BMW E36 – M50 / S50 / M52 / S52 Connecting Rod Bearing Replacement & Upgrade

My S52 engine has around 130,000 miles on it and I honestly don't know how it's been treated over its life. Has it always received regular oil changes? Has it been abused at high rpm over extended durations? Has it been rev'd to a high rpm before the oil has even had a chance to …

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BMW E36 – Trunk Lightening and Quick Release Spring Latches

The trunk latch on my BMW E36 has been just barely limping along since I purchased the car. The previous owner did a pretty terrible repair job when the sheetmetal around the latch cracked. I've finally decided to do something about this and, while I'm already messing with the trunk, why not take a little …

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BMW E36 – Stewart Warner Water Pump vs OEM Style Welded Steel Impeller

One of the biggest known issues with BMW E36 chassis cars is the fragility of certain critical cooling system components. The main OEM components that have known weaknesses (even in non-racing applications) are the plastic thermostat housing, radiator with plastic end tanks, plastic clutch driven cooling fan and water pump with plastic impeller. Notice a …

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BMW E36 S52 Engine Swap – Parts List and Valvetrain Selection Discussion

I'm a planner. I like to have a full list of what I need to do in order to complete something successfully. It's just the engineer in me. Swapping an S52 engine into my E36, in place of the M50, is fairly straightforward but there are still quite a few parts that are needed to …

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Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion Pictures and Tech Overview – 2019

Yet again I attended the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion in Monterey, California at Laguna Seca Raceway for my birthday present to myself. I truly believe there is no better automotive event in the US for a true "car guy". Where else can you freely walk in the paddock amongst multi-million dollar racecars, from brand new …

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Manzo catback exhaust install and review on my BMW E36

My "to do" list has had a lightweight catback exhaust on it for quite a while now and it's finally time to check it off. After researching many different catback options on performance parts websites, Ebay, and forums, I saw that there was a huge difference in price between the top line and budget level. …

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