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Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Aug-15-2018, 03:22:28 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 555
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Possible to drive a 95 M3 in Pennsylvania during winter?

It depends on how long you like to keep your cars. They last a hell of a lot longer if you don't salt them.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Aug-15-2018, 01:51:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 304
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: E36 oem lip manufacturing defect?

Genuine BMW parts quality has gone down. ("Genuine BMW Victor Reinz," for example. Ugh.) That looks like to have been a handling/storage issue, though.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Aug-15-2018, 01:50:41 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 555
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Possible to drive a 95 M3 in Pennsylvania during winter?

Yes you can do it. However, keep in mind that E36 rust proofing is not the best. If you want to keep the car for a long time, or if it's really nice, you'll need a winter beater.
Forum: E90 M3 (Sedan) | E92 M3 (Coupe) | E93 M3 (Convertible) (2008-2013) Mon, Aug-13-2018, 08:32:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,441
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: 120k Get ready for a timing chain.

Remove crank (which requires pulling the VANOS units and breaking timing to get the chain loose), and the injected seal.

If you are breaking timing with a chain job, that's DEFINITELY a time to...
Forum: WTB - Want to Buy Mon, May-21-2018, 03:08:27 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 236
Posted By nrubenstein
Mss54hp dme

Looking for a working DME. It'll be flashed for a swap, so I don't need any other parts.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Apr-06-2018, 01:53:15 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,618
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: I'm 3D printing a sub woofer enclosure using tough PLA.How thick should the walls

If you don't care how it sounds, you can literally tape up the gaps in the battery box and get good enough. It doesn't need *that* much integrity when it's a lightweight and small driver. If you want...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Apr-05-2018, 06:50:49 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,618
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: I'm 3D printing a sub woofer enclosure using tough PLA.How thick should the walls

This is why I don’t understand why he’s trying to make another box in an already existing box. It makes no sense.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Apr-05-2018, 03:58:13 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,618
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: I'm 3D printing a sub woofer enclosure using tough PLA.How thick should the walls

You can do fiberglass thinner than anything 3D printed is likely to need to be. And fiberglass is easy when you're doing something you won't have to look at.

Edit:

Alternately, if you don't...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Apr-04-2018, 11:08:06 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,618
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: I'm 3D printing a sub woofer enclosure using tough PLA.How thick should the walls

I think 3D printing is a terrible idea vs. fiberglass for this application.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Apr-04-2018, 06:04:11 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,294
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Trust Waze or the speedo?

Waze is accurate reading speed in straight line, constant speed travel.

It gets thrown off by corners and will take a little while to adjust to speed changes.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Mar-16-2018, 08:40:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 360
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Injector flooded cylinder - Long term problems?

Not a problem if the engine wasn't damaged.

...assuming that they have replaced the injector.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Mar-10-2018, 01:34:32 AM
Replies: 305
Views: 14,894
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Sold the Jet Black, picked up an E90 M3

Who wouldn’t want a little more displacement?
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Mar-10-2018, 12:45:07 AM
Replies: 305
Views: 14,894
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Sold the Jet Black, picked up an E90 M3

I’ve been driving my Dad’s E93 since it was new. The E9x shifter is better than the E46, but it’s not good.

The AS shifter fixes the problems as much as is practical without any downsides if you...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Mar-09-2018, 02:49:27 PM
Replies: 305
Views: 14,894
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Sold the Jet Black, picked up an E90 M3

No. The stock shifters on both are terrible no matter the age. You want an Autosolutions shifter in the 0-20% reduction range.

And Konis. Preferably TC Kline D/A Konis.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Mar-08-2018, 09:03:45 PM
Replies: 305
Views: 14,894
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Sold the Jet Black, picked up an E90 M3

My Dad used to average 10mpg in the city. (More now that he's moved to LA.) I figured I'd be 1-2MPG better than that, but I seem to be getting 15ish.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Mar-08-2018, 06:15:36 PM
Replies: 305
Views: 14,894
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Sold the Jet Black, picked up an E90 M3

I've actually been pleasantly surprised by the real world fuel economy of my E90. It's not meaningfully worse than what I was getting in the E46 or the E36. My Dad's E93 tended to do FAR worse....
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Mar-08-2018, 06:11:59 PM
Replies: 305
Views: 14,894
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Sold the Jet Black, picked up an E90 M3

It's less about the peak (although peak improvements are nice). It's more about drivability improvements. A stock software S54 has the same issues.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Mar-07-2018, 07:33:28 PM
Replies: 305
Views: 14,894
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Sold the Jet Black, picked up an E90 M3

I also picked up an E90 a few months ago. Outside of the fact that I've already seized a motor (looks like a main bearing), I really like it.

It's definitely faster past 2000rpms, and a *lot*...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Jan-27-2018, 09:32:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 461
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Can't seem to find source of front wheel wobble noise?

These cars eat front wheel bearings in my experience.

Any kind of rotational noise up front pretty much has to be either the bearing or the tire.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Jan-25-2018, 03:07:30 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 767
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Thin wall 1/2" impact sockets?

Because it makes life easier and quicker?
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Jan-24-2018, 05:32:39 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,345
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Buying a low mileage car that's been sitting around: what to worry about

Yes, there were two rod bearing recalls, and quite a few cars got them replaced twice.
Forum: E90 M3 (Sedan) | E92 M3 (Coupe) | E93 M3 (Convertible) (2008-2013) Thu, Jan-04-2018, 03:11:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,803
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Where to buy s65 replacement motor?

Mike Benvo @ BPM has a fully rebuilt engine in LA. I think that he's asking $11k, but there's some room on that.
Forum: Coding and Tuning Thu, Nov-02-2017, 08:05:31 PM
Replies: 658
Views: 199,541
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Comprehensive MSS50 DME information (Euro E36 M3 S50B32 321 PS)

Theoretical upper and lower ranges? Edit: My sheet calculates the high and low and performs an automatic range overlap and bound check.
Forum: Coding and Tuning Thu, Nov-02-2017, 03:45:31 PM
Replies: 658
Views: 199,541
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Comprehensive MSS50 DME information (Euro E36 M3 S50B32 321 PS)

OK, made a couple of slight corrections as I had entered the gear ratios from memory in my earlier calculations.

I threw together a sheet that calculates the values and outputs hex...
Forum: Coding and Tuning Thu, Nov-02-2017, 02:48:31 PM
Replies: 658
Views: 199,541
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Comprehensive MSS50 DME information (Euro E36 M3 S50B32 321 PS)

Lowering GANG_NV_HYS to 3 makes everything simple. Seems like the thing to do when the gearing gets tight, i.e. with a 3.91.

Edit: Realized that I could make my spreadsheet output hex...
Forum: Coding and Tuning Wed, Nov-01-2017, 04:34:52 PM
Replies: 658
Views: 199,541
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Comprehensive MSS50 DME information (Euro E36 M3 S50B32 321 PS)

So, by my math, NV_THD appears to be roughly a fixed number through the RPM range. Ergo, 650 RPMs / 14.73 kmh = 27.4, and 8000 RPMs / 291.8 kmh = 27.4. This really simplifies things by letting you...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Oct-26-2017, 03:07:50 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,008
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Understanding RealOEM (ETK) hardware (nuts/bolts) specifications

I'm pretty sure that M14x1,5 should be translated as M14x1.5, not grade 5 M14x1. Otherwise, I agree.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Oct-23-2017, 02:25:36 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,941
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Installed Spacers, now ticking noise

It should not matter up front, unless you are stupidly over length.

Edit: All studs should be regarded as consumable. That said, they are probably being conservative, and also assuming a *lot* of...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Oct-19-2017, 03:14:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,555
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Beisan VANOS labor time - what gives?

Ugh. Did the rattle kit on my S50B32. One of the rings required two adjustments (no biggie) - 15 minutes. The other ring required 3 or 4 hours of sanding.

And on an S50B32, you have to pull the...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Oct-15-2017, 07:22:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,604
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Ok, wtf happened here?

A vandalism insurance claim to replace a cheap plastic part that you can easily swap out?
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Sep-25-2017, 07:45:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,233
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Suspension setup and sudden snap oversteer

I wouldn't do *anything* to the car until you have changed the tires. Crap old tires really **** with the handling.

Edit: That said, I'd also inspect all of the bushings. Don't expect that any of...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Sep-18-2017, 05:32:33 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,319
Posted By nrubenstein
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Sep-18-2017, 02:58:49 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,319
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Ran a 13s flat quarter mile, reckon I can get twelves?

If you don't want to use launch control, put it in S6 and mash the gas pedal as quickly as possible. (You *must* depress the kickdown button. Just basically kick the pedal.) This engages emergency...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Sep-14-2017, 07:13:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 601
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Torque plate for block honing

If you don't care if it's perfect, why are you having it honed? I'd rather run it as is than screw around with it improperly.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Sep-06-2017, 02:42:54 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,674
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Houston Flood - Saving the M3s

To be clear, they will not be branded as a flood car. However, Carfax will provide a notation that says that the car was registered in a flood area.

Edit: Actually, it looks like they have updated...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Sep-05-2017, 05:03:43 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,657
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Bad paint/rust - touch up/respray panels or entire car?

Fix the rust spots. Halfassed spot repair painting is fine for a track car. You'd be nuts to put lots of money into paint for that.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Aug-30-2017, 08:37:12 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,674
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Houston Flood - Saving the M3s

Every car in the area is going to get a branded carfax. :/
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Aug-22-2017, 11:23:20 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,219
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Front control arm ball joint

Offset control arm bushing plus standard geometry control arm is equivalent to '96+ control arm with the standard centered bushing last I checked.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Aug-10-2017, 08:59:51 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 13,120
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Are there any steering shaft extensions (cabin side) to get the wheel towards dri

Probably because RoW, you are/were less likely to get taken to the cleaners by lawsuits for knowingly selling cars with safety flaws.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Aug-10-2017, 04:02:56 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 13,120
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Are there any steering shaft extensions (cabin side) to get the wheel towards dri

There are many DOT complaints to be made, but pulling the tilt column because the E36 did so poorly in crash tests seems like a BMW failure, not a regulatory one.

My Dad has a '94 325i that he...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Jul-14-2017, 02:18:58 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 5,355
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Would you buy a Euro E36 M3 as an enthusiast?

As someone who has an S50B32, I can say that it's an enormously more satisfying motor.

Because of the S52's gruntiness, it's probably not actually that much better around town, but taching out the...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Jun-09-2017, 01:36:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,036
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: 2001 Laguna Seca Blue 74,000 miles, rebuilt title, $7,900?

The real question is how much more difficult it will be to register the car. Some places are harder than others.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Jun-09-2017, 01:32:41 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 4,496
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: I just experienced an e39 M5....

No. He's more talking about the way that the car feels than the absolute performance deficit. And suspension changes tend to magnify the difference.

The E46 'vert is *not* a bad car. If I wanted...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Jun-08-2017, 08:24:35 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 4,496
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: I just experienced an e39 M5....

Yeah, they help. The steering still shakes like my truck's over bumps. And they make the ride worse, which doesn't work when you live in a city.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Jun-06-2017, 09:38:37 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 4,496
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: I just experienced an e39 M5....

The problem with the M5 is the steering. I like the car in pretty much every way, but I just can't get over the truck steering.

Otherwise, I'd have bought my friend's M5 when he went to a 335.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, May-31-2017, 03:02:38 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,626
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Front end problems for all...

Back in to the ****ing parking space and you don't have to think about this. Moreover, then you are exposing bolt on body panels.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, May-28-2017, 09:34:11 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,911
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Just got my AS SSK Installed...damn

If you really want an OEM+ feel, do a delrin carrier bushing and a DSSR and a new stock lever.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, May-25-2017, 03:30:27 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,911
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Just got my AS SSK Installed...damn

Mine took a bit longer than that to open up, and I'm a city driver, so I shift more than most of you.

All that said, some notchiness is inherent in any short shifter. The best value shifter...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, May-25-2017, 02:18:09 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,911
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Just got my AS SSK Installed...damn

I took out the Rogue because it was sloppy and high effort.

The AS 20% kit is meaningfully lower effort than my old Octane, feels better, and is less notchy because the geometry is better. The...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, May-19-2017, 01:16:05 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,911
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Just got my AS SSK Installed...damn

A *good* SSK makes the shifting feel crisp in a way that you simply can't get with the stock shifter.

Having used UUC, Rogue, the BMW "Performance SSK" (330d lever), the Dinan "SSK" (545i lever),...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Apr-26-2017, 03:58:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 622
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Ground Control camber plates separating

1) THERE IS NO ADHESIVE, THAT IS GREASE
2) Snap the bearing back together after cleaning and regressing.
3) repeatedly separating the bearing will negatively impact the plastic case. Figure out i...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Apr-04-2017, 06:16:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,569
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: You think we have subframe problems just wait

I see a lot more cars from 20 years ago with 200k on them because it's hard to put 200k on a car in 5 years. Are you seriously going to claim that the E30 is better built than the E90? More fun? Hell...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Mar-31-2017, 07:38:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,561
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Koni strut install gone terribly wrong.

Directions are not routinely provided with shocks/struts. :p
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Mar-29-2017, 01:19:40 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,561
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Koni strut install gone terribly wrong.

Historically, I've had good success with yanking the brake rotor in and out with some pressure on the control arm.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Mar-27-2017, 02:24:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 632
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: 6th gear whine

I have not watched the video (not in a place to do that), but if it's a light howl that comes in around 75mph and light throttle, it's a normal thing. You can put butyl strips around the center...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Mar-13-2017, 08:40:33 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 848
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Learning to drive a stick really well?

One thing to keep in mind is that heel/toe (on BMWs, it's really more ball and edge - getting the heel on a part of the pedal that actually does does something is very difficult with a floor mounted...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Feb-17-2017, 08:27:24 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 681
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Looking to quiet down the M3 wagon... using section 1 and/or section 2

E36 M3 Evo muffler might be a good option.

Another one, if you can stomach it, is the big ass Dynomax Super Turbo.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Feb-08-2017, 04:14:04 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 938
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: OEM Glass vs Aftermarket

Go some place better than Safelite. But aftermarket glass is fine.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Feb-07-2017, 07:32:52 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,707
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Have you moved the climate controls and installed a DOUBLE DIN head unit? Which o

I'd be interested, but if it doesn't have CarPlay, it's meaningless to me.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Feb-06-2017, 07:06:43 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,347
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: OEM BMW SSK or Autosolutions

Get rid of slop, retain low effort, feel like you are participating more, decrease chances of mis-shifts.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Feb-06-2017, 02:51:15 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,707
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Have you moved the climate controls and installed a DOUBLE DIN head unit? Which o

You should install one that properly talks to your phone. If it's an iPhone, you need a CarPlay head unit.

The good news is that they make shallow double din units that IIRC no longer require...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Feb-06-2017, 02:32:33 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,347
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: OEM BMW SSK or Autosolutions

I have, in fact, had both. There is no comparison whatsoever. AS is what you want.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Jan-10-2017, 09:02:19 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,026
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Question on six speed

In the last year or so, there's been a BIG clamp down on Euro parts through BMWNA.

And yes, the AS web site is a throwback to 1998. It's still great hardware. I've owned most of the shifters in...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Jan-10-2017, 09:00:20 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,026
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Question on six speed

12 years ago when I bought one, it was o-ring tension. Worked ok until some oil got on it.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Jan-10-2017, 05:29:14 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,026
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Question on six speed

Autosolutions absolutely kicks the shit out of everything else. Kicks the crap out of UUC's solution in these cars.

I don't like B&M's design. If it's still held in by o-ring tension, it's prone...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Dec-29-2016, 08:09:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 272
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Mixing coolant and oil. Dont think its a HG

That can come from condensation. A good German tune up will eliminate that, if that's the cause.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Dec-29-2016, 07:30:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 272
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Mixing coolant and oil. Dont think its a HG

Why did you think you were mixing?

And when i need to drain good oil for some reason, I like to use a brand new drain pan. It gives me the option of just pouring it back in if I want to.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Dec-28-2016, 01:49:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 720
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Any opinions on rebuilt/salvage title?

You can buy a clean titled M3 in decent condition pretty easily for that price.

Salvage title cars are more difficult to register, more difficult (and expensive, often) to insure, and much more...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Dec-20-2016, 05:43:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 668
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Anyone selling new wheel bearings repacked with redline grease?

You're doing it wrong if you think rear wheel bearings are that hard.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Nov-18-2016, 01:02:51 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,228
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Tilt Steering Wheel on '95 M3s

Yes. Thank you DOT for making BMW remove a feature that wouldn't crash test well.

I remember when my Dad's '94 325i (bought new) was recalled to have the steering column secured properly.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Nov-16-2016, 03:20:45 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 880
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Bad Acoustics in e46 coupe

He's talking about cabin noise, people.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Oct-07-2016, 07:44:17 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 6,642
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Headlights Question - Braymond get in here

I am fully aware that he was talking about the H7 Bosch reflectors. My point was that if I had to stay halogen, I'd take ANYTHING but either H1 fixture. (And I actually have a couple of Bosches...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Oct-07-2016, 06:31:11 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 6,642
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Headlights Question - Braymond get in here

Agreed. If you are committed to halogen, the H1 lights of any sort suck. I'd rather have the crappy plastic US lights with upgraded bulbs (HIR 9012/9011 fit easily, for example).
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Oct-03-2016, 01:35:18 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 11,561
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: BSW Stage 1 review.

The BSW Stage 1 is a meaningful upgrade, albeit, as noted above, one that doesn't actually solve a lot of the problems with the stock system. The OE head unit is utter garbage, so if you actually...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Oct-03-2016, 12:05:48 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 637
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Help! My new TRW u.s. rotors doesn't fit! [EU m3e46]

I should note that a fair number of sellers try to interchange 330 brake parts with the M3.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Sep-26-2016, 11:15:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 888
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Reverse grind after clutch hydraulic overhaul

Pumping the clutch a couple hundred times will generally give you an *adequate* bleed.

That said, the ONLY way to get a really good bleed is to do what I described earlier: Pop the slave off the...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Sep-21-2016, 02:18:56 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,742
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: cooling issue, was told head cooling ports might be clogged

Are you measuring the temperature at idle, or driving down the highway?

I don't 100% agree with pbonsalb, however, driving down the highway eliminates other factors (like where your fans engage,...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Sep-20-2016, 09:48:17 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,742
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: cooling issue, was told head cooling ports might be clogged

No. A thermostat will (roughly) keep the coolant at the specified temperature by opening and closing. The only time that the coolant temperature should dramatically exceed the thermostat temperature...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Sep-20-2016, 08:20:13 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,742
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: cooling issue, was told head cooling ports might be clogged

And have you measured the temperature at which your thermostat opens? (Noting that the car is likely to run a little hotter than that.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Sep-20-2016, 12:59:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 888
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Reverse grind after clutch hydraulic overhaul

You need to bleed the clutch with the slave cylinder OFF the transmission and compressed in a jig. This gets the bleed screw into a proper location, and minimizes the fluid volume inside the slave.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Sep-20-2016, 12:56:31 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,742
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: cooling issue, was told head cooling ports might be clogged

So how exactly do you actually know that your car is running at 205? Noting that a 92 degree thermostat would run the car at 198 notionally, and that temperatures fluctuate. And that you ought to...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Sep-19-2016, 01:00:14 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,500
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Brake pad by country: What do you use?

I've had something like half a dozen sets of HP+ pads. They don't dust anything like that. I think you may have a brake issue.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Sep-15-2016, 05:27:59 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,500
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Brake pad by country: What do you use?

You're exaggerating a LOT. The HP+ produces quite a bit less dust than stock BMW pads, although more than many aftermarket pads.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Sep-15-2016, 05:26:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,175
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Recommended DD tires for 235/40/17

The number one key to 235/40 is accepting that there really aren't any good tires left in 235/40, and that you need to look at 225/45, or 245/40 instead.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Sep-04-2016, 08:41:58 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,159
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Anyone tried steam cleaning engine bay?

If I spray an engine bay cold, I get water spots. If I spray it warm, I don't get spotting. It's consistent, and the same water source.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Sep-04-2016, 03:10:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,159
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Anyone tried steam cleaning engine bay?

The point is to evaporate the water rapidly once you're done cleaning. Also, I've found that if the engine is hot, I don't get water spotting in the bay. Honestly not sure why the heat prevents water...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Aug-24-2016, 04:16:30 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,119
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Cooling System Differences Euro VS US E36 M3

They are *theoretically* more durable, especially according to the vendors. In practice, they are a lot more expensive and the actual durability is an open question.

It makes more sense to...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Aug-17-2016, 02:01:20 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,119
Posted By nrubenstein
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Aug-15-2016, 03:27:55 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,119
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Cooling System Differences Euro VS US E36 M3

So, the Euro M3 comes with a better radiator, and a remote tank, and self bleeds. It's a lot better.

That said, the US system is completely adequate for the US market S50/52, aside from the...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Aug-03-2016, 06:39:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 924
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Has anyone tried fixing shift lever bearing?

Yes. You don't need to do any disassembly to get to the shifter itself. You old need to pull the exhaust/driveshaft to replace the selector rod joint and the carrier bushing.

The shifter is...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Jul-26-2016, 02:09:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 508
Posted By nrubenstein
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Jul-25-2016, 08:09:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 756
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Low Clutch Engagement....?

Did you take out the throwing star lock piece on the pressure plate before torquing it down?
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Jul-25-2016, 05:52:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 640
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Smog nightmare

IIRC, you need to start it dead cold and let it idle for a few minutes to do the secondary air test. I believe that CA will let the evap monitor slide.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Jul-22-2016, 03:03:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 494
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Help air con issues

All that said, these cars are 15 or so years old these days... It's not particularly unusual to lose enough refrigerant to start impacting performance in that time without any actual failure that...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Jul-22-2016, 02:59:42 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,647
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Another Trackday - Really Loose Rear End - Spun at Carousel - Video Inside

Stiffening with dampers comes with its own set of issues. Like jacking down and/or poor grip over uneven surfaces.

But in this specific case, as far as I can tell, the Dinan rear springs are...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Jul-19-2016, 04:35:06 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,647
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Another Trackday - Really Loose Rear End - Spun at Carousel - Video Inside

Well, he was a little slow catching it, but major kudos for continuing to think when it was backwards.

If the car is sloppy and oversteery, I'd be inclined to look at all the rear suspension...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Jul-19-2016, 01:14:39 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,603
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Going from 96+ to 95...

One big difference is that the front end looks a lot better on the '95, IMHO.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Jul-14-2016, 01:48:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,611
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: NBT retrofit in E46 M3 (e39/E38 etc)

Well, the NBT is literally the only in car nav/head unit i've ever tried that was acceptable to use. And that includes a bunch of aftermarket double din units that all sucked ass.

But... All that...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Jul-14-2016, 01:45:53 PM
Replies: 190
Views: 22,333
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: Shock dynos, Fat Cat Motorsports and custom valved Bilstiens

Roughly speaking, the wheel rate in the back is half. Ergo, 500F/1000R would be roughly equal at the wheels. Basically, it depends on what you want.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Jul-08-2016, 06:00:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 482
Posted By nrubenstein
Re: What gear to use on the dyno?

Basically everyone uses 4th, so while 5th is theoretically optimal, 4th is a better comparison. And yes, dyno operators don't love the wheel speeds reached in 5th.
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