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E36 (1991 - 1999)
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Old 12-01-2013, 08:06 PM
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Two of my Style 30s were slightly bent by the previous owner. I couldn't even tell from a visual standpoint, because they looked perfect, but they wouldn't balance out. Kinda odd, too, since I'd think they would be fairly robust.
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Old 12-01-2013, 09:19 PM
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what no turbo istall slacker!

wow thats a list
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Finally got it back together after 3 months on jack stands.

Rear subframe reinforcement mounts welded in
Poly subframe bushings
Poly RTABS
LSD rebuilt with new seals & bearings
New diff bushings
New driveshaft carrier bearing
New Giubo
H&R lowering springs
KYB shocks
New pads/rotors
Flushed brake fluid
New Clutch, PP
New Pilot bearing & seals
New Slave cylinder (The old one worked fine, and I may reinstall it because it felt better than this non oem unit)
New Throwout bearing
$60 used M3 muffler with slightly bent tail pipes
Heater hoses done while the trans was out.
New motor mounts & engine support bracket
Ground-down and painted a few areas on the under body that were starting to rust.
Fresh Diff gear oil, trans fluid, coolant, engine oil.
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Old 12-08-2013, 07:55 PM
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what no turbo istall slacker!

wow thats a list
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I don't feel I'm qualified to drive anything over 200hp.

Went out in the snow today, LSD seems to be working pretty good.

Anyone else in this storm? It was just the right amount of snow to have a little fun in and not get stuck.

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Old 12-09-2013, 09:17 AM
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Replaced the VANOS, cam gear chain, guide rail, and tensioner... Good lord, now I see why people hate doing the chain. Ugh...
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Old 12-19-2013, 06:56 PM
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Melted speed/impulse sensor.



Name that failure mode... Because I sure can't..

Diff got very hot on break-in. Changed gear oil, changed sensor. Drove it about 15-20 miles and it seems fine, no strange noises.

A new problem arose in that 15-20 mile drive.. Only the middle brake light is working. probably not related.
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Old 01-19-2014, 05:34 PM
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fixed my door panel. now my brake light malfunction warning popped on....

got my list together for the stuff i will need to the ti swap.

































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Old 01-19-2014, 10:27 PM
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Old 01-19-2014, 11:01 PM
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Today I got my mirror mount bracket for my radar detector and installed that. Picked up a hot wire off the sunroof and now it comes on with the key, looks nice and neat.
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Old 01-19-2014, 11:05 PM
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Today I got my mirror mount bracket for my radar detector and installed that. Picked up a hot wire off the sunroof and now it comes on with the key, looks nice and neat.
Pictures? How stealthily is it?


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Old 01-19-2014, 11:23 PM
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Stealthy enough for me

Here's the link for the mount. http://www.countryjoycrafts.com/escortmount.html

I did have to make a few mods to make it work.
You use the Escort suction mount and remove the cups, those holes line up with their mount, at least it's suppose to. I had to file them out for the bolts to fit and line up.

The next mod is on the mirror, theres a raised plastic lip on the back side going around the swivel hole, this need to be ground flush unless you sit taller than I and like to lean to the right. Their bracket prevents the mirror from being adjusted to where I like it.

As with a lot of aftermarket stuff some exact fitting is needed.
Beside those two things it installed simply.
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Old 01-20-2014, 06:51 AM
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I've found that it you lower the mirror about 1", you can fit a radar detector above it using standard suction cups. Even more out of the line of sight for someone looking into the car. But still easy to read when it goes off.
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Old 01-21-2014, 01:20 PM
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I've found that it you lower the mirror about 1", you can fit a radar detector above it using standard suction cups. Even more out of the line of sight for someone looking into the car. But still easy to read when it goes off.
This sounds more stealthier than what I've done but I don't like seeing the suction cups from the outside. That's one reason I relocated with this bracket. If the cups where higher and not noticeable or behind some window tint I'd do this.

Matter or fact I wouldn't consider my setup steathier at all, more like bananas hanging off a tree. Also after studying it this bracket could have been made so that it could be closer to the windshield and higher.

You said that you lowered the mirror? I'd like to know how this is done.

Meanwhile I've got a growing list of things to do once time and weather permits, ABS, ASC, SRS light delete, various bushings, PS leak, cold start idle issue....

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Old 01-21-2014, 01:54 PM
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To lower the mirror:

Remove the mirror and arm from the nut. Do this by grabbing the mirror arm where it attaches to the windshield, and twist.
Only the nut should be left on the windshield.
Remove the nut. I used a chisel and hammer VERY carefully. Use common sense here. Heat may help.
Use two-part epoxy to glue the nut back on, about an inch lower on the windshield, making sure to keep it at the same orientation rotationally.
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Old 01-21-2014, 02:41 PM
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once this weather warms up i have a parasite draining my battery to nothing. also updating front suspension with heavy dooty control arms. maybe this weekend will be good for it. Unitl then my car is in park freezing away. itll be MTA until saturday. yeah even if i jump the car as soon as the cables are off, boom dead she goes again. ..gahhhh of all times
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Old 01-21-2014, 05:15 PM
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Today, I...
-freed up and lubed the throttle linkage because my pedal was sticking
-lubed my steering bearing and u-joint thingy with PB blaster to fix the squeek. made my wheel a lot smoother too!
-replugged my deleted-but-leaking throttle body coolant line using a larger screw with anti-sieze
-attempted but failed to find the chain tensioner under the car
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Old 01-21-2014, 05:58 PM
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-attempted but failed to find the chain tensioner under the car
Did you try looking behind the timing cover? They like to hide there...
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Old 01-22-2014, 12:43 AM
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Well I afew days ago installed my bday gift which was coilovers. And Friday I should be installing 15 mm spacers on all 4 corners so I can actually lower the car abit and not have tire running issues

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Old 01-23-2014, 04:34 PM
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Old 01-23-2014, 07:14 PM
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Old 01-23-2014, 10:04 PM
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Just painted the centers is all. The cans I bought of the same paint you had were a little different shade (common problem, undoubtedly a different lot), so I had to lightly spray the one you'd painted, too. Worked a little on the barrels. I'm not going to worry about getting the inner part (behind the centers) perfectly smooth. Just get it to bare metal and epoxy-coat them, then concentrate on polishing the lips.

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Old 01-24-2014, 01:21 AM
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Look just like the ones cj has now.


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Old 01-24-2014, 07:03 AM
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Do several coats of clear Ken the gold really shines I did one coat primer two coats gold metallic and three coats clear .


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Old 01-24-2014, 07:16 AM
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once this weather warms up i have a parasite draining my battery to nothing. also updating front suspension with heavy dooty control arms. maybe this weekend will be good for it. Unitl then my car is in park freezing away. itll be MTA until saturday. yeah even if i jump the car as soon as the cables are off, boom dead she goes again. ..gahhhh of all times
Which stiffer arms are you going with? Loemforder or MEYLE HD? I don't know what's wrong with the MEYLE HD's but a lot of the guys I've spoken with in the New Jersey BMW CCA group hate them, same with the California BMW CCA group, saying that they bend and break too easily for being so expensive. They swear by Loemforder as the best bang for buck you can get for the front suspension arms.

As far as any work I did on the M-Tech, headliner was done with new headliner material and got it installed... solo. I don't ever want to do another solo headliner install in these cars, even though my front seats were removed for more movement, including the center console.

But the good news is, the M-Tech is now 20 years old... so Haggerty Insurance, here I come!! WOOOT!! Next year, the M3 becomes 20 years old!! So excite.
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Old 01-24-2014, 10:10 AM
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Which stiffer arms are you going with? Loemforder or MEYLE HD? I don't know what's wrong with the MEYLE HD's but a lot of the guys I've spoken with in the New Jersey BMW CCA group hate them, same with the California BMW CCA group, saying that they bend and break too easily for being so expensive. They swear by Loemforder as the best bang for buck you can get for the front suspension arms.

As far as any work I did on the M-Tech, headliner was done with new headliner material and got it installed... solo. I don't ever want to do another solo headliner install in these cars, even though my front seats were removed for more movement, including the center console.

But the good news is, the M-Tech is now 20 years old... so Haggerty Insurance, here I come!! WOOOT!! Next year, the M3 becomes 20 years old!! So excite.
For the last time don't buy meyles. Unless you want to almost die when a the ball joints rip out of the arm going into a Corner, get lemforders period.


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Old 01-24-2014, 10:17 AM
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For the last time don't buy meyles. Unless you want to almost die when a the ball joints rip out of the arm going into a Corner, get lemforders period.
You should just put your Meyle control arm story in your sig. It will save you some typing.



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