Yoshi and viet's Auto to Manual Swap Guide

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Re: Yoshi and viet's Auto to Manual Swap Guide

Postby M20_fever » Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:24 pm

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Re: Yoshi and viet's Auto to Manual Swap Guide

Postby madbehaviour » Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:34 am

Yoshi's instructions are more detailed than anything on the German web.
Thank you for that, Sir! Very helpful!

The one mass flywheel (320i, 323i, 325i) is 30% lighter than the two mass flywheel in 325e cars. 320i flywheels until 1984 are even lighter.
The two mass flywheel (325e) uses a different clutch.

I have ordered the wrong clutch first b/c i did not know that.
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Re: Yoshi and viet's Auto to Manual Swap Guide

Postby Yoshi » Tue Apr 05, 2011 2:22 pm

Too bad we don't get the 320i flywheels here. The eta dual mass I believe requires some different parts too. Longer flywheel bolts and stuff like that. It is VERY thick and heavy.
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Re: Yoshi and viet's Auto to Manual Swap Guide

Postby madbehaviour » Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:45 pm

Well Mr. Yoshi. I can ship all parts anywhere. the whole ZF 5sp/ (approx 25kg) ships for 82€ to North America...

Send me a message to madbehaviour@yahoo.de if anybody wants to trade German or US spec parts for E30 !!
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Postby Yoshi » Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:16 pm

Great deal. I'll let you know if I ever need any euro parts.
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Re: Yoshi and viet's Auto to Manual Swap Guide

Postby M20_fever » Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:38 pm

How much would a euro s50 6 speed cost shipped to the US??
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Postby madbehaviour » Wed Apr 06, 2011 4:52 pm

will be a lot more. 30kg is the limit for normal post packages here... shipping alone will be a few hundred €. the trans is pretty rare as you might guess...

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Re: Yoshi and viet's Auto to Manual Swap Guide

Postby madbehaviour » Thu May 05, 2011 11:42 am

i am done w/ the conversion and have driven the car. the best thing about it is that the actual setup provides fuel savings up to 25%. :lol:

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Re: Yoshi and viet's Auto to Manual Swap Guide

Postby M20_fever » Thu May 05, 2011 12:26 pm

You got 25% fuel savings with a manual swap??

Car looks good, what wheels are those?
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Re: Yoshi and viet's Auto to Manual Swap Guide

Postby Yoshi » Thu May 05, 2011 12:28 pm

Fatherland style E30s always look so nice.
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Re: Yoshi and viet's Auto to Manual Swap Guide

Postby madbehaviour » Fri May 06, 2011 6:09 pm

thank you guys!
i know that the interior was never available in the states. the interior color is Piniengrün (LOL! is it green in any way?)
honestly this is one of the best 325e here in germany that gets used as a daily driver... it has no rust and no accidents plus the rare 129hp engine.

yes. here in the city traffic the car now saves 20 to 30% fuel. on the autobahn it is equal. ok. i have a light flywheel and real good Mobil1 oil.
the 2.93 diff stayed the same. i have installed it years ago to gain highway milage. the car came w/ a 3.46.

the rims are original BMW E46 parts. forged. Euro models up to 320d got them as an option. They are very, very lightweight in compare to the rest of BMW's alloy rims. See realOEM.com and search for 'ellipsoid styling 46' rims 6.5x15 inch. then you get the exact data.
the tires are 205/50/15.
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Re: Yoshi and viet's Auto to Manual Swap Guide

Postby M20_fever » Fri May 06, 2011 6:31 pm

129hp m20? Its not a regular 2.7L with a 5k redline?
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Re: Yoshi and viet's Auto to Manual Swap Guide

Postby madbehaviour » Fri May 06, 2011 9:46 pm

it is a super eta. it had no goodies or options on board except the manual sunroof when i purchased it. i have installed obc, cruise, wheel, original BMW brown tinted glass, stereo and so on. unfortunately i can't find good sports seats in my color Piniengrün houndstooth.

if anybody has a parts car - i can use some E30 cruise control setups here...
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Re: Yoshi and viet's Auto to Manual Swap Guide

Postby insilico » Fri Jun 28, 2013 7:08 pm

Hey Yoshi...

Thanks for this awesome write up. Planning on following this to the letter. I've been stalking this forum for a while (too damn many e30 forums, finally signed up) I'm about to do the same with my two ix e30's. Can anyone chime in if there's anything they learned from doing it? Any stuff that wasn't quite covered or that they learned from?

I'm about to swap a manual from a 90ix to a 91ix and the auto from the 91ix to the 90ix. It'll be a good "so this is what my car does from point A to point B" so I'm pretty excited yet anxious at the same time.

Any insight on any of this would be greatly appreciated. If not, I'll try to remember to take enough photos for people who may come along later to get some help. I also bought all new bushings, z3 1.9 shifter, new guibo (just in case), fluids, stage 3 clutch (going FI soon), and am going to resurface/lighten the flywheel for the 91ix. The only thing I didn't get new was a new center shaft support because it wasn't moving around when I got under and was yanking on it.

Thanks for all the help, everyone. Especially you, Yoshi!
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Re: Yoshi and viet's Auto to Manual Swap Guide

Postby Yoshi » Fri Jun 28, 2013 10:38 pm

:) Glad to see people still using this.

I actually don't know what else needs to be done for an IX. Maybe you can help do a write up specifically for the IX model? I figure the wiring is the same but I'm not 100%. Otherwise, the main difference should just be the trans/drive shaft. I do believe you need another oil pan or something? I recall SOMETHING in the front having to be swapped over...
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