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Stock Review + Initial Design – E46 Intake, Part 1

Our garage has been graced with the presence of a clean 2001 E46 330i, so we can now begin development on this E46 intake. Let’s dive right in!

Stock System

The 330i stock intake system is similar to the 32X, the big difference being the size of the MAF housing. On the higher-output 330i models, this housing is larger so it can accept greater airflow needed by the more powerful, higher-displacement engine. To accommodate that larger diameter, our design will have a slightly enlarged opening on the heat shield. Everything else should fit right into place! Here are a few shots of … Continue Reading ››

BMW 3-Series E46 Electric Fan R&D, Part 2: Prototype Testing

Interested in picking up this awesome E46 fan setup? Check out our discounted pre-sale linked below!

Mishimoto BMW E46 Non-M Performance Fan Shroud Kit Pre-Sale

Functional Prototype

In a short timespan we were able to turn our 3D models into an actual functional prototype. Check out a couple images of our first BMW E46 fan shroud!
Mishimoto prototype E46 parts
Mishimoto prototype E46 parts
Mishimoto prototype E46 parts
Mishimoto prototype E46 parts
As previously noted, we are … Continue Reading ››

BMW 3-Series E46 Electric Fan R&D, Part 1: Stock Components and Initial Design

Interested in picking up this awesome E46 fan setup? Check out our discounted pre-sale linked below!

Mishimoto BMW E46 Non-M Performance Fan Shroud Kit Pre-Sale

Our E46 product line continues to grow. This series of articles aims to tack another offering on our list of performance cooling components. We’ve covered the radiator, expansion tank, and coolant hoses. The only radiator-related item left to tackle is a cooling fan solution. The stock 3-Series E46 offers two different fan options. Automatic models are equipped with an antiquated mechanical fan, while those who row their own gears get an electric fan. Our goal with this project … Continue Reading ››

E46 3-Series Silicone Radiator Hose R&D!

Interested in purchasing our E46 silicone radiator hose kit? Check out our product page linked below!

Mishimoto BMW E46 Non-M Silicone Radiator Hose Kit!

The E46 BMW has been the focus for a ton of product development here at Mishimoto. Recent projects include the Mishimoto Performance Air Intake, Aluminum Radiator, and Aluminum Expansion Tank. To continue our pursuit of supplying a full cooling solution for the 3-series, we also tackled a set of radiator hoses for this model. In typical Mishimoto fashion, we will be looking to improve the durability of the stock design.

Stock Hose Setup

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BMW E46 3-Series Aluminum Expansion Tank, Part 4: Prototype Installation

Interested in picking up this awesome aluminum coolant expansion tank? Check out our pre-sale details linked below!

Mishimoto E46 3-Series Aluminum Expansion Tank Pre-Sale

Another update on our E46 expansion tank project! Last time we showed off some images of our prototype unit, noting the numerous precise features we built into our design. This time we are installing the tank in our test vehicle to confirm fitment with the stock shroud and all coolant connection points. In addition, we will check out clearance between the tank and the belt-drive system to ensure appropriate fitment.

Removing the Stock BMW … Continue Reading ››