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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 10-21-2012, 12:07 PM
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i was thinking about new bulbs.... been like 4-5 months?
Your bulbs should be fine if they're that new (but of course there's always different brands & models to try, too). Not really sure why your light output is so low, however. You should be able to get enough light output with the stock units even being as low as you are. Regardless, and HID setup will certainly help from what I've heard.
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Old 10-21-2012, 12:10 PM
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to answer your other question too... my lenses are polished probably 95% smooth/perfect.
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Old 10-22-2012, 10:30 AM
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Although it seems most people say that with 55W HID low beams, having HIDs for the high beams because almost unnecessary.
I don't use mine with 35W HID's, 55's must be like flame throwers..
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Old 10-22-2012, 10:59 AM
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Actually not today, but last Friday I changed the auto trans fluid and filter in my 1995 325i vert using Redline D4 ATF versus Dexron lll. I also swithched out the spark plugs from NGK's to Bosch plus 4's (#4417).Drove about 280 miles over the weekend and discovered my gas mileage had improved by 1.9 mpg. Of course, now I don't know which really made the most difference....but am very happy with the improvement. (Note..the plugs I took out looked very good and the fluid did not look that bad. A friend of mine told me he got about 1 mpg changing transmission fluid only using Mobil 1 fully synthetic ATF)

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Old 10-22-2012, 12:06 PM
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Today I woke up and left my e46 in the garage and went to work on my "new" e36! Painted the side skirts and bumpers and detailed the rest. This weekend it will get new fluids and tires.
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Old 10-22-2012, 12:47 PM
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I don't use mine with 35W HID's, 55's must be like flame throwers..
I used to get "high beamed" by people all the time when I ran with 55w 5000k HIDs, I got tired of it so i went to 35w 6000k HIDs and they're very reasonable.
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Old 10-22-2012, 04:18 PM
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I used to get "high beamed" by people all the time when I ran with 55w 5000k HIDs, I got tired of it so i went to 35w 6000k HIDs and they're very reasonable.
I get high beamed all the time. Then they stop when I unleash the terra-watt suns I have for high beams
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Old 10-22-2012, 04:22 PM
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That means your lights need to be re-aimed, you morons.

Blinding other drivers is dangerous and douchey, what the f*ck do you think they're flashing you for?

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Old 10-22-2012, 04:40 PM
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Yeah, those beam cutoffs are there for a reason...
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Old 10-22-2012, 04:44 PM
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speaking of aiming headlights any suggestions on how i could aim mines? the gears are eihter broken or dont exist on my headlights

i think there too aimed at the floor? cant really see that far at night

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Old 10-22-2012, 07:11 PM
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That means your lights need to be re-aimed, you morons.

Blinding other drivers is dangerous and douchey, what the f*ck do you think they're flashing you for?

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Yeah, those beam cutoffs are there for a reason...
hey i have the cutoffs and they were aimed properly, (i haz old aiming board from my inspection days) the 5000's in 55w were just really f-ing bright
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:14 PM
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so 55w 6k is going to be brighter?
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:32 PM
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I get high beamed all the time. Then they stop when I unleash the terra-watt suns I have for high beams
same deal with me mine are low and i mean low my brother and i musta did a drive by on each other like 5-6 times aiming my 55w 5ks and there pretty darn low people flash me = mistake becuase the supernova ray cannons get unleashed and my god those things can cook a pancake through someones living room wall
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Old 10-25-2012, 06:39 PM
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We had a great day going with the 633. Fixed the remote mirrors/switch, fixed the dragging driver's side window, replaced the trashed driver's door armrest, then went to work under the car. Fixed the loose steering box...thankfully the subframe/bracket was not broken, just loose bolts. Now it goes where you point it right now. Drained and flushed the cooling system....lots of nasty stuff flushed out. Refilled with BMW coolant and water. Found another vacuum leak and fixed it. Put on the new distributor cap/rotor/plug wires. Some of the changes must have made a big difference because she'll rev up to about 5500 now (previous 4k was as high as she'd go). Still nowhere near the 6.5k redline, but a lot better. That was good....and bad. While testing the rev limit on her, I blew out the rear main seal. Oil pouring out between the block and bellhousing and the oil pressure light comes on at idle.

Now the transmission has to come out. Phooey. I need a car lift something awful. This rolling around on the concrete sucks.
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Old 10-25-2012, 06:48 PM
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Ah, the perils of old cars. And yes, rolling around on the concrete does suck, no matter how young or old. Makes working on a car many times more difficult.
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:43 PM
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Ah, the perils of old cars. And yes, rolling around on the concrete does suck, no matter how young or old. Makes working on a car many times more difficult.
I do all my stuff on the gravellll nothing like getting shanked by a rock through the cardboarddd............ i know what yah mean about concrete im 19 and even after spending 6 hours laying on the floor my god i feel beat
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:40 AM
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Yeah, try dropping and replacing a transmission three times in one day on concrete. My back was all sorts of red.
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Old 10-26-2012, 10:07 AM
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Yeah, try dropping and replacing a transmission three times in one day on concrete. My back was all sorts of red.
does lugging a heavy ass M50 on a dolly carried at an almost 180 degree angle to the back of my house and almost having said m50 fall on pelvis count?
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Old 10-26-2012, 10:07 AM
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Old 10-26-2012, 10:17 AM
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He was practicing for the BMW Transmission Swap Olympics. Epic struggle, right CJ?
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Old 10-26-2012, 01:01 PM
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Yeah, nearly every time I work underneath my car I have a sore neck the next morning from holding my head up for extended periods of time while laying flat on the ground.
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Old 10-26-2012, 01:26 PM
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...learned what happens when you push in the turn signal rod. If don't know what I'm talking about try it next time you're in the car! Prepare to be amazed!

Hint: obc unit
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Old 10-26-2012, 01:52 PM
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Yep, it isn't a very useful function, since you have to push the stalk repeatedly to get to the desired reading on the OBC. Takes fewer steps to just push the button on the OBC.
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Old 10-26-2012, 02:14 PM
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:58 PM
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Car is back together...list of what was done:

-New threaded starter
-New clutch, flywheel friction surface, pressure plate
-New TOB, pilot bearing, metal pivot pin, fork, etc
-New tranny input shaft seal
-New gear selector shaft seal
-New gear selector rod w/ sponge
-New injector o-rings and pintle caps
-Painted intake manifold low gloss black
-Consolidated vacuum hoses, only have 3 things FPR, ICV, and charcoal vapor thingy
-Minor wire tuck under the intake manifold
-New dipstick o-ring

I have direct and unhindered access to the power steering reservior, pretty sweet.

Clutch is biting weird right now, I hope it goes away as it breaks in.
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