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1997 BMW M3 "neglected but not forgotten" rebuild thread
« on: September 07, 2016, 11:35:15 AM »
Through

Back surgery, graduation, raising Ben, 7 jobs, 4 homes, and 4 cars, I've not forgotten.  Now, it's time!

Hauling the M3 from storage to the Capital district this weekend.  Looking forward to spending a few nights wrenching on it before it takes over daily driver duties for the fall.
















<History>
June 2009

Sold the WRX and e30 in the same week.  Not wanting to buy a car out of haste, I bummed rides to and from work for almost a month.  I had no idea what I was going to get.  I wanted to find a replacement for the Subaru, which had become my AX car. 

I asked fellow SCCA and BMWCCA members what would be a good track car.  My requirements were: RWD, moderate performance, low consumable/track operating costs.

I narrowed the recommendations to: Miata or E36 or E46

Miata: great chassis, tons of support and lowest consumable costs
Downsides: slow, short wheelbase, chassis more capable than drivetrain

E36: great chassis, tons of support, reasonable consumable costs (compared to E46), good performance out-of-the box
Downsides: cooling system







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Re: 1997 BMW M3 "neglected but not forgotten" rebuild thread
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2016, 09:56:38 AM »
What bonehead would buy your old E30?

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Re: 1997 BMW M3 "neglected but not forgotten" rebuild thread
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2016, 12:53:57 PM »
After 21 straight hours at 6 amps, 1-2 amps was doing jack, Sean's neglected monster truck sized battery has finally crested 90% charged.
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Re: 1997 BMW M3 "neglected but not forgotten" rebuild thread
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2016, 11:02:23 AM »
Monster truck batteries need monster amperage for re-charging!  Big thanks to Turbaru.  M3 started strong, first crank, last night.

Swapped out stock DSII's for DSI's

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Re: 1997 BMW M3 "neglected but not forgotten" rebuild thread
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2016, 09:09:54 AM »
Removed PS cooler, cooler to reservoir hose, pump to reservoir hose, and reservoir and mount.  Cleaned underside of chassis where PS fluid leaked.

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Re: 1997 BMW M3 "neglected but not forgotten" rebuild thread
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2016, 05:23:48 PM »
Good to see your alive and still working on your BMW
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Re: 1997 BMW M3 "neglected but not forgotten" rebuild thread
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2016, 02:43:20 PM »
Good to see your alive and still working on your BMW

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Re: 1997 BMW M3 "neglected but not forgotten" rebuild thread
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2016, 03:20:32 PM »
It's a requirement when going full-on

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Re: 1997 BMW M3 "neglected but not forgotten" rebuild thread
« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2017, 01:05:22 PM »
Fall 2016:

Fitted up bimmerworld power steering kit and realized I didnt like the reservoir location.  It would require removal of windshield washer tank.  Also the reservoir flanges would have to be massaged to fit contour of strut tower it is to be mounted on.  So I fabricated my own stainless braided hoses and reservoir mount.

Re-wired and replaced bulbs in new-to-me headlights. installed on car.

Installed a new air intake

Spent the rest of the Fall chasing CELs and trying to find storage.

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Re: 1997 BMW M3 "neglected but not forgotten" rebuild thread
« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2017, 10:20:53 AM »
What are the perks to the BW PS kit?  location change for the lulz?

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Re: 1997 BMW M3 "neglected but not forgotten" rebuild thread
« Reply #10 on: May 08, 2017, 01:53:25 PM »
the ps cooler-to-reservoir hose likes to fail on bmw's.  it's crimped onto the cooler at the factory.  the hose tore at the end near the crimp. dumped ps steering all over my tire.

the bw kit, cooler, has an AN fitting, eliminating the failure prone crimp.  Also relocates reservoir to more accessible area, that I don't like lol.

Since I made new hoses, the only things I'm using from the kit are cooler and reservoir.

I don't particularly like the reservoir.  Will likely replace with something else now that the ps leak is solved.

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Re: 1997 BMW M3 "neglected but not forgotten" rebuild thread
« Reply #11 on: May 08, 2017, 04:51:12 PM »
Replaced O2 sensors, was fun, mad access!
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Re: 1997 BMW M3 "neglected but not forgotten" rebuild thread
« Reply #12 on: May 09, 2017, 09:32:18 AM »
Replaced O2 sensors, was fun, mad access!

Could reach right in there! both hands! :2funny:

nothing the right combination of patience, frustration, swivels, extensions and a couple beers couldn't fix.

The M3 has 4 oxygen sensors...we replaced both front sensors.

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Re: 1997 BMW M3 "neglected but not forgotten" rebuild thread
« Reply #13 on: May 09, 2017, 09:37:20 AM »
ordered 1/4 turn fasteners to mount underpanel

got OBD bluetooth adapter to work with my phone, again, after a million different apps and restarts

got a referal to inspection place  :police: :mrgreen:

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Re: 1997 BMW M3 "neglected but not forgotten" rebuild thread
« Reply #14 on: May 09, 2017, 09:44:32 AM »
Oooh, AN fitting.  Baller.  8-)
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