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Old 12-30-2012, 06:02 AM   #621
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Just had another look. Yes. I can see it now. Just my gozzy eyes. Just got up. Coffee next.
It's starting to look hairy to my tired eyes, which is probably my cue to go to bed.
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Old 01-25-2013, 05:49 PM   #622
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Finished up a Z3 steering rack swap in an E30 325i last night. More stuff to come this weekend!
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Finished up a Z3 steering rack swap in an E30 325i last night. More stuff to come this weekend!
Awesome. Non-m, I assume? Do those use lock plates? I never understood why E46s don't use lock plates.
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Old 01-25-2013, 06:13 PM   #624
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Awesome. Non-m, I assume? Do those use lock plates? I never understood why E46s don't use lock plates.
Yep.
You mean the tie rod lock plates like the E30 has? I didn't check the Z3 rack since it came with new tie rods and boots already attached, but they should have lock plates.

The later models install different since you can torque the tie rod assembly to the rock. That's harder to do with the design of the previous generations so lock plates are the way to go.
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Yep.
You mean the tie rod lock plates like the E30 has? I didn't check the Z3 rack since it came with new tie rods and boots already attached, but they should have lock plates.

The later models install different since you can torque the tie rod assembly to the rock. That's harder to do with the design of the previous generations so lock plates are the way to go.
If it's your car, I'd probably pull the boots (zip ties) just to be sure theres lock plates. (Just my opinion)

And AFAIK, both early and later tierods both have a similar design so both need to be "torqued" regardless. I could be wrong though. What's the specific difference?
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Damn Z3 non-m steering rack. That must be short as hell compared to the M3 one.
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:39 PM   #629
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If it's your car, I'd probably pull the boots (zip ties) just to be sure theres lock plates. (Just my opinion)

And AFAIK, both early and later tierods both have a similar design so both need to be "torqued" regardless. I could be wrong though. What's the specific difference?
Not mine, but that doesn't make a difference. It's a remanufactured assembly and was assembled for a specE30 car, so I have some faith in the components.

Don't get me wrong - you should torque the older style tie rods, too. It's just harder to apply a lot of torque without damaging them. The ends where they screw into the rack, i.e. where you put a wrench, are shaped differently. E30s, e.g., have a 75 Nm torque spec and E46 M3s require 110 Nm. I would feel safer with lock plates regardless, but BMW decided they weren't necessary.

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Damn Z3 non-m steering rack. That must be short as hell compared to the M3 one.
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today was an install of a new VCG, spark plugs and ignition coils (all of which were original, never been changed)

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Yep, was a great day of garagewerke.

In addition to replacing Kyle's very worn out VCG, spark plugs, and coils:
-Fixed Kyle's falling lower steering column trim (loose expanding rivet)
-Changed Kyle's engine oil and reset the oil service light
-Fixed Rick's trunk lock, which wouldn't open with the key
-Changed Rick's cabin air and engine intake filters
-Installed a new ambient temperature sensor on my beater M3
-Cleaned up another section of the garage with quite a bit of help from Kyle

Also set up some new shelving in the garage yesterday with Miles's help. That opened up quite a bit of space for a large delivery of parts that should be coming in soon.
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Just a couple of pics from today. Spark plugs were just destroyed but the engine didn't have much sludge or bad wear, which was a surprise being that it was on the old plugs/coils/and I have never done anything to it.

And I changed Rick's air filter cabin
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And I changed Rick's air filter cabin
Those plugs were terrible, haha. Hopefully you'll get a little bump from the new ignition components.

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Not mine, but that doesn't make a difference. It's a remanufactured assembly and was assembled for a specE30 car, so I have some faith in the components.

Don't get me wrong - you should torque the older style tie rods, too. It's just harder to apply a lot of torque without damaging them. The ends where they screw into the rack, i.e. where you put a wrench, are shaped differently. E30s, e.g., have a 75 Nm torque spec and E46 M3s require 110 Nm. I would feel safer with lock plates regardless, but BMW decided they weren't necessary.







Yeah, no kidding, lol.
Makes sense. I wonder if non-M and ///M tierods have the same 110 nm torque requirement? (hard to look up now that TIS is down and I don't remember)
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makes sense. I wonder if non-m and ///m tierods have the same 110 nm torque requirement? (hard to look up now that tis is down and i don't remember)
100-110 Nm for non-M E46s, IIRC.
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Very busy day of work on an LCI E90 328i today:
-Retrofitted sport steering wheel with paddle shifters
-Installed wireless transmitters for a backup camera
-Tried replacing side mirror housings with M3-style CF housings, but found out they're only for pre-LCI cars. :/
-Removed wheel spacers and replaced 90mm wheel studs with 75mm studs

The owner had also reported that the car had recently started pulling left on hard braking. I discovered that the rear wheel carrier wasn't being located correctly by the track strut, which was causing the rear wheel to toe out. Apparently the bolt had backed out because the threads in the wheel carrier were stripped out during a suspension installation. Time-sert kit is on the way.
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-Tried replacing side mirror housings with M3-style CF housings, but found out they're only for pre-LCI cars. :/
-Removed wheel spacers and replaced 90mm wheel studs with 75mm studs

The owner had also reported that the car had recently started pulling left on hard braking. I discovered that the rear wheel carrier wasn't being located correctly by the track strut, which was causing the rear wheel to toe out. Apparently the bolt had backed out because the threads in the wheel carrier were stripped out during a suspension installation. Time-sert kit is on the way.
some crazy good work there!
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Sunday was another full day of garagewerke. I was back at it on Rick's 323ci refreshing all sorts of things that are broken:
-Drilled out and replaced the passenger door card speaker grille
-Replaced missing plastic rivets and stripped torx screws in both front door cards
-Replaced a missing bump stop for the trunk lid
-Adjusted both trunk lid stops and the trunk lid lock latch (sometimes the electric release would double tap because the lid wouldn't pop up enough to release)
-Installed new trunk lid liner expanding rivets
-Adjusted door handles to open with less effort
-Raised rear suspension
-Replaced missing side skirt expanding rivets

It looks like the power steering pump will also need replacement along with the high pressure hose.
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Finally installed the Time-sert in the E90 that was here over the weekend (as above). The repair is nice and solid and saved the owner from having to replace the entire rear wheel carrier.
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