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M60 swap eliminating EWS for 404 ECU/DME

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

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

May 25, 2014

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

May 24, 2014

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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How to align an E30 hood by yourself, also how to remove and install by yourself

January 6, 2014
How to align an E30 hood by yourself, also how to remove and install by yourself

I often hear people referring to the alignment, removal and installation of the hood as a two person job. Its easy to understand why people have this misconception. One would assume you open the hood while one person holds it and the other unscrews the mounting bolts. However, all three should be done with...
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E30, BMW, and Mercedes Driveshaft and u-joint rebuild, non-serviceable u-joints.

January 3, 2014

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 u-joints. Over-time the grease inside the u-joints drys out, get pasty or otherwise stops performing its job; this causes the u-joint needle bearings to bind. Binding u-joints will cause vibrations to be felt at a...
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Fuel injector connector differences between early and late M20 engines and repair instructions for early style connectors

July 15, 2013
Fuel injector connector differences between early and late M20 engines and repair instructions for early style connectors

From 1989 forward; M20 engines (325i, 325is, 325ix, 325, 325e, 325es) used what were called injector harnesses for the fuel injector connectors. Prior to 1989 M20 engines used individual two prong connectors for each individual injector. There are three main benefits to the later harness, the first benefit is that the later harness has...
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The mystery of the unknown BMW Vin number

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, that I changed with a 173. The Vin sticker on the ECU reads: WBATE5FFHA1716242 It seem that this VIN does not exist? When I search the last 7 digits in realoem/BMW ETK I get an...
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E30 Vacuum leak – ‘advanced’ location under the throttle body

May 22, 2013
E30 Vacuum leak – ‘advanced’ location under the throttle body

After blowing a coolant hose I had accidentally pulled off the ‘fuel tank breather valve’ off of its nipple on the throttle body plate. The symptoms where: -Check engine code 1222 but only at idle after 10 seconds and would disappear when throttle was given -Uneven idle This is what the breather valve looks...
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Battery venting, fitment and options for most BMWs and particularly E30’s

May 5, 2013
Battery venting, fitment and options for most BMWs and particularly E30’s

It may seem like a battery is a battery is a battery but  there are some critical differences between batteries. There are essentially two types of batteries you can choose from; AGM and Lead batteries. Many new BMW’s like E90 come with AGM batteries, these batteries use a technology called Absorbed glass mat. Without...
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