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Old 12-08-2012, 01:37 PM   #1
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M52TU bottom end differences

I bought a used short block out of a 2000 328CI to replace my overheated engine in my 2000 328I. The replacement was from a car built in 8/1999 and my car was built in 4/2000.

I am swapping over parts and noticed the bottom end is slightly different. My engine had these triangle things that go from the main cap bolts to the windage tray bolts:

The new engine dosent have these:

The only impact I can think of is windage tray clearance, as they space it up abit. I trial fitted the windage tray on the new motor and it dosen't hit the crank and there still seems to be plenty of clearance.

Is there any reason I can't just swap my windage tray over? Anyone know? I would like to avoid swapping them over to the new engine since from what I've read the main bolts are torque to yeild, so I would need to replace them.

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Old 12-08-2012, 02:04 PM   #2
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RealOEM shows that they added those support plates in 1/2000. They also show that the block changed at the same date. I would probably keep the engine as is it came myself.

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