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Old 04-10-2012, 12:55 AM   #81
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being on e46 for THIS long i can't think of many threads that are this informative and well documented, well done sir. i will definitely be checking back to see your progress, glad to see someone who really knows what they're doing sharing their knowledge
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Old 04-10-2012, 04:01 PM   #82
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Thanks guys I work at home for most stuff cause it's simple I do more complex stuff at work. Plus its a pain in the ass to get my car on the lift at work now... lol Gonna make myself some custom wood blocks to drive on.

Change of plans on the wheels! The style 37's were out I stock so I got some Beyern Bavaria's Forged 18x10 et 20 all around

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Old 04-10-2012, 05:15 PM   #83
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:25 PM   #84
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Thanks guys I work at home for most stuff cause it's simple I do more complex stuff at work. Change of plans on the wheels! The style 37's were out I stock so I got some Beyern Bavaria's Forged 18x10 et 20 all around

do you do side jobs? i may have something i need your help with
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:53 PM   #85
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So I changed my spark plugs

My car has 82k on it and man did it need it! BMW says to change spark plugs in 100k intervals but I recommend doing it in 60k intervals. I just got my car so I did not have it to change them at 60k. My car had NGK plugs in it, I went with the Bosch plugs, because they we're a bit cheaper and are very comparable to the NGK plugs. I dont have a supercharger or need anything fancy that is why I'm not as concerned. Plus We install NGK and Bosch plugs in all of our cars so Its no different than the dealer changing the plugs.

The Bosch Part Number is: FGR7DQP-6

I picked them up from my local Auto Zone cause they had them in stock, the same plugs you find on ECS Tuning:

http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-325...tion/ES240578/

I noticed immediatly after installing them that my fuel economy has improved, under same driving conditions. Its no surprise considering the way my old plugs looked!

I had a intermittent thermostat fault which would cause my car to run a little cooler, which in turn made it run a little richer, hence the darker plugs.





My old Spark Plugs after 82k!!






A comparison between the Bosch and the NGK Plugs, Very Similiar.




Not much to say about installing spark plugs. I know there are DIY's out there for it, so I didnt get to in to it but a few things to note are:

-How Tight?
Always remove and install plugs by hand tools ONLY, never use electric or air tools. Going to tight can damage the threads in your head, and also crack the porcelain of the spark plug. I believe spec for these plugs is 23nm or so. Think about how much leverage you are using. After the plug is hand tight, pull out a ratchet and slowely tighten the spark plug. You will be able to feel the crush washer of the spark plug compress and bottom out. Its tricky but this is a great skill for all techs. Learning how tight you are torquing things without a torque wrench, though it is never a replacement for a torque wrench, it is useful for less particular engine components ex. (Brackets, valve cover hardware, ect.) Once you feel the crush washer bottum out, give it a good snug. Thats alll you need.

-Anti-Seize?
Most people dont ever put anti-seize on their spark plug threads but it makes it easier to remove and install spark plugs without damaging the threads in the head as well as help you ACCURATELY torque them in. So I take a little general anti-seize and dab it on the threads making a little line down one side of the plug. As you thread the plug in, the anti-seize will make its way around the whole plug. Take care not to get any anti-seize near the electrodes or tip of the plug.





Well Thats all for now. Now I'm just waiting for the wheels and tires to come in.


Here's a little pic, I took today at work.

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Just got my flush mount valve stems in the mail, I'll post picks tomorrow.. For those who don't have them, need to get em, they are awesome! Tires come in tomorrow and rims on Wednesday!
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When are you doing a write up on the flex disc and center support bearing? i cant recall if you have already, if you havent i'd love to see you do one.
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Tires are here

Achillies ATR Sports 215/35/18

I love the way these tires look, way happy with them, cant wait to get them on my wheels! $72 bucks a piece at OnlineTires.com!








I also thought I'd take some pics of the flush mount valve stems!






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Those are awesome, what did you use for width and ratio? I'm afraid I don't really understand enough about wheel selection to answer, I'm hoping to be going with 18" by 8.0 - 8.5 width? Width will be the same? Or?
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Tires are here

Achillies ATR Sports 215/35/18

I love the way these tires look, way happy with them, cant wait to get them on my wheels! $72 bucks a piece at OnlineTires.com!








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Old 04-13-2012, 08:38 PM   #91
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I've used Achillies ATR Sports (19") for 2 years straight. The best stretch for the bang! way better than my nittos.
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A. Volpe (lovebeinguseless) is the most detail oriented individual in the world.
he is also the man. end of story.
props on your progress buddy. thanks for helping me make my 20th a.e perfect
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i had atr sports on my old jetta. i liked them a lot. definitely great especially for all the more they cost!
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Sorry if I missed it but what size wheels are those achilles tires going on?

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Sorry if I missed it but what size wheels are those achilles tires going on?

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Its on page 4 of my thread, lol. I ordered some Forged Beyern Bavaria's 18x10 et 20 all around. Should be here in the next couple days!
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So these cheap archilles tires...

How are they in the wet?
How do they handle?
Are they noisy on the HWY?
Who is their parent company, if any?
How well do they take rough roads. Will they bust and flex easy and damage my rims or do they like the stretch?

$72 a pop sounds real good. 19s shouldn't be too much more.
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So these cheap archilles tires...

How are they in the wet?
How do they handle?
Are they noisy on the HWY?
Who is their parent company, if any?
How well do they take rough roads. Will they bust and flex easy and damage my rims or do they like the stretch?

$72 a pop sounds real good. 19s shouldn't be too much more.
Well, once I get them mounted up and drive them in all said conditions. I will let you know.
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