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Old 06-03-2018, 11:01 AM   #41821
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I know where it is and I can barely get to it with my hands, just need to get a socket that will fit there.

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Old 06-03-2018, 08:58 PM   #41822
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Got a valve adjustment and a valve cover leak taken care of last week, no more oil smell!

And then, right before going for a drive today to enjoy the break in the rain, noticed that my passenger side rear tire has part of its inside tread worn so badly that the ply is showing. Ordered two new A/S 3+ tires. Will check rear wheel alignment when those get put in.

Hope there’s another break in the rain when it’s all done!
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Old 06-03-2018, 09:37 PM   #41823
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New Coby wheel!

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Old 06-03-2018, 11:22 PM   #41824
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Cleaned my wheels after work. Had a great helper!

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Hi yjsaabman, how cute the little girl is. We all like her very much.
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Old 06-04-2018, 02:27 PM   #41825
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Black wheels. This has been a good year for the 325.



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Old 06-04-2018, 05:46 PM   #41826
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Black wheels. This has been a good year for the 325.









is that a wrap or plastidip or real paint? good looking color!
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Old 06-04-2018, 06:41 PM   #41827
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The car is vinyl wrapped. The wheels are plastidiped.

Thanks!
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Old 06-04-2018, 10:15 PM   #41828
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Ordered a bunch of “new” parts for the “rebuild”....windshield washer motor, cowl, trunk handle, headlights, headlight trim, gas door spring, battery tie down....
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Old 06-06-2018, 09:15 AM   #41829
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Let us know if this works.. I believe I have the same evap code


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Didn't work. Light came back on. Smoke test is in order now.
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Old 06-06-2018, 09:32 AM   #41830
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Last night friend and I did most of the bushings on his '94 325iS and swapped the diff. Having a lift made things so much easier.

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Old 06-06-2018, 10:35 AM   #41831
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Please post if you figure it out out.

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Old 06-06-2018, 02:59 PM   #41832
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Replaced the valve cover gaskets to remedy a small leak. Car has 220,000. I've had it for 100,000 of those.
Rubber bolt grommets were nice and plyable, but gaskets were crispy. Had an Oh #*&t moment when I thought I stripped a center bolt, but jfoj talked me off the ledge.
Took longer to clean up the engine compartment than to change the gaskets, thanks to my Milwaukee electric impact and ratchet.

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I've done the vc gasket on my m54 3 times including the m56 vc mod and once on my m52 and only used my Milwaukee impact to remove about 3 nuts
I feel more comfortable using a ratchet on a valve cover than power tools.

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Old 06-07-2018, 03:50 PM   #41833
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Replaced a license plate light lens, got 4 from a part out. Perfect match to my cloudy existing one.Click image for larger version

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Old 06-08-2018, 05:13 PM   #41834
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Just want to give some insight on my retrofit/upgrade and give some pointers to everyone that have Stock AL/Bosch projectors and are interested in upgrading to a newer Projectors.

All my guidelines and help came from Thebuildjournal & Grayson Terry .. THANK YOU!

Purchased NHK G5-R Projector with E46 Bracket by Lightwerkz Global Inc.



Bulbs: Osram CBI *Purchased about half a year ago from Lightwerkz as well*

Ballast & Ignitor: Factory

Angel Eyes: Khoalty

NOTE
Before taking my instructions to consideration note that the sizing of cutting the pegs may vary depending on the projectors you get. These guidelines are mostly for G5-R and variants or possibly others but i would recommend taking your time and doing some cut and fit process.

So my starting process was to measure all pegs from the bottom lip of where the reflector edge ends and the top of the peg and notice they are all the same size which was about 7/8 and after some trial and error, & cutting it, & trying it, i found that 3/16 was the most that i can cut before having a super thin peg to mount on and make it less strong to carry the projectors. This method of cutting made the projectors sit slightly flush.








After all that and mounting them back to the housing and testing them. They seem to be fine and looked great but there was one problem. The Secondary High beam (Flash to pass) was a bit higher than the cut off. I thought it was going be normal but i decided to test out my previous stock headlight reflector and projector and saw that the projector and secondary high sits roughly the same. So i went back to add one *1/8 nuts* onto the bottom two pegs to raise a bit of the projector (Which makes the projectors sit a bit in an angle and makes the bottom pegs 5/16 of high in total)










Now mounting them back onto the car, both lights *Projectors and Flash to Pass* sit on top of each other perfectly.


Here are a comparison between Stock AL/Bosch Projectors Vs G5-R

TOP: STOCK

BOTTOM: G5-R
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Old 06-08-2018, 07:44 PM   #41835
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In the middle of rear shock replacement on my touring. I have a few other things to do tomorrow, as well. My ride home was an E83 X3 from work.

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Old 06-09-2018, 12:48 AM   #41836
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Just want to give some insight on my retrofit/upgrade and give some pointers to everyone that have Stock AL/Bosch projectors and are interested in upgrading to a newer Projectors.

All my guidelines and help came from Thebuildjournal & Grayson Terry .. THANK YOU!

Purchased NHK G5-R Projector with E46 Bracket by Lightwerkz Global Inc.



Bulbs: Osram CBI *Purchased about half a year ago from Lightwerkz as well*

Ballast & Ignitor: Factory

Angel Eyes: Khoalty

NOTE
Before taking my instructions to consideration note that the sizing of cutting the pegs may vary depending on the projectors you get. These guidelines are mostly for G5-R and variants or possibly others but i would recommend taking your time and doing some cut and fit process.

So my starting process was to measure all pegs from the bottom lip of where the reflector edge ends and the top of the peg and notice they are all the same size which was about 7/8 and after some trial and error, & cutting it, & trying it, i found that 3/16 was the most that i can cut before having a super thin peg to mount on and make it less strong to carry the projectors. This method of cutting made the projectors sit slightly flush.








After all that and mounting them back to the housing and testing them. They seem to be fine and looked great but there was one problem. The Secondary High beam (Flash to pass) was a bit higher than the cut off. I thought it was going be normal but i decided to test out my previous stock headlight reflector and projector and saw that the projector and secondary high sits roughly the same. So i went back to add one *1/8 nuts* onto the bottom two pegs to raise a bit of the projector (Which makes the projectors sit a bit in an angle and makes the bottom pegs 5/16 of high in total)










Now mounting them back onto the car, both lights *Projectors and Flash to Pass* sit on top of each other perfectly.


Here are a comparison between Stock AL/Bosch Projectors Vs G5-R

TOP: STOCK

BOTTOM: G5-R
You need to start a new thread in the lighting section so this doesn't get lost in the next 41,000 posts.

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Old 06-09-2018, 01:04 AM   #41837
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I've done the vc gasket on my m54 3 times including the m56 vc mod and once on my m52 and only used my Milwaukee impact to remove about 3 nuts
I feel more comfortable using a ratchet on a valve cover than power tools.

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Well, I used the battery impact to take out the bolts, then the battery ratchet to install, after hand starting the bolts, but when it got near the end I backed off and finished two bolts with the Torque wrench. But it was the bottom limit of a Harbor Freight wrench, which I don't trust, so I just did it by feel. Basically a 1/8 turn after hand snug.



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Old 06-09-2018, 01:31 PM   #41838
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Finished the work on my touring today. New rear shocks with upgraded upper mounts that don't require interior disassembly. Also installed rear camber arms, replaced the front swaybar end links, and gave it a 4 wheel alignment.

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Old 06-10-2018, 01:28 AM   #41839
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After trying to make victor reinz work 3 times, re-sealing it, finally got a fel-pro valve cover gasket (lucky $30 at ebay) and i'm really happy, no more smoke at the stoplights. Added a bit of "blue" compound at the vanos corners. I highly recommend staying away from victor reinz and get new oem or felpro, those have thicker , softer rubber
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Old 06-10-2018, 06:55 AM   #41840
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After trying to make victor reinz work 3 times, re-sealing it, finally got a fel-pro valve cover gasket (lucky $30 at ebay) and i'm really happy, no more smoke at the stoplights. Added a bit of "blue" compound at the vanos corners. I highly recommend staying away from victor reinz and get new oem or felpro, those have thicker , softer rubber
That's funny as I generally prefer the Victor Reinz gaskets over FelPro and have never had an issue with their gaskets sealing. I also believe Victor Reinz is the OE supplier.

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