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e46 330ci Clubsport SSG

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Did the hardest job on list - CCV and hoses, plastic water pipes and cleaning. Pipes were still in decent condition but new parts come with peace of mind. Couple of small bits of broken plastic to flush out later from the block, otherwise the heater valve may grab them for me.

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All back together. New Lemforder tie rods, boots, OE swaybar bushings, boot struts and cam sensors for good measure. Aligned to BMW spec for now but just about everything is back to being the job properly. Steering rack will probably be changed in future also as it has some wear on center.

 

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Revealed a  hairline crack on the subframe floor awhile ago whilst cleaning (the usual L\H crease). I was planning on dropping the subframe anyway so went ahead. Luckily it didn't appear to be any additional failed welds or cracks, but Redish V3 plates will be going in anyway once Fedex Australia sorts their sh*t out.  New subframe bushings and inner control arm bushings done whilst its out. 

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Inspected the clutch\flywheel. Very little wear so must of been replaced not too long ago.  Re-used the flywheel and installed a new clutch kit. New winner for the hardest job on this car. Not something you ever want to do on axle stands with standard floor jack with a cramped transmission tunnel to boot.

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Unfortunately the refurbished slave cylinder was weeping, probably due contaminated fluid from wear given the marks in the cylinder. Seal still looked ok so honed the better spare cylinder swapped it over and bled it. Appears to be holding for now but will refurbish the old one again for insurance. Cleaned all the solenoids, drained all the fluid and flushed some new stuff thru using the pump so hopefully cleared it out.

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Driveshaft nose bushing, Meyle HD flex disc and Febi center support done. FAG front wheel bearings, replacement rack and new Meyle HD control arms also done while everything is apart.

Just need to do install rear wheel bearings, put everything back together and parts cannon along with the operator can retire for awhile.

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Great work Jared !!  It is disappointing re the slave cylinder.  I could provide some "feedback" to supplier if required. 

This ultra rare car is really getting serious attention - and one to watch... :)

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Gotta be one of the best maintained 330ci's in NZ 👌

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10 hours ago, hqstu said:

Great work Jared !!  It is disappointing re the slave cylinder.  I could provide some "feedback" to supplier if required. 

This ultra rare car is really getting serious attention - and one to watch... :)

Yeah is what it is but im glad i discovered it before it got worse. I think they would come to the same conclusion as me.  As you know the system has no filters to prevent this but it should be fairly clean now. I can repair the cylinder locally much cheaper than overseas now that i know the required seal. 

5 hours ago, Sammo said:

Gotta be one of the best maintained 330ci's in NZ 👌

Haha thanks. Mechanical wise it's certainly up there. Cosmetically it wont be winning any awards but its tidy enough for my standards. Maybe a possible front end respray in the future, who knows.    

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