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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 10-04-2012, 04:12 PM
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Yeah, as long as you don't bang gears I'm sure you'll be fine. It's sooo much fun though
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Old 10-04-2012, 04:28 PM
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Well I'm supposed to be going to a 1/4 mile strip November 3rd, we shall see what explodes lol. It will probably be one of the last times this engine runs in this car, so I may throw in some race gas and see what 22 or so psi will do.
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Old 10-04-2012, 04:40 PM
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Old 10-04-2012, 04:41 PM
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Definitely! First time at the strip though, so I'll be happy with like a 13 lol.
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Old 10-04-2012, 04:45 PM
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Yeah, your reaction time will be like 1.5 seconds for the first few runs.
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Old 10-04-2012, 04:48 PM
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And 60ft time will probably be 2.5 seconds.
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Old 10-04-2012, 04:59 PM
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As long as you don't launch in reverse, it's all good.
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Old 10-04-2012, 05:21 PM
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Haha, I think that's why Ed did the "reverse gear delete"
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Old 10-04-2012, 05:23 PM
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Or maybe that's how he did the reverse gear delete...
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Old 10-04-2012, 06:56 PM
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And I started to leave my parking spot today in reverse... Almost hit the concrete wall
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Old 10-06-2012, 01:54 PM
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I'm putting the last few coats of Plasti Dip on my shadowline trim. It is turning out awesome. Soooooo nice.

The car is going to look a million times better with all that nastiness gone.
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Old 10-06-2012, 02:09 PM
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Or maybe that's how he did the reverse gear delete...
I only wish I had do much fun with my reverse delete. Alas my story is that it was the body shop.:screwy:
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Old 10-06-2012, 02:43 PM
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I'm putting the last few coats of Plasti Dip on my shadowline trim. It is turning out awesome. Soooooo nice.

The car is going to look a million times better with all that nastiness gone.
Ohhh ahhh... I'm drooling for pictures. This is a big tease. Before and after please!
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Old 10-06-2012, 02:47 PM
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Replaced plastic water pump with metal one. Put a metal pulley, new fan, fan clutch, hoses, belts, thermostat and metal t-stat housing.
Turned out good. Used Doug's Domain DIY page instructions (http://www.dvatp.com/bmw/diy/).. would recommend it.
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Replaced plastic water pump with metal one. Put a metal pulley, new fan, fan clutch, hoses, belts, thermostat and metal t-stat housing.
Turned out good. Used Doug's Domain DIY page instructions (http://www.dvatp.com/bmw/diy/).. would recommend it.
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Old 10-06-2012, 02:56 PM
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Ohhh ahhh... I'm drooling for pictures. This is a big tease. Before and after please!
Here are the before:





The after will come in an hour or so when I'm fully finished and it has had a chance to dry for a while.
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Old 10-06-2012, 03:03 PM
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Karl that looks bad. I had no idea it was so bad. Can't wait to see the after.
My bumper is having that problem. Might steal your technique here.
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Old 10-06-2012, 03:10 PM
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Karl, why didn't you just remove them? It's quite easy lol.

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Old 10-06-2012, 03:12 PM
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Karl that looks bad. I had no idea it was so bad. Can't wait to see the after.
My bumper is having that problem. Might steal your technique here.
Yeah, the close-up photo shows what was happening the entire length of those trim pieces. They really looked awful, but fortunately, they hadn't gotten down to bare metal yet, so refurbishing them was pretty easy. If they had gotten pitted down to the metal, I'd have had to strip them, sand, etc.

Which part of your bumper is needing some help?

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Karl, why didn't you just remove them? It's quite easy lol.
Because I've heard from others that they're actually somewhat hard to remove & install without bending, so I wanted to play it safe. It did take a long time to mask things off super carefully, but my tape lines came out perfectly. No overspray or accidental lines anywhere.
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Old 10-06-2012, 03:16 PM
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Ah gotcha. Mine were pretty easy to come off.

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Old 10-06-2012, 03:17 PM
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It's actually the piece where the license plate goes... And rear bumper. Whole black strip.
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Old 10-06-2012, 03:41 PM
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It's actually the piece where the license plate goes... And rear bumper. Whole black strip.
For that trim, instead of Plasti Dip, you'll want to use this stuff:

http://www.griotsgarage.com/product/...ks&from=Search

Unlike all the "Back to Black" trim reconditioners at auto retail stores, which are simply wax-based and wash off after one or two rains, this stiff is actual dye, and is permanent. I dyed my bumper trim a few years ago with this stuff and it still looks brand new today. Only stuff worth buying, IMO.

Anyway, here is an "after" shot of my shadowline trim. Looks a million times better. The direct sunlight makes it appear lighter than it is, but it's dark black and has a completely even texture now.

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What did you use on the window trim? Regular plasti dip? I thought it was matte black and smooth? Looks really good though.
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Old 10-06-2012, 03:50 PM
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I just used Plasti Dip in the spray can. Honestly, I think the texture will smooth out a little bit once it has had a while to dry. Seems to be the way it works based on my experience with it in the past. Plus, the macro lens on my camera and direct sun really exaggerates the texture you see in the photo above. It's a bit more tame in person.

Here's another "after" photo on the other side, not in direct sunlight:

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Old 10-06-2012, 04:51 PM
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I'd need to do that on Elvira if I can't find better replacements. The ones on her look like an ad for a rusting agent.
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