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BMW E36 Aluminum Coolant Expansion Tank R&D, Part 2: Initial 3D Model and Prototype

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BMW E36 Aluminum Coolant Expansion Tank!

  Time to break open the stock tank and see what lies within. If you follow some of our other development projects, you would know that we recently split an E46 3-series expansion tank and found quite a complex system including both internal and external features. Although this added some complexity and difficulty to the project, it seemed like our engineers enjoyed the challenge.

Stock Expansion Tank Internals

First, before we slice this guy in half, … Continue Reading ››

BMW E46 3-Series Intake System R&D, Part 1: Initial Design

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Mishimoto BMW E46 Performance Air Intake

  Dyno 6 As many of you may know, we’ve recently been tackling a ton of neat products for the E46 3-series. This includes an aluminum radiator, aluminum coolant expansion tank, silicone coolant hose kit, and direct-fit electric fan kit. Along with all these cooling products, we also wanted to tackle an intake system that would bring out a more aggressive induction tone compared to the stock airbox … Continue Reading ››

Mishimoto E46 3-Series Aluminum Radiator R&D, Part 2: 3D Models

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Mishimoto BMW E46 Non-M Performance Aluminum Radiator!

 

3D Modeling

After some serious 3D modeling work in Solidworks, our first prototype unit is complete. Let’s check out a few of the renders!
Mishimoto E46 3-series aluminum radiator 3D model
Mishimoto E46 3-series aluminum radiator 3D model
Mishimoto E46 3-series aluminum radiator 3D model
Mishimoto E46 3-series aluminum radiator 3D model
As you can see, the rear … Continue Reading ››

E46 3-Series Aluminum Expansion Tank, Part 1: Stock Tank Evaluation

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Mishimoto E46 3-Series Aluminum Expansion Tank Pre-Sale

Enthusiast groups’ feedback plays a massive role in our product development process. Not only is it a great way to bounce ideas off our potential customers, but it also allows us to see exactly what our customers want and need for their vehicles. This project is no different. Due to a substantial amount of demand via forums and social media, we decided it was time to get the ball rolling on this coolant expansion project. Stock Expansion Tank In … Continue Reading ››

Mishimoto E46 Non-M Aluminum Radiator R&D, Part 1: Stock Radiator Evaluation

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Mishimoto BMW E46 Non-M Performance Aluminum Radiator!

  Car Exterior 3 This project is another one on our list that we decided to tackle after receiving numerous requests from the enthusiasts’ boards, most notably the fellas over at e46fanatics.com. After developing and testing a very efficient radiator for M3 models of this generation, the non-M world identified a critical need for a more reliable radiator solution. As with most BMW vehicles, plastic components within the cooling system necessitate … Continue Reading ››