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I am thinking of taking the engine and gearbox from a r/h drive E39 540i from 1997 and fitting to a l/h drive of the same type and year. Are there any problems with this and is there any need for re-coding of any parts?
 

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Welcome to Bimmerfest! I've moved your question to our E39 5 Series forum, you will get more help in here. You can check specific part numbers for compatibility on RealOEM.com.

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The starter on the RHD 540 will be on the left side, as viewed from the drivers seat. The LHD car will have the steering box on the left side. Both can't occupy the same space.
There is a mounting location on both sides of the block but the side nor used isn't cut out to accept the starter.
 
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