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Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Oct-17-2018, 02:58:14 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 758
Posted By tripitz
Re: M50 conversion

I did the m50 kit. It did require some minor modifications to the brackets to make it work. Overall, the biggest issue was understanding the directions as to the some of the vacuum hoses and which...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Oct-10-2018, 06:11:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,208
Posted By tripitz
Re: My track M3 just listed on BaT

Wow.. really shocked this car sold for that much. This is a pretty low-end build of a track car. While things are done, very few things are done with top end parts. Most of it is meh...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Sep-04-2018, 03:42:37 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 23,932
Posted By tripitz
Re: looking for Instrument Cluster - 1995 M3 Manual Transmission

The OBD1 and 2 clusters are pretty much the same. I have my 97 M3 cluster working on a 94 OBD1 chassis. While the indicator lights are slightly different (ASC light on newer cluster), they are 100%...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Aug-29-2018, 03:12:02 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,327
Posted By tripitz
Re: Plan to convert an E36 3 series to an M3

Front subframe is the same (I am using the 325 subframe as the M3 one was bent). Rear should be as well. The axles *are* different between the M3 and the non-M3. Spindles are different as well to...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Aug-28-2018, 09:15:34 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,327
Posted By tripitz
Re: Plan to convert an E36 3 series to an M3

Sounds like you have a really good plan and found a good car. Your upgrade path sounds good and reasonable. Won't be too difficult or require much work to do most of those changes. All good stuff!...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Aug-28-2018, 03:43:40 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,327
Posted By tripitz
Re: Plan to convert an E36 3 series to an M3

I actually did this last year for my track car after wrecking my M3.

Do you have tools and space to do this? Taking apart 2 cars ends up with a TON of parts everywhere.

Do you have the tools...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Aug-20-2018, 07:13:33 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,977
Posted By tripitz
Re: What if Singer did e36 M3s?

You essentially nailed what every track junkie wants for their E36... S54 power, aero, and a real wide body kit....
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Aug-14-2018, 09:28:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,096
Posted By tripitz
Re: 1998 TV M3 Coupe For Sale (Boston)

Car needs a lot of work to get it right... a lot of parts to replace/update and the costs just add up. Will be a $20k M3 easily (if not a lot more).
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Aug-11-2018, 07:45:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,173
Posted By tripitz
Re: The hell is going on with high mileage basic e36 m3’s?

My mom bought my 95 M3 off of me many years ago. Kind of funny that the car is now worth more than it was then. I cannot wait to get it back as it is a mint condition car!
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Jul-21-2018, 02:11:54 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,172
Posted By tripitz
Re: E36 A bad deal??

Agree with the rest here. Those wheels ruin the car for me. People run K1s because they are cheap. They also tend to crack; is that why these are refinished? It makes me wonder about the rest of...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Jul-12-2018, 04:43:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 451
Posted By tripitz
Re: ASC dash light disable

I have the same issue. I may remove the bulb!

Is there a simple workaround to get my dash to light up? My dimmer switch wiring is gone and the dash no longer lights up. I would love to just...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Jul-09-2018, 02:25:43 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 501
Posted By tripitz
Re: Fixing Tail Light Problem

Thanks for the note! I actually tracked down the problem and it is currently working. Now I just need an LED strip so I can see my dash :)

About the hazards, they came on randomly when my buddy...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Jul-06-2018, 06:58:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 949
Posted By tripitz
Re: Installing Motion Underpanel

I use them for graded bolts in semi-bulk orders. They usually do not sell 1s or 2s for small jobs. I've found ACE to be the place to go for those types of orders, especially for Allen-heads and...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Jul-04-2018, 06:14:45 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,782
Posted By tripitz
Re: How-to Mount OEM GT Front Splitter to Motion Motorsports Panel

What other splitter is recommended? I refuse to give them any more of my money. I know Braymond's stanchion kit specifically mentions the MM splitter.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Jul-04-2018, 06:12:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 654
Posted By tripitz
Re: M50 Manifold Swap TB gasket question

His directions are just like most of the aftermarket stuff out there. Unclear and skips a whole bunch of stuff. The bracket question... run 1, 2, front, rear, both? Can you use the OBD1 brackets? ...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Jul-03-2018, 02:32:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 501
Posted By tripitz
Re: Fixing Tail Light Problem

I do have the manual. Problem is that it is all in sheathing and tucked away under a bunch of annoying to install/remove safety gear. I'm going to do that at end of season.

I may just run a...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Jul-02-2018, 05:11:03 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,082
Posted By tripitz
Re: Vandalized in parking garage

That's awesome. That's pretty much how I feel these days...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Jul-02-2018, 04:15:06 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,082
Posted By tripitz
Re: Vandalized in parking garage

Sorry for this. My wife doesn't understand my reactions as it is horrible...

Someone keyed/scratched up the hood fender of my AMG C63S recently. I got 95% of it out except it hurts.

The other...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Jul-02-2018, 03:40:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 501
Posted By tripitz
Fixing Tail Light Problem

My driver's side passenger light does not go on. I have confirmed that it is not the housing as I ran 12v through the connectors and the light comes on.

While I still need to confirm that it is...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Jun-27-2018, 05:13:43 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 38,243
Posted By tripitz
Re: BMW 1999 E36 M3 – How To Change Transmission “Detent Pin” Bushings

I think the issue is that everyone makes a big deal about not gouging the transmission. In theory, 10+ years ago, the blind hole puller was totally the "right" tool for the job. I even "invested"...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Jun-26-2018, 04:24:21 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 38,243
Posted By tripitz
Re: BMW 1999 E36 M3 – How To Change Transmission “Detent Pin” Bushings

Good luck. After wrecking a car, buying a donor chassis, taking both cars apart, and putting one back together, this was the one job that almost did me in. LOL. I feel for you.

You are going to...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Jun-25-2018, 03:10:08 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 38,243
Posted By tripitz
Re: BMW 1999 E36 M3 – How To Change Transmission “Detent Pin” Bushings

The blind hole puller absolutely buggered the job. It added cost and ultimately ended up "shaving" the bushing as others described here. I had to use a screwdriver as described above. ...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Jun-24-2018, 03:35:12 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,128
Posted By tripitz
Re: Help me decide!

Everyone makes their own choices. Having gone down you route and just tonight talking it over with another friend who did the same thing, building is a very bad idea. Look at that car Braymond...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Jun-21-2018, 08:08:16 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,128
Posted By tripitz
Re: Help me decide!

Tons of good parts in the list, some of which you can no longer get. Also some so-so parts. You will need new wheels for DD duties as Kosei's are weak and really only suited for track use (with a...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Jun-21-2018, 02:34:53 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,128
Posted By tripitz
Re: Help me decide!

Read your post twice. You seem a bit confused about what you really want the car for. Car #1 reads like a decent option, especially given the maintenance. Not sure what "track stuff" you are going...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Jun-20-2018, 06:03:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 834
Posted By tripitz
Re: Stock Baffle on Motion Under Panel

You may be disappointed if it doesn't ship for a very long time without updates.... or without responding to emails.

Not sure how they stay in business with the rep they are quickly developing!
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Jun-12-2018, 08:40:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 615
Posted By tripitz
Re: Super Bright Fogs

I wish! My buddy is doing that event.

I'm going to be doing Pocono on the 14th it looks like.

E36 headlights are pathetic.... never thought I would need lights.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Jun-12-2018, 03:57:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 615
Posted By tripitz
Re: Super Bright Fogs

Where would you put the driving lights? I've been looking at light bars and mounting it on the bumper is only 2-3 inches above where the fogs are (at least centered). I considered the fogs because...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Jun-11-2018, 12:40:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 615
Posted By tripitz
Re: Super Bright Fogs

What makes the silver stars better? Seems like a halogen bulb at same wattage as the cheap ones? When I looked at them the package said 200 hour expected life. I don't care about color...

I did...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Jun-10-2018, 10:32:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 615
Posted By tripitz
Super Bright Fogs

I may be doing a track event at night and I cannot upgrade my headlights from the stock US ones due to space constraints with my intake (BW Race intake). I have already restored my headlights to the...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Jun-08-2018, 09:08:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 798
Posted By tripitz
Re: New radiator car’s almost overheating. Wasn’t bled.

I bought the vacuum bleeder and even that did not do a good job of getting all of the bubbles out... I also eliminated all of the heater core pipes..

Jacking it up like people said helps a lot.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Jun-07-2018, 03:28:40 PM
Replies: 335
Views: 42,756
Posted By tripitz
Re: My $8.8K 176K mile Craigslist E36M3 Journey Begins

Agree with your assessment of the new C class. Mine is a PITA with squeaks and rattles. Pano roof is hit or miss if it is going to rattle. In the winter the dash creaks. For the most part it has...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Jun-04-2018, 02:23:50 AM
Replies: 335
Views: 42,756
Posted By tripitz
Re: My $8.8K 176K mile Craigslist E36M3 Journey Begins

Congratulations! Drive it and enjoy it in good health!

Funny you tossed the C63; I have a 16 C63S and I have absolute mixed feelings about it. It's not a real performance/track car despite what...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Jun-01-2018, 10:00:54 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,370
Posted By tripitz
Re: Purchased my first Lemon...er M3!

THAT guy is most anyone selling an E36 now on the low to mid price point. So many shady people I dealt with and they all lie. It's not even the stuff they covered up, the OBVIOUS ones I...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, May-31-2018, 02:22:49 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,370
Posted By tripitz
Re: Purchased my first Lemon...er M3!

Awesome. Well, this forum is a great place to start! While I'm not as experienced as some, I built a car twice from the frame up and will be more than happy to provide advice/input.

Just be up...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, May-30-2018, 06:04:46 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,370
Posted By tripitz
Re: Purchased my first Lemon...er M3!

So many people either want a clean one for fun or a whatever one for the track, prices are crazy and supply is tightening up a bit.

How seriously do you want to track? It costs $$$$$ to build a...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, May-29-2018, 11:31:00 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,370
Posted By tripitz
Re: Purchased my first Lemon...er M3!

Or buy a roller pre-caged. A friend of mine managed to find one for $500. Not sure why I never find deals like that.... LOL.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, May-29-2018, 09:44:18 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,370
Posted By tripitz
Re: Purchased my first Lemon...er M3!

I do not fully agree with the comments saying to start over. Track cars get messed up and I have seen quite a few E36s with significant frame damage resurrected from the dead and be quite...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Apr-18-2018, 02:14:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 674
Posted By tripitz
Re: E36 M3 auto price check

I wonder if this is more about people looking for a "deal" rather than understanding the true costs of maintaining these cars. Most E36 M3 owners/buyers I know have unrealistic expectations with...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Apr-11-2018, 05:56:56 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 603
Posted By tripitz
Re: Wiring delete - oops.. no start

Thanks guys. As a follow-up, it turns out that as I was cleaning up the wiring looms, I ended up loosening a few connectors and disconnected one wire that had been soldered together.

All in all,...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Apr-10-2018, 09:19:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 617
Posted By tripitz
Re: someone to do rod bearings in nyc?

Off Camber Autosport in Rockaway NJ. Full service shop with a bunch of people that race supported through them. The owner is well known and respected in the local CCA community.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Apr-10-2018, 04:03:11 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,645
Posted By tripitz
Re: Review: Bimmerworld TE:AL Forged wheels

Any additional updates on these now that people have been using them for a few years? Considering them for a dual track use / winter wheel set up (fitment works on my track car and street car).
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Apr-10-2018, 01:41:46 AM
Replies: 201
Views: 30,972
Posted By tripitz
Re: 1998 Alpine White Sedan Build Thread

Isn't this part the one that is usually okay? Despite running AN fittings on everything, this is the one part I left alone (I have an AN line with me as a spare just in case) as it helps keep the...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Apr-09-2018, 11:53:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 657
Posted By tripitz
Re: Anyone running Sport Cup 2s?

The 2's are actually 180 TW rated now. LOL. They seem to hold up well though. I have a friend with a 991.1 GTS running PSC2s at WGI at 2:04 so he is moving. I believe he get 5 event days (~20-25...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Apr-09-2018, 10:24:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 657
Posted By tripitz
Re: Anyone running Sport Cup 2s?

Thanks guys. I'm just exploring options right now; trying to think a bit out of the box. The people I run with absolutely hate the R888s; in their mind they're much happier with the RE71Rs. I'm...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Apr-09-2018, 06:07:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 657
Posted By tripitz
Anyone running Sport Cup 2s?

Does a 255 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tire fit on an E36 without rubbing? Based on specs, the 255 will be around 10.2" wide. My current tire is an RE71R 245 that is around 9.8" wide. I have a mild...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Feb-23-2018, 05:19:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 603
Posted By tripitz
Wiring delete - oops.. no start

Hi all. In final stages of track car prep. I had a lot of wires lying around such as for the heated seats and seat controls and wanted to remove them while I had the floor plates up and was...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Feb-09-2018, 05:07:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 858
Posted By tripitz
Re: GT wing guys, which car cover do you use?

Would the 5 series cover work with a bigger wing?

What is the part number to get for the E46 touring?
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, May-31-2017, 11:29:03 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,027
Posted By tripitz
Re: S52 rebuild

This is an area as others more experienced have said where it makes sense to spend and buy the right part. The engine I am referencing was a brand new build; he couldn't get the OEM part fast enough...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, May-31-2017, 05:24:07 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,027
Posted By tripitz
Re: S52 rebuild

I know of a well built motor having a head gasket failure shortly after the rebuild using the Victor Reinz head gasket. Strongly urge spending just that little bit more for the BMW part for this...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, May-10-2017, 06:07:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 769
Posted By tripitz
Re: Another cooling system thread...

I used the vacuum bleed tool that you used and had the same issue. It was pretty easy to fix as I just kept adding fluid to the reservoir 2-3x. Problem solved.

I think the tool doesn't work so...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, May-10-2017, 01:35:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 912
Posted By tripitz
Re: Incoming M3/4/6!

Wow! 2 Byzantz cars in the last 2 weeks. Looks super clean!

Enjoy the ride.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, May-10-2017, 01:31:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 342
Posted By tripitz
Re: Need help finding a silly part number...

No. The ones from my M3 got lost after I had the sway bar pockets reinforced. I used zip-ties to hold the box in place. I scavenged both plastic things from the 325 subframe and "put them...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, May-09-2017, 10:49:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 342
Posted By tripitz
Re: Need help finding a silly part number...

Ugh.. mine did not. Ordered from the dealer. I assumed it would
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, May-09-2017, 10:07:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 342
Posted By tripitz
Need help finding a silly part number...

I just replaced the plastic connector bracket that is attached to the rear subframe. This bracket is where the ABS and brake sensor lines join with the chassis lines. I didn't realize that ordering...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, May-09-2017, 03:30:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 838
Posted By tripitz
Re: Arctic Gray (Individual) M3

I am building an arctic grey M3 :) Looks awesome!

Started out as a 325i... S52 is now happy in its new home. LOL. Enjoy the car!
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, May-09-2017, 01:58:32 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 33,452
Posted By tripitz
Re: Adjustable Rear Control Arms

Not sure what you mean; the rod end slots into the ball joint on the rear trailing arm.

I have the ECS ones; they seem great. You can change out the ball joints to whatever you want (using stock...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, May-08-2017, 03:50:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 609
Posted By tripitz
Re: 140k mile cats, looking at performance options...

My local shop goes the magnaflow route with a 3". He has an option where you can keep the cat in for day to day driving and then swap it out for no cat for track use. It isn't that bad to have it...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, May-04-2017, 12:52:12 AM
Replies: 191
Views: 36,523
Posted By tripitz
Re: E36 GT (LTW) and GT2 Wing Wickerbill (Gurney Flap) Reproduction and Information

What is the process for acquiring one of these kits? I'm a few weeks away from needing it.

Does running the splitter in the front without an offsetting spoiler change the aero on the car...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, May-01-2017, 09:45:04 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,004
Posted By tripitz
Re: This E36 M3 Driver Keeps Setting Nurburgring Records

I am most impressed by how relaxed he is. He makes it look easy. Unlike many of the manufacturer videos released recently where they are on the verge of crashing and driving maniacally at all times.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, May-01-2017, 01:23:52 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,318
Posted By tripitz
Re: To mod or not to mod, that is the question..

You cannot really compare the E36 to a car like the 997. The 997 is just an amazing car and significantly newer and more modern. To me, the M3 does not come alive until you breath some additional...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Apr-29-2017, 05:38:27 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 10,284
Posted By tripitz
Re: The Byzanz Sedan That Needs Some Love

Painting properly is a very expensive task. For my current car, I'm looking at replacing the fenders and most shops want about $300-400 per fender. I also have to do the bumper and redo the nose...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Apr-27-2017, 02:41:02 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,455
Posted By tripitz
Re: Rear roll cage

I had to bail. The cage is totally worth it though; super high quality. After building a car only to put it in a wall and now rebuilding, this year is all about getting back on the road and making...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Apr-24-2017, 09:19:09 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 240
Posted By tripitz
Bosch engine sensors?

I am looking to do an OBD1 conversion of my S52 as I am putting it into an OBD1 chassis. Looking at the parts list, the BMW sensors are very expensive. After perusing the forum, the common wisdom...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Apr-04-2017, 06:04:56 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,109
Posted By tripitz
Re: Chads e36 M3 track build

Check out the Off Camber Autosport kit for the power steering fix. It mounts the reservoir in the stock location vs. BW having it routed towards the shock towers. Pretty much everything is an AN...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Apr-04-2017, 02:20:34 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,109
Posted By tripitz
Re: Chads e36 M3 track build

Do not forget to address the power steering issue.

Also check to make sure RTAB pockets are reinforced/not cracked.

Good luck with the car and build! I'm building my 2nd one right now...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Apr-03-2017, 10:55:00 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,455
Posted By tripitz
Re: Rear roll cage

A full cage in my part of the country is a lot of money. My local race shop charges 4k for a very well built and designed cage. That's a lot of money. Since I'm rebuilding my car and have a lot to...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Apr-03-2017, 01:37:19 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,455
Posted By tripitz
Re: Rear roll cage

Also.. one last thing I would like to point out...

IF you are going to go the safety route, you are basically "ruining" the car. To mount harnesses properly, you are going to have to drill a...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Apr-02-2017, 04:34:30 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,455
Posted By tripitz
Re: Rear roll cage

I disagree that a proper half cage does not help. I hit a concrete wall left front and then rear left at an initial speed of 67mph. The main cabin was not damaged at all. I attribute that to a...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Apr-01-2017, 02:22:08 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,021
Posted By tripitz
Re: E36 M3 vs S13 Coupe Trade Question

^^ S52s are cheap! S54s are even cheap now (although have to put some $$$$ into it).

This is a no-brainer. The M3 is such a good car. Plus, pretty much ANY M3 that runs and is not a wrecked...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Mar-29-2017, 01:56:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 510
Posted By tripitz
Cleaning intake openings on head?

My S52 has been on an engine stand for a while. While I stuffed the intake openings with "lint free" towels and covered the engine, I am worried that some dust/dirt will find it's way into the...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Mar-26-2017, 03:36:00 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,355
Posted By tripitz
Re: Milwaukee 18V Torque Wrench $259

Also what's nice with the big one is that on the lower setting, the torque tightening max is pretty low. Definitely lower than what lug bolts should be torqued to. So you can use the tool to tighten...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Mar-20-2017, 08:43:29 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,117
Posted By tripitz
Re: Cracked Rear Shock Tower

That looks great. Not a ton of load in this area when using the stock suspension configuration so hopefully mine will work like this. It is also seems like an easy fix. Will start cleaning up the...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Mar-20-2017, 06:01:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,117
Posted By tripitz
Re: Cracked Rear Shock Tower

Ordered AKG plates. Talked to them. Going to give this a try.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Mar-20-2017, 05:42:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,117
Posted By tripitz
Re: Cracked Rear Shock Tower

My welder has done the job for his track car, so I feel good about his capabilities. His recommendation was to check to see if there is a quicker/easier alternative given that my towers are mostly...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Mar-20-2017, 04:26:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,117
Posted By tripitz
Re: Cracked Rear Shock Tower

The guy who welded in my RTAB pockets has done the shock tower repair before. It seems almost not much worse than grinding the whole area down.

Will a welded in AKG plate really be sufficient to...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Mar-20-2017, 03:27:33 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,117
Posted By tripitz
Re: Cracked Rear Shock Tower

This may seem like a silly question... how do you grind that area? Since most of the damage is from the bottom, it is going to be crazy hard to get to. Do I need one of those long angle grinders...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Mar-20-2017, 01:55:16 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,117
Posted By tripitz
Re: Cracked Rear Shock Tower

This is for a track car build. Going to be running MCS with rogue shock mounts. Not running coilovers in the rear so spring rate won't matter. It's definitely an issue; I'm not sure if I can get...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Mar-20-2017, 01:47:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,117
Posted By tripitz
Re: Cracked Rear Shock Tower

Link to top and bottom... can see hairline cracks from top and also from bottom. Bigger cracks near the mounting hole.

http://imgur.com/a/LrQyo
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Mar-20-2017, 01:26:59 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,117
Posted By tripitz
Cracked Rear Shock Tower

After having my RTAB pocket and subframe reinforcements welded in, I realized that my right rear shock tower is cracking.

It looks like I have two options... weld in the AKG "repair plate" or...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Mar-18-2017, 01:43:25 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,876
Posted By tripitz
Re: Money Shift Into Second Around 70 MPH

As I am/have learned, an engine swap usually results in a non-stop list of "while you are in there" things to change/fix just so you KNOW what is done or not done on your engine. It is also a ton of...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Mar-16-2017, 09:39:07 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,704
Posted By tripitz
Re: Tracking Owner of Abandoned M3

Even if this approach works, it may end up costing a lot of money on title insurance that some states require.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Mar-15-2017, 09:47:27 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 14,338
Posted By tripitz
Re: 98 M3 Silver Sedan - Refresh Thread

When the shop redid the front end of my engine (Dr. Vanos, new chain, guides, and upper tensioner) they dropped the oil pan only partially. The engine was held up by the subframe (as there is no...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Mar-15-2017, 07:56:50 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,355
Posted By tripitz
Re: Milwaukee 18V Torque Wrench $259

My big milwaukee makes working under the car a workout. The slip ring is probably the most annoying part of the tool as sometimes I have to use extensions and wobbles to get at a bolt like a...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Mar-14-2017, 07:54:14 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,355
Posted By tripitz
Re: Milwaukee 18V Torque Wrench $259

Interesting. I have the bigger 1/2 one and it is flawless. Battery lasts seemingly forever and it works all the time. It can even rip off staked and rusted axle nuts...

The other Milwaukee...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Mar-13-2017, 12:22:20 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,823
Posted By tripitz
Re: Achilles motor sports brake ducts

I would do a few things....

1) Dispute the charge on your CC
2) Call them back and tell them to look at this forum. For sure they already lost at least one customer (me). You've been a helpful...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Mar-13-2017, 04:43:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 466
Posted By tripitz
Re: What else to replace while engine is out?

Yes! All done thankfully. Just redid the RMS and working on the oil pump shaft. That one nut on the pickup tube is a bit of a pain...

Seriously reconsidering now going OBD1 conversion. Would...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Mar-12-2017, 08:17:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 466
Posted By tripitz
Re: What else to replace while engine is out?

Vanos was rebuilt before the wreck, along with guide chains, new chain, and new tensioners. OPN was also done. I will definitely change the pickup tube with the reinforced one.

So coolant tempt,...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Mar-12-2017, 05:37:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 466
Posted By tripitz
Re: What else to replace while engine is out?

Okay cool. Definitely doing oil pan gasket (sucks because I replaced it last year, about 3k miles ago when I did OPN) as I want to be 100% sure it will not leak.

So knock sensors for sure? If I...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Mar-12-2017, 03:33:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 466
Posted By tripitz
What else to replace while engine is out?

Hi all. Curious to see if I am missing anything while my engine and transmission are out of the car. Current list of planned fixes are as follows:


Z3 reinforced oil pickup tube (already did...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Mar-12-2017, 03:29:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,203
Posted By tripitz
Re: Parking Brake Replacement vs. Adjustment

Which brand did you end up getting?

I had to cut mine... the cable clip on the brake was rusted shut and the cables were bonded to the body and the trailing arms. Since I am putting on the M3...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Mar-12-2017, 03:27:24 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,823
Posted By tripitz
Re: Achilles motor sports brake ducts

Wow. That totally is not acceptable. I was looking at getting brake ducts so will definitely steer in the direction of the Hard or BW versions. Sorry you had to deal with that.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Mar-10-2017, 10:01:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,203
Posted By tripitz
Re: Parking Brake Replacement vs. Adjustment

When doing the parking brake refresh, is this one of the areas where the non-BMW branded cables are an okay alternative? There are Febi and Vaico alternatives that are 1/4 to 1/2 the cost of the BMW...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Mar-10-2017, 01:38:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 356
Posted By tripitz
Re: Cheap body part fitment?

I may have it wrapped or rattle can it. I have called a few shops and it is not inexpensive to have it painted. This will be a track car and while I want it to look good, I really need to...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Mar-10-2017, 01:53:25 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 356
Posted By tripitz
Cheap body part fitment?

I need a new fender due to the rust pocket and the previous owner getting backed into. Obviously, the BMW part is the best choice. That being said, I can get a rock auto fender for about $40. How...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Mar-10-2017, 01:52:24 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 27,032
Posted By tripitz
Re: Hood Cowl / Windshield Wiper Cover DIY - Coupe

On my car, there is a 1/4" gap between the plastic and glass. I assume this is normal as there does not appear to be trim in the parts diagrams that I have looked at. Is this correct?
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Mar-10-2017, 01:51:27 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 27,032
Posted By tripitz
Re: Hood Cowl / Windshield Wiper Cover DIY - Coupe

Suggest looking at real oem. I just ordered grommets and clips. ECS has an entire refresh kit. I think a good wash and some work should restore the black plastic parts. Looking at my order,...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Mar-09-2017, 09:22:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,617
Posted By tripitz
Re: Rattling noise in engine?

Here is a video of mine....

E36M3 Revs Chain Slap - YouTube

It sounds like the other video. I fixed mine. My car sounded like the red car from the outside. Literally like a diesel. It is...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Mar-05-2017, 12:56:41 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,956
Posted By tripitz
Re: Clutch/Flywheel replacement questions

To follow-up on it, I now have the drifts in possession. Before I start this work, I am still looking at the right blind hole puller. What is the best tool to do this? There is the oemtools that I...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Mar-01-2017, 07:04:59 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,203
Posted By tripitz
Re: Rear Hard Line Repair/Replacement

Is there a preferred brake line that people recommend? Also the fittings for male and female? Any recommendations where to go?
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