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Thread: What did you buy for your e36 M3 this week v3.0

  1. #826
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    Quote Originally Posted by BMWManiac View Post
    Where did you find those chrome bits? Ebay? If you like it, rock it
    Hey guys besides the fake chrome add-on (glovebox, door handles..) the original chrome bits are very cheap from BMW, can still be ordered and about $12 per piece. The real Chrome metal interior door pulls are $45 a piece, super good deal if you're looking to spice up interior. It's called Lux package or Chrom-line option when an E36 comes factory with them.

    Edit, for the cluster chrome rings. You can get the real built cluster from a Z3, most of them came with chrome gauge rings. You don't use the entire cluster, just the front plate with the viewing window. The gauge faceplates and cluster electronics stay from your original cluster.


    You can find the PNs on realOEM.com by searching the interior diagrams of your model.





    My interior is still being worked on so it's all apart.

    Doing Electric Sunshade retrofit and Power Vent windows on M3.
    Last edited by Fix.a.ZX; 11-09-2019 at 10:59 PM.

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    The chrome door handles are the only thing remaining from my 97 lux....i wish someone would remake the one touch sunroof close switch. I still have mine but ever since I removed it, it wont work!
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    1999 Techno Violet/Dove M3
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    Quote Originally Posted by BMWManiac View Post
    The chrome door handles are the only thing remaining from my 97 lux....i wish someone would remake the one touch sunroof close switch. I still have mine but ever since I removed it, it wont work!
    You can't have a one touch close sunroof, it's not even a coding option. Only one touch open.

    Reason being, our E36 sunroof and any rear power windows (vert, sedan, or coupe) don't have pinch protection built in. Only front windows have pinch protection.

    You can program rear windows to auto close, because they are controlled by the GM4 module. But not the sunroof.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fix.a.ZX View Post
    You can't have a one touch close sunroof, it's not even a coding option. Only one touch open.
    Back in the day, someone made a one touch sunroof open/close module called "Sunroof Eclipse." Its not a BMW option, it was aftermarket.
    1997 Arctic Silver/Black M3
    CES Stage IV (651rwhp/615rwtq @ 24 psi)

    1999 Techno Violet/Dove M3
    Auto/Convertible and staying stock!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BMWManiac View Post
    Back in the day, someone made a one touch sunroof open/close module called "Sunroof Eclipse." Its not a BMW option, it was aftermarket.
    Ah the Umnizta add-on... With the crappy T-taps that ruined many wires over the years.

    Did those eclipse unit ever last, Anyone still running one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fix.a.ZX View Post
    Ah the Umnizta add-on... With the crappy T-taps that ruined many wires over the years.

    Did those eclipse unit ever last, Anyone still running one?
    Yes, I loved mine! For some reason, I removed the module and it was never good after that. Ran it for 10 years or so with no issue
    1997 Arctic Silver/Black M3
    CES Stage IV (651rwhp/615rwtq @ 24 psi)

    1999 Techno Violet/Dove M3
    Auto/Convertible and staying stock!

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    Today Im converting the E92 mirror (Compass/Homelink/Auto-dim) I got for my old 328is, to also incorporate iR EWS/GM4 arm/Lock/Unlock.

    I already got the car to Comfort close all windows from iR key remote (it's factory iR set)

    Surprisingly the mirrors are quite similar inside for spacing, and they allocate generous space for expansions.

    First pictures are of the oem iR E36 mirror, the rest are the E92 integrated with the guts from the E36 mirror.

    Edit: project was a success! Theres no cutting required. Only some wires to be switched around. I used one of the wires from the E92 mirror, the reverse cutoff for Auto-dim. E36 iR mirror module has 2 allocated wires going out for ground and +12v for an extra module I guess which I used to feed the E92 mirror circuit to power on. The E92 circuit then has its own extra ground and +12v allocated for the built in Homelink module. So it's pretty neat the way they design these mirrors to just piggyback power off each add-on module inside them so you don't need extra wiring.

    I'm glad the iR sensor board fit snugly into the stubby clown nose I have on this mirror which is nicer than the more distended red clown nose.
    Last edited by Fix.a.ZX; 11-10-2019 at 09:51 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BMWManiac View Post
    Yes, I loved mine! For some reason, I removed the module and it was never good after that. Ran it for 10 years or so with no issue
    Oh man, I'd be in to buy one too. I got into the game so much later than most of you guys I missed out on a lot of those awesome fixes that disappeared over time.

    Though I DID get lucky and find some of these from someone here long after they'd been discontinued:




    These cup holders just destroy the factory ones - one of the best "comfort" mods I've ever done to the car.

    But I digress - that was a couple years ago.

    My addition this week was a Mason race bar:



    (Ignore all the wax overspray - I was buffing my flip project E32 next to it and the buffing compound got everywhere)

    So many people have claimed no benefit that I wasn't expecting any kind of improvement to the thing.

    I actually got the bar because I had some damage to the driver side front shock tower a while back and have been looking for a Mason brace on the classifieds just to shore it up post-repair.

    But it was a dramatic difference - far more than I can feel when I take off the X-brace. I got it for an amazing deal, too (and even better given that it's the aluminum version).

    ...

    It's amazing to me that at 245k miles on the clock this car just keeps getting a little better every year.

    -Josh
    1998 M3/4/5 with most of the easy stuff and most of the hard stuff. 248k and getting better every day.

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    Oh boy it's a big list this week!
    Dinan BBTB
    Mishimoto rad
    Mishimoto Overflow
    Mishimoto fan, controller, and shroud kit
    Stewart water pump (my pump is fine but if everything else is getting changed...)
    fan delete nut
    Turner power pulleys (not alternator, I have a lot of amps... and convertible)
    Silicone rad hoses
    UUC Evo 3 short shifter with DS
    M50 manifold
    M50 install kit (Turner)
    Schrick cam set
    Supertech valve spring set
    2 new 12.5mm wheel spacers (one of mine is cracked after 5 years)
    guibo

    Lots of work, and once this is all done I'll upgrade my clutch and flywheel (want to see how it feels with these upgrades first)
    ...and lastly AA stage 2 SC but that may be near the end of summer.

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    I purchased a new glove box light bulb and 6 NGK Ruthenium spark plugs. I figured I'd try put the new alloy plugs from NGK.

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    Doctor Vanos Stage 2 unit... Since I'm installing cams ans valve springs it just makes sense to do this too...

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    I bought an M3 for my e36 this week! Actually I just had it delivered home by flatbed after having actually paid for it last week. It will crank just fine, and it hits and runs for a moment on a squirt of ether. Oil level is good, and it has plenty of fluid in the radiator (yes I checked before I tried cranking it.) So I ordered up a fuel pump module from ebay, and I will swap it out early next week after this round of rain blows through tomorrow. So, I will embark on the journey of making it driveable again, since it has been sitting since 2013. It has 187K on it, and it has a rebuilt title, but all in all it actually seems to be a solid foundation for a fun build.

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    I just bought the OEM seat rail extensions - part number 52108191181. I'm quite tall, I wonder if they are gonna help. We'll see.

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    I just got new side molding, OEM for between the front and rear wheels. Also just got a set of DEPO Euro glass headlight housings and LED bulbs for the high and low beams.
    Also in the process of rust repair. Purchased Alpine White III Paint from ECS, it's a perfect match, very happy with the results.

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    I've been getting quite a bit lately...
    Hard Motorsports fender flares,
    Red Motorsports seatbelts,
    PDC kit,
    Pre facelift smooth moldings,
    Pre facelift nose panel,
    96 grills,
    Vorshlag Camber Plates,
    and...

    Rays TE37V Mark II

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    Yay!
    I just found and bought a replacement for the wheel I destroyed 2 summers ago! ACS type III 18 x 8.5!

    When I wrecked the wheel I could not find a replacement so I had to buy a pair of 19s... I have been using 18 front and 19 rear (235 40 18 and 235 35 19 so same rolling diameter and width) in the summers and 235 45 17 square snows on contours in the winter.

    While the 18/19 mix looks aggressive, I will be delighted to be square again... Shorter sidewalls in back makes her a little to happy to oversteer LOL)

    Not sure yet whether to sell the pair of 19s or keep them just in case I tag a curb sideways again...

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    What LED bulbs did you purchase and are you happy with the results? Thanks, Doug

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    Inner & outer tie rods and a valve cover gasket kit.

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    Cleaned the bay and some other parts. I also made a right motor mount for the turbo.




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    Quote Originally Posted by triple d View Post
    What LED bulbs did you purchase and are you happy with the results? Thanks, Doug
    I purchased Hikari Ultra series for the low beams and DDM Tuning 50W Sabers Pro headlights for the high beams. This was based on the recommendation that I read that the Hikari bulbs work best in projector housings and the DDM Tuning bulbs work best in reflector housings. I am extremely pleased with the DDM Tuning high beam bulbs, they are insanely bright and a perfect color of diamond white. The Hikari bulbs are also insanely bright and the same perfect diamond white color, but they trip the low beam failure code as they are only 28W. The high beam bulbs pull enough power to no cause a bulb failure message. Additionally the high beam bulbs are much smaller and fit in the housing a lot better. They fit with the high beam cover on the DEPO housing installed. Neither bulb was small enough to fit in the low beam side if the DEPO housing with the cover installed. Clearly only a halogen H1 bulb would fit.

    I am however super happy with the results, the light output is world's better and they look so clean. I just have to be extra vigilant to not flash anyone, the high beams are stupid bright.

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    Today I got Ground Control front camber plates. I can't wait to install them this weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GG///M3 View Post






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    ironic, i just spent my lunch break looking at twin screw setups....color me interested!

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    Swapped my perfectly good 5 year old shocks for Bilstein B8s and the stock sway bars for the beefier Turner ones and had a shop weld in the rear sway bar reinforcement plates. (I don't trust my welding)
    Also replaced both of the TPS units trying to solve "DME code C"... Turned out to be throttle cable adjustment though LOL

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    I got my ground control street camber plates installed. With some G force rivals tomorrow's autocross is going to be awesome!

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