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Forum: E90 M3 (Sedan) | E92 M3 (Coupe) | E93 M3 (Convertible) (2008-2013) Fri, Oct-19-2018, 01:32:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 173
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: 2B25 Actuator problem

I don’t think all those problems are related unless you screwed some wiring up. Could be battery related. I would clear all the codes and drive the car and see what returns.

It does seem odd...
Forum: E90 M3 (Sedan) | E92 M3 (Coupe) | E93 M3 (Convertible) (2008-2013) Thu, Oct-18-2018, 06:55:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 173
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: 2B25 Actuator problem

The problem is often electronics not gears. I would replace the actuator with a new or rebuilt one. Try mpowermotorsports for rebuilt or FCP Euro or other discounters for new.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Oct-18-2018, 05:09:23 PM
Replies: 517
Views: 24,333
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Sold the Jet Black, picked up an E90 M3. Sold the E90 M3, picked up an F80 M3.

Seems like relatively easy to add changes transformed the car. I would think software and suspension changes can be made to the early models to take them to late model specs or beyond.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Oct-17-2018, 08:43:23 PM
Replies: 517
Views: 24,333
Posted By pbonsalb
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Oct-16-2018, 08:06:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 368
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: M50 conversion

The aluminum one takes up space and makes access under the manifold more challenging. I’d use a hose kit or make your own.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Oct-16-2018, 08:01:51 PM
Replies: 517
Views: 24,333
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Sold the Jet Black, picked up an E90 M3. Sold the E90 M3, picked up an F80 M3.

Euro MDM is great on the E90M3 and is amost certainly an even greater improvement on the F80 since the newer turbo M3 has way more torque than the older NA M3.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Oct-10-2018, 10:56:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 851
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: My track M3 just listed on BaT

Crazy price for a 20 year old car with 150k and bolt on parts.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Oct-10-2018, 03:27:14 AM
Replies: 517
Views: 24,333
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Sold the Jet Black, picked up an E90 M3. Sold the E90 M3, picked up an F80 M3.

Even if no software was affecting power during shifting, you would still drop some boost as you let off to shift at each shift with a manual transmission on a turbo. The DCT or a good auto has no...
Forum: M5 and M6 Mon, Oct-08-2018, 08:50:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 6,302
Posted By pbonsalb
Forum: E90 M3 (Sedan) | E92 M3 (Coupe) | E93 M3 (Convertible) (2008-2013) Mon, Oct-08-2018, 02:02:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 287
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: 2008 E92 M3 Competition Wheels rubbing

Any chance you have a wheel that is not competition but looks like one? Or the front wheel well liners are messed up? A lot of these cars have trashed bumper under trays and the liners can get...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Oct-08-2018, 01:42:05 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,141
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Best Option for Engine Mounts

I think Corteco is factory.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Oct-06-2018, 01:20:03 PM
Replies: 517
Views: 24,333
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Sold the Jet Black, picked up an E90 M3. Sold the E90 M3, picked up an F80 M3.

I asked the same some posts back and Eric explained. Interestingly, there are are E9x M3 owners who bought F80 M3 and sold them to buy another E9x M3 in the E9x M3 section of M3Post dot com.
...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Oct-06-2018, 01:06:09 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 656
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: 75D diff bushings too much NVH?

The aftermarket poly, delrin and solid ones may be identical and you can often buy the rears separately.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Sep-29-2018, 12:50:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 429
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Should i buy it?

If you are able to do all the work yourself and have the time, money and energy for a project, you could end up with a decent driver by putting another $5-10k into it over the next year or so. You...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Sep-28-2018, 10:49:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 429
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Should i buy it?

Might be hard to finance a 20 year old car with 260k miles. Could be a higher interest rate personal loan.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Sep-27-2018, 04:25:30 PM
Replies: 35
FYI: NA E36
Views: 1,405
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: NA E36

After paying for everything needed to install in an E36 or sitting on a pallet?
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Sep-27-2018, 02:06:40 PM
Replies: 35
FYI: NA E36
Views: 1,405
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: NA E36

With a lot of hard work, a 325i can be reinforced. The reinforcements are available. M3 and 338 have done heavier duty parts but they can be added or swapped. Again more work. But even the last...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Sep-27-2018, 11:37:00 AM
Replies: 35
FYI: NA E36
Views: 1,405
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: NA E36

A 325 with M50 and bolt on mods is going to set spanked hard by a 335i. A 325i with an inter cooled supercharger might keep up with one. We had a local 325i with intercooled supercharger that ran...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Sep-27-2018, 02:01:55 AM
Replies: 35
FYI: NA E36
Views: 1,405
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: NA E36

Swap in S52.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Sep-22-2018, 02:45:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 825
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Sharing my E36 M3 Turbo Project

Always fun to see someone excited by turbo E36 power like in the video. And that’s just a cheap low power cx racing kit. Much more is possible.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Sep-22-2018, 01:56:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 798
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Gauging interest in a trans tunnel insulation sag fix

This is great for those who want a fix with the trans installed. If the trans is out, I recommend removing the old disintegrating factory insulation that rains fibers in your eyes if you touch it...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Sep-20-2018, 11:18:07 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 559
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: ESS VT-2 525 or AA Stage 1? And custom tuner in SoCal?

I assume you can get around CARB rules if you buy the non exempt blower kits you are considering?
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Sep-14-2018, 12:21:56 PM
Replies: 517
Views: 24,333
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Sold the Jet Black, picked up an E90 M3

F80 is not significantly lighter. The lightest example of each differ by about 100-150lbs and the heaviest by about 200-250. Definitely lighter but not by as much as BMW originally claimed. People...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Sep-13-2018, 03:22:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 387
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Turbo e36 with this set up what y’all think ?

The best E36 turbo info is in the Bimmerforums forced induction subforum. The kids are migrating to a Facebook group that you might like more.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Sep-13-2018, 02:02:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 387
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Turbo e36 with this set up what y’all think ?

Cut ring gasket with copper spacer from CES. Costs twice as much, but seals better long term. It would be my choice if I had the money — lower the compression now if you want 400 rwhp or more. ...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Sep-12-2018, 11:57:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 394
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Prophylactic Rod Bearing Change Opinions

If you had data from every oil change since the bearing change, that would be useful.
Forum: E90 M3 (Sedan) | E92 M3 (Coupe) | E93 M3 (Convertible) (2008-2013) Wed, Sep-12-2018, 04:37:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,601
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Exhaust guidance E92 M3

The rear exhausts add sound but probably no power. Sound varies — some sound good, some bad and it sometimes depends on the listener. If you want more power, modify or replace the X pipe with one...
Forum: E90 M3 (Sedan) | E92 M3 (Coupe) | E93 M3 (Convertible) (2008-2013) Wed, Sep-12-2018, 11:23:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,257
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: 10 reasons why a E90 M3 is still a great choice in 2018

Great cars for DIYers. Rod bearings are a day job and $500-1000 in parts depending on what you buy and throttle actuators are a 2 hour job and $359-600 each depending on what you buy. I would...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Sep-12-2018, 02:02:52 AM
Replies: 517
Views: 24,333
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Sold the Jet Black, picked up an E90 M3

The above is my take, but honestly, probably 10% of buyers/lessees are knowledgeable enthusiasts. The vast majority are buying for image, whether it is an M3 or 328. That said, I bought a 99 E39...
Forum: E90 M3 (Sedan) | E92 M3 (Coupe) | E93 M3 (Convertible) (2008-2013) Sun, Sep-09-2018, 10:49:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 394
Posted By pbonsalb
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Sep-08-2018, 11:41:56 AM
Replies: 517
Views: 24,333
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Sold the Jet Black, picked up an E90 M3

The S65 is dull to me without the basic mods of x-pipe, intake, pulley and tune. Those might add only 10-15% power but they wake the car up. To me it’s been enough for a daily driver since I...
Forum: Forced Induction (F/I) Sat, Sep-08-2018, 03:17:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 723
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Looking for the right Shop/Person to build my E46 M3 Turbo

There is a Bimmerforums member named commanderwigen who is in the west coast, maybe north of CA. He might be on her also. I’d do whatever he says. Ship the car if needed. Screw ups and learning...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Sep-08-2018, 01:51:12 AM
Replies: 517
Views: 24,333
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Sold the Jet Black, picked up an E90 M3

The DCT does have better gearing. I agree the car feels less exciting because the torque curve is so flat for so long. Would be very predictable and easy to drive on the track. To me, my E90M3 is...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Sep-07-2018, 08:04:15 PM
Replies: 517
Views: 24,333
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Sold the Jet Black, picked up an E90 M3

E90M3 6 speed has 3.85 diff so short gearing, which works fine with a high redline like 8400 rpm stock. The torque multiplication in the lower gears to get the car moving is pretty good. On the...
Forum: E90 M3 (Sedan) | E92 M3 (Coupe) | E93 M3 (Convertible) (2008-2013) Wed, Sep-05-2018, 08:39:03 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 416
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Buying e90 M3 but need new wheels and tires!

Apex ARC8. I run them on my 99M3 in 17s and on my 08M3 in 18s. They may make a 19 if your roads are smooth. I use the heavy stock wheels for snows.

You can save on tires by sticking to 18s and...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Aug-29-2018, 01:37:24 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,213
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Radiator leak. Z3 M radiator direct fit?

The mods and any cooling system issue are unrelated. Plastic tank radiators are stock and quality ones can last 10 years and handle a 400 rwhp turbo S52. But many change to a metal tank radiator. ...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Aug-26-2018, 02:57:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 280
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Active Autowerk Sport Clutch Fan

In the old days, I think AA was selling an ACM heavy duty clutch fan. You could try to track down ACM fan clutches. Alternatively there may be a tropical duty fan clutch that is essentially the...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Aug-26-2018, 02:49:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 631
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Slave Cylinder Plunger Cap

Maybe with a coat hanger and something stick on the end like duct tape wrapped backwards you could pick up the cap. I actually have a 1 inch hole in the bottom of my bell housing. Drilled it out to...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Aug-24-2018, 02:37:28 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,434
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Talk Me Out of An E36

They wake up nicely with a turbo. 500 rwhp and 500 lbs rwtq on stock internals. Just a cut ring headgasket and spacer to drop compression. And the turbo system and tune for the stick ECU plus...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Aug-23-2018, 04:58:18 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,997
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Money saved doing your own work, but to what extent?

DIY allows me to drive used examples of nicer cars. I do spend a lot on tools, which I have a lot of, including a lift. And I am spending a lot of money right now redoing my barn to make a nice...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Aug-22-2018, 12:10:05 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 393
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: 201
Views: 28,420
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: 48
Views: 2,803
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: 48
Views: 2,803
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: 48
Views: 2,803
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: 48
Views: 2,803
Posted By pbonsalb
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Aug-15-2018, 03:18:50 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,803
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: 48
Views: 2,803
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: 517
Views: 24,333
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: 517
Views: 24,333
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: 517
Views: 24,333
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: 517
Views: 24,333
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: 517
Views: 24,333
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: 523
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: 517
Views: 24,333
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: 1,757
Views: 221,808
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: 446
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: 507
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: 507
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: 446
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: 442
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: 658
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: 469
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: 1,810
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: 1,810
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: 1,810
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: 1,107
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: 819
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: 819
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: 819
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: 389
Posted By pbonsalb
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Jul-10-2018, 11:29:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,049
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: 491
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: 316
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: 2,548
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: 482
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: 797
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
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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: 563
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: 2,029
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: 311
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: 833
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: 1,052
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: 1,052
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: 438
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: 438
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: 2,024
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: 2,024
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: 563
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: 2,024
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: 694
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: 612
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: 1,049
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: 612
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: 1,049
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: 694
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: 3,263
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: 1,010
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: 641
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: 926
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.
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