: ESS S/C Install Running Into Issues

03-10-2003, 04:58 PM
Hey Guys,

I am installing an ESS S/C for a buddy of mine (KK on RF) on his 2001 530iA. Sorry for the large pics but they provide great detail.

For 6k, this is an impressive kit but I have to tell you that these Norwegians need major help with their manuals. RTFM does not apply with ESS! :p
You can see from the above that I am off by 1 rib on the S/C pulley.
You can see from the above two white circles points where I am attempting to shim the S/C bracket. Two washers each, so far, no dice...the drive belt still insists on skipping a rib. Bascially, the S/C bolts to the S/C bracket with 5 bolts. The bracket itself bolts to the alternator housing using looonnger-supplied bolts and then two steel braces: one connects way back to where the oil dipstick tube bolts to the engine block and the other one is much shorter and bolts near to where the power-steering fluid reservoir bracket bolts.
Here are a few more pics to give you a rough idea of what I am getting at.



03-10-2003, 05:19 PM

I'd love to know how it works out.

But, honestly, you'll probably get better/more timely answers from the Forced Induction forum on bimmerforums.com.

Good luck, and let us know how it works out!

03-10-2003, 07:09 PM
Keep us posted, Chris!

Good to see you at the fest!

03-11-2003, 11:51 AM
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The two white circles are where the alternator bolts into the engine and the two green circles are where the two supplied brackets bolt in.

See the URL below to follow our issues with the alignment of the S/C pulley (which protrudes through the circular hole in the large shiny bracket).

On the other side of the lower white circle, we have a 24.15 mm spacer and under the upper white cirlce, we <i><b>are supposed to</i></b> have a 6.1 mm spacer! :banghead: We are missing this spacer as far as we can tell (will check at home this evening) and will probably just have a machine shop whip one up for us. :mad:

This will most likely solve our problem...what a pain! :tsk:


03-12-2003, 08:11 AM
It is FIXED!!! :D :D :D :D :D :D


Now we just need to tuck "junior" back into his underwear and we are all set! :)


03-12-2003, 08:21 AM
congrats, now all you have to do is rewrite the manual, and have ESS pay you for your time. It amazes me with so many kits sold that they would still be leaving out parts and haven't revised the manual.:D

03-12-2003, 08:41 AM
Weeeelllllll I have to tell you a little secret.

Somehow, this spacer fell off the bolt when the bracket was installed initially and wedged itself between the bracket and the alternator.

In the process of loosening all the bolts holding the bracket, I happen to spot it! :tsk:

We installed it and now everything's good to go...no more slipping belt.

Still, the manual leaves one :mad: and :bawling: at times and needs drastic improvement but with average to above average mechanical skills, this one can be pulled off. I think Viet and I will contribute to a new, more extensive manual for ESS. Perhaps Viet and I can become the ESS BA S/C installers and make a little weekend cash on the side? :D :p