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Forum: Touring Technical & Discussion 06-01-2019, 03:01 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,681
Posted By earthwormjim
That's the car then, I remember the Alpina...

That's the car then, I remember the Alpina spoiler!! I really liked that car, just wasn't quite ready to buy at the time.
Forum: Car Audio & Electronics 05-18-2019, 05:59 PM
Replies: 192
Views: 78,694
Posted By earthwormjim
Realities of low volume production. Tooling...

Realities of low volume production. Tooling alone is tens of thousands of dollars for something like the face plate.

Just look at how expensive the bluetooth board jay built is. It's the price...
Forum: Car Audio & Electronics 05-15-2019, 11:52 PM
Replies: 192
Views: 78,694
Posted By earthwormjim
Yes, there is a very slight blueish/purplish...

Yes, there is a very slight blueish/purplish tint, it's hard to capture with a camera, it never matches what the appearance with your eye looks like. The tint isn't from an actual pigment or color...
Forum: Touring Technical & Discussion 05-15-2019, 10:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 325
Posted By earthwormjim
For the rear plate you can use the same holder...

For the rear plate you can use the same holder that's used by pretty much all BMWs.

I bought this one:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00RIV1H42/ref=ppx_od_dt_b_asin_title_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Forum: General Technical 05-14-2019, 05:57 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,217
Posted By earthwormjim
The fox body was at least as aerodynamic as the...

The fox body was at least as aerodynamic as the E30, and I'm sure the gearing is way more favorable, hence the better highway mileage. Highway is just gearing and aerodynamics for the most part. ...
Forum: California 05-13-2019, 06:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 329
Posted By earthwormjim
That looks almost like an S52 swapped car I...

That looks almost like an S52 swapped car I considered purchasing in 2016. Mods seem identical minus the engine.

I don't see how the owner doesn't know anything about the car, the list of mods is...
Forum: Touring Technical & Discussion 05-12-2019, 06:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 532
Posted By earthwormjim
Unlikely that a tower brace which only ties the...

Unlikely that a tower brace which only ties the towers together would do much. The towers are not where most flexing happens, they really just see vertical loads. It's the chassis itself which...
Forum: M20 05-10-2019, 07:25 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 3,894
Posted By earthwormjim
Wow, I normally prefer black wrinkle finished...

Wow, I normally prefer black wrinkle finished valve covers, with contrasting raw stripes, but that raw finished Aluminum cover looks amazing when it's that clean.

Perhaps I'll go with bead blasted...
Forum: Interior 05-10-2019, 07:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 399
Posted By earthwormjim
The Coverlay ones look pretty good in pictures,...

The Coverlay ones look pretty good in pictures, but I bet pictures do not properly convey how it truly looks. I have a feeling it will look a lot like the nicer leather steering wheel covers you can...
Forum: Touring Technical & Discussion 05-08-2019, 08:44 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,681
Posted By earthwormjim
Hmm, nibot, was that touring for sale in Vegas...

Hmm, nibot, was that touring for sale in Vegas originally? Looks just like one that had an automatic transmission, and the seller was offering a manual transmission (not installed) with the car. I...
Forum: General Technical 05-08-2019, 08:39 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,217
Posted By earthwormjim
The gauge is useless for telling average mileage,...

The gauge is useless for telling average mileage, it's not a linear scale either. You're also not accounting for the massive amount of fuel that is wasted while warming your car up, and I doubt you...
Forum: Touring Technical & Discussion 05-07-2019, 07:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 474
Posted By earthwormjim
For what its worth, my '89 build year 325i...

For what its worth, my '89 build year 325i touring had every option, including ABS, except for cruise control.
Forum: Touring Technical & Discussion 05-01-2019, 10:20 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 474
Posted By earthwormjim
Touring creaks and flexes a little more, but it's...

Touring creaks and flexes a little more, but it's really not noticeably worse than a sedan from a driver feel perspective. The back seats are also noisy if you're really driving fast on a track,...
Forum: General Technical 05-01-2019, 10:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 223
Posted By earthwormjim
Some of the euro spec OBCs do not offer imperial...

Some of the euro spec OBCs do not offer imperial units. The unit that came in my touring was the spanish language version, and it was stuck in metric. Buy a US/UK spec OBC, or learn to do...
Forum: Car Audio & Electronics 05-01-2019, 10:01 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 299
Posted By earthwormjim
Do you still have common grounding? Modern head...

Do you still have common grounding? Modern head units do not like the grounds (- connection) all tied together. If you still have common grounding, the head unit might be overheating and...
Forum: General Technical 04-30-2019, 01:23 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,217
Posted By earthwormjim
Purely city/town driving, I'm lucky to get 19...

Purely city/town driving, I'm lucky to get 19 mpg.

My typical work commute, which is 80% highway and 20% city, I get 21 mpg at 80mph, and 25-26 mpg at 60-65mph. This is averaging both...
Forum: Cars For Sale/Wanted 04-25-2019, 04:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,423
Posted By earthwormjim
It doesn't really matter, it's basically a flat...

It doesn't really matter, it's basically a flat fee (~$5000) to get a grey market touring certified and tested in CA.
Forum: Body & Paint 04-18-2019, 05:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 150
Posted By earthwormjim
Dashboard - Soapy wooder to clean if needed, then...

Dashboard - Soapy wooder to clean if needed, then 303 Protectant, otherwise I just use a duster to clean.

Leather/Vinyl seats - Diluted Simple Green and a magic eraser if the seats are looking...
Forum: Car Audio & Electronics 04-18-2019, 11:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 154
Posted By earthwormjim
The system is hydraulic and leaks. It's very...

The system is hydraulic and leaks. It's very difficult to rebuild.
Forum: Car Audio & Electronics 04-17-2019, 02:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 154
Posted By earthwormjim
Yep, that's what I saw on my touring when I...

Yep, that's what I saw on my touring when I deleted the headlight aim adjuster.


Other light could be for the light switch illumination or ABS fault light.
Forum: Interior 04-15-2019, 07:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 344
Posted By earthwormjim
You have to align the knob properly, then smack...

You have to align the knob properly, then smack it down hard to get it to stay. Perhaps your brand new knob is already damaged?

I have a Z3 shifter and ZHP knob, no problems with it coming loose.
Forum: General Technical 04-15-2019, 09:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 167
Posted By earthwormjim
Oh, I thought you said you were doing stomp...

Oh, I thought you said you were doing stomp testing after bench testing the throttle.

Maybe your throttle stop screw is set to leave the throttle too far open? If the throttle is too far open,...
Forum: General Technical 04-14-2019, 04:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 167
Posted By earthwormjim
Is your throttle cable adjusted properly? ...

Is your throttle cable adjusted properly? Perhaps the cable is too tight and doesn't let the throttle close completely?

Did you clean the throttle too? Carbon build up can cause it to stick a...
Forum: Brakes, Subframe & Arms 04-14-2019, 08:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 349
Posted By earthwormjim
Well, a lot of brakes can be mounted to M3...

Well, a lot of brakes can be mounted to M3 spindles with brackets or shimming... Sort of defeats the purpose of doing an OEM BBK and using M3 spindles though.

Why exactly do you want E46 330i...
Forum: California 04-13-2019, 09:19 AM
Replies: 5,444
Views: 420,157
Posted By earthwormjim
Passed a pre-face lift white coupe that looked...

Passed a pre-face lift white coupe that looked pretty low, on the 126 heading west bound, just before Piru yesterday. Couldn't take a picture since we both were going highway speeds in opposite...
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