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Old 12-09-2011, 09:55 AM   #16
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Yeh, one engine has VANOS, the one with that black valve, the other is a NV engine. But I didn't even notice the little left right valve at the back. They're the same stupid part number, so I'm gunna say WHATEVER and just bolt it up.
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Old 12-09-2011, 01:11 PM   #17
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Old 12-09-2011, 06:05 PM   #18
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WHATEVER and just bolt it up.
Incidentally, the same first words in the E30 Bible. In later chapters it reads as "WHATEVER, just zip tie it!"

That's the spirit!
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Old 12-12-2011, 10:58 AM   #19
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Incidentally, the same first words in the E30 Bible. In later chapters it reads as "WHATEVER, just zip tie it!"

That's the spirit!
Mmmmm zip ties....
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Old 12-12-2011, 11:05 AM   #20
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Going to be no updates til the 15th, when I'm done exams. Stupid university...
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Old 12-12-2011, 02:44 PM   #21
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drop out and work for the Federal Gvt like I did!
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Old 12-12-2011, 04:50 PM   #22
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drop out and work for the Federal Gvt like I did!
LOL No way, I like economics and public policy stuff, but I don't think I could work under some manager for my life. I'm an entrepreneur through and through.
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Old 12-12-2011, 09:20 PM   #23
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Question: one oil filter housing is from the E36 M50TU (left) and one is from the E34 M50 NV (right). The VANOS one has a broken power steering bolt in it, while the other doesn't. They're the same part # on RealOEM, but they look different. (especially the VANOS one on the left has that valve at the bottom)

I believe thats a check valve to keep pressure in the vanos system. Also if you hadn't noticed, there a banjo bolt for vanos on the rear of the M50tu filter stand, you need that.

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Old 12-14-2011, 11:52 PM   #24
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So if I move the banjo bolt out, bolt in the oil line, they should be good to swap?
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Old 12-17-2011, 05:09 PM   #25
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ALSO: anyone got an info on making my auto E36 harness work with the manual trans?
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Old 12-25-2011, 11:43 PM   #26
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Hey all;

So Christmas has mostly been a write-off, but I did get the engine back together and the wiring harness mostly finished.



If you're converting an E36 automatic harness to manual, you take the X20 auto connector and follow the wires. More on this in a DIY later...

Also: a oxblood M3 interior will be going into this car. I think it looks good with the bronzit and red pinstripe.

Anyone got oxblood door cards? Or even just black leather?

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Old 01-03-2012, 04:30 PM   #27
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The holidays are over...BACK TO WORK!!

First I picked up a 2001 Ford Focus to use through the winter. (Clint Eastwood is now being ripped apart for parts)



PRETTY.

I also got the wiring harness done for the M50. I know it looks like a mess, but it should be pretty turn key!



The only wires I am unsure of were ABS, Traction and Stability control from the Auto trans connector to the DME in the glove box. I just sniped them, but left em in the harness in case they are needed later.

I also got the E36 rack in and finished.

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Can anyone comment on difficulty turning if I I was to fill the rack with fluid and looping the lines? (deleting the power steering)

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Old 01-03-2012, 09:38 PM   #28
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It sucks.....Go all out and get a legit manual rack or just don't do it IMO
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Old 01-03-2012, 09:43 PM   #29
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Why are you thinking manual > power rack out of curiosity?
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Old 01-04-2012, 02:43 AM   #30
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Cuz one of the guys who was helping me out with this build broke a powersteering bolt in the oil filter housing off.

If there was a new oil filter housing for an M50TU laying around, I'd run power steering. Or if I could drill out the bolt or something?
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