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Old 05-07-2013, 10:57 AM   #18821
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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.
You know that UUC and RE both make weighted selector rods right? On E36s it was common to wrap the selector rod with lead tape as I remember.

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Old 05-07-2013, 11:03 AM   #18822
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You know that UUC and RE both make weighted selector rods right? On E36s it was common to wrap the selector rod with lead tape as I remember.

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My point. I got the site info from an e36 m owner. I just modified the free mod by using wheel weights and a torch melted it down and poured it in. Maybe a bad idea with the known weak syncros maybe not.

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Old 05-07-2013, 12:25 PM   #18823
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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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Increasing the weight of the selector rod leads to easier shifting from the user, this often leads to the driver using to much weight leading to damaging synchros.

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You know that UUC and RE both make weighted selector rods right? On E36s it was common to wrap the selector rod with lead tape as I remember.

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I do know UUC and RE both make weighted selector rods, along with there being a variety of options for weighted shift knobs. I still believe that most on this forum will damage their synchros because they are careless shifting.

I also don't see why you wouldn't replace the shift input bushing first. That is the number one contributor to poor shifter feel.
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Old 05-07-2013, 02:19 PM   #18824
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All this talk of people playing with their rods is making me excited.

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Old 05-07-2013, 02:33 PM   #18825
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Increasing the weight of the selector rod leads to easier shifting from the user, this often leads to the driver using to much weight leading to damaging synchros.



I do know UUC and RE both make weighted selector rods, along with there being a variety of options for weighted shift knobs. I still believe that most on this forum will damage their synchros because they are careless shifting.

I also don't see why you wouldn't replace the shift input bushing first. That is the number one contributor to poor shifter feel.
The number one feeling to poor shifter feel in our cars, at least for the S5D320z ZF unit, are the infamous shifter detent pins. I would say if you have this unit, don't bother with shifter upgrades unless this job is completed
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Old 05-07-2013, 02:37 PM   #18826
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Replaced the Differential Pinion Seal, flushed diff and replaced 5 power steering hoses as well as flush the power steering system.

Steering feels like new, and the diff is a lot more happy
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Old 05-07-2013, 02:41 PM   #18827
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Replaced the Differential Pinion Seal, flushed diff and replaced 5 power steering hoses as well as flush the power steering system.

Steering feels like new, and the diff is a lot more happy
great work. thats the way to do it.
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Old 05-07-2013, 03:03 PM   #18828
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Replaced the (probably original) fuel pump, which finally gave up the ghost at 141K mi. Replaced the fuel filter and tank seal too.

The $$ I saved doing some earlier DIYs from this site paid for the labor on this one after having AAA tow the car into the shop.
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Old 05-07-2013, 04:48 PM   #18829
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Finally got the last CEL turned off... Fault code D8 the Leak Detection Pump reed switch not open issue. It turned out to be the vacuum line from the Fuel breather valve to the throttle body was disconnected. Also found that one of the grommets under the VCG was missing which contributed to the vacuum leak as well. I believe this is the first time in 5 months I don't have a CEL illuminated in my E46. Thank you Benchmark Motors, you fixed the only issue that stumped me for the last couple of months.
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Old 05-07-2013, 04:56 PM   #18830
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I cannot believe how challenging it was replacing the vacuum hose on the Vacuum Control Switch. There was a little residue from the old hose and it was impossible to get a firm hold on it let alone see it. I ended up removing the plate that holds the cabin air filter, got frustrated, took a short break and then it slide on within minutes. What a day, I hope to never reach that point again. After clearing the codes, I took it for a drive and watched it roll past 120K and I fell in love with her again.
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Old 05-07-2013, 06:35 PM   #18831
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Old 05-07-2013, 06:58 PM   #18832
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I installed these roof racks I bought on Craigslist.
Nice going skiing anytime soon? They look good and I hope you took them off after they fit properly. This is the best time to buy roof racks imo. Good purchase.
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:42 PM   #18833
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Well nothing today yet, but gonna need to change valve cover gaskets in the morning before going to Syracuse to pick up a CSL trunk and hopefully installing that after!
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:45 PM   #18834
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It's from fleabay so it's nothing crazy and it's not the traditional tri stitch that I've seen.
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:57 PM   #18835
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It's from fleabay so it's nothing crazy and it's not the traditional tri stitch that I've seen.
The carbon fiber cloth looks horrible why not just vinyl wrap it?
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:09 PM   #18836
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It's from fleabay so it's nothing crazy and it's not the traditional tri stitch that I've seen.
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:17 PM   #18837
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Nice going skiing anytime soon? They look good and I hope you took them off after they fit properly. This is the best time to buy roof racks imo. Good purchase.
Thanks! No skiing, but sometimes I have to carry stuff that doesn't fit
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:28 PM   #18838
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Finally got the last CEL turned off... Fault code D8 the Leak Detection Pump reed switch not open issue. It turned out to be the vacuum line from the Fuel breather valve to the throttle body was disconnected. Also found that one of the grommets under the VCG was missing which contributed to the vacuum leak as well. I believe this is the first time in 5 months I don't have a CEL illuminated in my E46. Thank you Benchmark Motors, you fixed the only issue that stumped me for the last couple of months.
were you getting P0171 P0174 lean codes because of the missing grommet? I ask this because I am getting these codes after replacing my VANOS seals last weekend. I had a grommet that was still on when I re-installed the cover so when i tightened it, I'm almost sure I cracked the cover (causing a vac leak, and the lean codes)
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:30 PM   #18839
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It's from fleabay so it's nothing crazy and it's not the traditional tri stitch that I've seen.
That trim needs help
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:30 PM   #18840
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Well nothing today yet, but gonna need to change valve cover gaskets in the morning before going to Syracuse to pick up a CSL trunk and hopefully installing that after!
Are you going to see AdamE46 ??
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