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Old 11-07-2007, 11:22 AM   #1
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Exclamation ** OFFICAL ** DIY collection thread

The OFFICIAL Best of the Best DIY Thread


Exterior


Sedan Rear Bumper Removal/Installation
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=358017

CF Roof Install
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=483306

Fender Rolling
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=598528

Complete M3 OEM Mirror Retrofit DIY for the E46 Sedan
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=675377

E46 M3 mirrors retrofit onto E46 sedans/wagons instructions
http://www.rogueengineering.com/Merc..._Code=E46M3MIR

Aerocatch hood pins into a Carbon Fiber hood
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=815415

Side Mirrors Cover Repair
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=812472

OEM M3 Rear Conversion- Sedan
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=824352


Interior


Hard wire a Parrot CK3100 without a harness - for those with after-market amps
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=1004809

Convertible Top Interior Trim Flap Repair
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=520323

Dash Removal / Replace
http://forum.E46Fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=628898

OEM illuminated gear knob installation
http://www.argyrides.eu/bmw/accessor...knob/shift.htm

Cluster LCD replacement
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=670689

Shift Style alcantara Shift Boot / Ebrake Boot install
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=786558
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=751751


Suspension/Brakes/Drive train/Engine



Secondary Air Pump & Valve
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=788796

CCV, DISA, ICV, Oil Separator
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=643639

Brake Rotors and Pads
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=410638

Oil Level Sensor
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=366659

Front Control Arm Bushing (FCAB)
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=140066

Front Control Arms
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=421918

PowerFlex Rear Trailing Arm Bushing RTAB DIY
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=678004

Replacing Rear Differential Bushings Mounts
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=521636

5 to 6 Speed Swap
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=574363

neil1138's 5 Speed Swap - Great information on the parts and process of the swap
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=659314

Power Steering Pump
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=575499

UUC Under Drive Pulley Install
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=483472

EMP Stewart Water Pump + Expansion Tank + Deflector Pullies + Coolant Flush
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=634490

Differential Swap
http://bokchoys.com/differential/diy_diff.htm

02 Simulator install
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=654222

Installing Adjustable Lower Control Arms
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=675565

Intake boot replacement
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=754766


Lighting


Angle Eye Install
http://www.fastm.com/m3/angeleyes.html

Corner / Parking Light Delete
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=278132

Corner / Parking Light Delete - without risking damage
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=694015

Taking your headlight apart (excludes facelift coupes)
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=609558

Headlight removal for facelifted coupe
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=639475

Changing Xenon Bulbs on 04+ coupe
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...66#post8288566

Changing Xenon Bulbs on all e46 models (except 04-06 coupes)
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=609544

Gauge cluster led replacement
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=988690

Installing LED interior lights
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=640683

Head Light lens refinish
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=586338

Quad Bi-Xenon conversion
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=895209


Electronics/ICE/Stereo



Z8 Engine Start Button Install
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=754689

Parrot Bluetooth using Connects2
http://www.bokchoys.com/differential..._bluetooth.htm

OEM Navigation Retrofit Guide
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=203145

Build Your Own Paddle Shift Kit
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=56234

Build Your Own Paddle Shift Kit - For an X5
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=63211

BMW 16:9 Widescreen NAV Retrofit
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=121982

Carputer
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=409009


Maintenance


Inspection II walk through
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=109846

Valve Cover Gasket Replacement
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=886063

Spark Plug Replacement
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=886035

Fuel Filter
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=265683

Oil and Engine Service Light Reset for 99-00 e46 - OBD I
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=145270

Post-Cat O2 Sensors + Pre-Cat O2 Sensors
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=293116

Camshaft Sensor
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...ghlight=sensor
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...ghlight=sensor
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...sensor+exhaust

ATF Flush
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=438667

Coolant Flush
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...ht=coolant+DIY

Belt Replacement
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=522832

Blower fan
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=418987

Rear Wheel Bearing on the Cheap
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=581164

E46 Front Wheel Bearings
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=610725

Manual Transmission Fluid Change
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=491209

Oil Change
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=483444


General/Stuff that didn't fit into any other category


Window Regulators
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=104035
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=356847

Rim/Wheel Curb Rash Repair
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=556806

A bunch of DIYs
http://bimmerinfo.com/diy/

Airbag light - Seat Belt Pretensioner
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=565806

Final Stage Resistor
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showpos...34&postcount=7

Lock Beep - hear a beep when you lock your E46 BMW without the alarm
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=687303



PM me links you think should be added to the thread (give me a couple days to reply to your PM - I'm slow).

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Old 12-18-2007, 10:38 PM   #2
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Old 01-24-2008, 02:05 PM   #3
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looking for a DIY on interior trim removal.
nevermind, i found it.
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Can you find a DIY on how to make the windows go down with the key?







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Old 02-11-2008, 11:50 AM   #5
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inspection II walkthrough DIY is a dead llink
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Old 02-27-2008, 01:11 PM   #6
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link worked fine for me? fixed problem?
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Old 02-27-2008, 02:31 PM   #7
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Old 02-28-2008, 11:21 AM   #8
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tim, i think the differential bushing replacement thread is worthy too.
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Old 02-28-2008, 03:24 PM   #9
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Old 03-21-2008, 12:17 PM   #11
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Great thread!! Free bump for new fanatics!!
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Old 03-24-2008, 05:39 PM   #12
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The Window Regulators DIY links goes to Inspection II DIY.
I cant see the Window regulator fix anywhere there.

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e46 single DIN dvd player install..........would really appreciate this.....I know how to do most of it except for the wiring, i know i need antenna adaptor, pac swi jack, pac oem-2, and factory plug adapter....but i have no clue on how to wire these all together?
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