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    E30 Touring N54 Swap Project - @Garageaholic

    Hey guys! Frank Macaluso Here.

    Looking to kick off a new thread for my new swap project. A 1988 BMW E30 LongRoof Touring! We'll be throwing in an N54 Twin Turbo with a 6 speed RWD Trans. This thing is going to be ALMOST as fast as the E36 N54 I just finished building.

    Here are the details:
    1988 Grey Market E30 Touring
    Bone Stock M20B20 320i
    Customer wants an N54/6
    diamonschwarz 181 BMW Paint - Likely a full repaint (no jambs)
    Big Brake Kit
    Sticking with 4 lug
    Coilover Setup - Midrange Grade
    New 17" wheels - Unknown type yet
    Interior work.

    This N54 will have all the works. Heat, A/C, P/S. all that stuff. We'll overhaul the N54 too and address all of the common issues like oil filter gasket, belt/pulley's, turbo overhaul...stuff like that.

    I am planning to document the swap here at a high level, but most of the goods will be on my youtube.com/garageaholic channel and instagram.com/garageaholic.

    The intro video will release this Friday, 10/4 at 2pm EST in premier mode, meaning that I'll be "watching" the video alongside the early adopters answering questions about the intentions of the swap, the plans for various aspects of the swap...stuff like that. Hope to see you there.

    Until then, standby on this thread for more progress this year. This is going to be a good one!! Bookmark this and don't miss the premiere!



    Some pics I took as well, document as much as possible before I start this swap! First a final send-off to the E36 N54. That's now going to Kassel for a final tune and then to the happy customer!















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    #2
    Very nice. Will you be modifying the subframe or the oil pan yourself? Sent from my Moto G (5) Plus using Tapatalk

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      #3
      Ok guys more updates on this E30 N54. If you have been following my youtube, kyou can see that I've made some real good progress in a number of videos that I'll try to document here!

      What's the first thing we do? We get this N54 sitting in this E30 Engine bay. There's only one way to do it - Brute force! In this episode, we set the engine in the bay and essentially leave it hanging in there. It's not sitting on any engine mounts or anything. Just jack stands on some 2x4 pieces. But that's okay. I wanted to know that it was at least POSSIBLE. to sit in there, understand what my clearances are and make the marks necessary to just get it sitting in there and make my body mods later.



      Once we realized we could get the engine to fit, we seriously disassembled the entire front end to find a whole SLEW of hairbrained wiring in this thing. Aftermarket LED fog lights, alarm system, the whole thing. it was pretty bad. All ripped out, cleaned up, and ready for analysis.








      Overall, the body was very clean and relatively rust free. Just a little bit of rust on the inside fender well on the passenger side, but that should be tackled pretty easily.

      Here is the video if you guys wanted to take a look at the disassembling effort on this E30 and what I found along the way.


      Then we decided to heck, make the core support removable. It makes removal and installation of the engine so much easier. Makes servicing anything in the front of the engine a piece of cake, and will aid in any type of additional servicing.

      There was some critical feedback I received on this video, but overall it was a smashing success. The procedure I documented very well in this video helps to inspire anyone to do this mod without having to sacrifice body panel alignment. I have done this on my E30 S62 and am grateful for it when I perform any repair jobs.



      Now on to engine and transmission bracketry. This was relatively straightforward, but the methods by which I made them are specific and need to be followed closely. Here are some pictures of the final outcomes of the brackets as I designed them.

      Driver Engine:






      Passenger Engine:




      Transmission:






      And here is the video that shows how I did it!



      In this next video, we make a completely new front subframe and moved the steering rack a SMIDGE forward. Nothing to far and shouldn't affect ackerman or certainly not bump steer! Everything is tack welded. Nothing is completely welded yet. Everything is in prototyping phase, remember until everything is complete - Nothing will be fully welded.





      Had to clear the VRSF Headers!


      Steering rack now placed, no interferences, and plenty of room to install the power steering lines.








      And a quick video here:


      And a pretty straightforward update, shortening the shift linkage. Picture below and video shown for clarity. I hope this helps any new fabricator to learn what it takes to shorten a shifter in a BMW Engine Swap. Here, we had to shorten both the shift carrier (Tig Welded ALuminum) and the shift selector rod (Steel).




      And finally, the last update for the day, we modified the exhaust headers. Yes. we had to cut the VRSF Headers slightly to allow clearance. Original ones were hitting both the passenger footwell as well as the passenger control arm lollipop. Again, pretty straightforward, just a whole lot of trial and error to fit correctly!!







      Here is the video showing how I modified it, but more importantly, the considerations that I made for the bung for the downstream O2 sensors. Very important that I made these serviceable, accessible, because on this very tight E30 body style, there is very little room for removing the headers to remove O2 sensors.

      Enjoy and happy fabbing. Until next time guys!!
      Last edited by Garageaholic; 12-28-2019, 09:42 PM.
      Recent Rebranding!!
      Visit Garageaholic for all of your E30 Swap Needs!
      E30 SM62/S62
      E30 M60 V8
      E30 M30 Big 6!




      Check out this E36 N54 Swap Build
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      Youtube.com/garageaholic

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        #4
        Could take a look at treehouse / BimmerWorld track cab for exhaust clearance.
        Zach@Zakspeed.us

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          #5
          this is an awesome project. I love wagons

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            #6
            Originally posted by moatilliatta View Post
            Could take a look at treehouse / BimmerWorld track cab for exhaust clearance.
            Good idea, but we are looking for a somewhat stock, yet sportier feel. That means stock CA lollipops with 80A poly bushings!


            Thanks for the comments, guys!
            Recent Rebranding!!
            Visit Garageaholic for all of your E30 Swap Needs!
            E30 SM62/S62
            E30 M60 V8
            E30 M30 Big 6!




            Check out this E36 N54 Swap Build
            Instagram.com/garageaholic
            Youtube.com/garageaholic

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              #7
              I've ran the treehouse style bushing over 8 years in daily to track cars. I believe you will not have an issue with compliance.

              Now 80a poly in the location will degrade quickly especially with the extra heat, Powerflex may outlast what you have, but you're gunna want a heat shield. If the car actually gets driven...

              Food for though if you rethink or revisit it.
              Zach@Zakspeed.us

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                #8
                Originally posted by moatilliatta View Post
                I've ran the treehouse style bushing over 8 years in daily to track cars. I believe you will not have an issue with compliance.

                Now 80a poly in the location will degrade quickly especially with the extra heat, Powerflex may outlast what you have, but you're gunna want a heat shield. If the car actually gets driven...

                Food for though if you rethink or revisit it.
                Yeah, perhaps a heat shield is the most amicable solution. Thanks for the idea. May actually reuse the existing shield.
                Recent Rebranding!!
                Visit Garageaholic for all of your E30 Swap Needs!
                E30 SM62/S62
                E30 M60 V8
                E30 M30 Big 6!




                Check out this E36 N54 Swap Build
                Instagram.com/garageaholic
                Youtube.com/garageaholic

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                  #9
                  More progress on the E30 N54. I know it's been a while since I posted but I figured that now a good a time as any. Since the subframe install, I threw on the steering rack. Made custom tabs. the top tab has a threaded nut for easy install/removal of the rack.











                  Quick youtube vid here.


                  Same for steering column. Used some aluminum tube to extend the column a bit. It's a bit lower and forward, but that should have a minimal effect on bump steer and ackerman.





                  Next came power steering plumbing and reservoir install. I decided to bury the reservoir in the intake manifold!!!! Along with the coolant reservoir. I really wanted this engine bay to be clean and shaved, so this was a step in the right direction.









                  Here's the YT on how I did it!


                  Got a DME/CAS/Key ready for install later in March before first start!


                  Got the intercooler installed. Routed through 2.5" Aluminum tubing. Everything is mocked up, but it fits. need grommeting along the pass throughs, and you can see further down below that I started filling in the holes!








                  Next came the front sway bar install. I installed the E36 Front 3 Sway bar, courtesy of CATuned. Easy install! and I needed to use the E36 welded sway bar mounts as well. so that the poly bushings had something to mount to. Needed that bushing to sit flush and this was the way to do it. Also made for a pretty neat install.













                  Next was the coolant reservoir. Much like the power steering reservoir, I decided to hide this in the coolant reservoir. This required custom welded bracketry, but in my opinion so worth it because it's just another system that is hidden in this application.











                  So then we took the engine out and started working on the turbo rebuild. First? Start with wastegate rattle fix!!












                  Recent Rebranding!!
                  Visit Garageaholic for all of your E30 Swap Needs!
                  E30 SM62/S62
                  E30 M60 V8
                  E30 M30 Big 6!




                  Check out this E36 N54 Swap Build
                  Instagram.com/garageaholic
                  Youtube.com/garageaholic

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