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      12-01-2016 12:00 PM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by Elite_Deforce View Post
      TIL.

      Appears to be used in automotive repair. Isn't that still a bad sign?
      Manufacturers use it as well.

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      12-01-2016 12:06 PM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by Elite_Deforce View Post
      TIL.

      Appears to be used in automotive repair. Isn't that still a bad sign?
      Looks completely factory to me?
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      12-01-2016 12:14 PM #28
      Quote Originally Posted by Elite_Deforce View Post
      TIL.

      Appears to be used in automotive repair. Isn't that still a bad sign?
      Totally normal from the factory. The factory does not seam weld. They spot weld (stitch in some cases) and then seam seal the rest.
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      12-01-2016 12:20 PM #29
      Excellent score! I got a chance to get about a month with a 94 318i 5 speed and loved it. I think you'll enjoy that engine as well.

      Funny, my wife is also getting her DNP and should graduate a couple years after yours!

      Also, what the hecke is a heckeblende?

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      12-01-2016 12:21 PM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by Crispyfritter View Post
      Excellent score! I got a chance to get about a month with a 94 318i 5 speed and loved it. I think you'll enjoy that engine as well.

      Funny, my wife is also getting her DNP and should graduate a couple years after yours!

      Also, what the hecke is a heckeblende?

      Chris
      clearly blendes the hecke.

      "Rear trim panel"

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      12-01-2016 12:25 PM #31
      Quote Originally Posted by 91gti20v View Post
      Totally normal from the factory. The factory does not seam weld. They spot weld (stitch in some cases) and then seam seal the rest.
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      12-01-2016 12:25 PM #32
      Quote Originally Posted by Crispyfritter View Post
      Excellent score! I got a chance to get about a month with a 94 318i 5 speed and loved it. I think you'll enjoy that engine as well.

      Funny, my wife is also getting her DNP and should graduate a couple years after yours!

      Also, what the hecke is a heckeblende?

      Chris

      Nice! A great field to be getting into. Is your wife currently a RN?


      Quote Originally Posted by IdontOwnAVW View Post
      clearly blendes the hecke.

      "Rear trim panel"

      LOL

      The panel behind the license plate between the tail lights. They were big in the 80's and 90's. This one is a OEM part which is cool.


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      12-01-2016 12:29 PM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by PoorHouse View Post
      Nice! A great field to be getting into. Is your wife currently a RN?
      Yeah. She has like a million initials behind her name. I guess she collects them or something.

      RN/BSN/CCRN those are the ones I can remember.




      Quote Originally Posted by PoorHouse View Post

      LOL

      The panel behind the license plate between the tail lights. They were big in the 80's and 90's. This one is a OEM part which is cool.

      Gotcha. I wasn't sure what was being highlighted.

      Always, always, always blende your hecke.



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      12-01-2016 12:36 PM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by Crispyfritter View Post
      Yeah. She has like a million initials behind her name. I guess she collects them or something.

      RN/BSN/CCRN those are the ones I can remember.

      Chris

      Same with mine. It is a tough career and hard on the body.

      I would have been in support of my wife becoming an NP even if there wasn't a salary increase. Use her brain instead of her back.

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      12-01-2016 12:57 PM #35
      I used to have to put those initials behind the names on access cards for Coram/Option Care and other Pharma employees...if you missed even just one or it was capitalized wrong or on the wrong color background they reamed you out.
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      12-01-2016 01:38 PM #36
      Quote Originally Posted by IdontOwnAVW View Post
      I used to have to put those initials behind the names on access cards for Coram/Option Care and other Pharma employees...if you missed even just one or it was capitalized wrong or on the wrong color background they reamed you out.
      Yeah, my wife has worked with some folks like that. They're a bit more laid back here in SW KS.

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      12-01-2016 02:34 PM #37
      Quote Originally Posted by Crispyfritter View Post
      Yeah, my wife has worked with some folks like that. They're a bit more laid back here in SW KS.

      Chris
      I'm in the same boat (albeit different field) and collecting initials after my name. People in my industry get butthurt if you misuse/miscapitalize one of them.

      I'm up to: first name last name, P.E., QSD/P, AMASCE

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      12-01-2016 03:56 PM #38
      Wow, didn't even notice the heckblende!

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      12-01-2016 05:26 PM #39
      Great buy! I miss my e30, such great cars to drive!

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      12-02-2016 10:35 AM #40
      Suspension parts starting to arrive.

      Bilstein Sports
      H&R Cabrio Springs
      E46 RSM with ECS Reinforcement
      Strut mounts

      Pending:

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      Considering that the car drives well and received a new left control arm and bushing a couple thousand miles ago I had planned on just doing the struts/shocks/springs/mounts.

      Reviewing everything that has to come apart on the front end to remove the struts I'm wondering if I should refresh the front end.
      I'm not a fan of new parts on one side only so I would do both control arms, M3 bushings, tie rods, sway bar bushings and links.
      Another $375 on ECS.

      Thoughts on that plan?

      Any other "while you are in there" suggestions?

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      12-02-2016 10:53 AM #41
      Does everything have to come out for the front struts to be replaced? I thought the E30 was similar to the E28, and I didn't have to remove everything to do the struts on my E28 - the strut tube unbolted from the knuckle using 3 bolts on the bottom. I can't remember if the sway bar links had to come out, but those aren't bad to have on-hand.

      How do your strut bearings look? If you don't have to take everything apart for the strut job, I'd look at only replacing those along with the struts, if needed.

      I did tie rods on my E28 and it totally transformed the steering. It was "eh" when I bought it, drove it like that for a year, and then it got super sketchy - which was diagnosed as a bad RF tie rod. My "while you're in there" ended up being both tie rods, the center link, and idler arm - and was well worth it.

      I'd only do the control arms if the bushings look sketchy or if you're having alignment wear/issues. They're not that hard to do if you have to go back and do them, but it might be a waste if you don't have to do them.

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      12-02-2016 11:03 AM #42
      Great looking car and very clean. I keep forgetting I don't have to always look for an M3 or the iS.

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      12-02-2016 11:07 AM #43
      Quote Originally Posted by Diamond Dave View Post
      Great looking car and very clean. I keep forgetting I don't have to always look for an M3 or the iS.



      I've been really happy with the Kenzle I put into my Saab. Simple aesthetics and Bluetooth and it's ~$120. The only drawback is there isn't much option for dimming the display.

      Link? That is lovely.

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      12-04-2016 10:25 AM #44
      Rear shocks, springs and sway bar links done last night. Not bad.

      Glad I didn't follow the Pelican DIY. It said to drop exhaust and diff to pull the springs, no need. With the shocks and end links pulled the trailing arms drop enough to get the springs out.

      Shocks were original and blown. Shock mounts looked fine though.

      Was very happy to not fight any rust.

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      12-04-2016 11:29 AM #45
      You're making me nostalgic...my inherited 325e is out in Montana used sparingly by Dad



      I love your E30 cab!

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      12-04-2016 11:36 AM #46
      Nice.

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      12-05-2016 10:13 PM #47
      Nice pick up. Brings back some good memories of my 1991 black 318iC. I added the iS front lower lip, along with M-Tech2 interior parts. Wheel/suspension upgrades really make the car look more modern and aggressive. The M42 engine just screamed when you pushed it.

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      12-07-2016 10:13 AM #48
      Started on the front suspension last night.

      I was intimidated about the complexity of these cars compared to what I'm used too.
      Two ball joints on each control arm! Impossible! LOL.

      Turned out to be not to bad. Everything comes apart easily. I had a correct sized ball joint puller in the tool box which really helped.

      Used the car as a spring compressor and got the strut mount removed.

      I don't have anything to pull the strut collar. Going to see if I can find a big set of channel locks today.

      Struts are completely blown.

      Amazes me how well BMWs drive with blown shocks/struts.

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      01-10-2017 10:14 AM #49
      Suspension is about buttoned up.

      Front empty. Would have been nice to clean the wheel wells. The weather wasn't cooperating to get it outside and I didn't want to make a huge mess in the shop.



      New stuff ready to go on.



      I got everything in last night except the struts.


      Rear is done. Shock, spring, RSM with plate, sway bar bushings and end links.






      Couple notes:
      - Strut collars came off easily with big channel locks. Nothing has been seized on this car which has been really nice.
      - Brakes all look fresh so I'm leaving them alone. Only negative is both front rotor retaining bolts had the heads snapped off. Have replacements. Will try to drill them out.
      - Surprised at how low the torque spec is for the control arm to body (47lb) and steering rack (33lb). Those figures may not be exact I didn't bring my notes.
      - Used Loctite on those, hope that was correct?
      - When I pulled the tie rod boots nasty black fluid poured out. I'm guessing the rack is leaking internally?
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      01-10-2017 07:19 PM #50
      looks like a nice score!

      i hope the 15" weave wheels you are getting arent from the 325xi, because the offset is going to be off. the 14" regular weaves fit fine, but those 15s require spacers.

      EDIT: Rota makes a nice 15x7 wheel called OS Mesh which is nice. i was going to get some for my 76 2002 but sold the car
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