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Lessons learned from buying aftermarket parts for my old E30

May 30, 2012
Lessons learned from buying aftermarket parts for my old E30

  My first car, an E30, being excited to get it safetied and to broke to buy OEM parts, I purchased an after market tierod from my local auto parts store.  After getting the car back I heard a grinding/swishing noise that went with the pace of how fast the car was going (the faster I went the more frequent...
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Radiator and cooling for M60 / M62 V8 E30 swap and other swaps

February 8, 2012
Radiator and cooling for M60 / M62 V8 E30 swap and other swaps

It is no surprise that an M60 / M62 requires more cooling capacity. There were two styles of radiators in M20 e30’s 1988+ and pre 1988. If you have 1988+ then an e36 or a Z3M (e36/4) radiator will fit without modification. If you have a pre 1988 then ‘it drops in, no mods,...
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Calculating rim and tire sizes to achieve stock wheel diameter

January 24, 2012
Calculating rim and tire sizes to achieve stock wheel diameter

So your thinking, man I really dont like those bottle caps (stock rims) on my E30. A mistake a lot of people make is they intuitively think that a bigger rim automatically equals a bigger overall wheel diameter. Tire sizing is determined by calculating the mm width of the tread, percentage of that width...
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Mounting an M60 / M62 V8 Into an e30 without subframe spacers and without drivetrain angle

January 22, 2012
Mounting an M60 / M62 V8 Into an e30 without subframe spacers and without drivetrain angle

It has long been the norm to use subframe spacers while preforming the m60 / m62 v8 swap into an e30. Where did this norm start? Well basically as far as I can tell it started with an old-er swap guide which you will find somewhat translated here.  So for the sake of convenience...
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Manual Braking, Boosterless setup for people swapping engines, racing, or otherwise wanting a Manual Braking system

January 20, 2012
Manual Braking, Boosterless setup for people swapping engines, racing, or otherwise wanting a Manual Braking system

A few days ago I was researching if it was possible to run a boosterless setup (only master cylinders), and still have leg input force that was daily drivable. When swapping in different engines into an e30, often times the brake booster has to be relocated upfront just behind the left headlight (as with...
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Stomp test and why you should have a 173 ECU vs 153.

May 11, 2011
Stomp test and why you should have a 173 ECU vs 153.

So you have a check engine light on, and your a backyard mechanic. One of the most useful free tools in your arsenal is what is called the stomp test; this test basically makes the check engine light flash to give you a code, with this code you can determine the fault for why...
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Free Vin check

February 27, 2011

I have been looking for Free Vin check website ever since I can remember. Thanks to the guys at http://52internet.net/autocheck/ we all can now get a free autocheck report. Its rather nice seeing where all my old cars have ended up, I had always been curious. Below: 1. Input the vin number 2. Click...
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The art of bolt tightening

January 29, 2011
The art of bolt tightening

For some this might be obvious but for those who dont know this will save you alot of headache in the future, tightening bolts properly is essential to seal gaskets properly to distribute the tightening pressure so you dont get leaks; in most cases if you dont tighten in the proper order the gasket...
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Ground cable replace it! (E30 preventative)

December 7, 2010
Ground cable replace it! (E30 preventative)

Replacing your old ground cables is a prime example of one of the best preventative-to-cost ratio maintenance you can do for yourself and your e30. Why? Because if your body to oil pan ground goes out, your starter wont turn and you will be forced to push start or tow your car, and then...
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BMW E90 valve train (lifter) tick/noise

November 27, 2010
BMW E90 valve train (lifter) tick/noise

Before you buy an E90 you should probably consider ether getting a certified pre owned which provides extended warranty or getting after market insurance if your new car warranty is getting near its expiry date. Why? its not uncommon for your new e90 lifters (part of valve train) to start ticking, it happens because a minor design flaw in the...
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