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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 10-01-2003, 06:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am thinking about dropping a s52 engine and trans into an e30 two door. I was also thinking about moving th emotor mounts back a couple of inches. Is there any way to compensate for the hole that I would have to cut into the fire wall? ghead
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I am thinking about dropping a s52 engine and trans into an e30 two door. I was also thinking about moving th emotor mounts back a couple of inches. Is there any way to compensate for the hole that I would have to cut into the fire wall? ghead
why move it back? there has been many of people that have dropped them in without movin the mounts back
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The reason that I would move it back would be because of the handling issue. I know that with sway bars the e30 can out hadle 70% of the new cars coming out, but i'm looking for the ultimate track day car and daily driver. I would like to move the center of gravity back so it would be mo balanced for the new motor.
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lol if you want extreme torque and way better balance drop a ls1 in there. It sits lower. Has a higher bottom for more ground clearence. it sits waaay farther back. And has a shit load more torque.
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you could get an alluminum block 2.8L M52 which is around the same weight as a S14 4cyl and still has good tq, 206lb-ft stock
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I'm really asking if there is a way to re-support the car if I cut into the fire wall. I'm not really looking to put anything else in there. Esspecialy an American V-8. I don't see the big point of putting all that weight in the front of my car. Why don't I just buy a v-12 and stick it in there?
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I'm really asking if there is a way to re-support the car if I cut into the fire wall. I'm not really looking to put anything else in there. Esspecialy an American V-8. I don't see the big point of putting all that weight in the front of my car. Why don't I just buy a v-12 and stick it in there?
i really dont think that will make a huge difference in weight distribution. so are you saying now that your gonna stick with the M20 instead of the S52? i really think stroking the M20 to 3L's would be the best idea for track/street car. you start with a fresh engine, excellent power, and will be less costly to install over a M50
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