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  • #61
    I finally replaced the tensioner with the upgraded e36 m3 part. I had started getting some not-very-pleasant sounding starts lately with the s14. All the writeups on how to do it make it seem really easy, but with an AC car its a pain in the ass to get to the spot with a big enough socket. (32mm)

    Solution? Cut a socket.


    With this deep socket cut, I was able to get the new tensioner on. Thankfully the old tensioner came out with the 19mm as the old tensioner is two pieces. People talk about how much of a pain in the ass it is to install the old style part, and you can see why with the stupidly long spring.


    It was also verrrryyy nerve wrecking starting the car up the first time after installing. Its crucial you install it with the grooves in the tensioner facing the right way.

    I also replaced my suede interior pieces with leather, as I was sick of wearing gloves while I was driving the car. :p I found a really nice 370mm leather wheel, and bought a new oem m3 shift knob+boot combo.


    Ive been tinkering.

    My right tail light I had replaced with a n.o.s. part, but my left taillight had a bunch of pressure cracks. I bought a replacement taillight that didnt have any little cracks in it. However it needed to be polished.


    With a little plastic polish and a buffer, it cleaned up really nice.


    I replaced the little rivets that hold the plastic piece on the edge of the trunk, only to realize the PO used some rubber cement stuff to hold the piece down. I didn't get an after picture, but with some patience I cleared it all off. This picture was taken after I took the big chunks off.


    I went to home depot and got some adhesive plastic thats normally used to protect carpet when painting walls. I used it on my tan floor mats to make sure they stay looking nice.


    I realized the battery tray in my car was not the proper part. When taking out, I found some surface rust underneath, likely from a battery leaking acid. Thankfully none of it was deep and I was able to grind it all off, then a coat of Por-15 to keep the rust away.


    All cleaned up. The rest of the brown spots are dirt. Ill clean everything out a lot better in there and paint over the repair eventually.


    Old "tray" vs new. I painted the battery tray with some trim paint before throwing it back in


    In its spot


    I was missing a little clip here


    Thankfully still available for cheap from bmw


    Whats this? :o


    Turns out it was a few things including a new radiator, water pump, misc coolant hoses...and a few other things I dont remember. So commence the breakdown.


    Step 1: Mentally prepare to make a mess
    Step 2: Make a mess


    Good thing I had a new alternator bracket


    New stuff is nice


    To think you used to be able to find these cars in a junkyard






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    • #62
      Took the pulleys out and painted them




      Painted this


      and these



      My car was missing these pieces all together before. You can see here I have 4 brackets for the radiator. I think a shop replaced the core support from a non-m at some point. I removed the unused brackets and I have a new core support ready to go in at some point.


      Old vs new water pump hose


      New connector and wiring for the aux fan switch on the thermostat


      New water pump, reman'd alternator with new bushings, new belts, replaced those little bushings for the ps pump bracket


      New radiator


      New fan clutch and new fan


      Painted a bracket here and cleaned a bit


      coil bracket


      I bought a new throttle cable because my throttle always felt off. I found out why. The little bushing that held the throttle cable to the gas pedal bracket was some diy job, and the two bushings that hold the gas pedal bracket to the chassis were completely missing. Needless to say things are better now.


      And because leather ebrake boots for our cars are backordered until next year, I found one that looks very close to oem.


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      • #63
        Awesome

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        • #64
          I swapped my e38 16"s for my buddys stock 15"s.


          yay or nay (to center console vent thing)








          Also got a z3 shifter in now. No bending required, just put the lever in as I got it. Feels muuuuch better. I did replace the white plastic bushing.

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          • #65
            I use the center console storage too much to block it off like that, but it's a different look. Did you buy a new or used door gasket? I bought a new one last year and it looks totally different than the original. I ended up putting the original back on, so I'm still on the hunt for a good condition original driver side door gasket.

            New on the left, original on the right:


            Original on top, new on the bottom:


            Alles Beste!

            B. Wheaton
            1989 E30 M3, Owner since June 2000
            2008 E61 535xiT - The DD and work horse

            http://www.bayareamotorsport.com

            Register your E30 M3!
            http://www.bmwmregistry.com

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            • jhaurimn
              jhaurimn commented
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              replied to you below

          • #66
            I dont really drive my car much at all so finding a spot for my phone and wallet the few times I do isnt a big deal to me. I cant imagine having it in a car I daily though.

            I am aware the seals are slightly different. I had bought a oem seal for my 325i a couple years back when the price was still reasonable and noticed the difference as well. However, things are a bit different now and each seal is $325 from the dealer, and they dont match anyways. So I bought these rep seals- http://www.r3vlimited.com/board/showthread.php?t=347247

            They fit just as nice as oem. The fuzz is grey which makes them look more original than new oem seals from bmw really. And for $200 for two seals vs $650 for two oem seals...it was an easy decision. If you want more pics of the seals, I can take some. But they look just like the new oem seals, but with grey fuzz.

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            • #67
              Those are great and the price is right. I can't believe BMW thinks they can charge such an outrageous price for these things. Thanks for the info!
              Alles Beste!

              B. Wheaton
              1989 E30 M3, Owner since June 2000
              2008 E61 535xiT - The DD and work horse

              http://www.bayareamotorsport.com

              Register your E30 M3!
              http://www.bmwmregistry.com

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              • jhaurimn
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                I have an original driver door seal in my 325 thats still in good condition. The rubber is still in good condition with no holes/tears. If I can cover the cost of two rep seals with it, its all yours.

            • #68
              Do you mind sending some pics to brandon_wheaton at hotmail.com?

              Many thanks!
              Brandon
              Alles Beste!

              B. Wheaton
              1989 E30 M3, Owner since June 2000
              2008 E61 535xiT - The DD and work horse

              http://www.bayareamotorsport.com

              Register your E30 M3!
              http://www.bmwmregistry.com

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              • jhaurimn
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                Sure can! I will tonight if I dont forget
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