Any way to get power out of a 3.8 liter SOHC V-8? - Mercedes-Benz Forum

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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-25-2004, 05:00 PM Thread Starter
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Any way to get power out of a 3.8 liter SOHC V-8?

I am new to mercedes, 1981 380SL is my first one. It only has 17k miles and is really nice. I thought it would be much faster than 0-60 in 11 seconds.

Was there an AMG kit, or should I just put a
Chevy LS-1 in there?

Anyother performance ideas? can you remake the heads with bigger valves? more compression? meaner cams?

it makes "OK" torque, so it's no KIA Spectra, but I want to haul ass, like my dads 1999 500sl
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RE: Any way to get power out of a 3.8 liter SOHC V-8?

First, make sure your 380 has a double row timing chain upgrade. This is the main cause of implosion on a 380. Next, call Carl at Bergwerks in CA. Your car needs the 1st gear start set-up, a better axle ratio, and his nitrous kit. There are no other alternatives for a 380, except driving one off a cliff. They are total dogs.
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I have a 82 380SL my plans are.
Custom Air Intake ( Kinda like a cold air )
Dual high flow Exhaust
New Rear End
Maybe Bore out the motor

Upgrades when i get the money
Mustang 5.0 Supercharged
Maybe a Tremec6 Trans

The car.
82 380SL
Pioneer Head Unit ( Came with car so did Stock Head Unit )
Pioneer Speakers all around
Pioneer Subwoofer
Sony Xplod Amp ( Yes I like deep bass )
Upgraded 16" rims came with car Has 14" spare

Soon to come.
New Interior (Seats,Carpet,Dash, and Trim)
New Performance Exhaust..Hopfully Dual
Custom Air Intake
Re-Chroming the rims or Getting AMG rims
AMG body kit
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