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Do it Yourself

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

Stomp test and why you should have a 173 ECU vs 153.

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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

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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

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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)

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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

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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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Parts required for BMW E90 automatic to manual swap (part numbers included)

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September 28, 2010
Parts required for BMW E90 automatic to manual swap (part numbers included)

I am pretty sure I am one of the first list to put such a list together. Im cant guaranty this is all the parts you need for a manual conversion but it should cover most of it. Due to the relative youth of the E90 there isnt much information on how to do major things...
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E30 BMW M3 spoilers

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September 7, 2010
E30 BMW M3 spoilers

Want a little more downforce without being rice? Well, with the evolution of the e30 m3 (quite literally evo I, evo II, evo III) the rear spoiler evolved also. I won’t be covering the alpina/hartge/etc spoilers here yet. This is the regular E30 spoiler more or less it is just there for show, a...
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Welding (General information and perfection pictures)

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August 25, 2010
Welding (General information and perfection pictures)

If your into cars and cars as old or older then the E30 then inevitably you will need to weld something weather its for performance reasons, repair reasons, or rust reasons. A few perfect (i would call them works of art) pictures of welds sparked my desire to cover this on rtsauto: There are 4 main...
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Tools (General and E30)

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August 20, 2010
Tools (General and E30)

If you own an e30 and your not rich (rich to the e30 community is pretty damn low) chances are you are more then happy to tinker on your own ride. Hell… the e30 will probably enable you to learn enough handy knowledge to where people will start asking you for advise. Bmw was...
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E30 Jacking points (also relevant information to other cars)

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August 15, 2010
E30 Jacking points (also relevant information to other cars)

Ok so you bought an e30 and you bought yourself a jack, and now wonder where to jack it up from: Well the factory jacking points are always a good bet, but quite often if you live in a winter prone area of the world, these mounts rust/rot away to unusable jacking points. This...
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