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Old 10-03-2004, 08:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, i've been wondering, since my car is auto, and the m5 swap would completley ahnilate my wallet and probably take months...

Would a 540 engine work with the existing equipment in my car, as far as mounts, transmission, differential and ECU?
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Old 10-04-2004, 01:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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yes it would work beautifully if you are prepared to spend vast amounts of money on some of the following mods :

Engine mounts.
Engine mount fitting
Changing driveshaft lenght then getting it balanced
Finding a bellhousing that will match the back of the 540 block and then matching to your existing transmission,if in fact the one you have at present will take the 282hp ?
Speedo cable
Bigger radiator and plumbing all round for the heater and aircon etc.
Cross member could be a real issue for you.

The list is endless not to mention software for the commputer etc.
It may be a wise move to trade up and get a 540,you would not be dissapointed.
Good luck.

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heh, i figured an e34 540 engine would just sorta, fit in any e34 chassis, but your right about the tranny and ecu...sounds like more than it's worth.
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