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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 02-13-2006, 09:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Could any one tell me if they know of any websites with useful information on a s50 or s52 engine swaps for a 84-87 e30? If you could that would be great:lol: im looking for something like a how to guide or alot of info.

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Old 02-13-2006, 09:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The only thing I can help you with is that I know a lot of guys for the racing doing an 2.5L M50 engine into an E30.

They have to use the engine from the 525i, because the oil pan is reversed in the 5 series, because otherwise it wouldn't fit into the E30 engine bay.

Everything is fixable, but you might run into a problem here.
If people can put 5L V12 7-series engines into E30, then this to is possible
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A couple good websites:
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Doing the swap in the earlier E30's is more dificult than the 88 on up cars because you have to change the radiator support and relocate the coolant expansion tank.
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I dont mind doin all that extra work like relocating coolant expansion tank beacuse it cant be to hard it might just be time consuming. I plan on doing the swap by myself and with a cuple of buddies. I hear doing the s50,s52 swap is more worth the time and money than the m50, other wise i would do the m50 swap.
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I dont mind doin all that extra work like relocating coolant expansion tank beacuse it cant be to hard it might just be time consuming. I plan on doing the swap by myself and with a cuple of buddies. I hear doing the s50,s52 swap is more worth the time and money than the m50, other wise i would do the m50 swap.
Right, moving the coolant expansion tank isnt that hard but modifing the radiator support to fit the later M20 or M50 radaitor may not be that easy. I don't know what is involved in doing that because I have an '89.
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When I was deciding onwhat motor to go with I contacted
www.treehouseracing.com, they sent me a list of ALL the parts
needed to properly do the swap along with the prices and I bailed, way too much for my beater.
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^^ :lol: Beater...
I guess mine is a bucket of bolts, then.

I think TreeHouse is a bit overpriced, to tell you the truth.
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Yeah ive checked that site out before and i thought they were overpriced too. but they probly give you everything that you need for the swap.
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There's a local shop near where I live, and they said they would do a S52 swap for $11000 which included everythig for a 318is swap, and $8000- $9000 for a complete swap in a 325. The 318is S52 swap is more because you have to get a new tranny, rear diff, front subframe, axle, radiator and rad support, rear half shafts, and I think a few wore things.
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There's a local shop near where I live, and they said they would do a S52 swap for $11000 which included everythig for a 318is swap, and $8000- $9000 for a complete swap in a 325. The 318is S52 swap is more because you have to get a new tranny, rear diff, front subframe, axle, radiator and rad support, rear half shafts, and I think a few wore things.
That's acutally a good price for an s52 swap, I've heard of people spending
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Dang that is crap load of money i would have to save for about a year but since im so young i could still do it.
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