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Thread: CHECK THIS THREAD BEFORE POSTING: The Ultimate Thread For FAQs

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    Since the same stuff comes up over and over, I thought I would make a post with ready-made searches. If anyone can come up with more, feel free to add.
    The links below are the actual thread titles, or links from the DIY section.



    BENTLY DOWNLOAD LINK:
    http://rapidshare.com/files/22086964...viceManual.pdf

    pdf's of Electrical diagrams / schematics for many models of BMW's, including all the E36's
    http://wedophones.com/BMWManualsLead.htm

    E36 Torque Specification Sheets:
    http://www.bmw-m.net/techdata/torq/bmw_torq.pdf

    Threads that every E36 owner should read:
    Bimmer DIY Site
    Another nice DIY site
    Attention: ALL E36 owners beware - WIRING PROBLEM
    Known Bentley Mistakes/Errors
    http://www.protoworks.com/cgi-bin/C-...Are_Like_Legos

    Angel eyes:
    Which headlights (with angel eyes) to get
    Angel Eyes & Other Lighting Questions
    Lava Lighting or Umnitza?
    Opinions from People with DDE or HID

    M3 bumpers & difuser:
    Where is a good site to find M3 bumpers?
    Advice on M3 bumper upgrade
    For all the questions about OEM M3 diffuser on non M
    Installing M3 rear diffuser on stock 325i bumper...need advice
    M3 Diffuser fit on non-M bumper?
    Got my new bumper cover from PacificBMW

    Suspension:
    Suspension Overhaul & FAQ
    DIY strut shock and spring installation writeup. (tokico kit review included)
    tell me about your suspension set ups
    suspension install...with comparison pics
    Have you lowered your car yourself?
    Conversion to M3 suspension
    Rear Shock Mounts (RSM)
    Solid RSMs

    Intakes (CAI):
    What type of intake
    CAI Recommendations
    Best Intake
    M52 to M50 Manifold Swap

    Chips:
    which is the best chip
    Chip Installation

    Exhaust:
    Good sounding non ricey mufflers...
    M3 exhaust on 328
    New wrinkle on age-old exhaust question
    Which Performance Exhaust

    Rims & wheels:
    the effects of big wheels ?
    Lets see some sweet wheels on your car
    What rims do you have on your car?

    Fender rolling:
    rolled my fender with bat and paint came off
    Rolling fenders ....

    Spark plugs:
    Which Spark plugs to buy??
    What spark plugs
    Bosch Platinum +4 plugs installed

    Headlights & clear corners:
    1 pc headlights
    I got a question about headlights
    All Clears created equal?

    Brakes:
    What tools do i need...
    Slotted or drilled?
    cheap BBK for our cars?
    Are M3 front BRAKES WORTH THE SWAP?
    Brakes squeaking after new brakes installed. What is the deal???

    OBC:
    E36 OBC's programming and coding functions (SECRET OBC PROGRAMMING FUNCTIONS)
    OBC is dim in the middle....
    FULL OBC Conversion DIRECTIONS HOW TO
    OBC pixel and button fix DIY...

    Auto to Manual Conversion:
    The Official Auto-to-Manual Transmission Swap Thread

    CDV Delete:
    Doing CDV delete right now...
    Just finished the CDV delete...

    Painting Sideskirts:
    How to color match you ugly grey side skirts...

    Engine Specs:
    What engine do I have?

    Motor Mods
    The Ultimate FDM (Fan Delete Mod) Thread

    Useful threads/Basic Information/DIYs
    If your check engine light is on, click here (pre- '96 only)!
    What kind of oil do I put in my e36?
    Attn: newbies,here are your OIL FACTS
    Air Conditioner Recharge
    Brake Light Error Delete mod
    Rear Subframe Reinforcement
    Fix Sunroof Rattle
    Leather Repair
    Replacing Door Handle Trim
    Power Seat Switch Replacement
    Better DIY for failed OBC buttons
    Blower motor replacement guide
    E36 Common Faults / Pre-purchase Inspection FAQ
    Infamous Radiator Bitch Clip
    Rear Wheel Bearing DIY
    Last edited by ducky328i; 08-06-2010 at 09:00 PM.
    -ducky


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    Automatic to Manual Transmission Conversion

    http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...ion+conversion
    1998 328i/4 Boston Green
    X-Brace, Eibach Pro Kit/Bilstein Sport, M3 Rear Sway
    BMW Traffic Pro - a/d/s P650.2 & 3.45is - JL Audio Stealthboxes[/size]

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    I call BS - there's no bmw driver that can't run his car faster than any magazine has ever done before.
    -Joe

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    Here are a few informational threads that I have in my favorites...

    Body

    20 minute window trim fix
    http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...d.php?t=119370

    Fixed sunroof rattle! -Procedure & Pictures included-
    http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...hreadid=137302

    Suspension

    325 to M3 suspension swap
    http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...&threadid=3476

    M suspension swap - *lots* of detailed suspension info
    http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...threadid=27221

    Rear subframe reinforcement
    http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...18#post1042518

    Tool for installing Xbrace nut inserts
    http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...threadid=11540

    Interior

    warped dash issue
    http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...518#post734518

    Tires

    255/35-18 S-03 all around on an E36
    http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...threadid=63433

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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I haven't seen this blower motor replacement guide referred to in the FAQ or DIY yet:

    thread:
    http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...ghlight=blower

    article:
    http://www.sqbimmer.com/dump/e36_blower_motor/
    Last edited by chemguy; 07-08-2005 at 06:02 PM.

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    Last edited by shogun; 01-15-2016 at 12:13 AM.

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    E36 Common Faults / Pre-purchase Inspection FAQ

    Great article written by Dudesky outlining common problems for those considering buying an e36.

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    hey could you add this link to the front page faq since i know quite a few people have had this problem and this is the best fix.
    Repairing the Climate Control Computer
    http://www.macadamizer.com/bmwfix.html

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    I nominate Hellrot325's 'headgasket DIY' writeup to be stickied in this index... great resource. Just used it while swapping heads, barely even opened the Bentley!

    http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...d.php?t=363966

    Matt

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    might add this in

    http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...es+sedan+coupe

    differences between sedans and coupes. it's incomplete though, I think there's still some differences not mentioned or gone into detail

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Red Pirate View Post
    i need help i have a bmw 318ti the hatch back and i want to do an engine swap with an m3 but i dont know where to start or even what engine to use, but perferably a 6 cylinder
    Check the following site:

    http://www.318ti.org/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=26

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    Electric Seat Gear Replacement

    http://www.odometergears.com/subpages/E36FAQ.html

    Also sells the gears. Just ordered mine.

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    since this thread is stuck, i thought this belongs here

    o2 sensor replace on e36s for $35 thread

    http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...d.php?t=589134

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    i dont think i saw this in the list but this HAS TO BE in this thread!!!
    http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...=radiator+clip
    -ducky


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    i found this site while researching my erratic fuel guage problem.

    go to this link which is the 'common problems' area. it lists more than BMW's but for instance i went to this area, Faults on BMW sensors, which details sensor failures very thoroughly.

    hope this helps!

    http://www.bba-reman.com/content.asp...hints_and_tips

    edit:

    i just clicked it and it worked

    http://www.bba-reman.com/content
    .aspx?content=hints_and_tips

    there put those two together, it seems to shorten it here
    Last edited by sprocket1200; 07-20-2007 at 07:10 PM.

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    I might be in the market for an E36 M3
    Can someone list the difference between the 1995 BMW M3 and the 1996 BMW M3? This is basically what a guy from another forum who lives in Germany said and I want to know if it's true:


    Last edited by InlineSixx; 10-22-2008 at 05:58 AM.

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    Brake Caliper Boot Replacement

    Last edited by Ranger1; 04-24-2009 at 10:56 AM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramv36 View Post
    bently download link is broken!!
    http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum....php?t=1210901

    should still work if anyone needs it, the link is in the first post
    (\ /)
    ( . .)
    c('')('')

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