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Old 01-15-2009, 04:17 PM   #41
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Where did you find it? With -40 C I freaking need one baddddddddd...
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Old 01-16-2009, 10:05 AM   #42
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Old 01-16-2009, 10:46 AM   #43
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So where did you get it?
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Old 01-16-2009, 10:57 AM   #44
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Old 01-16-2009, 10:59 AM   #45
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Yep...I had to buy it from Canada...they are shipping it to me...with the shipping cost and everything it ended up at $120...not so bad. I just have to track down this thermal compound crap now.
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Old 01-16-2009, 11:05 AM   #46
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They should sell it as well.

DAMN - I called Regina, but failed to call Sask.
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Old 01-16-2009, 11:20 AM   #47
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Edmonton BMW has 10!! I just bought one. $99. They did not have the compound.

Bavaria BMW does have it. I bought it as well.

Looks like I have a project for this weekend.....
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Old 01-16-2009, 11:21 AM   #48
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Apparently, the many back orders were finally filled this week.
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Old 01-16-2009, 01:02 PM   #49
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Ordered one. Thanks! U DA MAN! Much appreciated.

I just don't understand if this no longer available, how much Alberta and SK dealers can get it but QC and Ontario. Stupid BMW.
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Old 01-16-2009, 02:32 PM   #50
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i called my dealer they said they have it
but it was sold out so i didnt pick up mine yet... im thining of holding off this year since the cold snap here is over and i would rather install on a nicer day. i just need to find this silicone past now for when i install.
Did anyone manage to find this "Silicone HEAT paste"? Any other alternatives?
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Old 01-16-2009, 02:33 PM   #51
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Did anyone manage to find this "Silicone HEAT paste"? Any other alternatives?

Call Bavaria - 780.484.0000. They have some.
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Old 01-16-2009, 03:31 PM   #52
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Thanks ... should have read your post carefully! Can't wait to install this puppy in -25 C outside It was freaking -32 C without the windchill today!
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Old 01-16-2009, 03:33 PM   #53
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We just emerged from cold like that. +5 here today. So, this weekend will be a nice change and I will have an easier time installing this thing.


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Thanks ... should have read your post carefully! Can't wait to install this puppy in -25 C outside It was freaking -32 C without the windchill today!
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Old 01-16-2009, 03:50 PM   #54
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Anybody know where to get THERMAL HEAT PASTE???????
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Old 01-16-2009, 06:25 PM   #55
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Anybody know where to get THERMAL HEAT PASTE???????
Something like this: http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...9121&CatId=503 from your local computer shop should work I think?!?

I called crappy tire but they obviously had no clue what I was talking about. All this paste has to do is kinda be a super-heat-transfer-agent. And the computer manufacturers use the same thing between the cpu and heatsink to transfer the heat to the heat sink quickly.

Again this is just my theory and if I don't find something from local parts store I would just use this for now.
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Old 01-17-2009, 05:42 PM   #56
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I have your answer. I picked up the block heater and the compound this morning.

The compound is this: DOW CORNING 340 - Silicone Heat Sink Compound. You should be able to pick this up at any number of Dow Corning industrial supply stores.

This install of the block heater took me exactly 1 hour - from driving onto the ramps, to going back in the house. The only trouble-ish spot I had was reaching the top bolt, as it was close to a pipe and was on top of a metal plate that surrounds the oil pan. Other than that, from pushing the paste onto the block, to running the cord, was relatively easy.

bigfat... if you cannot find the compound - let me know and I can send you the remaining tube of mine. It is a 140g tube and I used about 1/3 or it. I am sure we can come to an arrangement.....
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Old 01-17-2009, 08:19 PM   #57
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Thanks Glen...I got the Arctic Sliver Thermal Compound from a local computer shop and used that. Its a heat transfer agent so it should work well with transfer of heat from the element to the engine block. Thanks for your offer though...if i was too impatient in installing it (after all i paid for saturday delivery for this damn block heater I would have taken up your offer.

Now on to the install, two things different in my install:

1) I have a metal cross member plate (part of the suspension) so it wasn't as easy as the original DIY but not that hard either. I think it can be done without removing the cross member, but i took it out anyway because my hands won't fit through the space that I had after removing the engine cover.

2) I routed my cabling above the bumper and just below where the hood/kidney grill meet so in the summer time I can take it off because one thing I know is it looks freaking ugly (ill post a pic when I get chance).

Any ideas on whats the wattage on these suckers? Is it ok to keep it plugged in all night without having a timer?
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Old 01-17-2009, 08:27 PM   #58
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I think I had that cross member plate. But, I did most of the work left handed.

I fit the plug down thru the headlight-adjustment-hole and tie-strapped it to the front grill of my bumper. Your 330 bumper is different than my 320 one. I too will feed the plug back in a hidden location in the summer time.

Wattage? No, I do not know. I have never kept my immersion heater in my 328 plugged in all night. I'd recommend a timer. Set it for 2 - 3 hours prior to starting and you should be fine.

We all did great work here. At least someone in the future can learn from our efforts.

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1) I have a metal cross member plate (part of the suspension) so it wasn't as easy as the original DIY but not that hard either. I think it can be done without removing the cross member, but i took it out anyway because my hands won't fit through the space that I had after removing the engine cover.

2) I routed my cabling above the bumper and just below where the hood/kidney grill meet so in the summer time I can take it off because one thing I know is it looks freaking ugly (ill post a pic when I get chance).

Any ideas on whats the wattage on these suckers? Is it ok to keep it plugged in all night without having a timer?
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Old 01-17-2009, 08:45 PM   #59
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Many thanks to all. This may be the most ballin'est shit evaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
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Old 01-18-2009, 09:46 PM   #60
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UPDATE:

Here are the pics of my install location:





It was about -15 Cel this morning and I had the block heater plugged in all night. Started the car, hoping to see the temp needle move to the upper blue mark swiftly (around 1-2 minute idle) but did'nt happen. So I started driving towards my daily route to work since I had baseline on when I will see the temp needle to the middle (baseline being temp needle at the middle mark in about 2 km from home + after 1 minute of idle with an avg speed of 50km/hr).

And to my dismay I noticed that it still took me about the same amount of driving to heat the beast up and coolant to reach at the optimal operating temperature i.e. middle mark.

Came home and doubled checked the connection of the wiring that came with the kit to make sure its properly connected which it was.

So the million dollar question is what are you guys noticing?

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