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E36blownpast 11-19-2012 06:38 AM

E36 m60 swap
Ok so I have a 94 325i sitting in my driveway with a blown motor and a 97 740i sitting next to it with the trunk smashed in to the back seats....and I was going to do the m3 conversion but while looking at both I thought this would just be I have the shell and the motor can I make this happen.

hornhospital 11-19-2012 07:38 AM

Welcome to the 'fest!

Joe__Sterling 11-19-2012 08:09 AM

My name is Joe and I support this thread. :thumbup:

drivinfaster 11-19-2012 08:15 AM

joe supports fast bmw's.....he just doesn't *own* them......:angel:

op, welcome to the fest. if you do this swap, please post pics of the process. we like that sort of thing.


ReillyM3 11-19-2012 09:20 AM


petriej 11-19-2012 11:19 AM

Is there room?

EnserioJose 11-19-2012 11:35 AM


Originally Posted by petriej (Post 7203311)
Is there room?

I looked into it previously when a used motor was available locally. It's a tight fit with a some custom fab work required. It's not easy to fit a big dohc v8 into there (compared to a pushrod gm v8). But it's what you gotta do to get the bavarian v8 powah.

E36 Phantom 11-19-2012 11:51 AM


Originally Posted by drivinfaster (Post 7202889)
joe supports fast bmw's.....he just doesn't *own* them......:angel:

I dunno df, I think swapping in a 1.0L 3cyl from a Geo Metro would be more Joe's style......:rofl:

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ZeGerman 11-19-2012 11:51 AM

Yeah, you gotta be committed to it, because there are certainly less expensive and easier ways to make more power in an E36 than using an M60. They're large, heavy, complex, and not really that powerful.

E36blownpast 11-19-2012 12:15 PM

E36 m60 swap
Yea like I said I was looking into a full m3 conversion but I want to do somthing that not a lot of people do and still have a daily driver and a fun track car....any other ideas if not the m60 that has similar if not more power/performance bolt-on options with ought having to change my head gasket and boosting it

ZeGerman 11-19-2012 12:29 PM

GM LS V8 all day long, except that a GM LS engine has a gazillion bolt on mods that are cheap and make huge power (unlike any BMW engine). The LS engines fit without any major surgery, too.

southpark11235 11-19-2012 12:43 PM

Or, sticking with the v8 them e36v8. This is probably the easiest/cheapest way to get a v8 in your e36.

drivinfaster 11-19-2012 12:44 PM

dunno...i mean, there are lenty of kits available to do a sbc, and no doubt it'll produce more power at a lesser price. i have seen m6x e30's though, so i am sure it will fit.

for me, i would probably drop in a german v8 over a domestic, as absolute highest hp is not my end game. i'd rather have something that looked factory and handed well.

besides, no swap like this is ever 'easy'.


ZeGerman 11-19-2012 12:49 PM

Yeah, since handling is important, I always recommend the LS V8, since they are lighter than both the iron-block SBCs (which are cheap, but super heavy) and the super complex and power limited M60. And yes, you can get an M60 to fit in a Yugo (or an E30 or E36), but it's going to take crazy amounts of fab work. Not really worth it IMO when there is already something out there which is lighter, more reliable, has more power potential, easier/cheaper to maintain, and fits without any requiring any major fab work.

southpark11235 11-19-2012 01:11 PM

Which small block Chevy engine are you referring to? The sit I linked to was talking about a small block Ford engine that fully dressed weighs about the same as the stock straight 6.:dunno:

ZeGerman 11-19-2012 01:15 PM

Does it have aluminum heads?

southpark11235 11-19-2012 01:34 PM


Originally Posted by ZeGerman (Post 7203552)
Does it have aluminum heads?


"The Ford 5.0 is very close to the weight of the M52 six-cylinder engine. Both weigh around 480-500 pounds fully dressed with accessories, transmissions, and oil. Toss some aluminum heads on there to save about 50 lbs (and add up to 100 horsepower)." -

E36blownpast 11-19-2012 06:21 PM

Yea I thought about the ls but I want to keep it euro I bought the BMW for the good handling and clean look so I'd like to keep it in the same brand....don't buy a Honda and swap in a ka24...and il look into supercharging it down the road also plus I'v been doing a bunch of searching and have found a couple companies that make mounts for the e30 which I have been told is similar if not the same engine mount location as the e36 I just might have hood Clarence issues but how slick would it be to have a carbon fiber hood with the intake manifold cover flush with the hood like a hemi would be

garagistic 02-22-2013 06:58 PM

We may be late to the party but we have a solution for your e36 m62 swap:

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