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Old 09-19-2018, 12:04 AM
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Seeking E70 X5 RWD and manual conversion info

On the facelift E53 X5s, it was possible to do a simple fuse/relay removal to convert it to rwd/2wd drive. Has anyone tried this on an E70 or know if a similar process is possible?

Additionally, does anyone know if a manual trans from a similar engine on any of the other xDrive BMWs out there would be a bolt on fit to the engine/xdrive system on an E70 X5?

Not making this thread to have people ask why someone would even think/consider these things. Just simply looking for info/knowledge of those who may have looked into these details in the past or have experience with it themselves.


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Old 09-19-2018, 03:21 PM
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I believe youíre in uncharted territory here. I would assume transmission from a manual E60 5 series should bolt up, but I donít know for sure. You will need to fab mounts, linkage, driveshaft, among other things.

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Old 09-19-2018, 03:24 PM
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As usual, after posting/making threads, I usually find most of my info/answers immediately right after.

The 2wd/rwd thing is definitely a possibility, as it's a pretty common thing other newer xdrive car owners have done on other forums.

There are a few options with the transmission too it seems like, but the AWD system may seem like it could be a weak point once more power gets pushed through it. So I am debating if it is even worthwhile trying to retain the AWD system with a BMW xdrive trans at all.
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Old 09-19-2018, 10:02 PM
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How does removing a fuse also remove a differential and an axle?!?

"is it possible?"... what that old punchline? "Madam we've already established that, we're just arguing about the price"
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Old 09-19-2018, 10:39 PM
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Similar to this with the added complexity of manual trans. Hard parts are not the hard part.
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