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Old 05-06-2013, 09:18 PM   #18801
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Don't scare me like that! I need to do mine :/
When people say leave 8 hours to do it, they mean it. I took stuff off for an hour and didn't get close. Can't even see or get to it without tearing apart half the engine. Ridiculous.

I can pull the rear suspension or put in an engine in half the time it takes to do this damn CCV.

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Old 05-06-2013, 09:20 PM   #18802
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When people say leave 8 hours to do it, they mean it. I took stuff off for an hour and didn't get close. Can't even see or get to it without tearing apart half the engine. Ridiculous.
What would be avg price from an Indy for this job?
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:34 PM   #18803
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When people say leave 8 hours to do it, they mean it. I took stuff off for an hour and didn't get close. Can't even see or get to it without tearing apart half the engine. Ridiculous.

I can pull the rear suspension or put in an engine in half the time it takes to do this damn CCV.
I did it on a friend's and it took me the full 8. It was an hour alone just trying to connect the forward hose through the intake manifold to the separator. I'm glad my car doesn't have one.


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Old 05-06-2013, 10:24 PM   #18804
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Took it to get a Euro bumper installed.
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Old 05-06-2013, 10:29 PM   #18805
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What would be avg price from an Indy for this job?
I'd image close to $3-400 for parts and labor.
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Old 05-06-2013, 11:06 PM   #18806
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Attempted to install my new FSU...really fast shipping from Pelican, but damn I'm stuck figuring how the hell to get that duct out of the way. Otherwise it was smooth, but back breaking work.
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Old 05-06-2013, 11:10 PM   #18807
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Attempted to install my new FSU...really fast shipping from Pelican, but damn I'm stuck figuring how the hell to get that duct out of the way. Otherwise it was smooth, but back breaking work.
It seems like you're going to break it, but you just gotta push/pull a little harder to be honest. It's not easy to get out. Try various angles and whatnot.
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Old 05-06-2013, 11:33 PM   #18808
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It seems like you're going to break it, but you just gotta push/pull a little harder to be honest. It's not easy to get out. Try various angles and whatnot.
Okay I'll try haha, I give up...cut myself
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Old 05-07-2013, 07:14 AM   #18809
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When people say leave 8 hours to do it, they mean it. I took stuff off for an hour and didn't get close. Can't even see or get to it without tearing apart half the engine. Ridiculous.

I can pull the rear suspension or put in an engine in half the time it takes to do this damn CCV.
In an hour I had everything removed. I haven't started putting everything back together though.

I always get nervous because I hear insane predictions like 8 hours for CCV, 2 hours for steering coupler and it didn't take me anywhere near that amount
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:12 AM   #18810
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Well in the last week I've lost then found my keys, almost lost my Tax disc (luckily it feel between the glass and dash) and yesterday my Peugeot 206 managed to get a flat Tyre, so now I have no cars on the road as waiting to get my pulley for my E46
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:41 AM   #18811
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:10 AM   #18812
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In an hour I had everything removed. I haven't started putting everything back together though.

I always get nervous because I hear insane predictions like 8 hours for CCV, 2 hours for steering coupler and it didn't take me anywhere near that amount
It kind of depends on if the car is being stubborn. The steering coupler should only take an hour really, but some people's get stuck. I couldn't get my new one back on until I unlocked the steering wheel and let it slip one spline over. I imagine the CCV will have several of these unforeseen trouble areas.
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:23 AM   #18813
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The steering coupler should only take an hour really, but some people's get stuck. I couldn't get my new one back on until I unlocked the steering wheel and let it slip one spline over.
Steering coupler takes an hour, its more of a tight working space its like two torx bolts, iirc 8mm works and a good wack at the coupler.
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:32 AM   #18814
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Okay I'll try haha, I give up...cut myself
It is a little scary to pull on the center console but the duct will slide out and give you access to the module.
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:40 AM   #18815
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Wasn't today was last weekend. Installed new trans. Installed new lca front and adjustable rear. Installed coilivers sittin a bit too low but have not adjusted yet. Filled shifter rod with lead. This week new kicks. Adjust suspension. Unfortunatly i lost my freakin phone while fixing a buddys jeep. So All photos are lost.
Oh forgot also replaced radiator.expansion tank and starter. Not bad for a weekend!!
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:58 AM   #18816
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Steering coupler takes an hour, its more of a tight working space its like two torx bolts, iirc 8mm works and a good wack at the coupler.
8mm ratcheting box wrench was my secret for that job. The bolts were easy. Getting the thing off and on was hard. I used a huge flat head screwdriver and a rubber mallet to get the old one off.
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Old 05-07-2013, 10:21 AM   #18817
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Filled shifter rod with lead.
Filling your shifter rod with lead was the dumbest thing you could do. Have fun damaging your synchros when you slam your gears in. Not to mention your hurting your shift input bushing which has severly degraded by this point. Just buy a z4 or e60 m5 shift rod if you already spent all that money. This is how you should fix your shift linkage. http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=900208
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Old 05-07-2013, 10:34 AM   #18818
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Maybe so. The reason for the trans replacement was the jackwagon that owned the car before me trashed the 2nd gear syncros. Actually it slides into gear pretty well so i dont have to "slam" my gears. It was a free mod from another site figured what the hell. Trans comes out easy enough if i dont like it.

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Old 05-07-2013, 10:39 AM   #18819
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Old 05-07-2013, 10:52 AM   #18820
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8mm ratcheting box wrench was my secret for that job. The bolts were easy. Getting the thing off and on was hard. I used a huge flat head screwdriver and a rubber mallet to get the old one off.
Manuvering the steering shaft was the worst part.

I know the CSB is going to give me problems. I'm also dumbfounded at how my Guibo has arrows pointing in BOTH directions.
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