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  1. #101
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    Here's one after overspray has been removed. This is right after using the brass brush, I haven't washed it up yet.



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    Ready to mount.



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    Nice! I am actually picking up a set of 16" set of 42's to have as a matching set to my 17's lol

    Looking good man

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thrifty S50 View Post
    Nice! I am actually picking up a set of 16" set of 42's to have as a matching set to my 17's lol

    Looking good man
    Thanks Thrifty, I think those 42's will look pretty sweet until I get my Style 68's or the DS1's refinished.

    I thought I had everything for my cooling system but I accidentally ordered the upper expansion tank hose instead of the lower one. I ordered that hose, 25 door trim clips, and added on a fuel filter and air filter to get free shipping. I also ordered the driver's side M3 moulding that I was missing. I ordered the M3 badge for it to fill the empty rectangle. I'll be cutting Talon Grip self adhesive rubber to cover up the M3 symbols before it hits the road anyway.

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    Nice work so far!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CblockM3 View Post
    Nice work so far!
    Thanks Cblock. It's not over, but when I get the parts I have stockpiled on it will be pretty sweet in my book.

    I was in the neighborhood of a guy who posted up some M3 parts today, so I picked up a pretty cherry gauge cluster for a good price.

    Higher speed and tach range, even has the factory stickers still on it. I would have taken those off the first day.

    The only problem is that the gauges have 140-ish k on the clock. Either I will have to wait until the mileage matches or take a serious ding to the mile count.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Deus Ex Machina View Post
    Thanks Cblock. It's not over, but when I get the parts I have stockpiled on it will be pretty sweet in my book.

    I was in the neighborhood of a guy who posted up some M3 parts today, so I picked up a pretty cherry gauge cluster for a good price.

    Higher speed and tach range, even has the factory stickers still on it. I would have taken those off the first day.

    The only problem is that the gauges have 140-ish k on the clock. Either I will have to wait until the mileage matches or take a serious ding to the mile count.



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    It's been a while since I spent some time researching the gauge cluster swap but I swapped an M3 cluster into my 328i with unknown mileage and swapped the memory plug to the new cluster. My actual mileage showed up in the new cluster with a tamper dot. There is a sequence you then go through to remove the tamper dot and now my correct mileage shows up in the new cluster with no evidence of swapping or tampering.
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    I will look into that Cblock. What I had read said to swap the memory plug but that it would default to the highest reading.

    The guy I got the gauges from has the M3 brake master cylinder/ABS unit/reservoir from the same car. I am going to pick those up for the future install of the M3 Brake calipers, spindles and rotors I got a while back.

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    Well, I ordered M3 side moulding clips from a big vendor. Or at least I thought I did.

    I did a parts search for the 1997 M3 that my side trim was sourced from. The clips they sent were for a standard E36 trim which is 11/16" wide, the M3 clips are 1" wide.

    I called customer service and the guy insisted that they were supposed to fit (that's what his computer was telling him). I sent marked up photos with measurements and pulled the perfectly mounted door moulding off the M3 door I just put on the car to prove they weren't the right ones (I really really didn't want to pull that off). I didn't have any other clips to look at beside the ones that were in place and that I didn't want to break taking them off.

    I found the right ones on the site and just placed another order. I don't have the patience to wait for a return and a credit to be applied to the right parts.

    And... it's going to be over 60 degrees this weekend. Now I am not going to have the parts.

    Thanks guys.

    But oh well, I have plenty of other more important stuff to work on anyway. but it would have only taken a few minutes to get the trim on.
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  10. #110
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    We have very similar cars man, congrats on the purchase! This is my 94 325i w/ 18s for reference...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Deus Ex Machina View Post
    Well, I ordered M3 side moulding clips from a big vendor. Or at least I thought I did.

    I did a parts search for the 1997 M3 that my side trim was sourced from. The clips they sent were for a standard E36 trim which is 11/16" wide, the M3 clips are 1" wide...

    ...I found the right ones on the site and just placed another order. I don't have the patience to wait for a return and a credit to be applied to the right parts...
    What is the correct part number for the M3 (1") clips?

    And to avoid confusion, what is the part number of the incorrect (11/16") clips?

    Tipsy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nate94 View Post
    We have very similar cars man, congrats on the purchase! This is my ‘94 325i w/ 18’s for reference...


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    I checked yours out when you updated the photos in one of your posts I think. Yours is cleaner than mine aesthetics wise right now. That's a nice sedan!

    Quote Originally Posted by TipsyMcStagger View Post
    What is the correct part number for the M3 (1") clips?

    And to avoid confusion, what is the part number of the incorrect (11/16") clips?

    Tipsy
    Here is the information I put together. Both of these were from the parts search specific to the 1997 M3 I sourced my side trim from. Both show that they fit the M3, but the ones shown as side moulding are incorrect. The ones listed as "For M-Technic Package" are the correct ones, but the way they are listed led me to believe that they were for the side skirts and not the side moulding.







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    Excellent info

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    Broke into the cooling system today, removed everything. I wet sanded the thermo sealing surfaces with 1000 grit and alcohol lightly, then cleaned with acetone on a microfiber. Did the same to the water pump o-ring seating collar.

    The thermostat, thermo housing, Stewart's water pump and aluminum water pump pulley are installed and torqued (well no torque on the pulley yet until the new belt is on).



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    My Mishi shroud/fan setup doesn't fit the aluminum radiator that's on the car, so I am just going to save it and get a Mishi X-Line radiator for it later.

    I had a fan clutch and stock style expansion tank as a backup, so I decided to use those for now.

    I test drove the car, it runs perfect, temp stays dead center. That's the good.

    The bad is that the expansion tank is leaking at the bottom fitting. Aaaargh!

    I set it up so I could get to the clamp, so It looks like I will be swapping in the Aluminum Mishi Tank as soon as possible.

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