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Forum: E36 / E30 - Parts for Sale/Wanted Sun, Nov-29-2015, 10:47:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,110
Posted By tom_m3
Forum: E36 / E30 - Parts for Sale/Wanted Sun, Mar-15-2015, 05:16:05 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 422
Posted By tom_m3
Forum: E36 / E30 - Parts for Sale/Wanted Sat, Mar-14-2015, 10:17:03 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 422
Posted By tom_m3
NEW ZHP weighted shift knob 5 spd

New ZHP weighted shift knob 5 speed for sale $55 shipped. My car is setup as a track car and I need a taller shift knob so I never used it. Pay by paypal.

SOLD!
Forum: E36 / E30 - Parts for Sale/Wanted Sat, Mar-14-2015, 10:06:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 615
Posted By tom_m3
NEW ZHP weighted shift knob 5 spd

New ZHP weighted shift knob 5 speed for sale $55 shipped. My car is setup as a track car and I need a taller shift knob so I never used it. Pay by paypal.

SOLD back in march 2015. Sorry for not...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Nov-27-2014, 08:34:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 524
Posted By tom_m3
Re: Need Valve Adjust Help in SoCal

If the valve clearance is too big you are correct in what you say, but actually valves often tighten up. When valve seats or face experience wear the stem will move closer to the cam and the gap...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Aug-26-2014, 08:29:16 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 782
Posted By tom_m3
Re: Repair shop says changing battery needs programming?

Even for the new cars if you change the old battery with a new battery with the same specs, CCA, Ahr etc you shouldn't need to program new values in.
Forum: E36 / E30 - Parts for Sale/Wanted Tue, Aug-26-2014, 08:22:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,110
Posted By tom_m3
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Aug-26-2014, 07:57:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 577
Posted By tom_m3
Re: Figuring out the A/C

The fan speed 1,2,3,4 should not effect the amount of warm air mixing with the cold air. If you have your temperature set a low (I think it like 60F) and the air coming out of the vents is warm you...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Aug-12-2014, 07:01:50 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,034
Posted By tom_m3
Re: X brace or bigger front sway bar?

I believe the McPherson strut based front suspension takes up less space in addition to having fewer parts (cheaper). Having a McPherson strut eliminates the upper wishbone thus making the front...
Forum: E36 / E30 - Parts for Sale/Wanted Thu, Jun-05-2014, 10:59:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,110
Posted By tom_m3
Forum: Member Journals Fri, Mar-28-2014, 06:37:37 AM
Replies: 2,150
Views: 290,302
Posted By tom_m3
Re: DOCTOR 3VIL's 02 Topaz Journal!

Hi Ray this is Tom, Ed's friend, sorry to hear that it was your diff. I remember Kevin hoping it was your center bearing or something else. But glad that you got it fixed! Lets all meet up in the...
Forum: Member Journals Mon, Mar-24-2014, 04:11:42 AM
Replies: 964
Views: 127,942
Posted By tom_m3
Re: kaiv's E36 M3 journal "back to basics"

Kevin did you put in a rear Eibach sway bar too? What is the diameter of the front Eibach bar? Do you feel that the thicker bar helps make the car neutral in handling? Did you have to use...
Forum: Member Journals Sat, Mar-15-2014, 06:35:22 AM
Replies: 964
Views: 127,942
Posted By tom_m3
Re: kaiv's E36 M3 journal "back to basics"

Your car looks great Kevin!. Wish I could see you run at Buttonwillow this weekend. I was at Buttonwillow last Sat and Sun with Speed Ventures and spent tons of money so I won't be able to go this...
Forum: E36 / E30 - Parts for Sale/Wanted Thu, Mar-06-2014, 07:14:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,110
Posted By tom_m3
Re: FS: Star Spec Z1 Dunlop tire, 245/40-17

I will go to UPS next week and get an estimate on shipping cost. Sorry for the late post.
Forum: E36 / E30 - Parts for Sale/Wanted Thu, Mar-06-2014, 06:55:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,110
Posted By tom_m3
Re: FS: Star Spec Z1 Dunlop tire, 245/40-17

Sorry for the late response. I didn't see the PM. I have my PM directed to my main email now. Thanks for looking.
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Tue, Mar-04-2014, 07:14:08 AM
Replies: 2,309
Views: 531,949
Posted By tom_m3
Re: Calling all SoCal trackers.

Anyone going to Buttonwillow this weekend, March 8 and 9? It looks like no rain, I might go...
Forum: E36 / E30 - Parts for Sale/Wanted Sun, Jan-19-2014, 02:10:01 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,110
Posted By tom_m3
Forum: E36 / E30 - Parts for Sale/Wanted Thu, Jan-09-2014, 04:01:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,110
Posted By tom_m3
FS: Star Spec Z1 Dunlop tire, 245/40-17

Brand new Dunlop Star Spec Z1 tire 245/40-17 generation I tire for sale. Price is $60. Buys pays for shipping or pickup in person. The tire is new, never installed on a car. It was purchased July...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Oct-19-2013, 01:30:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 618
Posted By tom_m3
Re: Best Outdoor Car Cover for e36m3

Brandon318 I noticed that the Bavarian Autosport ultimate cover has a life time warranty, have you had any trouble with the cover falling apart after several years? I have a Weathershield HP cover...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Oct-19-2013, 01:25:02 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,113
Posted By tom_m3
Re: Covercraft Weathershield car cover; detailed review.

Thanks for the Weathershield cover review. I am assuming that you have the weathershield HP. I have two Weathershield HP covers in gray for and E36m and an E46m. In California near San Francisco I...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Aug-29-2013, 07:10:52 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,779
Posted By tom_m3
Re: Spark plug tip broke off in the #3 cylinder

Buy a bore scope for $200 dollars and look through the spark plug hole. You can see most of the top of the piston and cylinder walls. Harbor freight sells it for cheap.
...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Jul-16-2013, 04:19:47 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 416
Posted By tom_m3
Re: Heater blower motor randomly stopped

My final stage unit had gone bad. My blower would only go to about medium speed. Sometimes it would only go to max. I replaced the final stage unit and now all the blower speeds work. On my '99...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, May-21-2013, 06:15:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 925
Posted By tom_m3
Re: Heat gasket failure on tracked E36m

Man .. this is an eye opening moment for me. I didn't know that our head gaskets can go out in 3 years (~150 20-30 min sessions) on the track. From following you on the forum I know you have as...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, May-21-2013, 05:56:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 925
Posted By tom_m3
Re: Heat gasket failure on tracked E36m

Thanks for your reply Calvin. 3 years is not a long time. I spoke to several people including my machine shop and a guy over at Metric Mechanic. Metric Mechanic (I think it was Dave?) told me...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, May-21-2013, 05:48:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 925
Posted By tom_m3
Re: Heat gasket failure on tracked E36m

I can't be sure but I believe the head gasket developed a leak from the water jacket at #3 to the cylinder bore before it overheated. My cooling system had no issues even when I pulled the head. I...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, May-21-2013, 05:20:20 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,122
Posted By tom_m3
Re: muffler hanger OEM

Please look at the attached photo. Use a thick rubber hose (heater hose works well 3/4" I think) To make it stiffer put a smaller gas line hose into the heater hose. Cut the hoses to the width of...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, May-21-2013, 05:11:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 925
Posted By tom_m3
Re: Heat gasket failure on tracked E36m

So Calvin are saying that head gaskets go out often on a track car? How long would you estimate a head gasket to last on a car that is tracked? I have 155, 20 minutes sessions before my gave out. ...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, May-19-2013, 10:06:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 925
Posted By tom_m3
Re: Head gasket failure on tracked E36m

Additional photos.

Notice that there is less damage on the gasket of cylinder 1 and 6. I am guessing that those cylinders might get better cooling due to coolant flow, and thus less susceptible...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, May-19-2013, 10:02:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 925
Posted By tom_m3
Head gasket failure on tracked E36m

I had a head gasket failure in my '99 E36 M3 two months ago. I was at Buttonwillow raceway and temperatures were mild about 60F. I had white smoke coming out of the exhaust pipe at the end of an...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Dec-01-2012, 06:57:03 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,001
Posted By tom_m3
Re: Exhaust fitment problem fix (catback sits left)

Looking at realoem.com the part # for left and right is different?? Why is this?

#4 Left 18111723379
#3 Right 18101405737
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Oct-06-2012, 07:09:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,072
Posted By tom_m3
Re: Clutch broken - pedal stays 100% depressed

When installing a new slave cylinder don't push the clutch down until the slave cylinder is firmly bolted in. Otherwise you will blow out the cylinder and be ordering a new one. I accidentally did...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Sep-27-2012, 07:48:35 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,553
Posted By tom_m3
Re: ound unplugged wires in my engine bay (pics)

OEM factory alarm has a horn in that area.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Aug-22-2012, 04:54:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 453
Posted By tom_m3
Re: Tire Opinion

I have run the M3 with different tires on front and back. I had old high performance dunlops on the fronts (6000?) and new dunlops DZ101 in the rear. The car was almost undrivable. It felt really...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Aug-20-2012, 06:20:03 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 14,705
Posted By tom_m3
Re: Best Aftermarket Intake?

Ok so CAI alone doesn't do anything but increase noise. But does the CAI (conforti in my case) and Conforti shark injection tuning increase performance vs the Conforti shark injection tuning alone? ...
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Thu, Aug-16-2012, 07:20:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,988
Posted By tom_m3
Re: E36 M3 Street/Track Day Alignment Settings

Front toe at 0 to start out with. Rear toe 1/8 to 3/16 total toe in, that is what TC kline recommends. The front camber should be about -3.5 deg and the rear camber should be about -2 deg as set by...
Forum: Cars for Sale/Wanted Wed, Aug-01-2012, 06:36:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 8,242
Posted By tom_m3
Re: 1999 BMW M3 Coupe Estoril Blau

Maybe the re-trim isn't perfect but have you seen the leather on an average e36m driver seat? Most have holes in them now. I think the re-trim looks pretty good. Nice to see someone who cares...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Jul-27-2012, 06:50:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 469
Posted By tom_m3
Re: TCK coilovers and camber plates

Thank you guys! E36m guys know their stuff.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Jul-27-2012, 05:31:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 469
Posted By tom_m3
TCK coilovers and camber plates

I have TCK DA coilovers 500f/600r and TCK camber plates. When setting my front camber to -3.5 deg I noticed that my right and left camber plates are at different positions.

I realize that TCK...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Jul-26-2012, 05:07:54 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,902
Posted By tom_m3
Re: Best rpm to shift on e36 m3 to be faster?

Even with our restrictive manifolds on the 96 and later E36m cars shifting latter is faster everything being equal. Someone mentioned that you need to shift to stay at the peak torque range that is...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Jul-24-2012, 07:23:13 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,122
Posted By tom_m3
Re: muffler hanger OEM

I am all for the reinforcement of the muffler hangers but to a certain degree. Let me explain. When your exhausts system heats up to operating temperature it will elongate, possible an inch or so. ...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Jul-22-2012, 08:58:10 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,122
Posted By tom_m3
muffler hanger OEM

I just replaced the muffler hanger a few months ago with the ones that Pelican sells and they are ripped again. Much worst condition than the OEM ones that were torn only on one leg when they were...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Jul-14-2012, 06:55:36 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,549
Posted By tom_m3
Re: Always Keep In Gear When Parked

BMW have the parking brake as a internal drum brake with shoes. It has very poor holding power compared to a car like an audi that uses the regular disc and pad for the parking brake. My A4 holes...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Jul-06-2012, 06:25:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,845
Posted By tom_m3
Re: I'm too dumb to install the UUC Clutch Stop

When I installed the UUC clutch stop on my E36m it seemed too long also. I ended up cutting about a 1/4" off the end with a dremel tool and carefully filing the end so that the thread would start...
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Thu, Jul-05-2012, 11:21:08 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,640
Posted By tom_m3
Smile Re: July 29th Buttonwillow

I will there sat and sun so no problem ray.
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Fri, Jun-29-2012, 07:16:56 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,640
Posted By tom_m3
Re: July 29th Buttonwillow

Hi Ray, I'm in

Tom_m3
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Jun-27-2012, 07:53:37 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,538
Posted By tom_m3
Re: Subframe Structural Foam: Any Subsequent Failures?

Dropping the rear about 1 inch to inspect the subframe is easy to do once the car is on a lift. Dealer did it in about 10 minutes and had me inspect it too. Dropping it one inch allow you to...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Jun-26-2012, 05:44:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,345
Posted By tom_m3
Re: New E46 M3 rack again

Bremms did the e46 rack feel like it requires less effort to turn or more? I tried to put a rebuilt ZF e46 rack in my e36m a year ago and it was super low effort, undriveable. Some early e46's had...
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Sat, Jun-16-2012, 06:39:11 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 908
Posted By tom_m3
Re: Adjust Camber at the track or ahead of time?

I have -3.5 front camber and about -1.8 rear and my car is pretty neutral (I think stock rear is about -1.5 camber). If you lower the car slightly your rear tires will get a little more negative...
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Fri, Jun-15-2012, 09:37:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 908
Posted By tom_m3
Re: Adjust Camber at the track or ahead of time?

Minus 3 degrees negative camber shouldn't hurt your tire on the street if you toe is close to zero. Less than + 1/16" or -1/16" toe.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Jun-13-2012, 06:36:20 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,954
Posted By tom_m3
Re: ZHP Rack question

Make sure you are getting a ZHP rack. Some say that all non M e46 after 2002 have a fast rack. Not sure if that is true. I once bought a rebuilt rack for a 2003 E46 car and measured the rack to be...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, May-24-2012, 06:51:36 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 12,718
Posted By tom_m3
Re: Aluminum vs Plastic Thermostat Housing

Considering the plastic one is like $35 I would pay $75 for a billet aluminum one that would last the life of the car.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, May-23-2012, 06:47:53 AM
Replies: 712
Views: 91,873
Posted By tom_m3
Re: Permanent vanos hub fix not so permanent

You are right drilling a hole right at the base of the tabs would be hard to do manually. I obviously expected it to be a CNC part.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, May-21-2012, 06:13:21 AM
Replies: 712
Views: 91,873
Posted By tom_m3
Re: Permanent vanos hub fix not so permanent

So the oem hole in the vanos pump doesn't have space for a 0.050" fillet thats too bad.

Thanks for pointing out that the circled drawing below is not the tab but the raiser that the tab sits on....
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, May-21-2012, 12:01:20 AM
Replies: 712
Views: 91,873
Posted By tom_m3
Re: Permanent vanos hub fix not so permanent

Turbotoy thanks for your proactive approach to this problem, I appreciate the work that you are doing to fix this problem.

I am starting to think that this might be a stress concentration...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, May-17-2012, 07:36:55 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,787
Posted By tom_m3
Re: Tires - BMW Dealer Vs. Other Shop

I have dunlop "STAR" SPECs is that the same thing LOL.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, May-10-2012, 07:18:01 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,596
Posted By tom_m3
Re: Jiujitsujiggy. very bad seller, be aware.

skillzo1 its unfortunate that you had a bad experience with a forum member. It sounds like you are a very honest seller and thats great, I would buy from you :thumbsup2:. But unfortunately not...
Forum: Faults, Fixes and DIY Sat, Apr-28-2012, 01:33:36 PM
Replies: 358
Views: 259,411
Posted By tom_m3
Re: DIY Valve Adjustment Information (long)

The 18 ft lb torque is for the banjo bolt with the copper washers (it on the outside of the valve cover. I saw this in the Bentley manual.

The bolts that hold down the valve cover should only...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Apr-28-2012, 02:05:33 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,941
Posted By tom_m3
Re: My Valve Adjustment

I think setting intake at 0.18 (tight side) is ok since intake valves lash usually increases with time. However setting exhaust at 0.28 (tight side) is not a good idea since exhaust valves often...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Apr-25-2012, 05:45:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,516
Posted By tom_m3
Re: Oil burning, should I be concerned?

If I drive my 99 e36 M3 hard I can burn about 1 quart every 1500-2000 miles. That seems high but many others are burning about this much. Some burn a lot less?? My car has 80k miles and maintained...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Apr-25-2012, 05:29:11 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,405
Posted By tom_m3
Re: Alignment questions

For about 60 dollar you can buy these plates and adjust toe yourself in your garage.

http://www.longacreracing.com/catalog/item.asp?id=152&catid=5

On the e36 if I remember correctly 1/2 turn on...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Apr-05-2012, 08:11:45 AM
Replies: 619
Views: 68,660
Posted By tom_m3
Re: E46 M3 VANOS Class Action Settlement discussion thread

If they replace your hub for free it could break in 4 years. I would rather have bmw redesign the hub properly and charge me 1k for the part but at least I will know that it will not crack again.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Mar-31-2012, 08:46:55 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,126
Posted By tom_m3
Re: Another Hub bites the dust.... Need help!

DSM918 asked = Any idea where those scuff marks come from?

Looks like final machining marks. Hub is cast but it need to have final machining in certain areas were the fit needs to be precise. ...
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Thu, Mar-22-2012, 07:13:09 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 3,817
Posted By tom_m3
Smile Re: Track day for M3Forum members only!!

I think I can make April 14-15 if its at Buttonwillow. I would like to run in the blue group. I could also run black if there is more space in black.

From the bay area BW is about 3.5 hours...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Thu, Dec-22-2011, 08:07:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,814
Posted By tom_m3
Re: A/C Compressor Noise - Is it bad?

What you are spinning is just the a/c pulley since the a/c clutch is disengaged. When you engage the a/c compressor while the engine is running the center portion will also spin. It seems like you...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Nov-04-2011, 07:19:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,618
Posted By tom_m3
Re: Did I cause the 5th gear lean?

vmbray

That 5th gear lean is a defect in many e36 m3 transmissions. On my car it would happen in the morning and go away after the transmission warmed up a little bit. But it will come back most...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Wed, Oct-26-2011, 06:31:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 679
Posted By tom_m3
Re: new ball bearings still making sound. also other questions

Glad to hear that you fixed your problem. For others that are reading this it is generally not a good idea to run your car on jack stands with the CV joints drooping down at a severe angle,...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Oct-25-2011, 09:18:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 679
Posted By tom_m3
Re: new ball bearings still making sound. also other questions

It sounds like you were careful not to push the inner race against the outer race which often will do surface damage to the race surface. I have never changed the rear bearing on an E36 but I assume...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Oct-25-2011, 04:35:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 679
Posted By tom_m3
Re: new ball bearings still making sound. also other questions

Bearing noise can often be hard to diagnosis. Try rotating front tires to back and back tires to front. Tires can often make noise like that of a bad bearing. See if the noise moves with the tire. ...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Oct-21-2011, 07:48:21 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,272
Posted By tom_m3
Re: Steering rack replacement on 99 E36 M3 DISASTER

I forgot to reply to the second part of your question. The stock rack for the e36 m3 is slow and non linear (slower on center, faster as the steering is turned more) from what I have been told. I...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Oct-21-2011, 07:14:22 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,272
Posted By tom_m3
Re: Steering rack replacement on 99 E36 M3 DISASTER

My understanding is that the restrictor limits the flow rate of fluid back to the reservoir. It would cause a pressure drop across it as it limits flow rate. I been told that the restrictor makes...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Tue, Oct-11-2011, 05:45:40 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,272
Posted By tom_m3
Re: Steering rack replacement on 99 E36 M3 DISASTER

But don't expect to get the fast 13.7:1 ratio steering rack when you order a 330i 2002-2006 from ZF. They could send you something like what they sent me a pretty slow rack, because it "fits and...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Oct-09-2011, 10:04:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,272
Posted By tom_m3
Re: Steering rack replacement on 99 E36 M3 DISASTER

As I mentioned the hose was not replaced and the hose clamp and restrictor is in place. I will check it again, thanks.

I did change the reservoir and filter. New fluid mobil 1 atf
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sun, Oct-09-2011, 08:59:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,272
Posted By tom_m3
Steering rack replacement on 99 E36 M3 DISASTER

I just replaced the steering rack on my 99 M3 with what suppose to be a 2003 e46 330i rack. I wanted a faster linear rack for the track. I ordered a rebuilt ZF rack from autohausaz.com BMW part...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, May-25-2011, 06:05:01 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,675
Posted By tom_m3
Re: Removing Brake Rotors

I think the suggestion below is good. The reason the front retaining bolt is so easy to strip is because the rotor will try to rotate when you turn the wrench preventing you from getting some good...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Mon, Apr-11-2011, 08:34:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,823
Posted By tom_m3
Re: Rear 17x8.5 rim in front ok?

I don't have dunlop star spec on my car now.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Apr-09-2011, 08:49:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,823
Posted By tom_m3
Re: Rear 17x8.5 rim in front ok?

Thanks for your replies.

It seems it depends slightly on the tire I use and at most I would have to use a 5 mm spacer in the front since the strut is where the clearance is small.
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Sat, Apr-09-2011, 08:44:11 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 15,716
Posted By tom_m3
Re: A new 17x9, 17x8.5, 17x8 rim for E36 fitment

I heard good things about the Apex ARC-8's but are they made in China?

The Kosei K1 seems nice too but I have been hearing a little about them cracking. Although it was on a E90 335i which is a...
Forum: E36 M3 (1992-1999) Fri, Apr-08-2011, 05:52:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,823
Posted By tom_m3
Rear 17x8.5 rim in front ok?

I want to run a non staggered square setup on a stock E36 M3.

Will rear stock rims (DSII) fit on the front of a stock E36 M3 without rubbing? Suspension stock, camber stock, no fender roll and...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Mar-22-2011, 04:48:31 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,135
Posted By tom_m3
Re: Question about jacking up my M3

My Jack stands don't fit well under the factory pad either. I just have the Jack stands straddle the pad. Its hard to describe but the support on the stands are 90 degree to the pad. Picture the...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Mar-22-2011, 06:14:55 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,135
Posted By tom_m3
Re: Question about jacking up my M3

The rear factory jack pads are known to collapse if you jack up your car too high on them. Jacking using the rear factory pad to change a tire is probably ok but you will notice that if you lift too...
Forum: Cars for Sale/Wanted Sat, Feb-05-2011, 06:41:04 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,290
Posted By tom_m3
Forum: Cars for Sale/Wanted Sun, Jan-30-2011, 10:22:22 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,290
Posted By tom_m3
Re: 1999 M3 E36 Coupe, 5 spd, 76k miles, CA car / Silver on Grey

No it has always been listed in the sf bay area.
Forum: Cars for Sale/Wanted Sun, Jan-30-2011, 07:32:17 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,290
Posted By tom_m3
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Jan-08-2011, 06:36:53 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 25,246
Posted By tom_m3
Forum: Cars for Sale/Wanted Fri, Jan-07-2011, 04:40:01 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,290
Posted By tom_m3
Re: bump ...

bump bump
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Jan-06-2011, 05:58:57 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,126
Posted By tom_m3
Re: Here is a new one for you guys Climate control

The dial that changes the temperature of the air blowing through the center upper vents has been around for a long time on BMW's. The explanation that I got was from my E30 days. BMW engineers have...
Forum: Cars for Sale/Wanted Fri, Dec-31-2010, 04:20:32 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,290
Posted By tom_m3
Re: 1999 M3 E36 Coupe, 5 spd, 76k miles, CA car / Silver on Grey

Thanks for the comment its still available.
Forum: Cars for Sale/Wanted Thu, Dec-23-2010, 03:04:51 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,290
Posted By tom_m3
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Dec-23-2010, 02:59:45 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,974
Posted By tom_m3
Re: DIY inspection 2- BEWARE of Dealers on this!

This is great info kingofqueens but I can't believe that BMW would be doing this!

I agree that if a valve "loosens" up the noise or ticking would be a rough indicator of this. But how does the...
Forum: Cars for Sale/Wanted Thu, Dec-16-2010, 03:09:55 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,290
Posted By tom_m3
bump

bump bump bump
Forum: Cars for Sale/Wanted Thu, Dec-09-2010, 02:59:16 AM
Replies: 11
WTB: E36 M3
Views: 1,239
Posted By tom_m3
what about this e36

Please take a look at my E36 m3.

http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=331841&highlight=e36
Forum: Cars for Sale/Wanted Thu, Dec-02-2010, 06:27:16 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,290
Posted By tom_m3
bump

bump bump
Forum: Faults, Fixes and DIY Tue, Nov-23-2010, 11:27:29 PM
Replies: 708
Views: 237,976
Posted By tom_m3
tightening torque

When you apply locktite to a bolt it will often cause the bolt to have more tension in the bolt for a setting on the torque wench. This is because the torque wrench measures mostly friction on the...
Forum: Cars for Sale/Wanted Mon, Nov-22-2010, 01:54:26 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,985
Posted By tom_m3
E46 M3 is it a SMG or 6 speed?

E46 M3 is it a SMG or 6 speed?
Forum: Cars for Sale/Wanted Sun, Nov-14-2010, 06:27:19 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,290
Posted By tom_m3
thanks

Thanks for the comment
Forum: Cars for Sale/Wanted Sat, Nov-06-2010, 10:51:15 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,290
Posted By tom_m3
bump

bump !!
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Oct-31-2010, 07:43:47 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 33,807
Posted By tom_m3
one more thing

Is it possible to put a simple toggle switch on the wire that connects wire 3 to wire 4 so that you can switch back to normal wiring? This might be good when leaving your car to the parking valet...
Forum: Cars for Sale/Wanted Sat, Oct-30-2010, 05:19:01 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,290
Posted By tom_m3
weekend bump

weekend bump!
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Oct-25-2010, 05:46:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,813
Posted By tom_m3
I have the manual heated seats in my car now. I...

I have the manual heated seats in my car now. I want to put power heated seats into it.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Oct-25-2010, 08:31:19 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,813
Posted By tom_m3
power seats and manual heated seats swap

I searched and read that manual seats cannot be swapped easily with power seats from an e46 m3.

But can heated manual seats be swapped easily with power heated seats? Are the connectors the same?...
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