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1983 BMW E21 S52

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This was one of the last swaps we started in my home garage later to be finished in our larger shop.

The S52 came out of the E36 M3 that got the LS3/TR6060 swap in a previous build.

The goal for this car was to make an E21 M car which never happened.

We did just about everything other than paint on this car...engine swap, full suspension, brake upgrade, sport seats from a VW, wheels, and bumper tuck.

Follow the build below or just dig into the gallery above to see 300+ pictures. Thanks for reading!

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DONE

I wish we had taken more pictures during the final stages but sometimes you get into it and forget to

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Seats and bumpers

Something a bit different with this build… We installed VW sport seats in this car which JUST about matched the

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Exhaust

As shown in previous posts this car initially had aftermarket headers. We built a complete exhaust for them and actually

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Hooking it all up!

In this post you will find a little bit of this and a little bit of that. We used an

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Engine in for good!

This has become a VERY popular swap as of recently (we sell mounts for this if you didn’t know) so

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Fitting the engine

As you go through this build you will notice some pictures with aftermarket headers and others with standard S52 manifolds.

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Fresh Suspension

If you have a big engine you also want suspension and brakes to match. Nothing worse than feeling out of

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Stock Form

Not a lot to say here… these are the photos the owner sent us before it made it’s journey to

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