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Old 11-16-2013, 11:25 PM   #1
nickpetra535
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Nick's e34 535i Project



Hello, my name is Nick, and I own a 1989 535i, which I bought early in the spring of 2013. Supposedly, all it needed was a windshield, power steering pump, tires, and an "o2 sensor". That isn't really that much, so I didn't really care. I knew I could do all that. The previous owner told me that it had brand new control arms, shocks, suspension bushings, shifter bushing, new brakes, and that the motor was rebuilt by the owner before him... Here are some pictures of it on the first day of owning it. And just to let everyone know, it came to me with the M5 badges... I didn't do it lol
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Old 11-16-2013, 11:26 PM   #2
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idk why the pictures are upside down but whatever lol...
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Old 11-16-2013, 11:32 PM   #3
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So after like 2 days of owning it I got a trip sticker, so I could bring it to my school's auto shop and work on it, then once it was done I could get a real sticker. For the weekend before bringing it to the shop I drove it around quite a bit and it was great!.. Except the windows were stuck down... and the rear end squeaked alot... it also leaked a good amount of oil... and the power steering made a really annoying/embarrassing noise... I guess it wasn't that great lol
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Old 11-16-2013, 11:41 PM   #4
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After the weekend, I finally brought it into the shop, and got cracking. Thinking all I was gonna do was the power steering pump, I wasn't intimidated. While giving it a good inspection I found out what it needed. lower control arms, upper control arms (which were all new apparently) and sway bar links, and an oil pan gasket 'cause there really wasn't one left lol. The power steering pump was perfectly fine, the belt just needed to be tightened.. So yeah I bought all the parts from CAPS except the upper control arms which I bought off of my friend Jessey who's owned 5 or 6 5 series'... AND HE'S SOOO YOUNG!! (inside joke) And I did all the suspension in 1 day then the next day I did the oil pan gasket (which is a pretty big pain in the arse if you don't lift the engine high enough)
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Old 11-16-2013, 11:43 PM   #5
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An hour of sitting, after the oil pan gasket was replaced, where there would normally be a puddle that you could probably drown in..
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Old 11-16-2013, 11:44 PM   #6
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My new control arms and sway bar links
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Old 11-16-2013, 11:46 PM   #7
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I also sorted out the window issue which turned out to be a bad ground for the window fuses which one of the many previous owners re-wired like a 2 month old child.
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Old 11-16-2013, 11:49 PM   #8
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After being in the shop for a week, I took it out and gave it its first wash in my possession
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Old 11-16-2013, 11:51 PM   #9
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So now that I kinda had like no money from all the work it needed, i decided to just get my second trip sticker and I was just gonna wait a little bit to get it on the road 'cause it still needed quite a bit of work...
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Old 11-16-2013, 11:55 PM   #10
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I soon realized that the squeaking from the rear end was coming from the 2 broken rear springs rubbing together lol ... So that's when I decided, "Hey, if I need new rear springs, I may as well upgrade all 4, and while I'm at that, why not upgrade the shocks as well?!" .. and so I bought a set of Vogtland sport lowering springs and a set of KYB GR-2 shocks.
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Old 11-17-2013, 12:02 AM   #11
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Got the springs and the shocks and got ready to install 'em.
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Old 11-17-2013, 12:05 AM   #12
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I started with the rear first, thinking it would be easier and also because the rear was what needed them... The in fact were not easier lol it took 3 hours of DW40 and hammer swinging to get them out... but I did it lol
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Old 11-17-2013, 12:07 AM   #13
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This is after putting the wheels back on before it was off the jacks... pretty much stock height...
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Old 11-17-2013, 12:09 AM   #14
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And this is after the jacks were removed but before they were 100% set in...
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Old 11-17-2013, 12:14 AM   #15
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Next, on to the front which I thought would be quite tricky due to the "cartridge" type shock, but it wasn't that hard... Just had to get a pipe wrench... and a big pipe and the end of that ... and another big pipe on the end of that... while the hub was attached to the wheel ... which was wedged under a wooden step... with all my weight on it jumping up and down... then finally after like 10 minutes straight of doing that, then the shock housing nut finally came off... I ended up bended part of my hub out lol
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