Swapping over the old engine harness to the new engine. The new M62B44 originally came from a car with an auto transmission, and therefore some of the plugs and connectors differed from the ones in my manual 535i.
Replacing the steering box with the new one out of an M5 E39. The steering ratio is quicker(3 vs 3.8 turns), and it also has servotronic which can be plugged in – more on that in another post.
The subframe can also be used as a chair.
The M62B44 going in. We decided to leave the headers out, due to the trouble of taking the engine out with them still attached. In hindsight we probably should have removed the entire front and left the headers on for the drop in, because tightening the header nuts with the engine in the car is a true PITA. Be warned – this task takes several hours, and your hands will become bruised and cramp up.
Trying out the clutch centering tool on the brand new 535i flywheel. The tool consists of an input shaft from a Volvo transmission(probably from a B20). Since the old ZF 5-speed transmission, clutch disc and pressure plate was re-used, a 535i flywheel had to be fitted. Not sure about the difference between the flywheels – but they have different part numbers, better safe than sorry!
Centering tool in action.
Oil pan off for inspection and replacement of the gasket.
Some elbow grease applied to the oil pan.
The finished product. We had a no spark no fuel issue to begin with, turned out that I had mixed up the connectors for the reverse light and crankshaft sensor on the transmission. They are pretty much identical. Also had to replace the coils with the old ones, the new ones caused misfires. She now works flawlessly; no problems with the clutch slipping despite having an extra 100 nm of torque, and the engine management accepted the bigger engine without any issues. The fuel trims seem to have adapted to the bigger displacement, but a flash to the appropiate software will be done later on to squeeze out the last percent(s) of performance.
Providing a list of parts that were replaced:
M62B44 out of a 540iA 06/97 (same month/year as the car, both uses Motronic 5.2)
Rear main seal
Valve cover gaskets + all of the rubber grommets
Oil pan gasket
8x NGK BKR6EQUP
535i LUK dual mass flywheel
Transmission output, input and shifter arm seal
Shift rod joint
M5 steering box
Mobil 1 Dexron 3 ATF in the transmission and power steering, 1.3 L in the transmission, 1.9 L in the power steering
Aral Supertronic 0w40 in the engine