E36M3 #1409

Monday, June 25, 2001 08:35:17

This digest contains the following messages:

#1. Hamann Exhaust - from Argo
#2. Re: [E36M3] Suspension set up - from LoweSeaton@aol.com
#3. Re: More ? on tires. - from Seth Frader-Thompson
#4. Can anyone confirm part number for front grill? - from Luis Veras
#5. Re: [E36M3] Front air dam grill and brakes vent - from Reid Conti
#6. Rim Sizes for Winter Tires - from David Hogg
#7. Re: [E36M3][Fwd: New sending units] - from Ned Coonen
#8. "It looks like a Honda," she said - from Dan Miley
#9. Mobil1; oil weights in general - from Todd C. Merrill
#10. Re: [E36M3] "It looks like a Honda," she said - from Luis Veras

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#1. Hamann Exhaust - from Argo
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Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2001 16:42:16 +1200 From: "Argo" <argojai@ihug.co.nz> Subject: Hamann Exhaust Hi, I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with a Hamann twin pipe exhaust on a E36 M3 before? I'd just like to know how the sound compares to other brands like AC and Remus, etc. I've got a 95 Euro M3, and apparently the AA exhaust piping wouldn't fit properly due to it being 54mm trim, so I'm looking at the Hamann now. Any suggestions on other brands or comments appreciated. Roger.

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#2. Re: [E36M3] Suspension set up - from LoweSeaton@aol.com
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Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2001 01:18:04 EDT From: LoweSeaton@aol.com Subject: Re: [E36M3] Suspension set up Jim B writes: > > How hard is the hat swap? > > It involves removing the entire strut from the car, removing the hats & > swapping. A spring compressor is helpful (but not required) for this. A spring compressor is required for swapping the hats, at least with stock springs. The stock springs are under about 2.5" of compression preload. I would hate to remove the strut top nut without some restraint on the springs. The spring will shoot out. Plus there is no way you will be able to compress the spring enough to start the strut top nut after you have swapped the hats. After market springs are another story. My Dinan springs have about 0.5" of preload. I just barely need spring compressors to remove/install the strut hats. H&R OE Sport springs have about 0.25" preload. No spring compressor needed. And H&R Street springs have about -0.5" of preload, definitely no spring compressor needed. Lowell Seaton '95 M3 Dallas, Texas

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#3. Re: More ? on tires. - from Seth Frader-Thompson
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Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2001 23:37:58 -0600 From: "Seth Frader-Thompson" <fraderth@colorado.edu> Subject: Re: More ? on tires. I'll second the recommendation for the Kumho Ecsta 712s. I paid $470 not including tax for mine on Friday, mounted and balanced. Dry grip is good - I haven't autocrossed on them yet, but I spent a while in the mountains south of Boulder today and liked them. This is my second set. The first was on my VR6 Jetta. I wasn't exactly overwhelmed by them on the Jetta, but that was an entirely different setup and tire size (205/50/15). However, wear was good. I sold the car before I wore them out, so I can't give an exact mileage. Also, it's worth noting that they're very quiet. The difference on the highway is immediately noticeable - the sound of the engine is suddenly more dominant. My girlfriend concurs. Basically, they might not be the best possible performance out there (think of them as SO-2 lites, maybe? Although I haven't tried the Bridgestones), but for the price they're great. If you're looking for a little better performance at a slightly higher price ($40ish more per tire) and with more noise (in particular, a medium-pitched drone at certain speeds even on smooth roads), try a set of RE730s, but I'd go with the Kumhos. Seth

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#4. Can anyone confirm part number for front grill? - from Luis Veras
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Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2001 02:30:33 -0400 From: "Luis Veras" <veras@tricom.net> Subject: Can anyone confirm part number for front grill? I need a new front bumper grill for my non-luxury '96 M3 coupe, that means, the honeycomb pattern grill. Can anyone confirm that the part number I'm looking for is 51-11-2-250-685? Also, this grill fell off while driving at very high speeds for a rather prolonged period of time (in the neighborhood of 120-130 MPH for the good part of 30 minutes). Is this expected to happen? I would be surprised if so, but then again it is exposed to tornado-like winds for longer than a tornado lasts. Anyone with similar experiences? Please advise. Thanks.

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#5. Re: [E36M3] Front air dam grill and brakes vent - from Reid Conti
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Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2001 23:49:07 -0700 (PDT) From: Reid Conti <reid@conti.net> Subject: Re: [E36M3] Front air dam grill and brakes vent > So I'm driving from Santiago back to the capital, Santo Domingo, (about 100 > miles appart) at regular speeds of 120-130 MPH, hitting 150 MPH a few times, > at a trip average speed of 105 MPH, and half an hour into the trip I hear > something braking, some clunking like I stepped into something, and when I > look in my rearview mirror I see some parts flying out the back of my car. > > I stopped over and was relieved to see that it was only the front bumper > grill (air dam). No biggie, I guess. It costs about $75 from the dealer, so > I won't bother ordering it from the US and having to wait a week. I lost a brake duct sometime on a 700 mile trip where I hit the limiter (~143mph) and cruised at over 100, and that was my first long trip with the car. Time to buy a new one! :) I never heard it go, I just noticed it was gone when I got home. - reid

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#6. Rim Sizes for Winter Tires - from David Hogg
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Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2001 06:38:20 -0700 From: "David Hogg" <springwood@blazenet.net> Subject: Rim Sizes for Winter Tires Steve, I'm assuming you'll be encountering snow (your post didn't say where you're located), so with that in mind, you are best with 7.5" all around. I run 225/45-17 Pirelli Asymetrico's on this size stock M-contours and they're (so far) unstoppable in the snow unless you're plowing with the splitter, in which case it's time to go home so you don't hurt the car. It's also a good dry/wet compromise. That being said, I keep my 8.5" with 245 Pilot Sports on all 4 corners as late as I can, and dismount the snows as early as I can. Don't want to wear out those snows prematurely, now, do we? Dave Hogg

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#7. Re: [E36M3][Fwd: New sending units] - from Ned Coonen
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Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2001 07:20:45 -0500 From: "Ned Coonen" <ncoonen@hotmail.com> Subject: Re: [E36M3][Fwd: New sending units] Does anyone else find it odd that Jim, on one hand, finds this venue beneath him yet still wants to contribute? I suppose one benefit to him is that he won't have to read this post. Curiouser and curiouser. .....ned. '98 M3 '88 M5 > -------------------- 8 -------------------- > Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2001 17:50:33 -0500 > From: Sue Kraft <skraft1@new.rr.com> > Subject: [Fwd: New sending units] > > -------- Original Message -------- > Subject: New sending units > Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2001 15:28:39 -0700 > From: Jim Powell <jsp98m3@apexcone.com> > > Don't know if word is out yet to the general public, I haven't seen > anything on the net, but BMW now has redesigned sending units for the > E36 fuel gauge problem. Apparently wider, gold plated contacts. I'm > trying to find a dealer who has them in stock to get mine replaced. I'm > sure I have the problem ;) Warranty, doncha know. > > Jim

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#8. "It looks like a Honda," she said - from Dan Miley
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Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2001 08:35:25 -0400 From: Dan Miley <dmiley@rcn.com> Subject: "It looks like a Honda," she said I thought you'd be amused at this. On Friday, I took the day off and went with my wife up to TurnerMotorsport to get some UUC tranny mounts, x-brace mounting hardware, Redline fluids, and other essentials of life. Will Turner showed me some pictures of the race at Lime Rock on Memorial Day. Incredible amounts of rain. He said that it was raining the hardest he has ever seen, on the track or off. After getting my stuff, admiring the toys at TMS, and having Doug Mahar check out my M3/4, we got in the car and took off. I swung around the back of the building to see the cars on that side. I mentioned to my wife Anne that the red car was the new E46 M3 that TMS has been using to develop parts. Without missing a beat, she said "It looks like a Honda." It may be an incredible car mechanically, but she does have a point. I'd like to see what an E46 M3/4 would look like. Will it ever happen? --Dan '98 M3/4 with little Honda resemblance

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#9. Mobil1; oil weights in general - from Todd C. Merrill
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Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2001 09:26:02 -0400 (EDT) From: "Todd C. Merrill" <tmerrill@mathworks.com> Subject: Mobil1; oil weights in general Didn't Mobil 1 used to come in 10W40 weight? Or am I completely loosing my mind? I was looking around for it this weekend and found it nowhere, including at three Mobil gas stations. Checking their website this morning: http://www.mobil.com/mobil1_racing/about/products/engineoil/index.html doesn't even show that weight listed. So, to open up a can of worms this fine Monday morning, what weights do people use in the summer? I've tried 15W50 in a previous car once during the summer, [0] but found it to be too heavy; it took forever for the engine to feel right after a cold start. The owner's manual suggests 15W40, so I thought a 10W40 would be close enough; maybe 10W30 is close enough. Or, should I just make this simple and just stick with the "year round" 5W30 weight? (I'm looking only for synthetic oils here, and want to be "reasonable" with the $/qt. spent. The factory 5W30 synthetic with the BMW CCA discount at my local dealer is quite the bargain, now that the price of Mobil1 got jacked up last year after the merger with Exxon.) [0] ...and the Mobil1 0W30 in the dead of winter. Wow, that stuff flows *fast* when it's cold! Hardly any sluggishness at all after a cold start. Until next time... Todd tm-m3@mathworks.com 1998 BMW M3 coupe BMW CCA member, Boston Chapter ---

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#10. Re: [E36M3] "It looks like a Honda," she said - from Luis Veras
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Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2001 09:26:54 -0400 From: "Luis Veras" <veras@tricom.net> Subject: Re: [E36M3] "It looks like a Honda," she said Not to offend Anne here, but very few females really appreciate M3's (either E36 or E46). A similar thing happened to me the other day, but to the opposite (diminishing the E36). I went out with this girl a couple of weeks ago, picked her up to go see an auto fair in a town about an hour away from the city we live in. During the way I, of course, showed the endless possibilities of my E36 M3 (without saying a word about it). But when we got there, to the auto fair, and she saw the E46 318i (it was a 2000 on clearance) she was all "Ahh, there's the car of my dreams! This is the best car in the world! Yadda yadda yadda", and didn't stop for like 5 full minutes. Blah. I didn't say anything about it the entire night. But I still couldn't believe it! She had been on an M3 all night long, and she went to the auto fair to admire a german honda? I mean, not that I think the E46 looks like one (I love the E46 look), but it was still a 1.8 car. Accords and Camrys have better engines than that. Heck, my used M3 E36 costs more than that new E46! What's worse, I went out with this same girl last thursday. We went to this outdoor bar and we were waiting for some girlfriends of hers. As we waited I asked what car were we supposed to be looking for, and she said "one exactly like yours, but in white". I was like "whoa, cool, a chick driving an M3, you don't see that every day". When the car pulled up, I didn't see a lowered suspension, didn't see the ///M3 side skirts or markings... I couldn't believe it when I saw the rear end, this car that was "exactly like mine", was indeed an E36 318i! I almost felt offended! I don't feel like going out with this girl anymore... she wasn't that hot anyway. Not that I'm saying females are dumb, but damn, they should pick up a Car and Driver every once in a while. We already check out Cosmopolitan from time to time (although, we do so to check out the girls in it ;) PS: Before any bashing begins, this post was in good humour, and although it's completely truthful and accurate, it's not intended to offend anyone. ----- Original Message ----- From: "Dan Miley" <dmiley@rcn.com> To: "E36M3" <e36m3@bmw-m.net> Sent: Monday, June 25, 2001 8:45 AM Subject: [E36M3] "It looks like a Honda," she said > Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2001 08:35:25 -0400 > From: Dan Miley <dmiley@rcn.com> > Subject: "It looks like a Honda," she said > > I thought you'd be amused at this. > > On Friday, I took the day off and went with my wife up to TurnerMotorsport > to get some UUC tranny mounts, x-brace mounting hardware, Redline fluids, > and other essentials of life. Will Turner showed me some pictures of the > race at Lime Rock on Memorial Day. Incredible amounts of rain. He > said that it was raining the hardest he has ever seen, on the track or off. > > After getting my stuff, admiring the toys at TMS, and having Doug Mahar > check out my M3/4, we got in the car and took off. I swung around the > back of the building to see the cars on that side. I mentioned to my wife > Anne that the red car was the new E46 M3 that TMS has been using to > develop parts. Without missing a beat, she said "It looks like a Honda." > It may be an incredible car mechanically, but she does have a point. I'd > like to see what an E46 M3/4 would look like. Will it ever happen? > > --Dan '98 M3/4 with little Honda resemblance > > > ************************************************************* > List Commands > UNSUBSCRIBE - (in subject line) unsubscribes you from the mailing list. > DIR - sends a listing of files available in the list's GET directory. > GET filename1.ext,filename2.ext - sends the requested file(s). > > To issue a command/request to the server: > Send a message with the command you wish executed as the > subject of the message. > ************************************************************* > > >

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