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dcramer 01-09-2013 06:45 PM

engine swap dropping the subframe
 
has anyone done it this way. Looks to be easier if you have a hoist.

Only thing that looks like it might get in the way is the steering column ?

Dave

Axxe 01-09-2013 06:49 PM

Haven't done it that way before, thought about it several times but removing the front end is really simple and allows excellent access.

dcramer 01-09-2013 07:22 PM

If you go from the top and remove the rad support do you still have to take the manifold off to get the chain on the back of the engine ?

BigD 01-09-2013 07:34 PM

You'll want to remove the manifold regardless, to disconnect the wiring and heater hoses.

I think the subframe method is best if you're doing a very serious upgrade job, including suspension. Otherwise, just go from the top, especially with how easy it is to do on the E36, with no rad support to clear.

Axxe 01-10-2013 01:03 PM

When I pulled the M52 I pulled the manifold off because I thought it was going to be a head job, but then decided to pull the whole thing out. I dropped the S52 in complete, connecting the heater hoses wasn't exactly fun but it was doable, especially if you planned it out before you put the motor in (which side to leave the hose attached to).

dcramer 01-10-2013 01:10 PM

well my heater hose will be different since an S50B32 is going in to replace it

which means BTW my S52 is for sale

dcramer 01-10-2013 01:11 PM

well my heater hose will be different since an S50B32 is going in to replace it

which means BTW my S52 is for sale


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