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Old 12-09-2012, 08:24 AM
dougmcintyre dougmcintyre is offline
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Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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Mein Auto: 2000 M Coupe, 1997 318ti
How bad are your vano seals and shift pins? Unless they are really bad, I'd go suspension, vanos, and then shift pins.

I did the vano seals at 122k and TC Kline SA coilovers at 96k. SA's are a transformational change. Both ride and handling are greatly improved. By far the biggest bang for mod I've done.

The vanos seals were a solid improvement, well worth the money, but not a transformational change.

Fortunately, my shift pins are tolerable. Just need to shift slowly and carefully until the transmission oil is warmed up.
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