ever thought of about doing an S52 turbo build....or consulting on one? lol
I am not knowledgeable enough on the E36, S52, or turbos in general to be a huge asset. But I wholeheartedly support turbos on anything and am always down to kick ideas around!
The M5 LSD needed some modification and after testing fitting it with my exhaust and pull rods I knew what to cut off. It was a balance of removing enough material for adequate clearance, with leaving as much as possible for cooling, while making it look as good as possible. I am pretty happy how it came out.
Oem M5 heatsink
...aaaaaaaand it's GONE!
Pretty hacked up after the cutting
After some more grinding and sanding
535xi and M5 top, modded M5 bottom
Prepped the axles for install, the threads had been hit with some anti-rust coating which needed to be cleaned
Had to pull out the motor for the telescoping wheel function, the bolts were very hard to reach and I am not looking to putting them back in.
Paddle shift steering wheel and control module removed along with the console and electronic gear selector.
Hole punched out for manual shifter :banana
Didn't have the special tool to lock the flywheel/starter in place while the FW bolts are removed so this was my solution.
One hurdle to clear will be the transmission support and bracket. According to RealOem I have compatible part numbers but that is not the reality, the mounting points for where the bracket connects to the trans are different since my trans was sourced from an e9X 335i. The E6X support, bracket, and bushing combo is monstrous compared to the E9X setup. I really like the design of the E6X bushings where it allows the upper bracket to reside inside
the bushing, it makes a lot of sense and IMO the design better suited for high torque than the 335i mount.
My goal is to use the E60 support and either modify the top bracket have one made to make the mounting locations work. Not sure which direction to go yet.
Trans with 335i bracket (holes align)
535i bracket (improper fit)
E6X vx E9X
Showing how the E6x bracket feet mount inside the bushings
Bushing (bearing) comparison