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Old 04-02-2016, 07:27 PM
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Very Nice! Gotten them bedded in yet?
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Old 04-02-2016, 08:36 PM
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Not even close. Couldn't find enough open road to get them hot enough. As per StopTech's instructions, the break-in procedure should result in the rotors turning a light blue hue from heat. I didn't get them anywhere near that hot on the initial test run because traffic was heavy on Saturday evening. I'll have to sneak out before dawn some day soon.

They already feel great, though. Pedal is nice and firm and excellent modulation. Can't wait until they're fully bedded. I was also pleased to find out that the E46 325/328 rear brake upgrade works wonderfully, too. Very happy with the outcome.

And I can't tell you how pleased I am that I did not encounter any seized rotor retaining bolts or stubborn brake line fittings. Everything came right off with no fuss. I was a bit worried about it before hand, since I'm sure the brake lines were the originals, and the old rotors were lookin' pretty crusty.
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Not even close. Couldn't find enough open road to get them hot enough. As per StopTech's instructions, the break-in procedure should result in the rotors turning a light blue hue from heat. I didn't get them anywhere near that hot on the initial test run because traffic was heavy on Saturday evening. I'll have to sneak out before dawn some day soon.

They already feel great, though. Pedal is nice and firm and excellent modulation. Can't wait until they're fully bedded. I was also pleased to find out that the E46 325/328 rear brake upgrade works wonderfully, too. Very happy with the outcome.
Excellent!I was going to put the Hawk Street/Race pads back on for the PDX at Daytona next weekend, but I decided to leave the PF Z rated pads on and see how they do, plus I didn't see a path to getting the Hawks bedded in again in time.
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Old 04-02-2016, 09:13 PM
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The PFC Z-rated pads will probably hold up for you. They are of course not a dedicated track pad, but they never faded on me last season. When inspecting them while removing my old calipers today, I found that one of the fronts had a hairline crack down the middle of the pad, and had about 50% life remaining after 6 HPDEs (8 hours of lapping total), about that many autocrosses, and plenty of spirited street driving. Nothing particularly alarming, especially since I pushed them far beyond their intended purpose.
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Old 04-02-2016, 11:47 PM
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Old 04-03-2016, 05:56 AM
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Yep, went to braided steel lines all around.
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I finished off working on the front this morning. My indycar buddy came over and we knocked it out. The full bill of work included Koni yellows, h&r sports, new control arms, new tie rods, new sway links and bushings, new '95 strut hats, BW trackcabs, BW brake lines.

Time to take it for a spin then start the rear: koni yellows, h&r sports, rogue rtabs, rogue rsms, and BW brake lines. It's going to feel like a brand new car.
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Finally cranked the 85 3er with the 88 i engine swap. The hold-up turned out to be a bad coil. Swapped in a known good one and it fired right up, no leaks, smooth and quiet. First time that car has moved under it's own power in 6, count 'em, SIX years. Time for tires, paint and upholstery.
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Nothing Like the feeling of getting your car back on the road after its just been sitting for years. Then you think why didn't I do this awhile ago?
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Old 04-09-2016, 06:11 PM
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Still lost in waiting-for-parts limbo. Disassembled the dead struts and "fixed" the mushroomed strut tower. Or at least "addressed" it. Whoever imagined that this was adequate support? Reinforcement plates on the way, but not in todays mail.
Pressed the splayed strut-mount flat and pounded the tower into something like flat. Well at least the studs go through the holes now...
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Old 04-09-2016, 06:37 PM
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This was a situation of my best friend, Eddie, wanting to learn automotive mechanics and his super-busy life keeping him from getting here to learn. He bought that car in 2010, knowing the M20B27 was dead after the timing belt broke. We bought a wrecked '88 325i just for the engine, but got a lot more off it. There were dozens of times I could have worked on the swap by myself, but waited until he was here so he'd have 'hands-on experience'. He finally retired after 30+ years as a college professor, and we started making actual progress on his car. I feel a little bad about getting it running today...he wasn't able to be here, but he was really excited to hear it run over the phone. We'd tried to crank it earlier in the week when he was here, but I didn't recognize that the coil was dead until today. It was a huge relief when that was all that was wrong with it. Vroom!
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Old 04-09-2016, 08:15 PM
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This was a situation of my best friend, Eddie, wanting to learn automotive mechanics and his super-busy life keeping him from getting here to learn. He bought that car in 2010, knowing the M20B27 was dead after the timing belt broke. We bought a wrecked '88 325i just for the engine, but got a lot more off it. There were dozens of times I could have worked on the swap by myself, but waited until he was here so he'd have 'hands-on experience'. He finally retired after 30+ years as a college professor, and we started making actual progress on his car. I feel a little bad about getting it running today...he wasn't able to be here, but he was really excited to hear it run over the phone. We'd tried to crank it earlier in the week when he was here, but I didn't recognize that the coil was dead until today. It was a huge relief when that was all that was wrong with it. Vroom!
I'm sure he would've been happy to be there, but he was probably happier that it was something simple. There is nothing worse than working on a big project like that and then it doesn't start, regardless he is probably very satisfied now.
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Old 04-09-2016, 08:53 PM
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He is. He said he did a happy dance when he heard it run. His wife asked "what's that for?", and then guessed herself it was news that this very long project was finally coming close to completion. It's great to be able to do something like this for Eddie. He's the guy that gave me the 84 633 a couple years ago. He bought it, put a ton of money into it (we rebuilt the entire suspension), then he gave it to me. You don't find generosity like that very often.
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Old 04-09-2016, 11:44 PM
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I'm in the process of helping a member "Grush" get his 318i 5 speed with only 58,000 miles that's been on jack stands for 8 years running. A similar scenario where he doesn't have time to work on it. Yours is a perfect example of what the car community needs, if only time grew on trees....
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Old 04-10-2016, 12:09 AM
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Amen to that! I have more projects, car and otherwise, than I'll ever be able to finish, but I keep taking on more of them. Mostly for other people (which get done before my own). My wife says I can't say no...
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I traded my friend for his 2011 altima for the week.

Dont ask me why... he missed driving bmw.



already hate the altima.... so bland. the cvt is cool though...
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Old 04-24-2016, 10:02 AM
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Not today, but yesterday... Swapped out my street pads for my PFC-08 race pads and put on my track wheels/tires in preparation for my first track day of the season next weekend. Also ran 2 liters of fresh brake fluid through the system and did a partial coolant flush. Need to replace my valve cover gasket to address a very small leak, but it's raining today (no garage). Ready to hit the track, though.
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Old 04-30-2016, 03:25 PM
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Since a big package arrived this week I could not wait to put on the Koni STR.T rear shocks.
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Now all four shocks/struts are new, Koni yellow up front orange at the rear. Can't wait to do the rear bushings.
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This morning I had new front and back breaks put on my 318ti, replaced both oxygen sensors (one was nearly tore in half). I cleared all of the codes and am currently searching for the most accurate drive cycle information because the dash lights are still on. Oh, & while I was going to the grocery store my driver's side window decided to come off track and fall all of the way down. 2 steps forward, 1 step back, almost ready for an inspection though.
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Old 04-30-2016, 04:43 PM
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That reminds me....ever since I bought the 318 I thought it had Bilsteins and H&R sport springs. The H&Rs were correct, but (and this is going to tell on me how unobservant I am) while doing a brake job on it last week I discovered it has Koni yellows! I've replaced bushings, LCAs, tie rods and everything else and NEVER NOTICED it had adjustable Konis! Talk about surprised!
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This morning I had new front and back breaks put on my 318ti, replaced both oxygen sensors (one was nearly tore in half). I cleared all of the codes and am currently searching for the most accurate drive cycle information because the dash lights are still on. Oh, & while I was going to the grocery store my driver's side window decided to come off track and fall all of the way down. 2 steps forward, 1 step back, almost ready for an inspection though.
I've found this to be pretty accurate.

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-...or-Smog-Check/

It may take 5-10 drive cycles to get some codes to clear on their own.
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