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Old 10-30-2013, 06:44 AM   #23321
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I did mine with a hacksaw. Cut about 3.5 inches per end.

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Ignore the license plate trim. I need to get a delete strip.
I have mixed feelings on taking a hacksaw to my rack


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Old 10-30-2013, 07:53 AM   #23322
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Wrapped my ugly beige aka gold-ish interior trim in gloss black vinyl. Looks much better. May re-do it with some nicer stuff down the road if I still like it. Easy evening project.

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Old 10-30-2013, 09:03 AM   #23323
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Wrestled for hours with rusted exhaust manifold bolts.. Trying to do my flex joint and shifter refresh kit, two cracked sockets later I have two loosened bolts, one rounded bolt and 3 more still stuck on tight.. Lucky I have a spare e46 to drive to work in the morning while the WD40 sinks in.


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Old 10-30-2013, 10:50 AM   #23324
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Old 10-30-2013, 02:02 PM   #23325
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Wrestled for hours with rusted exhaust manifold bolts.. Trying to do my flex joint and shifter refresh kit, two cracked sockets later I have two loosened bolts, one rounded bolt and 3 more still stuck on tight.. Lucky I have a spare e46 to drive to work in the morning while the WD40 sinks in.


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Old 10-30-2013, 03:00 PM   #23326
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Old 10-30-2013, 03:02 PM   #23327
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That's what she said.
I've watched enough wheeler dealers to know "penetrating spray" on everything except exhaust... those need a torch.

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Old 10-30-2013, 03:39 PM   #23328
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I know mine's a 2004, but I was able to cleanly get the exhaust bolts off. Maybe I'm just lucky.
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Old 10-30-2013, 06:10 PM   #23329
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Got the used 3.0 engine with 56K miles from a donor 330i to replace the blown up 2.5 in my 325Ci. Looks great, no leaks, clean oil and coolant. The swap starts next weekend.
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Old 10-30-2013, 06:52 PM   #23330
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Got the used 3.0 engine with 56K miles from a donor 330i to replace the blown up 2.5 in my 325Ci. Looks great, no leaks, clean oil and coolant. The swap starts next weekend.
Should have put in an s54. It bolts right up to your transmission provided that it's a manual


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Old 10-30-2013, 07:37 PM   #23331
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Good idea and I thought about it. But I have an automatic, and the S54 was out of my price range.
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Old 10-30-2013, 07:50 PM   #23332
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I did mine with a hacksaw. Cut about 3.5 inches per end.

This is how it looks from the front




Ignore the license plate trim. I need to get a delete strip.
Clean!

Looks good, I'm going to wait until I get some kayaks, if it clears I will definitely trim them. Thanks for the advice!
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Old 10-30-2013, 08:12 PM   #23333
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Clean!

Looks good, I'm going to wait until I get some kayaks, if it clears I will definitely trim them. Thanks for the advice!
Thanks!

I got tired of all the close calls of nearly poking an eye out every time I bend down to load the baby into the car seat. My girl hated it too lol.
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Old 10-30-2013, 10:40 PM   #23334
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Old 10-31-2013, 12:16 AM   #23336
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Installed the st coilovers. Stiff ride, I'm scraping on a few things so I'll raise tomorrow. My front passenger wheel is really far in verses my driver side.. Not sure why. I did it by myself in 7 hours. I'm tired


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Wrestled for hours with rusted exhaust manifold bolts.. Trying to do my flex joint and shifter refresh kit, two cracked sockets later I have two loosened bolts, one rounded bolt and 3 more still stuck on tight.. Lucky I have a spare e46 to drive to work in the morning while the WD40 sinks in.


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Oh believe me I've been there... Took an electric saw. Used a can of blaster and wd40, head, a grinder. Breaker bar. Nothing. Let the shop have it because they have lifts.


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Old 10-31-2013, 09:22 AM   #23338
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Oh believe me I've been there... Took an electric saw. Used a can of blaster and wd40, head, a grinder. Breaker bar. Nothing. Let the shop have it because they have lifts.


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Ordered fuel pump, FSR, two fuel pump relays (same one as my turn signals that are acting up)

Boring but necessary.

Also, got a surprise $635 travel payment so I'm shopping for wheels/tires. Can't decide whether to spend $600 on the highly rated Falkens at america's tire and refinish my Hamann wheels myself, or find a used package off craigslist with better wheels for around the same price or a little more.

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