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    '86 M635CSi; '84 635 dogleg; E34 518i Touring
  1. Cheap run about

    I absolutely love my E34 518i. 160k and no issues apart from head gasket which was completely my fault: p.o. told me the rad leaked, I got a bit complacent about checking it and realised the temp gauge warning light didn't work when I saw the needle all the way into the red! My wife's car is a 318is and she loves that - cheap and genuine fun to drive. Previous car was another E36: 318i: very reliable. Buy that purple one on ebay!
  2. It's an E34 one Tim: sensor is on the front hub. No good for E28s.
  3. 16" Hartges on E34

    Dreadful picture, I know, but I had to fit some wheels onto the touring in a hurry after a puncture last night: I reckon they look pretty good! They are the only 16" wheels I've found that fit over the E31 Brembos I used to have on the M635. They fit over the standard M four pots too. Funny, I painted the centres black to fit them to the E24, but the horrible plastic caps look okay on the E34 I think.
  4. Knocking noise

    cheap on ebay for Febi ones https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.H0.Xbmw+e24+prop+centre+bearing.TRS0&_nkw=bmw+e24+prop+centre+bearing&_sacat=0 . It's likely your guibo (front doughnut) is past its best too - have a good look for splits. My dogleg 635 had the same symptoms, which the p.o. dealt with by starting off in second gear instead!
  5. Breaking E24 633/635 E12 based car's 1979

    Wow! Are the left-hand front wings any good? This is not a serious question! I don't suppose you've got any E28-based 6ers in your stash have you Tim? I'd give you a ring but for phone disaster meaning I've lost all my old contacts. Cheers, Rob
  6. Required - Help North Wiltshire area

    It just so happens that I bought the tool to do these from a lovely chap on this very forum! I'll drop you a pm, Rob
  7. E34 518i Touring - it ain't fast but it isn't thirsty!

    Agreed: my wife's last car was a 318i. It was fine around town, but always felt undergeared on a run. Same engine and box as the E34 obviously, so I wonder what the difference is in the diff ratios. Her "new" daily, a '99 318is, is much better. Cheers, Rob
  8. I love this car. Did an oil flush before doing oil service in preparation for annual pilgrimage to Edinburgh for summer holidays: 516 miles on one tank! The other good thing is it's big enough to keep the kids from squabbling.
  9. Any BBS Split Rim Gurus About?

    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.
  10. 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
  11. Mantis Manometer

    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
  12. The famous sloppy shifter

    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.
  13. The famous sloppy shifter

    13 and 19, plus 2!
  14. The famous sloppy shifter

    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.
  15. The famous sloppy shifter

    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!
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