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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 04-11-2013, 09:17 PM
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Except that in the UK (Where Pirate Copy is from) it is spelled Tyres.
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Old 04-11-2013, 09:21 PM
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Old 04-11-2013, 09:28 PM
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Old 04-17-2013, 11:01 PM
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Hey, Im new to the forum but found this thread very helpful! My 98' 328i as been sittin for about a year with a bad trans, its an auto, but I am getting it back tomorrow! I have already gsthered many parts and have to diagnose a few problems when i get her back. One thing I wanted to do after completely redoing the cooling system and intake was a tune/chip. After talking with a mechanic he thought this to be a bad idea as my car has over 300k miles on it. He suggested first replacing the bottom end bearings, I have no issue taking the time but is it that big of a risk? The car has a strong engine that pulled strong only issues have been with the water pump breaking apart and typical suspension items being replaced.
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Old 04-18-2013, 08:57 AM
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Test the oil pressure. If it's good (~40psi) no need to rebuild. A tune isn't going to add THAT much horsepower. It's not like you're turbocharging it.

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Old 04-18-2013, 10:40 AM
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Awesome thanks! As soon as i get my car back, hopefully tomorrow, I will post pictures. If i can find a willing soul I was considering documenting all the work Im going to do before making it a DD again. Im super anxious to get it back and start working on it again so I may accidently jump the gun before i can get a camera guy. But from what ive seen most of my projects already have a writeup so maybe i can just get greasy!
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Old 04-26-2013, 06:42 AM
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Does anyone know of a program that can be put on rooted tablets that will tap into the computer system of my car and give me diagnosis of issues, 0-60 times, fuel economy, lateral g's, braking force, etc... basically everything with driving and electrical on the car? I have a 93 325is.
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Old 04-26-2013, 05:12 PM
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Hmmm I don't think that is going to be possible on OBD 1, I'm no expert but it sounds like more of an OBD 2 thing.
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Old 04-28-2013, 02:57 PM
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Would I be able to use some of the options torque app offers by connecting the OBD2 Bluetooth adapter to this OBD1 20 pin to OBD2 16 pin?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/A85-BMW-20pi...10979202932%26

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Super-Mini-E...c5a538&vxp=mtr
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Old 04-28-2013, 06:05 PM
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It's not just a matter of adapting a connector, your OBDI car doesn't have the sensors to do what you want to do.
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Old 05-16-2013, 06:15 AM
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I have a 93 325is, I am planning on upgrading wheels and tires soon. I will be running ultimo coilovers. I want to know how wide i can go and what offset i would need. I want 10" wide in rear and at least 9" wide in front. I know I will have to atleast roll my fenders or alot of metal work on them which doesnt bother me. Im looking for maximum grip in corners. Will I absolutely have to run spacers going this wide? I would rather not use them.
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Old 05-16-2013, 06:19 AM
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I have a 93 325is, I am planning on upgrading wheels and tires soon. I will be running ultimo coilovers. I want to know how wide i can go and what offset i would need. I want 10" wide in rear and at least 9" wide in front. I know I will have to atleast roll my fenders or alot of metal work on them which doesnt bother me. Im looking for maximum grip in corners. Will I absolutely have to run spacers going this wide? I would rather not use them.
17x10 et10 rear 215/40
17x9 et15 front 205/40
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Old 05-16-2013, 07:00 AM
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Re: Mods and upgrades explained - Very Long!!

What about for 18s I'd like a slight tuck.

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Old 06-20-2013, 06:26 PM
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This might not be the best place to ask this but the subject is relevant. But the Question may be unintelligent....
I have 92 320I Euro Spec E36 I was just surfing craigslist and came by a post where someone is selling M3 exhaust manifolds for $20.
Is this a potential mod? will it fit? Is it worth anything?
Sorry and Thank you in advance.
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Old 06-23-2013, 04:59 AM
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I don't think that the M3 exhaust manifolds have the oxygen sensor fittings where they have them on M50B20-s, so you'll probably have to think of something there. It'll be easier to pass this one up.
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Old 08-24-2013, 06:36 PM
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Re: Mods and upgrades explained - Very Long!!

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Does anyone know of a program that can be put on rooted tablets that will tap into the computer system of my car and give me diagnosis of issues, 0-60 times, fuel economy, lateral g's, braking force, etc... basically everything with driving and electrical on the car? I have a 93 325is.
Think OBD2 and older only for features like the ones you listed above. Not positive though

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Old 08-28-2013, 03:55 AM
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does this apply to diesel engines?.considering to install a ecu to improve the engine. thanks
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Old 08-28-2013, 02:51 PM
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Hey guys-

I've got an '93 E36, 2.5l engine "IS" coupe...

i'm struggling to find a part number that'll fit my machine.

Can someone give me a hand please??

Thanks!!
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Old 08-28-2013, 03:03 PM
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Just get NGK BKR6EK plugs.
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Old 08-29-2013, 05:26 PM
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Re: Mods and upgrades explained - Very Long!!

I'm new to bimmerfest and I just bought my first car which is a 1997 328is and I was wondering how to take off the kidney grills
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Old 08-29-2013, 05:41 PM
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Sometimes you can just pull them straight off, but you risk breaking stuff that way. Safest way is to remove the plastic radiator cover and access them from behind. There are videos and tutorials online to show you how.
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Old 09-02-2013, 04:47 PM
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Re: Mods and upgrades explained - Very Long!!

The headliner in my car is falling apart so does anyone know where I can buy a new one or is there a way to fix it?
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Old 09-02-2013, 06:23 PM
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Old 09-14-2013, 05:46 PM
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Thanks Pirate,
Very informative. Now I have a few new projects for my retirement buggy.
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Old 09-17-2013, 07:34 AM
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Except that in the UK (Where Pirate Copy is from) it is spelled Tyres.
If we are going to be really fussy, the word you are looking for is spelt. How ever these really are not the worst of the grammatical errors in this otherwise awesome thread.
I think I have cramp in my face though as it took so long to read!
The info on the m50 mods has been really helpful. I'm not sure what engine I have (it's a 97 328I if anyone can help?) but I found that smoothing out and polishing the throttle body internals made a nice difference, and also completely removing the traction control unit altogether made a difference. It's not such a complex unit and as it works almost exactly like a reverse throttle body I thought that even when inactive it still creates a bit of air flow resistance. Also, if you remove it, it's one less part of the induction than needs to be cleaned.
I did find when I removed it however, you need to leave the connections attached as if you remove them the abs light shows on the dash.
Awesome thread though and thanks to everyone who contributed! I'm new to the site and I think I'll be using a lot of it!


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