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325ixE30
04-05-2009, 06:54 PM
Just bought this TODAY!!

1991 318is, 204K

Planning on an M3(240hp) Engine swap. Needs some body work, but its solid and the interior is in really good shape.

Any suggestions on a good, but not too expensive body shop?

Anyone know someone who is selling a complete swap?

boborko1979
04-05-2009, 08:02 PM
there was a guy in... Oshawa selling the swap I think I saw it on this board, 3000$ for the whole kit... that was about 2 weeks ago. he looked motivated to sell so low ball first,

325ixE30
04-06-2009, 01:29 PM
Thanks for the tip.

325ixE30
04-06-2009, 01:30 PM
Where was it listed?

boborko1979
04-06-2009, 04:31 PM
It might have been here on maxib or rv3. I'll keep an eye out...

are you gonna keep it looking stock or body kit it?

325ixE30
04-06-2009, 04:36 PM
Stock!! Maybe an M-Tech II kit, but they are big $$$$$.

I love the UK "325i Sport" (drool)

325ixE30
04-11-2009, 08:39 PM
Got it Thursday night. Here is it kinda clean.

Took a huge amount of top soil out that had been spilt all over. Most of it was under the battery tray. The seats are in great shape, but they are faded.

richie_s999
04-12-2009, 08:03 AM
very clean car ..... why not do a 2l stroker build on the m42? you can hit 200 plus hp with the build no problem. needs that front trim for the valance, I have one in the garage, not an "is" just the regullar one inch one but its like new, let me know if you want it.

theox69
04-12-2009, 08:27 AM
why not do a 2l stroker build on the m42? you can hit 200 plus hp with the build no problem.

No you cant!
M3's are 2.3L and have 215hp, but if you stroke them to 2.5L, you can get 238hp.
By the time you've spent all your money on getting new internals(probably from the m3), you're going to wish you just ponied up a little extra cash for an s14..

OP, you should just do the s5x swap like you were planning.
It's much more worthwhile.

richie_s999
04-12-2009, 08:31 AM
No you cant!
M3's are 2.3L and have 215hp, but if you stroke them to 2.5L, you can get 238hp.
By the time you've spent all your money on getting new internals(probably from the m3), you're going to wish you just ponied up a little extra cash for an s14..

OP, you should just do the s5x swap like you were planning.
It's much more worthwhile.

oh not going to hijack this thread but you can get the m42 to over 200hp, and you don't use the M3 internals for the stroker build.

e30_kid89
04-12-2009, 09:51 AM
I'm staying out of this one.....:D

Nice E30:)

noid
04-12-2009, 12:16 PM
Is this the one that was sitting around the maple view mall area on planes road in burlington?

FuryriderX
04-12-2009, 12:22 PM
I'm staying out of this one.....:D

Nice E30:)

*wiggle*

andicanada
04-12-2009, 12:24 PM
oh not going to hijack this thread but you can get the m42 to over 200hp, and you don't use the M3 internals for the stroker build.


i dont now if you ever build a engine like that !
but 200hp i think you are a bit off

165hp with a m42 is almost the limit or you spend another3000 grand on a dbilas intake system fro 10hp more

how many engines did you ever build and what kinda engine

325ixE30
04-12-2009, 12:43 PM
Thanks.... I think I'm going to go S52 with OBD I conversion.

I've already got a "is" lip, Bilstien Sport's and Votland springs coming.

richie_s999
04-12-2009, 12:56 PM
i dont now if you ever build a engine like that !
but 200hp i think you are a bit off

165hp with a m42 is almost the limit or you spend another3000 grand on a dbilas intake system fro 10hp more

how many engines did you ever build and what kinda engine

I have built a few motors for off road, I can build a motor.

i have an m44 coming for the crank, using s52 size pistons which will but the bottom end up to 2L. Will be converting the electronics to use a afs instead of the afm. Once I have the bottom end built I will be getting the cylinder head done(port/polished ect)

your saying a 30hp increase is all thats possible on a 4 cyl
motor ....you can hit 160 with out building a stroker m42 with a good cold air intake, adjusting the cams, boring the secondary throttle body, using an electric fan, lighter flywheel and a chip, which to me is all bolt on.

I will keep those interested in the build once it starts in a few weeks, won't be an overnight or weekend build though.


anyways, most people find it easier to just drop in a bigger motor, that's just a swap and compared to building a motor is easy, thats just bolt on power, on a bigger scale ( no offense to anyone who has done this). building a high reving light motor with torque and hp is a challange most are not up to.

325ixE30
04-12-2009, 01:15 PM
Now all I have to do is sell my 325ix........

http://www.maxbimmer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=118636

theox69
04-12-2009, 01:44 PM
The only way you're going to get 200hp out of an M42, is if you go Metric Mechanic.

325isStephen
04-12-2009, 01:55 PM
IMO an m5x or s5x motor is a much more reliable way to get power. BMW made the motor to be reliable with the power it has.

I would much rather have a stock motor with 240 hp then a "built" motor with 240 hp. Why? Because you can use a stock ecu without dealing with finicky tuning.

I don't want to start the tuned car vs. stock ecu battle. But I think most can agree that 99% of people don't know how to tune properly and are much better suited to having BMW engine control.

Steve

theox69
04-12-2009, 03:44 PM
IMO an m5x or s5x motor is a much more reliable way to get power. BMW made the motor to be reliable with the power it has.

I would much rather have a stock motor with 240 hp then a "built" motor with 240 hp. Why? Because you can use a stock ecu without dealing with finicky tuning.

I don't want to start the tuned car vs. stock ecu battle. But I think most can agree that 99% of people don't know how to tune properly and are much better suited to having BMW engine control.

Steve

You're 100% right, and I completely agree.
BUT, the issue is that sometimes people want more power...
They're not just going to keep swapping more powerful engines over and over. They're going to resort to increasing the displacement, cams, chip, forced induction, etc.

So all in all -- stock, reliable motors are fantastic -- but when you want more power...Bring it to a professional and have them do all the work, instead of tinkering with things yourself. There's a greater chance something will be break if you choose the latter.

325isStephen
04-12-2009, 03:50 PM
That's very true, if you want over 240 hp your going to have to build a motor.

Also there's nothing wrong with building something yourself, i'm sure lots of people on this forum work in the automotive trade or have the knowledge to do it themselves.

If I had to pay someone to do the work on my car i'd likely be driving some newer domestic POS, not a 20 year old bmw.

Steve

SamE30e
04-12-2009, 04:46 PM
oh not going to hijack this thread but you can get the m42 to over 200hp, and you don't use the M3 internals for the stroker build.


Oh god.