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Old 03-14-2016, 06:39 PM   #136
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About to undertake this swap on an '03 525 M Sport. Any words of advice?
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Old 03-16-2016, 08:08 PM   #137
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About to undertake this swap on an '03 525 M Sport. Any words of advice?
Its actually very straightforward. Let me know if you need any help with the wiring for the clutch switch.
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Old 03-16-2016, 08:38 PM   #138
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Was there any transmission wiring you had to purchase?
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Old 03-17-2016, 09:33 PM   #139
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Was there any transmission wiring you had to purchase?
Reverse lights, 2 wires, black/brown to ground and the other to pin 4 on the back of the cluster
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Old 03-17-2016, 09:44 PM   #140
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I needed to do something about the non-existent muffler.

I got (2) 5' 2.5" Exhaust pipes

The little harbor freight bender that could.

Small bends first, all by eyeball.


Needs a chrome tip or something. Its too small

All done! 100% eyeballed up. I like the sound and weight reduction
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Old 06-15-2016, 08:20 PM   #141
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All packed up to come home from college. I love my wagon.


That is a 15 foot roll of suede, hmmmm ideas...






SUEDE!!!


The interior started to change color in the white car and the blue car! Jeez another swap!!



It started to rain and I had to take the glass out.



Old nasty ass grey headliner


I still haven't completely finished the interior, but I will soon and I promise I will get pics. The suspension hasn't settled in yet but I'll get photos to that too.

Maybe that was the loud front end noise...
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Old 06-16-2016, 02:07 PM   #142
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Do work son! Looking great
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I thought a rim job had more to do with the other...eh....end....

Or have I been licking buttholes for no reason all this time?
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Old 07-13-2016, 08:31 PM   #143
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After dailying this car for over a year now, I've decided it needs a clutch. Now, I could put $500 down for a new clutch and keep the 5 speed. But that's not my style. Time for a 6 speed!

Getrag GS6-37BZ out of a 2006 330i Sedan.

Enjoy






Shift shaft seal










FACK I HIT THE BEARING. It should be ok though


I tried a light layer of dirko, we will see if this works



New shifter stuff

Got my front plate bracket fabbed up

Oh yea, and I sourced out front sport seats for $325


Much better

Suspension is settling in ok I guess




Gave it a nice wash




Back to 6 speed stuff. Time to make the jig for the 6 speed crossmember






Oh yea and I got the driveshaft I needed too

Back to this stuff








Hehehehehe this part cracks me up the most








Made a mess!

Got my shifter carrier and stuff

Putting in a new CSB and centering sleeve


We will see what the welder says I'm praying he doesn't think I'm crazy. I don't have a TIG welder so we will see what he says.
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Old 07-14-2016, 08:47 AM   #144
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Quality work, and a lot of it! I applaud your efforts on this car. Reading this thread felt like watching an episode of wheeler dealers.
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Old 07-14-2016, 01:53 PM   #145
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Thats looking really good! The only thing I would say since you were doing the swap anyway you should have sourced a 540i parts car I love my M62, love the E39 great work and looking forward to watching this thread, coming from a former NJ guy!
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Old 07-14-2016, 06:30 PM   #146
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Quality work, and a lot of it! I applaud your efforts on this car. Reading this thread felt like watching an episode of wheeler dealers.
I LOVE wheeler dealers. I wish I could be mike brewer.
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Old 08-10-2016, 09:03 PM   #147
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Back on.
So I wanted to upgrade the front speakers, Kicker 5.25" Coaxial, its a nice improvement for the money.

I also swapped GM3's because mine was funky with the mirror tilt.



Hey my old interior





MMMMMMMM


And its time for headlight adjusters!!






The fallen soldiers

Couldn't have done it with these wonderful guys

It's time, oh yeah its time. 6 SPEEEEEEEEEED


Old clutch

Old 5 Speed. If someone wants it for $100, PM me!



Hey its me!

Swapped diffs to 3.07, we'll see....

All new, all new



Diggin the gold calipers


Bolting up the new trans.

It bolted in nicely



My crossmember idea ended up not working. hmmm



Close but no cigar.






So...
My driveshaft idea didn't work either, oh well. I had to get one kinda custom made, E60 530i/6 Manual Front half mated to a E39 530i/5 Manual Rear half. The shop had to swap knuckles and I got it back and it was PERFECT!

The crossmember- I didn't want to fool around, I got some steel and just made a complete new one. I didn't get a photo of it (I promise I will one day!) but the car is back on the road! I think I'm going to leave it alone for a while and just enjoy it.
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Old 09-10-2016, 07:44 PM   #148
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Just a little update. This was the custom crossmember that had to be made, I came home for the weekend and decided to give it a nice heavy paint job.




Final Fitment.


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Old 01-18-2017, 11:23 PM   #149
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I'm amazed all the work you've done on this car. It's awesome.
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