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Old 08-15-2013, 03:25 PM   #1
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awd coupe

Just curious has anyone ever thought about/tried to retro fit an ix awd system from a sedan into a coupe?

The wheel base is the same should be easy to swap the front axle/suspension and aux tranny right?

I just think an AWD E30 coupe would be cool... a real beast to chase down all those too cool for school quatro nerds.
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Old 08-15-2013, 03:46 PM   #2
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There is 2dr Xi...but i have only seen then in the US. I think they never made it to Canada...just like the wagon has never made it to US, but was sold here.
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There is 2dr Xi...but i have only seen then in the US. I think they never made it to Canada...just like the wagon has never made it to US, but was sold here.
The wagon was never sold in North America period. Yes there are 2 door ix's here and yes the wheelbase is the same so it wouldn't be hard.
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It's a nightmare of a system to work on, if your gonna do it make sure you service everything before it goes into the car!
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Old 08-15-2013, 09:49 PM   #5
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Just curious has anyone ever thought about/tried to retro fit an ix awd system from a sedan into a coupe?

The wheel base is the same should be easy to swap the front axle/suspension and aux tranny right?

I just think an AWD E30 coupe would be cool... a real beast to chase down all those too cool for school quatro nerds.
Awd e30's don't out perform the rwd so you won't be increasing your chance of chasing down quatro nerds
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Old 08-15-2013, 09:50 PM   #6
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And the trans and rear diff and rear driveshaft all need to changed, its not just the frot half
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Old 08-15-2013, 11:38 PM   #7
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The wagon was never sold in North America period. Yes there are 2 door ix's here and yes the wheelbase is the same so it wouldn't be hard.
No, actually it will be VERY HARD!!!!

The XI has a specific front frame rails (for mounting of its specific subframe), and also specific front strut towers (to mount specific struts). Also has specific floor (to clear front driveshaft), specific exhaust/catalytic section to clear the transfer case, and specific rear hubs/brakes to match the high offset of the front wheels!

So, if you change about 95% of the cars driveline, and 20% of its body shell, you CAN do it, but will be much cheaper to import one from the US or even Europe at that point!!!

If I was to ever do something like that, I would do it to a Cabrio, just to be the only one! lol
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Ahh, I misinterpreted the original post. I thought he wanted to take the awd system from a ix sedan and pit it into an ix coupe......which made me raise my eyebrows since why not just buy an ix coupe.
If thats the case, you will have a bery bery bad time. Everything Fil said.
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Old 08-16-2013, 04:30 PM   #9
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I never knew there were iX coupes having never seen one anywhere in real life or on line... now an iX cabrio... that would be a one of a kind...
knowing what a bear it would be now I agree it would be easier to import one and just swap in a KM gauge binnacle if needed.

Still makes you wonder why it was never offered here, 'specially since they where already over this side of the pond in US...
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