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Old 05-04-2009, 08:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Talking do the 94 320i's have lsd?

idk if it does so im asking lol
and how well do you think an M3 motor would fit in the 320i? or will it at all?
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one way to find put for sure is to rev it up and dump the clutch if you leave 2 lines of rubber then yes you have lsd. as for the m3 motor if your refering to an s50 or s52 then yes it will fit quite nicely but there are many other things your gonna need to do the swap, do a search on it its been covered many times
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well i tried dumping the clutch and either the car doesnt have enough power to getem spinning or it has some sort of trac control. and im guessing the eiser motor to put would be out of an e36 m3 right?
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she definately has enough power, the traction control is most likely whats stopping you. I dont know what, if any production codes or vin numbers that would indicate lsd but that would be my next thing to look into. and yes a s50 or s52 was designed for your cars engine bay, getting it to fit would be no issue at all. I would be more concerned with wiring harnesses ecu's and a transmission.
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well id probably try and use the m3 engine and tranny and whats the difference between the s50 or s52
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the s50 is the 3.0l 240 hp engine offered in the earlyer m3's the s52 is a 3.2l 321 hp engine in the later m3's. Not trying to be rude or anything so please dont take this the wrong way but a motor swap isnt easy or cheap to do. if you havent ever attempted somethign like this you probably shouldnt without extensive research and the aide of someone experienced.
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your right. ive done plenty of swaps but mostly on tpi camaros so i know this is a very different swap and the moneys no big deal. and the swap would also be down the road anyways. but on another subject its hard to find after market suspension for the 320i all i ever seem to find is the 323i or the 325i so which should i buy for or should i try and find it for my car?
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the pages don't stat that they won't work on a 320i, but they don't say it will either, call 'em or email 'em and see what they say
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o well in that case best of luck to you. generally many E36 parts are interchangable one way or another, luckly you being in the uk you have easy access to the euro spec m3 motor with the individual tb's as well as the 6 speed tranny. as for the suspension all the non m e36 the coupes and sedans have the same suspension i believe, the ti compact has an older rear trailing set up if i remember correctly.
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