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Old 06-28-2004, 08:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is this possible? Has anyone here tried it before and what all do i need to change over thanks taylor
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Umm.... I do think you can do it.... but you'd also have to change the transmision.... and the drive shaft... and the rear end.... not to mention the computer system would have to be changed.... ... so.. basically the entire engine.... electrical part of the engine... transmision.... drive shaft... and rear end.... I think thats about it.... you might have to adapt a few mounts... but I'm not sure. Good luck with that..!
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its been done, you would need the z3/m coupe rear end, and drive shaft, and then the m3 engine and ecu etc. and tranny and then some custom work for the motor mounts
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Thats pretty much what I was hinting... thanks Turbo
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With that kind of cost for material and installation, can't you just sell your 318ti and buy a used m3.
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With that kind of cost for material and installation, can't you just sell your 318ti and buy a used m3.
the thing is more of a sleeper, most people know its a 1.8l until it kicks there ass
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Thats pretty much what I was hinting... thanks Turbo
thats the deal, and no problem dude
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that's exactly my philosophy. I'm just gonna wait for a while to sell my 325is, and get an M3. Much less work, about the same amount of money, and a nice dose of delayed gratification.
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ya for a 325is, its not worth it IMO, but a ti is very light compared to a e36 sedan/coupe. could beat a m3.
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Look at these links, they're very helpful:

http://www.bmw-forums.com/forum/index.php?...=4013&st=80&hl=
The member I'm talking about is 'bmwtech332ti' and he has an own website too: http://www.cardomain.com/memberpage/496721 He did an engine swap from a 318ti to a 332ti (M3 engine). His site is very interesting when you want to do such as him. Good luck!

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wow that you guys that was helpful that guy has a sweet car Im still thinking about the swap
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i plan on swapping a 3.2l m3 into a '96 318ti over the winter. i dont believe you absolutely have to change out the tranny and rear end. (although plan to anyways) my one buddy did an m52 swap into a 94 318is and kept the tranny, drivetrain, etc stock. he did it about a year ago and to my surprize he hasnt blown any of it up. and believe me this guy uses the power.
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i plan on swapping a 3.2l m3 into a '96 318ti over the winter. i dont believe you absolutely have to change out the tranny and rear end. (although plan to anyways) my one buddy did an m52 swap into a 94 318is and kept the tranny, drivetrain, etc stock. he did it about a year ago and to my surprize he hasnt blown any of it up. and believe me this guy uses the power.
all i have to say is i hope you have lots and lots of $$$$$ if you want sleeper, why dont you go buy an m3 and put 318 badges on it? haha cost ya way less, just to do all the wiring for the swap its anywhere from 60-80 hours or labor and at 30-60$ an hour! ouch thats just wiring but you have fun! haha

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Wait a sec guys, he's gonna have a hard time putting a E36 M3 rear end into a E36 318ti. The 318ti has the E30 rear end and the mounts ect are different I do believe. You'd prolly have better luck with a E30 M3 engine and rear end. If thats what your talking about then please disregared. but if you were talking about the #36 M3 engien then you'll proll need the rear sub frame from a Coupe E36 and hope you can line it up.
read my post up top, i said a z3 or m coupe rear end. the m3 rear end wouldnt work, because of the driveshaft wouldnt work
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