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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 02-05-2010, 09:06 PM
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Haha no. Didn't even shop around for them, I use pelican parts for a lot of the random stuff I buy. When I got my filter and plugs I threw these into the order too.

36-13-1-181-080-M9

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Old 02-05-2010, 09:53 PM
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New heater blower install, oil change, and replace my hood emblem. Now I have to fix the short in my truck wire harness....again
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Old 02-06-2010, 06:14 PM
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Today I missed the delivery of my K&N CAI... Now I have to wait til Tuesday. Oh well makes for a great Wednesday afternoon project. Also ordered my Schnitzer strut bar.
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Old 02-06-2010, 07:06 PM
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I replaced my rear shock mounts with the aluminum RSM kit from Rogue Engineering. They rock. They are so much more beefy than the OEM BMW parts. The Rogue RSMs also came with seriously stout shock tower reinforcement plates with the mounting hardware welded to them for a bottom-mount design - major bonus. No more removing the trunk panels to change shocks or bushings! Since this was my first time doing this job, it took me about 1.5 hours. Now that I'm familiar with everything, I could probably do the job in under 45 minutes. I was also relieved to discover that my shock towers have no signs of damage or abuse.

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What I removed from my car today. Since my car has 95k miles on the clock, I'm guessing these are the original RSMs that were installed at the factory. This is further corroborated by the "98" stamped into the rubber (same number as the model year of my car). Gaskets? What gaskets?

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This is what went back into my car. They are made of solid aluminum, and are MUCH stronger than the stamped steel OEM units, especially in conjunction with the ultra-thick shock tower reinforcement plates that came in the kit (not pictured). Comparing photos online, the Rogue Engineering RSMs look much thicker than even those made by Ground Control. I should not have to think about RSMs for a long time to come.
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Old 02-06-2010, 07:11 PM
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This is what went back into my car. They are made of aluminum, and are MUCH stronger than the stamped steel OEM units, especially in conjunction with the ultra-thick shock tower reinforcement plates from Rogue Engineering (not pictured). Comparing photos online, the Rogue Engineering RSMs look much thicker than even those made by Ground Control. I should not have to think about RSMs for a long time to come.
OOO fancy how much do those run?
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Old 02-06-2010, 07:29 PM
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The kit costs $100.00, but it includes literally everything you need for a complete installation. Here's what came in the kit:

* Two (2) Rogue Engineering 6061-T6 CNC, Anodized aluminum rear shock mounts
* Four (4) Shore A 60 Rubber Bushings (30% stiffer than OEM, but still good on the street)
* Two (2) 303 Stainless Steel Bushing Spacers
* Four (4) 303 Stainless Steel Washers
* Four (4) Yellow Zinc plated M8 serrated lock nuts
* Two (2) Shock Tower Reinforcement Assemblies (more than twice as thick as BMW OEM, with 10.9 hardware welded for bottom-mount)
* Two (2) factory gaskets

So yeah, they are a bit more pricey, but they are really strong and can also be rebuilt very cheaply if I ever need to replace the rubber bushings (OEM style cannot be rebuilt). Another reason why I went with these over the "repair shop" style RSMs is that these are strong enough for track duty, but compliant enough for the street. By the time I added up the cost of the "repair shop" RSMs, plus reinforcement plates, plus gaskets, plus hardware, the Rogue Engineering RSMs weren't that much more. They are also vastly superior in strength than the steel "repair shop" style RSMs, and have the bottom-mount design to boot. It was a no-brainer, as far as I'm concerned.
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Old 02-06-2010, 07:33 PM
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WOW those sound like a great deal. When mine die i'm a getting those
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Old 02-06-2010, 07:35 PM
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Old 02-06-2010, 07:51 PM
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Yeah, I was super impressed with their product when I opened the box and saw what was inside. I can't recommend this kit enough.
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Old 02-10-2010, 08:56 AM
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Put in a new t-stat and aluminum housing. Now I have heat again and won't freeze my balls off anymore But only have heat on speeds 3 & 4
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Old 02-10-2010, 09:03 AM
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Put in a new t-stat and aluminum housing. Now I have heat again and won't freeze my balls off anymore But only have heat on speeds 3 & 4
I have some questions for you:

1) How long did it take you?

2) Did you have to open the coolant drain plug on the engine block? If so, how did that go?

3) Did you use RTV or silicone sealant on the housing gasket, or did you rely on the gasket alone to seal.

Due to a thermostat that's sticking open in cold weather, I'm going to be replacing my T-stat and housing in the next few weeks, too.
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Old 02-10-2010, 09:23 AM
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I have some questions for you:

1) How long did it take you?

2) Did you have to open the coolant drain plug on the engine block? If so, how did that go?

3) Did you use RTV or silicone sealant on the housing gasket, or did you rely on the gasket alone to seal.

Due to a thermostat that's sticking open in cold weather, I'm going to be replacing my T-stat and housing in the next few weeks, too.

1) A little over an hour. ( didn't have the clutch fan tool, had to improvise)

2) Nope, didn't do that.

3) Sh!t, I didn't even think of that till you ask. As of now, I am relying on the gasket seal itself.

Now I have to re-do it this weekend. I will most likely use RTV this time.
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Old 02-10-2010, 09:28 AM
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Based on the reading I've done, I don't think everyone uses RTV or silicone on the gasket. I could be wrong, but I was under the impression that you only need it if you have pitting and/or surface imperfections where the gasket meets the head. Not sure though. It's probably better to use sealant for the sake of peace of mind.

How much coolant did you spill after draining the radiator? Does draining the radiator empty out most of the coolant up high, thereby allowing one to remove the thermostat without spilling?
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Old 02-10-2010, 09:40 AM
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I didn't even drain the radiator. I just un-hook the two hoses from the housing, and let that drain out. What ever coolant was in the hoses and housing, is what I lost. If I had to guess, I would say I lost about half a bottle of coolant. But I am only saying that, because, I had to put that much back into it to get the air out of the system.
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Old 02-10-2010, 11:01 AM
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1) A little over an hour. ( didn't have the clutch fan tool, had to improvise)

2) Nope, didn't do that.

3) Sh!t, I didn't even think of that till you ask. As of now, I am relying on the gasket seal itself.

Now I have to re-do it this weekend. I will most likely use RTV this time.
Mine has been improvised on far too many times, I'm going to have to buy a new one with the tool soon, or switch to electric, I dunno how many more times I can get it off without chewing it too pieces.
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Mine has been improvised on far too many times, I'm going to have to buy a new one with the tool soon, or switch to electric, I dunno how many more times I can get it off without chewing it too pieces.
I wouldn't, few and far between electric fans can do nearly as well as the stock one.

Unless you have a lot of $$$ you want to blow, stay mechanical, stay stock, stay cool.
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Old 02-10-2010, 12:55 PM
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I wouldn't, few and far between electric fans can do nearly as well as the stock one.

Unless you have a lot of $$$ you want to blow, stay mechanical, stay stock, stay cool.
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The only thing I would/will change is an all aluminum radiator, all aluminum expansion tank, and a lower temp thermostat.
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Old 02-10-2010, 10:48 PM
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Yeah, the Depo's are freaking huge by comparison!

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the headlight switch, and hope that the later will fix the instrument panel lights, which all of a sudden decided to stop working.
Yes, it should fix that. I had the same issue, worked fine, then didn't.
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Old 02-10-2010, 11:28 PM
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I replaced my fog lights tonight. Not a big deal, I know, but progress is progress. After struggling with DDM for over a month, I canceled my order with them and got a pair on eBay instead. They were the same price as DDM ($30), but I didn't have to pay shipping with the eBay pair. Nice.

So they arrived in the mail today. I wasn't sure what to expect from them. All told, I'm basically satisfied with them, but I did have two issues with them:

1) One of the new fog lights would not detach from its mounting bracket, and I broke off the release clip in my living room. Not a big deal, since I just reused the existing OEM mounting bracket already on my car. Still, it should not have been so difficult to release. It simply wouldn't budge. The other [new] fog light released just fine.

2) The rear caps (where the wires are) did not lock into place. When I compared the rear caps of my original ZKWs to the new fogs, I saw a clearly identifiable design difference between the two, and realized that the caps on the knockoffs were simply not designed to lock securely into place. Again, this wasn't a big deal, since I just reused the OEM rear caps from my existing ZKWs. They locked into place on the new fogs perfectly. Another way around this issue with these knockoffs would be to use Teflon tape to get a better seal and prevent the rear caps from unscrewing themselves.

Otherwise, they look great now that they're installed. It's hard to believe you can get a pair of fog lights of any quality for only 30 clams.
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