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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Sun, Jul-29-2018, 02:18:49 AM   #11
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BMW relay harness pin decoupler made from old E39 windshield wiper guides and my grinder:

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I used a soldering gun to reattach the tip back onto the clutch alignment tool. Iíd be willing to bet you can fix other plastic cracks with a soldering gun too. It makes a strong bond and Iíve had no issues with it flexing or re-cracking.

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I also use one of those harbor freight accordion style transmission jacks, like the OP. One issue I have is that transmissions slip around on it. Can anyone recommend some type of padding that I could stick on the jack plate that might help? I was thinking something like a snowboard grip pad could work, but figured there's something more practical.

I'm also planning to cut off the ratchet strap it came with, and replace it. The buckle on it is too big get in a useful position.
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LMAO!!! If youíve got fat hot dog fingers those tools would be hopeless.


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My cheap alignment.

Painters tape
sharpie
jack stands
string
2 pieces of conduit
tape measure
Level

Should only need to buy the conduit - $10?

First, I put painters tape on the fender to record my readings and adjustments. Set tire pressures and you can put the drivers weight in the front seat. I skipped that since I donít have anything thatís close to my weight and isnít greasy (thought about using my S54 engine block).



Then set your camber. I use an angle protractor and a small level.

Mark the center line and then 2 point equidistant from the center. One assumption, the bumpers are square.





2 pieces of conduit. Make sure they arenít bent or warped. If you lay them in the jack stands and they donít rotate...then they are straight. Use jack stands, make sure they are level.

I drilled 3 holes in each conduit. A center hole to line up with the vehicle center line and 2 holes at each end to line up the strings. Both have to be the same so your strings will be square



Square the conduit to the bumpers and run string down both sides. Use the end holes in the conduit as a reference. I use spring clamps to hold the string. Make sure there is no sag. Canít pull too hard or youíll move the jack stands.



Then measure. Make sure itís a point equidistant from the center of the wheel, left to right and top to bottom.





Make adjustments, roll the car and setup your strings. Kind of a pain but this is a great method if you know youíre close. If I was way off (especially in the rear), Iíd probably take it somewhere to get it laser aligned first.

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Maybe not a ďhackĒ - but use of 2 jacks makes getting to front center point 100x easier. VS lifting a side - to put on wood, lower, move jack to center etc.


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Great thread and a must read for DIY'ers!
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Maybe not a ďhackĒ - but use of 2 jacks makes getting to front center point 100x easier. VS lifting a side - to put on wood, lower, move jack to center etc.


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I use the frame rail looking things between the two jack pads. A 2x4 on the jack has kept those frame rails in decent shape.

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My dad always said a clean car drives better and I agree with that 100%. More importantly a clean car lets you see more and better. I try to clean everything I remove and the surrounding areas with dawn and water.

While I was swapping in my second transmission this morning I took an hour or so to scrub the heck out of the underside. Where the fuel lines are was crazy dirty, I used dawn, purple power, a paint brush and a stiff bristled brush to get most of it out.


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Cool thread; how about some tools/products I wish I had known about sooner!

Mothers R3 Racing Rubber Remover - Takes of track rubber in one squirt:



3M Stripe Off Wheel - Removes glue/tape/residue without hurting paint:



CTA Tools 3466 BMW Power Steering Tool - worst job ever made easy:



Milwaukee 2457 3/8-in Cordless Ratchet - best tool I have ever purchased. Can't believe I worked on my car without one for years...


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