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    • Another BMW LS swap - LS1tech member puts a GM LS1 5.7 liter V8 in an E46 BMW 3 series to make a 357ci

      These are almost becoming common, aren't they? We must say, we really like what LS1tech members are doing with these motors. From putting them into Porsche 911's to BMW 3 series', these motors seem to be finding their way into everything. We don't think that is a bad thing. Hard to beat the LS V8 series for weight, reliability, power, and cost. Check out the build pictures and videos below.


































      This article was originally published in forum thread: Another BMW LS swap - LS1tech members puts a GM LS1 5.7 liter V8 in an E46 BMW 3 series to make a 357ci started by Sticky View original post
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      1. mazdaspeed6's Avatar
        mazdaspeed6 -
        cool, his dash must be light up like a christmas tree
      1. GetSomeE92's Avatar
        GetSomeE92 -
        That's pretty awesome.
      1. Apex Speed Technology's Avatar
        Apex Speed Technology -
        You guys have heard my retirement idea, right? I'm gonna sell Apex and open "The LS Shop." We'll put LS motors in EVERYTHING. BMW's, 911's, VW Buses, Go-Karts, Barstools, Outhouses.....

        -Neel
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Apex Speed Technology Click here to enlarge
        Outhouses
        Outhouses eh?

        BTW, see you in about 2 hours.
      1. metrik's Avatar
        metrik -
        LS swaps are awesome. I considered using one for my car. A budget option is using the 5.3 liter, aluminum block engine from the SSR. You can pick up a lightly used one for $400-600. Makes 300 hp stock. With headers and cams you'll be right around 400.

        Still kind of wishing I had done that.
      1. Yukohama's Avatar
        Yukohama -
        it be cool to drop one of these into my 325ci... but then again if i had the money to do that i woulda bought an m3 already
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Yukohama Click here to enlarge
        it be cool to drop one of these into my 325ci... but then again if i had the money to do that i woulda bought an m3 already
        Honestly, an LS swap in your 325ci would be cooler...
      1. yandizzle's Avatar
        yandizzle -
        I think there are companies out there that have solved the CAN Bus issue. Giving them a fully functional dash and no check engine lights...its all in how much you want to pay and personal tastes. If no one comes out with a reasonalbly priced e46 m3 who knows what I might do. I mean one can do alot with 20,000.00
      1. Itsbrokeagain's Avatar
        Itsbrokeagain -
        ol Betsy at the shop may get this kinda swap for our shop race car...stay tuned Click here to enlarge
      1. Sorena's Avatar
        Sorena -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Matt@AUTOCouture Click here to enlarge
        ol Betsy at the shop may get this kinda swap for our shop race car...stay tuned Click here to enlarge
        Matt any words on S85 swap into the E28?
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sorena Click here to enlarge
        Matt any words on S85 swap into the E28?
        That is an expensive swap.
      1. idnan's Avatar
        idnan -
        I've seen this car in the flesh, the owner lives in the same city as me.

        Here it is at a dyno day about 8 months ago:

      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by idnan Click here to enlarge
        I've seen this car in the flesh, the owner lives in the same city as me.

        Here it is at a dyno day about 8 months ago:

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MH48LNnREOY
        What did it put down?
      1. idnan's Avatar
        idnan -
        I can't remember exactly but it was in the 300s. Turned out the MAF came from a vehicle involved in a flood and was causing issues. A few month later it made 410hp at the crank on a DynoDynamics roller.

        A few more creations from the same shop:

        E36 m3 ls3 - http://www.dynotorque.co.uk/index.ph...e36-m3-ls2-v8/
        Z3 m coupe ls1 - http://www.dynotorque.co.uk/index.ph...ys-z3-m-coupe/
        Z3 m roadster 7.1 ls3 - http://www.dynotorque.co.uk/index.ph...-z3m-roadster/
        Rx7 ls3 7.0 twin turbo - http://www.dynotorque.co.uk/index.ph...win-turbo-rx7/
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        M roadster with an ls3 must be a hell of a ride.
      1. bigdnno98's Avatar
        bigdnno98 -
        What kind of ecu is this running?
      1. alex@ABRhouston's Avatar
        alex@ABRhouston -
        Probably stock with a LS1edit or HPtuners adjustment. You can pretty much do anything with the GM ECU's lol
      1. G0TB00ST?'s Avatar
        G0TB00ST? -
        Love it! It should get a wide body too
      1. Fkn330i's Avatar
        Fkn330i -
        what did they do for ABS/ VDC integration? or did they get rid of all the other can bus systems?