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Old 09-30-2012, 02:06 AM   #12541
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Thanks for no reply. I guess i just like speed more than pinstripes and tan leather
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Old 09-30-2012, 02:36 AM   #12542
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Old 09-30-2012, 03:38 AM   #12543
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In the process of replacing my control arms. Driver's side is done, but I'm stuck on the passenger side.
I can't for the life of me loosen the inner ball joint nut

Any ideas?
Some things to try:

1. Allen wrench in top of ball joint to hold while turning nut.
2. Jack up CA from underneath to try and get BJ taper to set into subframe.
3. I had this problem with my CA arm and none of these worked. I ended up tearing the boot off the BJ, cleaning the grease off and getting this nifty little pipe wrench thing on the BJ. The wrench was such that when you soon the head the jaw opens/closes, so essentially it tightens itself when turning against it with a wrench in the BJ nut. This is what worked for me.

Whatever you do don't cut the CA off and try to get the BJ out through the top. It's tapered and won't come out.

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Old 09-30-2012, 04:01 AM   #12544
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Ya those wrenches kick ass. Channel lock brand i have are good. Parrot jaws. Haha im just trying to intrude into converse. But another tip is heating anything threaded then use candle wax as a flux . It will suck it into treads. I didnt believe till i used on a brake line in caliper i couldnt get with oils. Also if normal jacking underneath doesnt work put jack pinpoint pressure on the dead center of bj bottom and will help put more direct pressure on the ball to stop it turning
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Old 09-30-2012, 04:25 AM   #12545
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In the process of replacing my control arms. Driver's side is done, but I'm stuck on the passenger side.
I can't for the life of me loosen the inner ball joint nut

Any ideas?
I had to come at it from underneath, it wasn't a lot of fun.
I was able to fish a long wrench in from the front, above the arm. Took a while, but eventually the nut came off

Also had to hold the stud with a hex on install. After the install was done the hex had wedged itself on the exhaust and I had to cut it in half to get it out.

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Old 09-30-2012, 06:24 AM   #12546
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:53 AM   #12547
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Installed a home made paddle shift on an OEM 318i M43 steering wheel.. Love it !!!!

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Old 09-30-2012, 07:01 AM   #12548
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Old 09-30-2012, 01:09 PM   #12549
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Old 09-30-2012, 01:39 PM   #12550
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after working on my friend's ///M all day yesterday....I managed to complete my BMW Performance strut bar mod today... I'm still sore from going in and out of his car all day yesterday...glad I got this done right...:thumbsup


I used liquid electrical tape to cover the exposed metal after bending it so that it wouldn't slip out.






The battery terminal mod in itself was not difficult to do but I decided to do mine this way so that I could keep the original hood switch position without having to cut and splice the wiring.
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Old 09-30-2012, 02:47 PM   #12551
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Old 09-30-2012, 03:07 PM   #12552
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Did you wire them in to the steptronic some how?

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Old 09-30-2012, 03:16 PM   #12553
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Old 09-30-2012, 05:33 PM   #12554
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Bosch +4 spark plugs (yes not the best, but much better than what was in the car), new valve cover gasket, and a fuel filter (which was stamped with a date of 9/09/99). It's amazing how people can neglect the simplest of things to replace.
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Old 09-30-2012, 05:39 PM   #12555
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Know the feeling lol. When I did ask the maintenance on the touring the fuel filter was marked 2000. To keep this on topic, redid the trim in the m. Still need to do one last part. And full detail yesterday, just in time for rain
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Old 09-30-2012, 05:46 PM   #12556
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Finally got around to putting my steering coupler in. 2004 with 65K miles had a little bit of play in the wheel (about 10 degrees). The coupler eliminated that. My car actually drives like a BMW should now. No tramlining at all anymore. Felt rock solid at 100+ mph. The only problem now is my steering wheel is off by about 10 degrees. I had to let the column turn that much to get a spline that would fit in the coupler. I couldn't get it in there straight. I'll have to do a front end toe adjustment now, but I don't mind the wheel being off because the car handles so ****in well now.

I should note that the old coupler had no visible play while it was on the car. Once I took it off you could feel it move a little with some hand twisting. Didn't feel like much so I thought the coupler wouldn't fix my problem. It's amazing what that small amount of play was doing to my handling on the highways.

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Old 09-30-2012, 06:56 PM   #12557
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Did you wire them in to the steptronic some how?

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Old 09-30-2012, 06:59 PM   #12558
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I'm paddling my self with my OEM steering...


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Old 09-30-2012, 07:14 PM   #12559
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Know the feeling lol. When I did ask the maintenance on the touring the fuel filter was marked 2000. To keep this on topic, redid the trim in the m. Still need to do one last part. And full detail yesterday, just in time for rain
My car drives so much better now. I had a small hesitation when pressing the gas pedal which is almost completely gone. Spark plugs made a huge difference in power... feels like I gained about 15-20HP. I'm still tracking a rattling noise in the front though. Damn cars always need attention lol.
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:59 PM   #12560
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Refreshed my manual transmission fluid (D4 ATF w/ 30k miles) with new D4 ATF. Damn the drain and fill plugs were super hard to get off.
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