Originally Posted by V-tecKILLAH
Thank guys The Motor and Tranny came out today. Had some minor set backs but nothing really too fustrating. I took out the intake manifold to access the fuel lines, it made thing s alot easier. I have work and school this week so I probaly won't get to touch it until Thursday or so. Until then I will more than appreciate any comments or tactics that will will help with the installation.ooohh by the way (just out of curiousity) if I were to convert the 325i to 5 - speed, how is the Clutch pedals installed?I'm not going to do this conversion but With the motor and tranny out I know it would be alot easier?
I did the auto-manual conversion on my 325.
To answer your question, the brake and clutch pedals share the same mounting bracket which is different from the one in the automatic. So your stock pedal assembly will have to come out and the 5sp version (with clutch pedal) will bolt right in.
The complete conversion is not a quick job. Definately start with some sort of kit or donor car. There is much more to the swap than just the tranny, shift linkage and pedal assembly: different driveshaft, different tranny brace, master/slave cylinders, and you'll probably want to swap in a new differential since the 3.91 in the automatic 325 will be a bit extreme for everyday driving. (I left mine in)
Plus, there are plenty of misc. bits like the pilot bearing, the rubber dust cap that surrounds the shifter, and various "one-time-use" nuts & bolts that need accounted for. And lastly, there are few easy procedures to complete that aren't documented anywhere really except on the internet such as modifiying the brake fluid resevoir and rewiring the tail lights.
Took me nearly a week to do the full swap using jackstands, hand tools, and a semi-complete kit. Probably could be done in 4-5days in a proper shop.