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E30 (1982 - 1993)
God's Chariot. The E30 was produced primarily from 1982 through 1991. The cabriolet was the one exception which was produced through 1993.

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Old 04-19-2011, 11:00 AM
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s52 to e30 whats front drive shaft?

im new to this swap so bear with me. i have a 87 e30 and im putting a s52 engine and trans(zf type) does anyone know the correct drive shaft for the front half and what car i can get it from? thanks in advance for any help.
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Old 04-19-2011, 05:29 PM
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Engine is irrelevant. It's the transmission that decides which one you are using. Do a google search, you will find what you are after. Iirc none of the 24v boys here have used that gearbox
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Old 04-19-2011, 07:11 PM
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no one used it? is this trans a bad idea or just not common?

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Old 04-20-2011, 03:12 AM
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Using a getrag seems to be more common, I would assume because most people already have the one out of their e30 which bolts up. There are people out there that use the zf though
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Engine is irrelevant. It's the transmission that decides which one you are using. Do a google search, you will find what you are after. Iirc none of the 24v boys here have used that gearbox
You remember wrong. zf is the most stout and robust trans, G240 is what I prefer it holds up to 300hp no sweat.
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you remember double wrong brah... mark has a ZF i believe

and the stock manual drive shaft i believe will work..(dont quote me on that one)
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you remember double wrong brah... mark has a ZF i believe

and the stock manual drive shaft i believe will work..(dont quote me on that one)
believe my info until steve pops up and calls me a moron
it won't. The holes on the E30 flange and e36 giubo are 2mm smaller/larger. You need to use the front half of an e36 328i driveshaft, with the rest of an e30 one auto or manual are the same on the rear shafts.

So in short, you need a front half of a 96-98? e36 328i driveshaft and have it rebalanced with your the rest of your driveshaft.
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Old 04-20-2011, 07:44 PM
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you remember double wrong brah... mark has a ZF i believe

and the stock manual drive shaft i believe will work..(dont quote me on that one)
believe my info until steve pops up and calls me a moron
Yes!

My car has a E36 M3 manual trans drive shaft with a E30 center support bearing (CSB) mounted backward. IIRC the E36 M3 autobox shafts have a CV joint at the diff side.

I recommend driveshafts.com. They spin balance their shafts at 2500 RPM and will accept your E30 shaft as a core return for the E36 unit.
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