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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
Total Produced: 71,212 - Years Produced: 1992 to 1999


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Old Fri, Nov-09-2018, 05:30:26 AM   #71
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Sounds like you made some good progress!
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Old Sun, Nov-18-2018, 03:53:27 PM   #72
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Captain's Log: Yesterday was a big day! RTAB preloaded, Rear subframe bolted back up to the subframe, eBreak cleaned and installed (getting the cable to go far enough into the handle assembly was a time consuming), tires installed, car lowered to ramps, last couple of bolts torqued to specs, ramps removed, and then..... THE TEST DRIVE. It was amazing.



I don't know if it was the new valve cover gasket, new spark plugs, new spark plug boots, new fuel filter, 17 new bushing and ball joints in the rear suspension, new rear sway bar end links, new RTAB limiters, new differential fluid that cost a small fortune, new lowering springs, new shocks, or what....



But what I do know is that the engine pulled hard and sounded great. The rear end felt solid and glued to the ground. It just felt great to drive the car after seeing it on jacks for 4-6 weeks.



I still got PLENTY of work to do. New brake fluid today + raise the rear end a little as it's sitting at 11.5 inches (too low for my taste and my daily). New front suspension in near future. New cooling system in near future. New seats in near future. New steering wheel in near future, etc, etc.



Pics to be posted later today after a wash.

Ok no wash, but promised pick:




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Nice! Looking good man!
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Old Tue, Nov-20-2018, 05:59:00 PM   #74
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Does this tube just stay near the battery? Looks like part of fuel system ventilation.



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It is to vent the battery.
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Old Tue, Nov-20-2018, 07:49:45 PM   #76
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It needs to be attached to the vent port on the battery. The other end of the vent needs to exit the body of the car to atmosphere. There is a rubber grommet there for the pass through body side.
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It needs to be attached to the vent port on the battery. The other end of the vent needs to exit the body of the car to atmosphere. There is a rubber grommet there for the pass through body side.
Yup. Mine disconnected somehow on my M shoe and stayed like that for who knows how long - it has been venting right into my positive cable where the pyrotechnics for battery cable release are - and it freaking ate through the plastic cover on that thing. Totally disintegrated when I touched it. Make sure its plugged in.
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Congrats! Quite a story.
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Captainís Log:

Thanks for all the input so far. Iíll have to stop at the auto parts store for that Interstate battery adapter to feed the female end of that hose.

Interior update: The interior felt like it need a bit of an update. As such I thought it was a good time to fix the glue issue in the instrument cluster causing inconsistent light output. Following Brett's DIY, it worked great. The only issue I have is the mileage is now SUPER dim. I have not had time to research, so any input to brighten the mileage would be appreciate. Also installed are cluster rings from DDM Tuning. They worked great with a little sanding for a perfect fit and snap-in:https://www.ddmtuning.com/Products/Gauge-Rings

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Also first fill-up of gas since I bought the car. Wow. Fixing the rear suspension took a while when you add up all the time it was on jack stands. Also good news just acquired a new floor jack from Costco. Its the "The Arcan 3.0 Ton Professional Grade Aluminum and Steel service jack combines the strength of steel with the light weight benefits of Aluminum".




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Sorry to thread jack but regarding the battery vent tube... Is this only for OEM style batteries? I have an Optima Red Top and I'm pretty sure there isn't a vent on the battery, unless I'm missing something. IIRC the Red Top is fully sealed. But I might be wrong. My car has never had one of those tubes... Just making sure I'm not overlooking something since I'm by no means a battery expert.
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