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by Mike W.
Mon Jan 19, 2009 3:40 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Battery relocation - cable sizes
Replies: 11
Views: 2702

I have thought about it and accumulated some 6 gauge welding cable but unless you track your car (which I don't) is it really worth it ? The rear strut brace/battery box installs look cool etc. but I would think it will be a bitch to get the battery in and out and reach for jumper cables if needed....
by Mike W.
Sun Jan 18, 2009 9:16 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Battery relocation - cable sizes
Replies: 11
Views: 2702

Damn, you made me work on this one! But your friends suggestion sounds about right, maybe you could go up one size, but it seems close. However I'm wondering, you mentioned going a couple of months without starting it, and I think that might be more the problem than the wiring. Do you actually disco...
by Mike W.
Sat Jan 17, 2009 10:25 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Recaros
Replies: 6
Views: 2147

While at Pick-a-Part today, I found a pair of Recaros, or at least BMW sport seats in an '86 325e for $38 apiece. Of course in bad shape. Would they fit my '81 seat rails so I can install them? I think Pierre said that's all I have to do, but would that include this year? No they won't, the rails a...
by Mike W.
Fri Jan 16, 2009 6:47 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Dumping thermal reactor, which manifolds to use?
Replies: 15
Views: 6368

Re: Dumping thermal reactor, which manifolds to use?

I've got a 77 630csi, that is running an 81 M30B32, with the stock manifold for that engine. I have perfect original exhaust for the 77, except for the reactors. I want to dump the 81 setup, and convery back to the 77 setup, including downpipes. I "should" be able to use basically any manifolds fro...
by Mike W.
Wed Jan 14, 2009 10:17 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Headlight swap
Replies: 14
Views: 3214

Is the seller wrong then and these are not E12? That's what I'm thinking. I've been playing with E12's since the early 90's and I've never seen big/little headlights. Check RealOEM, or some of the car of the month pics, a lot of those are euros, but I don't think you'll find any. And even if they a...
by Mike W.
Tue Jan 13, 2009 10:16 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Installing an E28 air dam on an E12
Replies: 8
Views: 3831

I kind of did a mock up, and it didn't seem close or easy. On the other hand, I've also got an E24 euro front air dam sitting in the garage, a Zender IIRC, and it does look doable with a minimum of hassles. I wouldn't go so far as to say it couldn't be done, but not easily.
by Mike W.
Tue Jan 13, 2009 10:13 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Headlight swap
Replies: 14
Views: 3214

I don't think they are for an E12. To the best of my knowledge, and doing some peeking on RealOEM, all E12's came with the same size high and low beam lamps, not the big/little like euro E28's came with. I don't know what they do fit, but I don't think it's an E12.
by Mike W.
Sun Jan 11, 2009 11:19 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: '81 733
Replies: 5
Views: 1627

Re: 733 tranny

Hi again, Mike. Can I use the clutch master cylinder & mounting stuff? What about the foot pedal box, or whatever it's called? And the pedals? I know I'm puttin' you to work; thank you, very much, Mike. Greg You could use the slave that's mounted on the tranny, and don't forget the clutch and flywh...
by Mike W.
Sat Jan 10, 2009 4:30 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: smokin'
Replies: 5
Views: 1497

How's your oil consumption? Even with high miles rings aren't normally a problem, but valve guide seals are. If you're using oil, my money is on the seals.
by Mike W.
Sat Jan 10, 2009 4:28 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: '81 733
Replies: 5
Views: 1627

The bad news is, no, the E23 driveshaft is longer, and the diff is completely different and not interchangable. The good news is the tranny is right and you can use your auto D/S with a 5 speed, I've done it 3 times now and they're off by a touch, but close enough. You will still need a crossmember,...
by Mike W.
Fri Jan 09, 2009 9:56 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: catalytic converter "rattle"
Replies: 6
Views: 1777

It's possible, I've got one on my E12, but it's not sorted out yet. Aside from having to fabricate hangers in the back, E28 downpipes hit the idler arm. Less now that I've put a few miles on it, but still some. It can definitely be done, but it's not a straight bolt up. And I doubt you would get a s...
by Mike W.
Thu Jan 08, 2009 11:34 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: e28 motor swap Q
Replies: 13
Views: 4947

syracusegli wrote:yes, so i dont have to swap bellhousings then?
Only if you are going to run E28 era engine management. Well, Megasquirt has to pick up TDC and timing from somewhere, but the later B35 era using a toothed wheel at the front of the crank would probably be easier.
by Mike W.
Tue Jan 06, 2009 10:43 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Injector questions
Replies: 6
Views: 2192

That's how the book says to do it, but I've always carefully cut it away with an exacto knife. I've heard of some people getting carried away that way, damaging the barbs and ending up with leaks, but I've never had a problem. And I'm nervous about heat and gasoline. There is an additional seal, but...
by Mike W.
Tue Jan 06, 2009 10:31 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: e28 motor swap Q
Replies: 13
Views: 4947

Re: e28 motor swap Q

first off, the new format is awesome, i cant wait till everything has been worked out. :thumbup: i have a 88 535i parts car.. what do i need to use my stock e12 5spd tranny? i did read the motor swap write up but i am still confused. thanks for any help. It depends on what you want to do, exactly. ...