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Old 07-05-2011, 01:14 AM   #481
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Old 07-06-2011, 12:56 AM   #484
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Old 07-06-2011, 01:35 AM   #485
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Today (Monday), DJ Reminisce (Kayvan) came over in the morning to have his blown OEM suspension replaced on his ZHP coupe with a Ground Control spring and shock setup. The rears went in without a hitch, but a stud on the strut hat on the driver's side broke free, rendering the hat unusable. We decided to hold off on the fronts as the new struts did not come with new hats and Kayvan would have to order new ones.
New hats and dust sleeves in hand! Look forward to finishing off the installation tonight man!

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Old 07-06-2011, 11:29 AM   #488
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New hats and dust sleeves in hand! Look forward to finishing off the installation tonight man!

Awesome. Will see you and your car tonight.
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Old 09-04-2011, 06:23 AM   #490
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Hey, just to update you - I'm driving the car! It's absolutely fantastic! After the "hard code" that I couldn't get rid of, the bad starter that the shop found and then the clutch was off just enough on my install to have the clutch retensioned, reinstalled with the $400+ clutch tool (despite the SMG clutch writeup that iI found on here that did without), and a reinstall of the SMG software, it was ready to go! Starting in December, using your engine swap writeup, traveling 4 hrs one way to work on it and 3 months in shops, it's been a long road, but after driving the car about 1000 miles in the last 4 or so days... WOW! Thanks!
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Old 09-04-2011, 08:27 AM   #491
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Hey, just to update you - I'm driving the car! It's absolutely fantastic! After the "hard code" that I couldn't get rid of, the bad starter that the shop found and then the clutch was off just enough on my install to have the clutch retensioned, reinstalled with the $400+ clutch tool (despite the SMG clutch writeup that iI found on here that did without), and a reinstall of the SMG software, it was ready to go! Starting in December, using your engine swap writeup, traveling 4 hrs one way to work on it and 3 months in shops, it's been a long road, but after driving the car about 1000 miles in the last 4 or so days... WOW! Thanks!
That was quite a journey, but your perseverance paid off. Congrats!
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Old 09-12-2011, 12:23 AM   #492
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Back from vacation and into the swing of things...

Kyle (323ci newbie) finally has a new suspension to replace his well-worn OEM one.
We also attempted to replace his burned out electric fan today, but found out that the part was incorrect. Bummer.

I'll be trying to work through a backlog of things on the E30 to make it a reliable daily driver again so I can start working on the S54 swap in the sedan. More to come...
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Back from vacation and into the swing of things...

Kyle (323ci newbie) finally has a new suspension to replace his well-worn OEM one.
We also attempted to replace his burned out electric fan today, but found out that the part was incorrect. Bummer.

I'll be trying to work through a backlog of things on the E30 to make it a reliable daily driver again so I can start working on the S54 swap in the sedan. More to come...
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Busy weekend!

Started Saturday off by helping Robert (robt_sf) with his E46 vert in the morning. Robert came by a while back to have his LCM reflashed for HIDs hoping to solve a flickering issue he had with the OEM headlights he had retrofitted. The headlights would work fine on battery it seems, but would start flickering continuously after 10-15 seconds if the car was running. Additionally, turning other electrical devices on, such as the heater, defroster, or windows, would either momentarily stop the flickering or kill the lights altogether until the car was shut off. Flashing the LCM hadn't helped, so we went through a step by step diagnosis checking for correct voltage at the headlight connectors, taillight ground, etc. Everything checked out, so the last thing we tried was plugging in a spare LCM I had on hand. It solved the problem completely, so Robert is going to see about getting a new one.

After that, I gave the E30 a much needed wash. It's amazing how dirty a tree can make a car in such a short time...

Finally, I headed over to help TKC (Toby) with some wiring on his Yamaha R6. We started a retrofit of his HID projectors into the headlight housing last weekend and Toby finished that up a few days ago, so I had gone over again to figure out how to make the projectors come on with the high/low beam switches the way he wanted. Yesterday, we worked on getting rid of some glitches (poorly designed harness connector) and routing the cables. Unfortunately, the bike decided it didn't want to start anymore, so after finishing what we could, we called it quits. Toby finished tying the cables up today and the end result is simply awesome.

Today, I got down to some regular maintenance on the E30. The A/C and power steering v-belts had snapped on the way to Toby's house yesterday, so that was the first order of business. Next, I checked the front suspension out as the front tires have worn very unevenly in the last 500 miles or so. The control arms and bushings checked out ok, so I'll be picking up some new tires and getting the car aligned hopefully next week. I finished up by topping the fluids up, checking the air pressure in the tires, and testing the lights. One high-beam bulb is out and I'll need to fix what's probably a bad ground that's affecting both the right low-beam and turn signal. D'oh.

For some good news, I've gotten another load of parts for the S54 sedan swap. I'll be picking up a few pieces to complete the clutch setup soon.
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Did some more work over the weekend...

On Saturday, one of my coworkers with an E46 came by for a quick bit of maintenance. First up, we had to address the slow leak from the transmission drain plug that I spotted last time when I had his car off the ground to replace RTABs and FCABs. It was a good opportunity to change the transmission fluid, so after a quick drain, I replaced the plug with a new one and refilled the transmission with some fresh fluid. Next, I read out the fault codes to see what was causing an SES light to pop up intermittently and it looks like the thermostat is stuck open so that'll be the next item on the maintenance list. Finally, we popped in a fresh cabin air filter. The old one hadn't been changed in ages and it certainly showed...

Later, Robert (robt_sf) came by with the brand new LCM to replace the one we determined last week to be faulty, so I plugged it in and flashed it for him. No tamper dot and perfect HID light function for his vert.
Robert's wife also brought her E46 sedan by to get an SRS fault diagnosed and cleared. The module had logged a supply voltage fault at one of the tensioners. The code didn't come back after being cleared, so hopefully it'll stay gone.

Today, Jason (sellsellsell2000) and his 323i visited the garage to have the oil filter housing gasket replaced. Jason's car had been making a horrible mess in his driveway because of copious amounts of oil leaking from that area. We also found that oil had seeped out near the banjo fitting that connects the VANOS oil line to the rear side of the oil filter housing. It wasn't clear whether the line itself had leaked from the rotating joint on the hard section or if the banjo fitting itself was the cause, so we replaced the banjo bolt and installed a pair of new sealing washers for now. We'll see how that holds up when Jason comes back next time for his VANOS seals.

Sorry for the lack of pics!
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Next week: Inspection II on an E46 M3! Well, if the schedule works out, anyway. I'll try to take pics of that since some parts of that service are interesting.
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