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Old 11-28-2012, 07:12 PM   #14121
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I have some decent photos of before but I haven't shot any interior photos recently. I'll have to do it. My M3 wheel isn't perfect, but it's got just enough wear to match the rest of my interior which I am damn proud of at 132k:



And damn right about the transmission! Once I pick up a beater e30 it will only be a matter of time
I really want to pick up a beater Miata for my spare car and swap my 330Ci to a manual when the auto starts getting older. Then I will turn the miata into an autocross machine.
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:14 PM   #14122
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I must agree. You aren't going to notice your car fade into having shitty shocks anyway. It happens too progressively. You don't get in your car one day and think "wow my shocks just blew". You will only know exactly how bad they were after you replace them .
If you ever come to SoCal, I will touch you (for this statement)

and i'll probably sock you for other statements you've made.
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:22 PM   #14123
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:23 PM   #14124
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If you ever come to SoCal, I will touch you (for this statement)

and i'll probably sock you for other statements you've made.
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:23 PM   #14125
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If you ever come to SoCal, I will touch you (for this statement)

and i'll probably sock you for other statements you've made.
You can touch me with your right and punch me with your left.

I'm glad we can get a little heated but then get over it and get back to business later.

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Old 11-28-2012, 07:29 PM   #14126
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:34 PM   #14127
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:37 PM   #14128
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It's more of a guideline.


BUT I received my Wahler Thermostat today. Waiting on my coolant and hardware from Tischer...

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Old 11-28-2012, 07:38 PM   #14129
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it's more of a guideline.


But i received my wahler thermostat today. Waiting on my coolant and hardware from tischer...
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:43 PM   #14130
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:47 PM   #14131
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Is that sarcasm?
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:53 PM   #14132
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Is that sarcasm?
I bought it for my e36 m3 today
Lol, yeah. It wasn't towards you. More towards the strut/shock argument.

Grats on the new headers though
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Old 11-29-2012, 01:29 AM   #14133
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Pulled the rear seat out to prepare for my new one. Question, is it ok to take out all of that material behind the seat back with the BMW logo on it? That's where the crayon smell is coming from in my car.
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Old 11-29-2012, 01:31 AM   #14134
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Pulled the rear seat out to prepare for my new one. Question, is it ok to take out all of that material behind the seat back with the BMW logo on it? That's where the crayon smell is coming from in my car.
Get some sound deadening mat before you do that.
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:05 AM   #14135
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Old 11-29-2012, 12:28 PM   #14136
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Old 11-29-2012, 12:45 PM   #14137
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How have you concluded your shocks are "fine"? Because your wheels aren't hopping around like old cadillacs? You've defied even Sachs's service expectations there, bud Your shocks are completely blown three times over (at the very least) likely five times over. As you say, shocks/struts don't have an on/off switch, they begin to degrade as the internal sealing doesn't do its job. I would say around 30,000 miles, stock Sachs-Boge struts/shocks are starting to heavily degrade and performance will be compromised.

The information is for those who will use it correctly. If you choose to not use my information, fine. Don't.

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lol at this. How have you concluded your shocks are "heavily degraded" by 30k miles? Have you ever seen a car with actual blown shocks? The car doesn't have to be hopping, but if my shocks were completely blown it would be. I'd be able to push on a fender and have it bounce. By all means though, continue to blow your cash on stuff you don't need, doesn't bother me at all

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Old 11-29-2012, 12:53 PM   #14138
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lol at this. How have you concluded your shocks are "heavily degraded" by 30k miles? Have you ever seen a car with actual blown shocks? The car doesn't have to be hopping, but if my shocks were completely blown it would be. I'd be able to push on a fender and have it bounce. By all means though, continue to blow your cash on stuff you don't need, doesn't bother me at all

Debate ended, now onward with productivity...

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Honestly not trying to brag, but you haven't been doing your reading. I've done more suspension rebuilds on BMWs this year alone than you've likely done your entire life. This is consensus within the inner BMW community. I don't need to prove anything to you. Just mind your words.

And no if your shocks were completely blown, your BMW wouldn't "hop." Since our cars are stiffly sprung, there's a great deal of support for the wheel and that's why BMW driver's don't replace their shocks/struts. Under even spirited driving, the car feels "fine." Beefy swaybars and springs still offer plenty of control without the need for shocks. (and theoretically, struts)

I could completely remove your rear shocks without you knowing and I guarantee you that you would keep on driving and never notice. I'd say the same for the struts but that is not technically possible.

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Old 11-29-2012, 01:08 PM   #14139
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Since I car remove my shocks and not even notice, that's even less reason to replace them prematurely! I won't get into personal attacks on who has more automotive experience or a bigger epeen. So now once again, although I'm sure you'll add another $.02. Debate ended, back on topic...
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Old 11-29-2012, 01:22 PM   #14140
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Go drive another E46 with a refreshed suspension and you'll see what Mango is talking about. The difference is noticeable.
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