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by cory58
Sat Apr 20, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Electrical Problem
Replies: 7
Views: 326

Re: Electrical Problem

I finally had time to repair the wiring harness, so thought I'd close the loop on this thread. One other loose end - my car definitely doesn't have a ballast resistor, so I guess I have the blue coil with the internal resistance. In my research, I read on a forum somewhere (maybe 2002faq or mye28) t...
by cory58
Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Electrical Problem
Replies: 7
Views: 326

Re: Electrical Problem

Thanks Dale. I'll check again. Must be hidden well. Just found a discussion of ballast resistors on 2002faq, with this: "The Blue coil has an internal resistor, do not use an external resistor with this coil." I wonder if that applies to my car. It has a blue coil. Also found this: "Make sure you ha...
by cory58
Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Electrical Problem
Replies: 7
Views: 326

Re: Electrical Problem

Thanks for the replies! So I've now learned what a ballast resistor is and what is does. Thanks Google and Hack Mechanic! This is what autoblog lists as the first symptom of a failed ballast resistor: "The most obvious symptoms will be the vehicle starts, but then immediately dies as soon as you rel...
by cory58
Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Electrical Problem
Replies: 7
Views: 326

Electrical Problem

So I have the first electrical problem with the E12 ('77 530i) and hope the collective wisdom here can help. I've searched the board and can't find a post for the same problem. My starter got unreliable. It would work fine for a while and then not. The solenoid would click but the starter would not ...
by cory58
Mon Dec 31, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Sport Shock Options
Replies: 19
Views: 765

Re: Sport Shock Options

In planning for the rebuild of my front shocks I realized that it will be a major pain to keep the E12 stationary for an undetermined period time while Bilstein works their magic. I don't need to drive the car, just move it around in the shop. Best idea I can come up with is to find a set of junk sh...
by cory58
Wed Dec 12, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Sport Shock Options
Replies: 19
Views: 765

Re: Sport Shock Options

Thanks to everyone for the great information. I just ordered the rear B8s that Bav Auto says will fit an E12, and will be contacting Bilstein about rebuilding the front shocks. Regarding the rear B8s from Bav Auto, they are the only seller that lists that shock (24-008198) as a fit for E12s. The Bil...
by cory58
Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Sport Shock Options
Replies: 19
Views: 765

Re: Sport Shock Options

That answer is way off base. The B6's will work in the front where the spring is "captive on the strut. But the rear is a different breed of cat. The difference between a B6 and B8 shock is the length of the stroke of the shock shaft. The problem with the B6 is the stroke is longer and allows the r...
by cory58
Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Sport Shock Options
Replies: 19
Views: 765

Re: Sport Shock Options

The part # on the M535i box is A 31 32 1 124930. Here's the link: https://www.wallothnesch.com/en/catalogsearch/result/?order=name&dir=asc&q=a31321124930 Interesting. That is a superseded BMW factory part number (minus the "A"). Googling "Bilstein A 31 32 1 124930" returns no relevant results. Than...
by cory58
Fri Dec 07, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Sport Shock Options
Replies: 19
Views: 765

Re: Sport Shock Options

I'm using the M535i inserts with H&R springs that are about 1.5" lower. Here's the response from Bilstein and feel free to email or call them, maybe they'll get the message to bring back the B8. They're saying the B6's are for stock springs but will also work with lowered suspensions. I also have a...
by cory58
Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Sport Shock Options
Replies: 19
Views: 765

Sport Shock Options

It seems that the remaining supply of new front Bilstein B8s for E12s has dried up. Wish I would have bought a set a few months ago when I read Siegel's Roundel column describing how hard is was to find front B8s for his early E24. So what do we do for lowered suspension? My car came with lowering s...
by cory58
Sun Oct 21, 2018 7:12 am
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: now it's the starter....
Replies: 3
Views: 260

Re: now it's the starter....

Its easy peas to get the starter out if you ask me. Go check the tool box in the trunk, the bent wrench you are after is in there. Its two nuts on the starter to get it out, that wrench will reach both. sure its tight, and you can only get maybe a 1/4 turn each time, but once the nuts are started o...
by cory58
Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:05 am
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: now it's the starter....
Replies: 3
Views: 260

now it's the starter....

Went to drive the car after fixing the most recent fuel leak (see "ANOTHER leaking injector" thread) and now it won't turn over. Battery is charged. I can hear the starter solenoid click but the starter doesn't move, so it seems like the starter has failed. Thinking about changing the starter myself...
by cory58
Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: ANOTHER injector leaking
Replies: 7
Views: 439

Re: ANOTHER injector leaking

Thanks again for all the helpful responses. Finally got everything put back together last night with the extra clamp on the leaking injector hose. Ran the car for approx 5-8 minutes - no leak!

Cory
by cory58
Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: '81 windscreen wipers
Replies: 11
Views: 626

Re: '81 windscreen wipers

At 51 years old, I haven't been called a "kid" in a while. Thank you - made my day!
by cory58
Mon Oct 01, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: ANOTHER injector leaking
Replies: 7
Views: 439

Re: ANOTHER injector leaking

Thanks for the replies and great info!

Cory