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    1988 e34 530d m57 swap

    Hello everybody, finally moved my project - swaping an m57 3.0 diesel engine into my former 524td e34 to be published a little. It was my first swap ever done, so many things have to be changed and upgraded during the time, but I have learned a lot on this project and completely fell in love with this car, so far I am driving it for 4 years daily and we have completed over 30 000km.

    It all started by the death of my former m21 2.4 litre diesel engine with automatic transmission. After few month of trying to bring it back a gave up, and after one ride in e39 530d it was clear, what has to be done. Got an m57 3.0d 135kw/400Nm engine with 5q manual transmission from e46 and the works have began.

    During the works I was strugling with many problems, both mechanical and electrical. So far I got to the finish line and happily riding the car, while doing some small upgrades all the time, we all know, what I am talking about.

    Some info of the current state of the car:
    Silver e34 with 135kw 3.0 litre m57 diesel engine, 5q manual, 2.65 LSD, M5 3,6 brakes, M tech, whole body electronic from 525i, so I have HIGH cluster and CC and so on...

    Here are som pics of my progress and works on my car, hope you would like it at least a little bit, though it is not a petrolhead but with an GT2260V from e60 we can easily get 150kw and 500Nm
    http://sklenus.rajce.idnes.cz/e34_Resto

    planning lots of thing to do, but still in school so I have limited time and resources
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    Wow, amazing project! I wish we got more of the diesel engine options in the States

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    Very nice.

    Ya the only diesels we get are movie actors......

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    I had a chance to pick up a 524td a few years ago for like $700 . At the time i was an avid dieselhead (still am ,actually). But all they imported here unfortunately were automatics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sklenus View Post
    Hello everybody, finally moved my project - swaping an m57 3.0 diesel engine into my former 524td e34 to be published a little. It was my first swap ever done, so many things have to be changed and upgraded during the time, but I have learned a lot on this project and completely fell in love with this car, so far I am driving it for 4 years daily and we have completed over 30 000km.

    It all started by the death of my former m21 2.4 litre diesel engine with automatic transmission. After few month of trying to bring it back a gave up, and after one ride in e39 530d it was clear, what has to be done. Got an m57 3.0d 135kw/400Nm engine with 5q manual transmission from e46 and the works have began.

    During the works I was strugling with many problems, both mechanical and electrical. So far I got to the finish line and happily riding the car, while doing some small upgrades all the time, we all know, what I am talking about.

    Some info of the current state of the car:
    Silver e34 with 135kw 3.0 litre m57 diesel engine, 5q manual, 2.65 LSD, M5 3,6 brakes, M tech, whole body electronic from 525i, so I have HIGH cluster and CC and so on...

    Here are som pics of my progress and works on my car, hope you would like it at least a little bit, though it is not a petrolhead but with an GT2260V from e60 we can easily get 150kw and 500Nm
    http://sklenus.rajce.idnes.cz/e34_Resto

    planning lots of thing to do, but still in school so I have limited time and resources
    061220152045.jpg
    Well. This engine looks pretty awesome in that car. Granted it's not a 4.4 liter/6spd swap, but still very cool. Impressive amount of work, too. How is the body holding up after almost 28 years of driving on Easter European roads?

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    Wouldn't mind having a 2.65:1 lsd for the 540. Love long gears

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    few months ago I made my dream come true and bought an e34 540iA saloon, it is hell a differrent driving experience, while the max torque of 400Nm is available at totaly different revs, but the 530d driven each weekend for 400km with a load of 4 people traveling to school with backage for 6l/100km of diesel is quite good, yet it is not a sports car, I set the suspesnsion for comfortable ride, while driving with people, there is no need to invest a lots of money, but now I can see, that the suspension is getting behing the power of the car, will need some upgrade, still want to keep it in more comfortable way, rather than Bilstein B8 on 540, so in future months will change the suspension for sachs or something like that, to stay firm on the road, but also comfortable riding on bumps
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    Hell yeah!

    I'm very interested in any details of the swap, especially what electronics you're using to run the engine and work with the chassis. Or did you convert it to a mechanical injection pump?

    My personal fantasy is an OM606 in my E34, but this is a close second. How much custom work was required to phyisically fit the engine and transmission?

    Quote Originally Posted by Martinator View Post
    Wouldn't mind having a 2.65:1 lsd for the 540. Love long gears
    I have this and I like it.

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    Hi i am about to to the same swap did you have to change engine mounts or did engine fit without any mods.

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    to Silverdream:
    there were only few mods to be done - as I used an e46 330d 5speed trany, I put it on the e46 trany mount, it fits the e46 chasis with no mods required, right engine mount is OEM e34 m21 or m51 diesel mount, petrol won't fit while different engine angle in the bay, so far I made only left custom mount

    In nearest future I am willing to put an 6speed trany from e46 and will use an e38 730d left engine mount, it will need a little customization to rubber engine mount, it has to be higher, so will put some subframe between rubber and front axle bar

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    Thanks for that so its a no go for me as my engine mounts wont match up would it be a big job to cut engine mounts from doner car to fit in my car as i have agreed to buy a clean 2002 e39 530D . How did you manage with the diff did your diff work with the engine change & joining the interior loom up to the new ecu wiring loom. I was going to switch everything over to my e34 once i had it back to a rolling shell.

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    to Sliverdream:
    you probably won't be able to cut and weld e39er as they are aluminium and welding is much likely impossible, the easiest way is to get e34 diesel mounts, if you won't have luck getting one, I can arrange some package from Europe, still driver side will be custom work for some welder
    -electric swap is not the way, trust me, I have put a complete wiring from e46 to an e34, most things customized to work properly like all the lights with LCM from e46 and so on, but afterwards I swaped e34 HIGH wiring to get check control cluster, rpm signal from m57 engine is working, so far I have not manage to fuel consumption gauge and oil level sensor switch to work, all other systems are working properly
    - driveshaft is custom made to fit e46 tranny and tds 2,65 diff

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