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    Default m60 into e34

    hi guys, i'm thinking of installing the m60 v8 engine and tranny into my e34, currently it has the m50 vanos engine , has anyone ever done this? if so what problems should i encounter if any, any info is appreciated
    thanx

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    Quote Originally Posted by tnt525i
    hi guys, i'm thinking of installing the m60 v8 engine and tranny into my e34, currently it has the m50 vanos engine , has anyone ever done this? if so what problems should i encounter if any, any info is appreciated
    thanx
    I know there are differences in the engine compartment components, so you might need a complete donor car to do it right. Suspension is different slightly too, I think the springs are stiffer to account for the increased weight.

    The big question is... how much is your time worth? Why not just buy a 540? Or heck - search Autotrader for an E34M5 in your area! Chances are when you factor in the time and money for the swap, you can buy a faster car and come out ahead rather than building one.

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    The general rule is: if you start with a 6, you can upgrade with a 6; if you start with an 8, you can upgrade with an 8.

    The V8 cars have the brake booster installed behind the left headlight. It would be a major PITA to rearrange the engine bay of a 6-cylinder E34 to accomodate an M60. Not worth the hassle, IMO since there are LOTS of M60-powered E34s for sale.

    Quote Originally Posted by tnt525i
    hi guys, i'm thinking of installing the m60 v8 engine and tranny into my e34, currently it has the m50 vanos engine , has anyone ever done this? if so what problems should i encounter if any, any info is appreciated
    thanx
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrewZ
    The general rule is: if you start with a 6, you can upgrade with a 6; if you start with an 8, you can upgrade with an 8.

    The V8 cars have the brake booster installed behind the left headlight. It would be a major PITA to rearrange the engine bay of a 6-cylinder E34 to accomodate an M60. Not worth the hassle, IMO since there are LOTS of M60-powered E34s for sale.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrewZ
    The general rule is: if you start with a 6, you can upgrade with a 6; if you start with an 8, you can upgrade with an 8.

    The V8 cars have the brake booster installed behind the left headlight. It would be a major PITA to rearrange the engine bay of a 6-cylinder E34 to accomodate an M60. Not worth the hassle, IMO since there are LOTS of M60-powered E34s for sale.
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    dreww is right, you need a complete doner car for the brakes and probably a shitload of other stuff. for the cost that these cars are going for it would be stupid to spend the money converting them. enjoy what you have, clean it up and upgrade to what you want for a mere hundreds VS thousands. anyways if your rich you can buy my stuff, im not willing to sell so it would be a higher donation compared to the standard rusty non cared and replaced for part vehicle.
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    now if somebody finds me a 6 speed v12 tranny for under a grand ill do a write up on how ill install a 92 750 motor (that i allready have at the yard) in my 535, and most of that info will transfer to doing a v8 swap like the brake booster relocate
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    LOL. So I could easily drop a v12 into my 530 if the engine is totalled as a result of my recent Oil pump falling off misadventure?

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    don't know if id say easily, easier would be more acurate

    Quote Originally Posted by Reidal
    LOL. So I could easily drop a v12 into my 530 if the engine is totalled as a result of my recent Oil pump falling off misadventure?

    Cool

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    sooooo....are you saying it would be easier to get a m60 and its gearbox in trinidad than it is to get the zf a5s to replace your transmission?

    Quote Originally Posted by tnt525i
    hi guys, i'm thinking of installing the m60 v8 engine and tranny into my e34, currently it has the m50 vanos engine , has anyone ever done this? if so what problems should i encounter if any, any info is appreciated
    thanx
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