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Old 10-13-2022, 08:57 PM   #1
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Default S52-swapped 332ti-track focused

VIN WBAC67322VA599052
Produced 4/97

Still (barely) street-legal, but built to be a quick, forgiving, budget track car that has run down MANY supposedly faster cars on track. The focus was on good power, light weight and capable brakes. The consumables (tires, brakes, fuel) are cheap due to relatively small size and light weight. It’s loud and stiff on the street, but it does still have air conditioning and a “finished” interior forward of the driver. It has always been driven to and from the track and has never failed to drive back home. It has run a 2:41 at Sebring while fighting through some handling issues. The lightly-modded S52 with nearly open exhaust sounds excellent on track. The current PFC-08 brake pads have held up great on track and don’t produce much noise on the street.

The exterior is “decent.” The rear fender flaring was done long ago and has seen better days; it should be re-sanded/painted/whatever if you care about such things. There is some mild unevenness on the right, front quarter panel where it had a fairly gentle kiss of a tirewall (��). Underneath there are some rusty spots (it lived up North early in its life) and the driver’s footwell has been replaced with new steel (and then both sides got aluminum floorboards to finish the inside).

The interior is “decent” as well. Though most of the carpet and vinyl is gone, the aluminum surfaces all look good. No radio, so the only soundtrack is straight-six! The seats are just okay cheapies; it deserves better like I’ve had in it before. I haven’t even bothered to actually bolt the driver’s seat back in, yet! They do have cutouts for shoulder harnesses and have decent side bolsters. The driver’s side window is pulling out of the track and needs assistance when going up or down. There is a full-width harness bar, though I pulled my 5-point harnesses for another car (factory 3-points are still installed).

The engine conversion and several Dinan upgrades were done professionally by Midwest MotorSport way back in 2001, and I have copies of the receipts. It just (September ’22) got an oil and filter change (Castrol Edge Euro 5w40), new spark plugs (NGK BKR6E) and a healthy compression check.


Engine-3.2L S52 from M3
ECU Tune-Dinan
Intake-Dinan CAI (rare carbon)
Throttle Body-Dinan High-Flow
Air Flow Meter (AFM)-European (larger and with screen removed)
Intake Boot-Mishimoto Silicone
Intake Manifold-BMW M50 (+10-15hp)
Fuel Injectors-Bosch 21.5-lb. (pink top)
Spark Plugs-NGK BKR6E (new)
Engine Mounts-UUC Poly with Enforcers
Exhaust-M3 with muffler delete
Oxygen Sensor-Bimmerworld Simulator

Transmission-Getrag 5-speed
Clutch Pedal Bushing-UUC
Shifter-BMW Z3 short shifter
Clutch Line-ECS ExactFit Braided SS

Diff-3.25 LSD from e28 528e
Diff Bushing-Poly
Axles-BMW E30 325 axles(?)

Battery-Odyssey PC680, relocated to rear
Battery Mount-Battery Pete aluminum

Radiator-Mishimoto full aluminum
Aux Fan-BMW (new) with manual toggle switch
Main Fan-Deleted with nut from ECS
Radiator Hoses-OBX Silicone
Water Pump-Stewart high performance


Coilovers-BC Racing BR 30-way adjustable
62 inner x 160 length front (2.44"x6.3")
62 inner x 130 length rear (2.44"x5.1")
Rear Shock Mounts-Rogue Engineering (welded on top)
FCABs-Turner Motorsports Poly 95a (offset)

Swaybars-H&R Front 27.2mm/Rear 22.5mm
Stock are 25/14
Stock M3 23/20
Swaybar Bushings-Dinan
Rear End Links-Turner Motorsports Adjustable


Front-E36 M3 315mm/28mm with 60mm piston
(Stock are 286mm/12mm with 54mm piston)
Calipers-M3, rebuilt, red powder-coated
Guide Bushings-ECS Solid Brass
Brake Lines-ECS ExactFit Braided SS
Fluid-Castrol SRF
Brake Pads-Performance Friction PFC-08 Enduro Racing Pads
Cooling Ducts-custom, aircraft-grade tubing from front spoiler

Rear-E36M3- 312mm/20mm vented with 40mm pistons
(Stock are 272mm/10mm non-vented)
Calipers-M3, Rebuilt, red powder-coated
Caliper Adapters-SRS Concepts
Guide Bushings-ECS Solid Brass
Brake Lines-ECS ExactFit Braided SS (mids AND outers)
Hard Lines replaced 11/2018
Brake Pads-Performance Friction PFC-08 Enduro Racing Pads


Wheels-TRM Motorsports C2 Light Grey 17x8.5 ET40 (19 lbs.)
5 of them so you have a spare with tire
Tires-Hankook Ventus RS3/RS4 245/40/17
“Square” setup for balanced handling and easy rotation/tire life
Wheelstuds-ECS 70mm (converted from lug bolts)
Lug Nuts- Mishimoto Aluminum


Seats-Noname red vinyl sport seats
Corbeau FX1 Pros fit perfectly, but moved to other car
Seat Mounts-Wedge 1052
Floorboards-MKAH Motorsports Expanded Aluminum
Door Panels-Custom Aluminum
Door Pulls-Condor Speed Shop RS-Style (red)
Radio-Delete (wiring too)
Steering Wheel-BMW e46 M3
Gauge Panel-VDO gauges for Water Temp/Oil Press/Oil Temp
Custom Aluminum Panel; toggle switch-controlled and 12v outlet

Sunroof-S2RTuning Fiberglass Delete Panel (painted to match)
Mirrors-M3 (replica, painted to match)

Front Bumper-M3 bumper/spoiler (replica, painted to match)
Headlights- Depo/ZKW Glass


Airbag (pax) and bracket-22 lbs.
Rear Seat Backs 40 lbs.
Rear wiper & motor 4.1 lbs.
Sunroof Cassette 36 lbs.
Headliner 3.5 lbs.
Rear "door" cards 6.6 lbs.
Rear seat side bolsters 4.2 lbs.
Battery 30 lbs. (net saved)
Wheels 20 lbs.
Radio, speakers, wiring 20 lbs.

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'97 318ti/S52 swap/e36 M3 Brakes F&R/SRS Rear Caliper Adapter/TRM C2 17x8.5 Wheels/245-40-70 Hankook RS3s/Rogue RSMs/BC Coilover and Camber Plates/large swaybars/partially gutted.

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Old 11-27-2022, 09:22 PM   #2
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Bump for a sweet looking car.
98 318Ti S52
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Sold! Thanks, everyone.
'97 318ti/S52 swap/e36 M3 Brakes F&R/SRS Rear Caliper Adapter/TRM C2 17x8.5 Wheels/245-40-70 Hankook RS3s/Rogue RSMs/BC Coilover and Camber Plates/large swaybars/partially gutted.
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