You Know You Need This X5 LS Turbo Swap Mad Max Machine

  

The X5 is s pretty good car but the driveline doesn’t age so well. Transmissions are good for $100k and the engines have little things like intake manifold gaskets failing on a routine basis. This makes the E53 X5 pretty affordable. Just not reliable. So this owner yanked out the BMW engine and swapped in a Turbo LS setup. He also moved the radiator to the rear seat and installed a fuel cell and a ton of tubing. The full list of mods and parts is pretty extensive for the $12,500 asking price. Here’s the complete run down:

2002 BMW X5 Turbo LS swap

Body has 190,000, Clean Title

It’s currently tuned for 11psi on E85 with 13.5 degrees of timing and 5psi on 91 octane with 20 degrees of timing. Both tunes are very safe as it was meant for dirt and snow runs. The SUV is setup to get the crap beaten out of it and drive it to work the next day. I just got the thing done about a month ago give or take. It took a full year out of my life building it before and after working 40 plus hours a week. I am buying a house in April and really would like to free up some more funds.   
2006 Chevy 4.8L LS Motor (90k)

Sheet metal intake

1600cc injectors

102mm throttle body

3″ Stainless steel intercooler piping

Huge intercooler

Gt45 Turbo

Tial BOV

Tial MV-R wastegate comes with all the springs

Stock Manifolds flipped to all stainless steel exhaust piping

bigger 140 Alternator

new GM 3 bar MAP sensor not installed it currently has a 2 bar sensor in it

  
4L80E trans 

trans cooler with fan (fan currently not installed)

3″drive shaft

street Bandit shifter

Tubular cross member
All new control arms and ball joints

the rear has 2 i have not put in yet, they come with the suv 
Northern Radiator (rear setup) 

 two 3500 Plus CFM fans inside the air plenum

flex-a-lite hurricane fan underneath for stop and go traffic (currently not installed)

Moroso inline cap housing

Stainless steel pressure tank into a standard aluminum overflow tank. 

I do have new couplers to replace some standard radiator hose connections

I have all new T-Bolt clamps for the rear radiator lines
2 Bosch 044 pumps 

2 stainless 100 micron filters

2 6an line to the front 1 6an back to the fuel cell

40 micron filter at regulator

aeromotive A1000 regulator

RCI 16 gallon bladder cell  

 Billet fuel rails up front
AEM wideband

Autometer:

EGT 

Trans temp

Coolant temp

Boost pressure

Fuel level

Fuel pressure

Voltage

Oil pressure
Panasonic TouchBook laptop

EFI LIVE V2 tuning program and software

Sparco R325 steering wheel

NRG quick release 3.0

dual master handbrake

wilwood proportion valve for rear brakes

CB with two rear whips lol

Fully Custom Switch panel with fuses

4 cree inside dome lights

Mild steel roll cage with divider for having the fuel cell inside and in the back.  

 3 fire extinguishers
Front and rear Custom Bumpers with quick release winch mounts 

Custom tube core support

Custom sheet metal 2 pod cree headlights

Duratrac tires with about 500 miles or less on them 

one new full size spare in the back on the rollcage 
Badland 9000lb winch with 9″ cree light bar on the front

wireless remote for the winch
Brand new Battery with 2 year warranty lol 
Ready to daily drive it to work! 

 I am back and forth from the cities so it will either be in Duluth or Shoreview
Needs some paint and little touch ups here and there but she is 99% complete. I drive it to and from work every day.

Here’s the Craig’s list ad. Someone buy this!

Bill Caswell is a self-taught racing driver, mechanic, and fabricator, and rose to internet fame taking a $500 Craigslist BMW to a World Rally Championship event in Mexico in March of 2010. His exploits have featured in places like ESPN Magazine, Grassroots Motorsports, NPR Radio, Wired.com and Jalopnik.com. A lifelong fan of rally and motorsport, Caswell famously believes nothing to be impossible.