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Old Thu, Jun-19-2014, 05:26:34 PM   #21
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Alot of folks complained about installing the ball joints, and I found no helpful threads after searching, so I will make a couple of notes. I used the Koch tool with some washers to pull the old ball joints out. It destroys them, but they were destroyed anyway. To put the new ones in, I used a 1.5" craftsman socket, which fits over the new ball joint perfectly. I tapped it in to seat it with a hammer. Then realized that the hammer was going to be enough to push it all the way in and gave it some good whacks to full seat it.

The problem with this area, and what makes things so difficult with a puller/press, is that the back side of the joint needs something with a reccess to get the ball joint to fully seat. On that back side is the brake heat shielding and thus, something that could accept the joint, doesn't fit. Just hammering them in from the front side with the appropriate socket worked perfectly and was really fast. I could probably replace all the ball joints on a car in 30 minutes now.

Replacing the ball joints should be on everyone's maintenance list. Mine were COMPLETELY TOAST and I bet these are toasted on a lot of higher mileage e46Ms out there. The inner bushings on the camber and spring arm were both fine. I bet those would have lasted the life of the car and these ball joints absorb the majority of the wear.

You have to be careful when connecting the camber arm to the lower ball joint because it has some sharp edges that can catch and tear the dust boot on that bushing.
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Old Thu, Jun-19-2014, 05:31:39 PM   #22
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I then moved to the front of the car and did the front tie rods. I did the control arms and FCABs a few months ago, but left the tie rods because I only wanted to align the car once after I did the subframe.

Removing the tierods is straight forward, took a coulpe of hits on the pickle fork and they popped free. Then I used a crecent wrench on the inner nut, which is HUGE, I think 36mm or something like that.

The hardest part on this one was getting the old dust boots off the old tierods. One of my tie rods was siezed and wouldn't come apart so I had to cut it with the grinder. I learned long ago to not fight these things if they aren't coming free and just chop them up if it helps. Took 45 seconds to get through it with the grinder, I'd probably still be fighting it if I wanted to get it appart by unscrewing.
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Old Thu, Jun-19-2014, 05:34:06 PM   #23
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Finally I moved on to the headers.

A little rant here: I had to wait almost 2 months from the point in which I ordered the headers/section 1 from CPI until I received the Section 1 (the headers came on time). I dont mind waiting, but about one week after I receive everything, CPI discounts the price in a group buy and also offers a TTFS deal for AlphaN tune ($685). I bought the TTFS tune directly from them when they were offering a sale in Apri/May for ($770). That has me pretty frustrated... I thought I was capitalizing on a deal, and in the end I get screwed out of about $300.

I almost want to sell the tune and just go to stock CSL software until I have cams, and then do a custom tune with someone local. We will see what happens with their customer service. I have heard good things but I have been trying to work through this with them and haven't had much success so far.

I should have the CSL intake from Karbonious by the end of July, cams coming before the start of next year.
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Old Thu, Jun-19-2014, 05:59:14 PM   #24
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Good write-up - you've probably saved me a lot of time messing around with a press trying to refit some new ball joints
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Old Thu, Jun-19-2014, 06:45:52 PM   #25
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Good write-up - you've probably saved me a lot of time messing around with a press trying to refit some new ball joints
Thank you! Good to hear I could save you some time. I should probably make a thread on it in the main forum. I found nothing helpful from searching.
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Old Fri, Jun-27-2014, 07:57:29 PM   #26
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Not much of an update, but I replaced all my coils a few days back. That pretty much covers every maintenance item I can think of on the car. I thought I would notice a difference going to new coils - nope. Feels the same. Old bremi coil on left, bosch on right.

Feels brand new...now just for that Karbonious intake....
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Old Tue, Jul-01-2014, 08:19:37 PM   #27
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Some good notes in here. Will keep it in mind whenever I have some maintenance due.
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Old Tue, Aug-12-2014, 05:04:11 PM   #28
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I refreshed the fuel system a few weeks back. Had the injectors cleaned and flow matched, reinstalled with new screens and o-rings. Then changed the fuel filter for good measure. I had 133k on my injectors, they actually weren't in too bad of shape still good flow with a decent spray pattern. I thought I would notice a difference in the way the car performs, but it is pretty much the same. A little smoother idle, and I might have picked up a touch of mileage but nothing dramatic.

I got my CSL ECU ready to go...cams are ready to go in...all CSL airbox parts are ready...just need the dang airbox!
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Bad ass car, I hope mine sits like that.
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Great build so far!
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