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Bogdon 10-23-2010 10:02 AM

540i - m5 engine swap
 
Tried the search and did not find any dedicated thread to this topic. Can anyone direct me to some detailed information on putting a m5 engine into my 2001 54oiA?

Thanks

Will it bolt right in?
Will the transmission I already have work?
Will the computer work, can it just be reflashed?
Will the wiring harness work, will I need the m5 harness, will I need to do some custom wiring?
will my cooling system work?
Am I forgetting anything?

Eurostyle 10-23-2010 11:24 AM

It will be cheaper AND easyer to just buy an M5. It's not an easy swap, you have to change everyting!

Bogdon 10-23-2010 01:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Eurostyle (Post 1459533)
It will be cheaper AND easyer to just buy an M5. It's not an easy swap, you have to change everyting!

Might there be an easier way and possibly less expensive way to encourage another say 100hp from my 540 engine?

marek 10-23-2010 09:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bogdon (Post 1459551)
Might there be an easier way and possibly less expensive way to encourage another say 100hp from my 540 engine?

Supercharger

simplycars 10-23-2010 11:26 PM

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Originally Posted by marek (Post 1459636)
Supercharger

+1*th-up*

Bogdon 10-24-2010 10:10 AM

Supercharger can;t be cheap, the only one I have seen online was like 12k.

MarkD 10-24-2010 10:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bogdon (Post 1459690)
Supercharger can;t be cheap, the only one I have seen online was like 12k.

That is confirmation that the best thing to do is get an M5. It will be less hassle in the end than dealing with a sc buy and installl and then the maintenance after.

JINT 10-29-2010 03:37 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bogdon (Post 1459690)
Supercharger can;t be cheap, the only one I have seen online was like 12k.

man where u getting those numbers!!?? a decent setup is 5500$ for a 4.4i

Bogdon 10-29-2010 11:37 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JINT (Post 1460787)
man where u getting those numbers!!?? a decent setup is 5500$ for a 4.4i

Just went back to the Dinan site to grab you a link to their supercharger that was listed at about 12k, the web page no longer exists.

http://www.dinancars.com/bmw-products/540i-supercharger

Can you supply me with a link for a supercharger set-up for $5500?

Steve

Quack 10-29-2010 11:48 AM

I use to have a 98 540i, and was planning on a S/C, the Dinan one is way overpriced & under powered compared to the other options.

http://www.vf-engineering.com/ has them for $6000

ESS Tuning also had a S/C for the 540, but they don't sell them anymore, but you might be able to find a used one.

parm 10-29-2010 12:03 PM

Is your 540 manual or auto? Buddy, ECU scan make sure everything’s running right Tranny and engine, cold air intake, New Plugs (NGK), Bav Auto High power Ignition coils (wait until they go on sale), Fuel filter change,injection clean, Alignment so the cars not running against itself, Mark D tune, and you will rip an e36 M3, Never mind Non “M” e39’s.


Parm

Dado 540 10-29-2010 12:51 PM

^lol e36 m3

TheMadChigga 11-02-2010 01:52 PM

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Originally Posted by Dado 540 (Post 1460883)
^lol e36 m3

No.1 cause of death for male between the age 16-21 at the moment.

No.2 is Justin Bieber hair style.

JINT 11-04-2010 03:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bogdon (Post 1460846)
Just went back to the Dinan site to grab you a link to their supercharger that was listed at about 12k, the web page no longer exists.

http://www.dinancars.com/bmw-products/540i-supercharger

Can you supply me with a link for a supercharger set-up for $5500?

Steve

forget dinan, thats the most overpriced sh!t on the market, get an SS or vortech and make it fit.
http://aboutbmw.net/uploads/posts/20...55380395_1.jpg
this link shows vortech

daveyto 12-21-2010 07:45 PM

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Originally Posted by parm (Post 1460863)
Is your 540 manual or auto? Buddy, ECU scan make sure everything’s running right Tranny and engine, cold air intake, New Plugs (NGK), Bav Auto High power Ignition coils (wait until they go on sale), Fuel filter change,injection clean, Alignment so the cars not running against itself, Mark D tune, and you will rip an e36 M3, Never mind Non “M” e39’s.


Parm

Sorry to rain on your parade but a stock e39 6speed should outrun an e36 m3...please correct me if i am wrong.

+1 for supercharger...Paxton's seem to go on like the ESS and VF...I cant belive no one has tried to fabricate a mount for a Paxton...these sell for less than 1k used..Then you need the Fuel injectors, map, etc..but thats the cheap way to start


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