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Old 11-16-2018, 11:32 AM   #21
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It's so beautiful. Looks great. Did you notice any difference with strut reinforcement plates?
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Old 11-16-2018, 01:02 PM   #22
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It's so beautiful. Looks great. Did you notice any difference with strut reinforcement plates?
Thank you. I do not feel the difference to be honest but the main purpose of them is to prevent deformation or even breaking of the strut tower which commonly happens when driving often on bumpy roads, or hitting pot hole mostly in combination with stiffer sport suspension.
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Old 11-18-2018, 02:16 AM   #23
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Old 11-18-2018, 09:31 AM   #24
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Very clean man! GLWS
Thanks but I hope nothing like that happens in near future
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Old 11-18-2018, 09:42 AM   #25
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Undercarriage project finished finally. Front fender lines uncovered, few pounds of soil from behind them was brushed away with various types of brushes including paint brush, tooth brush and old trusty apple tree branch. Every slight indication of rust sanded and repainted. Then fluid film again. That thing smells! I planned to spray it into doors and trunk cavities but I has changed my mind. It can be smelled in interior after spraying the undercarriage alone. I cannot imagine what it would be if I kept with the original plan. Reinforcement brace reinstalled using new screws torqued-to-yeld exactly as is said in repair manual.









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Old 11-18-2018, 01:00 PM   #26
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Good work there, that sill cleaning/painting project is like from my winterbeater thread.
Really important to clean places, sand + paint and protect.
Btw you are the first person i know who replaces reinforcement plate bolts. I would say it is really good thing.
Maybe i buy new set of bolts for coupe when i install reinforcement plate back.
No rush yet, we have 5-6 months winter left..
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Old 01-20-2019, 07:12 AM   #27
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Decided to use this cold winter time to maintain my maintenance a little bit. I Cleaned ratchets and lubricated with lithium grease, cleaned bits and nuts with brake cleaner and protected with WD40. If you buy similar tool set do not make the same mistake I did and coat everything. Even though it is chrom-vanadium, insides of nuts developed small rusty spots, not talking about steel bits.
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Old 01-20-2019, 07:47 PM   #28
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You have an awesome looking car. Very nice mate!
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Old 01-31-2019, 09:13 AM   #29
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Old 04-01-2019, 04:38 AM   #30
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Nice car, any possibility to record the sound of the exhaust system?
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Old 12-20-2019, 07:43 AM   #31
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I have gone through really bussy period so I have not updated the thread for some time but now is time to fix it







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Old 12-20-2019, 08:12 AM   #32
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After buying scan tool I found this very unpleasant code when scanning transmission. The highway driving test at 80m/h proved the issue when instead of 2750 rpms engine kept almost 3000 rpms. No other symptoms. After a bit of searching I realised that it is another common problem. BMW documented it and even published the bulletin adressing it. The gasket inside the converter deteriorates and lets the oil to flow inside. Slipping then overheats the oil and thins it down over time and also contaminates it with metal shawings. Otherwise good transmission is then destroyed. And because the transmission must have gone out of the car it was rebuilt also. At the beginning I thought that the rpm shift was the only symptom but after the repair I could say that I feelt performance increase also. Moreover, the guy rebuilding it confirmed that all the parts he replaced were in condition equal to the car mileage which proved that the mileage was not tampered.





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Old 12-20-2019, 08:51 AM   #33
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When I started to smell fumes in the cabin I prepared myself for a big gasket mission because from my previous experience with these engines I already knew that around 120 000 miles (200 000km) most of the engine gaskets are failing or about to fail. I replaced valve cover gasket (Victor Reinz), Valve Cover Washers (Febi Bilstein), oil filter housing gasket (OEM), oil filter cap (Vaico), VANOS hose (Meyle). When being there VANOS was resealed with Mehenker kit. If someone is considering buying this kit I recommend buyng new OEM plastic sealing plugs because gaskets in this kit are too big and I could not use it. Spark plugs were replaced for classic NGK sparks according to specification.















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Old 12-20-2019, 02:59 PM   #34
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These cars are real attention seekers and so is mine. Not long time after, one of the rear brakes got stucked so I rebuilt both rear calipers. Hoses were replaced for TRW ones and at the end brake fluid was changed for ATE SL.6 DOT4.









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Old 12-25-2019, 09:14 AM   #35
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When I can have a rest after a lot of work on the car I keep myself busy thanks to my clumsiness. Hitting a curb is always painfull experience but in this case it hurt double because the previous owner had the wheels refurbished in very beautifull colour. I was always scared to scratch them because they are painted in slightly blue silver. When trying to find matching colour I spent about 20 minutes kneeling down with about 50 samples of silver but in the end I think I made it. When being aware of repair being done and looking very closely it can be seen but for most people just standing next to car it is invisible so I am satisfied with myself












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Old 12-27-2019, 07:06 AM   #36
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After 8 months from when I adressed the rust on the undercariage with Hammerite and Fluidfilm I went down to check the damage the winter had caused and to my surprise there was almost no rust. I did not trust so much in Hammerite but I was hyped by all the good reviews on Fluidfilm and now I can say it is all true. The only rust spots I found were on the top of the half shafts (because I did not turned the wheels when treating them), and on the frame that goes under the diff because I scratched the paint away when using this part as a jacking point. There still were traces of the fluidfilm in deeper areas where water does not splash from wheels. After the check I happily reapplied another layer for this winter. In future, I will probably invest money in their spray gun and will be using more thicker formula of fluidfilm that protects better and lasts longer than spray can version.



















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Old 12-30-2019, 01:09 PM   #37
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When preparing for winter I did not forget about clearcoat as well. Car was washed with ValetPRO Concentrated Car Wash, all previous coatings were stripped off with Carpro Eraser and then coated with Soft99 Fusso Coat 12M Dark. During summer I usually use Collinite Marque D Elegance 915 for its deep glossy finish but for winter I prefere Fusso because it lasts much longer and beeds water like noone else. On front bumper, hood, roof and trunk lid it lasted for 5 months last winter. On rear bumper, side skirts, and doors especially behind wheels the wax was dead much sooner of course.











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Gorgeous car, and love the thread. Keep it up!
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Old 01-12-2020, 05:33 AM   #39
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Car looks as great as always.
Many people also in Finland use Fusso in wintertime.

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