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    Hi everyone.

    I've been driving my E36 316i Compact for a while now, and it has been great fun.

    First I decided that I wanted to go more sideways so I installed a LSD. Afterwards, it was a lot of fun but underpowered. So I swapped a M50B20 in it that I could get for cheap. I drove this around a bit and even though it was a lot of fun, I've gotten to the point again that I want more power.

    I was initially thinking of an M52B28 engine. Then I considered building a 3.0 stroker, and even after that, a buddy of mine said, V12 swap it. Use an M70B50 and put that in it.

    I agree that a V12 in a E36 is the ultimate "because fuck you thats why" move you could make, but the weight distribution would be terrible, next to the poor fuel economy ofcourse.

    So I was thinking, why not V6 swap it? My theory is that you could place the engine behind the front axle and thus get a better balance. Does anyone have any experience with V6 swapping an E36? And which engines would you guys recomend?

    I'm definitly open to suggestions!
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    Mustang 3.7 V6. 310hp, $300 all day. 6 speed manuals are also $300. Forged crank, stock bottom end is good to 600+hp if you want. Use the stock Mustang ECU or toss on a Megasquirt 3/MS3X to run the Ti-VCT. Probably the cheapest way to get into 300hp and a 6 speed.

    If you went LS, getting a busted T56 would run you $1000 minimum, or probably $1700 for a good used one.

    A Nissan VQ would probably run you $700-800 and the CD009 transmissions are going up in price as they're becoming a popular swap option and adapter plates are being made to hook them up to everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GEnx90 View Post
    Hi everyone.

    I've been driving my E36 316i Compact for a while now, and it has been great fun.

    First I decided that I wanted to go more sideways so I installed a LSD. Afterwards, it was a lot of fun but underpowered. So I swapped a M50B20 in it that I could get for cheap. I drove this around a bit and even though it was a lot of fun, I've gotten to the point again that I want more power.

    I was initially thinking of an M52B28 engine. Then I considered building a 3.0 stroker, and even after that, a buddy of mine said, V12 swap it. Use an M70B50 and put that in it.

    I agree that a V12 in a E36 is the ultimate "because fuck you thats why" move you could make, but the weight distribution would be terrible, next to the poor fuel economy ofcourse.


    So I was thinking, why not V6 swap it? My theory is that you could place the engine behind the front axle and thus get a better balance. Does anyone have any experience with V6 swapping an E36? And which engines would you guys recomend?

    I'm definitly open to suggestions!
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