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Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Dec-13-2017, 05:28:53 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 717
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Diff groan

These figure-8s aren't supposed to be done drifting style. :shifty:
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Dec-11-2017, 04:18:10 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,865
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: What diff fluid are you using

I used the same fluids, and personally I pumped about half a bottle in, poured the FM booster into that bottle and pumped the mixture in, then pumped fluid in from there until it spilled.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Dec-07-2017, 06:01:10 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,208
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: My M3 Totalled, Need Advice

I don't keep a constant watch, but I can tell you I also see them "pop up" all the time. You know what...every time I think the price is great, I dig a little and turn up accidents, or find out the...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Nov-23-2017, 10:14:27 PM
Replies: 174
Views: 11,644
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Post those Black Friday deals

Couldn't find anything that actually looked like a sale. I did notice in some Google searches that a "special offer" came up. Use code PLA176 for 5% off.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Nov-22-2017, 05:50:42 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,547
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Best FCABS for a Daily Driver

Thanks. I understand what you're saying, as my RTABs at ~50k miles looked almost brand new. It wouldn't surprise me if the PO had actually had them replaced at only 25-30k miles since they were 7-9...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Nov-21-2017, 04:45:46 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,547
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Best FCABS for a Daily Driver

Quick question as this thread is timely for me. How long do FCABs usually last? My 2006 'vert is at 68k miles, and FCABs are probably the only one of the regular bushings that I haven't already done...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Nov-21-2017, 04:40:07 AM
Replies: 174
Views: 11,644
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Post those Black Friday deals

From experience, what hurts most people is the HF jack (usually the ol' big orange one) is the first real jack they buy, and one of two things happen: 1) it was short on oil to begin with and so they...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Nov-12-2017, 04:44:15 PM
Replies: 174
Views: 11,644
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Post those Black Friday deals

Not for Black Friday, but ECS has some pretty good "Assembled by ECS" deals that end today, 11/12.

I think this is a good deal for the oil change package, $72 with free shipping with a Mann filter...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Nov-09-2017, 07:14:57 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 6,372
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Anyone ever bought an Eonon or Hizpo NAVI system for E46 M3?

Try holding the power button in for at least 5 seconds. Usually it's a "soft button" for short presses, but if you hold it, it will provide a "hard" power-off which is hardware based. Many phones and...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Nov-09-2017, 07:00:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 652
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: anyone have this timing tool?

I bought this PMD set earlier this year on Amazon. First one was junk with problems. They sent a replacement and returned it, and still junk. It might have worked okay because of what the flaws were,...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Nov-06-2017, 05:16:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 297
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Stalling

Replaced fuel filter?

After I completed my Beisan updates and valve adjustment, it seems like my car is faltering more coming to a quick stop, and I also get more bog-downs when sitting at idle,...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Nov-03-2017, 11:30:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 369
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: 1st Time on Jack Stands. What to check?

+1. Earlier this year my 2006 just hit 60k miles and I was doing all the 60k work + Beisan Vanos changes. Hadn't planned on changing belts belts, but while I was in there I found that the A/C belt...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Nov-02-2017, 05:11:11 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,254
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: SMG Long Gear Shifts

Not knowing too much about the problems of SMG (even though I have one), my first thought would have been a broken spring, but you've already corrected for that, so I'm at a loss.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Oct-22-2017, 11:27:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,462
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Tool kit and m mobility kit - am i missing anything?

lol. I do. Went out and bought my own wheel and tire...with some discounts I think I was all-in for about $180. PO took some of the tools out, and no jack, but I don't care...just call a tow service...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Oct-22-2017, 08:50:05 PM
Replies: 193
Views: 22,093
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Cheapest Oil Change Kit?

Video from FCPEuro on how to return oil essentially shows putting each used liter into its own plastic bag and tie it (preferably sturdy zip-tie) closed. That's how the seller on eBay sent new...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Oct-22-2017, 03:48:27 PM
Replies: 193
Views: 22,093
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Cheapest Oil Change Kit?

I don't remember the exact box size, but I received 7 liters from an eBay seller in a large flat-rate box, so 6+filter should work. They have a couple different large flat rate box shapes if you...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Oct-20-2017, 11:26:44 PM
Replies: 193
Views: 22,093
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Cheapest Oil Change Kit?

There used to be an eBay seller that was just over $10/liter for a 10-pack, but he ran out of stock several months ago. If you had an eBay coupon or cash back deal, that made it closer to $9.

I...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Oct-19-2017, 04:58:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 343
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: 2003 Convertible M3 Diff Bearing?

SMG? When coming down to around 1000-1400rpm, SMG gets a little clunky with backlash. Even my E60 M5 did that. Given 2003 and not knowing much history, could be slop in the driveline all the way from...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Oct-18-2017, 04:45:56 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,385
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Paint Sun Damage, Suggestions?

The looks more like a cat made the hood and roof a scratching post! Most of those long scratches looks more like damage from putting stuff on top of the car and sliding it around, maybe even some...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Oct-14-2017, 04:49:30 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,540
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Convertible Crash Survivability / Fatality Rate

This doesn't properly increase the rigidity of the vehicle nor safety because it can easily break away from the top of the car. Even hard-top BMW convertibles are banned from BMWCCA driving schools...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Oct-11-2017, 10:50:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,416
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Please don't tell me I need a new transmission or SMG pump... (vid inside)

Got my 2006 about 3 years ago with only 30k miles. Now about 67k miles, and I've noticed in the past year that I have to press down on the brake pedal more heavily sometimes to get it to switch into...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Sep-26-2017, 07:31:54 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,015
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: RACP Reinforcement Advice

All in, plus rear alignment. I had nothing to weld, so not sure how much extra that might have added up to but they said they would call me if there was anything to address...there wasn't.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Sep-26-2017, 01:21:37 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,015
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: RACP Reinforcement Advice

Yeh...I didn't press Tony when I had mine done there last year. Similar, short response when pressed to elaborate on details, which based on the overall discussion I took to be more about the...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Sep-25-2017, 04:55:55 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,015
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: RACP Reinforcement Advice

I already had my plates done there, and the price is about as low as you're going to find around here. As for VinceBar, having a 'vert I decided to go without otherwise I would have already been in...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Sep-24-2017, 12:55:41 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,015
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: RACP Reinforcement Advice

On DanAvoN7's recommendation, I talked with TC Design and it was an instant good decision. They are knowledgeable about this work on all E46 chassis, and do this work for people and multiple shops...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Sep-08-2017, 04:51:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 563
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Any feedback on the Conti Extreme Contact Sport tires

+1 I'm in the same boat...just about to change my front tires alone, since they got 50% more life than the rears that I already replaced (25k miles on rear to replacement, 37k on front before edge...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Sep-06-2017, 12:49:13 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,304
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: would you go with smg or manual. Planning on going for some shopping

Everyone else has said go drive them and see what you think. I'll add my 2-cents...

You'll notice a theme about manual being more desirable, and they command a price premium mainly because it's...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Sep-05-2017, 04:54:26 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 655
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Experienced Opinions Wanted: Michelin AS3+ vs. Conti DWS 06, or other long-wear t

Thanks all! Feedback was quick and to the point...A/S3+ have been ordered.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Sep-05-2017, 07:00:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 655
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Experienced Opinions Wanted: Michelin AS3+ vs. Conti DWS 06, or other long-wear t

Thanks. Looks like only 340 treadwear rating, but that is beside the point since it looks like it isn't made in oem 19" sizes. They do have it for the 18s though.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Sep-05-2017, 03:53:36 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 655
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Experienced Opinions Wanted: Michelin AS3+ vs. Conti DWS 06, or other long-wear t

Discount tire direct, two rebates, and 6% cash back from a cash rebate shopping site I use frequently. No sales tax to California with DTD. I know some don't like rebates, but I've done DTD rebates...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Sep-05-2017, 02:27:09 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 655
Posted By JamesSJ1
Experienced Opinions Wanted: Michelin AS3+ vs. Conti DWS 06, or other long-wear tires

No flames please...my 2006 is a convertible, daily driver, so while I appreciate getting all the performance out of a car possible, I prefer to balance that with longer-lasting tires and skip the...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Sep-04-2017, 03:35:35 PM
Replies: 224
Views: 16,141
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Xtron PB7646BAP review

Not to be crass, but have you even looked? It's the front-page graphic on Xtrons website this morning, and have been available on Amazon and eBay from Xtrons for 2+ weeks now as well as their...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Sep-03-2017, 09:39:08 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 211
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: 2004 VERT- 60k updates

I have a similar car... bought it at 30k almost 3 years ago, now at 65k and just did my 60k maintenance work. A few thoughts for you...
1) Do the Beisan VANOS changes (o-rings, oil pump disk) if...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Aug-31-2017, 12:13:44 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,494
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: What tire pressures to run?

2006 vert, and my sticker says 33f, 38r IIRC for the 19" wheels. I'm using non run-flats.

I've stuck with 38 in the rear, watching treadwear, and it looks like it's fairly even so I think that...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Aug-28-2017, 10:48:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 298
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Labor Day sale at DTD and saving money on tires

If you're just looking for new tires, you can do pretty well with DTD as well.

Example: Continental Extreme Contact DWS 06, 225/40/19 + 255/35/19, $75 DTD rebate, $70 Continental rebate, and if...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Aug-20-2017, 11:47:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 819
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Airbag recall stealership rant

OP's post is why I'm always happy I wrench on my own car for everything I can, but yeh...had to bring it in for the airbag recall twice (once for passenger, 6 months later for driver-side). I'm also...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Aug-20-2017, 11:39:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 508
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Hey check out my potential buy quick!

My first thought is...grab that thing at full price and enjoy! 90k service done, full service history...that's a good deal. Sounds like the owner has work done by a BMW dealer too, and while none of...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Aug-16-2017, 07:20:42 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,834
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: How do you drive your SMG??

The "layman DIY" is to get MartynT's tool, and see if it works with your cable. If you have used your cable for any other BMW software (DIS, INPA) it will probably work with MartynT's tool.

If you...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Aug-15-2017, 11:55:33 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 5,187
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Suspension - Koni Yellow (what springs & settings?) E46 M3

Hi guys. Just saw an email from ECS Tuning about Koni's being on rebate, so I looked up a full set of struts and shocks and it was only $724, minus a $70 rebate. That seems like a really good...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Aug-14-2017, 11:57:27 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,834
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: How do you drive your SMG??

Does your car feel like someone hit it with a sledgehammer every time it shifts? I have the CSL tune too + inertia fix using MartynT's tool, and even S3 hits hard above 4k without a slight lift....
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Aug-13-2017, 03:58:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 295
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Removed the visor warning stickers flawlessly if you're interested.

Since Goo Gone has orange oil, seems like that would get into the suede like material and never go away, though I'm sure the steam helped with that.

With my E60 M5 with alcantara, we (M5 owners)...
Forum: Coding and Tuning Sun, Aug-13-2017, 02:46:59 AM
Replies: 777
Views: 124,110
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: MSS52 / MSS54 / MSS54HP Binary Modification Tool

This might be SMG specific, so may not affect manual tranny. Manual tranny guys or people smarter than I about his need to confirm.

ABS / TC accounts for an acceptable range of RPM relative to...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Aug-11-2017, 04:59:56 PM
Replies: 224
Views: 16,141
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Xtron PB7646BAP review

Just received another email from Xtron this morning. Looks like 7.1 units will have separate bluetooth and wifi chips. They acknowledged the interference trouble up to now and noted that this should...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Aug-10-2017, 07:16:49 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,320
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Castrol TWS to Castrol Supercar

It's kind of 2 for 1 on the first change, because if you didn't buy the oil that currently in your car from them, you can't "return" that oil to them. After that, it's free.

I emailed them after...
Forum: Coding and Tuning Wed, Aug-09-2017, 04:07:20 PM
Replies: 777
Views: 124,110
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: MSS52 / MSS54 / MSS54HP Binary Modification Tool

Yes, ABS/traction control is affected. The rotational speed measured at the rear wheels vs. front wheels relative to the RPM will cause problems without it. If you want the speedo corrected, you'll...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Aug-08-2017, 09:19:37 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 218
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Engine (Cams+Vanos) Gurus Needed

I only know a little of this from my own limited experience, but maybe something here is helpful...

I did the Beisan vanos work and I think I had P0017 code too. Would have to double check my...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Aug-07-2017, 06:56:59 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,320
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Castrol TWS to Castrol Supercar

Actually, they made a video showing how to pack used motor oil and send to them. Best way is USPS, using a large flat-rate USPS Priority Mail box which can hold up to 7 liters no problem.

Also,...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Aug-04-2017, 05:08:23 PM
Replies: 224
Views: 16,141
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Xtron PB7646BAP review

Just received an email from Xtrons that they're releasing Android Nougat 7.1 units over the next few weeks. Since I've already been on the fence about buying one of these...guess I'll just...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Jul-30-2017, 04:44:24 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 7,378
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Pentosin MTF2 Discontinued

Bah... O'Reilly Auto Parts has a handful of this around me (stores 20-40 miles away from me) at $28/liter...too much for me to worry about right now since I don't need it for awhile anyway (just...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Jul-30-2017, 04:40:27 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 13,187
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: FYI: Reinforcement Plate Bolts - Torque Value and Reuse - Official Thread

No grey area, their "warranty" is exactly intended that way and it's no joke. Regular wear and tear and maintenance items are included. You could have taken 1 minute to learn more about it before...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Jul-30-2017, 03:06:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 500
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Waiting on my Insurance but...

+ another one. Bought my 2006 'vert SMG 2 1/2 years ago with only 30k miles, so very similar to this, for only $24.5k.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Jul-29-2017, 04:39:19 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 13,187
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: FYI: Reinforcement Plate Bolts - Torque Value and Reuse - Official Thread

Suggestion...buy from FCPEuro, and you'll be able to receive free replacements for life. This is a perfect part to utilize their free replacement program.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Jul-25-2017, 05:08:37 AM
Replies: 224
Views: 16,141
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Xtron PB7646BAP review

Need anti-glare? When I got my 'vert with factory NAV a few years ago, the screen was scratched up enough to be annoying. Used a cleaner and removed the top coat, which leaves the screen super glossy...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Jun-15-2017, 11:51:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 663
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: To foam or not, when to fix vanos???

Vanos: Do the Beisan oil pump disc and seals as soon as you can. At such low mileage and assuming you know enough of the car's history that it wasn't abused, you should be fine waiting until 30k when...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Jun-15-2017, 11:43:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 396
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: New M3 owner looking for a hard top

FWIW, when I tracked in my local BMW club events (under BMWCCA), we couldn't allow convertibles even if it was a retractable hard-top version. I've heard Porsche clubs secure insurance or something...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Jun-06-2017, 08:58:42 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,436
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Oil change mileage... does 5,000 make sense?

I've done 4 oil analysis changes, ranging from 6,800 - 8,000 miles, and only the first one indicated I should try lower mileages and that was because the oil was cold and engine had just been started...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Jun-02-2017, 04:27:14 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,808
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: ECS Alternatives?

+1. I was initially shopping around all the usual suspects mentioned here, then I found out FCPEuro price matches AND you still get their lifetime warranty. Now my shopping is simple...if they carry...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, May-29-2017, 03:41:03 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 400
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Valve adjustment help

Correct. I made the mistake of getting most of the valve cover opened up before I remembered to put the car in neutral. Even with the + wire disconnected in the engine bay, I hooked up the battery in...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, May-28-2017, 02:14:03 AM
Replies: 224
Views: 16,141
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Xtron PB7646BAP review

Out of curiosity, is the reason you're using the Eonon cable instead of Xtron to save a few $ on the antenna extension? I'm all for saving money, but seems that the cables don't actually match and so...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, May-24-2017, 10:46:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,981
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: PDC long beep, all sensors chirping.

Since this thread was already here, thought I'd ask... The beeping in my car for my sensors is very feint. I can barely hear it and not because the radio is loud or anything. Is there an adjustment...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, May-24-2017, 04:25:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 422
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Stupid rear jack point question

Well, this thread made me look, and I realized that I had not been jacking the car up by the subframe at least the past 2 times...I placed my jack just behind the diff heatsink, which means I was...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, May-22-2017, 05:02:31 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,128
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Saw the most rediculous thing...M3 with a tow hitch

Not arguing with the stupidity of an M5 towing...go look up torque curves for Toyota Tundra V8's in the past 10-15 years. The M5 has a nearly flat torque curve ~300 to wheels, vs. a 4.7L Tundra V8...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, May-21-2017, 04:23:22 PM
Replies: 224
Views: 16,141
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Xtron PB7646BAP review

Are you sure the unit is triggering the amp power-on? I'd be surprised you have this problem unless the cable extension the Eonon cable and maybe they wired a different pin on the Eonon unit side for...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, May-18-2017, 09:23:53 PM
Replies: 224
Views: 16,141
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Xtron PB7646BAP review

Now don't get your panties in a wad. This has probably been one of the "wishy-washiest" threads full of maybe this and maybe that I've read in awhile. Thanks for the more direct answer.

:hattip:
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, May-18-2017, 06:10:48 AM
Replies: 224
Views: 16,141
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Xtron PB7646BAP review

I have the factory NAV + HK, and am just waiting for someone to confirm you do or don't need the long 15' harness cable to send it to the rear. Thinking that you do (all other aftermarket units like...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, May-17-2017, 12:39:47 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 732
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Valve Adjustment Failure-Please Advise

Just to make sure we cover the "did you plug it in", "is it turned on" questions for tech support...

Did you use the different gauge sizes for exhaust vs. intake sides?

You only had to change...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, May-07-2017, 05:59:18 PM
Replies: 801
Views: 72,721
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: The Official E46 M3 Oil Analysis Results Thread

Just had this analysis at about 60k miles on my 2006, right before I did all my Beisan oil pump and seals along with other 60k work (spark plugs, valve adjustment, etc.)

For those that have...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, May-05-2017, 09:22:54 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,636
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: ECS Cooling refresh kit: OEM vs Aftermarket

+1 with FCPEuro. It seems too good to be true, but I spent some time talking to one of their guys, and even regular maintenance stuff, before failure, can be exchanged. Either send in old/bad part...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, May-05-2017, 05:02:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 285
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: ECU cooling fan problem

Thanks! That video is better than another, much shorter video I watched. Also, my fan's connector is not slotted into that spot in the case, so it must have come loose at some point and the...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, May-05-2017, 04:52:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 285
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: ECU cooling fan problem

LOL...sounds like as it's getting warm, many more of us are getting problems from this. At 97 degrees here yesterday, I got the yellow cog, and an SES light. Yellow cog came up with INPA code 177,...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, May-03-2017, 06:07:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 663
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: BMW Aux input help

What radio do you have in the car? Standard? HK? Nav?
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, May-02-2017, 06:57:41 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,476
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Differential Fluid Castrol Syntrax or Motorsport Rear differential fluid?

Just completed my Insp 2 services at 60k miles, and used Castrol + Redline FM, a little over half the bottle. I just pre-mixed the appropriate amount for the full diff into one of the bottles, and...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Apr-29-2017, 09:05:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 6,372
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: E46 M3 Which spacers to get w/ OEM 19 in. wheels? Knowledgeable people help pleas

Bought a pair of cheap eBay ones...returned those immediately. Bought a pair of more recommended no-name ones on Amazon, and they were not snug to the hub at all. Bought a pair of Apex Racing ones...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Apr-28-2017, 09:00:12 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 8,218
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Shop owner totaled my e46.

FWIW, we all have lots of opinions, a few facts to share, but this story just keeps sounding worse and worse. Unless you know this guy personally, I'd just be looking for total and complete...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Apr-28-2017, 08:56:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 440
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Camshaft Bolt Torque Question

1/4" at Harbor Freight. 9 ft-lbs = 108 in-lbs (just multiply by 12) since the 1/4" torque wrench there uses in-lbs. I just did this job a few days ago with Lang Racing bolts and those are strong...
Forum: Pacific Sun, Apr-23-2017, 05:03:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 595
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: HELP - SF Bay Area - anybody have spare CPV o-ring from mpower22?

Thanks again for helping me out this evening!
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Apr-23-2017, 05:03:10 AM
Replies: 467
Views: 121,209
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: DIY: CPV valve

Thanks again to Ray (Playskool1) for helping me out this evening!
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Apr-23-2017, 12:39:15 AM
Replies: 467
Views: 121,209
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: DIY: CPV valve

Anybody in SF Bay Area with a spare CPV o-ring from mpower22 they can spare for a week or two?
http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=577746
Forum: Pacific Sat, Apr-22-2017, 06:16:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 595
Posted By JamesSJ1
HELP - SF Bay Area - anybody have spare CPV o-ring from mpower22?

Hi all, I've been tackling a 60k service along with Beisan VANOS changes and a few other preventative things. So while cranking through the last few things before considering closing it all up, I...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Apr-18-2017, 05:46:51 PM
Replies: 452
Views: 75,621
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: DIY: Vanos hub + bolts

Thanks for the reminder! I forgot that the Beisan anti-rattle work has these instructions since I wasn't in there doing the anti-rattle work, just everything else (seals, pump, and bolts). Now I just...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Apr-18-2017, 07:52:57 AM
Replies: 452
Views: 75,621
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: DIY: Vanos hub + bolts

Hi guys,
I went through and did my exhaust side bolts, and when pulling the inner bolts I replaced a couple of them before I pulled the rest. Somehow that idea slipped my mind on the intake side,...
Forum: Parts for Sale/Wanted Mon, Apr-17-2017, 06:56:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 196
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Apex 12mm spacers with bolts $70

Sold! Thanks for the interest.
Forum: Parts for Sale/Wanted Sun, Apr-16-2017, 04:54:31 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 196
Posted By JamesSJ1
SOLD: Apex 12mm spacers with bolts $70

One pair of Apex 12mm spacers with lug bolts. Excellent condition and used for less than 1k miles. More info here: https://www.apexraceparts.com/apex-12mm-bmw-spacer-kit-662.html

Spacers are...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Apr-14-2017, 04:50:29 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 762
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: '03 M3 6MT vert, 43k miles. Price?

I agree with the main point, but I found pics a couple years ago where a 'vert RACP had been cut open showing an additional brace inside. Not as sturdy as the VinceBar, but still more than you see in...
Forum: Coding and Tuning Thu, Apr-13-2017, 04:14:04 PM
Replies: 777
Views: 124,110
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: MSS52 / MSS54 / MSS54HP Binary Modification Tool

I seem to remember that being covered by one of the options in the tool already...but I'm trying to remember exactly which one it was. I think it's the "Disable Cat Protection" that will eliminate...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Apr-12-2017, 04:52:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 762
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: '03 M3 6MT vert, 43k miles. Price?

Yes. It's true that failures are more rare, because verts have some additional support in the rear and are typically not driven as hard and not launched much/at all compared to coupes, but in the...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Apr-11-2017, 09:32:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 762
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: '03 M3 6MT vert, 43k miles. Price?

A little over 2 years ago bought my '06 'vert, SMG for $24k with only 30k miles. Was totally a garage queen, and the service records showed that (9 years annual oil changes at only about 3k...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Apr-11-2017, 05:45:32 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,032
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Mobile 1 oil OK for non-tracked summer fun convertible?

These days this :thumbsup2: is recommended by almost all makes/models.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Apr-10-2017, 10:47:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 159
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Vert Glove Box cam replacement?

That's interesting. I'm curious if it's the same for me and if there are any other issues because of it. Would like to know any other details if you have them.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Apr-10-2017, 06:29:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 159
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Vert Glove Box cam replacement?

Welcome to this hell, where you find out the vert glovebox latch components are stupid expensive (I think $150 for both halves). Mine looks completely intact, but the electronic auto-lock is frozen...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Apr-03-2017, 03:32:33 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 964
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Help with purchase...06 M3

And the concerns just keep stacking up. Maybe a clean PPI by an Indy, specifically asked to look for any signs of an accident might still get me to consider...might pay a little extra to have them...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Mar-26-2017, 07:13:25 PM
Replies: 478
Views: 46,857
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Avin Avant 3 Wait and Other Options

1GB of RAM is just sad for these things. I look forward to hearing your review about response time and such. Xtron unit is looking much more appealing simply on that basis alone, but seems like...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Mar-24-2017, 04:52:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 467
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: PDC error, need some help

Can you put a voltmeter on the wires going to the speaker? Thinking about the PDC control, assuming that's what the speaker plugs into, it probably has a little micro amplifier in there to send...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Mar-15-2017, 06:47:48 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,901
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: MK4 Navigation Map Disc...

I seem to recall a post somewhere else that the 2015 update was the last map update that will be issued for the Mk4. That's the last one I found available and acquired.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Mar-13-2017, 06:00:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 282
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Angel eye wiring

WOLFN8TR'S picture is the wire :thumbsup2:

FWIW, you can go one of two ways with this. I think all four of my LED angel eyes pull about 400ma combined (forgot exact number, but I tested them),...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Mar-13-2017, 05:16:02 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,413
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Anyone ever hear of an "S" edition e46 M3 convertible??

OP - just curious, why does this guy have no history on the car? I found his ad...seems like if you go/went to see the car, he would have some history on it. Is he the original owner? I bought my car...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Mar-13-2017, 07:14:13 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,413
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Anyone ever hear of an "S" edition e46 M3 convertible??

Thanks! Guess I should have looked it up before posting: E46: M3 coupe/convertible with S54B32 produced from 02/12/2001 up to 05/22/2003
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Mar-12-2017, 07:11:53 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,413
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Anyone ever hear of an "S" edition e46 M3 convertible??

Just curious, as I've been here for awhile, but why are people making such a stink about rod bearings on this car? Isn't 2003 after the original recall, so they should already be fine? Mileage is...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Mar-06-2017, 02:07:37 AM
Replies: 235
Views: 18,917
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: Running a Dr. Vanos or turbotoy exhaust hub? Get in here!

+1 on this. I didn't think the two were compatible...that the new holes on the Beisan disk would be too small for the larger TT tabs. New Beisan holes are smaller to accommodate the stock hub.
Forum: Coding and Tuning Wed, Mar-01-2017, 06:50:14 PM
Replies: 777
Views: 124,110
Posted By JamesSJ1
Re: MSS52 / MSS54 / MSS54HP Binary Modification Tool

Great request by akotten, and thank you Martyn for considering it! Question...what would the benefit be of different maps? Doesn't the stock system already have (presumably) optimized adjustments for...
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