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Steve30 11-27-2011 08:00 PM

My E36 S54 Swap Thread
 
So I decided to make a thread to document most of the process. Last weekend I spent most of Saturday pulling the motor out of an 03 M3 with 48k kms. The plan is to run stock DME to retain OEM functionality and reliability (basically identical to Mike's car). I finally got the engine mounted on a stand and started removing some of the accessories. Here are a few pictures of the progress so far.

http://img46.imageshack.us/img46/6941/sam0496d.jpg

I bolted up the headers and they are definitely going to need the longer M50 studs. (S54 uses 35mm while M50 uses 42mm)

http://img805.imageshack.us/img805/2711/sam0501.jpg

Then I got around to pulling the valve cover mainly to inspect the vanos bolts/gear. The bolts were still tight and the gear didnt show any signs of cracking. Its also pretty clean in there with no scoring on the cams or anything.

http://img440.imageshack.us/img440/854/sam0494h.jpg

This is probably all I'll do for the next week or so because of finals coming up. Next I'll be dropping the oil pan and checking out the oil pump nut and maybe give it a tack weld. I know the oil pump nut is mainly a problem in the M52/S52 engines but I've seen guys tack the S54 nut as well. It probably wouldn't hurt to do it especially since I'll have such easy access.

I'll try and update this thread as much as I can. Hopefully it livens up the E36 section too since we need all the help we can get haha. Also, huge thanks to Mike for his help and knowledge! *rockout*

BmW1819 11-27-2011 08:35 PM

good for you no tackle the swap :) it's gonna be well worth it :)

Discostar 11-27-2011 10:24 PM

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What did you land the motor for? If you dont mind me asking.

Steve30 11-27-2011 11:29 PM

was able to get it for 3500 but that was because I had to pull it out myself. I still think it was an awesome deal though.

noodles101 11-28-2011 12:18 AM

omg this is every E36 owners dream lol !!!

btw are u putting in the 6speed manual transmission? or is that not possible?

Steve30 11-28-2011 01:41 AM

The e46 6 speed is possible but I'm keeping the 5 speed because I don't want to deal with getting a shorter drive shaft. The 5 speed is also lighter and stronger. Gear ratio wise they are essentially the same for the first 5 gears.

SiR 11-28-2011 08:49 AM

finals?

I like the sticking with the 5 spd for the points you said.
gonna be a sweet swap.

Giormelo 11-28-2011 11:20 AM

Wow 3500? pretty good deal, if I had the money and knowledge to pull it out my self I would! GL with your swap definately going to follow your build :)

noodles101 11-28-2011 11:22 AM

steve30, u putting it into ur super minty fresh technooo??!?!?!

Steve30 11-28-2011 12:05 PM

yeah

Quote:

Originally Posted by noodles101 (Post 1536715)
steve30, u putting it into ur super minty fresh technooo??!?!?!


BMW_M_POWER 11-28-2011 01:04 PM

Nice!

dcramer 11-28-2011 04:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Steve30 (Post 1536650)
was able to get it for 3500 but that was because I had to pull it out myself. I still think it was an awesome deal though.

I'd say ... where did you find it ?

Dave

Steve30 11-28-2011 04:14 PM

If you look at prices in the states its right on par for what you should pay (in some cases more) I've seen a few go for 2k on bimmerforums. I've been looking for an engine for about a year. I wasn't in a rush so I just waited patiently until I came across this one.

taxi615 11-29-2011 11:35 AM

good luck !

dcramer 11-29-2011 11:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Steve30 (Post 1536769)
If you look at prices in the states its right on par for what you should pay (in some cases more) I've seen a few go for 2k on bimmerforums. I've been looking for an engine for about a year. I wasn't in a rush so I just waited patiently until I came across this one.

Thanks I'll be doing the same. I won't be doing this until next winter so I can sit patiently and wait.

BTW, where are you getting the ECU modified ?

Dave


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