kiwi328i

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About kiwi328i

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  • Birthday 03/18/1969

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  • Name
    Lionel
  • Location
    Henderson Valley
  • Car
    1993 E34 530i manual
  • Mods List
    4.0 litre transplant, custom SMF and clutch assembly, spherical bushes uppers lowers, 1" bump steer plates, hd billies, hd front & rear strut mounts, poly rear subframe and rtab bushes, 18x8.5 Hamann's
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    1994 E34 525i manual
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    1995 E36 328i auto

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    Saving money on mundane pursuits. Working sh*t out.

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  1. Hi, I have got some idle issues. I read a lot of these threads when it comes to the v8's and all of the potential issues they may have, and it drives people nuts trying to sort them. So my car idles way to high, it settles eventually after about 10 minutes driving, but something is obviously wrong. It was running sweet a few months ago, and I havent really done anything since. The usual suspects are out, I am sure there are no leaks etc, but I wish I had a scanner thing for it, I have checked, it's not one of those things you can just buy off the shelf? Does anyone have something? Anyway the only thing, and it may not even be a thing is, that my ambient temperature sensor, the yellow thing with a probiscus, has had a wire break. So only one is connected. Does this unassuming sensor have anything to do with my idle issues? So qn 1. Can someone help me with a diagnostic thing, that I cannot buy off the shelf? qn 2. Does that sensor have anything to do with the general running of the vehicle? The car has other sensors, so I am guessing not? Cheers
  2. I bought my E34 radiator from them a couple of years, maybe three back. They were good. Still working well.
  3. Thanks man. It's hard work being unique!
  4. So here are some shots of me mucking around with the front. I wanted to change the slightly 'got hit in the back of the neck bulging eyes look" of the original. I also really like the old Jensen Interceptor, old Aston 70's look, old Celica and Avenger for that matter I guess. So I took off the front bumper cover and bumper itself. I did some other cutting, grinding and welding stuff that...lets not talk about that. I removed the std indicators. I moved the light units apart AND back, with a meccano set sort of philosophy. The lights are now where I wish the to be. Oh I also like Camaro's...I mean who...nevermind, so I bought a 1967 Camaro lower valance and the lower side valances as well. Many swear words and the the worse birdsh*t welding you ever did see happened. Some bits of metal from up the road. Some fibreglass and stuff and after many moons I got it where I kinda wanted it. I wanted lower indicators and saw these 63 Falcon jobbies, so did a bunch of electrical things and more grinding and cutting and measuring. The bumper is 'pointier' than how is should be (Camaros are almost flat in front compared to this) but was necessary to have it fit right, and its wide as a house. The lower side valance's didn't fit well at all, and I could have almost done these from nothing. I had to make the bonnet pointy too to mimic the bottom so go some more steel, and fibreglass and bog, and just did a quick paint job. No point being foose cause I still have lots to do and may as well do it proper once I have done all the mods. So the lights work, the guys gave it a wof and I was rapt! I still have to do a custom grille and the sides on the original fenders still have their natural arc...which I will do next and tidy it up so it looks...not so rough! Sometimes I think I shoulda just left it, and then I think nah, no one will have another E34 like mine, and I think it will look ok to me anyway once I am done. The E30 grilles that cover the headlights will be the beginning of the new grille I hope, but still not sure how or if the kidneys will look, but I think the kidneys will be monsterous to work...but hey I will see once I have time to do some calculations. I want them 'floating' so watch this space.
  5. I haven't been on here like forever. I have done a few things. But anyway. My car starts to idle like sh*t, its ok, and then sometimes its like it is running a carb and the jet sizes are too big and the float levels are out or some ancient crap like that. You start it...it runs, it coughs splutters and dies. Mmm, where to start, so I assume everything is kinda o.k since I have replaced a whole lot of things on this and not done thousands of miles since, so I assume, plugs, blah blah are next to new, coils can die, and sensors do ruddy die, I have a feeling its the coolant temp sensor near the temp guage sensor...but even then it runs so rough and dies I dont think that sit. When I did the engine conversion, I replaced lots of things...but not everything, and one of those...do it while its out jobbies was the PCV. SO I had a feeling it was this. I did the research and low and behold the symptoms all matched, so I dug some more. Apparently some manifolds, the later ones came with an internal tube that put the blow-by gasses towards the throttle body and not just dump them above the last two cylinders. I wanted to do that! So I bought the PCV for the later model and the internal pipe and a few other things. I tried to take the PCV and the throttle body off without burring...and of course, I burred them, most of them and it was ass, so the whole manifold had to come off. I cut half of them off the PCV. I went to Mitre 10 and got some M6x25mm, with small washers to equal the 22.5mm of the BMW ones. My manifold DID NOT have the proper fixings for the internal pipe. I saw one bloke on the internet do a rough job of it, so...I did as well, well looks better than his anyway I think. They say because of the up-rated design that the M62b44's idle better...maybe, mine certainly runs better than it ever has, so they could be right? Put it all together and it purrs like a kitten and the idle is now perfect, its a tad lower and noticable, mine always idled around 850 odd. Now its 700 odd and more settled, and I think revs quicker... I also replaced my coolant temp sensor with another secondhand one, cause I still think mine was...not to spec. It goes well now, actually it goes better than ever. So the M62 PCV mod..or whatever I think is a good way to go, even if your manifold does not have the proper brackets to afix the internal tube. First image. So this is how it sits looking from the front. notice I havent forced it into the corner just yet. Second image: Looking at it from the back. Can you see the two-pack araldite to keep it there, so it fits in, but it is not supposed to fit in like this actually, you need to have a look at a proper M62 to know. Third image: I have put the tube where it should go...well if it had the proper bracket thingy. so it has some pressure against this corner, and I have removed the o-ring and again used two pack araldite. Fourth image: Here you can see the M6 bolts, much better, its not like you are putting 300nm of torque through there??? Also see the extra outlet for...who knows, but I dont need it, so I ended up blocking it off. I am guessing M62's use vacuum for something else as well? So I cleaned the throttle-body and lots of other details and I am rapt!!! I re-tensioned the throttle cable and now my initial throttle sensitivity is 'softer' which means its much easier/nicer to drive. Now next is those bloody widened flares!!!
  6. Whats your budget?
  7. What does this look like. I have a tech II I think on my E34, but I have another one that doesnt fit mine that I wanted to put on, I wonder whether it might fit yours, Ray thinks it will fit the E36 spline?
  8. Actually, I read that again. The steering wheel that didnt fit, did have more of an angle on the horizontal bars of the steering wheel. Does that help in determining what boss kit type would fit? Cheers
  9. mmm I dont want to take that flippin steering wheel off, but I can take photos off the one that didnt fit, that should do it, will do later tonight.
  10. Hi guys, I have searched the internet and I am still a bit confused. I have a 1993 530i Uk E34. Non airbag M-tech 2 steering wheel. If I was to go 'generic', i.e. use an aftermarket steering wheel, which hub adaptor would I get? Its either an E30 or an E36? What else do I need to know? I tried to put on another m-tech 2 steering wheel, but the spline and backside was different, and as far as I can tell, it might be E36 fitment? So answers please. ta.
  11. Another Pelican Parts order...arrggh I have to do my PCV and replace my temp sensor, not the gauge one the DME one. Yay...not, but I hate it when the bloody thing doesnt idle properly!
  12. Not sure what your friend is trying to achieve, but this might be an option? https://race-shop.sk/en/bmw/54834-engine-adapter-plate-bmw-v8-m60-m62-to-bmw-m50-m57-s50-54-gearbox.html
  13. Helping out a mate who wants his 540i moved on. He has bought a new car. He is hoping for 5k. He hasn't had it long, it was only a stop gap vehicle. Reg: YG 5547 Reg expires: 01-03-2017 Has a new wof (I think) We got two new tyres on for wof a fortnight a go I am sure. Sorry too many cars to keep track of, no check lights, leather. Nice blue, much brighter in person. We have this parked out in Ranui. Text me offers/questions and I will do my best. 021795306 Lionel.
  14. The business structures here are rooted. If I (just Joe bloggs, public enemy number none) can buy something online via a web friendly online store from the comfort of my own home, have it tracked to within an inch of its life using a worldwide respected courier company, have a better selection and a review of products and its natural competition and pay the relevant tariffs and duties etc and get it cheaper from buying the exact same product locally then I think it goes beyond just a matter of sub-par customer service. Even great customer service counts for little (each to their own). If I was paying for a full set of shocks at say $600.00NZD online to my doorstep compared to $1300.00NZD collect, what kind of customer service and assurances bridges that sort of gap? Thats just one order. I have spent AND saved thousands shopping online for my BMW's and it will continue. The local ratio of parts bought here compared to overseas would be 10/90. Whatever this govt is doing for business'es I have no idea but it cant be easy. I also buy sports clothing and shoes overseas, I only use the shops here as mere 'fitting shops' then source overseas. NZ is going to have to change something soon. Works for me. What I consider good service also, is great communication, convenience, easy access and prompt delivery, its not just about 'talking shop'.