, but most important, he would like to hear your input on power and handling modifications that are available for the 850CSi.

So, let’s help him out and start off this new initiative with a bang.

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