The S54, M54, and M52 have all been done to death in the E46 chassis. A guy going by the name ApolloTheGod on the forums decided that since his E92 race car was totaled to take out the motor and put it in an E46 chassis. The goal being a 3100 pound car with somewhere around ~550 wheel horsepower and a 6-speed manual. Certainly respectable power especially when paired to a 3100 pound curb weight should he reach that weight goal (doubtful).
The idea in theory is great, fun, and different but ideas on paper and actually completing them in reality are two different things. BimmerBoost would love to see this come to fruition but will ApolloTheGod actually make this happen or is this all just a pipe dream? Would an S54 make more sense? We will have to wait and see but BimmerBoost wishes him luck on what would be a great swap to see completed for the E46. He just has a long way to go.
I need to tilt the dash down just a tad bit, but tight fitment just as in the E90
Snug as a bug here. You can see the outline of the E46 previous center console so it isnt that far up. With carpet in the car these center console snugs right in place
I didnt get a good view of how far out the E46 dash came out but I know the door panels have an indent for the dash, this may fit with E46 door panels.
Enough room for having stock A piller covers in as well if you wanted a full interior with the dash
I tried to take this pic head on. As you can see I have some logistics to sort out with the steering column. I think I can move the bracket over a bit and have the column over about an inch and still work with the whole. I will investigate this more later
As you can see the rest of the car is stripped. Engine comes out in about 12 hours time when I wake up
Pulling out the M52
Cleaning the engine bay. Pressurized water and simple green did the trick perfectly. I used an old tooth brush and a nylon brissle brush to clean it all up. I also hit the suspension too on the E92 and the E46
This was a little upsetting. I will let pictures do the talking.
Got both babies next to each other
Here is the beast all ready to go in. Final step is to get my turbos balanced and reassembled then the swap is good to go
Some rear end shots of the rattle can baby. I put my roller wheels on that I picked up for $100
Got the whole work area cleaned up and everything ready for the next phase!