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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 05-20-2005, 07:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anybody know how much hp the differential can handle in an E30 318? What upgrades would bolt in?I have a V8 I'm thinking about puting in my car.
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Old 05-20-2005, 10:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i would upgrade to the larger 188 case diff found in the 325s
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V8?? what kinda of V8???
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I have a 89 mustang 5.0 engine I pulled out of a wrecked car. I was going to build it for my Sunbeam Alpine but someone gave me the bmw. I wanted to know how much power these cars can handle before I put a 300 or 400 hp engine in it.
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you are a moron, but they could handle 300 horses. the diff isnt what you should worry about
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You think you are better than me? What should I be worried about. I've put bigger engines in smaller cars than a Bmw.
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Old 05-21-2005, 05:13 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Why screw around with a little 1.8 or a 2.5 when you can have a real engine. A 300hp e30 has a better power to weight ratio than a c6 vette.
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ford engine in euro car is thats gross way way way gross yes u better weight ratio but u completly ruin the good handling of it thats why its called european suspension cause its the best to each his own but still thats gay at least drop a european engine in it
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ford engine in euro car is thats gross way way way gross yes u better weight ratio but u completly ruin the good handling of it thats why its called european suspension cause its the best to each his own but still thats gay at least drop a european engine in it
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Actually, Ford motors in Euro cars is what made the A/C Cobra legendary. Not to mention the Sunbeam Tiger, and De Tamaso Pantera. All highly regarded collector cars.

How about you pull your head out and get over the fact that a Euro car with a torquey American V8 can be a whole lot of fun. Besides, it's damn easy to make 450 with a 302. I could make 325 without trying.

smitty, as long as you can mate a t-5 behind it, and get a custom driveshaft to couple the two, I wouldn't worry about it. You're going to snap a half shaft before you blow the rear end.
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ford engine in euro car is thats gross way way way gross yes u better weight ratio but u completly ruin the good handling of it thats why its called european suspension cause its the best to each his own but still thats gay at least drop a european engine in it
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If you knew anthing about cars you would know that suspension can be upgraded.
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: Holy shit. All this over a Ford V8?

Sounds like a deuce project, dude. That thing would really be able to haul some ass, but you're gonna be looking at more upgrades than just the diff. Transmission, driveaxles, engine mounts, engine computer management, a lot of things that will need to be upgraded, changed, rearranged, experimented with, etc.

Expect a lot of downtime to get this done.

On the whole though, I'd want to see this. Upgrade your front suspension (the Ford block will weigh a LOT more than the 1.8L) and let's see what "Euro purists" get their asses eaten off by this thing. You'll be feeding them their asses on a silver platter. Don't get me wrong, when and if I can, I like to keep my car close to its original Euro specs, but c'mon dude! He got the car as a GIFT. It's not like he's in the hole for it. Would make an awesome machine if it works.

The Deuce is right. Get your head outta there and smell some fresh air.
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I found the weight of the 89 5.0. 411lbs. I'm using aluminum heads so that would knock off some weight. Does any one know what the 1.8 or the 2.5 weighs?
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BMW S14 four 350lbs 318i motor. Is this the engine in an e30?
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You know, this reminds me of a certain Hartge E46 conversion, where the M Power 5 litre V8 was dumped into the 3.

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