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  1. turbolizard

    1996 E36 - EWS II issue

    I wish I could help you but I am in a somewhat related situation. I am keen to use an emulator to get an e36 M44 running in an older chassis that never had EWS, but have not been able to program my Aliexpress emulator. I think this might be due to not using a computer with a proper serial port. In any case I have a spare emulator if you can figure out how to make it work by going that route, but would suggest your best best is to fix up what you have. Info for the four cylinder Bosch ECU seems very thin on the ground.
  2. turbolizard

    e36 racecar

    Great to see you have had it out on the track. Looking forward to seeing it - assume will you be running at Taupo in November?
  3. turbolizard

    What'd you do to your BMW today?

    I'm guessing that was to do the oil pump nut and you dropped the subframe instead of pulling the engine? I need to do this myself and wondering if this is easier than pulling the engine - which is very easy on these cars (when you have no A/C to worry about).
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    The importance of Full Cover Insurance

    Voluntary insurance probably works out better for decent drivers. If you want insurance you get it and if some idiot hits you then you can make a claim. The people who want insurance are sharing the risk among themselves. Making insurance compulsory just introduces all the morons into the pool and this makes it more expensive for everyone else on average. With voluntary insurance, all the accidents where two uninsured morons hit each other, or drive off the road by themselves, don't result in any claims (which helps keep premiums down).
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    Do you have a working iDrive?
  6. The devices used to measure things are meters. The "metre" is a unit of length in the metric system (from France) and that spelling is only used for length measurements (except in America where they don't bother spelling metre length correctly, probably because they like feet and inches better anyway). Your approach is basically right, but be aware that some modules take quite a long time to shut down so currents may stay up for a while even if nothing is wrong on that circuit. Dunno what is going on with your meter and its readings on different scales.
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    Straight piping

    Get some earmuffs
  8. turbolizard

    EWS emulator coding

    Thanks for the ideas. It might be that i need to try and find an EWS2 module and keys and align it as below. However, this is essentially what the emulator is supposed to do. If I can make it work the emulator is simpler as the car does not have any EWS wiring in it as it never had EWS originally. The engine is newer than the car, so putting an emulator inside the DME box is good stand alone setup (if I can get it to work of course). The DME for the M44B19 is Bosch M5.2 and I don't think this software approach is possible for this DME. That was my first idea too and I did a bit of investigation of this. Do you know someone who can do it on this M5.2 DME? Yes it is there and I can get to the menu. I have read the ISN from the DME and tried to write it to the emulator with INPA but I get some sort of comms error (IFH-0003: DATATRANSMISSIONTO INTERFACE DISTURBED). I seem to have some limited comms with emulator but the full INPA jobs don't always run. Only some of the parameters seem to be accessible, probably because the emulator is only approximately similar to the real EWS system. Will keep playing with INPA and Tool32. In the meantime if anyone has an EWS2 module that will suit my DME I would be happy to try playing around with that too.
  9. turbolizard

    EWS emulator coding

    I am trying to get an M44 transplant running using an EWS emulator on the original M44 DME. Unfortunately the original EWS module and keys that were paired with the DME are in a donor car that is long gone, which is why i need an emulator. INPA can read the ISN off the the DME without problems and all communications using INPA work perfectly so there is not likely to be any problem with my cables etc. However, when I switch to the emulator software to try and write the ISN to the EWS emulator chip I cannot communicate with it. Everything seems to operate fine, it tries for a while, then returns a message "No echo from k-line". Has anyone successfully done this and got any ideas? The basic approach I am taking is described in the link below, although I got the identical looking emulator chips from Aliexpress... https://www.ecutool.com/bmw-ews2-ews32-emulator_7875.html
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    What'd you do to your BMW today?

    How do you rate your coffee maker? I am quite interested in something like this, mainly for cars. Do you recommend?
  11. turbolizard

    E39 2000 528i msport abs module

    Your research may have told you that these are prone to failure with age, due to repeated heat cycles. They can sometimes be repaired. AutoStop in Tauranga can do this but new modules are also available at reasonable prices and might be a better long term solution. I have had experience of having the repair done and have also bought a new module from overseas and had it coded here in NZ. Both solved the problem I had (yellow light trifecta). Have a look at http://www.maf-shop.com/ to get an idea on a new one. These guys are great to deal with and postage was cheap and fast. A new one will need coding to the car, and a second hand one might need recoding, whereas a repair of your module will not need recoding.
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    Another e36 - My 328 Beater

    Believe it or not I have (when out of other options) successfully used both boiling water and a regular heat gun on separate occasions, although a gas flame is much better for getting heat where you want it. The heat just provides some differential expansion and you don't need much to get the taper to release. Heat it with whatever you have and give it a smack.
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    Group buy, E30 sump guard

    also quite interested in local version
  14. turbolizard

    Another e36 - My 328 Beater

    Do you mean the control arm ball joints, which attach to subframe? These are on a taper (rather than being bolts) and will need a bit more effort to get out, possibly a bit of carefully placed heat where they fit into the subframe.
  15. turbolizard

    E30 M42 + Manual conversion

    I have an e30 with which I put an M42 into so might be able to help with some of your questions. However my conversion was a bit simpler in a lot of ways. The car was originally M40 manual so the driveshaft was already correct for the Getrag 240 I had - the automatic one is the wrong length (I think it is too short). I did use an M20 flywheel, which was lightened and material was removed where clearance may be an issue on your M42 block. The engine arms are the same for M40 and M42 so no problems there. Exhaust I used an M44 header and had no clearance issues around the steering (manual steering for me). This will be easier to find than M42is manifold and looks like it might work better too (not tested). My engine has ITBs off an MR2, with wasted spark ignition and a Link computer. I made a custom wiring harness for the Link by hacking up an old M40 e30 harness to tie into the car as plug and play (I wanted to be able to put the old engine back). If you need help with the pin-outs for the C101 etc I have that info somewhere. It was pretty easy but time consuming. If i could give some advice it is make absolutely sure you invest the time to do the wiring to a really decent standard so you don't have to chase hard to find faults in the future. My car has been raced like this for three years and I have had no issues at all. I have raced cars and boats and proper wiring is critical for reliability (and sanity).