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Old 08-20-2011, 09:11 PM   #1
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84 s52 e30 build

Hey max,

So after inquires from many of you, I've decided to start a build thread to document whats going on in my e30s life.

The Backstory
This has been over 3 years in the making now, most of it just researching and gathering parts. My buddy and I (who is my right hand man in the entire labour side of things) drove down to ohio and bought the S52 around that time, with the intention of putting it into my previous 84 that I had inherited from my cousin

This is where things went wrong. I crashed my previous car, and ended up taking the long block apart because i was stupid and had nothing better to do. Since then the project has been a mess. Disorganized, no direction, no space to work, etc.

I ended up buying another 84 318i, this time in much better condition (thank god, I dont think the old one would have lasted through the swap). Believe it or not, I have grown in to the diving boards

In the recent years I have been very busy with school, bought an e46 -- lost the swap as a priority because I saw it as so much work to get back to the start.

So: Finished school, got an awesome job, put the e30 up in my gf's garage, and got to work a few months ago.

Heres an overview, more pictures will come when parts come or get put up

The Vision
So the vision initially was to just do the swap. However, Ive recently been attending the ADSs with Trillium and more and more want to get more into track/autoX events. This means every step of the way i've been running into more and more things to do... I want this car to be aggressive occasional driver / autoX / track event car.

The ///M

Motor is from a 98 US M3, it is currently being rebuilt to stock at the engine shop.
I have decided to convert to OBD I. I have a 413 red label dme
THR swap adapter on order
m50 manifold, harness, etc being picked up next week
TMS chip, THR obd1 sensor kit, VAC coolant adapter on order
Want a 540 HFM, will do ebay if I cant find one locally.
Underdrive pulley kit also coming from TMS
Valeo alt, new metal water pump
Still need a PS pump, and the motor is complete
Have a rad to use, planning on running a Spal fan in front of the rad and wiring it to a switch on the rad. still unsure on all of that (I hate wiring)

Lets not forget, just picked up the most important part:


ZF Tranny, Lightweight flywheel
Need to source clutch still
3.46 LSD, getting 90sh poly bushing installed
98 328is Driveshaft, new guibo and CSB on order


Currently on IE3 springs, have rear Konis but need fronts
Front 22mm IE adjustable sway bar on order
Rear cabrio 14mm sway bar (i didnt want to get too crazy, right now I dont even have a rear bar)
THR eyeball CABs on order
New control arms on order
New tie rods on order

Planning on z3 or e36 steering rack swap while the motors out, havent sourced one yet.

Got some 325 calipers refurbished, with new pistons and seals. Got new trailing arms for disc conversion, and all new x-drilled rotors, pads, ebrake cables, springs, etc.

Looking back I may have been better off going to some sort of bigger brake kit, but I was originally just looking to get the rear drums off and it evolved into this. We'll see how long they last lol.


I have ebay shorty headers, the twisty crazy (im sure restrictive ones). But I liked the nuts look and they were 150 shipped. I can always go full length or different shorty style later on.

Will probably go with custom downpipes, with O2 provision and cats (undecided which cat brand to use so far)
Supersprint e36m3 mid section, resonated on order
Almost 100% decided on Eisenmann race catback, but I havent convinced my wallet yet

I've probably forgotten some of my plans or parts that I have / have ordered but i'll update the master as I go.

More pictures will come as parts come in!

Last edited by cormier; 08-20-2011 at 09:14 PM.
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