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Old 08-11-2007, 09:07 PM
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BMW 5.0 swap

My buddy has a BMW 318ti and it's a 96' 5spd manual car. Nice car overall and moves relatively slowly for what it's worth. He wants cheap power (or cheap enough on sailor pay) and is looking for an answer. There is a 96-97 5spd mustang 5.0 vert at a local junkyard that is wrecked. I told him it should be too much of a hassle to do a 5.0 swap for relatively low cost and get a reasonable amount of power for what it's worth. Plus he'll be able to get a really base for future modding. Anyone know of a place that would make kits for such a swap or if it's been done before ? We're stationed in Guam so we have to work with what we've got and having a 5.0 doner seems to be the perfect answer for cheap power.

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you now have a monster garage project: pull out old power plant 6 jack stands wood blocks, level,welder, steel, lots of cardboard templates for metal motor mounts. shorting or lengthening drive shaft. exhaust, swapping mounting computer hardware. pulling hair out in Guam 24 beers for the help. hey when yer done it sounds like fun. military know how yaaa!!
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Old 08-12-2007, 03:43 AM
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you now have a monster garage project: pull out old power plant 6 jack stands wood blocks, level,welder, steel, lots of cardboard templates for metal motor mounts. shorting or lengthening drive shaft. exhaust, swapping mounting computer hardware. pulling hair out in Guam 24 beers for the help. hey when yer done it sounds like fun. military know how yaaa!!

Roflmao...yeah taht's the Idea
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Never heard of anyone doing that..but it sounds like a fun project..Lemme see I have this car and this motor so lets put them together..

when you get the BMW engine compt excavated and drop the 5.0 in that will tell the tale..Ford Performance has the oil pan that you may need..

Use the Ford trans and adapt the driveline as that is much easier..

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Never heard of anyone doing that..but it sounds like a fun project..Lemme see I have this car and this motor so lets put them together..

when you get the BMW engine compt excavated and drop the 5.0 in that will tell the tale..Ford Performance has the oil pan that you may need..

Use the Ford trans and adapt the driveline as that is much easier..

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See if www.jagsthatrun.com might have something you could use.
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Old 08-14-2007, 05:21 AM
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See if www.jagsthatrun.com might have something you could use.

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I was thinking of them but could not remember the name.
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Here's a 11 segment tutorial of putting a Chevy V8 LS1 into a BMW 5 series. Might give you some ideas of stuff to watch out for...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDypEiiVn9U

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe 1995 was the last year for the 5.0L engine, and the 4.6L engine replaced it starting in '96. They are pretty different in terms of design (OVH vs. OHC) as well as aftermarket parts availability and price for those parts.
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You're right, '96 was the first year for the 4.6, and it looks to be quite a bit wider than a 5.0. But if it fits, it'd be a fun combo.
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Here's a 11 segment tutorial of putting a Chevy V8 LS1 into a BMW 5 series. Might give you some ideas of stuff to watch out for...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDypEiiVn9U

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5.0 bmw

check bimmerforums they have stuff in the engine swap catagory the common idea right now is for the ls1 swap vorshlag racing makes kits for those if nothing else they would be informative.
your gonna have exhuast manifold problems on the drivers side due to the crushable steering column and ABS unit.
I dropped a 350 into a 92 325i a cople of years ago for fun to see how hard it would be needless to say the car is still sitting. a camaro five speed bolted to it had the shifter located about an inch farther back than the stock bmw.
shortys wont be enough either cause the exhaust on the bimmer exits out the pass side so there isnt much room something like long tube headers might be more the ticket.
big project to tackle but would be fun once done plus you would have a BMW 350 (the last two numbers in a bmw's badge used to indicat the displacement of the motor) good luck,
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Build a better mouse trap

http://www.zilvia.net/f/showthread.php?t=128515

Way more intricate, but a better motor by far than a mod ford.
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