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Sadly going the Lexus V8 conversion route
14-07-2019, 07:15 PM
Post: #1
Sadly going the Lexus V8 conversion route
I can safely say that finding a mechanic for my e46 330d individual has been stressful. I dont have a lot of knowledge regards v8 but I feel like having a running engine would be a good start.

I would of course have it done by professionals in terms of fitting. I know Beemer enthusiasts dont like it. But yet again the car is idle now and replacing with a beemer engine might cost more. But you guys know much better than me
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14-07-2019, 07:41 PM
Post: #2
RE: Sadly going the Lexus V8 conversion route
What's wrong with the motor?

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Yesterday, 06:41 AM
Post: #3
RE: Sadly going the Lexus V8 conversion route
Did you get the car to old Dutch racing to have it checked out? What did they say? Did you drain the tank? What was in it?

A Lexus conversion may be "cheaper" if your motor and box has grenaded and you've got a bunch of missing parts and sensors but I dont think it will be in your case to be honest... I would also go 2JZ instead of 1UZ if you're going to spend all that money anyway.

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Yesterday, 08:44 AM (This post was last modified: Yesterday 08:52 AM by Mabo.)
Post: #4
RE: Sadly going the Lexus V8 conversion route
Re the motor I asked numerous guys to check they do not tell me whats wrong.

We stripped the car off, tank is fine and all but I have not pulled it to ODR. I did call them and they said I must bring it. But I guess I have just grown frustrated with the idea of fixing it. Its got 285 000 kms so Im told it might have run its cause. Mind you it was already running on a Unichip Q4

It is my first diesel car and everyone close to me has been moaning how hard Im gonna have. Hence now Im starting to moan and loose my way. I imagine the fun Id have with original engine and gearbox but people have made me loose hope. I am trying to call east coast engines to check their 2jz stock now just to have an idea
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Yesterday, 09:45 AM
Post: #5
RE: Sadly going the Lexus V8 conversion route
Hi Buddy,

I am all for the Lexus V8 route, I have it and do not regret it 1 bit even that I bought a lemon car.

The Lexus V8 Motors have a huge cult following for a reason.

Doing a conversion is never gonna be cheap, so make sure you get the right person, just look at my build thread what happens if you take it to the wrong ppl.

I recently met this guy that does conversions and he is excellent, so if you want his number let me know.

You probably looking at 60-65k for the conversion (including the motor and I would upgrade the ecu to a spittronics systems too.

In my opinion it might be cheaper trying to fix your motor but sometimes a sick bmw motor can send you into a mental hospital or break the bank

Best of luck with your decision

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Yesterday, 10:14 AM
Post: #6
RE: Sadly going the Lexus V8 conversion route
Thanks Cap, I have read your thread couple of times. Informative. Old Dutch Racing is a walking distance fromnny new office so I gonna go have a chat with them and see whats better. After Ive come from them I will let you guys know what they say.
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Yesterday, 10:39 AM
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Sadly going the Lexus V8 conversion route
lol previous owner of my civic had the car tuned there.

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Took it to KAR and gained 7wkw once Shane did a Dyno tune


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Yesterday, 11:33 AM
Post: #8
RE: Sadly going the Lexus V8 conversion route
Just came from ODR, sad to say they said they cannot take on the work. So thats the end of that. Its frustrating the hell out of me
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Yesterday, 01:28 PM (This post was last modified: Yesterday 01:32 PM by Captain_Stealth.)
Post: #9
Sadly going the Lexus V8 conversion route
If you serious about going Lexus V8. Let me know and I can ask on the fb page for you anyone to recommend in KZN

Basically let me know the following

4.0l or 4.3l
Vvti or non vvti
Auto or manual
What part of kzn you in

Somethings to take note of
*The non vvti came in a 4l 4 speed auto only
*There was no 4.3 non vvti
*The 4l vvti came with a 5 speed auto
*The 4.3 came with a 5 and a 6 speed auto
*You will need a midsump or rearsump
*If you want a manual gearbox setup. You will need an adapter plate or your bmw gearbox cut and welded or run another type of gearbox
*Since your car is a diesel I would suggest swapping the diff from a petrol car or your acceleration is gonna be kak
*It is possible to get 8l per 100km with the vvti motors from what I have heard
*The non vvti is simple and less troublesome but it’s fuel consumption and power isn’t as great as the vvti motors

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Another option is to buy a 2jz or 1uz e46 and build the best one out of both cars and sell the other car


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Yesterday, 04:04 PM
Post: #10
RE: Sadly going the Lexus V8 conversion route
Been thinking 4.3l vvti with autobox. The guys that I had lined up said they can only work with the dictator 36-1 and management system for the box. Guys in ZN do not seem to know or like spittronics.
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Yesterday, 04:23 PM
Post: #11
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(Yesterday 04:04 PM)Mabo Wrote:  Been thinking 4.3l vvti with autobox. The guys that I had lined up said they can only work with the dictator 36-1 and management system for the box. Guys in ZN do not seem to know or like spittronics.

Oh no please do not do that. Rather stick to the original management then. Spittronics has invested a lot of time and money with the systems for the 1uz and it’s the best one to go for. You would be looking at the Orion ecu.


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Yesterday, 05:24 PM
Post: #12
RE: Sadly going the Lexus V8 conversion route
Definitely do not go with dicktaster...

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Yesterday, 05:30 PM
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Sadly going the Lexus V8 conversion route
(Yesterday 05:24 PM)TurboLlew Wrote:  Definitely do not go with dicktaster...





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Yesterday, 05:59 PM
Post: #14
RE: Sadly going the Lexus V8 conversion route
Thank you guys. I knew something was fishy when evryone pushed me towards dictator whilst guys here all seem to recccomend spittronics. Thanks guys I really appreciate this
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Yesterday, 06:41 PM
Post: #15
RE: Sadly going the Lexus V8 conversion route
The money you will spend on the 320i including fixing it to original form might be worth more than what the actual car is worth, thus no worth it in my view. 320i's of that year sell for around R70k-R85k when in good nick.

so like the other gents say, do the conversion and enjoy your ride.

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2014 320i F30 - M-Sport (Mrs)
2012 3.0d F25 - M-Sport (Family Wagon)
2005 325ci E46 - M-Sport (Mr)
2003 330ci E46 - Weekend (Mr)

Previous BMWs:
2012 328i F30 - Powerful racy motor
2012 320i E90 - Solid built, disappointing performance
2010 3.0d E70 - Versatile car, strong diesel motor
2004 320i E46 - Built like a tank, superb motor
2003 320i E46 - Money pit, lemon of note
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Today, 03:00 AM
Post: #16
RE: Sadly going the Lexus V8 conversion route
Why not just replace the engine with an import or second hand BMW engine? Less work to fit it, less trouble with parts, less confusion , Less odd problems here and there and the car stays somewhat original. Are e46 330d engines difficult to find? Also you wont need to buy everything , you could swap over the good bits from your engine to the new one , or sell off the old parts and recoup money after the car is running.

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16 BMW F30 320i B48 LCI Automatic
02 BMW E46 318i N42 LCI Automatic
93 Mercedes Benz W124 E320 4 Door LCI Automatic
88 BMW E30 320I M20 LCI Automatic

Old cars
Hmm
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Today, 06:41 AM
Post: #17
RE: Sadly going the Lexus V8 conversion route
if you want it, Put the V8 and Enjoy your car... but get it done neatly and properly...
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Today, 08:12 AM
Post: #18
RE: Sadly going the Lexus V8 conversion route
cost comes up in your original post....with that being said...i would say dont do the conversion...post a pic of this individual please.

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Today, 08:53 AM (This post was last modified: Today 09:36 AM by Captain_Stealth.)
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RE: Sadly going the Lexus V8 conversion route
bmw purists worst nightmare Biglol

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Unfortunately the BMW Motors don’t have the same review lol


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