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Old 05-02-2017, 11:43 PM   #1
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E46 drift setup: wheel speed sensor & handbrake beeper

G'day boys and girls! Continued from this thread right here, I will be putting my E46 on the road, but I'm also doing a closed-course drift skills day in about a months' time. e46fanatics has been an amazing source of information, so just wondering if anyone here has done the following things:

Andy Sapp wheel speed sensor disconnection. According to Mr Sapp, this is the best way to permanently isolate the ABS and stability control in these jiggers. Anyone done this mod?

Remove handbrake sensor switch (to get rid of horrible beeping!). Will I need to bridge the circuit, or just disconnected will it be fine? I know I can suss it by trial and error, but if anyone has any tips I'd appreciate it.

Clutch delay valve - does my 1999 E46 323i have one of these?

I've got a DrVanos rebuild kit arriving in the next few days, will be fitting that and giving the car a full top-to-bottom service in preparation for a bit of sidewards play! I'll be attempting to keep this weapon in great shape, but also going to enjoy tossing it around some orange cones.

Thanks kids!
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Old 05-03-2017, 01:23 AM   #2
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I can verify the abs and traction control by disconnecting a wheel sensor. My left rear wheel sensor went bad and abs and traction didn't work. By stock a clutch delay valve is added so you may want to go underneath and check to see if you have one. And finally, the hand brake has a single wire leading to it, though I forgot whether or not it needs to be grounded or ungrounded. Take a peek at yours and see if the wire is touching the metal at the lowest position. You'll know what i'm talking about when you see it. Good luck!
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Old 05-03-2017, 01:26 AM   #3
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I can verify the abs and traction control by disconnecting a wheel sensor. My left rear wheel sensor went bad and abs and traction didn't work. By stock a clutch delay valve is added so you may want to go underneath and check to see if you have one. And finally, the hand brake has a single wire leading to it, though I forgot whether or not it needs to be grounded or ungrounded. Take a peek at yours and see if the wire is touching the metal at the lowest position. You'll know what i'm talking about when you see it. Good luck!
You are a true gentleman! Thanks so much for all that info. I've got a saved link with info on removing the clutch delay valve, so I'll plop it up on the hoist at work and have a play! Cheers!
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Old 05-03-2017, 11:48 AM   #4
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Cdv is visible under the car, I took mine out and clamped the hose leading to
I didn't bleed it afterwards
Works fine
But i think your supposed to anyways

Goodluck with the driftbuild , plans for my 330 to turn into one. Went to parc and it was a blast but open diff is rip
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Old 05-03-2017, 05:51 PM   #5
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Cheers for that asianisafish! I have a spare diff coming, I'll be MIG-locking it and tossing it in for the play day.
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