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M3AN E36 M3 PLOG (Project Log)

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That looks so much better than that ugly white leather. Really like the recaro.

If you dont mind me asking, what sort of money is the work to recover the seats costing?

Thanks and no problem...

Reupholster supplied rear seat (base/back) retaining existing leather and using supplied material

Reupholster supplied front seat inserts (base/back x2) using supplied material

Create new front seat base bolster covers (x4) using supplied material

Repair front seat base bolsters (x4)

= approx. $1000

So, add the seats, the material, the mounting bases, the sliders, the belt buckles, the door cards and you're looking at a silly amount... :-/

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So with re trimming the seats how you have how much material did they use to recover the centers front an rear?

im looking to buy some 1.5m wide fabric but don't want to end up with too much

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11 hours ago, WYZEUP said:

So with re trimming the seats how you have how much material did they use to recover the centers front an rear?

im looking to buy some 1.5m wide fabric but don't want to end up with too much

I'll have to measure how much is left when I get home but they used way less than I expected!

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20 hours ago, WYZEUP said:

So with re trimming the seats how you have how much material did they use to recover the centers front an rear?

im looking to buy some 1.5m wide fabric but don't want to end up with too much

So it looks like 1.5m wide should be enough to do both the left and right seat panels (assuming you're not doing the bolsters) and 2m in length should be okay to do the front and rear seats but that probably won't allow for any cutting errors so I'd go for 3m. Of course it will depend on the seats and I only have experience with mine. If you measure the outside of the panels as rectangles and add 100mm to each dimension you'll be safe.

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Thank you very much for that, helps me with ordering my material

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It's been a while, not much to say really except the car's off the road at the moment because of a dodgy DME (ECU).

In the meantime I've been replacing the wiring loom in the trunk, it's common for the wires from the lid to the main body to wear and break or short (you should check yours if you have an e36 or e39).

Anyway, the e36 replacement "repair" loom from BMW (61-12-8-391-788) comes with wire tails and silly little solder connectors so I replaced those with a proper plug.

How they come:

WireTails.jpg

Spades clamped on ready to solder:

ClampSolder.jpg

Finished plugs:

LoomPlugs.jpg

 

Trunk lid is now done and back together, including routing the existing spoiler cable.

Now I need to do the chassis side which will be a little less convenient!

 

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What has been happening with the DME? Water ingress or something? 

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8 hours ago, Michael. said:

What has been happening with the DME? Water ingress or something? 

No, was dry as a bone in the compartment (a fair bit of dust though) but the PCB has what looks like some fouling on it. There's an intermittent ECU code being thrown and the car stutters when this happens so I'm hoping a] this is the cause and b] it's not too expensive to fix.

I've had an offer of help, I just need to follow that up.

So I thought I'd do the loom and I might also replace the fuse box whilst I'm at it. It looks like whoever did the aftermarket alarm all those years ago was a little rough.

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Finished the trunk loom, should be good for another 20 years and it's one of those little details that I'm hoping sets my example apart from the masses.

In the end I ran the spoiler cable (two wires in a rubber sheath) on the outside of the repair loom. Feeding it through just didn't seem feasible (it probably is, I just don't have a method). It's weatherproof and fed through both boots so fits the bill just fine.

Pro Tip: when you're checking continuity then your separate earths will still connect... duh. Don't spend 30 mins trying to work that out.

Brake light, plate lights, lock actuator and lid closed signal all work! Nice.

 

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So, long time no post. This is a bit of a reminder for me to update:

  • ECU repaired
  • Fuse box replaced (PITA)
  • Injectors being serviced
  • Front bumper repainted (new fixtures arrived for fitting)
  • New fuel filter to go in
  • Replace windscreen washer pump and level sensor (new parts arrived)
  • Swap alu radiator from the 328 into M3 (new OEM rad for 328 has arrived)

Some work to do...

 

 

 

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What turned out to be the fault with the ecu, and how hard was it to fix?

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12 hours ago, zero said:

What turned out to be the fault with the ecu, and how hard was it to fix?

One of the components was fried, sent it away to Christchurch to get fix. Aside from the hit on my wallet it was easy! :)

 

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