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Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) Today, 07:02 PM
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I like white for the reason you mentioned -- it's...

I like white for the reason you mentioned -- it's a lot easier paint to use. If you're going to DiY, it's white or black.

I also think the E34 has a classic look in white.

Alpnweiss came in...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) Today, 03:45 PM
Replies: 32
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Posted By Mr._Graybeard
Ah. interesting. my 6'er is an '83, so it would...

Ah. interesting. my 6'er is an '83, so it would qualify as "earlier."
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) Today, 02:58 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 672
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
I checked the M30 in my 633 and it doesn't appear...

I checked the M30 in my 633 and it doesn't appear to have the pulse generator wire that the M20 set has.
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) Yesterday, 08:05 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 672
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
Dan, if I were you I'd try to get as many parts...

Dan, if I were you I'd try to get as many parts from Andy (south26) as you can, starting with those rear brakes. Going with good used parts could save you a lot of money.

You will want to replace...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) Yesterday, 04:04 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 672
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
Your car doesn't have rack-and pinion steering --...

Your car doesn't have rack-and pinion steering -- I'm not sure what made your mechanic think it does. The steering box sits right out there in the open, it's hard to miss. You likely need a belt. AS...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 12-03-2016, 10:21 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 164
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
You probably have a slipping serpentine belt,...

You probably have a slipping serpentine belt, known familiarly as the fan belt.
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 12-02-2016, 08:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 389
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
I like Continentals and their budget brand,...

I like Continentals and their budget brand, General. Tire Rack has General RT43 tires in 225/60-15 for $83, road hazard protection included. Good tires. See how they stack up against BFG Advantage...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 11-30-2016, 10:09 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 816
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
The 6-speed Getrag 420G is the manual...

The 6-speed Getrag 420G is the manual transmission BMW paired with the M60B40.
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 11-29-2016, 09:58 AM
Replies: 24
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Posted By Mr._Graybeard
Hope you got a BMW plate and not an aftermarket...

Hope you got a BMW plate and not an aftermarket one.

SOP on that oil separator tube is to fit it on the plate fitting and then tap it into place from the front of the engine using a long drift and...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 11-25-2016, 07:51 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 816
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
The immortal words of Timex spokesman John...

The immortal words of Timex spokesman John Cameron Swayze.
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 11-25-2016, 06:55 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 816
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
FWIW, that 5-speed transmission is a little light...

FWIW, that 5-speed transmission is a little light for the M60B40 motor, which generates 400 nm of torque. As 507 noted, the trans is rated for only 310 nm. You might want to keep that in mind as you...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 11-24-2016, 11:30 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 672
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
One other thing that might smooth out your idle a...

One other thing that might smooth out your idle a bit: adjust your valves. These engines have solid lifters, so a valve adjustment is necessary every 15K miles.

You can google the...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 11-24-2016, 11:10 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 672
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
Sedans don't have auto-leveling. Unless you have...

Sedans don't have auto-leveling. Unless you have a wagon, you have a conventional shock absorber suspension.

It seems to me like you may have *significant issues with your ignition. Power loss and...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 11-23-2016, 08:15 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 672
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
Yeah, get some new spark plug wires first and see...

Yeah, get some new spark plug wires first and see if that helps the drivability problems. Also, IIRC, your engine runs better on copper plugs than with platinums.
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 11-23-2016, 01:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 349
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
The electrical troubleshooting manual would help...

The electrical troubleshooting manual would help you. There are links to several in the electrical troubleshooting manual sticky among the top threads of this forum. Unfortunately, it looks like the...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 11-23-2016, 09:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 349
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
Yes and yes. But if I were to guess, I'd expect...

Yes and yes. But if I were to guess, I'd expect part of the harness to be under the console.

If you could find a junkyard with a well-appointed E34 you could locate the harness in the cabin and...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 11-23-2016, 07:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 464
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
I'd check the lead to the crank position sensor...

I'd check the lead to the crank position sensor to make sure it's properly connected.
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 11-23-2016, 07:12 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 525
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
I know you've run smoke tests, but vacuum leaks...

I know you've run smoke tests, but vacuum leaks can be so intermittent. I remember having one in a VW that only opened up when I turned left! It made a busy intersection an adventure.

I'd put a...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 11-23-2016, 06:55 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 525
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
So you come to a full stop, shift into reverse,...

So you come to a full stop, shift into reverse, and it stalls while stopped?
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 11-22-2016, 09:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 349
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
There is a short harness that connects the seat...

There is a short harness that connects the seat wiring to the main harness. For late-model E34s (199 and later) the part number for that harness is 61108366849.

You can see it in this diagram:...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 11-21-2016, 07:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 333
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
A heater valve from BMW is over $400. So I'd say...

A heater valve from BMW is over $400. So I'd say you didn't get ripped off on that if the wrench went to the dealer for the part.

A garage generally goes to local parts jobbers for what they...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 11-19-2016, 08:17 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 233
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
Bought a wagon

The miles are piling up on my 540i, and while it's still running fine, it's not looking that great. I've dearly missed my old Mercedes 300td, so when the chance came to pick up a pretty well-sorted...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 11-14-2016, 08:02 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 559
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
Couldn't get a reading ... I assume that means...

Couldn't get a reading ... I assume that means you did not detect a circuit, which you should have. Do you have 12 volts at the jump post? You should.

Next, I'd look for connection X6400 in the...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 11-13-2016, 08:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 559
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
The fuel pump relay should be receiving...

The fuel pump relay should be receiving unswitched (hot at all times) power to terminal 30. I would use an ohmmeter to check continuity between the connector for terminal 30 of the relay and the...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 11-12-2016, 07:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 311
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