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Old 06-29-2006, 10:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Allright, so I sold my Suburban (Minerva), have a little extra money in the budget for the next couple months, and am working 55+ hours this weekend for extra $$. There have been lots of little things that I've wanted to fix on the car, and a couple of mods, so I went on an Ebay/Bavauto/other spending spree, and all of the stuff is on the way.
Here's the list:
Z3 Steering rack conversion (woot)
H1/H4 Headlight conversion
"Sport" maplight rear view mirror
Fixing all leaks (oil pan gasket, valve cover gasket (inc. valve adjustment))
Manual Transmission Fluid change
Hood (release, shock (ouch!)and new hood pads)
Fan Resistor (only blows high now)
New shift knob, and all new black alcantara boots (MT, Brake, and Brake handle)
Euro grills, and blackout kidney (NO kamei eyebrows for now)
Z3 antenna conversion
SI board batteries, OBC lights, and radio light that burnt out
License plate strip (front, no plate in NC, FTW)
New Console, rear ashtray, battery box
Updated plastic bumpers
Rear Euro Plate Filler
Shadowline trim
All Red Taillights
red means done
I'll try and document a lot of these... and let you know of progress. If I'm using someone else's writeup, I'll post a link.
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Here's the list:
Z3 Steering rack conversion (woot)
H1/H4 Headlight conversion
"Sport" maplight rear view mirror
Fixing all leaks (oil pan gasket, valve cover gasket (inc. valve adjustment))
Manual Transmission Fluid change
Hood (release, shock (ouch!), and new hood pads)
Fan Resistor (only blows high now)
New shift knob, and all new black alcantara boots (MT, Brake, and Brake handle)
Euro grills, and blackout kidney (trying to decide if I'm going to do eyebrows, too, probably not)
Z3 antenna conversion
SI board batteries, OBC lights, and radio light that burnt out
License plate strip (front, no plate in NC, FTW)
New Console, rear ashtray, battery box

oh how would it be.....

yea well I'm cleaning my car this weekend.....so there...

yea it sounds like alot of fun.....
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Allright, so I sold my Suburban (Minerva), have a little extra money in the budget for the next couple months, and am working 55+ hours this weekend for extra $$. There have been lots of little things that I've wanted to fix on the car, and a couple of mods, so I went on an Ebay/Bavauto/other spending spree, and all of the stuff is on the way.
Here's the list:
Z3 Steering rack conversion (woot)
H1/H4 Headlight conversion
"Sport" maplight rear view mirror
Fixing all leaks (oil pan gasket, valve cover gasket (inc. valve adjustment))
Manual Transmission Fluid change
Hood (release, shock (ouch!), and new hood pads)
Fan Resistor (only blows high now)
New shift knob, and all new black alcantara boots (MT, Brake, and Brake handle)
Euro grills, and blackout kidney (trying to decide if I'm going to do eyebrows, too, probably not)
Z3 antenna conversion
SI board batteries, OBC lights, and radio light that burnt out
License plate strip (front, no plate in NC, FTW)
New Console, rear ashtray, battery box

I'll try and document a lot of these... and let you know of progress. If I'm using someone else's writeup, I'll post a link.
I think the console will be the hardest part, followed by the tranny fluid (there's some stuff called like super purple or something, it rocks) the valve adjustment requires a good set of feeler gauges, but takes no time at all.

edit: here's a good article on the valve adjustment. Happy Birthday. http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/tech...lve_Adjust.htm And here's a cheating hint: at any given time, there are 6 valves that are not contacting the cam lobes at all, and 6 that are contacting or are too close to be accessable. If done properly, you should only have to turn the engine once.
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Oh, the console I'm replacing is the one with the E-brake sticking out of it, shouldn't be that hard, I bought redline MTF (L? whatever), and I have feeler gauges, so I'm good to go. Thanks for the article though... pictures are good.

p.s. I wish they would come out with that damn book already!! I bought the e30 Restoration Bible, I hope that has some good stuff in it...

Edit: Got a box from BavAuto tonight. Fixed my hood shock, driver's door handle surround, and put the new shift knob on. Small stuff, didn't have much time.
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Did a little work tonight.... headlights, grills, battery box...
Let me tell you.. the H1/H4 upgrade is the bomb!! The low beams are definitely an improvement, and my brights light up the road like you wouldn't believe!! Now I just have to wire my trash so that my fogs stay on with the brights! Euro grills on, I don't think I'm going to do the eyebrows, as they cover up like a euro grill anyways.... but not as subtle... we'll see.
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Now I just have to wire my trash so that my fogs stay on with the brights!
Your going to look like a big ole 18 wheeler comming down the road with 6 friggin headlights....I've actually been wanting to do this to my car too
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I'm wondering if I should have gotten the H1/H4 headlights instead of the projector ones... I'd like to see a comparison...
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I don't have the projectors, all I had was the regular halogen bulbs... but I can find a picture of old, and compare to new, or I can just put the old ones in one side and turn them both on....
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yeah, but I'll only be using all 6 on dark twisty roads in the middle of the night...
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Decided to work on my car tonight after 10 pm... put the front license strip on, then, since I had the bumper most of the way off, I decided I should just go ahead and tuck it "while I'm in there" <--- famous last words.

Remember how you're supposed to drill the bumper shock so that you can squash it and push your bumper in? Do you also remember how people say that the contents of said shock are under pressure?
Yeah. DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE PRESSURE!!! : Ask me how I know...
The first one I did pretty much sprayed in my face, good thing I was off to the side a bit, and had my glasses on, or I might be blind now... I covered the second one and my hand with the drill with a plastic bag... no mess that time. Well, now I have a tucked bumper, I just have to match the back one up... I promise I'll post some pictures soon, I was waiting for the license plate strip to go on, well, I'm going to do the Z3 antenna, then tuck the rear bumper, then I'll take some pics... okay?
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Thanks, but I already installed the H4's, and I'm happy with them. At least so far...
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I dont know if this is true but do you know if the 95 M3 shares the same steering rack as the z3? I believe the 96+ e36 M3's do have a less direct steering rack than the 95 m3. I was planning on doign the z3 rack but was told it shares the same rack as the 95 m3.
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The information I was given says otherwise. Off the top of my head...
E36's in general have a 3.2 lock to lock
95 M3 has 3.0 lock to lock (not sure about newer E36 M3's)
Z3 1.9 has 2.7 lock to lock.
I guess if I called up zionsville autosport or bought the CD for the conversion it would tell me, but I'm just going to wing it from a writeup I found on R3V and E30tech.
I got the rack for $250, and associated parts should be less than $150.. not bad, I guess. Of course, I'm doing it myself, too, and I might need a couple tools
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