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Just curious as to what everybody thinks of dinan and their modifications. I am looking to update my messy with the following dinan components, cold air intake, suspension level 2, flywheel, clutch, short throw shifter, the maf meter and stage 4 ecu. Total install is going to cost me roughly $11,000...good investment? Will it be a completely different animal? Everything I've heard about dinan is top notch so I'm not doubting the reliability/drivability of the accessories...just is it worth it????


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go with a supercharger kit and smoke said dinan car.. 11k is to high for the mods offered well under that price literally half that price and you have a decent blower kit..
 

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I think with those mods you named, it should only be the Stage 3 ECU upgrade and not Stage 4. Stage 4 ECU would be optimal with the addition of Headers. With that being said, the mods you mentioned will not add an incredible amount of power but it does make a big difference in response, sound and looks and handling. I love my Dinan mods. Zero headaches, zero issues. Great quality.

$11k is a large chunk of change and if you look hard enough, you would be able to make those mods for a lot less if you venture into the second hand market especially for the intake bits.
 
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I guess part of my concern is that I don't want to piece it together with x headers, y intake, and so forth...I want reliable, fast fun transportation! Don't want to get into a super charger yet but am open to ideas of other items


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Dinan parts are pricey but have been proven in the community. If you can afford them and don't want any hassle of piecing them together, do it. I have the PO to thank for all of them installed on mine.
 

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I guess part of my concern is that I don't want to piece it together with x headers, y intake, and so forth...I want reliable, fast fun transportation! Don't want to get into a super charger yet but am open to ideas of other items


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Dinan makes quality parts. I have some on my car.

But our cars have been around for 15 years. A lot of competition has appeared, and there are other companies that makes as good, if not better parts. Not sure why you wouldn't want a supercharger. You are literally talking about 1/2 what you have budgeted, and you will have a car that is WAY quicker. And PSS is probably a better setup for less money than the Dinan stage 3 suspension (which is what I have on my car and I am very pleased with it).

Before you spend any money, take a couple of weeks and read through threads here. Give yourself a free education, it will save you money.

You can decide for yourself what you want.

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Worth it or not depends on what you want out of the mods and your budget. If it puts a grin on your face it's probably priceless. But agree as others stated... Use the wealth of knowledge on the board and dig in the crates.
 

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Dinan is utterly overpriced.

When these were $70,000 cars the argument was "sure they are overpriced but dinan mods hold value". Forget that now.

As discussed above, there are many companies doing great work on mods these days. Dont be afraid and get 'scared' into buying their packages- its just marketing.

Also, dont buy to make yourself feel good about having a modded car- buy specific mods to achieve a specific purpose. My recommendation is bring the car up to new standards FIRST.
 

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You can buy a whole 'nother M5 for the price of those mods. In my opinion it's a horrible investment based solely on the financials. Whether you have the money and can afford it doesn't matter. It's a poor use of funds and now, as stated above, a bad investment. Sure they add value and appeal if you sell the car, but at MAYBE 1/4 of what you paid for the stuff. Even if you bolted the parts on and sold the car without driving it.

Anyway, Ard is right. Decide the reason for wanting the mods first. Then, in my opinion, take the time to do the research. You might find you still want a few Dinan parts, but the rest can be sourced from other high quality suppliers at a fraction of the cost. Don't worry about parts working well with each other for the most part. If you are worried, and stubborn, then my suggestion would be to group all of your power building parts together from one source. (Doesn't have to be Dinan - Evolve is better in my opinion, or at least no one should argue that they're not on the same level) and then get your suspension work done which can be pieced from any number of brands and should all work fine together. Example, Dinan springs on Bilstein B8 struts with Dinan swaybars, etc.

If you have questions on anything after doing some research, doesn't hesitate to ask here or post in a thread to revive the topic. -We usually like that better than starting a new thread anyway. :typing:

Good luck and happy motoring. :M5rev:
 
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i dont know much about dinan other than that they are overpriced and in my opinion remind me of apple; you have to "earn the badge". thats a bit too much marketing nonsense to me. also, it does not make sense (i may be wrong) for a single company to make so many different components, they must be outsourcing at least some.

with that being said i believe if you want to upgrade your car then its beast to find individual components that suite your taste from companies that specialize in them.

as an example (not promoting any company, you find and choose what works for you) :

my diff is from quaife which is a company specializing in drive train parts.

my coil overs are from KW which again is a company that builds suspension bits (i have the V3 kit if you want to look it up)

as for my tune it was done by a specialist specifically for my car and mapped out individually (not all engines are the same)

brakes are from pagid (again a specialized company that works with many oem)

list can go on and on but in my opinion as others have said, figure out what you want from the car and shop around. personally i believe its always best to go to the specialist and not the name brand.

good luck in any case :D
 

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If you're patient keep an eye out on the used market. No sense in paying full retail. If you're dead set on addressing all of those areas, please search and find what people have been using for years.

If you're looking for power, Evolve or Supersprint headers are immediate gains with most people pointing to Evolve as having the advantage. ECU's can be tuned Alpha-N so you can eliminate the MAFs all together. My vote would be to look at Evolve or TTFS for that. The list goes on.

Figure out where you want to focus and what you want out of the car, and the archives can help you the rest of the way.
 

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Familysleeper,

My M5 has many Dinan modifications on it. I have always been a Dinan fan since way back when. I think they make or source good reliable parts that were properly tested. Are they over priced...absolutely. And I watch on their website how the prices bounce around, sometimes lower then higher which I dont quite understand.

However, as was stated previously, I peruse the for sale section and ebay looking for good deals on Dinan parts. That is how I built my car with Dinan items for a fraction of what they cost new. I have only ever bought one new Dinan items and that was for the camber plates and they were on sale.

I went with a full supersprint system front to rear with no regrets and my tune will be done on a dyno by a semi local gentleman.

Again as many said dont be afraid to mix and match items, there are many great products out there for our cars that will all work together if the car is tuned properly.
 

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I didnt think of this till this second but just to give you an idea of what I have:

Dinan wheels - used
Dinan carbon Fiber intake with foglight vents and heat shields - used
Dinan front strut brace - used
Dinan rear strut brace - used
Dinan floor mats - used
Dinan JRZ shocks and springs - used
Dinan front and rear sway bars - used
Dinan camber plates - new

As you can tell, if you are patient and not in a rush you can find very good deals on Dinan items.

Hope that helps.
 
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