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by Da_Hose
Wed May 01, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Best phone music app.
Replies: 1
Views: 139

Re: Best phone music app.

Does it need to be an app? Would a physical button do? I used the controls below with an Android stereo upgrade in my Saturn. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Universal-Wireless-Car-Steering-Wheel-Button-Remote-Control-For-Stereo-DVD-GPS/333134277252?epid=2237373089&hash=item4d9059aa84:g:tUEAAOSwIF5cnEMi If...
by Da_Hose
Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:24 am
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: Air conditionin function overview and retrofit/repair thread
Replies: 100
Views: 25021

Re: Air conditionin function overview and retrofit/repair thread

I have a quick update of interest to those of us retrofitting our AC systems. I just refilled my Saturn with some computer dusting spray made from 1-1, diflouroethane (HFC-152a). It is super cost effective, and almost as efficient as R134A. The brand I bought is Ultra Duster. THE important thing is ...
by Da_Hose
Fri Apr 12, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Suspension - Steering - Brakes
Topic: steering wheel alignment
Replies: 10
Views: 601

Re: steering wheel alignment

Mechanical center is the most important aspect to worry about gskrills. If you turn lock-to-lock, counting turns, and final rotation angle, you split the turns in half, split the final angle in half, and center you steering wheel on that number. Let's assume total turns are 3 full, with another 30 d...
by Da_Hose
Fri Apr 12, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: Help!! M30 rebuild looming
Replies: 15
Views: 604

Re: Help!! M30 rebuild looming

If it were me, and I was doing any kind of engine swap, I would not go motronic. I would build a Megasquirt (I actually have a spare in a box that I decided not to use with my 2002 build), and use Ford EFI components for all my triggering. The MS community has tremendous support, and parts need woul...
by Da_Hose
Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: The Saloon
Topic: Gimmick? Or worth while...
Replies: 10
Views: 1067

Re: Gimmick? Or worth while...

Looks like this one should fit the HD buckets.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0051PKG2G/re ... merReviews

Someone made a good point in the reviews. If it sticks half to 3/4 way down, it means more space between dunked washcloth and dirt at bottom of the bucket.

Jose
by Da_Hose
Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: S38 timing chain assessment
Replies: 3
Views: 227

Re: S38 timing chain assessment

If you look up my threads, you will see what my guides looked like at 135K. I agree with Sharkfan. You might not need a replacement, but if the engine is apart, do it. It is false economy not to. If you are doing general maintenance, I highly recommend upgrading your tensioner. I believe the worn gu...
by Da_Hose
Thu Mar 21, 2019 1:42 am
Forum: The Saloon
Topic: Everything You Wanted to Know About FCP Euro
Replies: 5
Views: 400

Re: Everything You Wanted to Know About FCP Euro

FCPEuro is my top supplier for all my BMW's. If I can wait a couple days for shipping, I buy from FCPEuro. Warranty is bar-none the best in the business, and they stand behind every sale. I endorse them without reservation. Hopefully they stay just as solid for a loooooong time. We need parts suppli...
by Da_Hose
Thu Mar 21, 2019 1:37 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Gauge Cluster Finish
Replies: 16
Views: 609

Re: Gauge Cluster Finish

Run around the interwebz and look for a flocking kit. Another option that could be interesting is plasti-dip. Although it isn't intended as a permanent product like flocking.

Jose
by Da_Hose
Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: Anyone on this board Have a lathe?
Replies: 3
Views: 237

Re: Anyone on this board Have a lathe?

I can appreciate wanting to turn a new piece so it looks OEM, but an alternative is heim or ball ends with a new threaded rod. You can buy ready made pieces, if you know what size bolt end is required. https://www.grainger.com/category/power-transmission/bearings/spherical-bearings-and-spherical-rod...
by Da_Hose
Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: Hex Plus
Replies: 2
Views: 173

Re: Hex Plus

The only way you I see it having a larger contact area, is that when the screw head DOES deform, it deforms into the shape of the larger contact path. If you buy high quality hex wrenches, with tighter tolerances, they fit the screw heads better, which will also ensure greater contact. That hex-plus...
by Da_Hose
Fri Mar 08, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: How to revive or recondition cordless power tool batteries
Replies: 15
Views: 3486

Re: How to revive or recondition cordless power tool batteries

Heya Bobbo, This refresh technique only works with older batteries that have really simple electronics for monitoring heat and voltage. Any current generation LiOn and many NiMH batteries have more sophisticated circuitry that cuts off when they drop below a target voltage. That is because running a...
by Da_Hose
Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: A/C abilities
Replies: 20
Views: 886

Re: A/C abilities

Look at my thread, and you will see I installed a 19X16 condenser quite easily. Your mechanic should be able to handle it just as easy if he can crimp his own hoses.

Jose
by Da_Hose
Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: A/C abilities
Replies: 20
Views: 886

Re: A/C abilities

Unless you have a super low mile, true collectible I would not refurb. I would switch out to a modern Sanden or Nippondenso compressor, and run R134, or the new R1234. Better yet, I have experimented with using the "canned air" conversion (tetraflouroethane) in my Saturn, and it performs fantastic. ...
by Da_Hose
Tue Mar 05, 2019 4:43 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: A/C abilities
Replies: 20
Views: 886

Re: A/C abilities

Here is my thread on the upgrade I completed to my system.

viewtopic.php?t=21047&highlight=

Jose
by Da_Hose
Fri Feb 01, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: System flush
Replies: 4
Views: 364

Re: System flush

A flush is not complicated. You can get chemicals to help, but I have always done a simple water flush. If there is anything actually gumming up the radiator, it will need to come out and get boiled/rodded (if it's an older brass unit), or replaced. I would suggest buying an in-line drain for your l...
by Da_Hose
Fri Feb 01, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: 86 E24 equipped with EWS system?
Replies: 9
Views: 504

Re: 86 E24 equipped with EWS system?

Here is some real good DME talk, that covers EWS, and many other issues of concern when changing out the DME.

https://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/show ... on-thread!

Jose
by Da_Hose
Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:15 am
Forum: Suspension - Steering - Brakes
Topic: M6 diff.
Replies: 2
Views: 261

Re: M6 diff.

As I recall, the E24 M6 differential wants a GL-5 oil in a 75W-90 weight. So long as the oil you used does NOT have friction modifiers, it should be fine. Anything with moly., or some other additive designed to make things "slicker" is a no-no.

Jose
by Da_Hose
Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:54 am
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: Air conditionin function overview and retrofit/repair thread
Replies: 100
Views: 25021

Re: Air conditionin function overview and retrofit/repair thread

I don't see which of Dean's posts had pictures on them. Where are they in the thread?

Jose
by Da_Hose
Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Consensus on Rust Proofing?
Replies: 10
Views: 584

Re: Consensus on Rust Proofing?

I went kind of simple on my M6, but it's effective. I first hit things with a pressure washer, then used a wire wheel to remove big/loose stuff. Bare metal was sprayed with a zincating solution, or pickled with phosphoric acid. Both seemed to work fine. I gave a final touch with green scrubby pad, a...
by Da_Hose
Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: Need help - any oil cooler pics out there?
Replies: 10
Views: 589

Re: Need help - any oil cooler pics out there?

Well folks, I tried looking for the brackets and RealOEM shows all of them as out of production. Looks like I need to hit Home Depot for raw materials to make some for myself. As a point of discussion, brackets that will be subject to vibration are often made from steel, as aluminum suffers from emb...
by Da_Hose
Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: Need help - any oil cooler pics out there?
Replies: 10
Views: 589

Re: Need help - any oil cooler pics out there?

Ok, so it looks like the left/right are the same style bracket, and the center is different. At least my cooler has the center one holding the metal tubing.

Jose
by Da_Hose
Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: Need help - any oil cooler pics out there?
Replies: 10
Views: 589

Re: Need help - any oil cooler pics out there?

A picture is worth a thousand words, Nick. =D>

I see what you mean now Bert. That mounting really is basic. I know where to look for mounting holes, and I'll order the brackets. Welding new ears onto the tabs should even be possible in situ.

Thanks everyone!

Jose
by Da_Hose
Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:40 am
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: Need help - any oil cooler pics out there?
Replies: 10
Views: 589

Re: Need help - any oil cooler pics out there?

I don't know if they do, Derrith. I have done a bunch of looking around this evening on RealOEM, and no year of US M6 shows oil cooler parts. I am concerned the reason things were mounted so slapdash on mine, is that the US M6 did not come with an oil cooler from the factory. I can find two types of...
by Da_Hose
Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:08 am
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: Air conditionin function overview and retrofit/repair thread
Replies: 100
Views: 25021

Re: Air conditionin function overview and retrofit/repair thread

Hey everyone, I have an update for this thread. I have completed installation of my new 16"X19"condenser, and have pics. to share. First, I used the mounting plates that came with the condenser and located it so I could test fit everything as I went. https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1DMtQMvyl6Pl3OSuOo...
by Da_Hose
Tue Jan 08, 2019 3:47 am
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: Need help - any oil cooler pics out there?
Replies: 10
Views: 589

Re: Need help - any oil cooler pics out there?

Heya Bert, That info. does help. Looks like my cooler has the "ears" broken off, so I need to weld on some L-tabs. Bracket 13 is NLA, so I will have to bend one up. I think 17 is still attached to the spoiler, which is also cracked and beat up. Looks like this is going to be a bit of work. If you (o...