1997 BMW 528i “LS” Swap From Troxell Automotive


Editor’s note: In Dillon Troxell‘s garage, there are projects including 1988 Ford Mustang LX, 1996 Ford Mustang GT, 2004 F350 King Ranch 6.0, 1992 Nissan 240sx-Stock. And today he shared his 1997 BMW 528i LS Turbo for MaXpeedingRods.

Building up my 1997 BMW 528i to join in my collection of drift mustang’s.

I picked up this 100k mile creampuff 528 as a daily. It was “over heating” per the P.O.

I got it for $750. Brought it home, properly got the air out of the stock cooling system. Found out the cap was bad, replaced it, then realized the water pump was bad. Replaced that, then realized the head gasket was blown.

After not being able to source a cheap M52, and not wanting to deal with doing the head gasket, I decided to swap it.

The end, got my 5.3 swap started on the engine stand ready to get swapped into my e39 bmw with a MaXpeedingRods GT45 Turbocharger.

Ride and handling were taken care of by MaXpeedingRods coilovers.

The old VS The MaXpeedingRods new

Check out www.troxellautomotive.com for more picture of this project.


  1. Comments: The pics posted in figure 5 and figure 6 are of two different batteries. My battery looks like fig 5 and i cant figure out how to loosen the cables. Can you please address this?


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