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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) Yesterday, 12:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 186
Posted By djstrachan
Exactly, With a 2 bar system, and lots of...

Exactly,

With a 2 bar system, and lots of plastic parts, the BMW engineers pushed the limits of what the healthy system could handle. Use and age weaken the plastic and wear parts( water pump)...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-27-2014, 06:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 262
Posted By djstrachan
Did you have the wheels road-force balanced Maybe...

Did you have the wheels road-force balanced Maybe a bent rim or tire coming apart.

Are you running hub centric wheels? I chased a problem for over a year and it turned out to be wheels that...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-26-2014, 06:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 291
Posted By djstrachan
If you feel like a trip to Canada, there's a...

If you feel like a trip to Canada, there's a black M3 coupe, 6 spd manual for sale in Kelowna BC. Just a little north of you :D 100k miles.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-16-2014, 01:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 372
Posted By djstrachan
Me thinks you may be kidding :dunno: As...

Me thinks you may be kidding :dunno:

As creative as that all sounds, I'm glad I went for the GAS kit:D
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-16-2014, 12:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 372
Posted By djstrachan
I too ordered the new O-ring. The hardest part...

I too ordered the new O-ring. The hardest part of the re-build was removing the molded ring on the OE unit. Still, that took maybe 15 minutes with a small screw driver to remove.

The...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-16-2014, 10:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 372
Posted By djstrachan
UPDATE ordered the GAS repair kit. ...

UPDATE

ordered the GAS repair kit.

Quality of parts and instructions are absolutely first rate.

Pulling DISA was simple and the unit was in good shape except for some play in the flapper...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-10-2014, 12:14 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,024
Posted By djstrachan
The "rubber thing" is your engine mount. You...

The "rubber thing" is your engine mount. You should be able to access the nut regardless. You will have to use an open-end wrench to take that nut off.

You only mention removing the plastic...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-07-2014, 02:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 230
Posted By djstrachan
The oil "range' is between to two gaps on the...

The oil "range' is between to two gaps on the bottom of the stick. Best to have the oil up to the top gap which is full.

My sensor is sensitive, if I fall slightly below that gap, my yellow oil...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-04-2014, 07:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 372
Posted By djstrachan
Thanks for all the replies. While going...

Thanks for all the replies.

While going with a new DISA and having the GAS internals installed would be ideal, for now, I think I will just repair my existing unit. The vacuum function is a very...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-04-2014, 04:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 372
Posted By djstrachan
DISA issue

Noticed rattling noise recently ( about 3 weeks now.) Disconnected DISA and rattling gone.

1) okay to run he car with DISA disconnected?
2) Anyone gone the German Auto Solutions repair kit...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-03-2014, 09:43 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 897
Posted By djstrachan
Also drove the 135i M with turbo. Handled really...

Also drove the 135i M with turbo. Handled really nice but unless you punched it and engaged the turbo, it was pretty bland. Not nearly as smooth as the I6 or v8.

My son just took a spin in the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-02-2014, 12:36 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 897
Posted By djstrachan
My son just started with BMW as a salesman. They...

My son just started with BMW as a salesman. They have 2011 Coupe M3 with 40k kms for $44KCdn right now.

I drove it for a bit...that naturally aspirated V8 is pretty sweet, I must say. Car felt...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-28-2014, 12:33 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,024
Posted By djstrachan
OE - I recently replaced my CAs and CABs. I was...

OE - I recently replaced my CAs and CABs. I was experiencing some wander and vagueness though nothing serious. Had approx. 75K miles.

The old ball joints were checked and deemed to be fine by...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-26-2014, 08:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 245
Posted By djstrachan
I know you're serious but that is hilarious. I...

I know you're serious but that is hilarious. I can see Smolck doing that just because he refuses to take the car to the stealer! :rofl:
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-21-2014, 07:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 202
Posted By djstrachan
Got my Bentley of EBay for $50. Refer to it on...

Got my Bentley of EBay for $50. Refer to it on everything. It IS the Bible for our cars.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-13-2014, 06:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 591
Posted By djstrachan
The quality is very good for what it is...a...

The quality is very good for what it is...a removable rubberized coating. I have my grills done with it and my roof spoiler. It looks great but...if it gets hit with a rock, it will "tear" or...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-03-2014, 03:37 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 685
Posted By djstrachan
Another way to clean and polish the pins is to...

Another way to clean and polish the pins is to put them in a wood vice and use a wire wheel in a drill. Really works well at getting off any gunk and polishes them up very nicely.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-03-2014, 02:47 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 685
Posted By djstrachan
I plan on trying the dry lube next time I pull...

I plan on trying the dry lube next time I pull the wheel off. I've gone with dry pins, greased pins and will now try dry lube. Can't say I've noticed any difference in performance or wear though...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-03-2014, 02:33 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 685
Posted By djstrachan
Bob, I see this same advice everywhere yet when I...

Bob, I see this same advice everywhere yet when I spoke to my BMW technician (now works for Autowerkes - an import specialist) he says he attended a BMW brake clinic put on by the chief technician...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-29-2014, 02:25 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 685
Posted By djstrachan
Can't comment as to he physics of the larger...

Can't comment as to he physics of the larger rotor in regards to added leverage but the wider diameter and heavier rotor does impact inertia negatively requiring more HP to move the mass. This is...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-26-2014, 01:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,360
Posted By djstrachan
...and, muck and water splash up onto the running...

...and, muck and water splash up onto the running gear, hoses, and belts. Ricks and debris bounce off the road surface and chip the painted surfaces (sway bars etc) eventually leading to...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-21-2014, 12:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 359
Posted By djstrachan
As posted previously, buy the yellows to match...

As posted previously, buy the yellows to match the set and put in a claim. If they send you the oranges, sell them in the classifieds section to re-coupe some of your cost.

If you're no happy...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-07-2014, 08:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 307
Posted By djstrachan
Why be such a dick?! Lots of guys put on after...

Why be such a dick?! Lots of guys put on after market upgrades for a more aggressive/different look. I see you have shadow grills and smoked corners...did those come from the factory?

To the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-27-2014, 10:13 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 489
Posted By djstrachan
Steering flex coupler (GIUBO). IF it has failed,...

Steering flex coupler (GIUBO). IF it has failed, it would allow vibration/shake through the wheel. Does the steering feel "tight" or "soft".

Strut Bearing? Struts may be fine but if the bearing...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-15-2014, 09:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 178
Posted By djstrachan
That's be nice but can't see how I could get that...

That's be nice but can't see how I could get that into that cramped space.

I may be able to pry the arm away from the cross frame enough to use a grinder with a cutting wheel and cut it off. ...
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