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J!m 10-19-2006 07:48 PM

The 318ti OBD-II engine swap manual
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Here you go, guys.:biggrin:

I have had several requests for information on my swap manual and I figured this was the easiest way to tell everyone what they want to know and how to get one.

First, if all you want to do is get one, follow these instructions:


Now the details on the manual, for those on the fence:
  • UPDATED AND EXPANDED! It is currently OVER 300 pages long!
  • (yes, it is copyrighted)
  • It covers the entire swap from start to finish
  • it has a section which has a list of the parts needed Dependent on the donor engine used (i.e. the differences between M roadster / M coupe engines and those from the M3) so you can have all the parts you will need on-hand before you start, and avoid the learning curve I went through.
  • it is loaded with several photos detailing things that are not clear in the text
  • there are several pages of ti and swapped ti specific part numbers, (including several that will not show in your local dealer part network)
  • BMW Motorsport cataloge and other information (note most of this stuff is NLA)
  • Details on swapping from an auto box to a manual box, including six-speed
  • I have sold several copies over the past years, and everyone who has received it has commented that is was very helpful, and informative. Everyone gets something out of it...
  • Now granted I am an experienced mechanic, however I was able to remove, replace and drive within a long week (Friday evening to a week from Sunday evening). [3 days of that was at the dealer.]
  • The dealer is needed for OBD-II swaps There is no (practical) way around this (1996-up models)
  • The manual is equally useful for OBD-I swaps; however the dealer is not needed. (1995 models)
  • When I wrote the manual (doing my swap) there was no other source for an OBD-II swap manual, and as far as I am aware, their STILL is no other source for this information. There were/are several OBD-I options out there.
  • BONUS: an entire section dedicated to how-to read and use the diagrams for your swap!

I will be happy to answer specific questions; however please read this first, as I think I have covered the main points...

Thanks, and stay safe out there!

J!m 07-26-2007 02:28 PM

Any questions pertaining to this manual can be addressed at

Thanks to everyone for their input!

Other testimonials:

"But Jims manual is worth every penny."

"I have one of his manuals. It's nicely put together and is probably THE BEST starting point if you're new to e36 swaps."

"Great manual."

"Thanks for your great work.
The manual is great."

"Just want to say the manual is tits. I'm currently working on getting the M44 out and I'm not sure if I would've tackled this job without the manual as ref.
Bottom line: If you are going to do a swap - get the manual first."

"J!m's swap manual is excellent..."

"J!m's swap manual is excellent & he still improves it! I have it as well and have been absolutely helpful even when making decisions on unorthodox methods..."

"BTW, your manual is awesome! I would've NEVER dived into this project without it."

"Received the swap manual and read about of it last night. It is very well written."

"Manual has been a big help in ironing out most of my concerns. Thanks!"

"You're the man Jim. You are the epitomy of After Sales Service!"

Phamster 07-27-2007 03:58 AM

I just recieved my copy today and this book is awsome! I was worried it may come in black and white but this booklet is in color! The documentation is very well layout. You guys should get it just for reference! Thanks again Jim!

J!m 07-14-2014 03:20 AM

NOTE: New Email address for payment!
Hello everyone.

Please note the email adress has changed for payment.

Feel free to PM as usual- I have updated the site contacts as well.

Stay safe out there!

J!m 03-23-2017 11:52 PM

Guys- I'm back but not yet prepared to send out manuals yet.

I promise I will be able to before year end.

I appreciate the requests and enthusiasm for these now OLD cars!

I am looking forward to getting back at it but you need to be patient a little while longer!

Thank you!!!

BlackBMWs 03-25-2017 04:28 PM

Ya, I'm in line too for my next swap. Hooked on the S52. Want another one, but this time a M52b28.

End of year sounds about right...

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J!m 04-12-2017 09:08 PM

Hey guys.

Due to recent scheduling challenges (that's the PC way of saying I have no time!) I have been unable to deliver books for a while now.

However, as promised, I am looking into options to gauge interest and to offer special pre-order pricing on an actual, professional, color, bound, softcover book.https://www.bimmerforums.com/images/...//buttrock.gif

The printout I was doing crept up in cost to $70 (including domestic shipping) over the years for my 'desktop-published' edition for the last year or so I was able to send them out.

This new, "fancy" version, printed by actual printer-type people, will probably run slightly more, at $80 retail + Priority mail shipping, (which I think is around $6 but I may be able to get a better "media mail" rate). That price is based on the current 218 pages of content, with 143 of those having full color illustrations and/or photos on them. Printed on 70# paper with a glossy soft cover.

So the bottom line is I'm looking for interest for those willing to pre-order to help fund the initial print run. That will be 24 copies (23 because I'd like one for my book shelf!) and I can increase that number if I get overwhelming interest (which I am not expecting). But the pre-order price will be somewhere around $50 and whatever it ends up being, the domestic shipping will be included. I will sign these first run copies as well. Maybe when I'm dead they will be worth more... After the pre-order batch, subsequent book orders will be "normal", so regular pricing. But they should remain available for the foreseeable future. The price on the forums will probably be slightly lower than the eBay price as I have to give eBay their cut of course...https://www.bimmerforums.com/images/smilies//mad.gif

I need to contact BMW and make sure I can use some images I found on the web that are in the current version. That may delay things (or I'll have to take them out) but I'm working on these details now. Do not expect anything to happen for at least a month, if not three. Plenty of time to save up.

Note: this is a "feeler" and I already have several old PM's of people looking for my book who I will be contacting as well. I will also be posting the same thing at www.bimmerforums.com . As ,mentioned above, if I get more than 24 people who want to pre-order I will increase the initial order volume to have one for everyone that has pre-ordered. I will not be asking for any money from anyone until we get closer to the order placement. I will need payment in a timely manner once that ball starts rolling however.

Thanks for reading!

coryg57 04-12-2017 10:14 PM

+1 for pre-order
Just picked up an M52 last night and wanted to buy the manual. Count me in for the preorder.

J!m 04-12-2017 11:13 PM

Sounds good!

Probably next week I'll make up a master list of those who are interested. I just released this today.

Beam318i 04-12-2017 11:40 PM

Please put me on the list for pre-order copy as well. Thanks.

dynagroove 04-13-2017 02:19 AM

Put me down for one too Jim!

J!m 04-13-2017 02:42 AM

Thanks guys!

englishposse 04-13-2017 04:59 AM

You can count me in too Jim.

J!m 04-13-2017 07:06 PM

Great guys! Thank you!

740isport 04-13-2017 09:40 PM

Per our PM's, count me in!

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