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  • Raj's 1995 M3

    Creating this page to document my car over time.

    1995 BMW M3
    06/95 Production
    Cosmos with Black Leather and Luxury Package

    I originally bought it in February of 2018, and I was fortunate enough to get the original window sticker with the car all these years later. More posts to come with pictures over time. I have a ton of pictures of all of the maintenance and modifications over time, and I finally decided to create a journal with everything in it.

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    Car Specs (as I bought it):

    209k miles
    Original engine/transmission
    Stack of maintenance records dating back to the late 90s
    Rogue Engineering SSK
    95A LCABs
    Poly RTABs
    Poly Diff bushings
    Mishimoto electric fan conversion
    Mishimoto intake boot
    K&N drop-in air filter
    UUC System U Catback
    Bilstein Sport Struts/Shocks with Eibach Pro-Kit Springs
    Italian Contour reps with polished lips
    UUC Poly Engine/Transmission mounts (deteriorating, more on this later)

    Photo Dump #1
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    The day I brought the car home.


    Click image for larger version  Name:	3.jpeg Views:	0 Size:	742.8 KB ID:	731Changed back to Amber corners for now.
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    Click image for larger version  Name:	6.jpeg Views:	0 Size:	710.8 KB ID:	732Click image for larger version  Name:	7.jpeg Views:	0 Size:	782.6 KB ID:	736Cleaned the interior and did leather conditioner. Seats are in remarkably good condition for 23 years.

    Click image for larger version  Name:	8.jpeg Views:	0 Size:	604.3 KB ID:	733Click image for larger version  Name:	9.jpeg Views:	0 Size:	785.3 KB ID:	734The steering wheel has sun wear in the 9-12 position. Installed my ZHP 5sp shifter knob.

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    Last edited by raj; 03-30-2020, 06:58 PM.
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    • #3
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ID:	746 Swapped out the tired old steering bushing. This dramatically improved steering feedback.

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ID:	745 First of 3 coolant flushes with raw distilled water. This was a mixture of blue/green coolant over the years. Drained the block and radiator both. No major debris, good news!

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ID:	748 Second of 3 coolant flushes. Getting clearer.

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ID:	751 After the third and final flush. You can see the gradient of old --> new. Glad this gunk is out of the system. Final fill with BMW Blue 50/50 with distilled water.

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ID:	747 Transmission fluid flush with Redline D4 ATF. Trying to help smooth out shifts. This was done regularly every 70k miles, so not too bad.

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ID:	749 Fluid comparison. Around 65k miles on the old fluid.

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ID:	750 Swapped out the clutch line for an ECS Stainless unit. The old rubber line was tired and cracked. I also swapped out the Master and Slave clutch cylinders to make sure the whole clutch hydraulic system was in good shape.

      After doing all of the clutch hydraulics, the clutch engagement was still near the floor. Likely worn components in the bell housing, but the clutch otherwise grabs fine. As far as I know, it's the original clutch. Not a single record of replacement in otherwise very detailed records. More on this later.
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        Click image for larger version  Name:	19.jpeg Views:	0 Size:	855.2 KB ID:	760 Swapped to my other set of headlights. DJAuto lenses with projectors/HIDs. Also had angel eyes pre-installed from DDMTuning back when they offered that.

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          Found out that the front strut towers were slightly deformed/mushroomed. Since the 1995 M3s didn't get the reinforcement plates the 1996 M3s did, this was an unfortunate consequence of the lowering springs and stiffer struts. Luckily, I was able to re-form these and get the reinforcements in place along with a strut brace. I also took this opportunity to "upgrade" to the (cheaper) 1996+ M3 upper strut mounts and flipped them driver-to-passenger to get that extra front camber.
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ID:	782Passenger side deformation.

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ID:	774Equivalent driver side deformation.

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ID:	768Comparison to my buddy's 1995 M3 with reinforcement plates. Deformation is clearly visible here.

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ID:	773Installed the rear tower reinforcements.

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ID:	781On both sides.

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ID:	767Much better.

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ID:	779Same deal on this side.

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ID:	772Lookin' sharp.

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ID:	778Final passenger side transofrmation.

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ID:	780Rogue Engineering CF strut bar for added top support and probably some rigidity.

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ID:	775Cleaned up the struts/springs so they look nice for a bit.

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ID:	786An attempt to quiet some of the lifters on hot idle. I think they're bleeding down with the thinner oil at higher oil temps with lower pressure (at idle). Could also be a tired oiling system (oil pickup tube, associated components).

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ID:	790Removed the deteriorating transmission tunnel insulation. Nasty stuff.

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ID:	785Installed a matching steering wheel from my uncle's 1997 M3 after he upgraded to the 3 spoke. This one has much better leather.

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ID:	788Running well for a bit.

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ID:	791Dying alternator (taken at idle).

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ID:	787Cleaning, cracked foglight. Way too common.

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            Trying to keep the paint cleaned and protected.
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            • #7
              Nice!

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              • #8
                I'm envious of your (lack thereof) glovebox sag.

                Past: '99 Hellrot/Dove M3/2/5 | '97 S14 1JZ | '06 Triumph Daytona 675 | '01 330I M-Tech I | Current: '96 Estoril/Black M3/2/5

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                • #9
                  Nice work, Raj.

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                  • #10
                    Thanks everyone!

                    Sadly I waited 2 years to do this, so this is about 40% of the car's progress so far. Good news is I chose a good time to start 😁
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                    • #11
                      Onward!

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ID:	896Replacing the worn (and relatively new) polyurethane transmission mounts with OEM Lemforder units. These were terribly worn and caused quite a bit of vibration while driving.

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ID:	895A view of the transmission and remnants of the worn bushings.

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ID:	892New rubber bushings properly in place. The car drove much better after this.

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ID:	893Found a good deal on some Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+ tires. Mounted and balanced at Costco, self-installed.

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ID:	891This set of contours is original to the car. They are almost flawless in terms of finish; certainly awesome for such old wheels.

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ID:	890A short review of these tires: excellent blend of longevity (looking back after around 6-7k miles) and performance. They grip extremely well and hold very well in rainy conditions as well. Road noise is non-existent at this mileage, but as the compound hardens, that might change. I will be buying these again in the future.

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ID:	898So this was the final fix that "solved" (for now at least) my low clutch engagement and hard shift into 1st gear. I presume that my clutch pivot pin is probably worn all the way down, so I figured I'd try the cheap $50 workaround and see how long it lasts. Rogue Engineering adjustable clutch slave cylinder pin. Adjusted it out approximately 5mm, and my clutch engagement is right in the middle of the pedal travel. It's excellent. At the time of writing this up, it's been 10k miles of hassle free driving with this installed.

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ID:	899Better view of the comparison between stock and adjustable pins. I had to add the teflon tape to the attachment so the pin wouldn't fall out of the slave on the way into and out of the bell housing. The teflon gives just enough support.

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ID:	901Local car meet. My car (I added the French fogs for a bit to see what that looked like) along with my uncle's 1998 Techno M3 convertible and my other uncle's 1997 M3 sedan.

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ID:	900A tale of three tails.
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ID:	920The corner of shame. Oil filter housing gasket and o-rings failed.

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ID:	921After pushing the o-ring caps in by hand (before starting the car), they went inward by about 2-3mm. That can't be good. Started the car, and it does this. I had read about and previously installed Viton o-rings in my 325i before with good success, so I did the same here.

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ID:	919Trusty Viton o-rings. The best way to install these is on the cap first and then gently press the cap into the housing with a socket. You might need a rubber mallet. They seal really well.

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ID:	924The oil filter housing gasket itself was deformed with remnants of silicone. Cleaned that all up.

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ID:	922Cleaned this up too.

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ID:	923Some of it was stuck on there.

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ID:	925Nice and clean. Reinstalled with no issues.
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ID:	930Last ever emissions for this car! Not that it ever had any issues passing.

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ID:	927Parts from FCPEuro for M3 Service Weekend 2018.
                            - Alternator
                            - Engine mounts (Corteco OEM rubber to replace the deteriorating polyurethane)
                            - Cooling system: water pump, low temp t-stat, metal housing, hoses, low temp aux fan switch, expansion tank, level sensor
                            - All new pulleys, tensioners, belts
                            - New crank sensor

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ID:	935Supporting the engine after disconnecting both engine mounts.

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ID:	934Deteriorated polyurethane engine mount. This one died because of the exhaust heat since the heat shield was missing. Caused tons of NVH. The driver side was OK, but it was starting to sink. No, thanks. Rubber from here on out. Also fashioned a "custom" heat shield out of aluminum from Home Depot.

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ID:	931New Hepu metal impeller water pump. Solid quality and excellent packaging.

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ID:	928New low-temp aux fan switch. The clutch fan is deleted on this car, and even though it has a backup electric fan, it's nice to have this peace of mind.

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ID:	932New metal t-stat housing with low-temp t-stat (80C).
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ID:	941Took a trip from Atlanta, GA to Melbourne, FL. The car performed flawlessly. 1300 mile trip all in.

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ID:	938GoPro fisheye. Pretty cool angle imo.

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ID:	942Being this close to Daytona, I needed a picture next to the sign! Extra points if you find my brother who blends in surprisingly well.

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ID:	937Driving on Daytona Beach. Pretty awesome experience.

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ID:	940Only about 100-150 feet from the water. The sand is pretty soft off of the driving path.

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ID:	939I like to geek out over the OBC features, mainly because this is from the early 90s and is still really cool. More than a lot of cars have today. I read about this one for amount of liters of fuel left. My other favorites are voltage and instant speed. All documented here: https://www.bimmerinfo.com/E36_OBC_tricks.htm
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