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Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Jan-09-2017, 10:41:42 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 9,532
Posted By tbaker474
Re: A very rare part arrived in the mail today. Anyone else with some rare stuff late

Since this thread popped back up...

Came across a freshly refinished set of ACS Type 1s this summer. Never made the time to post any pictures after putting them on.
...
Forum: Off Topic Tue, Aug-16-2016, 01:22:02 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,307
Posted By tbaker474
Re: Question about double billing. Can a shop charge double the rate? Cessna Content

Pretty standard to charge per man-hour in any industry that employs repair mechanics, airplanes, cars, HVAC... It doesn't matter. If the work required 2 guys (and sometimes diagnosis does) you have...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, May-30-2016, 11:34:13 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 816
Posted By tbaker474
Re: Overheating out of nowhere

How long did it take you to get halfway to your friends house? Were you driving at a constant speed or sitting in traffic?

A bit strange that yesterday you visit the mechanic and today it overheats
Forum: Off Topic Wed, May-18-2016, 10:56:19 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,912
Posted By tbaker474
Re: options...?

I commute 70 miles each way every day. After doing this for 2 years my biggest priorities are comfort and how quiet the thing is inside so I can hear the radio, take conference calls etc.. Not much...
Forum: Off Topic Mon, Jan-18-2016, 12:47:11 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,931
Posted By tbaker474
Re: Worst Car You Have Ever Driven Thread

Chevy HHR. Bonus awful points if it's the "utility" version with no rear windows. Must be the closest thing to driving a submarine down the road.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Nov-02-2015, 02:43:40 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,493
Posted By tbaker474
Re: How safe is the E36 M3?

Alleging stupid logic and reinforcing it with an absolute lack of logic and unsubstantiated conjecture. Nice. I understand everyone here is a professional driver, in possession of nearly godlike car...
Forum: Off Topic Mon, Jul-27-2015, 01:56:42 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,785
Posted By tbaker474
Re: What's up M3Forum...My first American V8 edition

Welcome to the club. I have the nearly identical GMC equivalent. Picked it up as an around the house truck, and it's quickly become the favorite vehicle. Never had the radio reception issue. What...
Forum: Off Topic Tue, Jun-09-2015, 10:21:38 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 266
Posted By tbaker474
Re: In Your Rochesters (NY) This Week

I was relocated up to the Rochester area for work about a year ago.... Not much exciting happens up here. If you have time while it's light out, drive down along the finger lakes in the M. Amazing...
Forum: Off Topic Mon, Feb-23-2015, 11:25:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 430
Posted By tbaker474
Re: Rental car keys; Why 2 keys?

No they don't. Unless it's a local rent a wreck.


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Forum: Off Topic Sat, Jan-24-2015, 01:51:05 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 752
Posted By tbaker474
Re: Racing school bros.

I did Skip Barber's 3 day formula car school at Road Atlanta last year. It's a blast. Tip: If you get even remotely motion sick, bring some Dramamine. We had a bunch of guys in my class (myself...
Forum: Off Topic Wed, Jan-21-2015, 11:30:25 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 583
Posted By tbaker474
Re: Visiting Modena - Ferrari Museum Questions

I went back in 2010. It's a fairly small museum which you'll be done with in a hour... 2 max but that would be pushing it. It's certainly a nice visit for any Ferrari fan, but I wouldn't go way out...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Sep-06-2014, 01:11:23 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,388
Posted By tbaker474
Re: Bmw E36 M3 Buyers Guide!

Well it certainly doesn't hold a candle to Nick's buyers guide which is stickied at the top of this forum. There are some pretty glaring factual inaccuracies as well.... the section on SMG...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Aug-31-2014, 02:03:11 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 614
Posted By tbaker474
Re: Coolant sensor/switch questions

This.

The fan switch wires are probably carrying a few milliamps of current at best. They aren't going to create an arc when you ground them.


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Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Jul-14-2014, 03:38:20 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 942
Posted By tbaker474
Re: Changed my oil pan, now I idle rough and there is oil light on dash :(

Is the oil light still on or is it not?

Oil pressure at idle is very low even when things are normal, within a few psi of the light going on. It's possible that your oil pump needed to prime after...
Forum: Off Topic Mon, Apr-28-2014, 07:38:45 PM
Replies: 601
Views: 35,261
Posted By tbaker474
Re: Credit Card Rewards Programs....which are good?

I used to prefer Amex but I eventually grew aggravated being told "we don't take that" by vendors because of their ridiculous merchant fees.

I've been using Chase Sapphire Preferred for the past...
Forum: Off Topic Mon, Apr-28-2014, 07:32:49 PM
Replies: 601
Views: 35,261
Posted By tbaker474
Re: Credit Card Rewards Programs....which are good?

I used to prefer Amex but I eventually grew aggravated being told "we don't take that" by vendors because of their ridiculous merchant fees.

I've been using Chase Sapphire Preferred for the past...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Feb-28-2014, 11:16:04 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,434
Posted By tbaker474
Re: Bigneil's Last Poll - What To Do When Engine Dies?

Where is the poll option for "pay a mechanic way too much money to fix it then complain online?"
Forum: Off Topic Fri, Feb-28-2014, 11:12:21 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 669
Posted By tbaker474
Re: "Furious" Hallway Session Ends Poorly

Stamford is far better than most of the other cities here in CT, which as you described are mostly run-down dumps now. It depends on what part of town you're in. South of 95:shithole. Downtown:...
Forum: Off Topic Fri, Feb-21-2014, 01:48:19 AM
Replies: 248
Views: 4,783
Posted By tbaker474
Re: WSJ Article: The Truth About The 'One Percent'

Ok. In essence I agree with what you're saying.

The author does have an arguable point, but he's also proving the old "lies, damned lies, and statistics" adage.

The top earners are...
Forum: Off Topic Fri, Feb-21-2014, 01:01:58 AM
Replies: 248
Views: 4,783
Posted By tbaker474
Re: WSJ Article: The Truth About The 'One Percent'

I'm not quite seeing how I supported the author's point...

Anyhow, yes most of my friends are renting. If they chose to purchase something, there certainly are options aside from spending $80k -...
Forum: Off Topic Thu, Feb-20-2014, 11:58:34 PM
Replies: 248
Views: 4,783
Posted By tbaker474
Re: WSJ Article: The Truth About The 'One Percent'

I'm sorry.... $8000 - $10,000 per month mortgage? Without delving too deeply into how much property taxes factor into that equation, that would be the equivalent of someone financing about $1.2...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Feb-16-2014, 02:11:08 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,314
Posted By tbaker474
Re: Car does not start after revving

So what did the lot lizards do when his car broke down? Did he still have to pay them?
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Feb-13-2014, 08:01:49 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,895
Posted By tbaker474
Re: Coilovers Vs. X Brace

Yep. I'd bet something got lost in translation between the mechanic and OP and it's actually the strut bar he's talking about. In that regard, I could see the strut bar becoming an issue if the studs...
Forum: Off Topic Tue, Feb-11-2014, 02:50:42 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 670
Posted By tbaker474
Re: Euro(Italy) Car Rental Question

You must have been stuck with the base model. I looked those up while I was over there and if I recall they have 3 or 4 Diesel engine options, the one I had was definitely a turbo. It wasn't a speed...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Feb-11-2014, 11:24:11 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,080
Posted By tbaker474
Re: Required tools for the job

I'd add flex head, ratcheting box wrenches to the list. Those things are absolutely invaluable when you have a bolt sitting at a strange angle and a socket won't fit.
Forum: Off Topic Tue, Feb-11-2014, 11:17:51 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 670
Posted By tbaker474
Re: Euro(Italy) Car Rental Question

Funny you mention that, I rented one of those in Italy this summer and loved it.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Feb-07-2014, 02:41:13 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 3,601
Posted By tbaker474
Re: Thoughts on M3 for sale

Well the suspension certainly isn't stock, which he doesn't mention in the ad. I'd ask him about that.

Being that low I can't imagine how he isn't scraping everywhere (especially in the front.)
Forum: Off Topic Thu, Feb-06-2014, 10:34:58 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,407
Posted By tbaker474
Re: Filing Tax questions

You are proving my point as to why people shouldn't go to a tax preparer unless said preparer is a CPA.

I won't waste my time refuting your entire post. For starters, I suggest you actually...
Forum: Off Topic Thu, Feb-06-2014, 09:25:24 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,407
Posted By tbaker474
Re: Filing Tax questions

Lol what?

The total money in box 2 (amount withheld) does not "belong to you" unless your taxable income is essentially poverty-level. No one with a reasonable income has zero federal income tax...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Jan-31-2014, 08:15:19 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,975
Posted By tbaker474
Re: Picked up a new toy

Stupid logic is stupid. A turd doesn't become less of a turd simply because the owner has something nicer lying around.

Also - OP doesn't exactly seem to be "laughing it off" so I guess that RS4...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Jan-31-2014, 11:11:05 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,975
Posted By tbaker474
Re: Picked up a new toy

Yes, obviously owning an RS4 makes you immune to criticism. We must have forgotten that.
Forum: Off Topic Wed, Jan-22-2014, 01:44:24 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,593
Posted By tbaker474
Re: What's up M3Forum... Another WRX Edition

Rolled over 10,000 miles today. We've enjoyed the car quite a bit so far.

No real modifications at this point besides a set of winter shoes and a new CD/DVD unit to replace the stock radio.
...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Jan-16-2014, 11:03:51 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,156
Posted By tbaker474
Re: Should this be celebrated?

And the value of my car has increased yet again.

Let the stancetards have their way with these things for all I care.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Jan-16-2014, 10:37:42 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,066
Posted By tbaker474
Re: Winter mods

With the exception of the camber plates, I don't see much on your mod list that's worth the money for a track/autocross car.

Since you said this is a car that's tracked frequently, have you...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Jan-08-2014, 11:54:13 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,777
Posted By tbaker474
Re: 4 door M3 thumbs up or down?

It sure is nice being able to open the back doors stuff all 4 track wheel/tires into the backseat of the sedan. I have to imagine doing the same in a coupe is much more difficult.

So yeah, sedans...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Jan-07-2014, 12:39:26 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,969
Posted By tbaker474
Re: What Tires are you running

Common sense is your source. BMW's lawyers would never let them design an easily removable part, which is held in by a half-plastic fastener, as an integral part of the crash structure.

By all...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Jan-06-2014, 11:49:49 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,969
Posted By tbaker474
Re: What Tires are you running

Argghhhhh. I knew it was coming.

I would love to find out where this urban legend started.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Dec-23-2013, 09:06:35 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,129
Posted By tbaker474
Re: How hard is it to find modena interior cars

Rotfl.

You aren't concerned that your girlfriend's parents are going to think you're slumming it like one of the common Proles in your decade plus old e36? Better not let them see you lest you're...
Forum: Off Topic Wed, Dec-18-2013, 11:06:08 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,094
Posted By tbaker474
Re: More ridic than (ridic thread)Nth power

At this point, I doubt turning the tide in the civil war would be in anyone's best interests. As others have mentioned, those fighting against Assad have become just as bad if not worse. We'd be...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Dec-18-2013, 04:02:17 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,129
Posted By tbaker474
Re: How hard is it to find modena interior cars

Ben is insured with Hagerty, I am as well. They don't have any problem with the age of the e36. It just needs to be a limited use vehicle, and you need to prove that you have other newish (iirc <3...
Forum: Off Topic Sun, Dec-08-2013, 03:11:19 PM
Replies: 822
Views: 40,795
Posted By tbaker474
Re: Does Anyone Roast their own coffee?

Interested to hear your experience with this. I'm a coffee lover as well but never really considered going this route.
Forum: Off Topic Thu, Nov-28-2013, 08:08:45 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,825
Posted By tbaker474
Re: What's up m3forum: Duramax Edition

Nice truck. Smart move getting the diesel. It's crazy how slowly those things depreciate as long as they aren't rusty.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Nov-26-2013, 11:25:44 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,611
Posted By tbaker474
Re: 2nd Gear going 80MPH

I'd guess it's because the piston is moving down when the intake valve opens, so if the valves are going to float it's less likely they'll hit on the intake side. There's still some semblance of...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Oct-23-2013, 01:08:31 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,307
Posted By tbaker474
Re: 1998 E36 M3 vs 2013 Nissan Altima 3.5

I'm just here for the post count.
Forum: Off Topic Mon, Oct-21-2013, 01:51:38 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,104
Posted By tbaker474
Re: When experience and knowledge doesn't matter anymore.

Can you explain to us what this shop foreman position entails? Is he still responsible for performing the duties of a technician, or is the foreman job more about managing repair schedules, dealing...
Forum: Off Topic Fri, Oct-18-2013, 01:06:06 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 842
Posted By tbaker474
Re: Outrageous Claim: People who Comment on Jalopnik are all Idiots

Does Jalopnik actually have authors any longer? It seems like 95% of the material on that site is linked from other automotive blogs, gawker sites, etc... I very rarely see original content.

The...
Forum: Off Topic Wed, Oct-16-2013, 12:34:33 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,413
Posted By tbaker474
Re: What's up M3forum? Dakar Edition

Awesome choice. I saw a Dakar e92 at New Country BMW in Hartford about a year ago. It looks incredible in person.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Oct-14-2013, 02:25:55 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,388
Posted By tbaker474
Re: Can I use full synthetic oil after the fact?

Most people on here use Rotella synthetic, not conventional. The synthetic is a good oil.

Don't use conventional regardless of what the PO used. Modern synthetic is better than Dino oil in every...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Oct-12-2013, 12:18:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 517
Posted By tbaker474
Re: Wheel tire fitment question

They sure do rub, however for me it depends on the tire.

245 PS2s fit in the rear with no problems on the stock DSIIs. I've mocked it up and I believe they would fit with the K1 as well. 255...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Oct-05-2013, 03:28:22 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,700
Posted By tbaker474
Re: Squared 7.5 LTWs??

Any time you change the tire contact patch it will have an affect on handling, so yes there will be a difference between the options you mentioned. Squared 7.5 will work fine though because as...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Oct-05-2013, 03:21:17 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 973
Posted By tbaker474
Re: suspension noise after install

It sounds like a clunk/thud that you can feel reverberate through the chassis if you hit the bump hard enough.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Oct-05-2013, 03:17:00 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 973
Posted By tbaker474
Re: suspension noise after install

It could be the suspension running out of travel and hitting the internal bumpstops. Unfortunately the h&r race springs have a fairly low spring rate for the amount of drop they give the car. I...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Aug-26-2013, 06:25:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,040
Posted By tbaker474
I've never changed them, so they very well could...

I've never changed them, so they very well could be original. It's probably smart for me to replace them at this point.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Aug-26-2013, 02:15:02 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,040
Posted By tbaker474
Re: It's always something...

Yeah exactly, the factory crimped part.

My thought is that the hose was getting weak and it finally had enough. I have no idea if I have a restrictor in the return line, haven't had the...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Aug-25-2013, 09:37:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,040
Posted By tbaker474
Re: It's always something...

It's the Turner Motorsport front strut bar.



I don't have any pictures of where it broke, but it failed right at the fitting. We were able to cut the collar of the fitting off and clamp it...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Aug-25-2013, 07:52:15 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,040
Posted By tbaker474
It's always something...

I swear my e36 is sentient and loves watching me suffer.

After 5 years of ownership and making excuses as to why I couldn't take it to the track yet: "after I replace the suspension... well, now...
Forum: Off Topic Tue, Jul-23-2013, 12:03:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 528
Posted By tbaker474
Re: Off to Italy have 1 week to decide....

I'd look at Trip Advisor for hotel/inn recommendations. It usually has fairly reliable information.

The Ferrari Museum will only take a few hours tops, they pack everything in a very small area....
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Jul-21-2013, 06:11:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,192
Posted By tbaker474
Funny thing is I have a similar setup (Zionsville...

Funny thing is I have a similar setup (Zionsville shroud with SPAL puller) and I just had the same problem on Friday. OBC was showing 110 degrees outside and the needle started to creep as I was...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Jun-27-2013, 01:34:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 775
Posted By tbaker474
Re: Where to get a fan tool cheap?

If you bent a screwdriver then chances are that sucker is frozen on there. Mine was as well and I had to remove the water pump with the fan still attached. I attempted it with a pry bar and couldn't...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Jun-26-2013, 01:43:42 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,421
Posted By tbaker474
Re: Cross-shopping floor jacks

The brand is Arcan and I'll second this. I picked one up last year and its been great. Very well made for $99. Sounds like Costco only has them sporadically though.
Forum: Off Topic Thu, Jun-13-2013, 11:31:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 576
Posted By tbaker474
Re: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Judging by the fact that they put Legolas into the movie, I'd doubt they're following the book too closely. I'm not surprised though, since they have to make 3 movies out of a book that's shorter...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Jun-09-2013, 02:35:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 902
Posted By tbaker474
Re: Ben Tucker killed on local racetrack by reckless driver

Really sad situation.

I don't get it though... Is this racetrack a public road with speed limits or is it a private track that they (evidently) just leave open to everyone?
Forum: Off Topic Sun, Jun-09-2013, 11:15:37 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,198
Posted By tbaker474
Re: PRISM: The US Government Openly Collecting our Internet/Phone Data

The reaction to stories like this always amazes me. The Govt. strips away our civil liberties over a dubious pretense such as "stopping terrorism" and it garners a collective "meh" in response....
Forum: Off Topic Thu, May-30-2013, 02:43:20 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,312
Posted By tbaker474
Nice car. Its starting to look like a WRX/STi...

Nice car. Its starting to look like a WRX/STi forum in here with everyone picking these things up lately
Forum: Off Topic Thu, May-30-2013, 02:37:08 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,182
Posted By tbaker474
I worked at Hertz for several years and as a...

I worked at Hertz for several years and as a result found myself stuck driving innumerable rental Mustangs. Never once did I experience this phenomenon.
Forum: Off Topic Sun, May-26-2013, 02:53:33 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 965
Posted By tbaker474
Re: Watching "Senna" on NBC Sports Channel

Actually we do know.

They had a traction control program loaded into a secret menu on the ECU. The engineers would enable the program when starting the car on the grid, then the program would...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, May-21-2013, 04:39:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,961
Posted By tbaker474
Is it a knock or a tick? Different sounds, and...

Is it a knock or a tick? Different sounds, and lifters usually tick.

How much have you driven the car since they replaced the oil pan gasket? Assuming they let the system drain for a while which...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, May-18-2013, 10:30:56 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,003
Posted By tbaker474
Re: Serpentine belt replacement--advice?

Those plastic caps can be a pain. Keep at it with a 90 degree pick until you catch one of the edges.

Here is a pic of the belt routing. It's the pulley that is to the top right of the crank...
Forum: Off Topic Mon, May-06-2013, 04:27:04 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 5,860
Posted By tbaker474
They may have been "allowed" to, but don't think...

They may have been "allowed" to, but don't think they did. As OP stated, I'm pretty sure the most powerful engines in the 80s were around the 12k Rpm range. Higher RPM engines were a response to the...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Apr-09-2013, 06:56:47 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,126
Posted By tbaker474
I have the Zionsville and I'm not really sure...

I have the Zionsville and I'm not really sure that I'd purchase it again. The main advantage in my eyes is that you can mount the SPAL fan very cleanly using their shroud. I assume it'll last the...
Forum: Off Topic Thu, Apr-04-2013, 11:25:39 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 797
Posted By tbaker474
Re: Tax Witholding

It's the W-4 you're thinking of and yes, it does have a calculator on the back for this.

OP, whatever you do with this form you're just shifting money around. At the end of the year your tax...
Forum: Off Topic Sat, Mar-16-2013, 11:45:37 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,496
Posted By tbaker474
Re: So guess who won a mustang gt500

You'd also have to pay income tax to the federal government based upon the value of the vehicle. It counts as taxable income even if you "win" it, so in your example of it being worth $50k, you're...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Mar-16-2013, 01:27:38 AM
Replies: 148
Views: 10,950
Posted By tbaker474
Shitty situation for sure. That being said,...

Shitty situation for sure.

That being said, you put $9700 into the car, they are offering $12,000, and you think that isn't a fair offer? Seems pretty reasonable to me.
Forum: Off Topic Tue, Mar-12-2013, 12:02:12 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,593
Posted By tbaker474
Re: What's up M3Forum... Another WRX Edition

I like the looks of those overlays. Where'd you get them? They're slightly different than the ones posted earlier in the thread.
Forum: Off Topic Sun, Mar-10-2013, 09:09:42 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,593
Posted By tbaker474
Re: What's up M3Forum... Another WRX Edition

It's true, although the e36 is still more fun to drive.



Hmm. Might not be a bad option for $29.99.



Mushy is a good way to put it. The clutch pedal had no feel whatsoever, it was like...
Forum: Off Topic Sun, Mar-10-2013, 07:32:45 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,593
Posted By tbaker474
Re: What's up M3Forum... Another WRX Edition

Yep, we have some other CT members lurking out there too.

I know what you're saying about it being a "young" car. The World Rally Blue ones especially so.
Forum: Off Topic Sun, Mar-10-2013, 06:37:46 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,593
Posted By tbaker474
Re: What's up M3Forum... Another WRX Edition

Nice! I actually preferred SWP, but the wife wanted DGM and it's her car so I didn't push the issue.

I notice everyone is getting the hatchbacks. In my opinion, the hatches of this generation...
Forum: Off Topic Sun, Mar-10-2013, 06:08:55 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,593
Posted By tbaker474
What's up M3Forum... Another WRX Edition

Happily said goodbye to the wife's Mini Cooper S yesterday. In it's place, picked up a '13 WRX Limited Hatch.

We were going back and forth between the WRX and a GTI for quite a while. In the end,...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Mar-09-2013, 12:42:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,213
Posted By tbaker474
Re: OZ Motorsport Wheels

If you've seen them in Germany, my thought would be to look on ebay motors German site:

http://www.ebay.de/motors
Forum: Off Topic Sat, Feb-23-2013, 04:05:20 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,787
Posted By tbaker474
This. This is the new, normal Cherokee. The...

This.

This is the new, normal Cherokee. The Grand Cherokee isn't changing.

It certainly is ridiculously ugly though.
Forum: Off Topic Tue, Feb-12-2013, 08:51:24 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,799
Posted By tbaker474
Nice ride. The new WRX hatchbacks are great. I...

Nice ride. The new WRX hatchbacks are great. I completely understand not going for the STI, they are ridiculously priced for what you get compared to the standard WRX.

We actually have a '13 WRX...
Forum: Off Topic Wed, Jan-30-2013, 04:40:41 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,800
Posted By tbaker474
Rotfl.... 4mm cylinder wall thickness. Because...

Rotfl.... 4mm cylinder wall thickness. Because obviously OP has done the engineering to know that's the ideal specification for a motor.

TIL that kids who can't afford a new BMW should dictate the...
Forum: Off Topic Mon, Jan-28-2013, 10:46:06 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 855
Posted By tbaker474
Re: College Loans and how repayment affects credit

As others have said, dumb co-worker is dumb.

One thing to note on student loan debt vs other forms of debt: As there's no collateral with student loans, they're going to follow you forever until...
Forum: Off Topic Sun, Jan-27-2013, 03:00:34 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,469
Posted By tbaker474
Re: Ebay find: E30 M3

Seems like a lot for one that's been repainted and had repairs due to rust, and it hasnt even hit the reserve yet. You never really know if they got all the rust until it starts to go again. I'd also...
Forum: Off Topic Wed, Jan-23-2013, 11:17:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 418
Posted By tbaker474
Re: Federal tax question

Even if ADP lets you do this, you'll have to pay a fine to the IRS when it comes time to file your taxes. They penalize you (a percentage of what you owe) for not properly withholding. The penalty...
Forum: Off Topic Wed, Jan-16-2013, 02:33:06 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,000
Posted By tbaker474
Re: Acura reveals their flagship RLX

This sums it up nicely. I can't believe how far behind that brand has fallen in the past 10 years.

The Acura dealership in my town doesn't even have Acuras sitting in front, solely used cars from...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Jan-12-2013, 04:54:55 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 907
Posted By tbaker474
Re: 95 M3 will not crank

A bad fuel pump/ relay will not prevent your engine from cranking. You could rip out the pump and crank the engine all day long... It just wouldn't start.

If the engine isn't cranking, it's...
Forum: Off Topic Wed, Jan-09-2013, 04:12:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 752
Posted By tbaker474
After reading it again I think you're right. ...

After reading it again I think you're right.

I recently switched companies and my response to this question was "I've been successful in my current role, but for my professional development I...
Forum: Off Topic Wed, Jan-09-2013, 12:24:51 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 667
Posted By tbaker474
Re: An engine mod uses waste heat to cut gas consumption

Yep, sounds like another fuel economy gimmick to me. Getting engine oil really hot isn't usually a problem.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Dec-20-2012, 10:53:50 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,497
Posted By tbaker474
Re: What to do first.

Wow, 31k, nice find.

Replace the cooling system first, always. It's not worth overheating your engine because some old rubber or plastic decided to give at the worst possible time.

Dampers...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Dec-20-2012, 03:39:23 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,888
Posted By tbaker474
Sorry Nick. I hate doing this but your theory is...

Sorry Nick. I hate doing this but your theory is wrong here. I'm not sure if you're just joking around or what..

The oil cap has zero effect on engine compression ratio. Sure there is some blow by...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Dec-19-2012, 11:09:28 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,888
Posted By tbaker474
Re: Car stalled when I took off the oil fill cap...

Wow.... just.... wow.

Advice so bad that it brought Ben back from M3forum retirement.
Forum: Off Topic Mon, Dec-17-2012, 12:15:36 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,172
Posted By tbaker474
Re: New car (2013 wrx premium hatch)

Congrats, love the new WRX.

I agree with you on the dealers being difficult. I've been trying to pick up a Dark Grey Metallic Limited for a few months now. They're incredibly difficult to find...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Dec-13-2012, 04:40:15 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 7,097
Posted By tbaker474
Re: Natural Progression from E36M3 is a Porsche and not an E46M3

You must be driving a completely different car than my wife is. There's no way I'd say R56 build quality is higher than that of an E36. Flimsy buttons and switches, hard cheap plastic.. ugh. I'd say...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Dec-10-2012, 11:55:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 799
Posted By tbaker474
Re: front wheels not equally spaced?

Do you have camber plates that are camber and caster adjustable? If so, then yes that could potentially be the issue although I'd be curious if they put the correct bushings in as well.
Forum: Off Topic Mon, Dec-10-2012, 11:53:55 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,203
Posted By tbaker474
Re: front wheel bias on an awd (TTRS)

Good post.

The other thing to consider is that a lot of AWD cars are adapted off a FWD platform, so for manufacturers it's easier and cheaper to build the car with a FWD bias. Less re-engineering...
Forum: Off Topic Sat, Dec-08-2012, 11:34:32 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 3,963
Posted By tbaker474
Re: Was "assaulted" in a road rage incident, what would you do? (CSB inside)

Chalk it up as a life experience and move on. No actual harm was done, and to be fair it sounds like your actions only served to provoke the guy. Sometimes you need to deal with the consequences if...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Dec-08-2012, 11:14:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 799
Posted By tbaker474
Re: front wheels not equally spaced?

It looks like a lot of caster on both sides. If you've already had it aligned you should be able to look at the alignment printout. Check the numbers first, and if your caster is way out of spec or...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Dec-08-2012, 03:48:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 799
Posted By tbaker474
Re: front wheels not equally spaced?

It could be a million things, including a simple optical illusion depending on how the car is sitting on the ground. Did you have the car aligned after replacing the control arms? What do the specs...
Forum: Off Topic Fri, Dec-07-2012, 08:18:53 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,084
Posted By tbaker474
My house had a termite issue prior to me...

My house had a termite issue prior to me purchasing it. The prior owner went with the drilled holes full of poison method. Three years on and we haven't seen a single termite return, although I do...
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