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Old 01-13-2003, 12:57 AM
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Increase Power On A 380sl

WHAT IS THE BEST AND CHEAPEST WAY TO GET MORE POWER IN MY 1983, 380SL?
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Old 01-13-2003, 09:16 AM
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NO NEED TO SHOUT!

a. Make sure that everything is working right (injection, exhaust, no worn cam lobes, tight chain, good compression, etc.)

b. Look for a euro engine (higher compression, mildly hotter cams)

c. swap in a 500 or 560 engine
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'66 200, '66 230SL, '96 SL500. Sold: '81 380SL, '86 300E, '72 250C, '95 C220, 3 '84 280SL's '90 420SEL, '72 280SE, '73 280C, '78 280SE, '70 280SL, '77 450SL, '85 380SL, '87 560SL, '85 380SL, '72 350SL, '96 S500 Coupe
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Old 01-13-2003, 09:21 AM
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Bump the timing 5-15 degress and use hitest.
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Old 01-13-2003, 10:17 AM
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Going the budget route? Put someTechron in the high test, and check out the threads on "XP33."
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'66 200, '66 230SL, '96 SL500. Sold: '81 380SL, '86 300E, '72 250C, '95 C220, 3 '84 280SL's '90 420SEL, '72 280SE, '73 280C, '78 280SE, '70 280SL, '77 450SL, '85 380SL, '87 560SL, '85 380SL, '72 350SL, '96 S500 Coupe
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Old 01-13-2003, 11:55 AM
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Has your 380 been converted to a dual row timing chain yet?
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