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Old 11-25-2011, 02:44 PM   #241
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here are some pics showing how i got the fan off without any special tools (put a 12 mm wrench around the 10 mm bolt, then grabed the big part with a vice grip because i didnt have a wrench big enough to fit)

also some pics comparing the stock pulley to the Turner pulley
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Old 11-26-2011, 12:45 AM   #242
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what took up most of my free time last week was helping one of my sponsors (Good 'N Plenty Restaurant) build a gingerbread house for their upcoming contest.

they actually built a replica of their resturant complete with interior lighting

FYI the gingerbread house is not complete in these photo's
Very cool, If you can do a great job on this then i cant wait to see the results on the bimmer.
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Old 11-27-2011, 11:23 AM   #243
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Very cool, If you can do a great job on this then i cant wait to see the results on the bimmer.
i cant take the credit for building that! i was just a helper (refering to the GGB house)
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Old 11-28-2011, 10:29 AM   #244
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Good luck with the build! I remember my first m3 swap , if you have questions feel free to ask, mine was 03 325i auto to a S54 6spd...
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Old 11-28-2011, 11:43 AM   #245
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Good luck with the build! I remember my first m3 swap , if you have questions feel free to ask, mine was 03 325i auto to a S54 6spd...
yes i have questions!!! LOL all these people keep coming out of the woodwork with their s54 sedans! i love it
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Old 11-28-2011, 11:56 AM   #246
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finally got around to uploading the wiring pics from my phone (just finished my final project due in 2 hours)

i started off by getting to know the harness a little bit, then i started tracing wires i knew i needed for the fuel relay (EKP) and began un-wrapping everything and removing the wires i needed and labeling them.

A week ago i was clueless when looking at wiring diagrams now i can tell you basically everything they say. im now trying to figure out the wiring for the drive by wire and the sport mode button....

notice the one pic i have labled EKP F54 (fuse #54) 17 (pin 17) im not sure how they count this (i got the diagram and it says pin 17) but to get to the correct wire i counted to pin 18. Im guessing im not counting right or something? either way i double checked the color of the wires and where they go and its deffinitly the correct one...
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Old 11-28-2011, 11:57 AM   #247
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more wiring... BTW i hate the black tape they use to tape up the wires!!!!!! it never comes off your hands and when you wear rubber gloves it sticks to them and makes it a huge PITA not to mention it tears your gloves if you get really stuck
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Old 12-01-2011, 07:13 AM   #248
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The past few days i made some good progress....

Started by getting the accelerator pedal module (drive by wire) wires out of my m3 harness, i even double checked myself and made sure it fit into my m3 pedal! yep clicked right in no problem

also found some good info on the "sport mode" button that made me feel like its not worth trying to wire up (since it doesnt actually give you any power)

http://m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=123378
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Old 12-01-2011, 07:19 AM   #249
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these pictures show exactly what wires go into what pins on the DME side.. also a pic of the entire APM harness..

And big surprise nothing is ever easy, the last of the 6 wires i had to take out got stuck in the connector somehow and i yanked on it and broke it!! good thing i have an extra 10000 wires i can steal an end off of from my m3 harness.
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After having enough fun with wires for the day i went over to my shop and prepped everything for the sub frame plates (re enforcement)

I also found the connector on my car where i need to add the APM (drive by wire) wires, and sure enough the pins where i need to add the wires are empty!

also sorry for all the cellphone pics.. i lost my point and shoot digi cam for a while (thought it was gone forever) but i found it now so future updates should have better pics...
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Old 12-01-2011, 07:38 AM   #251
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after getting everything preped for the subframe plates all that was left to do was to attach them EPOXY FTW!! lol, i kno i kno welding is the way to go

in 20 years when i have subframe issues ill have no problem tearing it down again and doing it all over again

The next day i needed to take a break from working (all i do when im not at school or my real job is work on my car) so we had some fun at the kart track. Thats me on the top step with my belt undone, lol and my friend on the second step who was happy to be 2nd. if your interested in watching any gopro vids of us karting let me kno

also a pic my ARAI FTW, you can barely see the heads from my oyedesigns.com "its love" shirt in this pic too
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i found another piece of wiring i need to add that no one who has done the swap seems to mention in any of their write ups. its the lower two wires for the Heater control valve(HCV).. on the 328i the HCV only has 1 plug with two wires in it, on the m3 HCV it has two plugs that plug into it each with two wires....

So i need to add the two wires that are not already there... easy enough...The worst part is pulling the wire out of the fuse box, i haven't learned the easy way to do it yet so i usually end up spending 10 min. and 5 different pic tools on one tiny wire
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Old 12-02-2011, 03:41 PM   #253
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i found another piece of wiring i need to add that no one who has done the swap seems to mention in any of their write ups. its the lower two wires for the Heater control valve(HCV).. on the 328i the HCV only has 1 plug with two wires in it, on the m3 HCV it has two plugs that plug into it each with two wires....

So i need to add the two wires that are not already there... easy enough...The worst part is pulling the wire out of the fuse box, i haven't learned the easy way to do it yet so i usually end up spending 10 min. and 5 different pic tools on one tiny wire
This is why when i do my conversion i will be using the whole m3 wireing loom so i dont have to chop and change the wires but my conversion is going to be like JeppeJ's conversion it looks like some much less work thinking lol. props to you for doing it man i no how hard it can be.
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Old 12-03-2011, 09:45 AM   #254
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This is why when i do my conversion i will be using the whole m3 wireing loom so i dont have to chop and change the wires but my conversion is going to be like JeppeJ's conversion it looks like some much less work thinking lol. props to you for doing it man i no how hard it can be.
Thanks I thought about doing it jeppej's way also but it turns out to be more of a hassle because i would have to wire in all the rear doors ext. I also noticed that the connectors for the fog lights and for the turn signals are different on my car than the m3....

They actually have a lot of differences i noticed, if your project car is the same model year as your donor it may be a bit easier, my car is a 99 and my donor m3 is a 2005 so a lot of the wiring on the M is updated with newer pieces that are usually more heavy duty looking (i dont think they would be compatable with all my lighting ext. so i would end up spending $ on replacing all of that stuff, i would rather save my money for boost and do it the hard way)

The thing I'm having the biggest problem with on the wiring is getting the stupid wires out of the back of the fuse box!!!! Someone give me the secret!! I got the first few without problems, but I noticed with the heater control valve wire it connects to another wire that is directly under it on the fuse box, so when i free up the tiny tabs to pull out the wire i need it comes out half way then gets stuck on the lower wire... and when i look closely it seems to have a tiny tab connecting the two?? Ill post pics of this later
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ok here is the pics of the HCV wire im having problems with getting out of the fuse box, you can see how in these pics how it looks to be attached to the one below it...

also the pics of where the HCV wire needs to be added to the small connector (not the large connector in the last pic)
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Thanks I thought about doing it jeppej's way also but it turns out to be more of a hassle because i would have to wire in all the rear doors ext. I also noticed that the connectors for the fog lights and for the turn signals are different on my car than the m3....

They actually have a lot of differences i noticed, if your project car is the same model year as your donor it may be a bit easier, my car is a 99 and my donor m3 is a 2005 so a lot of the wiring on the M is updated with newer pieces that are usually more heavy duty looking (i dont think they would be compatable with all my lighting ext. so i would end up spending $ on replacing all of that stuff, i would rather save my money for boost and do it the hard way)

The thing I'm having the biggest problem with on the wiring is getting the stupid wires out of the back of the fuse box!!!! Someone give me the secret!! I got the first few without problems, but I noticed with the heater control valve wire it connects to another wire that is directly under it on the fuse box, so when i free up the tiny tabs to pull out the wire i need it comes out half way then gets stuck on the lower wire... and when i look closely it seems to have a tiny tab connecting the two?? Ill post pics of this later
Yea ive heard about the change in the wiring. my BMW is a 2001 but i will buy hopefully a 2001 m3 as well or 2002 but yea i want to do what jeppej did and change everything on the body work side of things maybe not to the extent like he did of cleaning down every nut and bolt as way to time consuming. but i still would like to keep the oem look of the m3 but on my sedan. and i think i might do the same colour as that blue is my most favorite blue out there la mans Blue. Anyway good luck with the swap cant wait to hear the Mpower i hope to see heaps of videos haha
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Yea ive heard about the change in the wiring. my BMW is a 2001 but i will buy hopefully a 2001 m3 as well or 2002 but yea i want to do what jeppej did and change everything on the body work side of things maybe not to the extent like he did of cleaning down every nut and bolt as way to time consuming. but i still would like to keep the oem look of the m3 but on my sedan. and i think i might do the same colour as that blue is my most favorite blue out there la mans Blue. Anyway good luck with the swap cant wait to hear the Mpower i hope to see heaps of videos haha
o there will be plenty of videos! my gopro has been waiting patiently.... I just hope nothing breaks when i get excited and start drifting it the first day its running, lol
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so can someone tell me the secret to getting that wire out that is attached to the one under it?
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Old 12-12-2011, 09:59 AM   #259
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got the 6 wires connected to the DME plug from the Accelerator pedal for the drive by wire... i hope it was that easy? and I hope thoes 6 are all i need for it to work...

also got the engine bay cleaned up a little bit, also switched over the engine wiring harness and cliped and zip-tied it into the DME carrier.

still having some troubles with the wiring, as expected this is the worst part....

I cant figure out exzactly where to put the thin black wire from the EKP and i cant find where to put the thick red wire with a wite stripe..... also the two wires that go from the fuel pump to the EKP relay seem to short to mount the EKP in the trunk where it belongs.?

I need to order new Metal brake pipes, for all four corners. but im having problems deciding what ones i need? none of the pics on realoem look like my DSC (mine does not have all 4 connections directly in a row, it has 2 and 2 and then another 2 on the side...?) and im not sure if it matters if i order the pipes for the DSC or the ASC, i was told that these pipes do not need to be swaped out however the ASC and DSC pipes have different p/n on realoem...? can someone help me decide what pipes i need? here is a link of what im trying to explain

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/partgrp.d...23&hg=34&fg=15

on a positive note, i finally got everthing NON-M out of my shop, now i have enough room to start putting together the M rear end.
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no helpp.....

anyway, i got my vanos exhaust hub back and put it all back together yesteraday. it was a relief to have the engine and vanos all back togther in one piece with all new gaskets, filter, cams timed ext.

i also took a look at the gas tanks, the 328i and the m3 look to be the exzact same up top, but on the bottom the m3 has 3 little blue tabs with metal pins sticking out of them, located on the underside in the middle of the tank where the driveshaft runs throuh....anyone know what they are for?

I think rather than switching the fuel pumps to my gas tank im going to just switch to the m3 tank since it looks like it will work fine with my evap system or whatever its called, i do have the m3 charcool system also but i dont think its worth switching over? anyone kno of any pros/cons?
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