BMW M50-M52 Intake Modification

With this modification, your M52B25 or M52B28 engine will make more power.

The M52B25 and M52B28 engine can be found in the E36, E39, E38, and in some early BMW E46 models.  It is not the easiest modification, but if you are at least a little handy, it is not difficult.  Some people say that this will gain an additional 20HP, while some say it won’t give you any.  I believe that there are power benefits.

In the picture below, you see on the left an M52 intake, and on the right, an M50 intake.

What do you need for this mod:
– M50 intake from a 325i/525i M50B25. The M50B20 intake is different and will not give you extra power. You will know if you have a M50B25 intake if there is 2.5 written on it. (see picture below)

M50 intake

– Basic tools like torx bits, wrenches etc.
– 4 times new M6 bolds, rings and nuts.
– A old M52 intake to take some parts of (or your original M52 intake, but I prefer to have one working on the shelf)- Liquid gasket. I used the one in the picture below.


– A dremel tool.
– New gaskets for the intake-    (2x part number: 11611717259)
– Some malleable metal to fill in holes

Optional if you’d like to renew all the gaskets:
– Gasket throttle housing (2x part number: 11611716174)
– Injector rings 6 times part number: 13641730767– Gasket for the cover (M52 engine part) (1x part number: 11611703779)

First of all the main difference between the M50 intake and the M52 intake is that the M50 intake holes are each 10mm bigger than the M52 intake holes. In inches, that is about 0.39 inches for each hole. Because of the 10mm difference the air flow from the air filter to the cylinders will be better, which results in more power. My personal experience with the intake is that it will give you more power at higher RPM (from about 3500-4000 RPM).
Also most people who have done this mod say that you need a M50 throttle housing to fit the M50 intake, on mine the M50 intake I had just fit the M52 throttle housing and it works perfectly.
Also notice that it is very important if you want to do this job you work carefully, otherwise you may create vacuum leaks which will result in a rough running engine.

The first thing you do is take your M52 intake apart. You will need the cover which is on the downside of the M52 intake. In the picture below you see the M52 intake without the cover and the M50 intake on the right side.
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In the picture above you see the cover that you need from your M52 intake. You need this cover for your PVC breathing system.
If you have taken the cover off of the M52 intake, you put it on the M50 intake at the same place as where it is mounted on the M52 intake, and mark the length and width of the cover on the M50 intake.
After you have marked the measurements, you cut of the pieces of plastic that are in the way of the M50 intake. See the pictures below.

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After cutting away the pieces of plastic you can drill the big hole for the M52 cover.
Make sure that you do not drill the hole too big, as you will not be able to drill the holes in the intake for mounting the cover. I have made this mistake by so I was not able to mount all the bolts properly. In the picture below you can see the big hole for the cover. I also have put some liquid gasket next tot the original gap for the PVC breathing system.


You have to close the original gap for the PVC system on the M50 intake beacause you will use the PVC breathing mounting points from the M52 intake. To close the gap you can machine a metal part for it, or you if you do not have a cutting machine you can use malleable metal; I have done that. But it is not the nicest way to do it…

Unfortunately I do not have any pics from mounting the cover on the intake.
If you are mounting the cover on the intake after you have drilled the holes in the intake for the nuts and bolts, make sure you put enough liquid gasket between the intake and the cap. If you don’t there is a chance you create a vacuum leak.
Also make sure that the original gap for the PVC breathing system is properly closed with malleable metal or a machined piece of metal with liquid gasket covering it.
At last the mounting points of the injector rail is diffrent. I will make some technical drwaings from an adapter plate in the future and post it in this message.
After mounting everything together, let it dry for a day and mount it on your engine!
And be sure all the vacuum hoses and connectors are connected.
The center engine coverplate will not fit properly, you can change it to a cover plate of a M50 engine so it will fit good again.



If you got any questions or suggestions please ask!

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