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Well, since my 1602 engine is maybe nearing its end, an idea occurred to me, that I swap it with a M42 one. I'm aiming for a sleeper, with mostly stock look, but respectable performance in a daily driven car.

So, the questions I want to ask you are, cosmetically wise, what are the smallest wheels that can be fitted to an upgraded car with upgraded brakes. I suppose that 13" are out of the game. Also, would I need to do some wheel arch stretching in order for the bigger wheels to fit?

Mechanically wise, is it the best way to swap tranny and diff with 138is ones, or there are some better options?

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JakeB is your man! After owning 4 M42 cars, if you leave the motor stock, I don't think you need to go with bigger brakes.

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To answer your brake question, you'll find it depends on what specific wheels you choose.

Remember, the 320i had 13's, and the vented rotors from that car are

as much brake as any 4 cylinder normally aspirated 2002 could need.

13x6 Panasports fit over the 530 calipers on tii struts,

and they also worked over the Volvo calipers on the standard struts.

That much I know for sure, 'cause it's what I've run.

hth

t

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Wow, JakeB's car looks great, that's almost exactly the same look I'm aiming for!

As for the rims, if I ultimately decide to do this project, I'd like the car to be rolling on 13" BBS Mahles which I have already painted. So, since I'd use them, that probably means that I'm limited with brakes of stock dimensions.

And as for the engine, Jake's website says that 91 is a best year to have. Any particular reasons? Is it a USA thing or can it be applied to European cars too? And what about E36 m42 engines?

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Let me know if you have any questions. More than happy to help.

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Let me know if you have any questions. More than happy to help.

Jake is the man to go to with anything related to the M42 swap, he got it down to an art.

BTW the mount kit arrived on Friday Thanks Jake.

Mohamad,

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dude^ your car is going to be nuts... nice to meet you sunday

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A pleasure meeting you too, I sure hope it turns out the way I expect it too, I was just at the body shop picking the paint color. it should be rolling to Castro's this weekend.

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