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Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Jan-21-2020, 03:10:59 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 92
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Longer Negative Battery Cable (Ground)

https://www.batterycablesusa.com/2-gauge-awg-negative-battery-cable
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Jan-19-2020, 12:18:57 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 10,959
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: DIY Wrenchers Unite

And it does not work on the newer cars that don’t have dipsticks.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Jan-19-2020, 01:57:01 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 487
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: E36 carbon fiber valve cover going into production

What benefit does it have other than looking fancy?
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Jan-17-2020, 12:53:55 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 4,405
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Why won't my E46 M3 sell?

I need to correct the misspelling in my post.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Jan-17-2020, 03:02:31 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 4,405
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Why won't my E46 M3 sell?

Here is his post from 3 years ago linking a craigslist add advertising the car. You can often find old internet stuff using the way back machine.
...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Jan-16-2020, 11:22:58 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 4,405
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Why won't my E46 M3 sell?

If you guys can beat him down to $2,500, I’ll buy it.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Jan-16-2020, 12:32:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 187
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: E36 M3 turbo kit for sale? i am looking to buy

Bimmerforums is more active for forced induction E36. There are occasionally used kits for sale. Many of them are not that well put together by my standards. It helps a lot to really know your...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Jan-16-2020, 01:57:39 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 3,044
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: E46 M3 vs M4...driving feel?

GG needs an M4. He has been through most of the other bowls of porridge and none were just right.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Jan-15-2020, 03:28:13 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 4,405
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Why won't my E46 M3 sell?

I like Jerez Black, which is a blue black.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Jan-15-2020, 03:10:58 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 4,405
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Why won't my E46 M3 sell?

Iíd buy one if the price was right. I drive my cars rather than preserve them for resale value. If it was fixed right, it will drive the same. Makes no difference to me what is on the title. Last...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Jan-14-2020, 06:23:56 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 631
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: E-36 Brake Options

It seems like you will have to get a set of the 850i Brembo calipers and test fit them to see if they fit the wheels.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Jan-14-2020, 11:52:33 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 4,430
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Deciding on a new battery

Could you run 2 in parallel?
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Jan-13-2020, 06:10:47 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 4,430
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Deciding on a new battery

Weight may vary by brand. I think the Duracell H5 in my E36M3 is 34 lbs. I mistakenly ordered the lead acid version instead of AGM so maybe that makes a difference.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Jan-13-2020, 05:15:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 349
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Overheating Issue...

I would not go below 80C or 176F. In a cold area, you will actually see the engine operating at 176F. Like in NH in winter sometimes. Any colder might not be good for oil temps. I still get cabin...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Jan-13-2020, 02:40:32 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 4,430
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Deciding on a new battery

Is the mini battery just an H5 or is it even smaller?
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Jan-12-2020, 10:29:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 349
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Overheating Issue...

If the cabin vent is not hot, the system is not bled.

I don’t think the fan switches fail often. Your problem might be in the wiring, particularly if you rewired to run full speed on the lower...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Jan-12-2020, 05:51:52 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,156
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Tires

Isn’t there a Firehawk that is a rebadged Bridgestone? It’s probably a decent tire.

I like the Conti DW and Michelin PSS and PS4 because they are light. In a large 18” tire, they maybe 5 lbs...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Jan-12-2020, 05:47:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 349
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Overheating Issue...

Thermostats begin opening at the rated temp, but could take 10-20F to fully open.

The fan switch is on the cold side of the radiator so it is triggered only when the radiator and belt driven...
Forum: Parts for Sale/Wanted Sun, Jan-12-2020, 02:58:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 850
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Built S54 Shortblock

S65 is 12.0:1 with port injection runs fine on 93 and bmw also sold them in 91 markets. If an S54 with stock 11.5:1 is fine on 91 maybe one with 12.3:1 would be fine on 93.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Jan-12-2020, 02:53:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 888
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Almost traded my e36 M3 for an e39 M5

E39 M5 is a great car. Way more substantial than the E36 as anyone who has driven an E39 knows. Much more comfortable. Lots more power and speed. Can carry more people and stuff more easily.
...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Jan-12-2020, 02:02:15 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,156
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Tires

I would not continue with the DWS. If you buy more, you are committing. I also would not worry about mixing front and rears while you burn up your DWS rears. Itís not like you are tracking your...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Jan-11-2020, 02:41:57 AM
Replies: 524
Views: 66,432
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: My $8.8K 176K mile Craigslist E36M3 Journey Begins

If you replace the lock, can you key it to your keys or does the new lock require new keys?
Forum: E90 M3 (Sedan) | E92 M3 (Coupe) | E93 M3 (Convertible) (2008-2013) Thu, Jan-09-2020, 01:15:33 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,584
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Class Action Lawsuit(s) for BMW M3 2008-2013 Rod Bearings in S65 motor

Back then, there were no extra clearance bearings so I used 702/03 with WPC and stock bolts. Today stock bearing prices are way up. Stock bolts are a pain to install due to the double triple torque...
Forum: E90 M3 (Sedan) | E92 M3 (Coupe) | E93 M3 (Convertible) (2008-2013) Wed, Jan-08-2020, 09:46:33 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,584
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Class Action Lawsuit(s) for BMW M3 2008-2013 Rod Bearings in S65 motor

I did mine myself for about $500 in 2014 when my extended warranty expired. Ism not expecting anything from BMW. I will probably do them again in a year or two. Had 60k when I changed them and am...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Jan-08-2020, 07:02:27 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,020
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Community Advice: What's the best Shift Kit?

I have a CAE Street shifter on order. Looking forward to trying it out. I have driven 2 E36 with the normal CAE shifter and thought they were fine. The Street is about 3” shorter and the gear...
Forum: E90 M3 (Sedan) | E92 M3 (Coupe) | E93 M3 (Convertible) (2008-2013) Wed, Jan-08-2020, 01:30:41 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,584
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Class Action Lawsuit(s) for BMW M3 2008-2013 Rod Bearings in S65 motor

You did not answer the question why the complaint was not filed in federal court.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Jan-06-2020, 06:04:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 584
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: TMS performance kits for E36 M3 S50 US 3.0L

I have been saying I will take my E36 M3 to the track for over 10 years. Still have not taken it. I did do an autocross and advanced driving school in my E90 M3 in 2014 and did another autocross...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Jan-06-2020, 03:59:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 279
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Maximum PSI kits?

I think Saad Racing, Technica and Max Psi sell kits if you cannot put together your own. Max Psi uses NickG for tuning and I think he is the best M/S5x turbo tuner.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Jan-06-2020, 03:55:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 584
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: TMS performance kits for E36 M3 S50 US 3.0L

Cost per rwhp would be much less with a supercharger kit. Member Braymond141 refurbishes used kits and sells them, if you can afford the upfront cost. However, those kits are usually...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Jan-06-2020, 12:57:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 584
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: TMS performance kits for E36 M3 S50 US 3.0L

Depends on what you pay for the parts and whether you can install them yourself or must pay someone else. I would not want one of these old cars with stock power or near stock power. With all the...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Jan-05-2020, 12:54:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 472
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Rear Brakes Dragging

Maybe you have a bad abs sensor or a rusted or gunked up abs cog. ASC uses them.
Forum: E90 M3 (Sedan) | E92 M3 (Coupe) | E93 M3 (Convertible) (2008-2013) Fri, Jan-03-2020, 12:22:56 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,584
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Class Action Lawsuit(s) for BMW M3 2008-2013 Rod Bearings in S65 motor

Could be any of several reasons. The state law claims may be stronger than the federal law claims or simply fit the facts better. I donít know NJ law and have not really studied the complaint or...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Dec-28-2019, 04:56:30 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,020
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Community Advice: What's the best Shift Kit?

AS gets universally good reviews. I have had a UUC EVO 3 and DSSR for about 10 years and like it but will be going to a CAE Street chassis mounted shifter soon; I am using a GS6-53 trans now in my...
Forum: E90 M3 (Sedan) | E92 M3 (Coupe) | E93 M3 (Convertible) (2008-2013) Thu, Dec-26-2019, 01:24:45 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,960
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: To do rod bearsing or not? That's the ???

Were I buying today, I would buy extra clearance bearings. ACL, BE and VAC sell them. I did mine in 2014, just before extra clearance bearings came to market. I have 702/703 stock with WPC...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Dec-24-2019, 10:12:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 489
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Diff/Manual Transmission fluids

I agree. Redline is good and may be cheaper than the bmw stuff. I may have put the bmw stuff in my car 14 years ago when I first got it but every change since have been other fluid. Never noticed...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Dec-24-2019, 04:21:29 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,764
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: State of bolt-on mods entering 2020?

Itís been ok so far and I have been doing this about as long as you (forced induction since January 2006), but we have had vastly different experiences. I think part of that is because I have never...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Dec-24-2019, 05:18:53 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,764
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: State of bolt-on mods entering 2020?

I have had 200, 300, 400, 500, 600 and 700 rwhp and its all good. I will admit my happiest time was around 500 rwhp but even though I am at 700 rwhp now, I donít want to go back to 500. You have to...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Dec-24-2019, 03:41:12 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,764
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: State of bolt-on mods entering 2020?

245 rwhp is interesting until you have experienced 300 or 400 or 500 rwhp, all of which are easily possible, though at greater total cost since you have to buy all that rwhp at once.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Dec-23-2019, 10:40:30 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,764
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: State of bolt-on mods entering 2020?

It depends on whether you would be happy with the 15% more power or not that you would get from those basic mods. If not, you’ll be buying cams, an hfm, larger injectors and a new tune. I would not...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Dec-23-2019, 08:52:29 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,764
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: State of bolt-on mods entering 2020?

I like the Vortech superchargers. The rotrex and asa can’t be easily rebuilt. The powerdyne is an antique. Dinan and RMS have the best hardware for the Vortech. RMS has the advantage of an...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Dec-22-2019, 01:53:08 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,764
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: State of bolt-on mods entering 2020?

I would skip the Dinan tune today. It might have been the only option 20 years ago, but it has not been touched in 20 years and tuners who have been working with these cars since have done better. ...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Dec-20-2019, 07:13:53 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,764
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: State of bolt-on mods entering 2020?

Done right, the M50 loses none to at most a few rwhp in the midrange. But I also don’t think it adds enough to notice below the OP’s 5000 rpm shift point.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Dec-20-2019, 05:39:09 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,764
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: State of bolt-on mods entering 2020?

If you are one of those people who won’t go over 5000 rpm, you would get more performance out of a V8 or turbo motor that does not need to be revved out to make power. I’ll guess you don’t want to...
Forum: E90 M3 (Sedan) | E92 M3 (Coupe) | E93 M3 (Convertible) (2008-2013) Fri, Dec-20-2019, 01:01:03 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 273
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Cold start issue

There are no glow plugs on an E9xM3. Your battery is probably weak. How old is it? What are itís ratings? Check your engine ground strap; it is under the car on the drivers side between the pan...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Dec-20-2019, 05:05:09 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 6,108
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: ACL Rod Bearing review

And on the engines where often you can’t pull bearings and find they look like new, like the S65, the longest break in period in the world would not make any difference. Because there is no break in...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Dec-20-2019, 03:05:58 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 6,108
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: ACL Rod Bearing review

Seriously? Do you then retorque the bolts? Does a heat cycle take 1000 miles of gentle driving? Do rod bearings need 1000 miles of gentle driving to get oil on them?

Like Andrew Lang of Lang...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Dec-19-2019, 05:58:02 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 6,108
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: ACL Rod Bearing review

The link I posted explains why bearings wear. It’s not just cold start. If it was just cold start, all bearings in all cars no matter what would wear the same.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Dec-19-2019, 05:02:08 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 6,108
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: ACL Rod Bearing review

Here is a good explanation of how rod bearings work and the circumstances under which they wear.

http://kingbearings.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Engine-Bearings-and-how-they-work.pdf
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Dec-19-2019, 03:40:09 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 6,108
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: ACL Rod Bearing review

Iíd be curious who that is. Anyone can google this, including you, and will learn that rod bearings do not require any break in.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Dec-19-2019, 02:18:53 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 6,108
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: ACL Rod Bearing review

Yes, itís a CYA. Wonít hurt BMW to ask for it and BMW probably required it for warranty purposes. But ask anyone or do your own research and you will learn more about rod bearings and how they work...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Dec-18-2019, 11:21:14 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 6,108
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: ACL Rod Bearing review

I will probably put ACL in my S65 next. I put WPC treated stock in it 5 years ago but they only have 40k miles on them so I am not in a rush given that the originals were not on the verge of failure...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Dec-18-2019, 11:03:52 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 6,108
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: ACL Rod Bearing review

Detonation, overloading, oil breakdown, lack of oil due to clog or pressure loss, debris in oil, insufficient clearance and/or tolerance stacking, etc., but absolutely nothing that a break in period...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Dec-18-2019, 09:48:15 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 6,108
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: ACL Rod Bearing review

What I would be concerned about is metal from a spun bearing still being in an oil passage or excess assembly lube. But metal will get trapped in the filter pretty quickly and assembly lube will mix...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Dec-18-2019, 09:44:56 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 6,108
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: ACL Rod Bearing review

The bearing surface does not contact metal. The backs of the bearings Do contact the big end of the rod, but donít break into the big end of the rod.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Dec-18-2019, 09:02:22 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 6,108
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: ACL Rod Bearing review

Those are the guys behind BE bearings. Andrew Lang of Lang Racing changed the bearings in an S54. The owner asked about the break in. Andrew said he had already hit 7000 rpm.
...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Dec-18-2019, 07:34:34 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 6,108
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: ACL Rod Bearing review

The bearing surface of rod bearings does not contact metal; only oil. Rod bearings don’t need any break in.

http://wiki.rcollins.org/core/index.php/Engine_Specs_-_S65/S85_Rod_Bearing_Break_In
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Dec-18-2019, 04:56:21 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 6,108
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: ACL Rod Bearing review

The break in is to make sure the mechanic did not screw anything up. Better to find the loose hose leaking while driving gently.

The only reason I can think to go easy is that the oil will have...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Dec-18-2019, 04:49:22 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 6,108
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: ACL Rod Bearing review

There is no break in for rod bearings.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Dec-17-2019, 01:17:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 576
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: random coolant loss

It is probably not random. Are you checking coolant level under the same circumstances? Can’t compare hot to cold since it expands. If the leak occurs only sometimes it could be pressure related...
Forum: E90 M3 (Sedan) | E92 M3 (Coupe) | E93 M3 (Convertible) (2008-2013) Sun, Dec-15-2019, 02:46:22 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 12,428
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Rod bearing - preventive maintenance?

Actually, the rod bearing problem does not overwhelmingly affect the 2008-2010 cars with lead bearings. It affects both early and late bearings. And the best theory advanced is that clearance is...
Forum: E90 M3 (Sedan) | E92 M3 (Coupe) | E93 M3 (Convertible) (2008-2013) Sat, Dec-14-2019, 06:47:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,584
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Class Action Lawsuit(s) for BMW M3 2008-2013 Rod Bearings in S65 motor

Yes, BMW will either mount a defense and say the cause has not been proven and that the could be many causes, or it will settle without any admission of wrongdoing. Hopefully some good info will...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Dec-13-2019, 10:35:41 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,438
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Would you sacrifice transmission choice for Color Combos/Options?

I agree the trans should not be a primary consideration since it is relatively easily to swap or convert to a manual, especially if you don’t mind a chassis mounted shifter like RTD or CAE that does...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Dec-07-2019, 12:04:44 PM
Replies: 235
Views: 17,447
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Why is my cammed s54 still making the same power?

About 2.5% less. Still very impressive to do nearly 380 rwhp on 93 pump gas from a 3.2L with bolt on mods!
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Dec-04-2019, 03:07:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 354
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Will this BMW performance short shifter work with the M3??

I would not count on whatever is great for the ZF GS6-37 or GS6-53 perfectly fitting or being great for the Getrag 420G.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Dec-01-2019, 02:38:27 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 43,540
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: BMW 1999 E36 M3 Ė How To Change Transmission ďDetent PinĒ Bushings

Honestly, you might be better off buying a used trans and starting over. Splitting the case is not easy. I have never seen a write up for that but let us know if you find one. It is certainly...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Nov-26-2019, 03:35:06 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 10,825
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: 95 M3 Turbo "Build" (strapping a 6266 to a stock 200k mile motor)

Happens to many would-be turbo-ers. I will soon by in my 10th year of turbo, which followed 4 years of supercharger.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Nov-22-2019, 12:14:29 PM
Replies: 24
NSFW: ECS tuning
Views: 2,102
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: ECS tuning

Convertible is around 10% heavier. It will need 10% more power to equal the performance of a hardtop. 0-60 is often not a great reflection of power because traction is a factor. The quarter mile...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Nov-22-2019, 12:03:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 593
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Stock or Upgrades??

Drive the car and enjoy it. If you want better power or handling, mod it. I would no fun to me to think of my car as an asset and that I was depleting it’s value every time I drove it. The return...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Nov-21-2019, 02:15:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 276
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Forum Advice Needed: Used set of TCK DA Coilovers

If I was the original owner, I might put $1600 into my used coilovers. But I don’t think I would buy a 12 year old used set for $350 and put $1600 into those. Plus, TrueChoice could find one or...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Nov-20-2019, 08:44:23 PM
Replies: 310
Views: 23,776
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: 2019 Black Friday Deals Thread

I have been using the Milwaukee stuff for about 10 years and really like it. Plus the tool choice is great for both automotive and home renovation type work so you can share batteries. I probably...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Nov-20-2019, 12:05:56 PM
Replies: 310
Views: 23,776
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: 2019 Black Friday Deals Thread

I was assuming Schwaben was generic before the label went on.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Nov-20-2019, 02:05:12 AM
Replies: 310
Views: 23,776
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: 2019 Black Friday Deals Thread

I think the schwaben extractor is $35 on eBay.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Nov-19-2019, 08:22:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 965
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: LS Swap for Track Use

I went through this. Bought an M52, aftermarket rods and pistons, bottom end gasket kit, rod and main bearings and dropped everything off at the machine shop along with an S52 crank I had. Shop...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Nov-19-2019, 06:27:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 965
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: LS Swap for Track Use

Is the OP able to do any work himself? Pulling, rebuilding and reinstalling an S52 is expensive but $12-14k seems high to me.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Nov-13-2019, 05:13:07 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,097
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Winter tire recommendation

You may find limited stock dictates your tire choice. For snow, narrower is better and bigger sidewall is better. I typically either put snows on the stock wheels and buy wider/lighter aftermarket...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Nov-13-2019, 12:08:21 PM
Replies: 24
NSFW: ECS tuning
Views: 2,102
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: ECS tuning

It will be an ongoing process to lighten the heavy convertible to get the same performance as a hardtop.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Nov-11-2019, 03:33:32 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,037
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: High mileage resurrect/DE aka the worst idea ever!

The custom parts and wiring routing in the engine bay are worth at least $500.

Seriously, though, good job sticking with the car. It’s a lot of work. Sometimes you can afford to buy the...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Nov-10-2019, 04:21:57 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 10,959
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: DIY Wrenchers Unite

Technically you are not supposed to put anti seize on lug nuts because it can affect the torque. Same goes for anything torqued unless the torque spec specifies a certain lube. But I ignore that and...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Nov-10-2019, 02:30:40 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,578
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: AVOID ManTrans In Florida

There is a used samsonas dog box for sale right now for $6k. $9k if you want a clutch and everything else for an E46.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Nov-09-2019, 10:41:07 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,578
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: AVOID ManTrans In Florida

So you got your money back and are also getting a rebuilt trans?
Forum: Parts for Sale/Wanted Fri, Nov-08-2019, 11:27:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 358
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Project Mu Club Racer Pads for Stoptech ST40 Caliper

https://autoplicity.com/10585087-project-mu-pcr09z152
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Nov-08-2019, 12:10:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,017
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Anyone running Forced Induction with cats?

HJS are very good and expensive cats. People have run stock cats but aftermarket high flow round be better. Get metal substrate rather than ceramic.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Nov-06-2019, 02:03:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 658
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: 285 tire ok on rear ZCP wheel ?

9.5 wide wheel is about right for a 265 width tire.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Nov-03-2019, 03:56:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 690
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: PSA: Castrol SRF back at FCP

People return used oil, coolant, brake fluid, diff fluid, trans fluid to claim a warranty replacement. For some reason, FCP allows this and cheap people take advantage if it.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Nov-03-2019, 02:27:20 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,744
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Front control arms - what to get?

Could you swap Meyle HD balljoints into the cheap arms?
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Nov-01-2019, 01:45:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 893
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Mishimoto Radiator Didn't Last a Year

I don’t think the failure rate is 100%. Even 10% would be high. Most likely the warranty replacement will be fine. But if he would rather buy a different radiator, he could sell the warranty...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Oct-31-2019, 12:15:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 476
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Removing fuel rail fuel lines???

The linked tool won’t help if the black release collars are missing from the fuel lines. There are some universal release tools with integrated collars but I don’t know how well they work. I have...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Oct-31-2019, 03:41:31 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 367
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Revshift diff bushings+sway bar problem

Seems like the 2 piece design is problematic. I had no problems with an H&R bar and one piece powerflex and akg diff bushings
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Oct-29-2019, 11:41:41 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 893
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Mishimoto Radiator Didn't Last a Year

It has a warranty? Get another one. Sell it if you don’t want to use it.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Oct-28-2019, 05:16:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 897
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Exhaust Headers Gasket Replacement

Plenty of people have run cooler cap with lines under the hood to a cooler behind the kidney grills. I know people who have done this without issue on centrifugal supercharger cars that are much...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Oct-28-2019, 02:24:14 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 5,907
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Project TurnicornM3-- Turner motorsports s65 e46 M3 swap.

It seems like a newer, faster, better handling BMW is more trouble for you than it is worth. I doubt an E46M3 stuffed with an S65 will be easy to work on. The S65 does not have a dipstick, though...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Oct-28-2019, 04:22:01 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 5,907
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Project TurnicornM3-- Turner motorsports s65 e46 M3 swap.

They have been out of production for 6 years and there will soon be 2 newer model M3s, both of which are faster, handle better, more modern, etc.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Oct-28-2019, 02:37:50 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 5,907
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Project TurnicornM3-- Turner motorsports s65 e46 M3 swap.

E92 are not hard to work on. But if you want a new simple European sports car, good luck finding one. I am open minded and not interest in being stuck in the past thinking the epitome of high...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Oct-27-2019, 10:16:25 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 897
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Exhaust Headers Gasket Replacement

I removed the exhaust. You should have enough nuts because you can reuse some.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Oct-27-2019, 09:02:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 897
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Exhaust Headers Gasket Replacement

I have reused the studs and you can get the nuts off using the double nut method (double nut the other end at the end with non crimp/lock nuts and use that to hold the stud while you remove the...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Oct-27-2019, 04:21:22 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 897
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Exhaust Headers Gasket Replacement

I the video, the guy had the valve cover off to maximize access from above. I’d rather leave it on and access in part from below even if it also takes some work to gain the below access.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Oct-27-2019, 04:20:41 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 897
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Exhaust Headers Gasket Replacement

Power tools are great for spinning nuts off but the studs are only 42mm long and about half of that is taken up by the head, gasket and header flange. For stock headers, 3/8 may be fine. For some...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Oct-27-2019, 01:59:58 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 897
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Exhaust Headers Gasket Replacement

The battery impact is nice to save your wrists and elbows if you are like me and suffering occasional pains from repetitive twisting as you get older, but totally unnecessary for this job. For a...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Oct-26-2019, 10:35:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 897
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Exhaust Headers Gasket Replacement

It’s been years since I worked on a stock car but I did run 4 different headers before going turbo. If you can’t get to all bolts from above you will need to get to some from below. My guess is you...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Oct-26-2019, 10:30:51 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 5,907
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Project TurnicornM3-- Turner motorsports s65 e46 M3 swap.

About the best a stock displacement S65 does on pump gas with bolt ons and a tune is 400 rwhp SAE Dynojet. Very, very few have run cams so there is little info on how much more they might add, but...
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