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Old 01-24-2013, 02:33 PM   #16841
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I ordered shocks and tires for my truck, shocks get here tomorrow, then its all installed saturday...wooo, 1800$ down the drain assuming no front-end parts needed....
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Old 01-25-2013, 02:20 PM   #16842
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Old 01-25-2013, 03:23 PM   #16843
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today I installed my fan switch on my dash next to my radio. What do you guys think? Too ghetto? I like how I have control and easy access to it so I may leave it there permanently.

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Old 01-25-2013, 03:36 PM   #16844
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today I installed my fan switch on my dash next to my radio. What do you guys think? Too ghetto? I like how I have control and easy access to it so I may leave it there permanently.

I like it, but you need to label it "FAN" like they do in race cars. lol.

Did you end up just wiring it like mine, on and off?
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Old 01-25-2013, 05:03 PM   #16845
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yeah the wiring is just on and off. haven't touched it since the flat out event lol

I was going to label it but that means I can't tell people that its for nitrous or rocket boosters or something
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Old 01-26-2013, 01:21 AM   #16846
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Brad did you ever figure out what was wrong with the brakes (specifically the brake pedal feel) on your car? I know you replaced the booster...

I ask because I would really like to figure out why the brakes on my car feel like a suburban. When the engine is stopped you can pump the pedal and build up resistance, but when the engine is on the first 10-20% of pedal travel doesn't do much of anything.

Last summer at the track, as I pulled up at the paddock my pedal went to the floor and almost nothing happened. I was running racing brakes, racing fluid, good cooling, and street tires. I should not have boiled the fluid. Even if I did... I know what boiled fluid feels like. There is resistance but nothing happens. My pedal didn't have resistance. Its like the first 99% of pedal travel did nothing. But then when I got to the floor something weird happened, some loud metal noises came form the passenger front (I think, front of the car at least), and I ground to a halt.

I did some research and people have replaced their master cylinders and brake boosters and bled their systems and abs modules with the GT1 to no avail. Someone suggested there could be a problem with the calipers. My dad's Porsche has amazing brake pedal feel so maybe I should just get Brembos and call it a day

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Old 01-26-2013, 01:34 AM   #16847
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Before that DE I had Kendall do my pads and flush my fluid for Motul 600.

Weirdly, the brake pedal feel in the 330 was much more acceptable, and it at 20,000 more miles than my m3.
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Old 01-26-2013, 05:18 PM   #16848
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That sounds almost exactly the same as the issue I was having.

Has there ever been a time that you let your blake fluid resevoir run dry, or get so empty that air could have gotten into the master cylinder?

Like I mentioned, I was having similar issues so I called James and he asked me the above questions. Honestly I wasn't sure if I had or not but I listened to him and he recommend I do a reverse brake bleed using a brake bleeder gun. He told me that when air gets in the master cylinder it can't be bleed out the conventional way. A picture of the gun below.



You attached it to the bleeder screw on the caliper and force fluid through the lines, through the master cylinder, and into the resevoir. Forcing all the air out of the system.

I did this along with replacing my brake booster and my brakes were solid as hell. I would for sure do this bleeding method before I replaced any parts.
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Old 01-26-2013, 05:23 PM   #16849
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That's awesome news. Alot of people have said that replacing the booster didn't help much so I'll give that a try for sure!
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Old 01-26-2013, 05:24 PM   #16850
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Old 01-26-2013, 05:25 PM   #16851
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That's awesome news. Alot of people have said that replacing the booster didn't help much so I'll give that a try for sure!
I rented a gun (not that specific one) from a M3 forum member, I'll see if I can find the e-mails to get you in contact. I'm not gonna lie though, I may buy one in the near future, it is by far the best and most effecient way to bleed brakes.
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Old 01-26-2013, 07:21 PM   #16852
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Old 01-26-2013, 09:59 PM   #16853
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A pressure bleeder is the preferred way to bleed brakes on a deuce, and after reading it makes more sense than vacuum bleeding. I've never seen the reverse bleed method, but it makes a good bit of sense as well too.

Anybody pressure bleed bmw brakes? I can provide links sometime tomorrow if I remember....
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:51 PM   #16854
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A pressure bleeder is the preferred way to bleed brakes on a deuce, and after reading it makes more sense than vacuum bleeding. I've never seen the reverse bleed method, but it makes a good bit of sense as well too.

Anybody pressure bleed bmw brakes? I can provide links sometime tomorrow if I remember....
That's how I normally do it, I have the motive pressure bleeder but from what I was told it is not sufficient in bleeding air if it's trapped in the master clyinder. I believe it has something to do with the amount of pressure that can be used with out blowing the bleeder off the resevoir. I think with my motive bleeder they recommend keeping it below 25 psi.

With that said I normally use the pressure bleader and it works fine but when I had this issue that Andy is talking about I tried the pressure bleader about 3-4 times. I tried the banging on the caliper trick to remove any air trapped in there. I even tried manually bleeding them. The only thing that finally did the trick was the gun.

I don't think 25 psi is enough to force the valves open in the master clyinder. I think it has something to do with that.
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Old 01-27-2013, 01:19 PM   #16855
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so does anyone have one of those stupid obscure drag link sockets for the CPV they want to sell me?

email me; tnord42@hotmail.com

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Old 01-27-2013, 02:47 PM   #16856
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so does anyone have one of those stupid obscure drag link sockets for the CPV they want to sell me?

email me; tnord42@hotmail.com

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I bought a whole freaking set and i still couldnt get the darn thing out. Im not sure if it was beacuse my ss headers being in the way or what but i just didnt have the room. With my next e46 i will make sure and replace the damn thing if i ever change the headers.
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:27 PM   #16857
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it boggles my mind how they could bungle up something so simple as the style of fastener used for the CPV. why not just use a simple 12mm bolt head instead? why not one of your goofy BMW female torx heads? i guess they were too busy making sure the exhaust sounded as piss-poor as possible to think about something so trivial as this.
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:22 PM   #16858
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it boggles my mind how they could bungle up something so simple as the style of fastener used for the CPV. why not just use a simple 12mm bolt head instead? why not one of your goofy BMW female torx heads? i guess they were too busy making sure the exhaust sounded as piss-poor as possible to think about something so trivial as this.
Hahahaha not sh1t. A hex head would make it a breeze.
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Old 01-28-2013, 02:22 AM   #16859
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can't sleep. been reading up on m3's like I should.

http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=433319
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:48 AM   #16860
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How well are the SMG's holding up to added power?
I thought about posting this but wasn't sure if I was right. I read about it again so now imma tell ya

the e46 M3 and e39 M5 share the same transmission, except for the bellhousing. The smg and manual cas have the same transmission too, as you now know. The differences in the three seem to be all the external stuff like sensors and gear selector/shifter stuff.

the e39 m5 makes about 370lb/ft or torque, and it weighs over 4000 lbs.

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