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Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Mar-12-2018, 02:56:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 872
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Bushing Tools vs Press

Get a press, or at least get access to one, if you are going to do a front or rear suspension refresh. My rationale here is that you will need to fully disassemble the rear suspension on the e36...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Jan-11-2018, 04:11:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 618
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Dying Seats

That is the type of damage where you really should replace the leather. Either have an upholsterer replace the damaged leather with some donor BMW nappa, or source a whole new bottom Vader cushion...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Jan-11-2018, 04:03:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 810
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Driver's side door

Ensuring that the door surround seal is clean along where it makes contact with the door glass makes a big difference in this problem. I have also had a lot of improvement by keeping the door...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Dec-02-2017, 12:44:51 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 30,989
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: 1998 Alpine White Sedan Build Thread

I'm a fan of the media-blast aluminum-refinishing technique used here. That said, there's nothing wrong with painting aluminum if you're not afraid to get dirty with the proper...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Nov-18-2017, 12:22:58 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,604
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Ugh, no more Ebay parts...

There are some good e36-related buys on ebay that come from no-name makers and sellers. Sometimes, you can get more than you pay for.

For instance, I bought and was quite pleasantly surprised by...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Oct-28-2017, 02:30:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 710
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: ...wiper blades

I just buy the $5 Michelin wiper blades from Walmart or the like, and replace them every year or two. Even though I rarely need them, the Michelin brand actually clears the windshield pretty well...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Oct-28-2017, 02:24:25 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,202
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Where do I buy this M logo sticker

This obviously doesn't apply when you want to put one of these on an underhood strut brace, but if you're refinishing a set of BMW wheels and want to use these, do know that the surface of these ebay...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Oct-20-2017, 01:13:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,847
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: spinning key problem - repair the ignition switch to lock cylinder cam for cheap

The pictures are showing up OK on my browser.

I'm not sure how to answer your question, because everything that could go wrong with the steering lock, ignition tumbler, cam, and other parts in...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Oct-16-2017, 03:11:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 944
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Do you have a Clutch Return Spring in addition to the Compression Spring?

In the case of bronze pedal bushings, they press in to the clutch pedal so securely, there may be no need to replace the actual pedal if the mounting holes are not wildly out of round due to wear. In...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Oct-16-2017, 02:04:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 944
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Do you have a Clutch Return Spring in addition to the Compression Spring?

Yep. My 11/98 clutch pedal assembly has the return hook spring (#6) at the top of the pedal, as well as the compression coil spring with its plastic bushings (#11 and #14).
...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Oct-10-2017, 02:54:07 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 8,232
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Fix a sagging glove box door.

If you are lucky, your sagging glove box door is due to the right vent trim panel fitting loosely in the dashboard. This part has the usual under-engineered e36 plastic tabs that are sure to break if...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Oct-05-2017, 08:06:26 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 426
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Rear seat bolster clip

Good luck on finding this, I have personally been looking for a pair of these for six years.

FYI, when I posted some WTB threads, all of the posters that responded were either confused about...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Sep-13-2017, 07:50:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,541
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Fuel smell near passenger rear well with car parked. No drip.

This point seems obvious, but hasn't been mentioned: are there any set or pending codes for a large or small leak, fuel-tank pressure sender, purge, or vent valves? I say this because the...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Aug-21-2017, 02:05:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,508
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Differential leak

Another thing to try is to knock the 14mm hexagonal stub out of a cheap socket, then there will be plenty of room to use the stub with a box-end wrench. IIRC, when I ran into the clearance issue...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Aug-21-2017, 01:58:32 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 38,248
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: BMW 1999 E36 M3 – How To Change Transmission “Detent Pin” Bushings

Even though I didn't end up replacing the bushings for the 5th or reverse detents, I did replace the detents, and I still had to get the cover for these detents back on. It took a lot of force to...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Aug-21-2017, 01:45:41 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,908
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Front control arm ball joint

Obviously I was only talking about the physical differences in the '95 and '96-99 FCAs not mattering in terms of balljoint fitment.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Aug-20-2017, 03:47:48 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,908
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Front control arm ball joint

One user PMed me claiming he attempted the DIY replacement, but found there was a difference in the balljoint bore size for the front control arms of his 1995 car. That was the one contrary account...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Jul-27-2017, 04:04:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,248
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Air In Clutch Lines?

This is a case of a failing clutch hydraulic cylinder(s). Whether it is the master or slave doesn't matter much, as both really should be considered preventative maintenance if you have to record of...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Jul-24-2017, 03:14:38 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,709
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Need help….can't get the top radiator hose to stop leaking

In my case, I verified it was the expansion tank hose because I could see a tiny bit of coolant pooling on that little flat recess beneath the hose before it started spilling over and running down...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Jul-22-2017, 06:15:26 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,709
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Need help….can't get the top radiator hose to stop leaking

Bumping this old thread with an update on my experience with this issue.

I have since figured out that on my car, the tiny trickle of coolant from the radiator's overflow hose nipple only occurs...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Jul-22-2017, 06:01:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,847
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: spinning key problem - repair the ignition switch to lock cylinder cam for cheap

Great find. I wish I knew this option existed at the time I needed it. But then again, I don't recall ever finding this Bross reproduction.



I hypothesize that forcing the key to turn also...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Jul-22-2017, 05:53:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,286
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Battery...?

The smart thing to do is just buy whichever battery has the best warranty and is made by a reputable OEM. That is unless you have special concerns like weight savings, deep cycle, etc.

After the...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Jun-21-2017, 11:16:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,847
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
spinning key problem - repair the ignition switch to lock cylinder cam for cheap

This is another spin on the dreaded spinning-ignition key that happens to e36s. Often its a broken keeper in the the ignition barrel that causes the whole ignition lock cylinder to spin. In my case,...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Jun-21-2017, 04:21:45 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 12,987
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Dove gray interior detail, Vader repair, and intensive interior redye

Here are the up-to-date interior pictures. I am impressed by how good even the driver seat still look nearly 4.5 years later. I've had more trouble with my coupe door panels rattling themselves apart...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Jun-15-2017, 06:17:49 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 43,018
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: DIY: front control arm balljoints

Yes, before I decided to cut the long stud for the old inner balljoint, I tried a 4" steel tube. If I recall, this worked really bad in terms of the tube getting warped by the press ram and not...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Jun-14-2017, 02:34:48 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 43,018
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: DIY: front control arm balljoints

Sorry about my IMGUR hosting being complete garbage. I have uploaded the pictures to somewhere else and fixed the links in the OP.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Jun-13-2017, 09:40:54 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 17,856
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Vapor Trails: code FD, evap valve stuck closed

I like your theoretical info in the previous post and agree with most of it. The exception is that my car would throw the CEL for FD/P0446 at seemingly random times - recently filling up had nothing...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Jun-13-2017, 09:32:46 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 12,987
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Dove gray interior detail, Vader repair, and intensive interior redye

The crack filler is holding up perfectly fine. That includes after lots of parking outside of a shaded area as well.



Like I said, the crack filler is holding up just fine.

After over 4...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Apr-12-2016, 06:33:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 777
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: S52 Wiring Harness Connections for Post-Cat O2 Sensors

The wiring harness connectors for the post-catalytic O2 sensors are on the left side of the transmission tunnel - right behind the fuel filter.

The connectors are pretty obvious once you trace...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Apr-08-2016, 06:49:28 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,395
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: paint-matched door moldings?

This is a divisive topic, but in my opinion, the look can work really well on a case by case basis. Body-color moldings certainly make the car look less aged to the 99% of people who aren't in to old...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Apr-08-2016, 06:18:42 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 17,856
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Vapor Trails: code FD, evap valve stuck closed

Pictures are fixed.



It seems to do the trick again and again for me. I've had to do this several times over the last few years and each time a little bit of compressed air keeps the CEL away...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, May-17-2015, 03:36:43 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,102
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Question about clutch replacement

Around 18" of clearance between the garage floor and bottom of the bellhousing is good to get the transmission in and out pretty easily with aid of a floor jack and transmisison adapter. The HF 3-ton...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, May-17-2015, 03:27:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 561
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Rear wheel bearings, what else?

In this case, I'd say replacing the RTA ball joints, at least just on that side, is an excellent idea. However, just replacing the wheel bearing is perfectly fine if you're confident the rest of the...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, May-03-2015, 02:03:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,563
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Hood Insulation

Mine's still in there because it hasn't started deteriorating and crumbling everywhere like the rest of them. Washing it whenever I detail the engine bay keeps it looking pretty good as well. My DME...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, May-01-2015, 03:39:34 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,037
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Fear of too little coupe space

Become estranged from all your family and friends so that you don't need to ever worry about giving fat bodies or tall freaks a ride in your tiny hypothetical bimmer. As long as you fit in the driver...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, May-01-2015, 03:27:57 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,049
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Brake Line Connection Options When Flare Nut Wrench Fails?

Put on new M10x1 shouldered fittings if you're fabricating and flaring new hard lines, don't reuse the old ones because new fittings are less than $1/each and you won't have to worry about corrosion...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, May-01-2015, 03:11:23 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,305
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Well looks like the E36 is officially an antique

The e36 isn't in the current listing, but my bookmarked link to realoem's diagram selections for my month/year is still working fine. Searching by the last-7 of my VIN from the homepage leads me to...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Apr-26-2015, 03:09:07 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,049
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Brake Line Connection Options When Flare Nut Wrench Fails?

Vice grips will work, but be sure to have a grip on the opposite side of the fitting so you don't bend things terribly.

You also don't have to replace the whole line because a union is mangled....
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Apr-26-2015, 02:57:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 782
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: DIY: Electric Fan Shroud

Looks like you modeled this after Mishimoto's idea, with those curved/open spaces to improve airflow at speed, but I wouldn't have cut so much around the left side or the upper corners.

What did...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Apr-22-2015, 02:12:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 720
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Wisdom on suspension Nut and Bolt replacement?

You're right, I wasn't posting well at that time and I know full well what a TTY bolt is, and these are not one of them.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Apr-22-2015, 02:09:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 798
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: upper radiator hose

You probably have the wrong hose or a badly offset mechanical fan clutch and/or fan blade. My upper radiator hose also has around 1" of clearance from the fan blade as well.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Apr-22-2015, 02:01:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 864
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: What greeted me today!

Mine tried to do this too, but I saw the signs well in advance and did a pre-emptive fix.

I'd have to imagine there were the signs of the glovebox vinyl trim fixing to fall off, well in advance,...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Apr-21-2015, 03:21:29 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 474
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Parts car in Northern, VA

Buying a parts e36, because you have a glovebox problem is going too far - unless you're planning to do a full restoration or live around the arctic circle hundreds of miles from the nearest auto...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Apr-21-2015, 03:05:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 541
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Rear seat conversion

Fold-down or fixed-back will actually make a difference here, as the fixed-back rear seat will make a better base for a house furniture project.

You'll need a good way to to fix the rear seat to...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Apr-19-2015, 02:31:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 720
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Wisdom on suspension Nut and Bolt replacement?

Replace the TTY strut bolts - 10.9 non-TTY bolts from the hardware store are fine. Consider adding some 1.2-2.0mm thick shims here if you want to increase front camber. Replace the nylon washers for...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Apr-14-2015, 05:00:32 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 331
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Evap Leak

That's the fuel evaporative liquid/vapor separator -it's not uncommon for one of the nipples to break and cause a leak code.

Luckily, this part is the same on all obd-2 e36s, so it's not hard to...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Mar-28-2015, 11:44:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 546
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Brake hose threads showing after installing new caliper??

Don't be immediately concerned because the threaded fitting from the brake line to caliper isn't going to come loose if it's torqued properly. I've seen this same issue of the flange on a threaded...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Mar-28-2015, 03:48:08 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 809
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: leather seat staining keeps coming back?

That color is pretty consistent with auto seat foam that is moisture-damaged (coffee, tea, soda, water, perfuse sweat, etc). Yet the leather surface looks very much intact which you wouldn't expect...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Mar-27-2015, 03:06:32 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,455
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: 550WHP 1995 BMW M3 V8 Engine Swap runs 11.0@130mph

The LSx is a great engine and is a fine addition to most every application whom it defiles in a pragmatic foriegn-domestic automotive fusion. Expressing boredom about LSx swaps on the internet is...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Mar-24-2015, 04:40:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 873
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Anyone have experience with this?

Yep.

With in-depth projects like a suspension overhaul, it really is best to do a thorough inspection, pull what you need in order to inspect it, make a list, and only order the parts you feel...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Mar-24-2015, 04:36:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 422
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Rear suspension questions (bumpstops/sway bar)

You can simply pull the rear sway out, its a bit of a tight fit, but definitely doable without removing anything else.

On reinstall, I like to tighten upper endlink pinch bolts with the...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Mar-23-2015, 03:09:29 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,485
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Picked up 56k mile write off, need help restoring

The paint on the hood, roof, and trunk looks good enough to justify hiring a good paintless dent removal guy. A good PDR tech can get bad, golf-ball size hail damage out of a horizontal surface on a...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Mar-23-2015, 03:02:15 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,741
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: need help and advice with starter replacement

That is not the case. There are merely two e-torx bolts that hold the starter to the bellhousing.

Think about it, wouldn't you have to remove the transmission and support the engine as well if...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Mar-23-2015, 02:47:34 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 509
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Steering wheel off centered after after front end overhaul

That's the correct way to align a steering wheel to center.

A good alignment tech will do this before and after adjusting camber and toe on a front end. Of course, it's faster and easier to align...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Mar-22-2015, 11:03:29 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,741
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: need help and advice with starter replacement

I don't believe I've ever seen a 100% guided DIY for the intake manifold. That's likely because removal is quite straight-forward. Some potential tripping points include getting the fuel injectors...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Mar-18-2015, 03:19:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,012
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Potential Purchase - Help w/ Oil Pressure Light Flickering at Idle

Definitely don't take lightly an oil pressure light that occurs at idle. You have to keep in mind that oil pressure in an engine is largely determined by the resistance to its flow to/through the...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Mar-17-2015, 04:49:01 AM
Replies: 144
Views: 4,586
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Looking for some input. Playing with getting rid of the M3 (Old car problems)

If your heart isn't in the car, just move on. Sentimentality is the world's stupidest rationale to not move on from anything, and the prospect of regret for moving on from a car is completely invalid...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Mar-17-2015, 04:30:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 686
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Help me identify this connector

The outside air temperature sender is in the left brake duct on these cars, and the temperature display on the OBC defaults to -35 degrees when it has no signal from the OAT sender. I'd say it's a...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Mar-16-2015, 05:21:53 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,443
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: X-brace made a difference?

I might actually try doing that, though I very much doubt there will be any contact because my car has stock HP/TQ and the powertrain is on pretty new motor mounts - not too mention fresh...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Mar-15-2015, 04:21:32 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,443
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: X-brace made a difference?

The X-brace makes a semi-tangible difference in the "feel" of the car. By that I mean you will notice the x-brace in the form of better high-speed stability, all-speeds steering precision, and other...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Mar-15-2015, 04:01:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 736
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Best Source for Rear Axle?

Did you literally lose an outer CV joint - as in there was a catastrophic accident that severed a rear trailing arm and took the outer CV joint and brake assembly with it?

If your outer CV joint...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Mar-09-2015, 04:00:18 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,673
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Why do people not like the Luxury package on the E36?

I'm not even being pedantic, it detracts from the whole vehicles appearance because it looks so out of place and overall worse than the 3-series bumper grill, and it takes like $40 for a replacement...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Mar-09-2015, 03:56:37 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,078
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Opinion Needed - 98 E36 M3 for $4950

As a rule, any vehicle that has a terrible ad description like this one does, and even worse pictures, should be an automatic click X This is like vehicle-buying 101 and isn't by any means unique to...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Mar-09-2015, 03:44:26 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,673
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Why do people not like the Luxury package on the E36?

I dislike the lux grill, more than anything else about the lux package, even though that's extremely easy to change - as are the missing front lip and side skirts.

Interior wise, I'm not a fan of...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Mar-09-2015, 03:35:18 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,203
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Torque Pro app

Torque Pro is an OK app for real-time monitoring, but it is limited by the OBD-2 bluetooth adapter you choose.

Cheap adapters like the ELM-327 are clunky and slow, and lots of ebay-tier ELM-327...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Mar-03-2015, 05:07:32 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 6,213
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Find of the day

That is pretty nice, but the condition of the door-jamp VIN sticker brings the whole car down :(
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Mar-03-2015, 04:54:27 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 864
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: HELP! Control arm replacement issue

Even a corroded M12 bolt isn't going to shear like in this case unless there was a lot of over torquing done to it.

I have also broken off bolts by over torquing. Those bolts that are intended to...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Mar-03-2015, 04:43:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 480
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Dr///M3

I will steer clear of forums user Dr///M3 from here on out. He or she has made a big promise to me as well, but luckily the planning is still in the beginning phases. Thanks for the warning.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Mar-02-2015, 04:32:19 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 864
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: HELP! Control arm replacement issue

Someone very skilled with a drill, with good alloy drill bits, might be able to drill out the broken shaft, and then re-tap the threads, but I'd bet it would take 1-2 hours professional labor. I'm...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Mar-02-2015, 04:13:40 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,588
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Techno Violet bags?

This has to go without saying, but if you want to stance-out a car that is among the vanguard in handling at it's stock ride-height, you probably don't "get" the e36 M3.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Mar-02-2015, 03:25:11 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,461
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Order of a suspension overhaul.

If you have a 12-20-ton press in your garage, you can completely overhaul the front and rear ends yourself. You won't need to source any press work out. I admit when I did my front and rear...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Mar-01-2015, 03:57:26 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,588
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Techno Violet bags?

No, I have a feeling you don't want to really know what we think.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Feb-28-2015, 04:15:40 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 985
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: draining the block

Don't remove the O2 sensor(s) - you can get at the coolant plug easily with the O2 sensors in place. Coolant is not going to damage the electrical element in one of the O2 sensors, because they are...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Feb-27-2015, 10:23:10 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,435
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Any Ideas How to get my E36 back?

The new owner said he doesn't intend to sell the car anytime soon as a way to make you leave him alone, because you come across like a freeking weirdo emailing someone out of the blue like that after...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Feb-20-2015, 11:54:07 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 4,665
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Opinion Needed: 97 E36 M3 @$17k

If you insist on a lower-miles, well-maintained example, this car is a solid example. Some of the mods here are desirable and worth keeping, but all are fairly easily reversed if you so choose.
...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Feb-13-2015, 03:01:30 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,008
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Wiper Arm, a pain in the neck

The wiper arms can be tough to pull because they are a splined fit to each external stud from the drive mechanism.

That splined fit is the same reason why it can be tough to break a steering...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Feb-12-2015, 07:27:27 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,008
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Wiper Arm, a pain in the neck

The wiper arms were quite stubborn on my car the first time I ever took them off, despite zero corrosion. The times I've removed them after that first time have been much easier.

I find that...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Feb-09-2015, 04:11:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 529
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: What size are the headlight mounding screws?

These are 4mm screws, but they are a ridiculously course metric pitch, probably around 3.0, and you aren't going to find such a screw at even a good Fastenal place.

Believe me, I like using new...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Feb-09-2015, 03:56:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 606
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Slave cylinder bleed screw

The slave cylinder and brake caliper bleed screws are effectively the same, in that they are both M6x1.0 bleed screws with a 7mm hex head. However, the slave cylinder bleed screw is P/N 21521116360...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Feb-03-2015, 04:10:37 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,325
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Vader wobble

Looked at your video for about 20 seconds, and I guarantee you have some sort of break in the frame between base and the back halves of your seat. I'm guessing the break is on one of the flanges on...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Jan-31-2015, 02:06:53 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 12,987
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Dove gray interior detail, Vader repair, and intensive interior redye

Good info, thanks for chiming in.

Do you have any idea about adverse reactions when spraying FC's matte coat over the gloss coat, or vica versa? Any adverse reactions between the two?
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Jan-30-2015, 02:53:11 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 12,987
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Dove gray interior detail, Vader repair, and intensive interior redye

The "low gloss" topcoat from LWT is a matte product.

Furniture clinic actually refers to their matte topcoat as matt, but it is still a non-shiny topcoat and it has better durability than LWT's...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Jan-29-2015, 05:29:23 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 12,987
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Dove gray interior detail, Vader repair, and intensive interior redye

It does, the topcoat you want is selectable under "gloss."



Mixing words, yes.



I've worked with both, and would stick with the FC job if you can at all live with it. Maybe recolor some...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Jan-26-2015, 04:05:12 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 292
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: CEL p0440 faulty purge solenoid

P0440 is incredibly non-specific, as that's just OBD-2 for some sort of malfunction in the fuel evaporative system. There are a lot of things that can malfunction in the fuel evaporative system in...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Jan-25-2015, 02:55:02 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 350
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Parking brake woes

I'll agree the parking brakes on these cars can be frustrating to adjust to just right, but I'm guessing you have a problem with the mechanism that retains the parking brake shoes.

The parking...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Jan-16-2015, 05:20:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 491
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Rear LCA replacement

No, it's the actual differential housing that will block getting these bolts out.

That said, having done the differential shifting as well, I think easier to just remove the whole differential.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Jan-12-2015, 04:01:35 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 12,709
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: My OEM+ M3/4/5 Ownership Progression...

Who voted this shitty thread a 5?
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Jan-12-2015, 03:56:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,051
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Failed smog e36 m3

Love how "gross polluter" prints out in huge bold print and vertically uncentered.

Those HC/CO/NOx numbers also point out you're running rich, have poor combustion, and/or no catalytic converter...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Jan-07-2015, 11:25:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 13,293
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Leather seat repair

Spot on, you do not want too use much filler because it will look out of place and the pigment doesn't adhere so well to it. On the other hand, careful sanding of the cracks during your prep work can...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Jan-03-2015, 02:56:40 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 38,967
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Nappa Leather - OEM Process, Restoration, Color Change Information

You already have the answer: the durability of the new recolored leather finish has everything to do with spray technique, and to a lesser extent, top coat.

Preparation is essential, because...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Dec-29-2014, 08:54:55 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,334
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: trim restoration anyone?

There's no detailing product that is a solution to painting your moldings. If you do it right, even without clearcoat, they will look good for 5-10 years.

SEM trim black is certainly good, but...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Dec-22-2014, 04:10:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,229
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: DIY for rear inner control arm bushings?

I could see one of the the ebay RLCA failing at the welding points on the outboard cups (RTA balljoint mounting point), but it would have to be due a catastrophic impact because the metal here is...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Dec-22-2014, 04:01:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 405
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: need help comparing 2 PS hoses for a DIY

I would have used the 12mm ID hose if I were to do this again. When I overhauled the PS hoses on my car, I used 1/2" (12.6mm) ID hose, which while getting the job done and fairing reliably, does fit...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Dec-20-2014, 05:50:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,229
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: DIY for rear inner control arm bushings?

Actually, the $100 SPC-knockoff lower rear control arms on ebay come with a balljoint on the inboard end, which is superior to a bushing in several ways. I've had a pair of these ebay LRCAs on my car...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Dec-20-2014, 05:43:39 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 5,180
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: E36 M3 owner's age?

I think most everyone has realized this forum has an older demographic and you'd get very different results if you asked at BFc or stancenation. FtR, I'm 34.

In real life, I see these cars owned...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Dec-20-2014, 05:36:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 254
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Ball Joints???

Confirmed.

OP, take the part numbers from my already linked DIY thread and input them in an ebay/FCP/autohaus/etc search and buy your choice of Meyle HD or Lemfoerder. There's no need to replace...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Dec-13-2014, 04:12:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 748
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: EVAP shut off valve stuck closed code

A wide range of air pressure is fine, but you will definitely need a good compressed air source to deliver a few good bursts of air volume. I think I had the air regulator on my compressor at 45 PSI.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Dec-07-2014, 03:42:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,544
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Turn off automatic climate control??

Interestingly, for a period of about 15 minutes, my car (digital climate control) won't turn the blower fan on if I shut it down with the blower fan off. If I come back after about 15 minutes, the...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Dec-03-2014, 11:02:55 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,060
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Cross brace not fitting on E36 sedan?

The X-brace is pretty robust steel, so unless a 500lb boat motor or something Hail Maryed itself onto the distorted spot as pictured, that's accident damage.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Dec-03-2014, 10:56:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,133
Posted By Jrrrrrrr
Re: Starting to suspect air in brake master cylinder

I'm sure you know that irreversible damage can happen to a master cylinder if indeed a less competent PO tries to pump the brake pedal without brake fluid being present in the all of the internal...
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