This is Sofie- Latest Update and Video on pg 12

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Re: This is Sofie- Latest Update and Video on pg 12

Postby glucklich21 » Tue May 01, 2012 6:42 am

Hai guys, I forgot about you.....

Update from Feb.

Since I'm sick and a wimp, I came home from Austin to get better. While here I finally got to see the new interior. The front seats still need the new shocks installed so the backs are off and the rear headrest still need to be installed, but something is better than nothing! :)

I'm not so sure about the M-tec cloth on the headrest, but we shall see. My upholster was able to track down factory Anthracite cloth that's NLA so that's on the bolsters. Cloth sport seats are freaking comfy as hell BTW.

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Also been slowly acquiring 5 lug stuff.

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That's it for now.






Tonight's


So I went to Houston to do my front wheel bearings and stoptec pads on my new 4 door. I spent the rest of the weekend doing the front 5 lug swap.

Did a quick caliper rebuild. I chose used calipers instead of new ones for the sake of cost. The calipers themselves weren't that expensive, the brackets that hold them on are. The rears cost more then the fronts!

Anyway before and after sand blasting

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Popped out the piston with some compressed air

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You can see the old seal in there, pulls straight out.

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Rebuild "kit" Note the different models with this same size pistion

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New seal installed with a little brake fluid after a good spray of brake cleaner on the inside

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I installed the dust boot before I compressed the piston all the way in

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Started like this:

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Popped off the tierod, control arm ball joint, and brake line.

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Removed the spindle. Note the control arm still there....

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The reason the control arm is there is because these Powerflex bushings I ordered. For the 3rd time in a row they do not fit. Mind you I'm trying to put them on a new factory BMW control arm that it's listed for. It needs to slide on an additional 1/4" or so. This is why the factory control arm is still on, I needed to be able to move the car around. The fenders were also removed for the time being. OEM M3 bushings have been ordered to replace the powerflexes.

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Anyway, I went with BC Racing coilovers. They bolt onto the spindle through the holes with the machined surface.

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Mounted the strut assembly in the car. I had to lower it quite a bit. I didn't want the car to drag bottom.

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Meyle HD sway bar links

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Installed the 57mm studs from Kaliboy

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Rotor and caliper bracket installed from Anthony @Bimmerbrakes

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Stoptec pads from Bimmerbrakes as well

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Caliper installed, ain't it sexy. ;)

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SS Brakelines from Turner

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Result, the CAB wasn't attached for this pic


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Tires are this:

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Favorite pic from this weekend:


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More to come in three weeks when I go back to do the rear!


Vid of the engine running: http://youtu.be/4gIEPIM1Bw0
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Re: This is Sofie- Latest Update and Video on pg 12

Postby M20_fever » Tue May 01, 2012 1:16 pm

Very nice, all kinds of hotness in that post! So should the be able to be properly aligned after the 5 lug? I heard the front wheels end up farther back than stock?
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Re: This is Sofie- Latest Update and Video on pg 12

Postby Nsquared97 » Tue May 01, 2012 4:37 pm

Oh my. That last pic is the bee's knees! Great work.
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Postby pr0craztinazn » Sat Jun 09, 2012 4:52 pm

Your seats are probably worth more than my car sans Konis! This is still going beautifully; any updates?
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Re: This is Sofie- Latest Update and Video on pg 12

Postby Dontrusthise30 » Sun Jun 10, 2012 9:05 pm

pr0craztinazn wrote:Your seats are probably worth more than my car sans Konis! This is still going beautifully; any updates?


Most definitely, those seats are gorgeous! Suspension looks great and your car is headed in a great direction! In a lot of ways I wish I would have started with an engine swap. Keep up the good work and update us!!!11!!!1
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Re: This is Sofie- Latest Update and Video on pg 12

Postby glucklich21 » Sun Jul 29, 2012 4:03 am

M20_fever wrote:Very nice, all kinds of hotness in that post! So should the be able to be properly aligned after the 5 lug? I heard the front wheels end up farther back than stock?


This is true, but I haven't seemed to notice it yet. I'm sure once I do it will bug the crap out of me, but it's the nature of the beast.

Teaser of next update. :)

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Re: This is Sofie- Latest Update and Video on pg 12

Postby Yoshi » Sun Jul 29, 2012 12:53 pm

I have no idea what that bracket is for.
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Re: This is Sofie- Latest Update and Video on pg 12

Postby glucklich21 » Sun Jul 29, 2012 1:19 pm

It's for the rear brakes. It allows you to run E36 M3 calipers on a Ti trailing arm with vented rotors.
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Postby Nsquared97 » Sun Jul 29, 2012 3:26 pm

^That sounds awesome. Loving the wheels in the last pic too.
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Postby M20_fever » Sun Jul 29, 2012 8:44 pm

Hartage? Looks mean.
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Re: This is Sofie- Latest Update and Video on pg 12

Postby RJTeeter » Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:29 pm

This whole thread is great. Can I get the pdf version for when I'm poop'n?

And I probably missed it but what is your brake fluid reservoir out of. I find myself in need of something like this.
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Re: This is Sofie- Latest Update and Video on pg 12

Postby glucklich21 » Wed May 15, 2013 12:44 pm

Yoshi fixed my account, so a long over due update!


So I found my pics. I had been missing them for months thinking I had taken them with my camera. Instead as it turns out, I took them with my phone. As for me uploading and typing this up, that's a bit different time scale.....

I did the rear 5 lug swap around the end of May last year in about 3 days working by myself as per usual.

Started by clearing the crap my parent's put on its boot:

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Jacked up the rear end and started getting to business:



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Had to cut the exhaust off. It's okay though, it's getting completely redone sometime in the next upcoming 2 weeks:

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Unbolted the rear shock mounts. They're hidden under a cover under the top storage bit:

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Stepped on the trailing arms to remove the springs:

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Next step was to unbolt the diff to get ready to drop the subframe:

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Unbolted the allen and main subframe bolts/nuts:


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With a little wiggling the subframe came down about half way:

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Then it got stuck on the passenger side stud. :/

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With some force, wiggling, and strategic jacking it came off:


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Then the rear sway:

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Called it a night:


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The next day I a super fun time with a 5 ton press and socket to get these bastards out. I actually ended up putting a bend in my press getting these little bitches out:


Stuck half way out:

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Now I had to figure out how to get the socket out.....


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Filthy subframe!

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After some stripper:

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Rear Ti hubs were next:

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Now for the bushings:

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You have to remove the outer lip of the bushing to press them out:

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Cleaned up:

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Primed and painted the subframe and trailing arms for the next task:


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New bushings:

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Bit of grease:

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Reinstalled hardware:

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Old bushing vs: new Powerflex:

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Painted these since they are all yellowed:

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Pretty subframe:


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Location of rear subframe pins on a cabby:

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Looks like this on the inside:


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Old vs. new

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New brake hoses and lines:

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Popped the top of the bushing on:

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Rear BC Coils:

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Old vs. new:

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Hoisted her up!


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The results:

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Rear brake setup pics were also missing for a long time. Found those on my old computer I gave a friend yesterday. Did them around the end of June.

This is the 300mm.de 294 bracket w/ E36 M3 rear caliper carier

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To get this to work you have to do some hacking, so here's what I started with. Stock 318ti dust shield

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Bracket bolted up

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Marked where I needed to cut


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Snipped

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and some more

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Checking clearance. The rotor is a Z4 3.0 si

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E-brake setup is stock 318ti

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The setup sits on the carrier and functions as it should

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End result. M3 caliper on Ti trailing arms w/ 294mm vented disk :)

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After getting the car aligned a few months ago, I found out passenger side trailing arm is quite bent. So I'll be replacing it in the coming months and when I do I'm going to try out the Z4 dust shields to see if they fit on the Ti trailing arm as I had to do some cutting to get a rotor that big to fit. ;)


Also did this




Cabrio Rear Headrest Install DIY!

Parts:
52209058393 -Install set X2
Rear Headrests!

Tools:
Long Philips screw driver or rod
Permanent Marker
Razor blade or X-acto knife
Largish drill bit
Lighter of some sort


I'm not detailing the bracket install as it's self explanatory.

This is what you will be starting with:

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Get a really long screw driver or rod and insert it as so:

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Note the little "mounds" that form. This is the center of what will be the hole in your seat. It's very important this is actually centered!:


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Make marks of the center:

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Then trace the inside perimeter of the bottom "cover" onto the seat and start cutting with the screw driver still poking the seat cover:

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Next take your drill bit and remove some fluff. The goal is to remove some of the fuzz material that goes between the foam and the seat cover. Cut away the little that you pull up:


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Cut two small slits slightly larger then the hole you made. Run them paralel with the back of the seat in the event you cut too far it won't show. ;)

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You're trying to be able to squeeze the bottom cover between the fabric and the foam. Make sure the beveled part is facing up. You should be able to "fold" it slightly to fit in the slit:

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Fold the edges of the seat cover under and take a lighter to it to stop possible fraying:

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Pop the top cover on and push down. You should hear some clicks of the lower cover doing its job of keeping the top in place:

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If you did it right it should look like this. Note there's no obstructions in the hole nor is it not flush with the cover:

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Finished Product:



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Back in October I admitted defeat and took the cabrio to a shop here in Austin to figure out why the fuck it still wasn't running right. After a $1200 bill it was determined the ground that runs to the TPS, ICV, MAF, intake temp was all kinds of fucked up. BOTH harnesses had the same problem. Ran a new ground and it runs like a champ.

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Well till this happened and how I don't know. Showed no other signs other then blowing smoke.


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Stumbled upon this POS on craigslist. Bought it for the obvious from some nice old lesbian ladies.

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I now haz hardtop :3

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Anyway I think you guys are up to date now. Shooting for a completion by the end of July. We will see if it actually happens.
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Re: This is Sofie- Latest Update and Video on pg 12

Postby glucklich21 » Wed May 15, 2013 12:45 pm

RJTeeter wrote:This whole thread is great. Can I get the pdf version for when I'm poop'n?

And I probably missed it but what is your brake fluid reservoir out of. I find myself in need of something like this.



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Re: This is Sofie- Latest Update and Video on pg 12

Postby Yoshi » Wed May 15, 2013 2:57 pm

Wow that's a lot of progress. Very top notch work sir!
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Re: This is Sofie- Latest Update and Video on pg 12

Postby glucklich21 » Wed May 15, 2013 5:49 pm

Well you say that, but its been almost a year since I did that. Still have a nice list to go. :(
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