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BBS RG 003 Center Cap Part Numbers

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December 30, 2019
BBS RG 003 Center Cap Part Numbers

Unless the center caps came with your BBS RG003’s, the details for what center cap parts you need is hard to find. So here it is: 09.23.134 (metal outer ring) 09.23.133 (Outer plastic ring) 09.23.132 (Inner plastic ring) 09.23.131 (Hex nut) 09.24.036 (Emblem) However any 3 prong 70mm front/ 56mm rear will work  
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BMW E30 vintage aftermarket wheel showdown and how they compare: ATS 7058, BBS Cast (RZ320), BBS Forged (RG003), OEM BMW 15″ Euroweaves (Alumetall), D&W (Silver-line and Turbo-line), Fondmetal 2300 HB, King 2715.26, MSW 1968 D, OZ Racing 52705 BW 1 and Ronal R 15.

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December 15, 2019

  Ever wanted an apples to apples showdown between various E30 fitment 1980’s aftermarket wheels? That is exactly what Auto Motor und Sport did in 1988 with 11 wheels: ATS 7058, BBS Cast (RZ320), BBS Forged (RG003), OEM BMW 15″ Euroweaves (Alumetall), D&W (Silver-line and Turbo-line), Fondmetal 2300 HB, King 2715.26, MSW 1968 D, OZ racing...
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Is powdercoating bad for rims? Yes, and illegal in Germany. So is using heat to bend them back.

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December 8, 2019

Most powdercoating establishments, including rim repair ‘professionals’ powdercoat and then bake rims between 300F and 400F for around 15-20 minutes. What if I told you that baking aluminum alloy wheels at 300-400f will weaken them permanently? Aluminum is annealed when new, which for the laymen means they heat up the metal and let is...
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P0172 System too rich code caused by K&N or other oiled filters (contaminated MAF)

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October 14, 2019

The P0172 check engine code is an interesting code because it identifies that the engine is running rich, but doesn’t otherwise specify the root cause. First thing to check and clean when such a code occurs is the mass air flow sensor. Generally it is the first sensor to become fowled, and the contamination...
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What type of fire extinguisher to get for a car?

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February 3, 2019
What type of fire extinguisher to get for a car?

For automotive uses, we are generally concerned with Class A, B and C fires.   Dry Powder: Without a doubt, the cheapest fire extinguisher type is dry powder. These fire extinguishers use mono-ammonium phosphate, sodium bicarbonate or potassium bicarbonate (Purple K). Apart from making a mess, the problem with them is that they are...
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Technical evolution 02, E21, E30, E36, to E46 (56k warning, lots of detail)

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February 1, 2019
Technical evolution 02, E21, E30, E36, to E46 (56k warning, lots of detail)

Crash Testing: Body Structures: Front and Rear suspension systems: Standard equipment and order-able options:   Aerodynamics and weight:   Emissions, Alternator and Headlights:   Dimensions and overall vehicle detail:     Engine Materials: Heating, Ventilation and AC:   MISC:
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Who makes genuine oils for Toyota, BMW, Honda, Nissan and others?

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November 11, 2018

“Genuine” oil is a money making cash cow for most car brands. The reason is simple; they are able to buy the oil in bulk, slap their name on it and therefore charge more then something you could buy from any number of places that sell oil. It should be no surprise that the...
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What are parking lights and how do you use them?

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July 4, 2018

If you don’t know or understand how parking lights work; you’re not alone. Your use or need for parking lights greatly depends on where you’re from, North Americans are the least likely to have experience with parking lights because of our well lit roads and ample dedicated parking space. In Europe and many other...
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Should you put anti seize on your lug nuts or wheel bolts?

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June 8, 2018
Should you put anti seize on your lug nuts or wheel bolts?

When you hear or read someone say not to put anti-seize or another lubricant on your threads just remember; torque is just the means to getting appropriate tension. The problem is, tension goes both ways, and dry torque specs assume clean new threads. As this video illustrates, a less than new bolt yields only...
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Diesel oil vs Gasoline oil: what oil to run in old cars?

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June 7, 2018
Diesel oil vs Gasoline oil: what oil to run in old cars?

As technology has advanced, you would assume that oils and their ability to lubricate have improved; and they have, but that development is a double edge sword. The agenda behind oil development is as much about lubrication as it is a battle against environmental impact, catalytic converter health, and fuel efficiency. If you look...
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