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    stevenc3828 reacted to Davide in E34 power problems   
    Ok thank you for your help in this forum.
    My power loss got fixed it was a crack in the plastic air filter that would expand in the summer heat causing the sudden loss of power when the engine compartment got too hot.
     
    Replaced the air filter box and problem was solved.
     
    Hope this helps someone else.
    Cheers
     
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    stevenc3828 got a reaction from Keliuss in Failed dogbone links - warning aka pitman arms   
    Just in case it is needed, the washers go in between the link and the carrier / trailing arm

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    stevenc3828 got a reaction from Keliuss in 'How To' Guides and Really Useful Links   
    Beer can / rear axle / rear subframe carrier mounts / bushes  info (including rubber lubricant info)
     
     
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    stevenc3828 got a reaction from Keliuss in 'How To' Guides and Really Useful Links   
    Just in case it is needed, the washers go in between the rear pitman link and the carrier / trailing arm
     
     
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    stevenc3828 reacted to FIVE-OH in What have you done on your E34 Today   
    Steven.  Hi mate, long time... 
    Ideally, you really want to get them to seat all the way in. Luckily for me I had the beam on a press so it was fairly easy to do so.
     
    I always use some kind of soap as lube to assist on rubber bodied bushes.
     
    However, many years ago, i installed some using the weight of the car and a bottle Jack.  I did end up with a gap between the lip of the bush and the frame, perhaps 5mm or so but It didn't cause me an issue going forward.
     
    In short if you can, get them all the way in. But if there is a small gap as long as they secure in the beam they'll be ok.
     

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    stevenc3828 got a reaction from Ordnator in Krabi's 525i E34 - vine red 1989   
    Fuel tank back in, heat shields re installed and wired / plumbed in. 
    Old straps and rear axle were wire brushed and 'Kurusted' 
    Old rear axle 'beer can' rubber mounts out. They were stamped 1997 so I only had to use the air hammer to push the sides in at the top and knock down working my way round. Got a question about installation that I'll post in the E34 section. 
    New power Steering reservoir fitted and atf topped up


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    stevenc3828 got a reaction from Keliuss in Krabi's 525i E34 - vine red 1989   
    New fuel pump relay installed, I had one go on a 518i touring so new bosch unit 0332209216 that turned out to be the same one used by :
     
    BMW 61368373700 DAF 0095464 IVECO 0000042096498, 42069397, 42096498 MAN 81255020474, 81259020474 MERCEDES-BENZ 0005458485, 0015455405, 001545540564, 73751790000, A0005458485, A0015455405, A001545540564
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    stevenc3828 got a reaction from Ordnator in Krabi's 525i E34 - vine red 1989   
    Front to back brake lines done in Kunifer / Cupro nickel. I will be using one of the sellers that sell kits of ready made pipes on ebay for the next E34. 
     
    Front to back fuel pipes also installed. I recommend using 8mm black coated aluminum as it is sooo much easier to form and you can mostly do it by hand. Completely messed up £38 of Cupro Nickel pipe. You have to use the forming tool. The 4m Krontec hard lines on ebay / demon tweeks will do the pipes to the filter but the longer pipe that connects to the vapour tank in the rear wheel well will need 4.3 - 4.5m worth.
    Welding to the brake line / soft line anchor completed below the rear seat



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    stevenc3828 reacted to bm0p700f in Improvements   
    I have worked out a plan unless someone can see a flaw. The m30b30 engine uses pistons with a 10.4cc dome and a 65cc combustion chamber with 46mm/36mm valves with is about right for a 497cc cylinder volume.
     
    The m30b25/28/34 cylinder head has a 58mm cc combustion chamber. Mate this to the m30b30 block and pistons and you get 10.44 CR or more of the head requires skimming.  Perhaps the pistons will need machine of valves reliefs. Difficult to know at this point. Does the cylinder fit?
     
    The head then can be worked on. Maybe larger 47/37mm valves maybe not. Valve seat shaping apparently has benefits, Inlet port to manifold matching and maybe some port reshaping although i have no idea on this. Radco sport can work out what do here. They build and modify engines for a living. Interested on thoughts on inlet manifold. Stick with the stock manifold or buy the dblias ITB setup with there airbox. The dblias system looks the part. No idea if it will do anything. I have requested TB plate diameters and air box volume. Perhaps that will shed some light on if they are suitable. I will use the schrick or dblias cam. Hopefully that will give the engine a bit more poke. 
     
    Omex eningement is happening. That means no AFM and a MAP and temp sensor will be used.
     
    One way to find out what this produces. 
     
    Thought about boring the block but i quite like the character of this engine. It revs well. I am reluctant to change that and of you start boring the block where do you stop 
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    stevenc3828 got a reaction from Ordnator in Krabi's 525i E34 - vine red 1989   
    Front to back brake lines done in Kunifer / Cupro nickel. I will be using one of the sellers that sell kits of ready made pipes on ebay for the next E34. 
     
    Front to back fuel pipes also installed. I recommend using 8mm black coated aluminum as it is sooo much easier to form and you can mostly do it by hand. Completely messed up £38 of Cupro Nickel pipe. You have to use the forming tool. The 4m Krontec hard lines on ebay / demon tweeks will do the pipes to the filter but the longer pipe that connects to the vapour tank in the rear wheel well will need 4.3 - 4.5m worth.
    Welding to the brake line / soft line anchor completed below the rear seat



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    stevenc3828 got a reaction from Ordnator in Krabi's 525i E34 - vine red 1989   
    Front to back brake lines done in Kunifer / Cupro nickel. I will be using one of the sellers that sell kits of ready made pipes on ebay for the next E34. 
     
    Front to back fuel pipes also installed. I recommend using 8mm black coated aluminum as it is sooo much easier to form and you can mostly do it by hand. Completely messed up £38 of Cupro Nickel pipe. You have to use the forming tool. The 4m Krontec hard lines on ebay / demon tweeks will do the pipes to the filter but the longer pipe that connects to the vapour tank in the rear wheel well will need 4.3 - 4.5m worth.
    Welding to the brake line / soft line anchor completed below the rear seat



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    stevenc3828 reacted to sharkfan in What have you done on your E34 Today   
    Took my E34 out for a run yesterday - simply glorious noise from the V8 but also the E34 driving experience seems so much more raw and connected than the E39 daily driver.
     
    I was out for about an hour around Surrey and used the Switch-Tronic the whole time except the last five minutes in a train of cars getting home. I can well remember the entertainment factor of the manual boxes in the 540i and M5 E34's but the engines were chalk and cheese - massive low range shove in the V8 but trailing off over 5k compared to the where-is-the-power nothingness of the S38 until you get to 3.5k and then pure screaming banshee to 6.5k. The 4.6 Alpina lump has the best of both worlds - even more torque than the 4.0 and just as much high revs power as the straight six. 
     
    I understand why the PO kept the car so long now - it's 26 years old and has only had two owners and is only ever likely to.
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    stevenc3828 reacted to marshall1302 in What have you done on your E34 Today   
    Bit the bullet and removed the m tech sill covers. Held breath as the final clips released and.......... pretty good actually!
    Some surface rust on the jacking points to sort out but overall excellent for a 26 year old car, original paint has held up well and after a clean and polish the sills look good. Will clean up the jacking points and paint the bottom section with Kruust and stone chip paint before refitting the covers 







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    stevenc3828 reacted to duncan-uk in Murray Walker - RIP   
    And. There. He. Goes....
     
    Another legend has left us - a life well lived and we should all be so lucky to have 97 years on earth but still. A sad day
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    stevenc3828 reacted to sharkfan in What have you done on your E34 Today   
    I have had quite a pile of car trouble recently - November through January saw every car I own break in some way and it's cost a small fortune to put them right but I've taken the view that the work I've had done will see them through the next ten years at least and I have reasons to get out there and drive them all a bit more from now on.
     
    The E34 has cost a bit over the last two years - one complication is that the engine parts are now unobtainable and it was fitted with the so-called 'organic' headgaskets - in reality this is metall rings around the combustion chambers and pretty much cardboard everywhere else. So I took the decision to do what a loot of M60B46 owners have done and replaced the gaskets with E39 M5 headgaskets - much more substantial and a lot better made around the combustion chamber, water and oil channels. It seemed a lot to spend on a car that was running perfectly but the engine may well have been written off if something had happened with the older frail gaskets.
     
    Soon after that the water pump failed - and could I shift the bolts - nope, so back it went to 'The Man' - he managed it without damaging or breaking anything and thinks it was the original pump.
     
    Then I had a silly little gearbox oil leak - only from the selector shaft and electronic connector but again - the gearbox is unobtainium from Alpina so I took the decision to have a full service, clean and flush while it was being fixed.
     
    While that was being dome the rear axle carrier bushes were found to be shot so I've just had them done, the rear track control arms, front control and brake reaction arms,anti-roll bars links all round, steering centre link, idler bush and track rods and for a partridge in a pear tree changed the diff oil.
     
    It does drive beautifully now - probably the nicest it has done since I bought it.
     
    If I'm not working I will be taking one of the nice cars and leaving the E39 work 'van' just for work.
     
    There are so few E34's and E32's on the road now - I know of one school mum who uses a somewhat battered 520i but I can't remember seeing another for years. I am curious though about a collector in the next village - he has a brand new Audi on the drive but also two E34's and a E32 730i lurking behind hedges on his drive. As lock down eases I might introduce myself.
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    stevenc3828 reacted to Bumbaclut in E34 Alpina B10 Bi turbo touring project   
    Yes i picked her up yesterday its all taxed and MOT'd road legal!   It sat for a week or two as they were so swamped with other work

    So it ended up going to their bodyshop to sort the sills out







    These were the two front repairs needed on the sills
     
     
     


    Also some repairs on the rear of sills
     
     


     
    And re stone chipped the paint.  So at least now thats all the grot removed, as although the bodywork is tatty its not a rusty pig the shell
     
     


     
    This Marks a nice chap, he got the engine running a year ago, so he was back on it this time.    They've fixed the EML light not coming on so that has allowed full boost! this was some wiring into the cluster that need completing. The wiring was there.  Also ABS light was on permanently, i think this was an incorrect relay.  
    OBC is still dead, this is suspected the unit is faulty. I've got some spares in english from American cars but they are different.   Reverse lights is some wiring in the tailgate suspected as only 4volts there but its not needed for MOT believe it or not.
    they've also wired in the ASC traction plug.  The loom was there as part of the EML system So added the plug loom into it and this is working but not.    ABS is working correctly and so is ASC when engine fires up. You can press switch and turn it off. once driving however over say 10mph the ASC light comes on and wont go off. ABS still works correctly.  So basically i've run out of money as the welding spiralled and nothing every goes perfect!  So will have to save and send back.  Theres a hunch its my clocks which are a mismatch that needs sorting.   
    Cruise control is working, that was just a missing clutch switch,   I'd never ran a spec check on the base car but Barry ran it through and it was a very well optioned 525i touring!
    Avus blue - special order as was an M5/3 colour only
    manual
    LSD
    heated sport leather
    air con
    twin sunroofs
    OBC
    cruise control
    A fine e34 in its own right
     
     


    I took it for a spin when i arrived yesterday and its an fucking animal! No lie, fastest car i've ever owned.  A slight tickle on 2nd on the way out had the back swinging no sweat, i caught the slide fine but wasn't quite expecting that!  It must be the lightly tweeked turbos as it gets to full boost at about 1800rpm and they come in quite hard.  The standard bi turbos are more linear and come in about 3500RPM.  I've not driven a standard one to compare but Barry has and mine feels alot stronger.  Its cold and the tyres are new but old if you get me but when the boost comes in snakes in 2nd 3rd no problem.   Its going to be fun learning to drive the hot rod as it needs a bit of respect!
    When the rolling roads open i'll have to visit Charlie and get it on there see how the fueling is. In the meantime try and not thrash it everywhere and damage it.   I just need to save some more money to keep going through it. I think this will be the biggest turning point in this project.  Very chuffed and thanks to all those that have helped along the way so far 
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    stevenc3828 reacted to Bumbaclut in E34 Alpina B10 Bi turbo touring project   
    Drove her to BMR today, 51 miles no sweat.  I'll be honest i was shitting it leading up to this drive with what ifs.   I'm a bit silly with no breakdown cover either but i avoided the M3 "smart" motorway as if i did breakdown i didn't fancy dying and my car being written off on one of our new safer hard shoulder free motorways.  I needn't of worried it behaved perfectly and sat on the motorway with ease.  So first test passed with flying colours, well chuffed as it was a heap of parts 18 months ago
     
    So at Barrys for an MOT and to sort the EML wiring which is the fly by wire throttle so it boosts fully, being main jobs.  I could feel it wants to really fly but the throttle butterfly only opens about a 3rd.   I'm not keen on the short shift gear lever (E60 545i) its got fitted so that may have to go and buy a standard throw lever.  
     
     
    I've forgotten the looong gearing aswell. 70mph in 5th? 1500rpm sir 
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    stevenc3828 reacted to cornershop in What have you done on your E34 Today   
    Just let it settle - most internet reading suggested it should be 10mm or so above the gauze.  Speaking to David Olias from ClassicMD and with his E34 M5 SLS knowledge, he confirmed it should be just below the gauze.  Which is precisely where mine is.  
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    stevenc3828 got a reaction from d_a_n1979 in Front control arms - OEM or aftermarket   
    I normally go for Meyle or Lemforder. I think the rear anti roll bar links had the bmw part number milled off
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    stevenc3828 reacted to FIVE-OH in What have you done on your E34 Today   
    A happy new year to all.
     
    Though december was quite busy...
     

     
     
    A full update soon..
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    stevenc3828 reacted to Bumbaclut in E34 Alpina B10 Bi turbo touring project   
    Merry Christmas All how ever yours planned out. Boris tier 4'd ma ass so being off work and no where to go what do you do?

    Get E34ing a few jobs had built up to do and some house DIY forced a break and much happyness sanity for my wife. I needed the break as well a bit to renew the enthusiasm

    First job was to get these gearboxes swapped, great job on axle stands


    Took me about 7 hours, it wouldn't come off the bloody thing. In the end i made this bodge puller which popped it off
     
     

    The pilot bearing had come out the back of the crank!
     

    My thesis is in my sheer excitement last time when i fitted this i cleaned up the splines so the clutch disc moved freely and for got about the end of the input shaft. The bearing didn't really want to fit it. This also explains my other faux pas when i fitted it and the box slid on nicely but for the last 10-15mm. This was it then, so i eased it on with the bolts. Which you shouldn't do.  Silly boy
     
     

    Things should be easier with this one!!
     
     


    A shot of the pair as, well you won't see 2 of these next to each other for a while. Bloody things.  So fill the new one with oil and move all the bits over to this box ready to fit
     
     

    I fitted a new pilot bearing just in case, the old one felt fine. The advice of my car friends via whatsapp who know more than me suggested this. Again to stop excitement of just getting it all back together!
     
     


    Worlds heaviest dual mass. I didn't weigh it but it must be getting on for 20kgs, its a beast. There was a reason why Alpina deliberately fitted it which i can't remember now. It might be to help save the gearbox
     

    With a wiggle the new box just slid straight up, happy days so as you do on a rainy 23rd of December you crack on.  I got it to the stage where crimbo eve i just needed to get the exhaust on. So prop shaft heat shields the rest all in place
     
     


    Another boo boo, i fucked the clutch slave. Again not thinking straight. The brakes needed a re bleed from originally as they felt like a bit of air was in them. So rather than do this job first with the gearbox on i tried it with the eazi bleed and the gearbox off. BANG! the pressure shot the rod out the clutch slave cylinder as it shares the hydraulic system with the brakes. Like all cars now.
    So i had this old new genuine slave from my old 6 speed M5 i never fitted to it, but the thread on it is bigger on the slave housing. So i had to make a custom little pipe with a normal M10 thread one end and M12 on the other and just see how it works feels to the 535i one
     
     
     
    exhaust back on, and a re bleed of the brakes. I got a fair bit of air out of brakes and new clutch slave and fire her up



     
    wowsers, gearbox is ultra quiet it didn't want to select reverse at first. Which had me very worried and pissed. Then a bit of working the box around the gate on axle stands with the engine running going through the forward gears seemed to get it all going.
    The brakes now feel spot on and strong and the box is dead quiet so thats transformed the car now, very excited.  It needs a plate welding on the front passenger floor pan and its ready for an MOT.  So fairy desperate for this now but i can't weld and Boris has tier 4'd my area before crimbo so we shall see

    There's been more to crack on with as there always is but even i can see the light at the end of the tunnel now. A big set of 11's to be laid up the road soon! 
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    stevenc3828 got a reaction from goosiegander in Krabi's 525i E34 - vine red 1989   
    Going to be using this as my daily after Christmas so started undoing most of the work done in 2016 to replace the fuel lines, rear brake lines, rear brake dust shield (and therfore bearings).... And a little welding. 
     
    Fuel tank dropped, exhaust off, dust shields off, drive shaft most of the way off
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    stevenc3828 reacted to Bumbaclut in E34 Alpina B10 Bi turbo touring project   
    People rejoice!    The wait is over


    I got this teaser picture last week,  bar any hicups its ready to roll! Turns out there was one.  it uses funny size oil seals, but we aren't surprised by this by one bit by now


    Yesterday came so i fuelled the E30 up for the long trip about 180 miles each way. Give her a good run up the M1 

     
     
    You beauty,  I'm glad i didn't grizzle too much but if you saw Neils workshop hes flat out and my gearbox wasn't very straight forwards.  A fair few little parts replaced.  I asked how did you get the rust out?  He polished it all off by hand every part. So very laborious.   I think hes undercharged me but he is happy its now as good as it can possibly be as nearly all of the gears etc can't be bought.  He doesn't want another like that to sort out! 
    I learnt yesterday just because in this instance several cars use a Getrag 290 they aren't really similar inside. He had another 290 off an early 90s Jag and its almost completely different inside and hardly any parts interchange,    The gears on this Bi turbo box are much bigger stronger as is the whole box really to deal with the torque 
    So if anyone fancys coming round to get the other gearbox out and this one in i'd like that! It will be 99% ready for an MOT now i hope 

    And for your gearbox needs Neil at All gears in Worksop. Hes got a facebook page.  6 speed BMW boxes? Hes the man to ask 
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    stevenc3828 got a reaction from cornershop in SLS - fluid leak   
    Yep, I believe there is a bleed nipple on the regulator... 
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    stevenc3828 reacted to Sir Anthony Regents-Park in E34 Instrument Cluster needed   
    It's common on these. The 518i, 520i and the diesels all use the same type of cluster. Nothing else will fit. The actual cluster will be fine, it's the circuit board on the back that fails. Any one of the above can be bought, the circuit board unclipped and fitted to yours. The coding chip from the 520i then fitted and it might work.
     
    New boards are about a grand from BMW. Alternatively: https://totaltronics.com/instrument-cluster-repairs/bmw/bmw-e34-lcd-pixel-instrument-cluster-repair-service/
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