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Thread: E36 S54 swap, E46 M3 cluster

  1. #201
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    I'm looking into S54 swapping an E36 M3 I recently acquired and while I lack the proficiency to blaze the trail myself, I may be able to lend a machete to someone who can...

    I have an S54-swapped Z3 2.8 coupe with a Z3M cluster in it (also: Z3M > E46 M3 cluster, all day). Thanks to Abel (I don't intend to take credit just wanted to share), we have done a fair amount of experimenting and may have some idea for an alternate solution
    None of what I'm about to say is 100%. But with that being said...

    Later year Z3 clusters were all canbus driven. There is a coding option in the cluster for engine, M54 2.5, M54 3.0, S54
    The working theory is that we can set a non-M Z3 facelift cluster to "S54", install an S54 gauge face and have it function as an S54 cluster
    If this is a viable option, surely someone can get some custom gauge faces made? $100 for a gauge face + $150 for a cluster surely beats the cost of a Z3M cluster

    I am waffling on ordering an S54 for my own build but will definitely experiment with this option if I do. I also have in my possession a facelift Z3 non-M cluster. And a Z3 S54 gauge face. The only thing I am not confident of is the physical gauge face replacement - replacing needles spooks me out. I may outsource that step but this is something I will likely try.
    Maybe it is something others can look into and experiment with in the meantime as well if this E46 cluster swap has fizzled out

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    I wonder if the folks at Bavarian Restorations can help with the custom gauge face.

    http://bavrest.com/instrument-clusters.html
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    Well, less than one hour ago I was on the fence...

    I have solidly fallen off the fence. S54 is paid for. I'm now entering the rabbit hole, I hope I have good company there...

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    We are here to support you...
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  6. #206
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    Update for March?

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    GP, I commend you for your effort and tenacity. I have an 1995 325is inheriting the guts of my e46 m3. I have the luxury of using every last bit of my old 4 wheeled girlfriends harness. Please update with progress as I will be in line to procure your board to ensure my swap is tastefully done.

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    I really hope GP the wizard is still working on this, it almost seemed like the coolest part about the swap

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