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Old 05-09-2017, 04:03 AM
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How much hp is to much?

How much horsepower is too much for a w201? I know this like dumb question with our gutless expensive to mod motors. But theoretically what horsepower level do think is to much to handle in these cars, outside the stock drive train limits. Would 600 whp be to much to handle for these cars?
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Old 05-09-2017, 03:52 PM
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Are you talking about with a completely stock setup or with various parts already upgraded for an up in HP?
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Old 05-09-2017, 05:00 PM
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I'm thinking about upgraded drive line and a different rear end. Honestly, I want to try and swap in an ls motor, I figure I'll be into it 15 to 20k and about 2 years working here and there. Right now it's more of a dream than something I could start this minute. I've seen a few ls swaps in theses car, but only maybe 3 that finished.
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Old 05-09-2017, 06:51 PM
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You can begin to answer your own questions by calculating the % increase in thrust that is to be delivered thru the rear suspension components. Based on that, you can determine what upgrades of those components would be required. You can then proceed to calculate, from the half-shaft torque number, what changes would be required in those components. And in turn, you can work your way inward and forward thru the driveline components until you reach the crankshaft.
There is no specific limit on power, however there are strength and fatigue limits of all components in the powertrain. At some point, increases in torque, even for drag racing purposes, will cause real difficulties in operating the vehicle.
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Old 05-13-2017, 12:18 AM
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Some food for thought?

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Old 05-13-2017, 12:43 PM
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250 ho and up it gets hard to keep clutches and rear ends together. My buddy Julio with a m104 is getting tired of replacing em.
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Old 06-30-2017, 09:26 PM
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If you're doing a whole driveline swap I guess clutch and diff failure arent concerns. You can get a w201 down to 2500lbs, fit a 16x7.5 in the stock fenders, and have an awesome rear suspension that people have put a lot of power through. Id imagine that if the car could stay together with various modifications youd have a burnout machine around 350-400hp. I have a friend with a turbo m50 e30 that makes about 450 and its basically useless at anything but highway pulls and he's still wanting more boost and a wide body.
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