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Old 08-13-2004, 06:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have recently read a lot of buzz about the LS1 and LS^ swap possibilities, but would a 4.0L BMW V-8 from a 1996 740i fit? I'd assume if it did, it would be a lot less trouble than the LS1. And what about the BMW V-12 5L? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm........
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you want the 4.4L from the E39 and E38, because the earlier 4.0L engines were made with an alloy called nicasil which causes premature block failure when using hard cracked fuels that are common, especially in southern california. Just beware.

Lots of custom fab work, but Alpina had a B3 4.0, so it is technically possible.
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Ever hear of the Racing Dynamics Hurricane project car?

5.0L V12 (850) in the E36 chassis. I think it was twin turbocharged as well.

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if you have lots of money, you could buy this engine, actually i don't even think you can buy this engine,






but if you could buy it and you had the money it would be a hell of a time fitting it in, that's the mclaren f1 engine, it's essentialy two 3.2l m3 engines put together, wow i just like to look at it, its DREAMY, lol,
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Well anything is possible of course; just how much time and energy do you wnt to invest? Have you considered smog and all the legal aspects? If you want to stay on the legal path you'll have to have whataver the equivalent of the BAR in your state approve your swap.. If you are going to go through all the motions, i'd go with the LS1, not that hard - cheaper, more aftermarket, and more reliable to boot...
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