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Old 10-22-2012, 03:20 PM   #1
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M54B30 rebuild

Does anyone know of a good place to buy a fully rebuilt M54B30 or a place to send it to? Decent core charges? I'm in Southern California and I'm trying to price things out for long term planning.
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Old 10-22-2012, 03:24 PM   #2
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Well... you won't ever get that invested money back when it comes time to unload your car. I assume you're in it for the long-haul. I might be in the same boat since all these newer BMW's are getting ridiculous with their 18,317 sensors in each corner of the car.
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Old 10-22-2012, 03:26 PM   #3
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i believe bavarian recycling is in your neighborhood. check ebay.
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Old 10-22-2012, 03:30 PM   #4
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I'm in it for the long haul, literally focusing 100% on maintenance. I really want to lean towards getting the current engine rebuilt rather than purchasing a rebuilt one because the block would be the original one from the factory. Insane, am I? Possibly.

Mango, I checked Bavarian recycling but they don't have anything this new. Also, eBay was a waste of time. Just used engines and piston rods
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Old 10-22-2012, 03:33 PM   #5
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Why do you want to get it rebuilt? your car is newer...
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Old 10-22-2012, 04:06 PM   #6
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Old 10-22-2012, 05:17 PM   #7
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3 major reasons:

1. I have 121k miles on it and I would like to capture that new feel of an engine with new pistons, rods, seals, valve springs, coil packs, etc...

2. Performance upgrades that I would like to incorporate would be forged internals and possibly Shrick cams.

3. Eventually, when the rebuilt engine is clocked at around 40k, I plan on getting an AA Stage 2 setup with Water/Meth injection.

For now, though, I'm fixing and replacing as many things as I can to keep it as good as stock. According to my plan, I'll be done with major maintenance work by December 5th. I've already had a lot of work done so far, but I want this thing to be like new again. Likewise, I would like to preserve as much of it as I can from the factory.
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Old 10-22-2012, 05:18 PM   #8
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I'll check out your link when I'm back at the office. My phone doesn't let me see signatures.
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Old 10-22-2012, 05:23 PM   #9
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you're doing a great job already but doing the things in my sig (if you haven't already) your car will run awesomely. Most of the original feel can be brought back with new rubber. mounts, bushings, etc. You can easily run 200,000 miles + on your engine and have it run like factory new if you maintain it. sometimes my friends have asked if my engine stalled... but nope.. it's still on.

with M3 engine mounts... theres a of vibration now :-/ but i can live with it
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Old 10-22-2012, 05:43 PM   #10
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I've actually done quite a few of those things but I still have a ways to go... Since I've had the car, I've done the following:
Fuel filter, spark plugs, oil change, transmission service (oil, clean, filter, gasket), differential service, coolant flush, alignment, brake fluid flush... A new radiator (and a second coolant flush).

On my to do list: new clock spring and steering fluid flush. New passenger side mirror (it's acting erratically, although that deserves its own post), fuel injection service and a new wheel liner for the passenger side front wheel. Then by next month, new fuel pump, water pump, expansion tank and thermostat.

You know... Little things. Haha
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Old 10-22-2012, 05:48 PM   #11
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Also, i replaced the control arm bushings and a rear trailing arm (previous one was bent :/ )
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Old 10-22-2012, 05:51 PM   #12
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your car is fine for many decades to come as long as you maintain it. if you want to do forced induction and really really push it, then you'll need a better transmission for starters, but also you'll want a solid upgraded engine build by a reputable engine builder and not just a stock refresh. basically an HPF M3 or something along those lines haha
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Old 10-22-2012, 05:52 PM   #13
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basically do it right or don't do it at all. this car isn't meant for what you want to do with it. just maintain it and enjoy it at stock levels.
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Old 10-22-2012, 06:35 PM   #15
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I want it to be faster... And I don't want to drop the S52 in it because that seems like more trouble than an AA super charger... I know I will have to upgrade my differential, transmission, install chassis reinforcements, suspension and upgrade the brake system... but that seems like less trouble than doing all of that in addition to getting the M3 cooling system, computer, dash cluster installed... Ugh... Maybe I should just keep it stock, continue using it as a DD and save up for an M3. This is slightly overwhelming.
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As far as performance upgrades, what I would like to do is an AFE intake with the dynamic air scoop (actually doing this in 2 weeks when I get my fuel injection service), Borla exhaust, TMS underdrive pulley kit and AA chip... but I'm not sure how the slush box would respond to the chip.
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Old 10-22-2012, 07:03 PM   #17
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As far as performance upgrades, what I would like to do is an AFE intake with the dynamic air scoop (actually doing this in 2 weeks when I get my fuel injection service), Borla exhaust, TMS underdrive pulley kit and AA chip... but I'm not sure how the slush box would respond to the chip.
You'll be able to make use of three out of four benefits of a tune due to the automatic. The claim for tunes is typically:

Added power
Better throttle response
Speed limiter removed
Higher rev limit

The first two are hit-or-miss. Some notice them, some don't. The last two are concrete and obviously noticeable though the usefulness of #3 may be questionable on public roads, but your transmission won't let you make use of the higher rev limit due to the stock shift pattern.

Instead of a tune, I'd suggest looking into a manual swap if you are not set on an auto. It makes driving a lot more enjoyable and engaging (until you hit gridlock).

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Old 10-22-2012, 07:26 PM   #18
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I can't really do the manual swap... I drive about 1200 miles a month because I'm in sales so I'm always in traffic. Hence the focus on maintenance.
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Doing any kind of performance modification on an engine mated to a slushbox is plain foolish, in my opinion. I suggest a second car for your power craving.
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I don't understand ... Why do you feel it is foolish? I've done it before to other cars and it was just fine. A friend of mine has an auto 2000 S4 with KO4 turbos and a full stage 3 set up and it runs just fine. Not sure what you mean by "foolish"
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