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Trying For Power Gains

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I'm quite the newb when it comes to cars but I'm trying to pickup quick. I was hoping yu guys could drop me some advice..

One of the first upgrades I want to do to my 89' 190e 2.6 is to swap to a manual transmission, basically I was wondering what my options are. I've read about the stock 2.6 manual tranny but are there any other options out there?? Any high performance racing tranny or anything like that?

Is the 2.6 worth boosting with turbo or not? My friend keeps telling me to do it but from what I've been reading people say engine swap to 3.0L+ then turbo.. why doesn't anyone turbo a 2.6? Whats the big difference in between the 3.0 and the 2.6?

Is megasquirt the only/best option for EFI? What kind of stock injection system does my car normally run on?

What is the best route to upgrading my car?

Should I look for a manual 300e and then swap the engine/tranny?

Should I throw a turbo on my 2.6?

So lost... HELP!! :surrender:
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Everything is possible with a large wallet. But first and foremost you should take of appearance and the suspension. Nice pair of lowering springs, Bilstein sport shocks, front sway bar of your choice, and an EvoII rear sway bar will completely make you love the 190 ten times more. Then comes time for power since you can then use it. People do the 3.0 swaps because it is simply a more powerful bigger engine. There are also other choices for the swap to such as the M104 3.6l AMG engine and the M104 3.2l engine. You dont see many turbos because of the fact that its damn expensive, and ya gotta know what your doing since the car isnt gonna be completely "reliable". Also if you wanna go turbo you should convert to EFI first and gonna have to make or have someone make the turbo and intake manifolds (so you cant just "throw" on a turbo). Your car is carbed which is like Flinstones shit nowadays. You can use any aftermarket ECU of your choice, but Megasquirt II is the most liked for EFI 190 conversions. For the manny swap you could go for the regular 190 5-speed tranny or get the 2.3-16 getrag (dogleg) 5-speed.
I say you start on the appearance and suspension of your car first and go from there since I dont think you know how much money your getting into with the manny swap(gonna cost around 2k) and a custom turbo set-up
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yeah meant to say cis. must have been the C haha. Didnt think any of the 190s were carbed
keep us updated:thumbsup:
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