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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 09-30-2013, 11:04 PM
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The diff should never have enough backlash that you could feel it. Is it continuous, like knock knock knock (Penny!), or just one knock each time you accelerate/decelerate?
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Old 10-01-2013, 12:43 AM
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Old 10-01-2013, 07:10 AM
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The diff should never have enough backlash that you could feel it. Is it continuous, like knock knock knock (Penny!), or just one knock each time you accelerate/decelerate?
It's just a knock whenever load is changed from accel to decel. You can't feel it really... It's only a knock.
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Old 10-01-2013, 07:50 AM
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It's not the diff then. It would be noisy as heck if it had enough lash to make a clunk.
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Old 10-01-2013, 07:58 AM
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Oh, something that happened a few days ago, and I forgot to post it....

Eddie came over and we were checking PS hoses and such, and while I was under the front end I looked up at the (new) radiator. I was like The radiator shroud had the fan blades trapped between the shroud and the radiator!. I asked Eddie "have you noticed it getting hot when you stop in traffic?". He said "yeah, a little". I asked him if he'd messed with the radiator shroud. Yup, he tried to get it off to put a better used one on it, but couldn't get it past the fan (duh!). I told him "stick your head under here". When he saw the fan blades pinned behind the shroud his eyes got REAL BIG and he said "that's why I have YOU do everything".

I put the shroud back where it should be and everything was OK.
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:44 PM
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GOt my car back from having the SPAL fan installed. Detailed the interior and washed it up.
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:37 AM
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Old 10-05-2013, 09:36 AM
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Today on my Bimmer, i switched out an old battery that came with it, (i think it was from may 2002 not really sure) and replaced it with a newer one.

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Old 10-05-2013, 10:38 AM
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Lookin' a lot cleaner, Alan! Good work.
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Old 10-05-2013, 07:03 PM
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thanks guys. I wish I could figure out how to get the god damn undercoating type stuff off of the shock towers
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Old 10-05-2013, 07:05 PM
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thanks guys. I wish I could figure out how to get the god damn undercoating type stuff off of the shock towers
If it's on the surface why not just wet-sand it till you break through the nasty.
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Old 10-05-2013, 07:08 PM
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thanks guys. I wish I could figure out how to get the god damn undercoating type stuff off of the shock towers
With the engine out, propane torch and a putty knife. Nasty but effective.
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Old 10-05-2013, 07:12 PM
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What is that brownish stuff, near the coolant? is it just grease or residue?
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Old 10-05-2013, 07:18 PM
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I don't see anything next to the coolant, you mean the brown stuff on the shock towers? It appears to be some kind of rust prevention put on when (i'm assuming) it was new.

If I pulled the motor I'd just have the bay repainted. wetsanding is a possibility, but it'd be extremely hard to wetsand it off without ****ing up the paint on the shock tower. the stuff is literally rock hard.
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Old 10-05-2013, 07:28 PM
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Yeah, the shock towers, im new to the layout of this engine, barely even a quarter of a way through the manual.
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Old 10-05-2013, 07:29 PM
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hah no worries. the reservoir next to it is actually the washer fluid.

on that note, I'm thinking about doing the euro relocation to the bumper. Anyone have experiences with it?

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Old 10-05-2013, 07:41 PM
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thanks guys. I wish I could figure out how to get the god damn undercoating type stuff off of the shock towers
Be grateful that you have it. My car did not come with anything like that and now I have a little rust on both strut towers. It's kind of hard to tell in this picture, but if you look closely you can see a little rust on both towers.
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Old 10-07-2013, 07:13 AM
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Car wasn't getting fully warm. Needed thermostat. Got a thermostat from one friend and an aluminum t-stat housing from his roommate. Bought gaskets from the dealership since nobody had them in stock.

Naturally, the old O-Ring had fused the old t-stat to the block. It took three screwdrivers and a lot of choice words to get it off. I have four busted knuckles, a (lightly) skinned forearm that looks like I got carpet burn but from metal, and a sore back. Boo-frickin-hoo. Oh well.



Stopped by my friend Alex's place after dinner, too. He has a vinyl printer/cutter/magic box and was able to get numbers and letters cut for me, very very last-minute. I didn't read the TT rules until last Thursday, messaged him with an "OMG I need vinyl done can you halp" and he came through. $20 later and I have stickers. Putting them on tonight.

Yet another friend sold me his half-used Star Specs, so I took his BBS wheels and my four rear DSIIs to Mach V in Sterling this morning. They're dis-mounting the Star Specs from his BBS's, dis-mounting the all-seasons from my wheels, and re-mounting/balancing the Star Specs, all for $100. Not bad IMO. Also, it is possible to fit 8 17" wheels in a current-gen Ford Focus.



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Old 10-07-2013, 08:32 AM
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Nice! You're going to have so much fun at VIR.
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Old 10-07-2013, 06:58 PM
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Finished wet-sanding the really bad style 5's. Finally got all the curb-age out. They are babies arse smooth now. Haven't had any issues splitting the rims or pulling the bolts. Two rims will be shipped to a rim specialist to get the tiny bends fixed eventually. Really wish there was somewhere around here that could fix this so I didn't have to ship them across the country. However, probably stripping the clear tomorrow and beginning the polish on the two straight rims.
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Old 10-07-2013, 07:05 PM
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Say what?! I promise you there are lots of (or at least some) wheel repair shops in your neck of the woods. Although they are still over six hours away from you (so, still shipping distance), Proformance Industries in New Rochelle can fix anything. Just call up some reputable repair shops in your area and ask for wheel repair shop recommendations. You don't have to ship your wheels to have them repaired.
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Say what?! I promise you there are lots of wheel repair shops in your neck of the woods. Although they are still over six hours away from you (so, still shipping distance), Proformance Industries in New Rochelle can fix anything. Just call up some reputable repair shops and ask for wheel shop recommendations. You don't have to ship your wheels to have them repaired.
I'll have to keep searching..... everywhere I call it's no or.... " I don't know of anywhere that does that.". The bends aren't even bad more of flat spots from a minor pot hole or something like that.
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Old 10-07-2013, 07:20 PM
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Just keep calling places. People who live in Buffalo and the surrounding area have to get their wheels repaired just like everyone else. Also, you're only like an hour and forty minutes outside of one of the biggest cities in North America (Toronto). In other words, you have options.
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Old 10-07-2013, 07:22 PM
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Hopefully they actually do a decent job too. Especially straightening the tiny bit of wave in the outer lip...Of course its the 8" Barrel So I could always just buy a replacement.
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Old 10-07-2013, 07:24 PM
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Also, I'm not a wheel repair technician, but I think that any wheel repair facility is going to require the wheel center to be installed in order to fix the bends. They'll need to put the wheel on a spindle.
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