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Replacing your motor? From direct replacements to more exoctic engines, if it's going under the hood of an E46 3 Series this is the forum to discuss it.

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Old 02-11-2019, 10:55 AM   #1
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Luken E46 Cabrio LS SWAP build thread

so initially when i had signed up a few years ago, i was all about boost, boost, boost.

im gonna use this thread to document the status of the car, the build, get advice etc

pooched the 325 motor that was in the car and had the 330 swapped in. after changing the rad, ra hoses, alternator thermostat,MAF, Fuel pump, expansion tank etc i thought to myself "this is starting to become bloody expensive and i havent even bought the turbo kit yet"

i figured an LS swap is more practical and reliable; probably a lot easier to make big power too.

(I have a few AMG buddies that i need to spank and the boost isnt enough)

My LS SWAP inspirations:
MP Engineering, 1000 HP Boosted LS 325 Sedan swap forged LQ4 based 370

so it begins.

m54B30 swap: Free. someone owed me a favour. i did pick the motor up for about $600 CAD though.

Firstly, i had my car painted from scratch after the m54b30 was put in.

the paint job was around $5000. House of Kolor paint, Blue Ghost Pearl. car was completely sanded and primed from the ground up. (no brag but i probably have one of the freshest E46 paint jobs here!)

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Old 02-11-2019, 11:08 AM   #2
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The motor: im gonna go v8 hunting shortly. im in toronto so im probably going to go into the states to get an LS drop out. i was last speaking to a guy in boston that had a sick pullout out from an 02 corvette. in the mean time ill probably start looking for motor mounts and all the other small stuff.
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