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Old 12-26-2008, 11:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Gear box swap

How hard is it for a straight gear box swap on a '98' 318is ?

I know the bell housing is very close to the bulkhead will this cause a problem?
Will this be easy enough using a ramp?

Tips please,

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Is it a manual gearbox, and you are using the same model? I would definetely try to get the car higher than ramps, I had my car pretty much as high as the jackstands would go. Also back off the top nuts on the engine mounts, and undo the trans brace with the 2 bushings on it. Will give you a lot more room. The bolts aren't too hard to get to, and see if your starter has nuts behind it, if you do get a wrench on them or they will just spin most likely..

I know that's kind of cluttered, but I did mine not that long ago, so let me know if you need any specifics.
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When i said ramps i meant a four post or something similar. The box is from a 318 bout the same age, but mines a 318is and they have the same box. They (3 series E36) were mostly fitted with only two different box's apart from the M3 so i know ive got the right match, should be ok.

If i get stuck ill give you a shout thanks for your help.
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