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Do it Yourself

A place to find DIY guides to doing car repairs/mods/etc.

E30 boosterless brake bracket (booster delete) manual brakes for swap cars

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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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E30 Vacuum leak – ‘advanced’ location under the throttle body

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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

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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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Brake lines for BMW’s and E30’s: the Bubble flare not the Double flare

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March 16, 2013

Many people are not aware that there are different types of brake lines, different types of flares (with different unions), different materials that they can be made of, or how to cut, and flare them properly. The most common brake line size for most BMW’s and particularly true for E30’s is 4.75mm with a...
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E30 Rear subframe and subframe bushing removal and install

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March 12, 2013

Supplementary guide for trailing arm bushings: http://www.rtsauto.com/the-easy-way-to-remove-and-install-e30-trailing-arm-bushings/   This is a step by step DIY on how to remove the whole E30 rear subframe assembly, and how to remove and install stock and aftermarket subframe bushings:   1. Put car on 4 jack stands, in the back since you will be removing the subframe,...
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The easy way to remove and install E30 trailing arm bushings

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March 9, 2013
The easy way to remove and install E30 trailing arm bushings

My way is not only faster then most traditional ways, but its also makes the trailing arm bushing come out without much resistance. Things you will need: 30mm socket Bigger C-clamp or PREFERABLY a vise Box cutter KY lube (not required, but if you have it I recommend using it)   First Cut off...
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