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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 01-17-2013, 08:38 AM
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Don't worry. From what I read about making a non-VANOS car to VANOS, it is a huge pain. But if you're patient, you'll be fine.

And I like how the project is coming along! Good on you!
He's swapping the whole motor so there's nothing to it. All he needs to do is source a Vanos engine harness. Converting to OBDI is a little tricky, but there are write-ups that explain it in detail.

If you want to see how to convert an engine to OBDI without the use of the expensive coolant pipe adapters and knock sensor adapters, look at my 3.2L swap thread.
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:42 AM
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He's swapping the whole motor so there's nothing to it. All he needs to do is source a Vanos engine harness. Converting to OBDI is a little tricky, but there are write-ups that explain it in detail.

If you want to see how to convert an engine to OBDI without the use of the expensive coolant pipe adapters and knock sensor adapters, look at my 3.2L swap thread.
i have seen your thread! Very helpful!
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:13 AM
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i have seen your thread! Very helpful!
Cool. Hopefully it wasn't to hard to weed through. Was only a progress thread, really.
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Old 01-17-2013, 04:51 PM
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kinda got side tracked and polished the roof. looks awesome though
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Old 01-17-2013, 05:03 PM
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You polished different color paint into it?
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Old 01-17-2013, 05:37 PM
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No haha just a pic with flash and a picture wothout flash

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Haha thanks dude! Just got a limited slip differential Tonight. Its a 3.91 but ill just swap the lsd into my 2.93 so happy

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I've heard the e36 sedan with no sunroof is considered rare? is there some truth to this?
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I've heard the e36 sedan with no sunroof is considered rare? is there some truth to this?
I dunno, but I do know a 1995 M3 with Sunroof delete is pretty rare. There was a guy in my area selling a non-sunroof M3 for 5 grand. Kinda wish I jumped on it.
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hahaha awe... gross
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And yeah. I'd say your HG is shot.
ya I'd say the same. M52 it is
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ordered the head gasket set for the m50. and pick up an limited slip diff and a Xbrace.
any one ever swap the lsd into an open diff before?
also anyone ever installed an xbrace before?
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ordered the head gasket set for the m50. and pick up an limited slip diff and a Xbrace.
any one ever swap the lsd into an open diff before?
also anyone ever installed an xbrace before?
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Yes! I have done this and it is fairly simple. Here is the instructions I used (and it worked great, just don't use red loctite at the start. Thread the bolt in first until the well bolt is secured, then use the red loctite):

http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/tech...66-X-Brace.htm

Good luck! It was fairly easy to install. And the difference in steering versus just the plain old rod is amazing. Much more responsive too.
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ordered the head gasket set for the m50. and pick up an limited slip diff and a Xbrace.
any one ever swap the lsd into an open diff before?
also anyone ever installed an xbrace before?
thanks in advance
Diff swaps are very easy. Just gotta label all of your bolts and put them back in the order they were removed. The other consideration is 4-bolt versus 6-bolt output flanges. You'll have to see what your car has, and compare it to the diff you're installing. Even if they're different, you can swap out the output flanges on diffs very easily (or so I've been told).

I installed an x-brace a number of months back. Very easy job. I highly recommend using the AVK threaded nut inserts rather than the OEM BMW nutserts. The AVK inserts are nicer because they have ridged collars which helps prevent spinning while crushing them down and while tightening the bolts during x-brace installation. They're also flatter when fully crushed down, which means that you don't have to bother counter-sinking them like you should do with the OEM nutserts. Otherwise, the process is very straightforward. Just drill your holes, hit the holes with some rust inhibitor and paint, insert & crush the threaded inserts, and install the x-brace with Grade 8 or higher hardware (using thread lock).

Also, you don't need to buy or rent a nutsert tool to crush the nutserts down. Just make one-time-use "tools" by combining a hex bolt, some nuts, and washers, like so:



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Yeah, diff swaps are very easy... Unless the axle flange bolts are rusted on. And 90% of the time they are. At least around here.
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He's not simply swapping diffs, he's swapping an LSD mechanism into an open diff. That's a whole 'nother ballgame. It's not easy and it's not usually considered to be a DIY project.
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He's not simply swapping diffs, he's swapping an LSD mechanism into an open diff. That's a whole 'nother ballgame. It's not easy and it's not usually considered to be a DIY project.
Does anyone have any info on this?

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Send a pm to both Frank (Mr Gutsa) and df (drivinfaster). They've both gone into this topic in detail in the past.
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Oh, definitely don't waste your time trying to swap an LSD into an open diff case. It can be done, but the tolerances are so small and vital that it's definitely not the kind of thing you want to learn on (unless you don't care how long it lasts).
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Awe thats to bad. I was hoping for a DIY. Where should i take it to get swaped in?? A transmission shop?

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