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Old 03-12-2006, 03:02 AM   #1
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Do I need to tear out the center console for this?

I am doing an engine swap, and in order to get to the top bolts for the tranny, it looks like we have to tear out the centre console. Any maxbimmer member here ever done a engine swap themselves? If I'd like to talk to u. A friend and I are doing the swap ourselves. Were both about a 3/5 shade tree mechanic. Much much respek for anyones info or advice.
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Old 03-12-2006, 09:39 AM   #2
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no, the only interior part you need to remove is the shift knob, shifter boot, shifter sound deading foam block, and the rubber boot below that.

Everything else is done under the car. The bolts that are on top of the tranny require a very long extension (or extensions) and a tight u-joint socket. Basically when I did it I removed the rear tranny brace and allowed the tranny and engine to tilt back, allowing for a little more room to get to the bolts on top.
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Old 03-12-2006, 01:52 PM   #3
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thanx thinair, thats a good trick for the tilt. I did the engine mounts in the front and kurplunk the front of the engine went down a inch so now i got that jacked up again to where it should be while i work on the tranny. Thanx again.
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