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Old 06-12-2008, 03:37 AM   #16
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I havent decided to run the booster, so just the brakes at the moment. As far as 15s go, e34 and e39 rims come in 15s and 16s. The m3 rotor is 328mm iirc, the e34 is 302mm, and the e39 is like 322mm or something like that, so you could use those rims with m3 brakes too.
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You can use 16"s with your m3 brakes, its been proven.

Ive always read 17"... but its good to know they fit with 16s too - I learn something new everyday
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Old 06-12-2008, 03:55 AM   #18
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It all depends on the offset and barell of the rim. Most mille miglia 16"s fit in e36 fitment.
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Default Rims located!

I found some 17" style 68s. I'll be calling the guy in the morning for them.
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Old 06-12-2008, 02:51 PM   #20
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i like style 68s!
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16s will work some without modification and some you will need to grind down the caliper.
no modification, my dad ran 16"s on his M3 as winter wheels, he didn't have to modify anything, didn't even run spacers
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thats why i said "some" some will work without modification and some will not fit with out grinding the caliper down some.
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What are some common shops where I could rent an engine hoist?
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try posting on craigslist or a local bmwcca chapter
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Somethings to consider with your swap...

1.) 6cyl Radiator
2.) 6cyl Instrument Cluster
3.) Custom Exhaust
4.) Fan Shroud
5.) Expansion Tank
6.) 6cyl Front Suspension
7.) Might want to change the water pump
8.) Differential
9.) Secondary Air Pump (to pass emissions)
10.) Battery Location

the list can go on...

Good Luck with your swap.
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Old 06-15-2008, 01:47 AM   #26
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So, I woke up a bit later today and didn't get to Erie until about 230p. So far, I've removed the exhaust system after breaking every bolt connecting the exhaust headers to the exhaust manifold. I've removed heat shield and exhaust cross member and will be removing the driveshaft after I get back from a food break.

Depending on how I feel, I may continue with removing the tranny tonight. Otherwise, I'll focus on fixing up the bumper, driver's side window, and disconnecting engine stuff and do the tranny tomorrow morning.

Pictures will be up after I get back from my food break.
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sounds like you're working pretty hard, I have to applaud people who are doing engine swaps themselves, I would never have the follow-through or know-how to even attempt something like this
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Here are the pictures as promised. Man, after eating, I feel like taking a nap. I think I might just do that. . .the rest of this can wait until I don't feel so tired

http://picasaweb.google.com/kamakula/SwapWeekendOneA
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Question - can I remove the transmission without supporting/lifting the engine?

NM, found the answer with this writeup (use jackstand below):

http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/tech...ny-Removal.htm
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I've made an executive decision. There is no way I'm going to be able to get to all those transmission bolts with the tools that I have. Even if I went out and bought the stuff I'll need, it'll be a bitch to remove by myself. Even if I had help, it'll still be a bitch to get the needed combo of tools in place to reach and leverage the top and top-side bolts.

So, I'll just remove the driveshaft, sleep, do the window and bumper stuff in the morning, then spend a couple hours disconnecting stuff on the engine before driving back to Pittsburgh.

Doing it this way saves me from having to buy another set of jack stands since I'd need one more to support the engine if I'd removed the tranny.

BTW ppl - you'all should have told me that it would be MUCH easier to just pull it out as one piece. It wouldn't have saved me any time, but it would have saved me a lot of heartache over the past couple hours .
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