LS Swap AWD

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Has anyone seen an LS swap into an AWD BMW ... E series (can be E90, E70, etc)? I'm not talking about a 2wd conversion, but a setup that retains AWD.
 

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No. But I've been having this hair-brained conversation with the son that is LS swapping the E92 M3 and telling him that a perfect swap would be an X6 M with a blown motor, ala CoPart. It's basically an E series swap, everything is out there for it. I'm wondering if it can be 8HP swapped with AWD.
 
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No. But I've been having this hair-brained conversation with the son that is LS swapping the E92 M3 and telling him that a perfect swap would be an X6 M with a blown motor, ala CoPart. It's basically an E series swap, everything is out there for it. I'm wondering if it can be 8HP swapped with AWD.
Can you be my dad?
 
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I have a 2010 X1 I picked up cheap. It’s in great shape but needs a timing chain(n47, and possible valve damage).
I’m thinking about LS swapping and retaining the AWD. It’s a HP6 Auto, and I read they are fairly stout. I see adapters for LS to HP8, but not specifically LS to HP6. They eould be the same adapter wouldn’t they?
I also see several options to integrate control of the auto.
I haven’t studied the oil pan/front diff yet though, as I understand there may be complications.
Regardless of whether it’s practical/reasonable/economical or not…..has it been done???

Anyone???
Bueller??
 

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If I was doing it with an auto I'd want an HP8. I've seen adapters for cars to go from HP6 to HP8 so I sincerely doubt it's the same adapter.

Not economical at all so better to do it all right.

Other thought is I would also personally want the LS3 aluminum block for weight savings.
 

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I have a 2010 X1 I picked up cheap. It’s in great shape but needs a timing chain(n47, and possible valve damage).
I’m thinking about LS swapping and retaining the AWD. It’s a HP6 Auto, and I read they are fairly stout. I see adapters for LS to HP8, but not specifically LS to HP6. They eould be the same adapter wouldn’t they?
I also see several options to integrate control of the auto.
I haven’t studied the oil pan/front diff yet though, as I understand there may be complications.
Regardless of whether it’s practical/reasonable/economical or not…..has it been done???

Anyone???
Bueller??
Nice ride, fellow e84 owner here👍 Swap an n55 in, e84's came with optional n55 and 6hp 2013-2015 model years in U.S. The money you save on custom parts for an LS swap you can put into engine mods😀😀😀

But then you couldn't say you have an LS powered X1...
 

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If I was doing it with an auto I'd want an HP8. I've seen adapters for cars to go from HP6 to HP8 so I sincerely doubt it's the same adapter.

Not economical at all so better to do it all right.

Other thought is I would also personally want the LS3 aluminum block for weight savings.
True

Firstly, I had a very thorough study of the oil pan/front diff arrangement today.
What a dogs breakfast🤪🤪
I can weld a dick on a snowman, but not really sure I want to tackle that abortion.

Then yes, I am looking into plan B, an LS adapted to HP8 and conversion to RWD - for simplicity sake.

However, there is potential for plan C.
Tgere’s a 2000 X5 nearby. Also cheap as chips and runs - although poorly they say.
It may be a 4.4 V8.
It alsy MAY be 4wd.
I’ll have a look at the driveline snd see if any lightbulbs come on upsatairs.

After looking at that pan/diff, I’m pretty distrought sbout rven doing a cam chain in the old n47🤣🤪
 
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Firstly, I had a very thorough study of the oil pan/front diff arrangement today.
What a dogs breakfast🤪🤪
I can weld a dick on a snowman, but not really sure I want to tackle that abortion.

Then yes, I am looking into plan B, an LS adapted to HP8 and conversion to RWD - for simplicity sake.

However, there is potential for plan C.
Tgere’s a 2000 X5 nearby. Also cheap as chips and runs - although poorly they say.
It may be a 4.4 V8.
It alsy MAY be 4wd.
I’ll have a look at the driveline snd see if any lightbulbs come on upsatairs.

After looking at that pan/diff, I’m pretty distrought sbout rven doing a cam chain in the old n47🤣🤪

Can you find a M57 X5? Now that would be something for your X1!