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Thread: E39 I6 LS Swap kit

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    I offer mounts and headers for swapping an Ls engine into the 6cyl model E39s.
    The mounts work for any LS engine, 4L80E, tr6060 or T56 transmission.
    They're made of 1/4" mild steel and are TIG welded. I suggest using an autokraft oilpan with my mounts.
    The headers take a long time to build, since I have a regular job I have to build these in my spare time.
    They have 3/8" flanges, 1 3/4" primaries and 2 1/2" collector with V-Band clamps. I'm working on getting a 1 7/8" set made. If you want different size collectors please specify before hand. They're fully purged and TIG welded.

    PM for prices.
    On to the pics!!











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    Last edited by Jesus Freak; 04-04-2013 at 11:29 AM.

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    Very well done. The fabrication and machining looks first class

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    That is some good looking stuff
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    Great looking parts.

    The difficult thing will be coming up with a price that pays for your efforts. Here's to more E39 swaps!

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    You are the man! those look Great!nice welds and finish
    You have a PM

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    That is some clean work. Everything looks so simple and straight forward. This could make me jump into a E39 and forget about my M3.

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    Thanks guys! It's been a lot of work, but I'm pleased with the results.

    All PM's replied.

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    OMG!! Those look GOOD!! Strong work . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by PJ325i View Post
    OMG!! Those look GOOD!! Strong work . . .
    Thanks!

    Pm's replied.

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    The bolts for the adaptor plate fit between the diff case and input flange, so no need to take the flange off for install.

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    with a price that pays for

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    Just about done with the T56 trans mount design. I'll need someone to test fit and let me know if anything needs to be changed as I don't have access to a t56 or time to swap it out. (on a deadline)
    So if anyone is willing to be a test mule I'd be willing to cut a good deal.

    Still waiting for the bill for the adaptor.

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    This is what I've been waiting for!!!!

    This will be my grad school graduation gift to myself in May. Looks like excellent work!
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    LS3 / T56 swapped

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    Quote Originally Posted by AutoRotate View Post
    This is what I've been waiting for!!!!

    This will be my grad school graduation gift to myself in May. Looks like excellent work!
    LS swap touring... That'd be bad ass! Let me know if/when you're ready.
    Is there something wrong with your engine and trans?

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    ^yea... its not an LSx =)

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    Very nice work

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    Which manual trans are you using for your mockup? 3rd gen F-body camaro T-56s seem to be getting kind of hard to come by. T56 magnum or 5th gen camaro TR6060 may be better candidates but you may have to adjust your engine mounts an inch or so to keep the shift lever in the same spot as stock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jesus Freak View Post
    LS swap touring... That'd be bad ass! Let me know if/when you're ready.
    Is there something wrong with your engine and trans?
    Excellent. Nothing really wrong with the drivetrain at 150k miles, but I specifically purchased the car with this swap in mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by natepartlan View Post
    Which manual trans are you using for your mockup? 3rd gen F-body camaro T-56s seem to be getting kind of hard to come by. T56 magnum or 5th gen camaro TR6060 may be better candidates but you may have to adjust your engine mounts an inch or so to keep the shift lever in the same spot as stock.
    Just going off dimensions online. I don't have access to a t56 or time to test fit it. That's why I need someone to test fit before I start making a bunch of them. I'm using a dimension for a production t56. From all the reading I've done they're all really close in length, other than the tr6060

    Quote Originally Posted by AutoRotate View Post
    Excellent. Nothing really wrong with the drivetrain at 150k miles, but I specifically purchased the car with this swap in mind.
    Gotcha. That's what I bought my car for too.
    Last edited by Jesus Freak; 01-17-2012 at 11:08 AM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost

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    Got the bill from the machinist.

    Everyone that wants motor mounts with 4l80e crossmember make a list and I'll let my laser cutter know how many sets.
    Also, I still need a volunteer for test fitting the T56 mount.

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    Found a guy thats willing to test the t56 mount.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JUNEBLOOD View Post
    It's cheaper to make ya own like me
    Yah, but some people don't have the time, some don't have the tools.
    And I think my price is fair, especially when you read about how to set your budget "mounts from $600 to $1200" ... That's a little pricey.

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    U rite but how much do u want for that drive shaft ADAPTER
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    Quote Originally Posted by JUNEBLOOD View Post
    U rite but how much do u want for that drive shaft ADAPTER
    To cover the machinist and shipping, $325

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