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Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Mon, Sep-17-2018, 01:15:11 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 176
Posted By Drewster
Who has this car?

Saw this car race at the NASA championships and was quite impressed. I want to say I've seen the car picture as a signature but couldn't find it when poking around. Is there a build thread/...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Sep-16-2018, 10:42:31 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,688
Posted By Drewster
Re: Bullet Proof VANOS S54 Project

Depends on f*cked the subframe gets ;) replacing the whole floor isn't exactly cheap

Doing a valve adjustment and moving on to the VANOS is definitely recommended since most of the work is just...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Sep-16-2018, 02:19:34 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 168
Posted By Drewster
Re: Diagnosing a false knock reading

"Definitely false knock" .. unless you have a mechanical problem :P

If you can log the knock sensors, I would replace the one that's faulty

TPS at 100% definitely sounds amiss as long as that...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Sep-16-2018, 02:08:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 254
Posted By Drewster
Re: Clutch issues... ugh

You can always try bleeding the clutch, but it sounds like she needs to get opened back up
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Fri, Sep-14-2018, 05:54:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 238
Posted By Drewster
Re: Racing Seat Install: Deadly Seat Sliders

I was going to say, either bend the handle down, or don't wrap your digits around it and slam forward

I'm more curious how well it clears the chassis
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Sep-14-2018, 01:02:30 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,142
Posted By Drewster
Re: too many options for rod bearings....

Juuuust search around for VAC's reputation :roll:
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Sep-14-2018, 12:21:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 631
Posted By Drewster
Re: Rats! Wiring damage...

You'd be surprised how much corrosion can alter the effective voltage of a sensor.

Personally, I would solder and then use adhesive lined heat-shrink to seal the joint and act as a strain relief....
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Sep-13-2018, 06:56:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 129
Posted By Drewster
Re: Single stripped vanos solenoid pack bolt

Yeah, I forgot in my original reply that the top bolts to the actuator actually seal it, not the solenoid pack bolts - snuck the ninja edit in.

I wouldn't be at all concerned with Vanos function....
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Sep-13-2018, 06:48:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 129
Posted By Drewster
Re: Single stripped vanos solenoid pack bolt

As long as those coils are over the actual valves you should be fine.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Sep-12-2018, 04:35:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 371
Posted By Drewster
Re: Prophylactic Rod Bearing Change Opinions

Blackstone would be a quick way to see where you're at. 100k on the bearings wouldn't be a bad time to start saving/ plan
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Sep-11-2018, 07:24:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 631
Posted By Drewster
Re: Rats! Wiring damage...

In that case I'd go with https://www.ecstuning.com/b-genuine-bmw-parts/wiring-loom-corrugated-tubing/61136933301/
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Sep-11-2018, 05:39:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 631
Posted By Drewster
Re: Rats! Wiring damage...

According to eBay, sure :lolhit:

Not that I care if you're butthurt, but I'm not the only one who would ditch a potential car at the sign of a home-brew wiring adventure. Not because I can't...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Sep-11-2018, 11:25:03 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 631
Posted By Drewster
Re: Rats! Wiring damage...

For what it's worth, if I opened the hood of a BMW and saw that cheap plastic corrugated tubing, I'd just close the hood and walk away.

If they actually made a nest in there, I'd have already...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Sep-11-2018, 02:50:43 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 788
Posted By Drewster
Re: *Potential odometer roll back* questions

Change your rod bearings - instant mileage indicator :P
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Sep-10-2018, 06:30:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 378
Posted By Drewster
Re: M3 E46 Overheat with all new element HELP ME!

Agreed - that seems to be the missing element here
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Sep-10-2018, 06:23:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 378
Posted By Drewster
Re: M3 E46 Overheat with all new element HELP ME!

What's your local climate, and is it actually hitting the red section of the gauge?
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Sep-10-2018, 03:17:40 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 11,946
Posted By Drewster
Re: DIY People: Share your garage setup/tools

I DIY'ed mine, love it, but it was a *lot* of work to do right
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Sep-09-2018, 02:40:24 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,688
Posted By Drewster
Re: Bullet Proof VANOS S54 Project

Beisan will give you O-Rings and a very detailed procedure on how to disassemble and rebuild the Vanos that you can DIY, and it's cheaper.

Dr.Vanos will give you a unit to bolt onto the engine,...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Sep-09-2018, 02:03:44 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,688
Posted By Drewster
Re: Bullet Proof VANOS S54 Project

Then why isn't the video called "inserting splined shafts?"

This is what annoys me most about Vanos jobs on the forum - none of the steps shown actually time the engine. The Vanos pistons rotate...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Sep-09-2018, 01:52:03 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,688
Posted By Drewster
Re: Bullet Proof VANOS S54 Project

Beisan for the DIY'er
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Sep-09-2018, 03:45:51 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,688
Posted By Drewster
Re: Bullet Proof VANOS S54 Project

Is it just me, or at no point in that video do you actually use the BMW timing tool and time the camshafts? :shifty:
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Sep-09-2018, 03:43:24 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,688
Posted By Drewster
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Sep-08-2018, 07:42:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 179
Posted By Drewster
Re: Driveshaft-to-Diff. Flange Install

Just clean the grease away from outside of the gasket mating surface (you got a new gasket, right? ;) )

Torque to spec. When you're torquing rod bolts, you actually lube them up on purpose to...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Sep-06-2018, 11:02:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 264
Posted By Drewster
Re: Tophats seized on struts

Coilover time! :)

I'd suggest using a rag to protect the shaft while you clamp it with vice-grips, but it's not perfect.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Sep-06-2018, 06:16:04 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,796
Posted By Drewster
Re: List: The Worst Driving/Operation Mistakes One Can Make on an E46 M3

Ah, yeah, definitely get Martyn's tool and re-map at least your primary throttle table to linear
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Sep-06-2018, 04:53:09 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,796
Posted By Drewster
Re: List: The Worst Driving/Operation Mistakes One Can Make on an E46 M3

Wat? You're saying you want 0% throttle to not be 0% throttle? Or that a light lift shouldn't be as much of a throttle closure?
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Thu, Sep-06-2018, 02:49:31 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 367
Posted By Drewster
Re: Running E85?

It will definitely not be as efficient - E85 burns at a different AFR

It will burn cooler, but that may not solve an overheating issue if you have one.

For track use, you'll either want a tool...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Sep-06-2018, 12:29:01 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,796
Posted By Drewster
Re: List: The Worst Driving/Operation Mistakes One Can Make on an E46 M3

Personally I hated both throttle maps - both are now just linear :)
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Sep-05-2018, 05:55:02 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,796
Posted By Drewster
Re: List: The Worst Driving/Operation Mistakes One Can Make on an E46 M3

Don't shift in a hurry :P Not only is it easy to get the wrong gear, it's common to go right past the reverse lockout when you're hunting for second and under adrenaline.

Don't go looking for the...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Sep-05-2018, 03:04:27 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,492
Posted By Drewster
Re: Just Bought, Having Problems

https://mechanics.stackexchange.com/questions/23047/obd-ii-power-when-key-not-in-ignition

Use a multimeter to check battery voltage and ground resistance, for starters. It might just have a blown...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Sep-03-2018, 05:14:14 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,492
Posted By Drewster
Re: Just Bought, Having Problems

Yes, the ground connection is under the carpet attached to the transmission tunnel.

...getting under the carpet is still a pain, though
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Sep-03-2018, 12:21:09 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,492
Posted By Drewster
Re: Just Bought, Having Problems

Bud, you probably have a bad module, bad ground, or just a shit connection on the bus somewhere. The best way to diagnose this is to get your OBD port working and ask the damn car.

This isn't a...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Sep-02-2018, 01:52:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 241
Posted By Drewster
Re: Dead starter...

Intermittent solenoid failure.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Sep-01-2018, 04:36:06 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,492
Posted By Drewster
Re: Just Bought, Having Problems

Hence the need to chase it back point by point rather than all at once.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Sep-01-2018, 04:06:21 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,492
Posted By Drewster
Re: Just Bought, Having Problems

I literally meant work your way back. If INPA literally can't read anything, chase the OBD port harness back, and so on. All assuming you're up for a project, of course
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Sep-01-2018, 03:28:17 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,492
Posted By Drewster
Re: Just Bought, Having Problems

I would start with getting a BMW diagnostic tool like INPA and working your way back from there.

Brace yourself for comments about buying BMW's with the dash already lit up like a Christmas tree ;)
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Aug-31-2018, 09:28:43 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 706
Posted By Drewster
Re: Car running rough

Yeah, if you know you're running ~60% and the AFD is defaulting to 10 (or something), I'd look there. The Continental sensors are known to crap out, and the AFD might be running with 10% or the last...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Aug-31-2018, 08:13:58 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 706
Posted By Drewster
Re: Car running rough

I'd look into that AFD kit - what's your current ethanol percentage?
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Thu, Aug-30-2018, 04:50:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 207
Posted By Drewster
Re: S52 injector replacement question

Yeah, I'd ask your tuner. If you're maxed out on duty cycle then OK, but even then they might have a given brand they prefer. Just stay away from Deatschwerks :)
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Aug-30-2018, 03:53:51 PM
Replies: 783
Views: 48,948
Posted By Drewster
Re: Megan Racing Headers

OE Euro!

Megan does the job at a great price-point.. but all of that is assuming you don't have a perfectly good OE Euro set just sitting there
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Thu, Aug-30-2018, 01:23:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 207
Posted By Drewster
Re: S52 injector replacement question

Are you using forced induction? If not, just use stock Bosch injectors and move on with life. There's no reason to look into tuning a stock ECU for injector non-linearity, etc. if you don't even need...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Aug-30-2018, 03:03:28 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,381
Posted By Drewster
Re: My M3 is a stolen car? I need HELP

LMGTFY
Digital
Motor
Electronics
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Aug-29-2018, 06:20:40 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 629
Posted By Drewster
Re: Radiator flush options?

The fitting/ bolt is just machined and anodized aluminum, so I'm not too concerned there aside from the thread depth on the banjo bolt.

I initially looked at a fumoto valve, but it would need new...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Aug-29-2018, 03:17:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 629
Posted By Drewster
Re: Radiator flush options?

I'd second the request for what you used.

Based on some Google-fu action, it looks like the drain plug bolt is an M14x1.5, correct?

I was going to use the following to extend the drain - some...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Aug-29-2018, 01:46:08 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 629
Posted By Drewster
Re: Radiator flush options?

Good to know, thanks!!
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Aug-29-2018, 12:01:43 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 629
Posted By Drewster
Re: Radiator flush options?

Based on what tap water does to showers and faucets here with all the minerals, I don't think I could be convinced to go that route :lolhit:
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Aug-28-2018, 07:29:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 629
Posted By Drewster
Radiator flush options?

To make a long story short, I had a large coolant leak, band-aided, filled back up with only distilled water, came back much later to permanently fix the leak and noticed brown deposits in my...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Aug-27-2018, 09:47:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 369
Posted By Drewster
Re: E46 Leak, Car Won't Start

You need a scanner that can read all BMW modules - INPA, etc.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Aug-27-2018, 09:05:51 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,381
Posted By Drewster
Re: My M3 is a stolen car? I need HELP

Sounds like they swapped in an ECU from a car that got chop-shopped
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Aug-25-2018, 09:23:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 464
Posted By Drewster
Re: Rear end feels “loose”

Agreed! Wasn't thinking about tires
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Aug-25-2018, 06:32:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 464
Posted By Drewster
Re: Rear end feels “loose”

What kind of RTAB? Sealed monoball or bust

When was the last time you got an alignment?
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Aug-25-2018, 01:42:49 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 623
Posted By Drewster
Re: Shoulder Harness Install

Yup. Just do the track day with your current setup, do harnesses when ready
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Fri, Aug-24-2018, 03:19:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 591
Posted By Drewster
Re: Switching pads for DE

Street/ race pads are kinda the worst of both worlds. If you get a big boy race pad (PFC08, DTC60, etc.), it'll usually strip whatever is on the rotor just fine - the folks at hawk should be able to...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Aug-24-2018, 03:11:44 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 549
Posted By Drewster
Re: Valve adjustment

How did the VANOS work go?
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Thu, Aug-23-2018, 03:07:16 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,842
Posted By Drewster
Re: BBK Worth it?

I had a good laugh at that, too - mostly because I've got a handful of videos where the session was going great, car was heating up, pushing the car harder as things got up to temp, dialing in a...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Aug-22-2018, 01:12:54 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,949
Posted By Drewster
Re: Money saved doing your own work, but to what extent?

If you can already do tune-ups, etc. the things you listed aren't too bad.

Working on this car really just requires time. Some cars require a *lot* of bizarre specialty tools, specialty knowledge,...
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Wed, Aug-22-2018, 02:32:11 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,842
Posted By Drewster
Re: BBK Worth it?

I should clarify that this is just 2nd hand knowledge from reading the forums. Multiple threads have an individual actively saying not to use the ST40's, others say wheel bearing issues caused their...
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Tue, Aug-21-2018, 05:21:08 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,842
Posted By Drewster
BBK Worth it?

I've had my PFC08's for a while now, and even though they aren't totally gone, the friction material has some cracks (overheating) and they just don't stop like they used to. I'm on the fence...
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Tue, Aug-21-2018, 05:15:12 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 16,407
Posted By Drewster
Re: Order of operations for DE car upgrades

I didn't see RTABs on your list? Usually those are suspect when someone complains about a "loose" feel

Tire wear/ pyrometer will tell you if your setup is wrong (at least in regard to your driving...
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Tue, Aug-21-2018, 04:49:24 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 16,407
Posted By Drewster
Re: Order of operations for DE car upgrades

Didn't see this - yes, a degree of camber is a *lot*, and from personal experience is the difference between cording the outside of tires repeatedly and getting even wear.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Aug-21-2018, 03:27:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 535
Posted By Drewster
Re: Bushings + other misc parts to replace w Subframe mounted ?

That's fair - I would at least get the new seal. That way you know there aren't leaks after you put everything back together, and you can fet CV grease locally
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Aug-20-2018, 11:10:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 535
Posted By Drewster
Re: Bushings + other misc parts to replace w Subframe mounted ?

Correct. On mine, this (https://www.ecstuning.com/b-genuine-bmw-parts/driveshaft-washer-gasket/26111229503/) gasket failed, so I re-filled it with this...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Aug-20-2018, 10:28:50 PM
Replies: 238
Views: 12,800
Posted By Drewster
Re: RTAB Monoball Thread

Sealed - like similar designs, it's an aluminum carrier with a sealed bearing that 's like what you find on the end of the control arms.

As Obioban mentioned, there was a big brouhaha over the...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Aug-20-2018, 04:27:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 535
Posted By Drewster
Re: Bushings + other misc parts to replace w Subframe mounted ?

Again, I'd add the CV, its seal, and redline grease to that.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Aug-20-2018, 03:06:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 535
Posted By Drewster
Re: Bushings + other misc parts to replace w Subframe mounted ?

The 'ol slippery slope...

Great times for replacing/ upgrading control arms (diff needs to be out)

Thoroughly inspect the driveshaft. If you have the means, I would just get *all* parts needed...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Aug-20-2018, 03:24:37 AM
Replies: 238
Views: 12,800
Posted By Drewster
Re: RTAB Monoball Thread

Had to replace one of my Bimmerworld monoballs (covered by BW), but otherwise they've been great!
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Aug-19-2018, 08:31:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 222
Posted By Drewster
Re: Outside temperature woes

If 122 doesn't make sense based on your climate...... have you tried swapping the sensor?
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Aug-17-2018, 10:07:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 925
Posted By Drewster
Re: How bad can it be to drive/have driven on this

"Don't drive it"

*Drives on it*
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Aug-16-2018, 01:41:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 436
Posted By Drewster
Re: Rim vs Tire width

Each tire will have its own "maximum" and "ideal" rim width that you need to check to make sure they work as intended. Tires are a bit like clothes - different brands fit differently with the same...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Aug-16-2018, 03:01:35 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 360
Posted By Drewster
Re: I need a bit of help/advice on passing NYS Emissions

Yeah, I should have clarified "if they're fine" means "change the suckers"
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Aug-15-2018, 09:59:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 360
Posted By Drewster
Re: I need a bit of help/advice on passing NYS Emissions

Based on the image, looks like Catalyst, O2, and O2 heater (assuming that's HRT)

I'd use a BMW scan tool to check for pending codes if that thing can't do it, and probably look at rear O2's. If...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Aug-15-2018, 05:23:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 188
Posted By Drewster
Re: Megan headers with euro cats, Do i need EGT and O2 sensors in the cats?

The whole point of the rear O2 sensor is to monitor catalyst efficiency. If you disabled them, you do not need to move them. If you want the car to monitor the catalyst, you need to move them.
...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Aug-14-2018, 03:36:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 925
Posted By Drewster
Re: How bad can it be to drive/have driven on this

For aligning camber, you use the top three nuts on the strut, not the big one on the shock. Whether they should have said something during the alignment is a different story

This site is your...
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Mon, Aug-13-2018, 07:27:26 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,639
Posted By Drewster
Re: What spare parts do you bring to the track?

Full set of fluids is the only thing I didn't see on there.

If you already have that stuff, it wouldn't hurt to carry a set of metric hardware (nuts and bolts) in case something breaks
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Aug-10-2018, 09:22:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 224
Posted By Drewster
Re: E46 m3 cluster missing washer fluid light?

My guess as well - time to pull the cluster and take a peek
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Aug-10-2018, 04:01:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 404
Posted By Drewster
Re: Feeler - O-ring packs for coolant hoses

Cool - I've ordered some packs of 20, so I'll use my car as a guinea pig once they come in, and if all goes well put the remainder in kits. The big seals will likely be Viton - they're pretty...
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Fri, Aug-10-2018, 01:31:09 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,006
Posted By Drewster
Re: High speed aero

They also have wings, which are a compromise between drag and downforce.

Wheels are specially different since they're constantly rotating. Most eco cars shooting for drag reduction put flaps or...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Aug-09-2018, 11:20:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 404
Posted By Drewster
Re: Feeler - O-ring packs for coolant hoses

Looking at probably 20 unless there's a huge pile of folks
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Thu, Aug-09-2018, 11:08:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,006
Posted By Drewster
Re: High speed aero

I believe the general rule for reducing drag coefficient is to make the air go *around* the car rather than through it. Hood vents help with cooling, but I don't believe they reduce drag.

That...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Aug-09-2018, 11:05:59 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 139
Posted By Drewster
Re: Cat options

Used OE
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Aug-09-2018, 06:19:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 404
Posted By Drewster
Feeler - O-ring packs for coolant hoses

I'm not sure about the rest of you, but I've had issues with the O-rings on my coolant hose fittings wearing out over time. Every time I've had to do other cooling system maintenance (radiator...
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Thu, Aug-09-2018, 06:11:56 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,642
Posted By Drewster
Re: Oil catch can

If the existing baffle is doing its job, why would you want to bypass it? You'll just be creating work for yourself to drain the fluid rather than letting it drain back as designed.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Aug-08-2018, 07:17:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 313
Posted By Drewster
Re: What's the reason for these extra vent hoses for the CSL airbox?

If your DME is getting re-programmed to be a CSL (and not use the extra emissions hardware) it's probably way easier to swap to the old setup.
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Wed, Aug-08-2018, 03:34:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,006
Posted By Drewster
Re: High speed aero

On a stock car, there's not too much you can do without a *large* amount of work (i.e. flat underbelly) that would make a massive improvement. Partially rolling up windows might help a bit, you can...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Aug-08-2018, 04:29:38 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,189
Posted By Drewster
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Aug-07-2018, 07:11:31 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,189
Posted By Drewster
Re: Removng the clutch fan does not work for the track

Sounds like *you're* missing the point. If the cooling system is working fine, don't mess with it.

If you have already upgraded the cooling system on a track car and it's still having issues, a...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Aug-07-2018, 04:20:19 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,189
Posted By Drewster
Re: Removng the clutch fan does not work for the track

Because you left the big wall of plastic in front of your cooling system :P
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Aug-07-2018, 02:40:25 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,222
Posted By Drewster
Re: Differential cooling

Since everything on the car definitely seems to enjoy being hot... to a point.. I'd also be hesitant to over-cool the diff. However, I do wonder if a cooling setup with a 200F / ~100C switch would...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Aug-07-2018, 02:31:02 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,222
Posted By Drewster
Re: Differential cooling

Specs for this GL5 fluid state "elevated" temperatures are 100C/ 212F
...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Aug-07-2018, 01:34:05 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,222
Posted By Drewster
Re: Differential cooling

To play devil's advocate, how many of those collect diff temp data on track?
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Tue, Aug-07-2018, 12:04:16 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,642
Posted By Drewster
Re: Oil catch can

As I mentioned - there's a valve on the oil pan side (not part of a typical catch can setup), but not on the valve cover side (part of the catch can setup)

I'd imagine that in order to actually...
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Mon, Aug-06-2018, 11:52:22 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,642
Posted By Drewster
Re: Oil catch can

My understanding is that the older S54's don't actually have a PCV *valve* (what you're describing) on the valve-cover side, just like many other cars of the era. Instead, the crankcase gasses from...
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Mon, Aug-06-2018, 11:29:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 678
Posted By Drewster
Re: Effects of flipping inside and outside brake pads?

What lubricant are you using on the guides? I use this stuff before every event and don't have any issues until the pads are shot

https://www.napaonline.com/en/p/BK_7651831
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Aug-06-2018, 06:24:00 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,189
Posted By Drewster
Re: Removng the clutch fan does not work for the track

Electric fan with a minimal shroud is the way to go
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Aug-03-2018, 12:50:05 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 797
Posted By Drewster
Re: Vanos overhaul

http://replygif.net/i/1159.gif
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Aug-03-2018, 02:24:47 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 202
Posted By Drewster
Re: Cut Bump Stops?

Something else, I'd imagine
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Aug-03-2018, 02:22:45 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 708
Posted By Drewster
Re: BW Street / Track with Supercharger

Regardless.. wait until you actually get it out to the track a few times before you buy one of the loudest possible exhausts you can buy :lolhit:
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Aug-01-2018, 06:43:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 355
Posted By Drewster
Re: Extreme Coolant Temp Issue. Pease Help!

If your reservoir(*) cracked, you probably just have air in your system still
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Jul-31-2018, 06:36:28 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 984
Posted By Drewster
Re: Need more power - supercharger dilemma

Ehhh.. I'll always enjoy my M3, and I too have passed Ferraris, etc. on track.. but miatas can also obliterate fast cars on track with the right driver.

There's something to be said about modern...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Jul-31-2018, 04:55:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 708
Posted By Drewster
Re: BW Street / Track with Supercharger

Without any other cooling modifications, supercharged cars typically have temp issues especially as they get pushed harder and harder.

At a fundamental level, if you're pumping an additional 75kW...
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