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by 528i-1981
Mon Dec 10, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Sport Shock Options
Replies: 19
Views: 1737

Re: Sport Shock Options

Cory - yes, that was Gary from West Oz who got a quote on a rebuild on Bilsteins, but he was comparing the rebuild cost to the cost of new shocks with the shipping, etc. If there are zero B8's available at any price and Bilstein agrees to rebuild B8s you have, then you may not have much of a choice....
by 528i-1981
Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Sport Shock Options
Replies: 19
Views: 1737

Re: Sport Shock Options

Great suggestion, thanks.
by 528i-1981
Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Sport Shock Options
Replies: 19
Views: 1737

Re: Sport Shock Options

Are the M535i inserts usable with non-M535 stock springs? I was planning on using B6 inserts in the front as well as the rear on stock springs. I think the following will work but let me know if I’m mistaken: B6 Cartridge - 34-003268 B6 Rear Shocks - 24-007306 I can confirm the rear shocks are corre...
by 528i-1981
Tue Nov 27, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Fuel Gauge Problem
Replies: 5
Views: 707

Re: Fuel Gauge Problem

Be it hereby noted for posterity that a normally functioning fuel gauge in a 1981 US spec E12 will, upon the key being moved from the run position to off, initially descend, pause, and subsequently nosedive to the below-empty rest position. This behavior is exhibited when stopping a running engine b...
by 528i-1981
Tue Nov 13, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Fuel Gauge Problem
Replies: 5
Views: 707

Re: Fuel Gauge Problem

JCat, Haynes shows BR/YE and BR/BK wires from the sender to the cluster. BR ground heads aft to the ground point shared with the tail lights and license plate lights. I can post a video of the fuel gauge after the new radiator is in and I can start her. Probably be after Thanksgiving.
by 528i-1981
Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Fuel Gauge Problem
Replies: 5
Views: 707

Re: Fuel Gauge Problem

Hey JCat - You have angered the German car gods. Repent. As you know, the sender is a variable resistor that works through the ground. IIRC there are three brown wires at the sender, two with stripes (black and yellow I think) for the gauge itself and the reserve light, and the plain brown to the gr...
by 528i-1981
Sat Oct 27, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: starts - won't run unless key held
Replies: 8
Views: 963

Re: starts - won't run unless key held

Hi Gary - your photo didn't make it, at least not on my computer, but maybe page 61-13 will help:
https://www.bmwtechinfo.com/repair/main/057en/index.htm
by 528i-1981
Sat Oct 13, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: A/C Compressor Upgrade
Replies: 31
Views: 3133

Re: A/C Compressor Upgrade

For posterity, I'm posting research results here. For the Bosch swashplate (or "axial") compressor, the fill capacity of 350 ml appears to be correct for the entire system, flushed. If only the compressor is removed and drained for whatever reason, the reservoir drain bolts on the compressor can be ...
by 528i-1981
Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: A/C Compressor Upgrade
Replies: 31
Views: 3133

Re: A/C Compressor Upgrade

My AC system has had the refrigerant recovered, and I removed the compressor (Bosch 0140 903 506) which seems okay. After a flush (assuming no surprises) and some new hoses, I'm planning on using ester oil to maintain R12/R134a refrigerant compatibility. Any reason not to? The compressor has a label...
by 528i-1981
Wed Sep 19, 2018 4:47 am
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: E28 drive shaft compatibility
Replies: 8
Views: 873

Re: E28 drive shaft compatibility

Hi Robert- I don't know about your driveshaft issue, but I learned while buying strut mounts that BMW sometimes gives different part numbers to virtually identical parts. Jim Stansfield at Mesa Performance hooked me up and might be someone who could help you. Full disclosure, I haven't yet actually ...
by 528i-1981
Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:15 am
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: " Ended" sources for finding parts NLA.
Replies: 7
Views: 996

Re: " Ended" sources for finding parts NLA.

Very satisfying, Cory. I've also set up Google Alerts as well as eBay alerts for many of the NLA part numbers I want. When something new gets added to their indexes, you receive an automated email and can jump on it. Sometimes it's in Greece or Latvia, but even a long delivery time is better than ne...
by 528i-1981
Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Dexron II ATF
Replies: 3
Views: 515

Re: Dexron II ATF

Correct, Robert, for the PS. Thanks for the message on Dex/Merc. I found some other boards where E28 guys were running either Dexron VI or Dex/Merc with no problems, so I grabbed some Dexron VI at a local shop and topped off the reservoir. I'll report back if anything melts, burns, squeals or smells...
by 528i-1981
Sat Sep 08, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Dexron II ATF
Replies: 3
Views: 515

Dexron II ATF

The owner's manual specifies Dexron II D20 ATF, which is of course long gone. Is it preferable to use Dexron VI currently on the shelf of the Dex/Merc formulation which is supposed to be the equivalent of Dexron III? I understand there are viscosity differences, but that may not matter as much as th...
by 528i-1981
Fri Aug 24, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: A/C Compressor Upgrade
Replies: 31
Views: 3133

Re: A/C Compressor Upgrade

Well, I decided that, based on the other things done to the car by the PO, there was only a minimal chance that he had converted to R134a and left all of the original R12 hoses and fittings. I can't be 100% sure, but the drier looks original. The system was blowing about 70 degrees from the top ven...
by 528i-1981
Fri Aug 24, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: A/C Compressor Upgrade
Replies: 31
Views: 3133

Re: A/C Compressor Upgrade

Good to know about the R12, I was considering doing the same conversion to R134 and a parallel condenser. If you switched to the parallel condenser, how were you going to mount it to the car? And the fan to the condenser? The stock unit has the brackets spot welded to the condenser frame. Rob Siege...