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    I know there has been a few threads on this but many say the E30 320i driveshaft is the way to go but here in the states we don't have those cars so not many driveshafts around. I am looking to be doing this swap in the next few weeks and just trying to clarify a few things. I run a salvage yard so I have many combinations available.

    E34 M30b35 trans= E30 ETA shaft??
    E30 M10 trans= E30 320i shaft??
    E30 auto W/ M30 bell= stock E30 auto shaft??

    Anyone successfully used the 318Ti driveshaft? and if so what trans did you use?
    Last edited by Shftr8; 10-19-2016, 07:32 AM. Reason: misspelling

    #3
    You've pretty much got it right - although there's a few options for using the original M30B35 box.

    1) As you've suggested, use the ETA drive shaft if you can find one.
    2) Swap the output flange on the gearbox to the one from the e30 G260 and use the stock M20 drive shaft.
    3) Use an adaptor to adapt from the large guibo to the e30 325i, 323i etc. drive shaft. Garage60 make one, which I've got sitting in the shed to try sometime.

    http://www.hackengineering.co.uk/pro...e30-96mm-78mm/

    With the G240 box, you can use the 323i / 325i driveshaft if you're stuck by adjusting the mount point in the floorpan and extending the shaft on the splines (assuming the M30 is in P3). A 318ti manual driveshaft from an e36 can also work as it is a similar length to the e30 320i shaft.

    For the auto, it should be plug and play once you swap the bell housing.
    My e30: OEM+ with M30B35

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      #4
      Thanks for the input. I actually have an ETA manual driveshaft so that's probably what I will be going with.

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        #5
        Should just bolt right up in that case (assuming the ETA drive shaft has the large guibo).
        My e30: OEM+ with M30B35

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