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Old 08-08-2012, 10:45 AM
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Originally Posted by dprater2008 View Post
i know that it all take works and lots of it.
I just took it as you meant you can put a turbo kit on it without doing anything to the internals and get 300 without it blowing up.
Im sure you could but how long would it last?
I appreciate all the tips and what not, and i dont mean to ask stupid questions, because i am not dumb.
This is my first bmw and the car has been at my dads which in a different state at the moment, so i am just limited to the computer when it comes to looking at things, so im still learning and it seems that their is alot to learn, more than just your average car.
Ive decided that first thing i am doing is cooling system overhaul i found a kit http://www.ebay.com/itm/bmw-e36-cool...eb8c41&vxp=mtr
does that price sound about right?
Following that is changing all the fluids, oil, tranny, and diff.
Then a slave cylinder rebuild to see if that takes care of the clutch dragging.
That kit on ebay seems legit to me and i diddnt see any soy sauce in there lol.
From now on i will not even look at anything that sounds japenese for my car haha. Thanks again.
One more thing i am going to go with the bilstien hd shocks and when it comes tme to get them i did want to drop the car maybe an inch to just get rid of the wheel well gap would those work with lowering springs?
Or would i have to reconsider getting a differnet model of shock???
Yeah.. you can boost it.. you can get 300.. I think you'll be happy with 200..
Its a completely different animal.
Eventually with hard use.. (like anything) it will need MAINTENANCE.

I dont think you're dumb.
You're learning.. now learn from others mistakes.. (thats the hard part)
Yup.. there is a lot to learn.. but It sounds like you havent put this much energy
or effort into a vehicle before.
If you give it some time and patience.. The E36 are VERY rewarding!

If you dont have documentation (receipts, or service records) stating
when the cooling system was last checked/serviced.. then, yes.
Check Inspect, and replace as necessary the cooling system and associated components.
I strongly suggest getting rid of that horrendous expansion tank.
(they're weak, and a royal pain in the a$$ to bleed the air out since they are lower than the head)
Check Euro hose routing.. (Ill try to add you a link)
And do the Fan Delete Mod.. but, KEEP your FAN.
The lower thermostat, AND fan will insure that it will run on the cold side.
Oh.. and make sure you bleed the air out properly.. or you will get a false temp reading.

Change all fluids with premium fluids.. YES it does make a difference.
If you're doing the clutch cyl.. flush fluid.. and SS braided clutch line.

NO SOY SAUCE.. Good JOB!
It will only bring hassles later.. I swear.
Only quality parts.. or you'll be doing the same jobs TWICE.

Do you live on country-ass roads? Pot holes? Hammered pavement?
Then, I suggest.. NO DROP.. Just get better shocks.

If you live on good roads, and you're a very AWARE driver..
Then minimal drop is beneficial.
I would go for sport springs.. NOT RACE, NOT SLAM.
Bilstein has a "sport" set coincidentally..

Shocks & Springs work together.. The best bet is to get a set meant to work together.
Since I am unable to lay my hands on said vehicle.
You will have to use your better judgement.

Honestly.. for all purposes.. stock is perfectly suitable. Its a blend between performance, and comfort.



and as with all maintenance..
WRITE DOWN DATE
KEEP RECEIPTS
RECORD EVERYTHING

and pics, or it didnt happen.

I look forward to seeing your progress.
Cheers!

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