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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 Sat, Jul-28-2018, 07:25:57 PM   #1
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Default DIY Wrenchers Unite

Letís talk about macgyver tricks and best practices that make garage life easier. Iíve thought about this during some different projects and would like to see what kind of garage creativity is out there.

E46 M3 Toolkit - in progress
6,8,10,11-19mm shallow sockets 3/8Ē
8,10,13mm deep sockets 3/8Ē
17mm hazel wheel lug .5Ē
3/8 ratchet
.5Ē ratchet
5,Allen sockets
T25,30,35,40,50 sockets


As of right now Iím gonna say having my tools on a roller has been awesome. Iím gonna buy a $15 harbor freight dolly to get this lower and more Permanent.



Iím huge on safety because it allows me to take more risks. I get my car on jack stands and use my tires at all four corners of the frame rail. Additionally I use my winter tires under my subframes double stacked.


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Cool thread. I would have to say my Hockey Puck Jack Pads. They work great and less likely to slip beings they are hard rubber material. And it only cost $10.





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Here are most of my "special" tools. Some of them are very simple but are so useful like a small flat head screwdriver - can't tell you how often I use it. Forgot to put out the power steering line disconnect tool as someone else later mentions. I also have a second jack, a scissor jack, that is very helpful for raising the wheel hubs when doing suspension/brake work. Also not pictured are C-clamps I use to push caliper pistons back in. There's a drag link socket that I ground down to fit the CPV, there's a set of 10mm-18mm wrenches that I ground down to 3/16" thick which are great for places like swaybar endlinks! Sparkplug and O2 sensor sockets are perfect for our front struts (If you don't have impact drill) so you can both turn the nut and hold the shaft.




I also always have extra clips, push rivets, screws, nuts, washers all BMW specific that I or someone else always seems to need once you get in there!

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Canít believe you wasted a perfectly good hockey puck! Lol




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Yep killed them suckers!
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As long as you promise not to call them "hacks."

Park bicycle tools make a number of great slim wrenches that can get into places ordinary wrenches can't, such as sway bar end links.

Lego tools are indestructible and plastic so they're good for trim removal (think roundel replacement).
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As long as you promise not to call them "hacks."

Park bicycle tools make a number of great slim wrenches that can get into places ordinary wrenches can't, such as sway bar end links.

Lego tools are indestructible and plastic so they're good for trim removal (think roundel replacement).
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When I cross threaded my timing chain tensioner I ended up ďmachiningĒ a m26-1.5 bolt with a few files, a micrometer and a hand drill.

I micíd my chain tensioner and used the bolt in a regular drill on the file to get it close. For the last bit I used a thread file to get the threads nice and deep.

I cleaned the threads by inverse threading the bolt a bunch of times. Iím really proud of this one and would definitely lend it out if anyone needs it.


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