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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 04-14-2006, 10:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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New Parts or Used Parts?

I'm getting complete 5 speed conversion parts for my automatic soon (used). What new parts could anybody recomend I get so nothing rattles, shakes, or squeeks.
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You know what's not funny? I just had my exhaust fixed, I'm pretty sure they overcharged me, and it stinkin' rattles all the time. :
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speaking of exhaust...I need to get mine fixed. People say they can hear, well more like feel, me comming a mile away...sounds like a muscle car.
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that's funny, they say the same thing about mine....but I'm running open manifolds currently since I blew apart my ansa at the resonator.
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how much did that cost you?
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Back on topic though I would say it is okay to go with a used transmission as the manual in the E30 is pretty bulletproof. As far as clutch disc, pressure plate, and throwout bearing I would oviously go new. Be very careful when it comes to the flywheel though, a used one can be resurfaced and even lightened relatively cheaply however if it is not done perfectly you will get shaky clutch engagement (ask me how i know). If you are planing to do the work yourself a clutch alignment tool is also an absolute must.
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Sweet. My clutch and pressure plate are fairly new. I got a new pilot bearing, throw out bearing, mounts, and of course the alightment tool. And also new pressure plate bolts (I have bad luck with allen bolts).

I got the pedals (pain in the ass) and the new reservior on today. As of now I have a tweener car with an Auto shifter and clutch pedal :-)
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I was reading through Roundel today and saw an advert for a stainless steel clutch line. (kinda like the SS brake lines, but for your clutch I guess) I don't know if this is a viable option for E30's, I just thought it was cool, and worth mentioning.


... allright, found the ad. Korman, $55, and they do have an E30 application.
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Anybodies Opinion on good tranny fluid?
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A slight problem.... I have an 86 325es with Motronic 1.0, my 5 speed i bought is from an 89 325i, with motronic 1.3. I had 2 sensors on my transmission, a speed sensor and a refrence sensor. The new tranny dosent have them, and I need to drill some. And of course, the new flywheel dosent have a notch on the outside either. It dosent even look like theres room to have one. Could i just get someone to weld a little notch on there and drill some holes? I dont know if there is any balance to the flywheel or not if that little notch will throw it off.
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Well... Anybody who is interested, IM FINISHED MY 5 speed SWAP! I know for some people thats not a big deal... but it is for me. Ive had a slushbox that broke down 3 times. I'm so happy to finally had a nice 5 speed . For those of you who are interested in doing a swap, go for it.. It's pretty painless.
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So did you have to get the sensors installed in the tranny and modify the flywheel, or what?
I already have a manual, but it might be a good idea to tell the other squishyshifters what the process entails!

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Yup, I fortunatly found a 5er but for all those Squishybox guys, you should post a writeup or somthing...
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