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Old 03-15-2012, 09:09 AM   #31
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This.

Timeline always has to have an "ish" when working on E30's
^ lol

That happened to me last night. I went to swap on my summer tires and I decided that while I had the front wheels off I'd swap in my new Koni inserts (old ones were destroyed). I got to unbolt the swaybar link tab from the control arm... stud shears off like butter. Oh well I can live without my front sway bar for a day or two... I'll just take off the sway bar link so it's not flopping around and rubbing against anything... nut is seized on the link pretty good and the flats for the thin 16mm spanner aren't doing shit to support me... I try clamping down with a vice grip to hold it... no luck... at this point the sway bar link is more or less ruined... So I just cut it off with the angle grinder.

Long story short I went out at 7pm thinking it would be an hour and half-ish maybe 2-ish hour job... I finished at midnight.
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Old 03-15-2012, 09:44 PM   #32
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Love it Bullet Ride. That's some classic E30 shit.



Put it in the thread... http://www.maxbimmer.com/forums/show...115069&page=12
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Old 03-15-2012, 09:58 PM   #33
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^^ lmao that story sounds pretty familiar
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Old 03-16-2012, 08:21 AM   #34
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We'll get the whole motherf-er done tomorrow night in an hour... ish.
Unfortunately this didn't happen.

About 3 hours later and the tie rods STILL WOULDN'T COME OFF!!!

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Old 03-16-2012, 09:57 AM   #35
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Unfortunately this didn't happen.

About 3 hours later and the tie rods STILL WOULDN'T COME OFF!!!

[opens a new tab to search for a Z3 rack...]
Are you guys still trying to remove the ends? Or are you trying to remove the whole tie rod assembly from the steering rack now? It shouldn't be hard to remove the end that threads into the steering rack because it's protected by the boot, and when your steering rack takes a shit it self lubricates...
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Old 03-16-2012, 11:16 AM   #36
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yeah, just the outer end... that's all he ordered. We figured we'd give it a few days soaking in PB Blaster, then hit with a flame and crank it off. Didn't happen. Anyways, the suspension is all back in, new ball joints and M3 offset lolly's are in (funny story). we just need to take care of this rack, bleed the brakes and GET SOME RUBBER ON THOSE et13's!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 03-16-2012, 07:40 PM   #37
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Heat heat heat heat heat...
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Old 03-16-2012, 09:09 PM   #38
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yeah, we've heated the shit out of them, don't worry. Propane only heats so well.

Saws-all is next.
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Old 03-17-2012, 12:33 PM   #39
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New parts on order.

New Z3 rack, new hardware, and a power steering delete because I don't even know where to begin with that leaky pile of garbage!

No more wasting time with used, seized, original bullshit...
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Old 03-17-2012, 01:38 PM   #40
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MAPP equivalent gas works a little better than propane.. not much, but a little, fyi.
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Old 03-17-2012, 10:06 PM   #41
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Don't delete the power steering. Just fix it, probably needs crush washers.
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Don't delete the power steering. Just fix it, probably needs crush washers.
I'm going to try it out for a while to see how it goes. It's leaking from a few places, one of them being the bottom of the reservoir.

I won't remove the pump or anything until I drive around for a bit and am satisfied that I can live with it.

It's really just a temporary fix so I don't have to deal with power steering leaks for now.
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Old 03-18-2012, 02:34 PM   #43
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Easy fix! Don't conform, it's not Fuhraze
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it's not Fuhraze
Not yet, but it will be soon!

















...just kidding.

I have no intention of butchering this car in the hopes it will magically become a race car. But if I can kill two birds with one stone then why not?
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Old 03-18-2012, 09:39 PM   #45
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An Oxygen Acetylene Torch and a pipe wrench and that sucker is coming off.

Otherwise it's best to just buy the complete tie rod assemblies. (Aren't they like $60 each end complete?)
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