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I noticed recently that the RealOEM website has undergone some changes – improved layout, new interactive diagrams, catalog updated as of 03/2015, etc. All good news, except for the fact that previous links to diagrams are now broken and no longer show up in forum posts.

Links to individual pages will still redirect, but if you’ve ever linked directly to RealOEM diagrams in past replies or are reading through a thread where others are referencing diagrams that are no longer there, below are some ways to fix your links or track down an old image that is now broken.

Tracking down missing RealOEM diagrams in older posts:

If you come across a thread/post that references a diagram that is no longer there, follow these steps.

1. Quote the message in order to view the original text.
2. Look for the old RealOEM diagram URL.

Old RealOEM Diagram URL: http://www.realoem.com/bmw/diagrams/p/u/199.png
New RealOEM Diagram URL: http://www.realoem.com/bmw/images/diag_2yrb.png (directory and file name has changed)​

3. Copy the old URL into your browser’s address bar.
4. Type “http://web.archive.org/web/*/" in front of the URL and hit “Enter.”


5. The Wayback Machine Internet Archive currently shows that page saved “1 time on December 11, 2011.” Click the date to view the older diagram.

Note: if the image is linked (see below) use the address instead of the [IMG] address, which will redirect to the appropriate page and diagram.[/INDENT] [B]Linking to the new RealOEM diagrams in the future:[/B] [INDENT]Since RealOEM has switched to interactive diagrams, you can no longer right-click and copy the image URL as easily for pasting into forum replies. To link to the new diagrams, you’ll need to go about this another way. I’m using Firefox, but other browsers are similar. 1. On a RealOEM diagram page ([URL="http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=BS53-USA---E46-BMW-330Ci&diagId=11_2879"]like this one), right-click on the page and select “View Page Info”


2. On the next window, select the tab titled “Media” to view all images on the page.

3. Right-click and copy the URL of the new RealOEM diagram.


4. While the older diagrams could be wrapped with tags and shown at 100%, the new RealOEM diagrams are considerably larger in size (see: [URL="https://web.archive.org/web/20111211175855/http://www.realoem.com/bmw/diagrams/p/u/199.png"]old[/URL] vs. [URL="http://www.realoem.com/bmw/images/diag_2yrb.png"]new[/URL]). For readability and easier viewing of the new diagrams, you might consider using the [FEATUREIMG] tag instead.

[INDENT][B]Image Example (left):[/B] [[PLAIN][/PLAIN]FEATUREIMG=""]http://www.realoem.com/bmw/images/diag_2yrb.png[/FEATUREIMG[PLAIN][/PLAIN]]
[B]Linked Image Example (right):[/B] [URL="http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=BS53-USA---E46-BMW-330Ci&diagId=11_2879"][FEATUREIMG="Click to view on RealOEM."]http://www.realoem.com/bmw/images/diag_2yrb.png[/FEATUREIMG[PLAIN][/PLAIN]][/URL[PLAIN][/PLAIN]]

[FEATUREIMG=""]http://www.realoem.com/bmw/images/diag_2yrb.png[/FEATUREIMG] [URL="http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=BS53-USA---E46-BMW-330Ci&diagId=11_2879"][FEATUREIMG="Click to view on RealOEM."]http://www.realoem.com/bmw/images/diag_2yrb.png[/FEATUREIMG][/URL][/INDENT]

The [FEATUREIMG] tag resizes RealOEM's 1288 x 910px images down to a more manageable 645 x 456px. The [IMG] tag will leave them at their original size. You can use this to resize other images, but it may be useful when linking to RealOEM diagrams in the future.[/INDENT]


[B]Updating previous posts (if you’re so inclined):[/B]

[INDENT]Under the forum's [URL="http://forum.e46fanatics.com/search.php"]advanced search[/URL] in the “Search by Keyword” field, enter “IMG RealOEM”, and type your user name into the “Search by User Name” field to return only those posts you can edit.

Using the above information, you can either update your links accordingly or track down the old image from the Wayback Machine and attach it directly to your post.[/INDENT]


I know a fair amount of people link to and use RealOEM's diagrams, and I’ll be going back through all of my old posts to update everything. If anyone else wants to do the same, it might help others out at some point down the line.

If you’re looking for a missing diagram or looking to link to one in the future, hope some of the above helps, as well!​
 

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I like the high(er) resolution diagrams and the parts cross is now just a click away.

Nice remake so far.
 

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More cool stuff. If you click the FSU part number you'll see the superseded parts. In the old version of REALOEM it was listed on the main table with a start and end date. If they didn't list it on the main table (like they did with the FSU) then you're left wondering when the hell they were replaced, how many replacements there have been or which version your car came with. This new feature makes it easier to track a part version's genesis.

Same thing with the expansion tank. Check it out, the new part was redesigned post-E46 production.

Last, those familiar with Startek for the MB brand will know this one. You can now click on a part number and it will be identified on the picture, or click on the picture number and it will be highlighted on the table.

I like the changes!
 
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