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Old 10-10-2009, 03:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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am i able to put a 325i e36 engine in my 328i e36 without any changes? will it drop straight in? thanks people.
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the 325 engine (M50) is smaller than the 328 engine (M52) so i'm not sure if it will bolt straight in...

why would you want to do that? it's not a huge power difference between the two, but still the extra torque from the 2.8L would be nice...

the transmissions seems to be a little different, realoem.com says that the 325i has the SD5-G and the other has the SD5-Z...

take that for what it's worth, just trying to help.

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thanks. yeah i do like to have that extra bit of torque. i'll stick with the 2.8 lump. is an engine change a long process?
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thanks. yeah i do like to have that extra bit of torque. i'll stick with the 2.8 lump. is an engine change a long process?
Between any of the 6 cylinder engines that came in a e36, relatively speaking, no. Going from a 4 cyl to 6 cylinder is a little more complicated, but really, it's still fairly straight forward.

That said, keep the 2.8. What you can do though is get a intake manifold from a 2.5 and bolt that on -- should be good for at least 15 horsepower, even without an engine remap.
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yeah, man. engine swap are long...even if you are a mechanic...

at the very least it's going to take a full day...

i wouldn't do it...
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