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Somewhat dangerous yes, hard to do but managed it in the end. Initially had the car too high up so I lowered the chassis and raised the engine a little more didn't have to wiggle the engine and trans around for it to fit. One plus side is that the whole front comes off and gives some space to work in front of the engine when putting back the SAP and vacuum lines.
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I had the mishi before they had an expansion tank. I was satisfied with it for my 328is setup with the electric puller fan and shroud. However the fitment wasn't great (I had to use cables because the oem plastic clips wouldn't hold). If going all aluminum, I want to do it right. Zionsville, et. al. Isn't in the car budget yet with a wedding and honeymoon this fall.

I'm ok with oem-equiv issues (plastic tanks which need replaced after 5 years) if I'm paying oem-equiv prices.
Then you might as well save some money and go with an OEM e36 radiator. The issue with the e36's cooling system is not that it is under capacity for the application. The issue is that any failure in the system can easily lead to a blown head gasket. Increasing the radiator's cooling capacity won't help prevent head gasket failures.
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I had the mishi before they had an expansion tank. I was satisfied with it for my 328is setup with the electric puller fan and shroud. However the fitment wasn't great (I had to use cables because the oem plastic clips wouldn't hold). If going all aluminum, I want to do it right. Zionsville, et. al. Isn't in the car budget yet with a wedding and honeymoon this fall.

I'm ok with oem-equiv issues (plastic tanks which need replaced after 5 years) if I'm paying oem-equiv prices.
Jose! What's up, dude? I agree that there's no real need to go with an S54 radiator. The stock E36 radiators do a great job of keeping things cool, and are equally at risk for plastic end tank issues as the S54 radiators.

If you were not that impressed by Mishimoto radiators, but don't want to splurge on a Zionsville, check out CSF radiators. I have no direct experience with them, but have heard great things about them. Worth checking out, anyway.
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Hey guys anyone here that lives in or close to Bel air, MD?

I need a favor, pick up some parts and ship to me.


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Harry (HNAZ) is the closest that I can think of but he's a bit south of there, near Rockville.

Managed to work it with the seller. He's going to find a box and ship the stuff to me. Finally getting M3 strut housings for the Koni inserts.


And has anyone bought something and shipping is 10x more?
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Jose! What's up!

I'm also in the stock band wagon. 5-7+ years is easily the expected range for an OEM style rad, they are dirt cheap, and super easy to replace. The price delta for an all aluminum really isn't justified over the lifespan, IMO.

Also, I've been going thru receipts on the new Rover tonight and organizing them into my binder. Then I came across the receipt for the front and rear locking differentials (see next post) and just about fell over. This dude spent $4500 on diffs.
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Holy crap! That's a big bill. That Rover must've been owned by someone who loved it. Did he modify/upgrade it before you got it?

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In other news, I upgraded the brakes on the DD this weekend.




Aaaand they cost pretty much the same amount per wheel as replacing the calipers & rotors on a BMW...
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I replaced everything. Calipers, pads, & rotors, and used special compressionless cable housing. This brake package pretty much the top end of mechanical disc brakes for bikes. The next step up would be hydraulic disc brakes, which are becoming more commonplace in the cycling world, but typically only on the highest end racing bikes (which mine is not).
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I bought it about 4yrs ago, my brother broke the 3/8 head right when the warranty expired (who in their right mind loosens wheel bolts with a torque wrench?), these only come with a 1yr warranty. Sears still gave me a replacement.

Then with the replacement the ratcheting mechanism would bind and stop working when torquing down something. I had to wiggle it and reverse it and turn it for it to work for a few more clicks, turns out the pin that changes the direction of the ratcheting would come out of place. Tried fixing it, didn't work so I stored it and got HF torque wrenches.

Now that I'm working on the GTI pulled this one out, it's easier to set the value and switch between units. Tried fixing the pin inside once again but this time I noticed that the screw was letting the cap pop up and the clip would fall out of place. Repositioned it, put a washer and the screw and its all good, goes both ways and doesn't bind anymore. Good like new.
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Also put on some silicone so it won't back out and can be reopened if needed.



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Just ordered a full Vanos Repair kit as she's over 90 K on the clock....I can't be sure it's absolutely necessary but for €200 plus labour I'll have peace of mind.

Apparently this kit is specific to the E36 M3 and one more very special piece of motoring legend....
( ofcourse two kits for the other guy lol.)
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Just ordered a full Vanos Repair kit as she's over 90 K on the clock....I can't be sure it's absolutely necessary but for €200 plus labour I'll have peace of mind.

Apparently this kit is specific to the E36 M3 and one more very special piece of motoring legend....
( ofcourse two kits for the other guy lol.)

Ah I remember doing the VANOS seals last winter. And broke one too -_-

The bearing/splined shaft bolt is left threaded. I forgot and while trying to disassemble a second time I over tightened and broke it in half.

Got rid of VANOS noise and response was better, I can clearly hear the exhaust change when it kicks in at 3K rpms. Also did a bunch of other stuff and she's been running like a champ.
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LOL. I take it you missed the post back in December when I bought the new Rover. Yeah, he modded it just a touch....

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Managed to work it with the seller. He's going to find a box and ship the stuff to me. Finally getting M3 strut housings for the Koni inserts.


And has anyone bought something and shipping is 10x more?
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chad, did that final figure include the core charge, or did that take the total to 5k??

(that's more than i spent total on my last 3 bmw's.... )


karl, dig the bike i have talked to some cycling enthusiests and we have discussed the insane stuff that owning these things entails. one guys actually has an isetta as well as a few other "toys". my take away from our collective conversations is that the owners are looking to shave grams and milligrams off their cycles and anything to reduce drag. but the passion is there just like "car guys", so i can relate.


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chad, did that final figure include the core charge, or did that take the total to 5k??

(that's more than i spent total on my last 3 bmw's.... )
Core charge was additional And that's just parts, no labor.

That receipt was to regear front and rear diffs to offset the bigger tires, full rebuild of seals and internals, ARB air lockers F&R, and the kit for the air supply and new rear axle.
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karl, dig the bike i have talked to some cycling enthusiests and we have discussed the insane stuff that owning these things entails. one guys actually has an isetta as well as a few other "toys". my take away from our collective conversations is that the owners are looking to shave grams and milligrams off their cycles and anything to reduce drag. but the passion is there just like "car guys", so i can relate.
Oh yeah, cycling folk are absolute fanatics just like car people. And there are countless things on a bike to modify, tweak, and make your own, so the mindset of the hobby is very much the same as playing with cars. It's all about gears, brakes, tires, wheels, setup, weight reduction, etc...

Seattle has a huge cycling community with a lot cycling clubs which are very social in nature, but I just like to ride for transportation, which is mostly a solo endeavor. Getting out on a bike, even just to get from Point A to Point B is always a liberating experience, though.

Anyhow, I think I'm going to participate in the annual Seattle to Portland ride in 2016, so that should be interesting. I've never done any kind of long distance riding before, and it will require a fair amount of training.
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color me cofused, chad, but other than the odo and speedo being "off" due to larger tires, what would regearing the diffs provide ??

not real familiar with off road stuffs, but thought larger tires were "better"...



and karl that looks to be over 200 miles.... betta-eacher-oatmeelz!!





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Jose! What's up, dude? I agree that there's no real need to go with an S54 radiator. The stock E36 radiators do a great job of keeping things cool, and are equally at risk for plastic end tank issues as the S54 radiators.

If you were not that impressed by Mishimoto radiators, but don't want to splurge on a Zionsville, check out CSF radiators. I have no direct experience with them, but have heard great things about them. Worth checking out, anyway.

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Jose! What's up!

I'm also in the stock band wagon. 5-7+ years is easily the expected range for an OEM style rad, they are dirt cheap, and super easy to replace. The price delta for an all aluminum really isn't justified over the lifespan, IMO.
Hey guys! Oh just hanging out here in the snowy midwest. Trying to stay on top of a rusty XJ, an 18 yo e36, a house, 2.6 acres of land, work projects, an upcoming wedding... so typical life, right?

I think I'll save the premium cooling system components for when/if I can get the car out for several track days a year.

Every now and then James will pop up on LinkedIn people you may know, and I laugh and ask, "can he even buy a beer yet?!"

How have you two been? Any more Randys added to the baby stable? Any progress on the m shoe front?
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and karl that looks to be over 200 miles.... betta-eacher-oatmeelz!!
Yep, it's over 200 miles. You can elect to complete it in 1 day or 2 days, but I will probably try to do it in 1 day. I'm more fit than most people my age, so I can probably handle it, especially if I train ahead of time.

The Seattle to Portland (aka "STP") ride has become a super popular event, with over 10k cyclists participating each year. Oddly enough, I met the event's creator at a BMWCCA track day over the summer. He goes to all the HPDEs, and drives this beautiful 2002:



He's an older guy now, engineer by trade, and started the STP ride back in the '70s (I think...) with some friends.
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