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Old 08-12-2016, 03:09 PM   #15 (permalink)
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330i Rag Top - '05 BMW 330i M Sport
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Originally Posted by serialk11r View Post
330Ci is an M54 engine right?

Looks to me like a shorter belt is all you need, that engine doesn't have the PS bolted on.

An electric PS pump I think is not very hard to hook up, not that I have done it before.
Very interesting. I think for now it's beyond the scope of what I have planned for my car. I think I would need an alternator upgrade as it looks like these pumps can draw 15A-50A current, I have worries over the load on the alternator, mine is already the lower powered one for the E46 BMW, and it takes a minute or two for the voltage to come up nicely after a cold start, and also the insurance implications. I would also be worried about steering feel as the Bimmer is a slightly sporty car.

Very good idea though!
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