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Old 05-14-2013, 04:46 PM
krzekool krzekool is offline
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Mein Auto: '98 740 94'540 and a M6
Smile Looking to put a 4.4 in a 94 530 touring.

I've come across a good deal and Looking for info/specs to install a 4.4 engine into the wagon.

I already know that the blocks are the same as well as the engine wiring harness is the same. However can I use the existing tranny and the computer?

Can I use the existing engine computer or do I need to use the 4.4 computer and if so will run into the problem of the EWS coding issue?

If you know please let me know....Any info will be quite helpful in deciding if it's worth doing the swap.


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Old 05-14-2013, 06:41 PM
imae34driver imae34driver is offline
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Mein Auto: 1995 540i SPORT /6 spd
This is just the way i look at it,

I would run an m60 manifold, throttle body ect to stay obd 1 and wiring and linkage is supper easy. Id run a 404 DME with a chip tuned for you from DUDMD or something.

This way you get the high flow of m60 manifolds, tuning ability of OBD 1 and the displacement of a 4.4.. The m60 heads bolt onto m62 blocks for high compression also..

As for vanos, idk how that will play into all this..

Also, just go with manual. dont swap motors and keep the lame trans..

fck jdm / fck honda
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:57 PM
MySatinDoll MySatinDoll is offline
I'm from NJ. So What!?!
Location: Near "The Situation" sadly :(
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Before doing any type of swap. There are 5 must haves:

1. Plan, objective, or goal (which ever you prefer)
2. Research every aspect of the build
3. Mechanical knowlege and experience.
4. Budget
5. Time

You will need all of these to complete the task.

I'd say go for it. It's been done with success.
The allure of a e34 540it is similar if not accurately depicted as the best of both worlds.

Google the swap or go to BF.C. You're bound to find info there or at least speak to those who had the pleasure of owning one.

Good luck

btw: (don't quote me) IIRC you'll have to change the driveshaft and/or output bearing, DME, and maybe some other things but for the most part it's plug and play.
And yes... Drop the slushbox autotragic and throw a 6spd in it.

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Old 05-15-2013, 02:13 AM
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^^ great advice both of you

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