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Old 10-10-2007, 11:25 PM   #16
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Well I got the driveshaft out, it was pretty easy. Apparently just pulling on it doesn't do much. I undid that nut by the CSB. I had to pry it out from the tranny with a little bit of force then it popped right out. Next problem... The starter, I have everything off but one bolt, the top one. Any hints on how to get it off? Or can I get the tranny out with the starter on, because if so it's ready to come out.

Side note: I got my 325is spoiler.. BALLLIINNNN it's going to look badass, needs a sanding and some pizzainttt! 4dr + trunk spoiler = baller status
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Old 10-11-2007, 08:13 AM   #17
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Or can I get the tranny out with the starter on, because if so it's ready to come out.
I swear I saw someone post something about that in this thread...

Get all of the tranny bolts out, then you can rotate the transmission counter clockwise, and the upper starter bolt will be easy to reach. Put it back on the same way.

By the way, remember how the starter wires hook up. Better yet, take a pic. The solenoid signal spigot is NOT the obvious top one, it's the bottom one. I think the top one is only there to **** with people like me.
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Old 10-11-2007, 11:11 AM   #18
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Yea, I saw someone post with that, but I wasn't too sure. All I have is the starter then the 1 bolt on the shifter. The next thing is, the bolts, are they some special ass bolt that I need a special socket for? They look like 6 point.
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Old 10-11-2007, 11:28 AM   #19
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Yea, I saw someone post with that, but I wasn't too sure. All I have is the starter then the 1 bolt on the shifter. The next thing is, the bolts, are they some special ass bolt that I need a special socket for? They look like 6 point.
They're torx. A regular hex socket works perfectly fine.
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Old 10-11-2007, 12:05 PM   #20
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Really? That's weird. Am I going to need a giant extention to get to the ones at the top of the tranny?

Little side note: I was reading the factory service manual online about removing the starter. It say's "Remove the starter bolts and remove starter". I thought in my head, oh it's just easy like that eh, it took me 2 hours to get one bolt out because I have gigantic hands.
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Old 10-11-2007, 12:36 PM   #21
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Really? That's weird. Am I going to need a giant extention to get to the ones at the top of the tranny?

Little side note: I was reading the factory service manual online about removing the starter. It say's "Remove the starter bolts and remove starter". I thought in my head, oh it's just easy like that eh, it took me 2 hours to get one bolt out because I have gigantic hands.
Yeah, one or two giant extensions and a U joint. Then pin the tail on the donkey.

And there are tons of procedures like that. A lot of E30 DIYers will know this one: "Disconnect parking brake cable."
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Old 10-11-2007, 01:00 PM   #22
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haha, you should have seen how I got the exhaust pipes off at the manifold off. 3 extensions, swivel head, deep socket, tape zip ties. I didn't have anyone to hold the socket in place till i got under the car lol. my brother helped me eventually lol.
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Old 10-11-2007, 01:10 PM   #23
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haha, you should have seen how I got the exhaust pipes off at the manifold off. 3 extensions, swivel head, deep socket, tape zip ties. I didn't have anyone to hold the socket in place till i got under the car lol. my brother helped me eventually lol.
Just wait until you have to remove the starter with the transmission bolted in place, or change the clutch line. Do yourself a favor, when you have the starter off, tackweld the nuts onto the back of it.
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Old 10-11-2007, 01:56 PM   #24
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Yea, that was my problem yesterday. I may get my buddy to bring his welder over and do it for me. Anyways, i'm going to go pull the rest of the little things off and and put my spoiler on then wait till my brother gets home so I don't get crushed by my transmission.
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After you get it off, you should also take the flywheel to a machine shop to get cleaned up. And whilte it's off, replace the rear main seal.

http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/tech...ch_Replace.htm
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Old 10-11-2007, 02:36 PM   #26
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^^^^I was under the impression you couldn't really re-surface a dual-mass flywheel. Ne whos you have a sorta unrelated PM BigD.
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Old 10-11-2007, 02:44 PM   #27
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^^^^I was under the impression you couldn't really re-surface a dual-mass flywheel. Ne whos you have a sorta unrelated PM BigD.
I'd trust a machine shop on that one... it's hopefully not so worn down that you can't machine it. I'm only talking a little bit.

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Ok, starter is off... Actually EVERYTHING IS OFF even all the bolts... except the one on the top left where the starter is. My brother and I tried for like a good hour and a half and can't even get the socket on. We had 3 extentions and a u-joint. I've got no idea, any input is good, once this comes off I can get the tranny out.

Edit: The tranny is dropping and the intake manifold is resting on the firewall to give you and idea of whats going on. How do you get the shift linkage off?
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Not really sure about the early model "sheet metal" style shift carriers but if you take a good hard look @ the top of the trans you'll figure it out.

Lol I know I'm no help.
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Ok, starter is off... Actually EVERYTHING IS OFF even all the bolts... except the one on the top left where the starter is. My brother and I tried for like a good hour and a half and can't even get the socket on. We had 3 extentions and a u-joint. I've got no idea, any input is good, once this comes off I can get the tranny out. ?
Try harder/get longer extensions... you're really on your own here.

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Edit: The tranny is dropping and the intake manifold is resting on the firewall to give you and idea of whats going on. How do you get the shift linkage off?
You don't need to get the shift linkage off, keep it on, just undo it from the support in the back.
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