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Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Feb-14-2019, 06:27:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 475
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Dumb Valve Adjustment Questions

I totally misunderstood your question. I was referencing inches. So when I said .007, I meant .007 inches.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Feb-14-2019, 04:58:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 475
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Dumb Valve Adjustment Questions

I bought a set on amazon for $6, and also found a set at Napa. I used both to double check.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Feb-14-2019, 01:38:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 475
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Dumb Valve Adjustment Questions

Already there, lol. I grabbed a spreadsheet I found online. I am proud to say that I was able to get all valves into close to perfect spec. I stopped by the dealer and grabbed a couple of shims,...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Feb-14-2019, 01:29:28 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 475
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Dumb Valve Adjustment Questions

This is what I needed to know. That helps a lot. Thank you all for your help!
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Feb-13-2019, 09:24:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 475
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Dumb Valve Adjustment Questions

I was able to fix several with reuse of replaced shims. I have 7 left to get into spec with the following.

Another question, If .007 feeler fits but .008 or .009 dont fit, then is it in spec? My...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Feb-13-2019, 07:47:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 475
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Dumb Valve Adjustment Questions

I have searched and searched, and haven't quite found an answer to this.

I checked all of my valves and 15/24 were out of spec. Most of them were too thin, many on the intake side. For example,...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Feb-06-2019, 04:37:00 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 263
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Diff Fluid interval

I autox about 8-9 times a year, is that a huge factor?
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Feb-06-2019, 04:30:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 263
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Diff Fluid interval

I changed my diff fluid with OE bmw fluid approx 15k miles ago. Iím about to do a valve adjustment and oil change. Should I change the diff fluid? Iíve searched a bunch and see it as part of every...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Jan-23-2019, 02:55:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 204
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Rear shock mount reinforcement for convertibles

Good question. I recently installed konis and rogue RSMs on my vert and the top “bracket” looked just like those. I think the main point is that the load is spread between the 2 mounting studs. I...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Jan-21-2019, 01:05:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 560
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Ceramic coating leather???

I used to believe that leatherique made a difference, but I don’t think it does much. It’s undeniable how it feels after applying it, but I think it’s just the product/conditioner on top of the...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Jan-20-2019, 09:42:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 560
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Ceramic coating leather???

I use the steering wheel as leverage to get out to avoid putting weight on the bolster. I had a river on the back of my jeans tear a hole in it. I look like a total dork folding myself in and out of...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Jan-06-2019, 04:16:07 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,811
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: How do you use your M3?

Pretty much this for me. I also autocross mine, rain or shine.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Jan-05-2019, 11:33:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 220
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Accessories shut off randomly..

This is hard to describe so bear with me. Ive searched but no luck.

Iíve got an issue where interior lights, stereo, etc are cutting off randomly when reversing or when I pull a window switch...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Jan-03-2019, 05:40:49 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,090
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Must Have Accessories

Ignition coils and 11/13mm wrenches. Donít get stranded!
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Dec-10-2018, 02:22:27 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,633
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Road to 367whp

Nom nom nom...what a badass car.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Oct-19-2018, 05:50:29 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 224
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: 245/45/18 Help

To follow up, they won’t fit. The extra 0.2255” won’t clear the strut assembly. I had to buy another set of 245/40/18 fronts. I never noticed but the clearance with those is REALLY tight.” But...
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Fri, Oct-19-2018, 05:47:17 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 729
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: 245/45/18 Help

To follow up, 245/45/18 will NOT fit with OE 18” rims. The 0.227” of extra diameter won’t clear the strut assembly. Had to get a new set of 245/40/18 fronts.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Oct-09-2018, 07:38:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 224
Posted By ///ALpineVert
245/45/18 Help

I posted in the racing forum, maybe this will get more views...


Iím running stock 18Ē rims on my e46. Iím currently running 245/40/18 front and 275/35/18 rear RE-71r for autocross.

My front...
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Tue, Oct-09-2018, 03:46:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 729
Posted By ///ALpineVert
245/45/18 Help

Iím running stock 18Ē rims on my e46. Iím currently running 245/40/18 front and 275/35/18 rear RE-71r for autocross.

My front tires are toast and wonít make it the rest of the season(3 events).
...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Oct-06-2018, 05:42:05 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,941
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Sep-19-2018, 04:09:04 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 396
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Need help with a personalized tag

3som3 has a nice ring to it.

I’m constantly checking the registry for mmm. Would love to grab that one.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Sep-18-2018, 05:36:45 AM
Replies: 644
Views: 35,417
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: The Official Bring a Trailer (BaT) Listing Thread - E46 M3

Did not know that. In that case Iíd try my luck outside BAT first.

It all depends on what you feel like you MUST get out of the deal. I held strong on a previous sale(not an m3) only to lose more...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Sep-18-2018, 05:22:52 AM
Replies: 644
Views: 35,417
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: The Official Bring a Trailer (BaT) Listing Thread - E46 M3

Set the reserve for your bottom dollar amount. If you donít get what you want you can always sell via another way. Youíll likely get contacted post auction and be able to work a deal if the bidder is...
Forum: Parts for Sale/Wanted Sat, Sep-01-2018, 06:10:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 669
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: FS: 2 new re-labeled Bosch ignition coils

How do you tell they are ďre-brandedĒ Bosch?

Iíll take them more than likely just to keep them in the trunk for emergencies.


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Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Jul-29-2018, 02:46:35 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,002
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Moving to Boston, Which Car to Keep

Keep the m3, you own it out right. See if someone back in Texas can take care of it for you.

Sell the m5, you won’t be able to use that warranty if you don’t drive it, it will be expired by the...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Jul-18-2018, 03:08:45 AM
Replies: 180
Views: 19,624
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Ultimate Alignment Specs?

That’s exactly why I don’t necessarily want to mess with it too much. Will max camber make it less stable for a highway drive?
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Jul-17-2018, 11:31:26 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 19,624
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Ultimate Alignment Specs?

I guess I'll ask here as well.

Stock suspension with Koni Sports.
OE 18" staggered with 245F/275R.

Looking for a good setup for Autocross. Would like for it to remain derivable at highway...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Jul-17-2018, 05:42:07 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 151
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Alignment help

Iím going in for an alignment this week and would like some input on what specs to ask for. Iím running stock class in autocross, so I donít have camber plates.

I just replaced shocks/struts with...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Jul-15-2018, 02:23:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 210
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Soft top care ??

Aerospace 303 has a kit and ragg top has a kit, Iíve tried both. Aerospace 303 is my choice. Itís has worked great for me. Repels water like no other, easy to apply. Just make sure your windows are...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Jul-03-2018, 07:38:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 290
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Convertible Rear Shock Mounts - help?

I went with Rogue. Still unsure of Koni stiffness to start with. Iím thinking 1/2 turn rear, 1/2 to 3/4 turn front?

Thereís a lot of talk about settings but not much specific to the convertibles. ...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Jun-20-2018, 04:46:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 290
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Convertible Rear Shock Mounts - help?

I just ordered a set of Koni Sports. I’m looking for advice on what rear shock mounts to go with for my 2002 convertible. I’ve searched and it seems OE with reinforcement plates is a good option? RE...
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Thu, Jun-07-2018, 05:48:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 621
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Autox RE-71 tire pressures?

Man, I’m starting too high. My wear on the indicators shows I’m right on the mark. Low 30s cold is safe? Sorry but I’m a re71 and autox noob in general.
Forum: Member Journals Tue, Jun-05-2018, 05:16:23 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,373
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Cameron's $3,000 2002 E46 M3 Vert Steel Gray/Imola REVIVAL Thread

Sub’d

Excited to see this one brought back.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Jun-05-2018, 05:11:34 AM
Replies: 1,871
Views: 506,375
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: E46 M3 Market Sales Tracker: Please Report Your Purchase or Sale!

No worries as long as you got the car you wanted. Iím jealous of the LSB and the hard top, like I said itís a real head turner especially with the hard top on and no b pillars. Great to hear that...
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Sat, Jun-02-2018, 05:12:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 898
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Autox question: sport mode or no sport mode

So far Iíve stuck with standard throttle mode, sport is too twitchy. Iíll be experimenting with this in the next test n tune. Thanks for all of the feedback.
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Sat, Jun-02-2018, 05:10:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 621
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Autox RE-71 tire pressures?

Iíve been starting at 35f/37r cold pressure. Running 245/18 front 275/18 rear. Stock wheels.

What works for you?

I try to keep them at 36/38 when they heat up and spray them down with cold...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, May-31-2018, 03:36:38 AM
Replies: 1,871
Views: 506,375
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: E46 M3 Market Sales Tracker: Please Report Your Purchase or Sale!

Price seems a bit high considering TLC required, year, vert. Plus side is hard top but thatís maybe $1500-2k value. Seems like a 17-18k car to me. Maybe thatís the WA market? Am I off here? Apologies...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, May-31-2018, 03:26:56 AM
Replies: 1,871
Views: 506,375
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, May-21-2018, 12:08:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 463
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: M3 buying advice?

I’ll add that in addition to a PPI, proper maintenance/documentation is really important. I’d rather buy a car with higher miles and detailed records than a lower mileage example without records. Not...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, May-18-2018, 05:31:05 AM
Replies: 234
Views: 41,862
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Nappa Leather Interiors...

Treated leather is treated leather. It’s all up to the owners to take care of it before it’s beat. Not much can be done to restore it without some miracle liquid that you put on it. It will be beat...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, May-18-2018, 05:18:19 AM
Replies: 234
Views: 41,862
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Nappa Leather Interiors...

Agreed, it had the same effect with my seats. Woolite and water diluted 10:1 is all you need to clean and keep it fresh. If your seats are dead/cracked, they are dead/cracked. No amount by of...
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Sun, May-13-2018, 05:12:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 898
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Autox question: sport mode or no sport mode

For those of you that autocross, do you prefer your throttle setting to be in sport mode or ďstandardĒ. Iím finding it harder to manage inputs with sport mode on, feels harder to smooth out throttle...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, May-02-2018, 03:35:34 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 722
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Get BIG print of your M3!

Post for later. Def interested but need to grab a good pic first.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Apr-09-2018, 06:23:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 254
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Odd tire wear

This. I had a set of tires go down to the belts on the inside in less than 5K miles. Replaced RTABS and now experiencing even wear.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Mar-16-2018, 06:28:46 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 8,141
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Titan Shadow trim repaint

Post for later. Need to do this on my steering wheel and door handles.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Feb-28-2018, 05:40:41 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 626
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Old Brake Fluid Question

Iíll just order some more. No biggie. Thanks for all of the replies


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Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Feb-27-2018, 01:55:14 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 626
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Old Brake Fluid Question

I have an almost full container of typ200 brake fluid that was opened in May 2017 for my clutch job. Most of it is still left and has been sealed since.

I am flushing my brakes soon as was...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Feb-25-2018, 08:14:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 765
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: 11 wait for it...

I believe the lights are temperature based. What was the outside temp? Mine always starts at 5-6k due to being garaged. Colder outside should mean colder oil/longer warmup time/lights closer to 4K on...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Feb-25-2018, 07:28:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 765
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: 11 wait for it...

Get an oil analysis so you know where you stand. It may not be as bad as you think.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Feb-17-2018, 03:40:43 PM
Replies: 644
Views: 35,417
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: The Official Bring a Trailer (BaT) Listing Thread - E46 M3

2002 40k mile SG/Black 6MT, slicktop:

https://bringatrailer.com/listing/2002-bmw-m3-37/?utm_source=dailymail&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2018-02-17

I don’t see any info about rod bearing...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Feb-06-2018, 04:18:31 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,452
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Value of OEM wheels

I recently bought a set of 18s off Craigslist for $300. Decent shape but they need repainting. They are spare for autox so I didn’t care much about the condition.

Carry on with your 19vs18 battle,...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Feb-02-2018, 11:19:57 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 943
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Steering Strangeness

Damn fine list of maintenance right there. When I read your post I immediately thought of tramlining. Thatís exactly how it felt with a previous car I had. Def follow the advice other have added and...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Feb-02-2018, 08:53:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 906
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Tire question before I pull the trigger

Thank you all for the great info. I went ahead and ordered the 245/275 combo. Canít wait to try them.

Any recommendations on pressure for autox?


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Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Feb-02-2018, 08:39:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 906
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Tire question before I pull the trigger

Thank you all for the great info. I went ahead and ordered the 245/275 combo. Canít wait to try them.

Any recommendations on pressure for autox?


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Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Feb-01-2018, 07:51:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 906
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Tire question before I pull the trigger

Stock style 67s are 18x8 and 18x9, correct?

Is there a combo where I can go wider up from and keep 255 in the rear?

I am running in F Street, I intend to be competitive locally with this car...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Feb-01-2018, 12:56:21 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 906
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Tire question before I pull the trigger

Any reasons? Rubbing? Looks?

I care less about the looks as these are strictly for autox.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Feb-01-2018, 04:00:24 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 906
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Tire question before I pull the trigger

Iím ordering a set of Bridgestone RE-71s for the upcoming autox season. I bought a spare set of OE 18Ē wheels on the cheap to mount them.

The car is stock, no mods, etc.

Iím considering...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Jan-26-2018, 01:39:22 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 199
Posted By ///ALpineVert
P0102 Code pulled without SES light?

Just got a obd2 scanner(elm 327) and thought I would try it out. It pulled a p0102 MAF code, but there hasnít been a single SES light. I havenít had any performance issues and the light is working...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Jan-22-2018, 01:02:49 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 452
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Help diagnose rear knocking noise

So...I went to put the rear up on stands to troubleshoot and went to pre-loosen the wheel lugs. I discovered hat the rear passenger wheel lugs were loose already. So I’m relieved and terrified at the...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Jan-20-2018, 11:57:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 452
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Help diagnose rear knocking noise

The rear diff bushing I can see looks ok.

I’ll check the diff bolt tomorrow when I get it off the ground.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Jan-20-2018, 10:07:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 452
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Help diagnose rear knocking noise

The sound can be heard at low speeds, not always there. I can’t hear it when the car is cold, I hear it after it’s been driven a bit. It is coming from the right rear.

ETA: CSB and guibo were...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Jan-20-2018, 06:27:02 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,020
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Introduction and Advice Seeking

Sweet ride! Welcome to the club. There are so many great people here that will help you along the way.

Get that sucker out on a track or autocross, it will enhance the experience and empty the...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Dec-26-2017, 06:56:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,391
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Epic E46 M3 Comment on Jalopnik

Itís not really an article that I linked. Sometimes Jalopnik writers ask a question then ask people to comment. I quoted one of the comments.

Based on the question ďWhatís the most youíve put...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Dec-26-2017, 05:08:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,391
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Epic E46 M3 Comment on Jalopnik

From the comments of this article/thread:
https://jalopnik.com/whats-the-most-youve-put-yourself-through-for-a-car-1821428512

Which one of you wrote this?
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Dec-26-2017, 03:01:04 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,374
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Riding in Cars With Doogs (rod bearing question)

That video is on the Effing Autobahn, lol.

Also, throw that sucker up on jackstands and change your own oil, easy to do and you’ll know exactly what’s going back in it. If you have the balls to...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Dec-24-2017, 05:43:40 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,374
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Riding in Cars With Doogs (rod bearing question)

If money is no object, do it. Otherwise, wait for the next oil change and get a sample sent to Blackstone, then you’ll know.

I’d put the money into vanos or subframe before I did rod bearings...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Dec-10-2017, 05:33:59 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,620
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Thinking of buying father in laws m3. Input please

12K is a good price especially if it’s in good condition. You’d think that verts are worthless based on some of the opinions here. It sounds like a great deal, I wouldn’t low ball my FIL. And unless...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Nov-28-2017, 03:01:29 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,156
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Anyone using Sumitomo HTR Z III ?

They are worth the hype. My m3 came with htrz3 and they sucked in comparison to the PSS, especially in autocross.

Why put a ďdecentĒ type of tire on this kind of car? It depends on what you want...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Nov-18-2017, 05:20:34 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,400
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Letting the Horses Run

Track it or autocross it or something, you’ll get your rocks off in a safer environment and you’ll be less likely to drive like a jackass on public roads.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Nov-14-2017, 02:21:50 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,863
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Possible New Clutch

Search around, there are differing opinions. 400 or so miles of city(stop and go)driving was the common answer iirc.


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Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Nov-07-2017, 03:35:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 535
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Help me "group" my repairs?

If you are getting the clutch done, there’s a good bit that can be done if you take the “while your in there” approach. As you’ve listed, giubo, motor and trans mounts, and o2 could be done. I’d...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Nov-04-2017, 06:00:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 303
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Tips for removing PS pump?

Any tips for removing the pulley before I remove the pump?


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Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Nov-02-2017, 12:56:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 303
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Tips for removing PS pump?

My PS pump needs to be replaced. I have one coming in and wanted to go ahead and remove the bad one.

Bentley manual mentions moving the sway bar, but there are 2 hoses in the way. Do those need...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Oct-31-2017, 01:03:33 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,863
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Possible New Clutch

Iíve never heard this. Have them check if it is seeping at all, if so Iíd definitely get it replaced. Iíd be pissed if I paid all of that labor only to have to pay it again a year later but thatís...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Oct-24-2017, 03:38:37 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 890
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Help removing PS hose - solved!

No worries. I think that the hose is fine and the tabs could be bent back if I need to reuse.

Now I'm going to remove one of the banjo bolts from the PS pump and bleed it as good as I can. I've...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Oct-24-2017, 03:20:20 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 890
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Help removing PS hose - solved!

After buying a new set of disconnect tools that also didn't work, I realized I had a small set of angled needle nose pliers:...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Oct-23-2017, 10:22:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 890
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Help removing PS hose!!

If I can get it, I will report back.

The problem with the scissor type tool I have is there isnt enough room to get downforce/leverage. I also have some other disconnect tools but they are too...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Oct-23-2017, 07:08:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 890
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Help removing PS hose!!

Ive tried using a scissor type disconnect tool with no luck. I'll try the oil and maybe a different type of disconnect tool.

Thanks for all of the replies!
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Oct-23-2017, 03:11:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 890
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Help removing PS hose - solved!

I am trying to replace my reservoir and hoses from the reservoir. The hose that connects towards the radiator is pretty damn hard to remove. The plastic parts have crumbled and I can get the...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Oct-22-2017, 01:41:44 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,863
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Possible New Clutch

If you are paying someone, why not do the rear main? It's right there and doesn't add much labor. I had mine done with my clutch.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Oct-21-2017, 10:44:31 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,863
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Possible New Clutch

I had mine done in May, I researched a lot and made this thread, hope it helps. I replaced a lot of stuff that was easy and didn't add much labor.

LuK is the OE, get a BMW TOB. Also get the E39...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Oct-21-2017, 05:58:47 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 945
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Power steering help

Thanks! I'll get in touch if the flush/reservoir/hoses don't fix it.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Oct-19-2017, 05:40:47 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 945
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Power steering help

I re checked, there's definitely some resistance clockwise, not at all times but there's a slight catch then it moves smoothly again.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Oct-19-2017, 05:26:24 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 945
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Power steering help

Just removed the belt and gave the pump a spin, there was initially a little resistance but not much. None when counterclockwise some when clockwise. Should it be completely smooth? Not sure what I'm...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Oct-18-2017, 04:34:49 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 945
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Power steering help

Lol, thought I had a t50 torx bit but I don't. I did get a better look at the reservoir and it looks like there is a minor leak under it on the hose that goes towards the radiator. There's no...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Oct-17-2017, 04:42:24 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 945
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Power steering help

I'll get it up on jack stands tomorrow night after work and check that.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Oct-17-2017, 04:21:06 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 945
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Power steering help

Some pics of the reservoir and the lines from the bottom. Maybe just a leaky reservoir?

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171017/289c8aeb86ea50d0cba3422f98cc1265.jpg
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Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Oct-17-2017, 04:10:20 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 945
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Power steering help

So I checked the belts, what should I look for tension-wise? It seems fine although my accessory/AC belt looks like it needs to be changed.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Oct-16-2017, 04:18:29 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 945
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Power steering help

I will check belt tension when I get home from work.

The cap looked dirty, as did the ATF in there - very murky.

If the pump is bad, is there a recommended part number/brand to go with?
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Oct-16-2017, 04:29:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,637
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Ok, wtf happened here?

If you file it, make sure you ask them if they have any good leads.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Oct-16-2017, 04:22:48 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 945
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Power steering help

I ran autox today and late in the day, next to last run I noticed some vibration when I turned at parking lot speeds. After that, there was more and more noise accompanied by steering difficulty, it...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Oct-15-2017, 03:26:17 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,653
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Convertible Crash Survivability / Fatality Rate

Honest question, have you ever tried tracking or something like autocross? It's so much easier to get as much or more of that adrenaline rush without risking yours and others lives. Damn dude, you...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Oct-06-2017, 03:00:01 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 6,729
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: E46 M3 being Forgotten...

Father of 3 here, 7/5/2yo. I've always loved cars and the M3 is something I get to share with my kids. They are the main reason I bought a convertible, the last weekend /toy car was one and they...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Sep-01-2017, 03:07:32 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 695
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Long drive, can't wait

For the second year in a row I have had to stay behind for work while my family leaves early to head to the bay for Labor Day weekend.

I'm looking forward to a long(ish) drive of 350 plus miles...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Sep-01-2017, 03:03:11 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,092
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Michelin Pilot Sports - Don't Even Think Twice

The switch to PSS is real. I've never noticed a bigger difference with tires than I did when I switched.

That said, I can't wait to torch this set and get some re-71r for autox.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Aug-28-2017, 10:09:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 390
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Alignment check

RTABS. Mine ate through a set of new tires in 4k miles. I had no idea when i bought it. Inside worn down to the belt. When I removed the RTABS I could see why.

Easy DIY with the tool. OE with...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Aug-13-2017, 05:50:17 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,174
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: 2006 model year subframes

So they say. There are threads out there that give detail on it, bottom line is that verts need it too.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Aug-12-2017, 08:06:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,048
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Front lip options for stock bumper...

I'd prefer to have two pieces. I feel like that would look better than one piece across the whole bumper. My m3 is alpine white btw.

I'd rather just leave it stock tbh, will probably just get a...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Aug-12-2017, 05:14:01 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,048
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Front lip options for stock bumper...

SSIA.

My stock bumper is roughed up a bit from careless previous owners. I'd like to get some CSL style lips, any recs?

I've searched but maybe not good enough. Thank you for your help and...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Aug-05-2017, 04:40:55 PM
Replies: 216
Views: 14,218
Posted By ///ALpineVert
Re: Pentosin MTF2 Discontinued

Thanks for sharing.

The lube discussion starts around 11:25
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