I'm swapping drivetrains from an '84 533i to an '86 535i and vise versa.
I'm aware of the driveshaft incompatabilities and am swapping those as well (also change rear diffs/ covers for compatability of mounting)
The 84 533 has the old style shifter bracket where as the '86 535i has the "newer" aluminum one. Obvious the bodys also have the mount for their original shiter brackets.
Do I swap body brakets or can I swap rear tranny casing?
Looks like the old style metal braket will bolt right up to the 535i tranny.
But...the newer aluminum bracket will NOT bolt onto the 533 tranny.
Should I get another metal bracket?
I'm also putting the 14.5 lb. flywheel on the 535i motor. with a 3:73 LSD in the 533. The 533 is pristine and will be my driver...the 535 will become a 533 and be for sale.
535i shift linkakage/bracket:
533i shift linkakage/bracket:
Why are the drive shafts different? Looks like the output shaft on the tranny's are a different length?