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Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Nov-18-2017, 06:50:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 82
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: E90 fronts

You are right — 315mm but it’s close enough. I doubt you would gain anything but if the E90 brakes and rotors fit your spindle you could get newer brakes cheap.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Nov-18-2017, 12:59:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 82
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: E90 fronts

97 M3 has 13 inch front rotors.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Nov-15-2017, 02:32:01 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,130
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Xbrace and comfort

the side rods on the later one look like good reinforcement but I am not an engineer. The center plate on the early one looks rugged but I’d go with the late one if I had the choice.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Nov-14-2017, 08:43:07 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,130
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Xbrace and comfort

I have the wavy one. I bought it at least 10 years ago.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Nov-14-2017, 01:24:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 344
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Complete build hiccup

The cable covers are rusted into the car body under the car. Work from there after removing the double nuts at the handbrake. Use PB blaster or similar and pull and wiggle and twist the sheaths...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Nov-13-2017, 03:54:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 344
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Complete build hiccup

Its been a while since I looked at the seat harness, but if you can get to it and unplug it, you may be able to adapt a direct power and ground from a battery. If you cannot get to it, I am not sure...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Nov-13-2017, 12:39:59 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,130
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Xbrace and comfort

The buffer might help if your motor mounts are broken or squishy. I seriously hope it isn't needed.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Nov-12-2017, 04:02:22 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,130
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Xbrace and comfort

I thought the 2 bolt brace was for chassis stiffening not crash protection. The convertibles come with 6 bolt x braces and not 2 bolt braces, and the engine is not unsafe in an accident. And the...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Nov-10-2017, 02:01:27 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,130
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Xbrace and comfort

I have not noticed any difference with the x brace on and off, and don't really see any reason why there would be any.

For a supple ride, I recommend replacing all bushings, ball joints, end links...
Forum: E90 M3 (Sedan) | E92 M3 (Coupe) | E93 M3 (Convertible) (2008-2013) Mon, Nov-06-2017, 04:05:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 190
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: 100-150mph time

Even though some say the E9xM3 is a top end screamer, it really is not that fast.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Nov-05-2017, 01:34:02 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,873
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: On the hunt for a newer DD to pair with my E36..Interested in Opinions

I recently drove a 540i on the track at a BMW event and it's not a car I would buy since I am into performance. Not a bad car, but more of a mid performance luxury car. We have had an 08 535xit for...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Nov-04-2017, 02:02:19 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,873
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: On the hunt for a newer DD to pair with my E36..Interested in Opinions

Looks like you want a 2016. I liked the video in the link.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Nov-04-2017, 01:00:43 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,873
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: On the hunt for a newer DD to pair with my E36..Interested in Opinions

Does the Chevy SS come with a manual trans and cost under $30k?

http://www.motortrend.com/news/2016-chevrolet-ss-takes-e39-bmw-m5-ignition-wvideo/
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Nov-02-2017, 07:29:43 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,873
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: On the hunt for a newer DD to pair with my E36..Interested in Opinions

In NH, we have what you would call hills, but I put snows on my 08M3 and drive it all winter. I don't try to drive in deep unplowed snow but I dont need to since the roads get plowed. I have been...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Nov-01-2017, 05:58:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 441
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: ZF-Power Steering Pumps Discontinued

Lets home someone remanufactures them besides ZF. If not there is a market opportunity for someone that is likely not limited to just old BMWs.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Nov-01-2017, 03:01:39 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,873
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: On the hunt for a newer DD to pair with my E36..Interested in Opinions

I would not get a DD that isn't fun to drive. If you are going to be driving it a lot, you should enjoy it. If not, sell the E36 and put the proceeds towards one car that is fun to drive.

And...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Oct-31-2017, 04:04:42 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 662
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: PS Pulley looks a wee tight to you?

As long as it is cooling properly, no worries. For a naturally aspirated track car with no AC, I would not worry about underdriving the Stewart pump. Even underdriven, it probably moves as much...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Oct-31-2017, 01:00:30 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 662
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: PS Pulley looks a wee tight to you?

Id change to an allen head bolt if the head is a little smaller, assuming the pulley is the correct underdrive. I recall the fit being close but have not looked at my PS pulley in years and it's a...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Oct-29-2017, 02:31:02 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,873
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: On the hunt for a newer DD to pair with my E36..Interested in Opinions

These are tough choices. An E39M5 -- another old BMW but a legendary one. A reasonably current classic with the last of the high revving ITB motors -- the E90M3. A practical but perhaps expensive...
Forum: Forced Induction (F/I) Sat, Oct-28-2017, 05:42:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 224
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Meth Addicts and Compression Drop

Years ago HPF made about 700 rwhp with meth but they used an aftermarket ECU and tuned for it. Untuned, it is a good safety aid but running a race gas or E85 tune might be better.

Years ago, VF...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Oct-28-2017, 01:56:26 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,873
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: On the hunt for a newer DD to pair with my E36..Interested in Opinions

Only problem with E39M5 is that it's only one generation newer than the e36. It's a great car but getting old and will probably need more time, attention and money than a newer car. I'd stick with...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Oct-27-2017, 06:47:38 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,873
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: On the hunt for a newer DD to pair with my E36..Interested in Opinions

E90 or E92 M3. You can find them for as little as about $25k. I bought my 08M3 when it was 2.5 years old and have had it almost 7 years. Great car. If the rod bearings have not been done, you may...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Oct-27-2017, 03:41:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 654
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Brake Booster Discussion

My 99M3 has no wiring connector on the booster.

How do you know the booster is no good? Do they either work or not work or does the pedal feel change?

What about the brake master? How do you...
Forum: Parts for Sale/Wanted Thu, Oct-26-2017, 01:13:48 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 11,240
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Vibratechnics Group Buy

Maybe some other shop could produce a rebuild kit?
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Oct-17-2017, 07:50:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 709
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Do you have a Clutch Return Spring in addition to the Compression Spring?

Ron Stygar probably has the details in his diy from 10-15 years ago. It was a Z3 spring as I recall.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Oct-16-2017, 02:12:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 709
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Do you have a Clutch Return Spring in addition to the Compression Spring?

I have run both versions. Which one is best is a matter of preference. With a stiff aftermarket clutch you might want to keep the big center spring assembly. With a stock clutch or stock feel...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Oct-12-2017, 01:52:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,248
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Vanos timing help

You could significantly drill out the hole in the stock vanos bolt if adapting off that.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Oct-09-2017, 04:26:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 817
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Power Steering Kit - Chase Bays

If you are not racing, you dom't need it. You may just need to redo some of your stock system. I have had my 99M3 since 2005 and have redone mine, but they do tend to drip and the drip can be hard...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Oct-06-2017, 09:25:15 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,844
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: recommended jack stands

The strongest points are usually nearest the mounting points. But the front subframe of an E36 is plenty strong enough to jack from the center. The rear subframe is much thinner in the center than...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Oct-06-2017, 04:20:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,248
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Vanos timing help

I made them years ago but don't use them most of the time. Take an old vanos line, cut the oil filter housing end off, and attach fittings to connect to your air compressor. to the cut off end. ...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Oct-03-2017, 07:18:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,429
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: E36 m3 5.5k rpm loss of power when hot

I think the vanos retards at high rpm to add top end power. This is also the default. If vanos does not work, it typically retards and the lack of 1000-5000 rpm advance softens power in that...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Oct-01-2017, 02:13:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 371
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Airbag codes, peake reader will not reset em either

30s here tonight. How long can I ride on RA1s?
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Sep-30-2017, 11:55:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 371
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Airbag codes, peake reader will not reset em either

Great budget capable tool is the foxwell nt510. About $150. When you register it you get one free manufacturer specific module. You may need to buy or borrow a tool.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Sep-30-2017, 03:02:10 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,561
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: How high is too high with water temp on the track?

How do you code out the dead zone? If that is easy let's get someone to make a graded gauge face stick on for the cluster.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Sep-29-2017, 08:18:52 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,429
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: E36 m3 5.5k rpm loss of power when hot

The 14.5 at 95 is OK for a stock car, but the other traps are low. I think you are right that you are down on some power on the top end. If the clutch fan was locked up and spinning at engine rpm,...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Sep-29-2017, 08:07:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 347
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: another aftermarket seat/ seat bracket question

Recaros that are similar to the SRD were used on factory cars -- BMWs years ago, VWs, Mitsubishi and others, and current version of this seat in cloth costs about $1,000 without brackets. They are...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Sep-29-2017, 04:18:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,429
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: E36 m3 5.5k rpm loss of power when hot

The fan can be a pain to remove. You need a thin wrench and have to shack the end with a hammer to shock it. It is reverse threaded. The new one can be a pain to get started since the threads must...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Sep-29-2017, 01:35:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,429
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: E36 m3 5.5k rpm loss of power when hot

Did you get any trap speeds? They indicate power better than ET. Without knowing more, your 14.5 suggests the car is performing in the range it should be when cool.

I would think about sorting...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Sep-27-2017, 02:46:16 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,203
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Seat brackets? Putting SRD's in my daily

Its more a question of what are good cheap seats, if any. Or maybe you have to step up to mid priced seats like the $1000 Recaro Speeds, which is the replacement for the SRD. Sparco does make a...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Sep-27-2017, 04:39:23 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,431
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: How many M3's/ E36's do you/ would you own?

I still have my 99M3 after 12 years and drive it about 8k miles per year even though it is significantly modded. I presently have little interest in owning another. I don't have space for many cars...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Sep-26-2017, 12:04:04 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,203
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Seat brackets? Putting SRD's in my daily

Not to derail the subject too far, but are any of the cheaper recliners recommended? Corbeau A4 , GTS2, CR1, TRS or their newer unsprung flat bottom seats? Sparco R100, R333, or Chrono Road?
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Sep-26-2017, 02:36:49 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,203
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Seat brackets? Putting SRD's in my daily

Do the side mounts for fixed back race seats also work with recliners that typically mount from the bottom like SRDs?
Forum: Northeast Mon, Sep-25-2017, 10:26:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 510
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Performance shops near Berkshire County, or Worecester Ma

Yes, centrifugals are predictable and controllable and that makes them easier to drive on a track. I went from centrifugal to turbo on my E36M3 and much prefer the turbo but it's a street car.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Sep-25-2017, 12:01:27 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 315
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: E46 M3 ESS VT3-700 setup

You might need custom crank and accessory drive pulleys to drive the blower fast enough to make 18 psi.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Sep-24-2017, 09:06:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 442
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Time for a build and power (700+)... Where?

Technica in NC, Max Psi in NJ and there are probably a number of other shops around the country that have done good turbo E46M3 builds. Usually better and cheaper if you find a shop that has done a...
Forum: General BMW Discussion Sun, Sep-24-2017, 09:02:17 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 334
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Replacing cylinder head on 328i

Used head is fine, but have a machine shop check it out. Make sure it is not cracked, guides are good, springs are good, valves, retainers are good and a valve job is done if needed, and resurface...
Forum: Northeast Sat, Sep-23-2017, 07:07:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 510
Posted By pbonsalb
Forum: Parts for Sale/Wanted Thu, Sep-14-2017, 12:34:58 PM
Replies: 477
Views: 26,033
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: 2017 SuperSprint Header Group-Buy Mega Thread

GGM3 ON bimmerforums ordered Supersprint Euro mid and rear exhausts for his 95M3. Both arrived damaged. He returned them. The replacement mid arrived OK but the new rear was also damaged. I don't...
Forum: E90 M3 (Sedan) | E92 M3 (Coupe) | E93 M3 (Convertible) (2008-2013) Tue, Sep-12-2017, 05:37:04 PM
Replies: 291
Views: 286,728
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: e92 M3 mechanical issues...

Takes a bit of driving to get an accurate reading after an oil change. You might not be there yet. Also possible you did not get all the old oil out and are just a tiny bit over. You can add a...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Sep-11-2017, 03:41:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 903
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Fuel smell near passenger rear well with car parked. No drip.

Any chance this happens only after filling up and that maybe the vent system is not working and forcing some gas out onto the top of the tank where it puddles?
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Aug-30-2017, 12:28:05 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,033
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Sanity check - Cam spocket

Lining up the arrows with the edge of the head is not required but BMW put them there because doing that makes the job a little quicker if you use bmw's timing method. There are other timing methods...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Aug-30-2017, 01:30:25 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,033
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Sanity check - Cam spocket

I don't think anything more is needed. It seems so simple to me but maybe I am missing something. If the exhaust sprocket arrow is lined up with the edge of the head, you are good.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Aug-29-2017, 10:57:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,033
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Sanity check - Cam spocket

11 inch lbs is nothing. Put your finger in there and you can easily push the guide as far as it will go.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Aug-29-2017, 12:50:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,033
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Sanity check - Cam spocket

I don't even use the dummy tensioner tool. I use my finger. I have played around with that as well and lining the arrow up is easy. I think the dummy tensioner tool is useful if you have an old...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Aug-28-2017, 06:16:54 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,033
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Sanity check - Cam spocket

I made an air adapter years ago with a hose barb fitting and piece of hose. Used a salvaged female connector with wire leads for the solenoid trigger. But honestly, I have used it only a few times...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Aug-25-2017, 12:55:31 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,342
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Differential leak

That will work but you can also just cut an inch off a regular socket or hex key (hack saw is slow so try a grinder with 1/16 cutting disc) and use a 14mm box end on it.

I bought a set of low...
Forum: E90 M3 (Sedan) | E92 M3 (Coupe) | E93 M3 (Convertible) (2008-2013) Tue, Aug-22-2017, 06:34:49 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 768
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Question... Does your A/C Work This Way???

It should work at idle. I think you have problem with yours. Might have a leak and be low on coolant. Might need rpm to keep it working.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Aug-20-2017, 09:28:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,342
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Differential leak

Cut a one inch piece off an Allen wrench or socket. Stick it in the drain or fill plug. Use a wrench on that. There are actually low profile Allen sockets made for this kind of work.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Aug-17-2017, 02:38:25 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,232
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Does the E36 M3 tranny have a VIN stamped on it?

I think I would break the 420G as well. They also cost 4x as much. I have to decide between that or a T56 Magnum.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Aug-16-2017, 05:45:52 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,232
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Does the E36 M3 tranny have a VIN stamped on it?

I noticed the vin tag on the driver's side of the bell housing while installing the 3rd ZF320 into my car. I am also on my 3rd S52. 600 rwhp is fun, but has its downsides. When the trans break,...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Aug-14-2017, 02:22:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 577
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Auction Find

Could be something minor. Could also be money shift, blown headgasket or cracked head. As long as you are prepared for the possibility of a drivetrain swap, consider it. You can get an M52 with...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Aug-12-2017, 09:45:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 472
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: E92 M3 Purchase Advice

I would not worry about the batteries. That was from it being not driven. I would buy it if the price was right. M3post is the place to go for E9xM3.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Aug-04-2017, 07:15:46 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,005
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Potential Radiator Enhancements

I am pretty sure when I bought mine in 2006 or 2007, it was lifetime warranty. I dont know if they can change the terms on me. I figure I will live another 40 years, though my 99M3 wont make it...
Forum: Faults, Fixes and DIY Wed, Aug-02-2017, 12:28:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,511
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: How dangerous are jackstands?

The concern with the fcab might have been that jack stands and would get in the way of the front suspension work. But you can reposition if necessary. Some stiffer fcab require muscle to get into...
Forum: Forced Induction (F/I) Tue, Jul-25-2017, 03:30:44 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 400
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Replacing Head Gasket and bolts on Cam'd and Supercharged S52.

Try bimmerforums FI subforum. I would use a JE cutring gasket and ARP bolts. I would lower CR only if you are using pump gas 91/93 and plan to go highly modified supercharger or turbo in the 400+...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Jul-21-2017, 08:29:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 475
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Head Gasket Upgrade Questions for forced Induction E36 M3

Turbo or supercharged, pump gas or E85, and what are your power goals? I have run 0.080, 0.098 and 0.140 Cometic MLS as well as an 0.079 JE Cutring. CES makes a copper spacer that works well with...
Forum: E90 M3 (Sedan) | E92 M3 (Coupe) | E93 M3 (Convertible) (2008-2013) Fri, Jul-14-2017, 12:25:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,794
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Misfires on one bank..Where to go from here?

There are also a couple of fuel pressure sensors that have caused issues for some. I am not sure which -- there is a high and a low. I replaced the low on my car but have read of others replacing...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Jul-10-2017, 12:18:43 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,978
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Lost Oil Pressure at track what now?

It would not be too hard to replace the rod bearings while you have the pan off to check the oil pump. You could also pull the cams to see if they are ok. If rod bearings and cams are ok, I would...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Jul-03-2017, 10:27:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 434
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Misfires and noisy valve train

The top 2 items here, the orings and anti rattle thick washer.

http://www.beisansystems.com/products.html

You will also find instructions at that website.

As for other stuff, I would inspect...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Jul-03-2017, 04:41:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 434
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Misfires and noisy valve train

And the noisy valvetrain could be just a rattling vanos, which is not the end of the world -- its $70 in parts to fix if you DIY. Vanos is supposed to be advanced at idle and then retard just off...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Jul-03-2017, 12:48:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 434
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Misfires and noisy valve train

I agree with guessing something other than worn lifters or cams though I suppose that is a remote possibility. I'd look into fuel or ignition or wiring harness issues. 97 is obd2 so I would start...
Forum: M5 and M6 Sat, Jul-01-2017, 03:02:33 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 25,234
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: E39 M5 Build Thread

550 rwhp and 450 lbs rwtq is great for a daily driver. Be happy and leave it alone. Great job making old E39 competitive with or faster than most newer performance cars.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Jun-29-2017, 10:35:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,078
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Continuing vanos saga, questioning oil supplyto vanos

I am sure it is great to have vanos working. Not all of us drive our cars only above 5000 rpm.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Jun-28-2017, 05:49:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 674
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Adding some "girth" to rear end...

Put Hard flares on the car and run wider tires.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Jun-28-2017, 12:56:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,044
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Wrecked my M3/4/5. Advice needed.

Does not look bad to me. Would be a good diy repair car -- I would not want to pay a shop.
Forum: E90 M3 (Sedan) | E92 M3 (Coupe) | E93 M3 (Convertible) (2008-2013) Wed, Jun-14-2017, 07:20:52 PM
Replies: 11
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Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Best wheel size combo for 2008 e90

Good. The Apex are proven (my 2 sets are 6-7 years old), light, and fit. And you probably saved some money.
Forum: E90 M3 (Sedan) | E92 M3 (Coupe) | E93 M3 (Convertible) (2008-2013) Fri, Jun-09-2017, 11:54:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,942
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Best wheel size combo for 2008 e90

Make sure you know the offsets you need.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Jun-08-2017, 10:41:18 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 40,779
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: DIY: front control arm balljoints

But he is converting with both the non-M arms and the 95 M3 offset FCAB. Isn't that the same as going to the 95M3 geometry? Or does he also need to change the strut mounts?
Forum: E90 M3 (Sedan) | E92 M3 (Coupe) | E93 M3 (Convertible) (2008-2013) Thu, Jun-08-2017, 12:38:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,942
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Best wheel size combo for 2008 e90

Best wheel and tire combo for most people is stock. For performance, first recommendation is better tires in stock size. 2nd is better tires one size larger. 3rd is lighter wheels. 4th is lighter...
Forum: E90 M3 (Sedan) | E92 M3 (Coupe) | E93 M3 (Convertible) (2008-2013) Wed, Jun-07-2017, 11:57:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,942
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Best wheel size combo for 2008 e90

The ZCP models run 19x9/10 with 245/265 tires. Just get the offsets right for the look and tire width you want.

I run Apex ARC8s in 18x9.5/10.5 and have run 265/285 And 265/295 tires. I have an...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Jun-06-2017, 06:02:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 768
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Valve tapping

Is it valve tapping or vanos rattling? At some point, stuff in these 20 year old cars wears out. If you are sure it is your lifters, you can replace them in about half a day.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Jun-06-2017, 12:24:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 325
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Throttle position sensor nightmare

If you bought an aftermarket CPS it might be junk. Buy or borrow a stock one to test.

I assume your TPS is correctly wired. The IAC and TPS connectors could be erroneously swapped. TPS has the...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Jun-02-2017, 12:23:41 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,548
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Head Rebuild From Shop Question

The shop will need luck and this is their 3rd attempt at timing so hopefully you will be back on the road.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Jun-02-2017, 03:47:50 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 63,575
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Cost of a engine rebuild

1Q per 500 miles is a lot. You should be ready for some work. Could be valve stem seals or guides in the head. Could be rings in the motor. I'd pull the head, send it out for a rebuild and go...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Jun-01-2017, 05:15:02 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,508
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: S52 rebuild

I don't think you need solid lifters unless you are using 7600 rpm and you would need bottom end work to do that and a fancy crank damper. Maybe just Supertech or Ferrea one piece valves and new...
Forum: Forced Induction (F/I) Wed, May-31-2017, 11:19:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 630
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Need Help With "In Between" Belt Size Recommendation

When I was into superchargers, the quietest belt was the goodyear gatorback. The V cut into the ribs seemed to help with noise. I think the heat of your track use is hardening the belt. This fancy...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, May-31-2017, 11:13:49 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,508
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: S52 rebuild

I know. I have installed 4 cometics in S52s. I would find out who makes OEM and buy that one in the aftermarket. Maybe it is elring?
...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, May-31-2017, 06:48:19 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,508
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: S52 rebuild

I have used cometic in forced induction applications before the cutring was available for S52 motors. The cometic does not seem to seal as well long term. Could be the forced induction pressure. I...
Forum: Forced Induction (F/I) Wed, May-31-2017, 03:40:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 630
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Need Help With "In Between" Belt Size Recommendation

I would lean towards the longer belt since 0.12 inches is essentially no difference and the tensioners should take up the slack no problem. If you were experiencing slippage -- your boost was not...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, May-30-2017, 09:56:33 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 267
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Help 328is 96

ICV valve is a triple connector. There are only two of those in the whole harness. One goes to the TPS on the throttle body and the other to the ICV valve. The one that goes to the ICV valve is...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, May-30-2017, 02:53:19 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,508
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: S52 rebuild

Sometimes you don't know until you are in there. It is likely the low compression cylinder is just a very slightly bent valve from a mechanical over rev due to a mis shift. But it is possible...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, May-30-2017, 11:58:46 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,548
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Head Rebuild From Shop Question

Would just a bad solenoid give this code? Or is it definitely improper timing?
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, May-30-2017, 11:56:45 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,548
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Head Rebuild From Shop Question

About 2 hours to remove valve cover, rstime and replace valve cover.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, May-29-2017, 11:31:40 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 40,779
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: DIY: front control arm balljoints

I changed ball joints on a set of 98 328i control arms. Used a hydraulic press and they popped out hard. Make sure your foot or shin is not in the area. For my 99M3, I bought new BMW arms during a...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, May-29-2017, 01:12:08 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,548
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Head Rebuild From Shop Question

Great! Now he can enjoy the car. And stay away from that shop.

Hopefully none of the leaks indicate a bad HG job. If coolant leaks, check the hose clamp on the fitting at the drivers rear...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, May-29-2017, 12:19:27 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,548
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Head Rebuild From Shop Question

That shop is scary. Hopefully these remaining issues are simple ones you can fix yourself because I have no confidence in the shop.
Forum: E90 M3 (Sedan) | E92 M3 (Coupe) | E93 M3 (Convertible) (2008-2013) Mon, May-29-2017, 12:14:05 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,457
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Need input on purchasing 2009 E92

I agree. Rod bearing issues typically throw no codes but eventually cause catastrophic failure. Some cars have gone 250k miles with no issues while others have failed in 20k miles. I recommend...
Forum: Forced Induction (F/I) Thu, May-25-2017, 03:20:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 563
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: REBUILD S65 Actuator Throttle Body///

I am not intimidating when I say there are more theories than yours -- I am not the only one to say this and there is much discussion at M3post dot com and on M5board dot com. Rather, I am informing...
Forum: Forced Induction (F/I) Wed, May-24-2017, 03:11:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 563
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: REBUILD S65 Actuator Throttle Body///

The failure of the gears causing the failure of the electronics is one potential theory for the failure of the electronics. But I have taken apart failed actuators with just mildly worn gears that...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, May-24-2017, 03:05:10 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,488
Posted By pbonsalb
Re: Rear roll cage

This is what we call the x-brace. I think it was used on convertibles as well.

If you want some other fancy braces, look at the Mason stuff:

http://www.masonengineering.net/Subpages/E36.htm
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