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Old 12th October 2017, 09:24 PM   #401
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Love the detail and now your doing the annoying jobs. Love what you've done with the shnitzer diffuser, something a bit different, might have to be on the to do list.

I want to get new shocks all round but I have lost interest with working on it a bit with being so busy at work and quite like the money I'm saving rather than spending.

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Rich, tell me about the steering wheel retrim please? ie, where, who, how much? If you don't mind of course, I really want mine doing and yours is perfect
Hey Cliff! Jack at royalsteeringwheels.com done the work. Best to speak to him on a price depending what you want but at the time think it was around £140 with fitting. He's based in Aylesbury so not far from you. Get it done the feel and grip is so much nicer.

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Love the detail and now your doing the annoying jobs. Love what you've done with the shnitzer diffuser, something a bit different, might have to be on the to do list.

I want to get new shocks all round but I have lost interest with working on it a bit with being so busy at work and quite like the money I'm saving rather than spending.

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Thanks Frazer there's more annoying jobs to come yet just getting the time to do them lol.
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Old 17th October 2017, 02:47 AM   #403
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Looking good! I got a Steel Gray myself and enjoyed seeing the various tail light setups you've been trying out. I like the halogens myself so its nice seeing you didn't opt for the LED route!
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Old 17th October 2017, 09:01 AM   #404
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Looking good. Need to replace my cowel. Where did you get the puller tool from.
The black bolts in the schnitzer diffuser look good. Prefer the black surround than the chrome.
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Old 17th October 2017, 04:16 PM   #405
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Looking good! I got a Steel Gray myself and enjoyed seeing the various tail light setups you've been trying out. I like the halogens myself so its nice seeing you didn't opt for the LED route!
Thanks mate, I am a little old school so prefer to keep it to its period and nice to see another SG owner
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Old 27th October 2017, 11:15 AM   #406
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Nicely modded M3 mate.
I like the 19 schnitzer wheels.
Did you fit 18 schnitzers now?
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Old 27th October 2017, 02:06 PM   #407
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Nicely modded M3 mate.
I like the 19 schnitzer wheels.
Did you fit 18 schnitzers now?
Thanks mate yeah I had the 18s fitted for a bit will update the thread with some pics.
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Old 27th October 2017, 05:53 PM   #408
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Thanks mate yeah I had the 18s fitted for a bit will update the thread with some pics.
I saw a pic somewhere @ facebook and it was very nice (as always)!!
So you have to update your thread!! Hahaha
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I saw a pic somewhere @ facebook and it was very nice (as always)!!
So you have to update your thread!! Hahaha
And here it is to keep my thread going lol.

So as some of you know I sold off my 3 piece Oz Mito wheels. Kinda regret doing it but at the same time it was hassle maintaining them and having to adjust the ride height to have the right look.

I made a promise not to buy anymore wheels and concentrate on the car but there's always a temptation. As an ACS fan I am a big fan of the type 2 monobloc wheels so casual browsing on ebay a few years back I found a set and made a deal.

These are quite rare as they are the 10x18 rear and 8.5x18 front.

As usual I gave them to Dips at Custom Cars to refurb them back to new in the same colour.

945 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr
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Had a spare set of tyres off the previous wheels so got them mounted on:
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And some photos I took at Gaydon BMW Show:
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Old 28th October 2017, 06:02 AM   #410
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Very cool, what size are the tires? The fronts have a nice roundness to them.
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ACS type II & III are of my favorites. I hope some day i will grab a set of 19s or 18s (with low offsets like yours).

Very nice mate!!
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Old 28th October 2017, 09:18 AM   #412
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Very nice mate

Personally I preferred the 19" Schnitzers - but the 18's still look lovely
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Very cool, what size are the tires? The fronts have a nice roundness to them.
They are Continental sport 3's 265/35 rear and 235/40 front. Quite meaty tyres but none of that stretch bull**** anymore lol.
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Old 28th October 2017, 11:27 AM   #414
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Looking good, always good to see something different. Remind me a bit of escort cosworth wheels.

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Old 28th October 2017, 12:03 PM   #415
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Love it on the type II monos Rich!

You cant beat the early ACS stuff.

Love this look mate
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Old 17th February 2018, 10:52 PM   #416
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Guys this is going to be one long ass post so I hope you are sitting comfortably with a cup of tea. I'm splitting this post up into two so this one will show parts purchased and second one is removal/fitting etc.

Since owning my M3 I have always tried to keep up with the maintenance of the car and it has been relatively plain sailing until I found out my steering rack was weeping. So after looking into exactly what is involved in removing the rack I decided to give it some thought first.

So around October it had been 6 years since picking the grey beast up and apart from reciepts of parts I have bought it during that time I had a look through again the history of the car prior to my ownership.

Its not needed that much or had the common stuff replaced like track rods or other wear and tear bits. I have reciept bills for a replacement control arm and bush and apart from brake pads, coilpacks, usual servicing but not had a lot thrown at it.

So going back to giving it some thought and with the steering rack in the condition it was in I figured kill a bunch of birds with one stone. I was debating whether to tackle the job myself or give it to a independant due to time constraints with working and looking after my son. So I made a plan of doing some work myself and some will be given to a trustworthy independant.

So onto the shopping list and initial plan of work:

Refurb steering rack
New track/tie rods and ends
New gaiters and clips
New front control arms and pre pressed OEM bushes.
New lower steering column guibo
Gearbox mounts
All 3 diff seals
Updated diff bolts
Propshaft coupler (flex disc)
Propshaft centre bearing

The jobs I have decided to tackle is anything related to the front axle but this of course you need parts so I went on a shopping spree!

So I made an order for this lot:
968 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr

Obligatory nuts bolts and washers:
981 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr

Lemforder track/tie rods and febi gaiters.
969 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr

Lemforder control arms and bushes:
970 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr

Diff seals, propshaft flex disc, centre bearing and gearbox mounts:
973 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr

Lower steering arm joint:
974 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr

Nuts and bolts:
981 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr

Found something interesting. Most of these parts were not bought from the dealer but a reputable parts company for much less and are OEM parts that BMW would have sold you but with a premium. It is known that for example that lemforder supply BMW for the control arms, tie rods and bushes.

My FCA bushes are lemforder items but notice the part number has been removed along with BMW:
971 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr

The front control arms here if you notice the BMW logo and ///M logo has been removed:
972 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr

The flex disc guibo is supplied by febi bilstein but is originally made by SGF again this is the same part BM would have sold you notice the removed part number and BMW logo:
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976 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr

The centre bearing supplied through febi bilstein also has the BMW and part number removed:
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Old 17th February 2018, 10:57 PM   #417
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So onto starting the jobs. If you plan on doing a power steering overhaul, be warned. Its a very messy job and will require a little patience as you will have fluid coming out of every orifice you can think of.

As the steering rack and lower joint was to be removed, straighten your wheel first and then lock the steering wheel. Do not under any cirumstance unlock it and move it about so you can get make life easy for removing certain bolts as you will be in **** creek when it comes to making sure everything is straight.

First you need to remove the undertray which is 7mm bolts dotted around easy to do. Once that is done you now need to remove the aluminium chassis plate taking off all 12 bolts. You need a 17mm socket for these.
982 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr

Now onto the outer track/tie rod and get a 16mm socket on the nut and crack it open. The nut is a one time use only so with your new rods, it will come with a new nut. I found it was easy to undo for a bit and then gave some resistance so you will need a longer bar so you can give it more torque to remove.
983 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr

Once its off you will need to use a ball joint seperator tool to free it from the hub or a pickle fork and hammer it out. Once both ends are free you now need to start extracting power steering fluid from the resovoir.

To access it I had to remove my airbox and then it was a case of using my fluid extractor. You can use a suction baster etc.
984 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr

Now back under the car as you can see both sides of the rack is weepy fluid which points to the seals in the rack have failed.
985 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr
986 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr

Took the one time use oetiker clips off
987 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr

Used my special tool to clamp and remove the inner tie rod from the rack:
988 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr

Pictured is the steering coupler. You need a E10 socket to remove and there is two. The one below you will need an E10 wrench as you won't get a ratchet on there.
989 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr

If you're removing the control arms, the middle nut is a 22mm and is awkward to remove with a ratchet. I found it was easier to use the double spanner method to crack them open so patience is needed to remove.
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991 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr

The rack is bolted through the subframe using a 15 and 16mm nut and bolt and are simple to remove:
992 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr

You then need to remove the lines off the rack, so starting with the banjo bolts which are 22mm and 19mm. The banjo bolts have a crush washer either side so you will need new ones. You will need a pan to catch the fluid so will be a little waiting game:
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994 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr

The lines have a 10mm bolt that connects to the rack so you will need to remove that:
995 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr

Once that's done the rack is out:
996 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr

One of the hoses is a high pressure hose and that goes to the power steering pump so after reading up about owners having to replace them or rebuilding due to leakage I decided to get it refurbed. So simply remove the 22mm banjo bolt from the pump. Again be careful as fluid will seep out:
997 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr

Rack and steering coupler removed:
998 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr

High pressure hose removed and ready for rebuilding:
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Looking a little bare. I dropped the antiroll bar from the brackets as it got in the way:
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So with the overhaul I decided to remove the pump. It was in working order but figured it would save time later on from having to deal with it later. I also wanted the original pump refurbed rather than buying an exchange unit just for OCD more than anything.
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So while the rack and pump was sent off for rebuilding. I got on with other things that needed doing. One of the things I noticed was when replacing my drive belts two years back, the deflection pulley was making a skateboard sound when you spun it so I got on with removing it IIRC is a 16mm bolt:
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Removed:
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As I was working in the same area I removed the old adjusting pulley as I found that was exhibiting similar symptoms. To remove you need a Hex H8 male socket bit:
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Removed:
1007 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr

So in with the new and bought genuine ones from BMW which are INA branded:
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Note the deflection pulley has a notch and is off centre so you simply fit it back in the same way:
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So this left me with removing the final lines and power steering resoirvoir. You have a hose connecting from the resoirvoir to the cooling coil. Word of warning these are a nightmare to remove as they use a quick disconnect fitting. The tool to remove it is one of these: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/...1&tag=pda0e-21

So I got the first one off:
1012 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr

Unfortunately the second one which is one of the power steering lines to the coil did not want to come off with the tool. It was literally siezed on and no amount of WD40 helped with freeing it up.

So I ended up having to carefully cut the shell of the clip using a mini dremel. As you will see there was no way it could be removed as corrosion had set in.
1013 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr

Finally free:
1014 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr

Old parts chucked away and new parts on order:
1015 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr

My rack came back from Western Power Steering all rebuilt and should last for a long while with no issues:
1016 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr

The rebuilt pump came back from ACS Powersteering:
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After finding out that the main pressure hose was over £200 from the dealers I settled on rebuilding my existing one. So I took it down to Pirtek to have it rebuilt while retaining the banjo connectors and cooling loop. There's also a reason I asked them to keep the loop intact as you will see later:
1020 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr

Brand new hoses ordered and new Vaico tank:
1021 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr
1022 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr

Tie rods lengthened the same to the existing ones and new gaiters fitted:
1023 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr

So was time to fit it all back. The steering coupler if you notice there is a notch you simply place the coupler in the correct orientation so that the E10 bolt goes through recess:
1024 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr
1025 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr

Onto the control arms, when taking them off remember to remove the xenon self levelling adjuster. The clip that goes round the control arm is a bit of a pain to remove so careful not to break it. Once its removed, fit it on last once you have the control arms in:
1026 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr

Next was to put the new bushes/brackets onto the arms. Get some fairy liquid and water for lube and push it on. Ensure its put on in the correct position ie not to far in. I used my existing arms as a guide to match:
1027 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr

Fitted and ready to go on:
1028 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr

While everything was out and with easy access I decided to replace the o2 sensors on the manifolds. You simply remove the engine cover off to expose the plugs. To remove the o2 sensors on the manifolds, you will need a special socket for this which can be bought on ebay.
1029 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr

Brand new Bosch sensors. Do one sensor at a time so you don't get mixed up:
1030 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr

So this brings us back to the power steering lines and the reason I kept the coil on the main pressure hose. As you will see it is connected up to the other power steering line using a special type of rubber grommet which can be bought seperately. However they are pricey at £10 each from the dealer. This would likely explain why the high pressure hose costs a lot as it has those 3 grommets attached to the coil.

My ones had broken in half and had been held together with cable ties. So rather than doing this and for the matter of principle of not paying £30 for a small piece of rubber that will degrade again, I made up my own using plastic nylon spacers at approx the right length to the original grommets. So I found a company who sell on ebay and bought a pack of 10 for £3.70 and got some nuts and bolts from my work place.

So here's the rubber grommet:
1031 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr

And replacements:
1032 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr

So got the rack back and was time to fit the lines back in as you will see its connected together:
1033 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr
1034 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr
1035 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr

Then it was a case of putting the tank in, and connecting up the quick release lines to the cooling coil.
1036 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr
1037 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr

Final inspection and all fitted in place:
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1039 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr

All I needed to do now was fill up the power steering reservoir with fresh fluid and checked for any leaks before dropping the car back down.

So next was a wheel alignment so took it down to Wheel Power on a recommendation from Tony. So with now everything lined up correctly it will be outstanding jobs which I'll give to an indy to do.
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Well done mate!!
That was a lot of stuff done it on your own.
But thatís how you do it if you want to keep her immaculate! 👍
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Well done mate!!
That was a lot of stuff done it on your own.
But thatís how you do it if you want to keep her immaculate! 👍
Cheers mate, well what turned into a couple of bits to do turned into more! The rest ie diff seals etc. I'll give a pro to do. Its a labour of love this car but all worth it.
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