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Old 11-01-2011, 02:22 PM   #1
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Arrow More S54 swap mayhem: Sia's E28.

By now, most of you have seen ZiMMie's OEM-clean S54B32 (E46 M3 for those who don't study engine codes daily) powered E36 M-Tech. Mike, the one-man wrenching show here at Stance Factory, built this car himself and it runs on the factory DME. It's driven hard and put away hot, daily:



He hates when I show off his car.

There has been a good deal of internet fame generated by this car, and Sia (ALPINA MAN) was unable to miss it. Sia is a true BMW lover, with an extensive and enviable collection of classic BMW (and Alpina!) models. One of his more low-key rides is this absolutely mint 1983 525i Euro:





Sia decided that his E28 needed more than the M30B25 that BMW installed almost 20 years ago:



The common engine conversions for this chassis include both larger M30 and newer generation M50-variant motors right up to the S50B32 Euro. But these are not unique enough for Sia, who has a taste for the rare. He wants something to really make a BMW enthusiast stand up and take notice. Enter the S54B32:



With 343+hp (we'll be doing a few tricks to raise that factory figure), this should be more than enough for the relatively lightweight base-model E28 chassis. As that shot shows, Mike is already prepping the clean motor with all the proper maintenance before it's shoehorned in (Vanos bolts, valve adjustment, an assortment of gaskets, etc etc). Oh yeah, and of course an E46 M3 6-speed transmission is patiently waiting to be bolted on also.

I'll be updating this thread as we go along, stay tuned.
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Old 11-01-2011, 04:24 PM   #2
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Very nice guys. Can't wait to see it in person. Congrats Sia.
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Old 11-01-2011, 08:35 PM   #3
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Awesome project. Hope the exterior stays sleeper-perfect!
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Old 11-01-2011, 09:29 PM   #4
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cool, looking forward to updates
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Old 11-02-2011, 04:42 PM   #5
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Have I mentioned, recently, that I hate Sia?
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Old 11-02-2011, 05:03 PM   #6
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Awesome project guys!

Pretty soon people will be calling you 'S54 Factory'.
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Old 11-02-2011, 07:58 PM   #7
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This is gonna be awesome
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Old 11-03-2011, 12:11 PM   #8
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That thing is just going to be insane!

Just out of curiosity how much does an S54 swap on an E36 go for, motor, tranny, all the labour, tuning, etc?
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Old 11-03-2011, 12:57 PM   #9
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Sick!
Keep us posted on the progress

Congrads Sia
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Old 11-03-2011, 01:58 PM   #10
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looking forward to the finished product
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Old 11-05-2011, 08:53 PM   #11
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Some quick Googling didn't turn up much. As far as you know, is this going to be the first interweb-documented E28/S54 swap?
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Old 11-07-2011, 04:53 PM   #12
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First as far as we know sir.
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Old 11-07-2011, 05:06 PM   #13
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This car seems like too nice of an example to be modified...
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Old 11-07-2011, 06:29 PM   #14
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Great swap, best motor

P.S. If anyone wants to do this swap, I know someone parting out a e46 m3 with 130km but DIRT CHEAP. Car runs fine the car is just mashed in the rear quarter! PM ME if you want his contact info...
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Old 11-08-2011, 02:28 PM   #15
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Thanks to all enthusiast friends, I am sure that we all appreciate this kind of unique project that would bring joy and happiness to our life.
All the credit should be reflected to Mike and Jay the owners of Stance Factory and their great work and enthusiast nature. I have to admit that I am a lucky guy to get to know Mike and Jay over the years and have them as a friend.
Keep up your great work.
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