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Old 11-27-2011, 09:00 PM   #1
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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.



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



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.



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!
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Old 11-27-2011, 09:35 PM   #2
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good for you no tackle the swap it's gonna be well worth it
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Old 11-27-2011, 11:24 PM   #3
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What did you land the motor for? If you dont mind me asking.
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Old 11-28-2011, 12:29 AM   #4
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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.
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Old 11-28-2011, 01:18 AM   #5
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omg this is every E36 owners dream lol !!!

btw are u putting in the 6speed manual transmission? or is that not possible?
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Old 11-28-2011, 02:41 AM   #6
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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.
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Old 11-28-2011, 09:49 AM   #7
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finals?

I like the sticking with the 5 spd for the points you said.
gonna be a sweet swap.
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Old 11-28-2011, 12:20 PM   #8
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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
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Old 11-28-2011, 12:22 PM   #9
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steve30, u putting it into ur super minty fresh technooo??!?!?!
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Old 11-28-2011, 01:05 PM   #10
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Old 11-28-2011, 02:04 PM   #11
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Nice!
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Old 11-28-2011, 05:02 PM   #12
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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 ?

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Old 11-28-2011, 05:14 PM   #13
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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.
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Old 11-29-2011, 12:35 PM   #14
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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 ?

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