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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 09-13-2012, 10:09 AM
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Old 09-13-2012, 10:27 AM
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^He's been drinking beer and destroying pumpkins with brake rotors and sledge hammers.

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Old 09-13-2012, 11:46 AM
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Old 09-13-2012, 12:41 PM
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Today I swore at my OBC after a "Low Beam Failure" code magically appeared..


I was having a nice drive home when I rolled into work zone that called for lights on, shortly after turning them on the evil code showed up..Both HID's are working fine no idea what tripped the code I thought it was gone..
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Old 09-13-2012, 02:11 PM
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The low beam failure is somewhat common on E36s equipped with aftermarket HID headlights.
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Old 09-13-2012, 02:39 PM
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The low beam failure is somewhat common on E36s equipped with aftermarket HID headlights.

yeah, I had it when I first installed them then it went away for a while.......now its back

On a happy note I did change my footwell lighting over to red LED's..
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Old 09-13-2012, 04:28 PM
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What happens with the LEDs when the lights fade out? Do they just go from being fully illuminated to fully off, or do they still fade out like the standard bulbs do?
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Old 09-13-2012, 04:39 PM
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What happens with the LEDs when the lights fade out? Do they just go from being fully illuminated to fully off, or do they still fade out like the standard bulbs do?
They fade out in sync with the other lights..
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Old 09-13-2012, 05:27 PM
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Nice - I may consider upgrading at some point.
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Old 09-13-2012, 05:47 PM
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Nice - I may consider upgrading at some point.
no idea why I did this mod but it looks cool..
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Old 09-13-2012, 05:59 PM
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If you like it, cool. Personally, I'm partial to the warm glow of incandescents for interior lighting. It also doesn't knock out your night vision as much, although red leds would mitigate that.

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Old 09-13-2012, 06:04 PM
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Yeah, if I was going to install LEDs, I'd want them to be as close to incandescent-appearing as possible - not that cool blue/hyper white color.
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Old 09-13-2012, 06:10 PM
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I've got the bright white LED's in front and back that come on when a door is opened....

Maybe I'll throw some red's in those spots and see how I like them, the damn thing will look like a rolling 'ho house..
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Old 09-13-2012, 06:35 PM
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Maybe I'll throw some red's in those spots and see how I like them, the damn thing will look like a rolling 'ho house..
Yup.

I see no problem with incandescent interior lights, if it ain't broke don't fix it. But if it makes you happy, go for it.

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Old 09-13-2012, 08:00 PM
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Gotcha. BTW, did you know you can get them brand new for pretty cheap at BimmerWorld? They've been running this "sale" on them for years now:

http://store.bimmerworld.com/invento...les-p1066.aspx
Finally took a look at the link...

Do you know if the non-m front hub/bearing fit the //m front spindle? i know they don't in the back... would save me some $ and time if they did and would only have to get rotors

tia
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Old 09-14-2012, 09:29 AM
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I have no idea off the top of my head. Check RealOEM.com to cross-reference part numbers.
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Old 09-14-2012, 01:21 PM
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just a wash job today nothing major..
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Old 09-14-2012, 08:43 PM
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Finally took a look at the link...

Do you know if the non-m front hub/bearing fit the //m front spindle? i know they don't in the back... would save me some $ and time if they did and would only have to get rotors

tia
They are the same p/n and size (83mm) just swap over hubs/bearings and upgrade rotors
now to get to work on painting them so I can flush the brakes and p/s while I'm at it
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Old 09-15-2012, 12:47 PM
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Finally.....something on this project actually went smoother than expected. Just changed the radiator on the E36, took like 15 minutes. That's a brilliant design.
In order of plan today:
  • Run car with cooling system flush for a little while
  • Pull hoses to tstat and flush everything with tons of water
  • Hook it all back up and start the blue devil......
  • Let run for a few hours to see what happens
  • IF everything goes well.....flush the system again
  • Pull the new radiator and run tons of water through it
  • New tstat, housing gasket, reinstall fan and radiator
  • Pull mani, put heater hoses back the way they were, and replace all the gaskets on the intake path
  • New plugs
  • Compression test
  • Drive!!!


If it doesn't go well.......part out.
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Old 09-15-2012, 02:09 PM
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Old 09-15-2012, 04:49 PM
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Today I washed, clayed, and waxed it. I started to polish it,l and after I did the hood I couldn't tell any difference so I stopped. I'm starting to notice but I don't know if its only in my mind or if it really is more reflective..

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Old 09-15-2012, 05:17 PM
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Polish goes before the wax bro. All you're doing is polishing off the wax.

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Old 09-15-2012, 05:19 PM
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Yeah I know. I meant I started to polish and didn't do the whole car, then waxed. In order I cleaned, clayed, polished he hood, and waxed.

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Old 09-15-2012, 07:29 PM
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Just thought I'd update - knew today was going too smooth. Just reread the directions on the Blue Devil, it works by the temperature difference so it needs to be applied to a totally cold engine. Guess I'm waiting for Monday night. Ugh.
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Old 09-15-2012, 08:33 PM
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First time posting in this thread….
Today I quick detailed, painted the flaking rails at the top of the car (with rustoleum), and fixed a couple of rock chips…. it was a paint day.

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