wattsmonkey

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    '86 M635CSi; '84 635 dogleg; E34 518i Touring
  1. My style 5s have non-splined replacement bolts fitted and have been like that for a fair while. I have bought a set of the real ones, but they were expensive, as per above.
  2. I just balanced the throttle bypass screws on my M635 with this tool - it really does live up to the hype and has noticeably improved the smoothness of the M88 both at idle (obviously) and as the revs rise. It's made for the S38, but the bypass arrangement is exactly the same as you'd expect. Will post this on both the E28 and E34 technical forums 'cos it's ace! Cheers, Rob
  3. I just balanced the throttle bypass screws on my M635 with this tool - it really does live up to the hype and has noticeably improved the smoothness of the M88 both at idle (obviously) and as the revs rise. It's made for the S38, but the bypass arrangement is exactly the same as you'd expect. Will post this on both the E28 and E34 technical forums 'cos it's ace! Cheers, Rob
  4. An additional thought, having seen your wanted ad: you'll need a different prop for the dogleg too. I used to dislike mine because of the fiddly first to second shift (the dogleg, duh), but the other four ratios are really nicely stacked - in fact it makes the "project" 635 almost as much fun to drive as the M635.
  5. 13 and 19, plus 2!
  6. Rod joint is different, plus you've got the ridiculously sloppy rubber bush at the gearbox end of the aluminium console. Rear "bobbin" different, but not as wear prone. So: rod joint 25117501212 Bearing sleeve 25117519669 Plus z3 lever and washers as above as minimum needed. Realoem will make it very clear.
  7. Hang on though - are you sure you've got a 265/6? Do check first - if there's no detachable bellhousing then it's a 260 and most of the above ain't right!
  8. I had exactly this box in my 635, You need the selector knuckle most of all, plus the mounts for the "sheet metal" part (this is the way your shifter is referred to, as opposed to the "aluminium" type). The z3 1.9 lever is perfect to shorten the shift. The part numbers are really obvious on realoem. This is what I replaced on my car: 25111204422 stop buffer - often replaced with a harder exhaust bobbin 25117501309 the selector rod joint, should come with the foam buffer 25111434194 25111220439 plastic washers 25117527252 1.9 Z3 shift lever. It is a pig of a job with the box in the car. If you've removed the box you'd probably want to change the clutch and the always-leaking selector shaft seal. Otherwise, because you've got a 265, it's much, much easier to remove the box by keeping the bellhousing in place and undoing the four nuts which hold the box, then taking the bellhousing off separately. For what it's worth, I'm a big fan of Redline MT90 oil in these boxes - much quieter, much less baulky. Have probably got pics somewhere, drop me a line if you get stuck. Picture shows main culprit for sloppy change - the selector knuckle. It's held in tension by a plastic buffer which degrades. The mounts for the console appear either side. I love this gearbox - it is a joy when the shift is sorted. Good luck, Rob
  9. He's called luminus, spelt like that!
  10. There's a chap on bigcoupe.com who makes them in the US along with rear arb reinforcements.
  11. BUT, viscosity and synthetic/mineral mix aside, our engines were designed to run on oils with a certain zddp content. Newer oils don't offer protection for older engines. I can get in tangles with the API and ACEA specs, but I'd be interested to know your thoughts. Cheers, Rob
  12. Massively late to this party! Wurth rubber glue is expensive but works a treat. Cheers, Rob
  13. Brilliant: thank you
  14. This is exactly what I need to do. As above, have bought new Elring gasket set from ebay, Febi bolts and a Meyle waterpump for my 518i (150k on it). Thank you for advice re refacing the head. Stupid question: how much does the head have to be stripped down before taking it to be refaced? Thank you, Rob
  15. Removable bellhousing on the 265 is a Godsend too: easy to fit the box by installing this first, even without a ramp. I've got a spare motronic bellhousing if of interest. Cheers, Rob