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Thread: What did you do for your ZHP/ BMW / MINI today? #2

  1. #23961
    Did some light work. Also, the air duct from the ZHP had more open area, so I swapped it over. Still have some bumper gaps to take care of.

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    -Corey

    2003 Blue ZHP Sedan @ 210k
    Dead due to damaged valve. We will save her soul for future use, but the body will go to car heaven...or another owner...who may or may not turn her into a race car...

  2. #23962
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    To follow up with my last post, a lot of fuckery was needed to get the passenger's cable in. I spent a bunch of time wire brushing and filing the hole in the subframe to no avail. So I decided to remove the bushing on the lever-end, by dremmeling the square base flush with the threads, then pulling the bushing out:



    Unfortunately the threads were ever so slightly too big for the bushing. So I ended up cutting it off, and reaming out the old one with a drill:



    Then pushed the cable through the subframe, and stuck the bushing on:



    And, as the square end mates with the lever to prevent the cable from turning, I had to tighten the nut with a vicegrip:



    Anyways, I did manage to adjust the cables following the BMW procedure to get 2/3 clicks on the lever to get resistance/stopped rotor, even with my stud kit. My car is still on stands and my garage looks like a warzone, so I haven't gotten a chance to test the handbrake on the ground, but it should work.

    So 1.5 days spent with just the handbrake, and half a day on getting my SS lines, rotors, and pads in. Excellent
    2004 BMW 330CI ZHP (well, technically ZAM)


  3. #23963
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    Spent a few days finally getting around to doing the OPG on the X5. It wasn't too hard but dealing with the AWD required diff, axle and complete subframe removal. I'll never understand who thought putting the right front axle through the oil pan was a great idea. Car was up on the QuickJack and engine hanging by the Harbor Freight engine support bar for a solid week waiting on the oil to stop dripping on the left front corner where the seam requires Dreibond sealant.

    All in all glad to have it done. All back together and no leaks other than the famous GM A5S390R selector shaft seal. Tool had to be ordered from Germany so maybe next week. It's not like I'm going anywhere.

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  4. #23964
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    Quote Originally Posted by Overboost View Post
    I'll never understand who thought putting the right front axle through the oil pan was a great idea.
    It's just like the RB26 in the Skyline GTR - must get that CG height as low as possible
    2004 BMW 330CI ZHP (well, technically ZAM)


  5. #23965
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    No pictures but I pressed in new rear wheel bearings and hubs in the rear. Also replaced the upper and lower control arm bushings with the m3 style ball joint units.

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    His - 2004 Imola Red / Alcantara 330i | 6MT | ZHP |

    Her's - 2005 Black Sapphire Metallic / Black Leather 330i | 6MT | ZHP |

  6. #23966
    Had to get the passenger side Takata airbag recall done, so handled that with the dealer yesterday. No pictures from that.

    Today was a little Sunday funday with my new foam cannon and chemical guys wash. Stuff is phenomenal. Car has a ceramic coating from the PO, so that certainly helps, too.





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    Amazing results.
    2005 IR / black / 6MT
    150,000 miles

  8. #23968
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    Quote Originally Posted by 28firefighter View Post
    Had to get the passenger side Takata airbag recall done, so handled that with the dealer yesterday. No pictures from that.

    Today was a little Sunday funday with my new foam cannon and chemical guys wash. Stuff is phenomenal. Car has a ceramic coating from the PO, so that certainly helps, too.





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    Just like mine. I love the Mystic Blue Metallic. Never get tired of it....
    Lawrence
    "But Mama....That's where the fun is!"
    BMW CCA San Diego Chapter #192742
    NRA Lifetime Member

    MY STABLE
    '90 M3 AWII - Garage Queen (The Crown Jewel)
    '92 325i M Technic AWII 5 spd. - Mothballs
    '99 540i M Sport Touring Grey Metallic 5 spd. - #3 Son DD
    '03 530i Silver Grey Metallic - ED 5 spd - S.O.'s Cruiser
    '05 330i ZHP Mystic Blue Metallic 6 spd - My Ride
    '03 Nissan Frontier XE Crew Cab - Hauler & Down Range vehicle
    '11 Honda Pilot - Daughter & Grandkids Hauler

  9. #23969
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    Looks really good with the ceramic coat. I used to have Opti-Coat on my car, but after a couple accidents + rust repair, all of that is unfortunately gone. To top it off, the body shop put it through their non-touchless wash, so I have some swirls after I spent some time with the DA getting them out
    2004 BMW 330CI ZHP (well, technically ZAM)


  10. #23970
    It was an awesome morning today so I took my M3 to work with me. Hearing my S54 at WOT is so soothing... I really love driving my M3 on the highway. BMW has done such a good job making their E46 line of vehicles with the M3 being the top tier of the line... I will never get tired of driving my M3.

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