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Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Aug-18-2018, 11:11:45 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,604
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: Possible to drive a 95 M3 in Pennsylvania during winter?

The problem with winter driving is all the other idiots on the road. Some panic at the sight of the first snow flake and others think they are Tommi Makinen on a rally stage.

If you can afford...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Aug-18-2018, 01:27:27 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,255
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: Plan to convert an E36 3 series to an M3

Most shops do not want to tie up bays and man hours to strip 2 cars down to nothing and then build one back up. If you are having a shop swap the drive train and suspension from your M3 into another...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Jul-28-2018, 02:32:23 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 7,725
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: 37K-Mile 1995 BMW M3 Coupe 5-Speed Daytona Violet

Since the euro cars are almost 25 years old it will be really interesting to see what this goes for. The seller didnít post the build date but worst case scenario its about 8 months from turning 25...
Forum: Photography Sun, Jun-17-2018, 03:43:30 PM
Replies: 522
Views: 48,259
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: Snapshot Of The Day (1 post per day/no cell phone images)

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180617/4b1c78128f7474c565c02eaa464810fb.jpg

In the Lowes parking lot last night.
Just caught the sun set at the right time.


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Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Jun-14-2018, 03:54:58 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 929
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: Hello from Canada :) Techno Violet M3

They could be Dinan springs. The Dinan kit comes with Koni yellows.


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Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Jun-10-2018, 12:07:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 464
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Michigan pot holes Suck!!!

Me too. Iím somewhat relieved that the weak link was a simple shock mount. Itís probably the cheapest part to replace but itís a pain to remove. I just finished installing JL Stealth speaker...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Jun-10-2018, 03:24:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 464
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Michigan pot holes Suck!!!

I was in my way to a meet this morning, cruising at about 40 MPH down a major city street. I looked at the GPS for 1 sec and smack I hit the mother of all pot holes!

My glove box popped open and...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Jun-09-2018, 03:36:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 694
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: Installing Braided Stainless Steal Lines

I installed all 6 StopTech SS lines in the spring. Not having the tabs or barbs does make it more difficult. I seems like you need 3 hands. The trick Tom mentioned worked really well for me. ...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, May-26-2018, 07:08:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 591
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: Recommended Koni SA settings

I finally had a chance to take my car out for a good drive after adjusting the dampers. I set mine to 1 full turn up from full soft.

That definitely solved the bouncy suspension at freeway...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, May-07-2018, 02:03:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 591
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Recommended Koni SA settings

I noticed the last few drives Iíve been on my suspension feels under dampened on the highways. When the car hits expansion joints at 75 mph the car bounces more than I would like.

I installed...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, May-07-2018, 12:59:04 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 16,357
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: OEM Plus Eurospec M3 Build

Took the car out for a good run today. Itís a great chance to show off the new shoes.

I know most people didnít like my painted DSIIs.

These Apex FL5s give the car a much more modern look....
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Apr-14-2018, 03:24:41 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 16,357
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: OEM Plus Eurospec M3 Build

Itís been a long time and itís time for an update.

Just after the exhaust was installed I took the car from KY to Tail of the Dragon.

At the Tail of the Dragon it became apparent that the...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Mar-13-2018, 01:58:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 872
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: Bushing Tools vs Press

I generally agree! 12Ē of 3/8 all thread is about $2 at any hardware store. You really donít have much to loose. If it works, thank the car gods, you got lucky! A grade 10.9 M12 or 7/16 bolt...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Mar-13-2018, 01:48:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 872
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Bushing Tools vs Press

I have an old very heavy duty 12Ē bench vise that I use as a horizontal press. With a good variety of different diameter pipes and bar stock for mandrels it handled all of the bushings on my E36...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Mar-11-2018, 01:23:17 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 872
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: Bushing Tools vs Press

I just snapped 3/8Ē all thread on my Home Depot Motorsport bushing puller. 🤬 I was trying to pull the upper control arm bushing.


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Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Feb-28-2018, 11:46:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 467
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: Press-in Wheel Studs

My friend had similar concerns on his track only GTI. He had me tack weld the threaded studs to the inside face of the hub. I thought he was crazy but heís happy.
And no, there are no...
Forum: E36 / E30 - Parts for Sale/Wanted Sun, Aug-13-2017, 01:16:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 612
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: FS: E36 M3 SuperSprint exhaust

I replied to all PMs.

Its in Louisville KY. For any Canadians, I can bring it back to Ontario and ship it from there.


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Forum: E36 / E30 - Parts for Sale/Wanted Sun, Aug-13-2017, 01:14:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 612
Posted By _JohnnyD_
FS: E36 M3 SuperSprint exhaust

SOLD!

Thanks for all of the responses.



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Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Aug-04-2017, 11:53:40 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 16,357
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: OEM Plus Eurospec M3 Build

It's time for an update.

I've been enjoying the car all summer as is but I couldn't resist on a killer deal I found on a SuperSprint cat back exhaust.

Before...
...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Jun-30-2017, 12:45:46 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,461
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: Interior restoration: What color change would you do?

Dark red on the seats only in an AW car. Its tried and true in the E46 M3. Keep the rest black. Too much red can get overwhelming.


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Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Jun-26-2017, 12:37:22 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 480
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Real or fake Motorsport handles

Can anyone confirm if these handles are real or fakes. They look like they have the graining inside the letters but the letters look deeper than most that I have been seeing.

I've been looking...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, May-28-2017, 04:09:41 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,244
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: 95m3 owners who want BAV SOUND!

I'm in!


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Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, May-17-2017, 02:02:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 961
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: BAVSOUND speaker upgrade

I didn't know they made a kit for cars with non hifi or non HK systems. I'm assuming you have the 6 speaker system without an amp.


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Forum: International Mon, Apr-24-2017, 07:36:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,808
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: Canadian Roll Call

Name: John
Location: Windsor
Car: 1994 E36 M3 Coupe
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Apr-03-2017, 01:32:53 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 16,357
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: OEM Plus Eurospec M3 Build

That's enough of the show stuff. The car does need more go stuff.

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170403/873f0d7ab1e5dc19d0c79af7873c6e11.jpg

After months of delays I finally installed...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Apr-03-2017, 01:18:26 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 16,357
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: OEM Plus Eurospec M3 Build

It's finally time for updates again. I finally have an interior pic. My last interior part was lux interior door handles.
...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Mar-30-2017, 05:58:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,038
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: Owning an e36 in a large city

+1 for buying a commuter car for the city.
When I lived in Toronto, I actually got a break in insurance by owning a second commuter car. (automatic Focus)
I found owning a generic small saves...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Feb-27-2017, 12:55:54 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 12,333
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: WTB 1999 m3 Techno Violet

147000 km = 91341.5653 miles, which seems to be less than average for this age.

I met a dealer in Michigan that imports 3-5 year old F150s from Canada to Michigan due to the exchange rate. He...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Feb-26-2017, 01:34:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 451
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: Sachs front struts

Anyone have an old set of front struts they want to sell?


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Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Feb-26-2017, 01:32:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 451
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: Sachs front struts

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170226/8564168a182e3d5cf6c83fa87518a46f.jpg

They do have the sway end link tabs, tabs for the wires and clinch bolt hole.

The only difference is the spring...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Feb-25-2017, 10:27:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 451
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Sachs front struts

It looks like my front struts have huge spring perches. Do I have the wrong struts?

I bought these struts a few months ago to use as housing for Koni inserts. I just received the springs and...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Feb-19-2017, 01:33:54 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 12,333
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: WTB 1999 m3 Techno Violet

I stumbled across this today.

I know it's not TV, but it is purple and the motor might make up for the extra doors

...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Jan-07-2017, 10:42:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,229
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Winter tyre recommendation?

If you are dead set on winter tires...

Nokian Hakkapeliitta are the best. These are highly rated in most Northern countries.

I would buy a cheap set of 16" wheels and run 195/55 R16 tires. ...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Jan-07-2017, 10:34:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,229
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: Winter tyre recommendation?

+1 for the rental car

I'm pretty sure snow drifting is the only good use for a rental car in the winter. You'd be surprised how much fun a POS Kia can be in the snow.

Just make sure it has a...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Jan-07-2017, 10:18:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,293
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: Aux fan not working

I did check the fuse first. It is fine.

As I mentioned above, when bypassing the fan switch (at the rad) the fan works. The only concern I have is why it won't turn on with the AC button on the...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Jan-05-2017, 12:51:09 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 16,357
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: OEM Plus Eurospec M3 Build

It's time to clean up the appearance of the M3.

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170105/2c883259e3dc3a3b021d51bcc6514696.jpg
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Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Jan-05-2017, 12:44:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,293
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: Aux fan not working

I think I have both a bad fan switch and a low pressure issue in my AC. That might explain why the fan won't turn on when up to temp OR with AC on.


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Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Jan-03-2017, 11:15:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,293
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: Aux fan not working

I wouldn't have thought that low AC pressure would impact the aux fan. When you say "bad switch" I'm guessing that you mean fan switch in the rad.


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Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Jan-02-2017, 02:35:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 837
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: Bluetooth Call / MP3 Adapter

What type of head unit are you using?


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Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Dec-31-2016, 10:11:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,293
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Aux fan not working

I need some advice with my aux fan that doesn't want to work.

I followed the Bavauto instructions linked below and my fan works in high and low when bypassing the fan switch in the rad. The...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Dec-27-2016, 02:03:45 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 837
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: Bluetooth Call / MP3 Adapter

Looks interesting. There is another similar German version for sale on Ebay. I'd be interested in reviews.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Dec-20-2016, 11:25:02 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 16,357
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: OEM Plus Eurospec M3 Build

Those are regular cross drilled Zimmerman rotors. Unfortunately the previous owner got rid of the floating front disks. :(


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Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Dec-19-2016, 10:30:58 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 16,357
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: OEM Plus Eurospec M3 Build

They fit just fine. They are a slightly larger diameter than my old mounts.

BMW PN: 22322282340


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Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Dec-19-2016, 01:05:55 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 16,357
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: OEM Plus Eurospec M3 Build

More interior updates to come...


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Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Dec-19-2016, 01:04:55 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 16,357
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: OEM Plus Eurospec M3 Build

The car just came back from my mechanic. It went in to get the rear main seal replaced but the list ended up being...
Rear main seal
Used JB aluminum flywheel my mechanic had lying around
Sachs...
Forum: Cars for Sale/Wanted Sat, Dec-17-2016, 09:51:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,276
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: 1994 BMW M3 Coupe (EU) Location: NY

I wonder how they can advertise...
"The vehicle can be shipped to your door with a US title."
I thought the car needs to be 25 years old?


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Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Dec-15-2016, 08:46:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 389
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: 1997 Euro M3 springs?

I have a 1994 euro M3 on stock suspension and I would think it might even be slightly higher than the US spec M3. More like a 328i.
Use realoem.com to search part numbers. You can probably get...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Nov-19-2016, 02:33:48 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 16,357
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: OEM Plus Eurospec M3 Build

I'm finally back to work on the car!

Last week I replaced the rear parking drum brakes. So I decided to paint the calipers.

Today I installed a a set of studs and spacers. They are the...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Oct-01-2016, 05:29:30 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,554
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: e36 m3 build advice

I'm curious, why would you pick an E36 to turn into a 1000hp track car.
Don't get me wrong I love the E36 but if your goal is to have the fastest lap time and biggest dyno numbers then there are...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Sep-24-2016, 11:16:12 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 16,357
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: OEM Plus Eurospec M3 Build

I've been enjoying the car as is this summer and collecting bits and pieces.

I did finally get all of the bits to upgrade the steering wheel this weekend.
...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Sep-15-2016, 01:06:18 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,315
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: YOUR ADVICE '95 European Cosmos Black M3 with 3,000 miles in absolute mint condit

That car is a really tough sell. It has 3 issues going against it.
1) RHD car in a LHD country
2) Super low mileage makes buy feel guilty for driving it
3) Common color (and I'm assuming...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Sep-07-2016, 11:25:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 971
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Should I rebuild VANOS?

I don't live anywhere near Toronto. I don't doubt my local dealer has the tools. I'm concerned about getting parts.

I'll leave it until the winter. We less than 2 months of driving season...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Sep-07-2016, 11:57:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 971
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: Should I rebuild VANOS?

Your right but it was only 45 cars, 22 years ago to the 2nd largest country in the world. I would bet good money my local dealership has never seen a one of those cars.

Last time I went in to...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Sep-07-2016, 01:07:31 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 25,452
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: Best STREET Coilovers

Please post the specs!


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Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Sep-07-2016, 12:50:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 971
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: Should I rebuild VANOS?

Testing with DIS is tough for me. The local BMW dealership is small and the service department is barely open.

I'll try the pressure gauge trick.

I'm nervous about taking euro specific...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Sep-05-2016, 02:06:30 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 971
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Should I rebuild VANOS?

The background...

I have a 94 M3 with a euro S50B30.
The car has just over 109k kms (~65k miles). I recently completed quite a bit of general engine maintenance and I was always planning to...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Aug-24-2016, 12:55:01 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 16,357
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: OEM Plus Eurospec M3 Build

I uploaded the pic again in a larger format.

Now you can see the nasty rusty lug bolts. [emoji1]

I swapped the wheels with a set of slate grey DSIIs.


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Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Aug-20-2016, 06:32:51 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 16,357
Posted By _JohnnyD_
OEM Plus Eurospec M3 Build

The boring maintenance stuff is done for now and I had the car back on the road for the first time in a few weeks.

And look, she got a bit of a makeover the mean time...
...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Aug-20-2016, 01:56:12 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 6,984
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: M3 S50B30 in Japan

I just found this in the spare tire well of my M3. [emoji106]

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160820/a331de60d7346a08f1033dc33ee6c765_thumb.jpg
...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Aug-16-2016, 12:50:34 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 6,984
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: M3 S50B30 in Japan

Great car. I also have a Japanese 94 M3. I was looking for months to import one and can attest to the jump in prices of these in Japan over the last 2 years.


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Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Aug-15-2016, 02:40:21 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 5,894
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: Wow Euro E36 for sale

If you're willing to import, they are generally cheaper and lower mileage in Japan.


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Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Aug-15-2016, 01:03:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 897
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: S50B30 SAP delete

The hoses were cracked and the vacuum line and valve were a potential vacuum leak.

The new belt, block off plate and gasket are actually cheaper than replacing the hose and valve.

The weight...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Aug-15-2016, 12:55:24 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 16,357
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: OEM Plus Eurospec M3 Build

Can anyone confirm if the vacuum line #9 actually exists?

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160815/e939a745273427570d7dd78459365037_thumb.jpg

I can't find it on my car. I couldn't find any...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Aug-15-2016, 12:50:22 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 16,357
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: OEM Plus Eurospec M3 Build

The last of my maintenance parts finally arrived last week and today it was time to get dirty.

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160815/0eb6f5198c38b8cba417434c40cde7a7_thumb.jpg
...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Aug-15-2016, 12:23:59 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 16,357
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: OEM Plus Eurospec M3 Build

www.leebmann24.de õ bmw-ersatzteile

They took about 2 weeks before shipping, which sucks.


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Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Aug-15-2016, 12:15:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 897
Posted By _JohnnyD_
S50B30 SAP delete

I tried to do the SAP delete on my euro S50B30 and it was almost an epic fail.

This was supposed to be just a portion of my overall maintenance overhaul. So I didn't plan to pull the exhaust...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Aug-14-2016, 11:55:22 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 5,894
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: Wow Euro E36 for sale

I wonder how this ended up in the US?

The 45 Canadian M3s come up for sale every now and then in Canada, usually for quite a bit less $$. There is a Dakar yellow car with a ton of AC Schnitzer...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Aug-06-2016, 05:50:10 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 16,357
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: OEM Plus Eurospec M3 Build

It's time for an update.

Since I am still waiting on engine maintenance parts from Germany I figured I could at least get some cosmetic issues sorted out.

The car came with a nice stone chip...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Aug-05-2016, 10:09:57 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,530
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: 2x OG M3 GT on auction.

You guys are crazy, the green is an amazing colour. Pictures just don't do it justice. In the sun it gets much brighter.

I liked the colour so much that I had my old E30 painted that exact BMW...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Aug-05-2016, 04:40:09 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 16,357
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: OEM Plus Eurospec M3 Build

The warehouse that ships new OEM parts was closed/vacation for almost the entire month of July. :screwy:

I might try them on the next order.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Aug-05-2016, 04:37:48 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 16,357
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: OEM Plus Eurospec M3 Build

I hope I got the worst of the parts. I ordered a lot of vacuum, SAP and EGR parts that were unique.

It looks like some of the more standard maintenance parts like thermostat, fuel pressure...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Aug-05-2016, 12:20:00 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 16,357
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: OEM Plus Eurospec M3 Build

I'm starting to find out that the euro spec parts can be a pain in the a$$. All of the US sites that offer them online promptly cancel the orders when they find out the part is euro spec only.

I...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Aug-05-2016, 12:12:20 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 16,357
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: OEM Plus Eurospec M3 Build

I live in Canada. The car was imported from Japan in 2010.

Canada has a 15 year old rule for imports that were not sold in Canada originally. I think the US has a similar rule with 25 year...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Jul-27-2016, 12:10:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 410
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: Coupe vs convertible windshield

Ok, so no one knows the difference between a coupe and convertible windshield.

The next option is the green windshield vs the clear with anti glare.

My car currently has the green but I wonder...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Jul-18-2016, 01:50:17 AM
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Coupe vs convertible windshield

Do any of you know the difference between coupe and windshields?

I was looking up replacement windshield part numbers and it looks like the euro coupes and US convertibles use the same windshield...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Jul-16-2016, 02:38:37 AM
Replies: 84
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Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: OEM Plus Eurospec M3 Build

I don't think it will see track time this year.

Today I needed to do another mod.

My car was equipped with this amazing C33 radio that has self ejects. Yes. Every time I hit the breaks the...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Jul-12-2016, 02:52:28 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 16,357
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: OEM Plus Eurospec M3 Build

The original attachments are spaced for a european sized number plate which is much wider. (You can see the holes in the original black trim)
The way Canadian dealers fitted the front license plate...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Jul-10-2016, 11:59:06 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 16,357
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: OEM Plus Eurospec M3 Build

After a few weeks of crazy work and vacation I'm back working on the M3.

Today I did an oil change and front end face lift. (and ordered cooling system parts)

The old...
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Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Jul-10-2016, 11:43:59 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 16,357
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: OEM Plus Eurospec M3 Build

This is a very good description of what happens with my car. The oil temp hits about 90C after 10 minutes of casual driving.


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Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Jul-07-2016, 01:02:45 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 16,357
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: OEM Plus Eurospec M3 Build

All of this debate is great but I'm with MParallel and sticking to the original BMW specs. BMW engineers have to factor in engine temps at all outside conditions (including very cold), electrical...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Jul-06-2016, 01:58:21 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 16,357
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: OEM Plus Eurospec M3 Build

Typically lower temp thermostats and fan temp switches are used to compensate for a removing the clutched fan. I don't plan on doing that.

I also don't live in an extremely hot climate and don't...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Jul-06-2016, 01:16:57 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 16,357
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: OEM Plus Eurospec M3 Build

I Googled a few videos showing a temp gage with a bypassed buffer. Mine is definitely buffered because it shows a very consistent temp during the entire drive.


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Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Jul-05-2016, 07:36:27 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 16,357
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: OEM Plus Eurospec M3 Build

So I have driven the car a few times and noticed that the coolant temp hits just under mid point on the gage very quickly. About 1 min of driving in my subdivision under 2500 rpm. The ambient temp...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Jun-25-2016, 12:25:19 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 16,357
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: OEM Plus Eurospec M3 Build

It has 109k kms and was built 12/1993. It looks like the clutch fan was replaced. The hoses look new but the clumps look untouched. It's hard to tell if anything was done before.


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Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Jun-24-2016, 01:56:06 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 16,357
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: OEM Plus Eurospec M3 Build

I'm glad so many people like the wheels. It should make them easy to sell.

I'm thinking about running DSIIs or maybe some Alpina wheels. We'll see what pops up.


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Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Jun-24-2016, 01:52:28 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 16,357
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: OEM Plus Eurospec M3 Build

Your right, they are rare. I also find they hold up much better than leather. Unless the early owners really maintained the leather from new the leather grain tends to be worn and cracked.



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Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Jun-24-2016, 01:39:32 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 16,357
Posted By _JohnnyD_
Re: OEM Plus Eurospec M3 Build

Yup


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Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Jun-23-2016, 01:54:08 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 16,357
Posted By _JohnnyD_
OEM Plus Eurospec M3 Build

I've been looking for a E36 M3 for a while. I was looking for a 96+ coupe in Dakar or Techno with black hurricane cloth interior, low mileage and unmolested.

After months of searching for that...
Forum: M3Forum Welcome Center Mon, May-16-2016, 10:49:22 PM
Replies: 0
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Posted By _JohnnyD_
Hi

Hopefully I will have a lot to post in a few weeks. I'm taking an euro E36 M3 into a local shop for PPI. If it really is what the owner says I should be the proud owner in a few days.



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