Karter16

Karter 16's E46 M3 Journal

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This is the best thread on bimmersport.

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Very commendable attention to detail.

I approve! 

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On 6/4/2017 at 10:09 PM, zero said:

This is the best thread on bimmersport.

 

On 6/5/2017 at 0:07 AM, Michael. said:

Very commendable attention to detail.

I approve! 

 

Thanks guys!! it's been awesome to get stuck in and get a whole heap done, and it's great to be able to share the process here. Great to have a record as well of everything we've done!!

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Update #18

Just a quick update. We got the car back on the ground last Saturday, and on Sunday we fired it up and did a systems check. The car started first turn of the key and was running fine. Power steering needed the air flushed out of the lines which we did, but apart from that everything was looking good. Got a couple of codes on the first run to do with throttle body position sensors, etc. but haven't had a return of anything like that.

We did a short test drive (after warming the engine up) and everything seemed good. Car feels good, we got the alignment good enough to mean we can drive the car (slowly) to the shop for its suspension alignment, and everything seems to be working fine. Checked the car for codes after the first run and all seems fine.

We're getting a couple of dash lights appearing under braking and reading the codes it appears that it's probably to do with the fact that the wheel alignment is off and the steering wheel/rack isn't currently centred when travelling in a straight line, so expecting that steering/acceleration sensors are getting conflicting readings - expecting this to stop being an issue after the wheel alignment. If it's still an issue we'll investigate further.


Car's off for it's alignment on Monday - in the mean time here's a pic of it parked outside :-)

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What alignment specs are you going for?

The stock bmw ones are not very good.

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41 minutes ago, zero said:

What alignment specs are you going for?

The stock bmw ones are not very good.

That's a good question - I am actually going just for stock specs at this point. Mostly because I haven't really done any research into it. I am expecting that the alignment will need redoing in a couple of thousand km after everything's fully settled, so can look at making changes then. 

If you've got any recommendations or resources on the topic I'd be very interested to hear/see them :-)

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For e46 I did alot of research and for a fast road car I settled on this;

 

Front; Max camber, zero toe, max castor.

Rear; -2 camber rear total (-1 each side), really small amount of toe in.

 

I found this made a good improvement.

Also, I can recommend Autolign in Mt Wellington.

 

Edited to say, remove the locating pins on top of the strut tower with a pair of pliers or vicegrips. This give you more camber adjustability.

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You need to reset the steering angle sensor with the factory tool and also reset the longitudinal acceleration sensor. And possibly the dsc unit also.

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42 minutes ago, M3_Power said:

You need to reset the steering angle sensor with the factory tool and also reset the longitudinal acceleration sensor. And possibly the dsc unit also.

Thank you! very helpful information - much appreciated! :-)

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Update #19

So the car went in for it's WOF last Monday. Failed on the handbrake, but everything else was :thumbs-up:

Alignment went fine, they noted that the rear left was sitting slightly higher than the rear right, and as a result they couldn't quite get the camber on the rear-right within spec (it's only out by a very small amount).

They also did the driver's airbag recall at the same time.

After the wheel alignment, as I expected the dash lights all went away. The codes I was seeing were all related to the steering angle sensor not being within calibration. Once the alignment was sorted the dash lights cleared themselves, and scanning the car shows that the codes are now historical.

 

Today we sorted the handbrake adjustment and checked the rear to make sure there was nothing obvious. It's all looking as it should, so the plan is to drive the car for a while and let it settle in, and see if the rear comes back into adjustable range or not. If not then it'll be a bit of work to measure everything up and work out what's causing the issue.

 

Haven't done many miles in the car given it doesn't have a WOF, but what I have done has been :wub:

The improvements from the new bushes and shocks, etc. have been much more noticeable than I was expecting. I wasn't anticipating such an obvious improvement. Driving over rough bits in roads is much quieter and less of a "crash" than it was before, and because of that interior rattles and squeaks are correspondingly much less. I haven't had a chance to drive the car "spiritedly" and won't be while the rod bearings are running in, but I'm looking forward to when I do, to see if I can feel the difference then as well.

 

The car's going in this week for the WOF re-check and once that's done I'll put some "run in" miles on it. Planning to do another oil change at about 1800km, just to clear out any dirt that might have entered the engine when we had the oil pan off.

 

Anyway - nice to get a bit of a feel of what the car was like when it was new :-)

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They all site higher on the left, they are engineered that way as a left hand drive car. Every single one I have measured sits higher on the left.

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18 hours ago, M3_Power said:

They all site higher on the left, they are engineered that way as a left hand drive car. Every single one I have measured sits higher on the left.

Yeah I've read that, and it's interesting to hear that that's always been your experience as well. It certainly makes sense given these cars were designed as left hand drive cars.

It does seem a bit odd though that the rear-right camber can't be brought into "factory" spec though right? It's a bit hard of course in that I don't know if the car was out of spec before we started. In hind-sight it would have been good to get that checked before we started.

At this point I'm thinking its just worth letting everything settle for a bit and then check again. Would be interested in your thoughts :-)

Cheers,

Matt

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Update #20

So the car went back in again yesterday - Alignment on the rear closer to spec, so will let the car settle over the next couple of thousand k and do another alignment then.

The car also now has it's WOF :thumbs-up:
We've got to put a couple of the plastic undertray components back on, and replace the temporary zip ties on the steering boots with proper clamps, and then this round of work on the car is officially complete.

Have done about 100km on the car in the last couple of days - all in Auckland traffic :DudeComeOn-min: but good to be back in the car and running in the bearings.

So stoked with how everything has gone, and now that the major maintenance work is done I can start thinking about what comes next :thumbs-up:

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fixing appalling spelling mistake
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Is it just me, or have all the pictures disappeared?

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46 minutes ago, zero said:

Is it just me, or have all the pictures disappeared?

Photobucket being difficult.

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On 6/25/2017 at 5:18 PM, gjm said:

Photobucket being difficult.

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Yeah spot on - apparently photobucket are now charging some obscene amount to host pictures, which I'm obviously not going to pay. So I now have to transfer to another host... 

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Google, flickr... I'm sure there are others.
I'm going to 'rescue' my photos from Photobucket while the site is still up. It's been showing increasing amunts of advertising lately, and getting slower, and slower...

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I've been a (paying) Flickr consumer for more than ten years; for hosting your images they're rather good.  The now free service is excellent when compared with photobucket.

hth

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Well I've gone through the thread and changed all the images across to Flickr - here's hoping Flickr don't change their TOU any time soon!!!

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Something a bit simpler - this arrived in the mail today.

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Since my car didn't come with it's manual and service book, etc. As part of my restoration efforts I've purchased new ones to go with it. This original item is in awesome condition in spite of being second hand. Very pleased with it.

I've put 1200km on the car since the rod bearings were done. Will be doing about another 800km and will do an oil and filter change. Will then be on to regular OCIs.

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8 minutes ago, Karter16 said:

Something a bit simpler - this arrived in the mail today.

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Since my car didn't come with it's manual and service book, etc. As part of my restoration efforts I've purchased new ones to go with it. This original item is in awesome condition in spite of being second hand. Very pleased with it.

I've put 1200km on the car since the rod bearings were done. Will be doing about another 800km and will do an oil and filter change. Will then be on to regular OCIs.

It will be interesting to see the colour of the oil.

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23 minutes ago, zero said:

It will be interesting to see the colour of the oil.

I'll post up photos here when I change it :-)

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