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Old 02-16-2013, 10:33 AM   #1
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Well I said I would do it one day and that day was yesterday. Got the S54 removed, the LS engine and box in and the gearbox crossmember already made. Already worked out that single turbo on the left side of the engine bay is the go for me (I have steering on the right), J Pipe coming round the front of the engine and found a spot for a 4" dump pipe. So it's all going to work well.

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427ci 9.0:1
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Old 02-16-2013, 10:39 AM   #2
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Bada$$! Prefer the s54 but this will be insane as you say
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Old 02-16-2013, 10:47 AM   #3
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Bada$$! Prefer the s54 but this will be insane as you say
I've done the S54 thing and they just aren't designed to hold big power. Your just fighting an up hill battle. As well as turbos just don't fit on a RHD car nicely.

Anyway as well as that an alloy LS is lighter than the S54 and sits lots lower and further back in the engine bay. So it has everything going for it in this car.
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Old 02-16-2013, 11:02 AM   #5
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You were held back due to be RHD, my s54 is currently producing 1000whp and 850 wtrq on a mustang dyno, that's with the hpf exhaust mani I can't wait to see the results with the new FSR tubular manifold, but this is your thread ill leave that to mine once the time comes very soon, I'm not saying this swap isn't awesome but purists like me will never swap a non bmw motor into a bmw
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Old 02-16-2013, 11:07 AM   #6
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You were held back due to be RHD, my s54 is currently producing 1000whp and 850 wtrq on a mustang dyno, that's with the hpf exhaust mani I can't wait to see the results with the new FSR tubular manifold, but this is your thread ill leave that to mine once the time comes very soon, I'm not saying this swap isn't awesome but purists like me will never swap a non bmw motor into a bmw
Yeah mate. You can't get big turbos to fit due to the steering column being in the way on a RHD.

I get what you mean about purist though. And that I'm not. I have no dedication to any car brand. Just a dedication to performance. So I'll cut and swap anything and everything to get better performance.
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Old 02-16-2013, 11:19 AM   #7
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Haha I like the way you think, I've followed your previous build and thoroughly read most of you posts, you and PEI seem to spread the most knowledge in the FI section can't wait to see the results on this swap, are you planning to drag the car or? Is the car going to be 6spd?
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Old 02-16-2013, 11:25 AM   #8
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Haha I like the way you think, I've followed your previous build and thoroughly read most of you posts, you and PEI seem to spread the most knowledge in the FI section can't wait to see the results on this swap, are you planning to drag the car or? Is the car going to be 6spd?
Yeah definately still a 6 speed. Using a T56 gearbox. Still want to be able to punt it round a circuit
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Old 02-16-2013, 11:38 AM   #9
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Allan,

You have chosen the path which I was dreaming of. very clever Project. I was pondering about a 427 cid turbo Project on E46 M3 just 4 days ago.

Talked to my rod manufacturer carriillo last week and he reported supra engines, 3.0Litres, boosting 60 psi, revvig 10.500 rpm, in USA and Puerto Rico.

So a tiny 3000 cc engine is making 2500 flywheel hp and running low 6 seconds.

The S54 will hold power. You know my S54 made 997 whp on Dynamics 4 years ago.

S54 will make and hold under power but it will cost a lot. Big budget R&D is needed.

I ve been into S50 B32 and S54 deeply and will stick to my tiny engines I mean I spent 18 years on S50 B32 so far

A bigger engine, 7000 cc such as yours, will make the same power under less stress. Will be more reliable.

V8 will have loads of torque.

I am in love with what you do.

I would put this engine into your ultima and be the king of the roadss:=

Allan, will follow this thread each day, very clever Project mate.
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Old 02-16-2013, 11:54 AM   #10
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Allan,

You have chosen the path which I was dreaming of. very clever Project. I was pondering about a 427 cid turbo Project on E46 M3 just 4 days ago.

Talked to my rod manufacturer carriillo last week and he reported supra engines, 3.0Litres, boosting 60 psi, revvig 10.500 rpm, in USA and Puerto Rico.

So a tiny 3000 cc engine is making 2500 flywheel hp and running low 6 seconds.

The S54 will hold power. You know my S54 made 997 whp on Dynamics 4 years ago.

S54 will make and hold under power but it will cost a lot. Big budget R&D is needed.

I ve been into S50 B32 and S54 deeply and will stick to my tiny engines I mean I spent 18 years on S50 B32 so far

A bigger engine, 7000 cc such as yours, will make the same power under less stress. Will be more reliable.

V8 will have loads of torque.

I am in love with what you do.

I would put this engine into your ultima and be the king of the roadss:=

Allan, will follow this thread each day, very clever Project mate.
Thanks Mert. Yeah the S54 is capable but the budget, time and lack of reliablity has put me off smaller engines these days. My ute runs a little 383ci LSX that was less than $10000 and makes over 1000rwhp and I drive it daily. The reliablity is great.

This project will be fun and will perform. So I look forward to it coming together.
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Old 02-16-2013, 12:47 PM   #11
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Old 02-16-2013, 12:51 PM   #12
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Thanks Mert. Yeah the S54 is capable but the budget, time and lack of reliablity has put me off smaller engines these days. My ute runs a little 383ci LSX that was less than $10000 and makes over 1000rwhp and I drive it daily. The reliablity is great.

This project will be fun and will perform. So I look forward to it coming together.


Keep up the good work.

Vorshlag has been working on a bolt on kit, you may get some bits and pieces from Vorschlag.

Which stand alone will you run?
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I've done the S54 thing and they just aren't designed to hold big power. Your just fighting an up hill battle. As well as turbos just don't fit on a RHD car nicely.

Anyway as well as that an alloy LS is lighter than the S54 and sits lots lower and further back in the engine bay. So it has everything going for it in this car.

Alloy LSX is light?? Are you sure that you have an LSX block? Those are damn heavy! LSX is not aluminum, they are all steel!


Maybe I am confused.... the title says LSX but it looks like a regular LS ??

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Alloy LSX is light?? Are you sure that you have an LSX block? Those are damn heavy! LSX is not aluminum, they are all steel!


Maybe I am confused.... the title says LSX but it looks like a regular LS ??
LSX is the designation of the GMPP block but it's also used to describe LS engines that aren't a particular variation, the X being in place of a 1 2 3 7 etc because it's none of them but all of them. GMPP LSX blocks are iron chunks of crap. RHS block is a sleeved aluminum block that can easily handle 2k.

Interesting to see this running, what are you going to do for the DME and such?
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LSX is the designation of the GMPP block but it's also used to describe LS engines that aren't a particular variation, the X being in place of a 1 2 3 7 etc because it's none of them but all of them. GMPP LSX blocks are iron chunks of crap. RHS block is a sleeved aluminum block that can easily handle 2k.

Interesting to see this running, what are you going to do for the DME and such?
LS1 ECU and BMW dme still in place to do the dash. I've already tuned the dme to delete the stuff I already wasn't using the only extra I have to sort out is the tachometer, oil level and oil temp. None of which are too hard at all
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Keep up the good work.

Vorshlag has been working on a bolt on kit, you may get some bits and pieces from Vorschlag.

Which stand alone will you run?
Vorshslag's kit is no good. I spoke to them about it. They run the engine off centre to get it to fit. I am getting their steering shaft to get rid of the rubber donut in the oem shaft
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