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Old 07-21-2013, 05:36 PM   #21041
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Sigh. I really didn't want to order this but I had to. Making my own tool just wasn't cutting it. Can't find this for rent anywhere for any reasonable price. This better work on both upper and lower BJs. Don't see why it wouldn't.

BMW E36/E46 Rear Axle Trailing Arm bushing tool kit

Considering getting these w/ the rod ends next: http://www.turnermotorsport.com/p-35...eettrack.aspx#
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Old 07-21-2013, 05:49 PM   #21042
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I replaced the fuel pump yesterday as a PM measure....

Today I took off the front bumper (New MTech II) and mounted the ducts that are supposed to be there as the ducts from the other bumper didn't fit. I also added new headlight lenses and went back to clear corners as the smoked ones were a little too dark.

I planned on washing it but after several hours putzing around... I just took it to the car wash for the supreme wash... Then it started raining as soon as I pulled out of the lot. But the tree sap is off it now anyway!

I need to wash and wax it myself and take it a nice place to take pictures as it is now how I always wanted it to be... Except the front end hasn't settled since I put in the Eibach Sport Springs.
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Old 07-21-2013, 05:51 PM   #21043
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Car looks great, Zell.
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Old 07-21-2013, 06:27 PM   #21044
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Washed! It's cloudy today, so the pictures aren't going to do it much justice.


Yeah, I know my tint is probably not legal and I didn't originally do it, but I'm not going to shell out a buncha money for a re-tint right now. No one has pulled me over for it, so maybe it's just the black interior that makes it seem so dark. I'll get to it some day. At the very least, I'll get it redone before selling the car.



Unfortunately, I have to have those ugly RFID tags where they are, otherwise they won't work.



As much as I love the look of Style 135M wheels, they're an absolute bear to clean. But boy do they look good when they're clean.


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If you have a ZHP, get some Mother's metal polish and go to town on the exhaust pipes. Just do it every once in a while. It's not much of a science of when to do it, and they'll stay this way for a long time. Basically for the initial cleaning, all you need to do is wrap a rag containing 00 steel wool and mother's metal polish around one pipe, then pull back and forth really quickly til it's nice and shiny. After all the grit is gone, you can just regularly polish it with a rag and Mother's as you see necessary. When I first bought the car, the exhaust was was an ugly, gritty black. Underneath all that is this!
Nice! Reminds me that I need to get under the car and polish my exhaust tips too!
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Old 07-21-2013, 06:32 PM   #21045
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Considering getting these w/ the rod ends next: http://www.turnermotorsport.com/p-35...eettrack.aspx#
My friend had basically the same exact ones except they were made by VAC, he's returning his car to stock so I think he may be selling them, if you're interested.
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Old 07-21-2013, 06:38 PM   #21046
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My friend had basically the same exact ones except they were made by VAC, he's returning his car to stock so I think he may be selling them, if you're interested.
Yeah let me know a price. no rush.

I installed new bolts for the power steering reservoir. they were lookin' at me funny.

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Old 07-21-2013, 07:08 PM   #21047
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Yeah let me know a price. no rush.

I installed new bolts for the power steering reservoir. they were lookin' at me funny.

Removing the old...



Installing the new BMW-sourced bolts...

I'm sorry... You bought NEW bolts instead of removing the old ones and cleaning them? Why? I am curious....
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Old 07-21-2013, 07:18 PM   #21049
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Finally took the car to the upholstery shop; fixed falling off headliner (new cloth) and replaced all pillars (A/B/C) with new OEM parts..

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Old 07-21-2013, 08:24 PM   #21050
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I'm sorry... You bought NEW bolts instead of removing the old ones and cleaning them? Why? I am curious....
Well, I'll take the old ones...I've lost one or two to the bowels of my engine bay Good news is a lot of non-critical parts have the same thread pattern as critical ones.
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Old 07-21-2013, 08:37 PM   #21051
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I'm sorry... You bought NEW bolts instead of removing the old ones and cleaning them? Why? I am curious....
I bought milk at the store today. Do you want to know why also?
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Changed the oil, now I gotta get my reset to take. It's being stubborn. lol.
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Old 07-21-2013, 10:36 PM   #21056
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That's so easy and quick? Lol look up a video on YouTube. Solidjake couldn't have explained it any better.


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That's so easy and quick? Lol look up a video on YouTube. Solidjake couldn't have explained it any better.
Oh, believe me, it's not the how-to that's got me off. I reset it last time, and it was fine (need to do the pins under the hood). For some reason though, it just isn't taking tonight. Tried it a few times, nadda. So, then being creative, plugged in my BMW Scanner, and hit the reset through that. Annnnd...nothing. Still not reset. So I'm slightly irked, but I figure I just gotta try a few more shots, and it'll come around eventually. Probably going to annoy me enough that I'll go out in the next few minutes and try again lol
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Oh, believe me, it's not the how-to that's got me off. I reset it last time, and it was fine (need to do the pins under the hood). For some reason though, it just isn't taking tonight. Tried it a few times, nadda. So, then being creative, plugged in my BMW Scanner, and hit the reset through that. Annnnd...nothing. Still not reset. So I'm slightly irked, but I figure I just gotta try a few more shots, and it'll come around eventually. Probably going to annoy me enough that I'll go out in the next few minutes and try again lol
I had that issue connecting the other day.. Needed to update virtual box I think.


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Software connected fine, let me tinker with lights while I was in. Said the reset was successful, but no change on the dash. I'll give it a go in a few hours before I head out for the day. It was probably just rebelling lol
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Old 07-22-2013, 02:48 AM   #21060
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Replace your strut bolts. I feel great knowing I replaced these and torqued them down! Trying to get things as secure as possible

These look big on my tiny laptop. I thought i sized them correctly. I'll check again in thee morning and resize them.
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