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Old 04-13-2008, 07:22 PM   #61
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Where is this supposed to mount? I see where it gets plugged into for both vaccum and electrical but how does it get mounted???

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Old 04-13-2008, 07:22 PM   #62
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i cant remember - but arent those wires too bundled???

referring to the wires loomed, taped and zip tied
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Old 04-13-2008, 07:28 PM   #63
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I will do a dry mount first.....I believe I have plenty slack with all the individual wires.......Might be the camera angle. All the individual connections are not in that picture, I have them out of the way. You can actually see one label in the right hand side of the picture, all other connections reach the master cylinder bay. Shortest one is the ICV which still should be plenty long
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Old 04-13-2008, 07:29 PM   #64
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And where does this mount??

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This gives you a better perspective of the length of each connection, the shortest is the ICV.



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I did but I don't know that it's essential. Cleaning the existing ICV may be plenty. I went new because I wanted extra insurance against having to pull the manifold again any time soon to fix an old part that had failed.

Mine looks clean, extremely clean.......Would it really be necessary to pull the entire manifold off if the ICV fails in the future??
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Mine looks clean, extremely clean.......Would it really be necessary to pull the entire manifold off if the ICV fails in the future??
Removing the manifold would most likely be the easiest way. Look at your pics, getting to it from underneath would be a nightmare.
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Removing the manifold would most likely be the easiest way. Look at your pics, getting to it from underneath would be a nightmare.
It doesn't look too bad here, provided I could access the clamps to the ICV
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I just zip tied both those pictured items to the closest hose or bundle of wires I could find so they wouldn't move around. They dont have an actual mounting point like they did on the stock manifold.
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What do you guys think this is from? Antifreeze?

That is coolant...looks like your thermostat housing gasket might be leaking. I would change it if I were you.
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I just zip tied both those pictured items to the closest hose or bundle of wires I could find so they wouldn't move around. They dont have an actual mounting point like they did on the stock manifold.
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That is coolant...looks like your thermostat housing gasket might be leaking. I would change it if I were you.

Thanks for the input guys...I will make sure I take care of both as directed!

I just got back from my machine shop. I am going to have a custom faceplate made to hold three gauges in the ashtray area. Should have it back in a few days. We decided to andodize it a burnished black to blend with the dash pieces.

I may have him build up 10-20pcs if there is interest in an ashtray mounted gauge solution for the Nav owners in the forum.
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Decided not to take any chances.....just ordered a new thermostat housing, waterpump, gaskets and an idle control valve.

Once I am done, I hope the only time "I" will be popping the hood will be to look at "IT"
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Here's a tip for the next person who tackles this project. A somewhat time consuming part is to tape up all those wires. A cleaner, much faster way would be to spend a few bucks on this 1/4'' Flame Retardant Slit Wire Loom! I was thinking about this stuff as my 41 year old back was aching yesterday with a roll of electrical tape in my hand

http://www.wiringproducts.com/index1.html
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That is exactly what I used - in black of course
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and I also used the same brand and style cloth based tape BMW uses when I needed to use tape
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Old 04-14-2008, 01:59 PM   #77
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^^^^^ ah....you are as anal as me I see!

The only thing making this "tape job" acceptable is that it will never be seen. I just need to keep saying that to myself and it will all be okay....
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it will - and like you said - all the extra time I put into the cloth tape cant be seen
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I love seeing threads like this... DIY teaches people how to graduate from just being a driver to being a OWNER!
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Old 04-14-2008, 09:48 PM   #80
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I love seeing threads like this... DIY teaches people how to graduate from just being a driver to being a OWNER!
Your website has been a huge help! I was toying with tackling this type of project for many years dating back to 1990 with my 5.0 Mustang GT.

Your site as well as this one gave me the needed confidence to take my BMW apart and put it back together again!

Thanks, many thanks!
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