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Forum: General E46 Forum 02-15-2020, 06:32 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,086
Posted By Megalocnus
Four input flange bolts on 325i, six on 330i...

Four input flange bolts on 325i, six on 330i models. The output flange bolts are always six per side, but they can be of different lengths depending on the transmission.
If ordering bolts, make sure...
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-06-2020, 09:51 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 740
Posted By Megalocnus
Very ambitious project. Gave up on 6-speed...

Very ambitious project. Gave up on 6-speed conversion?
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-03-2020, 03:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 159
Posted By Megalocnus
Don't think the expansion tank would age if the...

Don't think the expansion tank would age if the car wasn't driven. I'd be more concerned about the rubber cooling system parts - hoses, and gaskets, and about other rubber engine gaskets and seals...
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-03-2020, 03:21 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,086
Posted By Megalocnus
That's not what I've seen - In my case the...

That's not what I've seen -

In my case the input shaft seal was pushed to seat flush with the housing, but it could easily go deeper.

The output seals were as far in as possible - essentially...
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-03-2020, 01:59 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,086
Posted By Megalocnus
You don't need to drop the exhaust, but I highly...

You don't need to drop the exhaust, but I highly recommend to take the differential out of the car when replacing the input seal. It would be possible to replace the output seals while the...
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-02-2020, 11:30 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,086
Posted By Megalocnus
Right - only the input/ pinion shaft seal, and...

Right - only the input/ pinion shaft seal, and high strength thread locker for the nut. You can buy a new locking plate, or reuse the old one.

Same goes for the output seals - you probably don't...
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-02-2020, 05:56 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,086
Posted By Megalocnus
You also need a high strength thread locker - if...

You also need a high strength thread locker - if you already have one, make sure it hasn't expired.

This is a relatively simple job, but it must be done right.
The key is to have proper tools: a...
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-02-2020, 05:35 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,086
Posted By Megalocnus
You probably can bend back and reuse the locking...

You probably can bend back and reuse the locking plate, but it's cheap enough to just buy an extra one.
You can also replace the output seals at the same time since they aren't too expensive either...
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-29-2020, 06:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 274
Posted By Megalocnus
I'd also use (have done) the BMW Loctite...

I'd also use (have done) the BMW Loctite 83190404517 rather than an ebay paper gasket.

In addition to points made above, the key is to get the differential out (with the added bonus that you can...
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-23-2020, 08:16 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,040
Posted By Megalocnus
I never managed to inject more than a quart of...

I never managed to inject more than a quart of fresh fluid into the differential, but I always had the car raised at all four corners, trying to keep it as level as possible.
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-22-2020, 03:38 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,091
Posted By Megalocnus
You will be fine. I put a thin film of lithium...

You will be fine.
I put a thin film of lithium anti-seize (rear half-shaft splines), because I had a very hard time getting one of them out - it was virtually welded to the hub, even though this is...
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-22-2020, 02:58 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,561
Posted By Megalocnus
On stock suspension they'll work just fine. ...

On stock suspension they'll work just fine.
Slightly lowered (my car, by about .5"), and they still can be used, but the front bumper cover rubs a bit.
1" lowered or more, and they aren't going to...
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-21-2020, 02:14 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,316
Posted By Megalocnus
Congrats on the new car dmax. A 2016 340i...

Congrats on the new car dmax.
A 2016 340i probably makes more sense than trying to find a good E90 328i manual. I hear only good things about the B58 - BMW finally made a proper inline six turbo...
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-19-2020, 10:43 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,937
Posted By Megalocnus
Pretty sure every E46 owner who cared about the...

Pretty sure every E46 owner who cared about the car feels being scammed at the sight a total loss insurance offer... I sure felt like that when my 323i sport manual was totaled back in 2013.
The at...
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-18-2020, 05:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 585
Posted By Megalocnus
When I was looking to buy a differential, I found...

When I was looking to buy a differential, I found numerous ads with incorrect descriptions.

If it's on ebay, perhaps there are photos showing the top side label? If there isn't a photo available,...
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-16-2020, 06:55 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 951
Posted By Megalocnus
The link above refers to structural epoxy - this...

The link above refers to structural epoxy - this is not to be used as a glue to attach reinforcement plates, but as a cavity filler, which encases the mounting blocks, thus reinforcing the spot welds...
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-15-2020, 09:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 307
Posted By Megalocnus
The early N52 engines have a CCV system similar...

The early N52 engines have a CCV system similar to the M54 and M52TU engines, except it has a built-in electric heater - hence the parts are way more expensive...
The N52K has a much simpler and...
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-15-2020, 05:33 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 718
Posted By Megalocnus
The question is relevant two ways - Fist,...

The question is relevant two ways -
Fist, we'd know what FSRs to avoid.
Second, if you were buying the latest version OE or OEM FSR, and still getting them fail within months of installation, the...
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-15-2020, 03:53 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 718
Posted By Megalocnus
It would be helpful if you mention which brand...

It would be helpful if you mention which brand and version were the previous ones, and where did you get them from.
OE, OEM, or aftermarket?
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-15-2020, 03:42 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,653
Posted By Megalocnus
Reasonably priced tether for old style gas caps,...

Reasonably priced tether for old style gas caps, but worth buying only if the seal is still in decent shape.
Mine was showing signs of ageing, so when the tether broke about a year ago, I just got a...
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-07-2020, 01:05 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,875
Posted By Megalocnus
Yes, the M52TUB28 is hard to beat...

Yes, the M52TUB28 is hard to beat reliability-wise.
All things considered, perhaps the N52K is the most logical choice - good engine without major issues, more expensive to maintain compared to the...
Forum: General E46 Forum 12-24-2019, 11:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 181
Posted By Megalocnus
Frohe Weihnachten :)

Frohe Weihnachten :)
Forum: General E46 Forum 12-23-2019, 08:46 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,561
Posted By Megalocnus
My car will get only a full-size spare wheel -...

My car will get only a full-size spare wheel - bought a 18x8 style 135 wheel in great condition. Not sure the stock donut can be trusted 15 years after production.
Looking right now for a good...
Forum: General E46 Forum 12-22-2019, 07:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 205
Posted By Megalocnus
Can't be 100% sure, but very likely the 188K...

Can't be 100% sure, but very likely the 188K differential internals are interchangeably compatible.

Two things worth to mention though:
BMW switched from tapered roller to ball bearing in...
Forum: General E46 Forum 12-18-2019, 04:13 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,743
Posted By Megalocnus
While this is not entirely impossible, I find it...

While this is not entirely impossible, I find it highly unlikely.
Can you find this comment and post it here?
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