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Old Fri, Feb-24-2017, 12:34:34 PM   #1
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Default Slavik's 1997 BMW M3/4/5 Journal

The forum that I had this build thread is closing down, so I wanted to transfer all of the information here. Enjoy!!!


From 10/04/2015

Well.. I bought another one. This is my 1997 BMW M3, 4 door. Bought this car to serve me as a daily driver for now, got a fantastic deal on it. The M3 is a 2 owner car, the owner I bought it from owned it from 2001 it was a CPO. It is a well cared for example and came with a 1" stack of maintenance receipts and a stamped oil service booklet.

I bought the car on 10/04/15 in Apex North Carolina and drove it home. Memorable day since I drove to buy the car from Petit LeMans after watching GTLM Porsche get an overall win. Mileage was 145,xxx but rolled over to 146,xxx by the time I got home.

Things to do:
- check all bushing and replace a lot of them since there is a clunk, knew of this issue from PPI
- reinforce rear trailing arm pockets
- drop oil pan and weld or drill and secure the oil pump nut

The seller spent $6300 in the past year to install new steering rack, steering pump, steering oil lines, front and rear shocks and clutch master cylinder so the M3 will need minimal work to be mechanically up to my standard.

Enjoy the below pictures. From the sellers house, stop for a nice lunch and a 4 hour drive to new home in Asheville.



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From 10/07/2015


Ordered all the maintenance to bring the car to my standard.



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Old Fri, Feb-24-2017, 12:38:25 PM   #3
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From 10/19/2015

Well after showing up to Car's and Coffee and taking a nice cruise through 276, Blue Ridge Parkway and 215 into Rosman, I confirmed that this car really needs its suspension updated. It is just too sloppy. Enjoy the pics of the refresh.

Even though the car does not have any rust, here is what happens with the rear ecentric bolts.



After all, the car has 146k miles. It shows on the bump stops and the rear differential bushings.


My new ball joint and tie rod end tool at work. :hyper:

Even though Paul's list was extensive, you still end up missing something that needs replacing. Also, it make me wonder how thorough the PPI was if they missed this.

And now, here is how she sits. Waiting for the new parts to be installed. I'm itching.

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Old Fri, Feb-24-2017, 12:39:18 PM   #4
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From 10/19/2015


Just a few more parts that are necessary for the refresh after Yesterday's discovery.

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From 10/21/2015


Another couple of late nights and the car is finished with dis assembly and now I am starting the assembly process. The engine is now hanging on the engine support bar while I get a chance to change the motor mounts, oil pan gasket, and replace the oil pump nut with a drilled one. For those who wonder why I did that, it is because the E36 M3 oil pump nut for no reason starts to back out from aggressive driving. Since I was their anyway, I figured that I may as well do that.




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After:


Dropping off my suspension components to get new bushings. Couldn't fit them all in so the trailing arms will be dropped off tomorrow.


Last night I was able to get some of the suspension components installed.


Rear tower reinforcement:



Since I am on the roll of replacing everything. Brake fluid will need to be changed.
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Old Fri, Feb-24-2017, 12:42:23 PM   #6
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From 10/28/2015


First of all, I received the rest of the parts that I ordered from ECS Tuning:


In the meantime, I was busy with the stuff that does not involve the bushings. Started off by putting together the subframe back on the car with the new control arms and replacing the fluids in the engine, transmission, and differential.



Filling and re-sealing the differential:



This past Saturday I went ahead and took care of refreshing the cooling system and putting on the front suspension and tie rods.

BTW, I didn't do water pump, radiator, etc. because it was done last year by the previous owner.






Onto the suspension:

New bump stops, strut mounts and rubber spring perches:



Everything installed:


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From 11/08/2015

Well, the project is coming to an end. Yesterday I managed to put everything back together. Before that, I was recommended something that I never used. The bolts on the rear end had some surface rust and I decided to try Evapo-rust. These are the results after soaking the bolts for 24 hours.

Before:



After:


After those results I started to put the rear end back together.









Some fresh brake fluid is fed into the system.



Started it up for the first time after the refresh to bleed the coolant system. It takes forever to bleed a BMW cooling system when you don't have the correct tools.
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Finally the daily driver its doing its duties. After that, gave it a wash and cleaned the garage.




Tomorrow, going to get the alignment done and I will get to enjoy it. The car feels much tighter.
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From 01/27/2016


Well I had enough of the screeching noise in the morning. Every morning when the car is cold, the idler pulley's would make a horrible noise until the car warms. The parts finally arrived. Few more days and hopefully I will never have to hear that awful noise.

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Had a good Saturday

Replaced my serpentine belt with the idlers and tensioners:



New belt on with new tensioners:


And while I was at it, I stiffened up the front end.

I didn't know that the LTW front X-brace would make such a difference.


Before:

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From 03/22/2016


Well, the timing couldn't be worse. Right after I did my taxes and had to pay Uncle Sam a good sum of money, the rear u-joint on my driveshaft decided to fail completely. Unlike normal driveshafts, BMW decided that it should weld in the u-joints. Making it impossible to change it out by yourself and instead I had to buy a re manufactured one that will allow a replacement next time.

So onto the fun stuff. Knowing that my driveshaft would be coming in on Saturday, I decided to tear out the old one Saturday morning. It was actually easier than I thought it would be and took me only an hour to pull everything out from start to finish.


I broke two exhaust studs while removing the exhaust system. I thought it wouldn't be a problem to order new ones and knock the old ones out. Boy, was I wrong. These things are a PITA to remove. Five pound sledge hammer, PB Blaster, a torch and 24hrs later, the studs finally gave way.


While I was under the car, I swapped out the soft rubber transmission bushings for some stiffer Rouge Engineering bushings. Though pricey, they are the best upgrades a BMW transmission can receive. Even with a sloppy shifter like mine, the feel of my shifts feel more direct.




Here is the old driveshaft failed u-joint and then around 3pm, Fedex dropped off my new one.



In goes the new driveshaft with my old guibo. Looks like the previous owner changed it. No cracks in it.


Everything was buttoned up Sunday morning. I took it out for a test drive and no there is no more vibration from the driveshaft.


That's not all. I ordered the final pieces to complete everything that I wanted on my daily driver. All of the parts already arrived and I am waiting for the lift at my shop to be installed.


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