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Old 05-13-2016, 08:53 PM   #1
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My Ride: 2011 328i, 2001 325i
'01 325i auto >> m52tub28 + 250G manual [pics]

okay so I suck at containing my excitement. the game plan is this
  1. Aquire 2001 325i auto DONE
  2. Aquire 2000 328i manual swapped DONE
  3. pull both motors DONE
  4. strip m52tub28 to bare metal DONE
  5. move all components and sensors from m54b25 to the m52tu DONE
  6. drop the m52tu into the 2001 chasis while maintaining all ms43 electronics/intake DONE
  7. code the auto to manual, reflash dme and reset variants/adapts DONE
  8. ms43 launch control and tuning

shout out to my little white pony for being a good sport about sharing the spotlight for once.




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Old 05-22-2016, 11:39 AM   #2
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update:

I pulled out the exhaust, driveshaft, heatsheild, front end, radiator, powersteering, AC lines, and fuel lines. theres also some electrical plugs going down to the fuel filter assembly, vacuum hoses all over the place, heater lines and the tiny ground strap. I hooked a chain to the motor and began to pull it out. took some wiggling and adjusting of the load leveler but it came out okay. if you work it out slowly then youll run into the little things you may have missed. my headers kept bumping into everything and my oil pan got scratched along the way but it was a very slow and controlled process. im very satisfied with my first attempt at pulling a motor. expecially by myself. the biggest pain in the ass is prepping everything so the motor could be pulled. i got lazy to remove my airboxes since i had done that and reinstalled just last week. in return the chain damaged my fuel rail. its fine since i wont be reusing that. i started tuesday around 7pm-10pm. wednesday from 4pm-6pm. thursday i worked from 7am till 8pm. some home depot trips for chains, size 12 esocket at autozone, lunch and working alone made the process drag out pretty long but i feel like it was actually fast.

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update part 2:
over the weekend i had time to work on the cars again. i pulled out the door panels from my 325i, and replaced em with the panels from the 328i which were still beat but not destroyed. I broke a clip on the door handle actuator cable so i pulled it out of the 328i to replace it. having a parts car is amazing. i will definitely do this again. started pulling off the silver trim to move to the 325i but that didnt go so smoothly. im still reevaluating my decisions. but the 328i is just a shell. if anyone wants it feel free to pm. im in South Fl. it has great paint.






After having quite a few drinks at a friends house, I came back home and decided to start stripping the motor down. it was a nice way to spend the night. pulled intake and exhaust off and coils also. not to mention the electrical harness.


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Old 05-23-2016, 08:16 PM   #3
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Someone did valve cover gasket on that engine , you can see that slack of RTV there))))
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Old 05-24-2016, 03:02 PM   #4
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Someone did valve cover gasket on that engine , you can see that slack of RTV there))))
Thanks, I saw that too. it doesnt leak thankfully but there are leaks going on near the oil filter housing and powersteering reservoir. that should be fun (not)

i might sell the whole thing when its all said and done. i just wanted to do this project for the experience.

edit. when i pick up a coupe and really decide on keeping it, im going to do the m56 aluminum valve cover and ccv delete. i honestly dont trust a plastic valve cover to last "forever"

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