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E30 Suspension Tuning 1988 Motor Trend Article

February 9, 2021

While the E30 was still new in 1988, Motor Trend set out to compare various suspension related upgrades. Article below:
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Leaking hydraulic sealing copper or aluminum washer? Can’t get it to seal? Use a dowty (bonded washer).

January 17, 2021

Most automotive hydraulic applications use a copper or aluminum washer for sealing. The idea is that the two surfaces are near perfectly flat and all that is needed is a hint of squished copper or aluminum. A small gouge, unevenness, or slop in the mounting threads can mean the squish of a copper or...
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E30 Heat cores 64118391363 vs 64118391362 and Nissens 70501

January 17, 2021

If your in the market for a heater core for your E30, you should know that there are two different types of heater cores that covered near all E30 years. When referring the ETK or RealOEM you find both heater cores listed, but they are certainly not interchangeable There is the 64118391363 and 64118391362...
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Who makes OEM fuses for BMW?

August 8, 2020

The short answer is Littelfuse. The long answer is that historically, a German company by the name of Pudenz was the maker of BMW fuses. In 2005 Littelfuse acquired Pudenz and therefore BMW relationship moved to be with Littelfuse. Pudenz fuses:   Littelfuse as received directly from a BMW dealership:     Be careful...
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Power Steering Line From Reservoir to Pump compatibility between early and late E30 M20

April 29, 2020

If you have an early E30 (pre 10/87) your power steering line from the reservoir to the pump probably looks like this: The hose is held to the banjo by a worm style hose clamp: Post 10/87 has a banjo permanently crimped to the hose: If you check the ETK, there is no mention...
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Relocating E30 Central locking to fix moisture problems once and for all

April 12, 2020
Relocating E30 Central locking to fix moisture problems once and for all

A few years ago I wrote about common problems with the E30 central locking and how to fix them. Two of most common E30 Central locking/Power locking issues and how to fix them Well, its time to revisit the topic, because I have figured out the once and for all solution. You see, even...
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BBS RG 003 Center Cap Part Numbers

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.

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.

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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Toyota Techstream 0xC0040001 Error, MVCI Driver ended prematurely error and Unable to connect to vim Techstream

October 24, 2019

So you’re trying to get Techstream going, but you keep getting errors; let me help you solve all of them in one place.   Toyota Techstream 0xC0040001 Error – This error is due to a firmware limitation, there are generally two firmware versions of the J2534 connector. Version 1.4.1 and Version 2.0.4. To access...
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