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Old 06-29-2011, 02:43 PM   #1
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Where does this part mount?

This is the transmission cable harness bracket, but I can't find where it mounts to. It is part #17 in the image. I've been rebuilding a 2001 325Ci from a head gasket failure and I'm ready to put the intake manifold back in and fire her up but this has me stumped. I've search all over and can't find anything about it. I had a "helper" that took this off from somewhere and now he doesn't remember it so I'm stuck. Any help would be appreciated!

It has taken me alot longer to finish this project than I had hoped but I haven't really been able to commit the time to it either. I've been meaning to update my other thread on the rebuild and will do so soon.

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Old 06-29-2011, 03:12 PM   #2
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OP, you can see it hanging out on the back of the head here:

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Old 06-29-2011, 03:15 PM   #3
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Cyperkaa,

That is exactly what I needed! Thanks! Now I can move on and see what my next road block will be...LOL

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No prob. Good luck.
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Old 06-29-2011, 03:21 PM   #5
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Thank you.

wow.. that line-drawing did nothing to indicate part #17's orientation.
Glad Cyberkaa was able to share a pic! (for my future reference.)
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Old 06-29-2011, 03:49 PM   #6
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Yeah, Cyerkaa saved me! I searched all over google, bimmerfest, here and couldn't find anything for it. I spent at least an hour try to fit it in all different way to the motor...LOL. The line drawing was a joke to tease me... but it at least let me "show" what I was talking about.

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Old 06-29-2011, 03:57 PM   #7
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This is the transmission cable harness bracket, but I can't find where it mounts to. It is part #17 in the image. I've been rebuilding a 2001 325Ci from a head gasket failure and I'm ready to put the intake manifold back in and fire her up but this has me stumped. I've search all over and can't find anything about it. I had a "helper" that took this off from somewhere and now he doesn't remember it so I'm stuck. Any help would be appreciated!

It has taken me alot longer to finish this project than I had hoped but I haven't really been able to commit the time to it either. I've been meaning to update my other thread on the rebuild and will do so soon.

Thanks
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It goes on the back of the head. If you didn't get it on before you put the head on you will have a hard time getting it on. I did the same thing. It is held on by two bolts but you will only be able to get one in. The second one is impossible without the head removed...I tried for hours. Thats the only bolt I had left over from the whole head gasket project...still sitting on my work bench.

Edit: If you can figure out how to get the second bolt in there let me know.
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Old 06-30-2011, 04:18 PM   #8
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I'm going to try to put it on this weekend so I'll let you know what happens. I always seem to get 1 step ahead sometimes. Oh yeah, I'll be "seasoned" after this deal is over.

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Old 07-11-2011, 09:47 AM   #9
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I managed to get both bolts for this bracket mounted. The easy one for me was the one on top near the firewall. I had the cabin airfilter housing off and the intake manifold off when I put this one on. The one on the exhaust side IS impossible to get on from the topside but when I went to put the exhaust headers on from underneath the car the bolt was within easy reach for me. It would be impossible once the headers are installed. Every dog has his day...

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