• Modern BMW 3-Series turbo inline-6 power for an older 3-Series - BimmerBoost member does first ever N55B30 into E36 swap with iDrive

      Turbos have been done to death on the E36 3-Series M5X/S5X inline-6 engine family. Nobody, however, has swapped the already turbocharged from the factory current N55 direct injected inline-6 BMW powerplants into the E36 chassis. That is, until now. BimmerBoost member hackentt completed such a swap in record time. He posted on the BimmerBoost BMW Performance forums that he was undertaking such a swap and just over a month later showed a video of the car running with the N55 motor under the hood.

      That is worthy of some serious respect especially considering he did this all himself using an E9X donor car. He managed to get the engine to fit and swapped the dash, transmission, I-Drive, and even the start button which is a very nice touch. This build was completed by him on a tight budget making it all the more impressive.

      Check out the photo progress as well as the video below. Much respect from BimmerBoost to @hackentt on doing something nobody has done up until this point. A very cool way to get turbo power in an older 3-Series.





























































      This article was originally published in forum thread: first ever N55B30+6HP21 swap into E36 1996 328i sedan started by hakentt View original post
      Comments 39 Comments
      1. rawad1017's Avatar
        rawad1017 -
        lmao this is awesome!! you even got the push to start. man if you ever sell this car the buyer would be so confused. kudos to you
      1. spectacula's Avatar
        spectacula -
        you are the man
      1. Sticky's Avatar
      1. alexx03's Avatar
        alexx03 -
        i feel like this is the fastest build/swap thread ive ever been through.....

        amazing work man!!
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by alexx03 Click here to enlarge
        i feel like this is the fastest build/swap thread ive ever been through.....

        amazing work man!!
        Same here I don't even know how he did this so fast. It's awesome!
      1. ChuckD05's Avatar
        ChuckD05 -
        props~!
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Turbos have been done to death on the E36 3-Series M5X/S5X inline-6 engine family. Nobody, however, has swapped the already turbocharged from the factory current N55 direct injected inline-6 BMW powerplants into the E36 chassis. That is, until now. BimmerBoost member hackentt completed such a swap in record time. He posted on the BimmerBoost BMW Performance forums that he was undertaking such a swap and just over a month later showed a video of the car running with the N55 motor under the hood.

        That is worthy of some serious respect especially considering he did this all himself using an E9X donor car. He managed to get the engine to fit and swapped the dash, transmission, I-Drive, and even the start button which is a very nice touch. This build was completed by him on a tight budget making it all the more impressive.

        Check out the photo progress as well as the video below. Much respect from BimmerBoost to @hackentt on doing something nobody has done up until this point. A very cool way to get turbo power in an older 3-Series.

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      1. BimmerNFS's Avatar
        BimmerNFS -
        I'm almost thinking the interior swap is more impressive than the engine swap... this thing will be a beast with a tune, so light!
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by BimmerNFS Click here to enlarge
        I'm almost thinking the interior swap is more impressive than the engine swap... this thing will be a beast with a tune, so light!
        The interior swap is incredible, no doubt. Surprised it all seems to fit.
      1. mjmarovi's Avatar
        mjmarovi -
        Yeah, I can't get over how it all fits. Interested to see what you do with the door panels.

        This is really a cool project, and I just can't believe it actually works, and how fast it happened....LOL did you really do this since first post or did this take a year and just posting every once in a while? haha jk, nice work man!
      1. mapleridge's Avatar
        mapleridge -
        This thread is so amazing. I can't believe you did this. Great work.
      1. matt@activeautowerke's Avatar
        matt@activeautowerke -
        this is awesome !!!
      1. boostedmaserati's Avatar
        boostedmaserati -
        My god that interior is bad ass. As an E36 fanatic I love this beyond belief
      1. In33anity's Avatar
        In33anity -
        Totally awesome! Great Work!
      1. Flinchy's Avatar
        Flinchy -
        that's just spectacular! amazing job!

        what's even more impressive.. the dash.. did it fit straight in with little or no modding? and the seats too

        just, wow!

        ED: and the whole centre console?!?! how! :O
      1. Group.america's Avatar
        Group.america -
        OP if you had a Fageena, you'd be my perfect woman
      1. scflaw's Avatar
        scflaw -
        amazing work.
      1. hakentt's Avatar
        hakentt -
        Currently I am removing parts that are not required to run the engine properly. Sold the I drive already. Will gut the interior and use it strictly for drag racing
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        So you want to just make it a dedicated drag car?