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      12-18-2008, 08:22 PM   #45
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      02-06-2009, 04:15 AM   #46
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hmmm... I have a nissan 240 s14 with a stock KA motor... i am either swapping my engine to a sr20 engine or yes a LS1. The LS1 can be a really really nice engine. Of course, I love my both my S54's, however, tinkering and putting a LS1 into a small japanese sports car is my idea of I know how things mechanically work. Hmmm, dont underestimate the LS1 I'll have to double check but I was told that its actually lighter than the stock KA motor my 240 came with.
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      02-27-2009, 03:29 PM   #47
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The S-54 engine defines the E46 ///M3. To repeat wtf?
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      03-31-2009, 01:30 AM   #48
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The bias is astounding .. GM's LS series engines are almost a mainstay for BMW engine swaps. They've been putting them into E36/E39 Bimmers since 2002.

The truth of the matter is that the cost (and risk) of upgrading the S52/S54 makes it dicey for those who want more power.

The LSX's reliability, cost, and potential makes it a compelling alternative. The fact is, the aluminum LSX V8s are typically lighter than BMW I6's and with a lower center of gravity. Not to mention that reaching 500+ hp without the use of FI is of no consequence.

Now, we're beginning to see swap kits for the E46 models. In fact, if you want to see a great example of a properly done swap, search for "Kato Racing E46 LS7" on Youtube (yes, they did a LS7 swap from a Z06, and yes, it is a real E46 M3)

I don't believe it takes anything away from the E36 or E46 M3 as there are no adverse effects in terms of weight or balance because of the swap.
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I wouldn't pull out a perfectly good working S54 and swap an LS.

But if I was spending the time to build a ground up track car on a E46 M3 chassis. I wouldn't think twice about putting in an LS7. They are actually very light engines and very reliable. It would be one hell of a car.
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I wouldn't pull out a perfectly good working S54 and swap an LS.

But if I was spending the time to build a ground up track car on a E46 M3 chassis. I wouldn't think twice about putting in an LS7. They are actually very light engines and very reliable. It would be one hell of a car.
I've seen several variations of m3 with ls engines at the track.
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