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Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Aug-22-2018, 12:10:05 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 82
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Talk Me Out of An E36

The E36 is older than your vette and bmw parts cost more than Chevy parts. I am not sure you will save any money.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Aug-21-2018, 11:13:34 AM
Replies: 167
Views: 20,212
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: 1998 Alpine White Sedan Build Thread

Very fine work! Hopefully, the car will not be too nice to drive.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Aug-18-2018, 11:21:31 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 851
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Possible to drive a 95 M3 in Pennsylvania during winter?

I agree there are a lot of bad drivers on the road. In winter up here in NH, it’s way more SUVs that I see going off the road than cars. While I don’t have much confidence in other drivers, that is...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Aug-15-2018, 05:14:47 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 851
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Possible to drive a 95 M3 in Pennsylvania during winter?

They are just cars. I am trying to drive and enjoy them, not make them last longer. I’d rather drive them and wear them out than drive a beater. But so far, mine are lasting ok. Had my E36 for 13...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Aug-15-2018, 02:25:20 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 851
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Possible to drive a 95 M3 in Pennsylvania during winter?

I have a 2008 E90 M3 winter beater and a turbo 99 M3 winter beater. I would also like to get a 991TT winter beater. I also drive my winter beaters the rest of the year. I read about people who...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Aug-15-2018, 10:34:04 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 851
Posted By pbonsalb
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Aug-15-2018, 03:18:50 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 851
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Possible to drive a 95 M3 in Pennsylvania during winter?

Or find a mechanic who can install RSM correctly. I have to admit to installing RSM incorrectly myself once but I am just a DIYer.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Aug-15-2018, 02:23:45 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 851
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Possible to drive a 95 M3 in Pennsylvania during winter?

I drive year round in NH in my turbo 99M3 that has factory traction control deleted. I use 4 snow wheels. I found the factory traction control useless -- it was way too intrusive. Controls on...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Aug-14-2018, 04:37:16 PM
Replies: 305
Views: 15,107
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Sold the Jet Black, picked up an E90 M3

I agree. The 5L S62 is a nice V8, exceptional for its day, and probably better for a daily driver than the 4L S65 even though both make around the same peak power, and it does have some of the fancy...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Aug-13-2018, 03:10:26 PM
Replies: 305
Views: 15,107
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Sold the Jet Black, picked up an E90 M3

I tend to doubt we will see any more motors like the S14, Euro S52, S54, S65 or S85. Too expensive to build and poor fuel economy. Porsche might keep its high revver in limited production for a...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Aug-13-2018, 11:58:24 AM
Replies: 305
Views: 15,107
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Sold the Jet Black, picked up an E90 M3

My turbo E36 is low key from the engine bay so pictures won’t show much. Turbo is bottom mount, intercooler is black and behind the bumper, air filter is behind the right fog ligght hidden in the...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Aug-13-2018, 02:40:55 AM
Replies: 305
Views: 15,107
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Sold the Jet Black, picked up an E90 M3

I have to be honest. I drive my cars. They don’t sit in the garage while I drive a Prius or suv every day. And since I don’t live on a race track or in an area with sparsely populated canyons, I...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Aug-12-2018, 06:34:11 PM
Replies: 305
Views: 15,107
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Sold the Jet Black, picked up an E90 M3

There are people over in M3 Post who sold their E9xM3, bought the F80M3, sold the F80M3 and bought another E9xM3. I am never one to say a particular car is the greatest and forever. I’d be happy...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Aug-11-2018, 08:11:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 297
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Thickest rear strut mount

The questionable mechanic probably did not install them correctly.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Aug-11-2018, 05:36:14 PM
Replies: 305
Views: 15,107
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Sold the Jet Black, picked up an E90 M3

A little time makes a big difference.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Aug-10-2018, 10:04:24 PM
Replies: 1,733
Views: 217,382
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Official Dyno Thread

It’s a supercharged motor. Boost is tied to rpm. Peak boost is made only at redline. So the boost offsets the otherwise declining volumetric efficiency and torque is often level or increasing to...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Aug-05-2018, 01:35:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 297
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Valve springs

Drop the compression if you plan to boost it. These cars are just getting older and older so you should expect to spend more and more to refurbish them. A new valvetrain is expensive but not really...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Aug-05-2018, 01:30:15 AM
Replies: 6
ABS
Views: 344
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: ABS

OP has a 95 with 3 channel. Can the later 4 channel swap in? You can find DIY for resoldering the electrical part that fails. I did not attemp that and bought a used one.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Aug-05-2018, 12:12:08 AM
Replies: 6
ABS
Views: 344
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: ABS

You may need a new or used or partially rebuilt abs unit. But definitely troubleshoot first since it could be as simple as a relay or sensor.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Aug-05-2018, 12:10:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 297
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Valve springs

It’s a pain to change springs with engine in car. Do it now if you plan to do it. I don’t think it’s a waste of money to replace 20 year old valve springs. It’s probably smart if you track the car...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Aug-04-2018, 11:31:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 291
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Fuel pressure at rail

I know this is obvious but make sure you measure pressure in the regulated line not the post regulator return to tank.

Also consider that some electric gauges are not as accurate as mechanical and...
Forum: E90 M3 (Sedan) | E92 M3 (Coupe) | E93 M3 (Convertible) (2008-2013) Sat, Aug-04-2018, 02:50:26 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 232
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: scrap wheel options

Bolt pattern is the same as many bmw. You probably need 18s to clear the brakes. For no driving you could get away with a range of offsets. I’d try to borrow a set. I have summer and winter...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Jul-27-2018, 02:02:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 363
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Clutch fan to electric splice

10 - 12 gauge should be fine for 2 12” fans. Not sure dual 12s fit the stock radiator. Maybe dual 11s. I would just run one 16-17 inch fully shrouded puller and one same size pusher if you have...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Jul-17-2018, 05:58:17 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,600
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Discoloration in rear shock towers

Does not look too bad at all. Hopefully you won’t find more when grinding that off.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Jul-16-2018, 02:21:50 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,600
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Discoloration in rear shock towers

Yes, I would use a wire brush on a drill or grinder. I am
No good at body work either but with rust it is critical do do great prep and then great treatment. Rust converter, rust paint,...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Jul-16-2018, 01:19:11 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,600
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Discoloration in rear shock towers

If the towers are rusting out, I would wire brush and grind off the rust and convert it and repaint before they rust through and you have to replace the towers.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Jul-14-2018, 02:16:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 977
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: 5th gear lean/ slop in shifter

Yes, the starter is unbolted. It’s a bit more than doing the clutch. You also need special tools to do the detents, or at least the tools make it easier to install the sleeves. If 603 refers to...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Jul-13-2018, 10:34:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 740
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Passenger side motor mount....

You don’t have to drop the subframe. Just lowering it on its bolts usually gives enough clearance combined with a little hacking of the motor. Since alignment is extremely precise, it can change...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Jul-13-2018, 05:37:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 740
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Passenger side motor mount....

Engine brace helpful or needed only if lowering the subframe although you could creatively use a floor jack and a prop or a carefully support the oil pan with wood to spread load. If you keep engine...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Jul-13-2018, 04:26:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 740
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Passenger side motor mount....

It helps to have both loose to allow movement to change 1. I have sometimes loosened or even removed the mount arm, depending on the mount I am installing. Some aftermarket ones have long studs,...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Jul-13-2018, 11:22:09 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 350
Posted By pbonsalb
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Jul-10-2018, 11:29:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 966
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: First start

3 years is a long time.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Jul-05-2018, 05:29:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 434
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Replacing the Aux Fan Increased Noise Vibration Harshness

The body nut clips are for balancing the blade. Can you see scratches or discoloration from where they were and reinstall them?
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Jul-03-2018, 10:24:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 290
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: To install or not to install a fan controller, that is the question

You would either use the factory aux fan switch to trigger your new fans or buy a controller. There is more adjustability with a controller. Some are better than others. You can even find PWM...
Forum: E90 M3 (Sedan) | E92 M3 (Coupe) | E93 M3 (Convertible) (2008-2013) Fri, Jun-29-2018, 02:35:43 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,045
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Spark plug replacement?????

You can buy the same plugs BMW sells from the original manufacturer for less. Details easily findable on M3Post dot com. Should cost about $8 each if you shop carefully and find a sale.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Jun-28-2018, 02:34:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 459
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Motor tranny mounts

Use the stock ones as a guide.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Jun-27-2018, 11:35:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 764
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: New radiator car’s almost overheating. Wasn’t bled.

Was the car running fine under all conditions before you changed the radiator? Or did you change it to fix an overheating problem? Eventually the Head gaskets on these cars fail, but along the way...
Forum: E90 M3 (Sedan) | E92 M3 (Coupe) | E93 M3 (Convertible) (2008-2013) Mon, Jun-25-2018, 08:16:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,484
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: 120k Get ready for a timing chain.

I would call that coincidence relative to the S65. Each engine family is different and has its set of issues. I don’t know the diesels at all.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Jun-23-2018, 06:56:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 415
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Lower temp fan switch

I would stick with the 80C thermostat not the 71C. I have been running the 80C in NH driving year round for years. 80C is 176F. I think the next step up is 88C which is 190F. That would work fine...
Forum: E90 M3 (Sedan) | E92 M3 (Coupe) | E93 M3 (Convertible) (2008-2013) Sat, Jun-23-2018, 01:58:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,484
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: 120k Get ready for a timing chain.

It’s a big job for preventative maintenance and timing chains on BMW motors are generally very durable. On M3post, the most active E9xM3 forum, timing chain failures are extremely rare. Main...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Jun-22-2018, 07:29:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 296
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: my mods... is software even worth it?

I would use a tune designed for the S52 with M50 manifold and raise the limiter to 7000.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Jun-22-2018, 03:08:39 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 793
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Stock Baffle on Motion Under Panel

Could probably make one. Not a priority. This is a stand alone project that could be done later. That said, baffling to direct airflow to radiator significantly helps radiator and fan efficiency...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Jun-21-2018, 03:21:04 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,026
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Purchased another e36. This time at a dealer auction for 13.5k

Probably dealers adding on extras. My 99 has a spoiler but I bought the car used and have never paid enough attention to know whether it is factory or dealer installed. I’ll try to look soon since...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Jun-19-2018, 02:54:26 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,026
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Purchased another e36. This time at a dealer auction for 13.5k

I want to drive mine into the ground. Had it for 13 of its 19 years and 90k of its 130k miles. Not trying to preserve it for its next owner by parking it in a garage and driving it as little as...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Jun-17-2018, 11:25:47 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 399
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Installing Driveshaft

Try not pre-bolting the guibo when you install the DS. And ignore any pictures you see of bolts going in 2 directions. Both the bolts from the DS flange to guibo and guibo to trans flange have...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Jun-17-2018, 03:09:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 399
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Installing Driveshaft

What is the difficulty? If it is fully assembled, you will have to fiddle with the guibo end loose as you fit the rear, with the center section loose. Worst case, slide the two halves closer to fit...
Forum: E36 / E30 - Parts for Sale/Wanted Mon, Jun-11-2018, 12:40:46 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,984
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: E36 m3 oem arch “high” spoiler

Mine looks just like the OP’s but to me it is a low arch. The ones I see that loomfiffetent are about a foot off the trunk rather than 3 inches.
Forum: E36 / E30 - Parts for Sale/Wanted Mon, Jun-11-2018, 12:39:52 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,984
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: E36 m3 oem arch “high” spoiler

Mine looks just like the OP’s but to me it is a low arch. The ones I see that look different are about a foot off the trunk.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Jun-11-2018, 12:04:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 415
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Lower temp fan switch

He bought probably the best radiator on the market for these cars - the zionsville. He can get away with less fan. Even on a stock radiator car, the aux fan is really most helpful for the AC in...
Forum: E36 / E30 - Parts for Sale/Wanted Sun, Jun-10-2018, 12:02:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,984
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: E36 m3 oem arch “high” spoiler

And also low arch? Looks just like the one on my 99M3, which I call a low arch.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Jun-10-2018, 11:32:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 656
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Installing Braided Stainless Steal Lines

Pull the hard line out, gently. Remove the spring clip. Try threading the “bolt” into an m10x1.0 nut or even into the Stoptech line. See if you can do it without the pressure of the spring clip...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Jun-10-2018, 01:54:39 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 575
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: How do I wire this fan?

One wire is low speed low temp and may be fused lower. One is high speed high temp and is fused for more amps. Ideally you trigger at the low temp but use the high speed high temp high amp fused...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Jun-09-2018, 12:20:09 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 811
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Which is the ZHP 330 Rack?

I installed a rebuilt Z3 non-M rack from Detroit Axle last year in place of the original rack on my 99 M3. I think it is a slight improvement. I have not tried an E46 yellow/purple rack. I don’t...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Jun-09-2018, 12:09:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 575
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: How do I wire this fan?

Are you using a fan wiring kit or modifying the stock aux fan wiring? If using stock wiring, bridge the sender to relay wires so the fan will start runing at the low temp. You can then bridge the...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Jun-08-2018, 10:54:27 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 811
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Which is the ZHP 330 Rack?

How does the “feel” of an E46 330i yellow tag rack installed on an E36 compare to the “feel” of a Z3 non-M rack installed on an E36?
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Jun-06-2018, 02:38:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 656
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Installing Braided Stainless Steal Lines

Are you fighting the spring clip? I don’t really have any advice, but I have struggled with them before as well due to the spring clip. You just have to line the two parts up as square as possible...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Jun-06-2018, 10:34:53 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,829
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: P1188 P1189 - Long list of tests and repairs and no end in sight. Really need hel

I don’t think this is true for all aftermarket parts. But it is very often true for HFMs and cam sensors and some other parts. It is probably safest to use only BMW or the OEM supplier to BMW, but...
Forum: E90 M3 (Sedan) | E92 M3 (Coupe) | E93 M3 (Convertible) (2008-2013) Tue, Jun-05-2018, 07:18:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 591
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Need help

Most E9xM3 activity is at M3post. Could be the low pressure fuel sensor located near the drivers side strut bar.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Jun-05-2018, 03:26:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 607
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Help me get motivated to keep my car

It’s a 20 year old car. You need to enjoy working on it or not mind paying people to work on it. If I had to pay a shop, I’d be looking at newer cars unless money was not much concern and I had the...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Jun-01-2018, 08:11:05 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 887
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: E36 M3 Fuel Trims stuck at -8.1

If you were using an aftermarket HFM, that may have been the problem. Aftermarket HFM and cam position sensors often cause issues.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, May-30-2018, 04:52:30 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 887
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: E36 M3 Fuel Trims stuck at -8.1

I know you wrote you replaced the 02 and used NTK but are you certain they are the correct NTK? At least the US M3 used Titania oxide sensors that read differently from more common zirconia sensors.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, May-30-2018, 04:41:30 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 887
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: E36 M3 Fuel Trims stuck at -8.1

Bad ECU coolant temp sensor or sensor wiring could make the car run rich.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, May-29-2018, 12:17:11 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 887
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: E36 M3 Fuel Trims stuck at -8.1

Did the car ever have the hfm wiring modified for a different hfm or supercharger?

Have you looked inside the wiring harness tray for shorted wires?

Does fuel pressure test correctly at idle...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, May-26-2018, 02:47:42 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 5,405
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Garage upgrades...

Is your ceiling high enough or you short enough to walk under it? My last garage had 10’6” ceilings and I could lift my E36 to just over 6’ and walk under it. Unfortunately, I just moved and have...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, May-24-2018, 04:08:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 281
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: 5th gear detent.....is it possible?

Sure would be easier to not remove the trans. I have done it only on removed trans. Get the details from your friend on the tools he used and any tips and tricks.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, May-24-2018, 10:45:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 363
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: JPoland's Revival

Turbo E36 are incredibly fun. Double stock power is entertaining.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, May-24-2018, 03:11:03 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 449
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Socket Size Transmission Output Flange

Turbos are fun. But you need a stronger clutch, turbo exhaust manifold, cut ring head gasket with copper spacer to lower compression and more. It’s some work to install but you double stock power...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, May-23-2018, 04:55:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 449
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Socket Size Transmission Output Flange

That is one theory. I do a lot of preventative maintenance. But it is true the selector shaft seal is the much more common source of leaking.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, May-23-2018, 02:40:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 449
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Socket Size Transmission Output Flange

Now is the time. Why drop midpipe and disconnect DS again? Check local auto parts stores and sears for 30mm 12 point in single socket section.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, May-23-2018, 11:22:30 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 5,405
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Garage upgrades...

You need some fancy cabinets.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, May-23-2018, 12:29:56 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 449
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Socket Size Transmission Output Flange

Beware the torque required to put it back on if you take it off. A non impact socket will more likely fit but an impact can be ground down.
...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, May-21-2018, 11:47:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 443
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: 4 post lift questions

https://www.garagejournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=391180

Beware the minimum height of rolling bridge jacks. One guy with the bendpak had-7 and bendpak rj4500 bridge jack says it sits far...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, May-18-2018, 03:30:12 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 782
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Euro radiator cover

Same alternator for past 12 years. 140A Bosch. The alt duct is open but I have never had an issue and have even washed my engine on occasion.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, May-18-2018, 01:40:20 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 782
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Euro radiator cover

I have run the Euro cover with no alternator duct for 10 years.
Forum: E90 M3 (Sedan) | E92 M3 (Coupe) | E93 M3 (Convertible) (2008-2013) Thu, May-17-2018, 07:21:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 694
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Please excuse my ignorance..

It’s nowhere near that simple but can be done. Expect to spend $1000 on used parts. Details on M3 post dot com which is the best site for E9xM3.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, May-14-2018, 11:14:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 615
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Insulation Underneath and Around Transmission

If you do not reflect the transmission heat you will feel it through the tunnel
In hot weather. It may not bother you. The factory stuff may deaden sound a little as well as insulate from heat.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, May-14-2018, 02:11:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 615
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Insulation Underneath and Around Transmission

Remove it all. Use DEI or similar fiberglass reflective heat tape or heat mat. This is very thin stuff. Works fine. Did mine years ago.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, May-12-2018, 11:19:06 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 884
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Dilemma between two cars

We had a 99 E39 528i for 6 years while I had my 99 E36 M3. Every time I got in the E39, I thought, Wow — this is a lot of car compared to the E36. Felt so much more solid and was more comfortable. ...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, May-10-2018, 12:46:19 AM
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Views: 1,564
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Top speed?

Tires can make a difference. I once did the math to estimate that my former 3.64 diff was like a 3.58 when turning 255/40/17 tires. I could get only about 143 mph at 7000 but I got there fast and...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, May-09-2018, 01:38:01 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,564
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Top speed?

You don’t need a stronger diff to go faster. The stock 188mm diff will handle 500 rwhp everywhere but launching of the line on the dragstrip with drag radials. You will actually break the...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, May-09-2018, 01:22:18 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 884
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Dilemma between two cars

It’s an antique powerdyne supercharger. I would not pay anything extra for it. Had one. If it was a vortech system it would be more worth buying. But if you like the car for other reasons at the...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, May-08-2018, 08:51:56 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,564
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Top speed?

A stock car has a power peak around 6200 and drops off thereafter. At some point the dropping power and added drag may limit top speed even if the redline is raised. This is where power mods would...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, May-08-2018, 04:22:34 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,564
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Top speed?

Play with the gearing calculator.

http://diffsonline.com/images/GearingCalculator.xls

Plug in your diff and tires. Use 5th gear 1:1 if you have a 5 speed ZF or Getrag.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, May-08-2018, 11:21:05 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,564
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Top speed?

A stock US model E36M3 won’t do 172 mph. First, a stock car has limiter that is in the 130 mph range. Second, the stock gearing won’t allow it — neither the 95 with 3.15 nor the 96-99 with 3.23 and...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, May-04-2018, 12:01:13 AM
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Views: 381
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: E30 control arms on 95 e36 m3?

Can you press new joints into your arms to save money? I did this once on an E36 328i. Scary when the old ones finally popped out. Make sure your feet and shins are not in the path.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, May-02-2018, 05:24:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 527
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Differential output Seal and Snap Ring

For small head bolts the torx head with proper size torx socket and proper flush even seating of socket on bolt seems less strip able than Allen head bolts. I have Allen head on my driveshafts. ...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, May-02-2018, 11:08:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 527
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Differential output Seal and Snap Ring

As for replacement cost, shop around. Beware M3 bolts are a little longer than non M3 bolts do get the right length. One person used hex socket head bolts as a replacement. I don’t think there is...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, May-02-2018, 01:51:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 527
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Differential output Seal and Snap Ring

You can hammer a torx socket on. Don’t do the initial loosen with an impact. Do by hand first then use a tool to spin off. Also make sure you use the right size torx. You might have stripped...
Forum: E90 M3 (Sedan) | E92 M3 (Coupe) | E93 M3 (Convertible) (2008-2013) Sat, Apr-28-2018, 11:17:32 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,087
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: 2008 M3 with 91k, should I buy???

They seem pretty reliable but hopefully you understand there can be significant maintenance costs on a 10 year old $65k high performance car. I would replace the rod bearings — $1k parts, be...
Forum: General BMW Discussion Thu, Apr-26-2018, 11:42:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 971
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: E46 vs. E9X

The DIY is growing for the E9xM3 now that the cars are 5-10 years old and more and more are out of warranty and in the hands of second or third owners who are more DIY oriented. Even rod bearings...
Forum: E90 M3 (Sedan) | E92 M3 (Coupe) | E93 M3 (Convertible) (2008-2013) Sat, Apr-21-2018, 08:03:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,484
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: 120k Get ready for a timing chain.

That does not look like fun. I may do main bearings as preventative maintenance in a few years, when I will have about 120k. Drop the motor. I’ll repkace the chain and guides and look at the...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Apr-21-2018, 11:35:33 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 976
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: S52 Intake

I agree with maintaining cars to make sure the suspension and brakes are safe. Adding power is always at the top of my mod list. I do usually mod the suspension and sometimes the brakes, but my...
Forum: E90 M3 (Sedan) | E92 M3 (Coupe) | E93 M3 (Convertible) (2008-2013) Thu, Apr-12-2018, 11:26:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 968
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Crazy 1 year add-on BMW warranty

They may be factoring in the risk of rod bearing failure.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Apr-09-2018, 03:12:25 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,758
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: New to me M3

I have my plate on the passenger side. I did not want it blocking airflow to the intercooler. I had to trim down the tow hook mount piece because it made the plate stick out an inch or two.
Forum: E90 M3 (Sedan) | E92 M3 (Coupe) | E93 M3 (Convertible) (2008-2013) Sun, Apr-08-2018, 11:55:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,266
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: S65 Rebuild Cost Tracker

If you have a good core, you can buy a 4.2L bored Dinan S65 for $15k.
Forum: E90 M3 (Sedan) | E92 M3 (Coupe) | E93 M3 (Convertible) (2008-2013) Fri, Apr-06-2018, 02:23:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,219
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Thinking about buying a 2013 M3

I would change the rod bearings ASAP. $1000 parts, 8 hours labor. Throttle actuators will fail eventually. There are 2, at $600 each plus 2 hours labor. Other tham those things the cars are very...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Mar-30-2018, 02:47:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 976
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: S52 Intake

With the right selection of parts and tuning, you can make the loss small enough that it does not matter. You can also go to a 3.38 diff to offset loss through torque multiplication.
Forum: M3Forum Welcome Center Wed, Mar-28-2018, 02:07:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 373
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: New Here!

I am in favor of driving cars you like rather than parking them, unless you are a car collector. Enjoy the M3 or the Audi or sell one or both and buy something else. If you are into significant...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Mar-28-2018, 12:47:35 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,164
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Modify or buy a different platform?

Look at the Vorshlag LSx conversion for the BRZ as a powerful go kart with a roof.
Forum: Faults, Fixes and DIY Mon, Mar-26-2018, 11:37:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 505
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Craftsman Impact on sale

The best bang for the buck recently was the Ryobi 3 speed 300 lb with charger and battery for &99 at HD. Not sure sale is still on. I have Milwaukee and like them but they cost more. Milwaukee has...
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