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E36 (1991 - 1999)
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Old 04-15-2014, 03:34 PM
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Shift linkage to fit m52

Hi guys,

So im currently doing a m43 to m52 engine swap, I am on the quest to find a shift linkage to fit. I will be using my 318i gearbox, changing the clutch to an m52 organic.

I need to know whether a m50 shift linkage will work (pressuming that the options are m50 or out of a 320i and I think they are the same engine)...

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Old 04-15-2014, 04:01 PM
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Hi guys,

So im currently doing a m43 to m52 engine swap, I am on the quest to find a shift linkage to fit. I will be using my 318i gearbox, changing the clutch to an m52 organic.

I need to know whether a m50 shift linkage will work (pressuming that the options are m50 or out of a 320i and I think they are the same engine)...

Thanks


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Keep the shift linkage from your 318i... obviously it will work with your 318i gearbox. The M50/M52 linkage is the same
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Old 04-15-2014, 04:08 PM
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Perhaps I am missing something here, but if you are reusing your existing transmission, your existing shift linkage will work.

Your M43 and all M50s used the Getrag 5-speed manual trans, so they all have the same linkage. If you were using a transmission from a 328 or M3, you would the not be able to use shift linkage with your 318 transmission.
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Old 04-15-2014, 04:25 PM
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I have a mate who did his swap and apparently the shift linkage is too long and he had to rip out his shifter console.

Also perhaps a stupid question, i plan on changing the clutch, will my 318i flywheel be ok to do the job?

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Old 04-15-2014, 05:07 PM
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I have a mate who did his swap and apparently the shift linkage is too long and he had to rip out his shifter console.
Then he did something wrong. It's a direct bolt-in.

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Also perhaps a stupid question, i plan on changing the clutch, will my 318i flywheel be ok to do the job?
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It will....for a while.

The only stupid question is the one you don't ask and screw something up because you didn't know.
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I have a mate who did his swap and apparently the shift linkage is too long and he had to rip out his shifter console.

Also perhaps a stupid question, i plan on changing the clutch, will my 318i flywheel be ok to do the job?

Thanks


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If you don't change the trans, how could the linkage move.... Pretty basic logic
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1992 (White) 325i Auto - Lemons race car
1995 (Green) 318ti 5 speed - OBD1 M52 Lemons Race Car
1995 (Black) M3 5 speed - Fathers

And that's just the E36's that aren't for parts.
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Old 04-15-2014, 05:30 PM
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Sweet,

Now with the fly wheel, can i use my 318i fly and just get a m52 clutch or do I have to do both?

Sorry many questions just confused


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