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M60 swap eliminating EWS for 404 ECU/DME

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July 27, 2014
M60 swap eliminating EWS for 404 ECU/DME

One essential part of the M60B40 swap into an E30 or otherwise is to eliminate EWS if you got an engine from an EWS car. EWS is a security system meant to prevent your car from being stolen and subsequently started. The reason the 404 DME (0261200404) is used is because it does not...
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OEM fitting rubber E30 floormats from an E82

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June 3, 2014
OEM fitting rubber E30 floormats from an E82

I had been looking for OEM esque rubber floormats for my E30 and after years of searching have come across something that truly looks OEM, and is OEM (except that these are made for an E82 by BMW). OEM BMW part number: Black – 51472239697 Grey – 51470439165 Beige – 51470439166 The best part...
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E30 boosterless brake bracket (booster delete) manual brakes for swap cars

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May 25, 2014
E30 boosterless bracket manual brakes titus

Only a couple of years ago boosterless brake (manual brakes) setups were considered impractical because the available designs offered by vendors were single master cylinder brackets that protruded the MC into the engine bay. The problem was that one master cylinder cannot provide leg pedal pressure that is soft enough for daily driving, or...
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Wiring harness adapter guide for e30 M60 and OBD 1 M62 swap, pinout, and a cheap way of getting X20 and C101 connectors

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May 24, 2014
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Making a harness to adapt the X20 connector found on the M60 engine harness (and OBD 1 M62 swaps) to connect to the body C101 wiring harness is a major component of the M60/2 swap that people are usually unclear or have anxiety about. Unfortunately there are no main stream suppliers that make and...
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E30, BMW, and Mercedes Driveshaft and u-joint rebuild, non-serviceable u-joints.

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January 3, 2014
Staked in ujoint driveshaft

BMW (including E30′s) and some Mercedes drive-shafts particularly of the 80′s-90′s vintage have what are called non-serviceable staked in...
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The mystery of the unknown BMW Vin number

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June 8, 2013
The mystery of the unknown BMW Vin number

Many months ago I took out a 380 ECU out of my E30, expecting to find a 153 ECU,...
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BMW VIN decoder – see what options your BMW came with from the factory

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September 2, 2012
BMW VIN decoder – see what options your BMW came with from the factory

On a 25 year old E30 it is hard to know what options were original to the car and what options...
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Diagnosing and fixing cooling system and overheating issues

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July 3, 2012
Diagnosing and fixing cooling system and overheating issues

I recently acquired another E30 and am officially back in the E30 scene. Unfortunately the car had an overheating problem among other things, and...
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