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Old 05-07-2004, 05:43 PM   #1
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Anyone have any info on a 540i 4.4l swap into an e36??

I was wonding if this swap had ever been done? I'm not really planning on doing it, but on the other e30 forum someone made a post that showed a 4.4l in an e30. so has anyone attempted to put it in an e36?
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Old 05-07-2004, 06:28 PM   #2
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Yes, its been done, but they shock towers had to be cut to make it fit. Suprisingly the V12 is easier to fit.
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I know a tuner here in Toronto that spend months trying to make one fit... custom mounts, custom oil pan, custom steering rack etc.... it was all scrapped because the clearences to the struts were just too close and near-solid motor mounts were required. It's really not worth it considering the power difference.
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Alpina did it, how I dunno, but they wont tell you for sure


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Old 05-08-2004, 02:41 PM   #5
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During this build.. Alpina actually had to raise the motor from underneath the car to make it fit. I recall them saying it was a difficult engine swap and very costly.
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Old 05-09-2004, 12:19 AM   #6
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WOW, thats weird that a V12 would fit easier, and reason for this?!

And is it easier to fit in an E30 or would the same problems arise?!
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WOW, thats weird that a V12 would fit easier, and reason for this?!

And is it easier to fit in an E30 or would the same problems arise?!
Don't quote me, but from what I have been told, the V8's sit with 90 degree's between the cylinder banks, and the V12's are at 60 degrees, making the V12's longer, but narrower, giving some extra clearance at the strut towers.

And the V8's fit easier in the E30's. Lots of room in those engine bays (width wise anyway).
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