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Old 08-04-2014, 07:48 AM   #1
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Reputable shop for M52B28, or M54B30 swap

Does anyone have a good shop that could facilitate quality work for a swap, and a massive brake install? Stance no longer deals with anything, but S54 swaps.

Looking at doing this during the winter months, and would welcome recommendations, shops you've dealt with.

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Old 08-04-2014, 08:51 PM   #2
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The M54 swap into an E30 is a lot more complicated due to electronics (ECU) and oil pump pickup fabrication. I would assume unless you really want an aluminium block you should go M52 / S52.
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Old 08-05-2014, 06:22 AM   #3
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I am more on the M52 line, but if the shop has experience with the M54 I'd definitely be open to that. S52 is out of my current range unfortunately. Given what I've seen on the price.
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Old 08-05-2014, 09:05 AM   #4
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Hmm... I could be tempted to sell the M52 out of my car if I get a good enough offer
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Old 08-05-2014, 09:16 AM   #5
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LOL.... First I need a shop Sir!
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Old 08-06-2014, 08:21 AM   #6
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Sounds exciting! This plan for the 318?

Hope you find a good shop/mechanic.
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Old 08-06-2014, 02:17 PM   #7
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Yep, that's the plan. I only need these (massive brake & swap) and then later on a paint job. She will then be completed. The rest of it is finished...... for now

There's gotta be a shop in the GTA that is recommended by the swapped E30 guys!
I can't do it in my underground garage
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Old 08-06-2014, 02:40 PM   #8
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Just do it in a walmart parking lot, Roadkill style!
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Old 08-06-2014, 03:27 PM   #9
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just do it in a walmart parking lot, roadkill style!
lol....
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Old 08-06-2014, 10:16 PM   #10
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The guy offering his M52 is plenty capable of doing the swap.
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Old 08-06-2014, 10:20 PM   #11
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Old 08-07-2014, 07:31 AM   #12
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Just do it in a walmart parking lot, Roadkill style!
North and I changed a plastic tb housing on my M50 in a Wal Mart parking lot in -25 degree winter a couple years ago. Started to overheat and lose all my coolant, went in to Wal Mart, bought two jugs of Pre Mixed, a pair of gloves, Terry came out with a used plastic housing and we threw that bitch in and bled it right there. The best part is the system bled fine and I didn't have any problems with it after that.
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Old 08-07-2014, 07:56 AM   #13
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The guy offering his M52 is plenty capable of doing the swap.
Yeah, but he only "offered" to sell his M52 (for the right price). Not doing the swap.


Anyway, I still have a few months left. Hopefully I'll find a reputable shop in the GTA.
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Old 08-07-2014, 02:24 PM   #14
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If you can do it yourself rent some space over the winter and do it there. If you have all the parts it can be done over a weekend. I rented a unit large enough to store the car and work on it. You wouldn't need the storage unit for more then a month. Some places even offer rent one month and get the second one free.

With the money you save on performing the swap, you could grab an s52. Good luck.
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Old 08-08-2014, 06:30 AM   #15
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That's actually not a bad idea.
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