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Old 05-07-2013, 09:43 PM   #18841
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:45 PM   #18842
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Nice job! I would attempt this as well but I know it would come out looking like ****.
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:52 PM   #18843
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Nice job! I would attempt this as well but I know it would come out looking like ****.
It's tricky because the tape doesn't want to hold on to the taper of the grommet portion so I wrapped the last bit into the grommet so that it's held and can't slide under tension.

I didn't have the heart or ambition to cut all the wires, put a new elephant trunk on, and resolder the wires, like Dmax.


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Old 05-07-2013, 11:58 PM   #18844
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Old 05-08-2013, 12:03 AM   #18845
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Finally installed new smoked led tails, switched to smoked sides from clear, oil change, air filter change to an AFe Pro Dry, and cabin air filter. Now only need to do a wash, too bad it might rain this week again.
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Old 05-08-2013, 12:46 AM   #18846
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Rear wheel bearing done

Hopefully the noise will not be there when I drive tomorrow.


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Old 05-08-2013, 12:48 AM   #18847
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Found out that I need a new trunk handle bar because one of the light plate light holders decided to bend and drop he bulb and the lense. Causing a stupid electrical issue as well though lol.
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Old 05-08-2013, 05:53 AM   #18848
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just finished up my major suspension refresh. well, mine and my friend's 330i. one after another.
did struts, shocks, tie rods, M3 rtabs with Vorshlag's limiters, all-around mounts (OEM), sway bar bushings and links(OEM).
replaced everything I touched and took off from bump stops, to strut cover, down to every last washer and bolt I took off. he went with koni yellows and I went with Bilsteins.

finished at 3am. boy am I beat and does my back hurt. I'd recommend others to do this in sections per day.

the rtab tool worked AMAZING! I took more time unscrewing bolts to get the rtab carrier down. the limiters were sure a tight fit. hopefully I will only see positives out of this.

alignment on Thursday with weights. can't wait for the final product.

Feels great to have ALL and EVERYTHING on the suspension replaced and back to BMW's specs.


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Old 05-08-2013, 09:31 AM   #18849
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just finished up my major suspension refresh. well, mine and my friend's 330i. one after another.
did struts, shocks, tie rods, M3 rtabs with Vorshlag's limiters, all-around mounts (OEM), sway bar bushings and links(OEM).
replaced everything I touched and took off from bump stops, to strut cover, down to every last washer and bolt I took off. he went with koni yellows and I went with Bilsteins.

finished at 3am. boy am I beat and does my back hurt. I'd recommend others to do this in sections per day.

the rtab tool worked AMAZING! I took more time unscrewing bolts to get the rtab carrier down. the limiters were sure a tight fit. hopefully I will only see positives out of this.

alignment on Thursday with weights. can't wait for the final product.

Feels great to have ALL and EVERYTHING on the suspension replaced and back to BMW's specs.


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Awesome! You're about halfway there though (in terms of numbers of suspension parts). Even I haven't done the whole suspension.

The whole rear axle needs to be dropped down to finish the suspension. 15 more pieces to go in the rear.

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Old 05-08-2013, 09:58 AM   #18850
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^ Mango, have you (or someone else) done a similar photo and numbering system for the front suspension components?
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Old 05-08-2013, 10:05 AM   #18851
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^ Mango, have you (or someone else) done a similar photo and numbering system for the front suspension components?
I could, I guess. but there's not much to the front. I'll get started on that i guess
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Old 05-08-2013, 10:47 AM   #18852
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Well I've encountered a new problem. My door handle doesn't seem to work. I looked at the little screw on the side of the door that is used to tighten or loosen up so that the door handle can be smoother and it seems to be threaded. Suggestions?


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Old 05-08-2013, 12:41 PM   #18853
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Awesome! You're about halfway there though (in terms of numbers of suspension parts). Even I haven't done the whole suspension.

The whole rear axle needs to be dropped down to finish the suspension. 15 more pieces to go in the rear.
Halfway or 15 parts? ALL my front has been changed (except the brackets on the sway bar but I'll do that when I get back from LA). I can only count 11 in the rear I have left to do. (4subframe, 3 diff, and 4 wanna-be control arm ball joints)
When the time comes to do all those stage 3 bushings, Ill drive up and we can knock out both of our cars at the same time.

Can not wait for the alignment tomorrow to feel how the car is going to handle after. Right now my wheels look like \ |. I marked them as best as I could but its not perfect.
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Old 05-08-2013, 12:44 PM   #18854
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Front pads, sensor and rotors. Ah yes the feeling of fresh brakes.
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Old 05-08-2013, 12:45 PM   #18855
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I can't wait to get the bushings and stuff done. Bought the car and it had 136k on it. Had to replace struts/shocks and springs. Finished that now doing a engine overhaul. Including VCG, Vanos seals and line, oil filter gasket. Then while its apart UUC pullies and headers. And am sending out for a AA flash of the ecu. Then full rear refresh kit. Then front. Figure ill do one a month.
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Old 05-08-2013, 12:56 PM   #18856
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Halfway or 15 parts? ALL my front has been changed (except the brackets on the sway bar but I'll do that when I get back from LA). I can only count 11 in the rear I have left to do. (4subframe, 3 diff, and 4 wanna-be control arm ball joints)
When the time comes to do all those stage 3 bushings, Ill drive up and we can knock out both of our cars at the same time.

Can not wait for the alignment tomorrow to feel how the car is going to handle after. Right now my wheels look like \ |. I marked them as best as I could but its not perfect.
That would be fun. I have most of the parts sitting in my closet already. just haven't had the time to do it. After I come back from vacation next month i'll knock out some more projects. the outer control arm balljoints and bushings can be done without lowering the axle. even the rear inner lower can be done easily as well (as far as access goes) the upper inner is the b!tch.

I also have front wheel bearings to put in (rears done) list goes on...
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Old 05-08-2013, 01:12 PM   #18857
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That would be fun. I have most of the parts sitting in my closet already. just haven't had the time to do it. After I come back from vacation next month i'll knock out some more projects. the outer control arm balljoints and bushings can be done without lowering the axle. even the rear inner lower can be done easily as well (as far as access goes) the upper inner is the b!tch.

I also have front wheel bearings to put in (rears done) list goes on...
Exact same here for front bearings. I'll start buying the final bushings for the rear once summer is over.

Also, just placed my final order of $200 worth of items to get ready for Bimmerfest!!!!
Hopefully it gets here in time or Ill be really upset since I upgraded the shipping.
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Old 05-08-2013, 01:55 PM   #18858
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Exact same here for front bearings. I'll start buying the final bushings for the rear once summer is over.

Also, just placed my final order of $200 worth of items to get ready for Bimmerfest!!!!
Hopefully it gets here in time or Ill be really upset since I upgraded the shipping.
Where are you getting the alignment?
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Old 05-08-2013, 02:18 PM   #18859
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Old 05-08-2013, 02:54 PM   #18860
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I did not pass my emissions test, the mechanic told me it had a P1071 code. I replaced the vacuum hose on the air check valve and the vacuum control switch yesterday. He told me to just drive it and retest but it would not even go past the O2 sensor heat display. I went by the auto parts store and picked up a bottle of Seafoam and put it in the gas tank then drove it some more. I had no smoke and it drove with no issues. The last month has been all O2 pre cat sensor, misfires and catalytic efficiency codes so I replaced the two pre cat sensors, cleaned the ICV and disa then replaced the intake boots. The car just passed 120K and this has been the first issue with emissions. Any ideas?
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