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330xie46 07-02-2010 11:37 AM

whats the best e30 engine swaps out there?
 
i have a chance to pick up a 1986 red e30 325 that needs some tlc. the seats are torn and need to be replaced and the motor runs with 144k miles. the nice thing is the body is in great shape with no noticeable rust on any panels.

im thinking of buying it to save it from a junkyard and making it a nice project car.

can you guys give me some engine ideas and aprox cost.

thanks

mvrk10256 07-02-2010 11:51 AM

it its a 325is then there is no need for an engine swap. those engines are great. but i would suggest boost before engine swap. again they are great little motors.

Brinkley 07-02-2010 11:57 AM

S50 is where you wanna go 95 m3 motor. There are several places you will find info on doing such a swap. You'll need to decide on what you want as far as a final product.

neil22 07-02-2010 03:00 PM

Motors from an e36 are typical as mentioned above. From what I've read you'll want one with OBD1.

aggieE46 07-02-2010 05:20 PM

Adam Bath is dropping in his M54 :)

240zs30 07-02-2010 06:57 PM

Agreed on all points but mainly you need to decide what you want from the E30. If your staying NA M20 is a tank, get a good chip a good tune up. You'll get used to the ticking valves that are noisy. The M50 (E36) would not be much different power wise unless you boost . M54 would be sweet. GL with whatever you decide.

330xie46 07-03-2010 08:39 AM

leaning towards a m54 but that would have to be one tight fit.

240zs30 07-04-2010 06:23 PM

If your not a member, become one. This thread has allot of info. The M54 is probably easier to fit than the M50/52 only because of the brake booster/intake manifold clearance.Read it and send your questions to him. He has some parts that make it a little more plug and play.

http://r3vlimited.com/board/showthre...foolishness%22

330xie46 07-22-2010 10:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 240zs30 (Post 11956069)
If your not a member, become one. This thread has allot of info. The M54 is probably easier to fit than the M50/52 only because of the brake booster/intake manifold clearance.Read it and send your questions to him. He has some parts that make it a little more plug and play.

http://r3vlimited.com/board/showthre...foolishness%22

thanks that a sweet link to have.

BMWstudent 07-22-2010 10:12 PM

I have a friend in the middle... well about 90% through an m60 swap w/ a six speed.


just... if you upgrade the motor: please, please, please upgrade the breaks. I'm told that you can even get e46 front stuff to work... imagine a car that weighs ~700 lbs less than a 330 with those rotors....mmmmm

xixixi 07-23-2010 06:18 AM

sr20 hands down, unless your trying to stay bmw....

E30Hoonigan 08-01-2013 09:00 PM

OKAY everyone im fairly new to euro cars and bmw i decided to buy an 1987 e30 325 and was wondering what engine is exactly in it its not an 325i or 325e it just says 325 on the back also i was probably going to swap the engine for the me 325i engine or what would be a good swap to do that i can throw a turbo on and have some fun for a 17 year old aha

ImMolton 08-06-2013 12:19 AM

Get a 1jz
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8w4fu7T77Lc

KashM3 08-09-2013 04:22 PM

S52 OBD1 TRM or Turner tune w/ 24lb injectors, bimmerworld silicone boot and a good filter. Swap the diff to a 3.25 lsd or 3.73 lsd if the car comes with an "open" diff.

E21 or Treehouse modified brake Booster, E28 Tranny mounts and E34 6 cylinder motor mounts.....OR just call up AKG motorsports and order from there fantastic collection.

The car may be toooo much fun when all is said and done. Just saying'

Enjoy.

BBBoy323i 08-12-2013 11:25 AM

whats the best e30 engine swaps out there?
 
I heard you can put in a nice Nissan sr20 engine? Sorry purists


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Broach><330 09-17-2013 04:46 AM

http://www.r3vlimited.com/board/showthread.php?t=288383

Here is a link to my build, has a lot of info. If you need anything or what part to get let me know! GL


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