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Old 02-13-2020, 10:05 PM
CapeX5 CapeX5 is offline
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I just went through this. It is pretty basic. It is tight, but it can be done with just removing the engine. No need to remove front diff. I would also just unbolt but do not disconnect the lines on the ac compressor. The exhaust just gets unbolted from the headers. I would highly recommend taking LOTS of pictures before removal. Also, are you getting a motor from an E53?? If it is from a sedan, you will have to swap the passenger side head. The exhaust has a different bolt pattern. Don't ask me how I know this....Pretty basic swap, but take your time. Also make sure the dowel locators on the bell housing/and the engine block are in their corresponding holes. You will see what I mean once you remove the old and compare to the new. And use lot's of socket extensions/universals to get the upper bolts on the bell housing.
Dave S.
2002 E39 Touring
2001 E53 4.4
1959 Fiat 600
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