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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 07-04-2006, 01:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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2.8L power??

What kinda of power will a stroker kit make?? i saw on strictly eta that one could be made to pass smog because it will pass visual. Is it worth the trouble?? or is an E36 engine a better option??
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The M20 stroker will plop in and bolt right up a lot of work is needed to make the M50 motor and trans not only bolt in but run. A complete M50 engine wiring harness is needed and about 25 man hours are needed to do the install, and that is if you have everything there sitting. To build a M20 stroker it'll cost about 1200 if you do most of the work yourself. To even buy an M50 motor and trans you are looking at 2000-2700. Plus for you to make it smog legal you'll have to buy new cats since it is illegal to buy used cats then you have the exhaust to contend with. A stock M20 2.7 puts out 120HP and 170 ft-lb a well built stroker has potential to equal that of a M50 motor which makes 192HP and 181 ft-lb of torque.

In the end it'll be a labor of love because you'll never sell the car for enough money to recover half of the total (motor labor parts etc.) Is it worth it? I hear that the M50 motor really turns the e30 into a new car and they swear it's worth every penny. Where others have said it was a nightmare and regret ever getting into it. Do some research, there are several sites that cover the swap step by step, take a look at what is involved and see if it’s within your skill level and affordability.

Honestly if your car is in exceptional condition inside and out, a #1 or #2, I'd say do it, but if your car doesn't look good from 100' well I think I'd spend the money on the car...
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hmm sounds like the stroker might be a better option. My goal for the E30 i wanna buy is to pickup a beater and build it into a weekend race car.

Now with the 2.8L stroker, am i better of finding an ETA motor in a junkyard to build or finding an "I" motor to build??
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witch sites show the step by step for the m50 swap??
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