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by LarryM
Sat Jan 16, 2021 10:14 am
Forum: The Saloon
Topic: Sean Connery’s BMW 635 is up for auction
Replies: 6
Views: 220

Re: Sean Connery’s BMW 635 is up for auction

I think he was pretty much a hard a$$ in general. In his younger days he was a body builder and martial artist of some sort. He was reportedly once attacked by a gang of thugs in Edinburgh and dispatched them. Afterwards they treated him with respect. There’s also a story about how in 1958, he was f...
by LarryM
Fri Jan 15, 2021 6:11 am
Forum: The Saloon
Topic: Sean Connery’s BMW 635 is up for auction
Replies: 6
Views: 220

Re: Sean Connery’s BMW 635 is up for auction

I never knew he had owned one!

More proof he was the BEST James Bond. Good taste in colors, too. :-"
by LarryM
Thu Jan 07, 2021 11:49 pm
Forum: The Saloon
Topic: 11k Miles 1987 M6 on ebay
Replies: 4
Views: 281

Re: 11k Miles 1987 M6 on ebay

Wow; that's by far the highest asking price I've ever seen for an M6. For the sake of anyone actually paying that much I hope it's at least everything they claim it to be. Here's another one (no affiliation) for a more realistic price, with only slightly more miles, in my personal favorite year and ...
by LarryM
Thu Dec 24, 2020 6:29 am
Forum: Suspension - Steering - Brakes
Topic: lowering springs
Replies: 8
Views: 527

Re: lowering springs

Here's mine with Eibach springs (1.25" drop). I think the H&R springs are similar. Also with 17" wheels.
by LarryM
Sun Dec 20, 2020 3:18 am
Forum: The Saloon
Topic: How often do you REALLY flush your brakes?
Replies: 14
Views: 629

Re: How often do you REALLY flush your brakes?

Absolutely, do all five, four wheels and the clutch slave. I look at the clutch as part of the brake hydraulic system .I do the brakes with all four wheels off, car on jack stands, so it's no big deal to get underneath. I use a Motiv power bleeder, but have vacuum-bled the system many times before ...
by LarryM
Sat Dec 19, 2020 8:21 pm
Forum: The Saloon
Topic: How often do you REALLY flush your brakes?
Replies: 14
Views: 629

Re: How often do you REALLY flush your brakes?

Bentley implies that bleeding the clutch along with the brakes is a "good idea" but not absolutely necessary. Do you guys include flushing the clutch hydraulics as a standard part of the job? And if so, how do you go about it? Pressure bleeder or "reverse" bleeding from the bottom at the slave cylin...
by LarryM
Thu Dec 17, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: How to remove backrest from front seats?
Replies: 2
Views: 209

Re: How to remove backrest from front seats?

Thanks for the help! Last evening I was able to separate the backrest with the help of this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUgZ4uoKQkI Once I got the rear cover off, the rest was pretty easy. One thing that threw me was that the cover on my seat ('85 model) is removed by pulling DOWN, not up...
by LarryM
Thu Dec 17, 2020 2:30 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: How to remove backrest from front seats?
Replies: 2
Views: 209

How to remove backrest from front seats?

I need to remove my backrest from my drivers side (comfort) seat in order to have a seam repaired in the cushion. How involved is this process? It looks like each side of the backrest is attached to the metal bracket by two screws, but I need to remove the rear shell in order to get to them. Might b...
by LarryM
Sun Dec 13, 2020 6:38 am
Forum: The Saloon
Topic: How often do you REALLY flush your brakes?
Replies: 14
Views: 629

How often do you REALLY flush your brakes?

Flushing brakes is easily my least-favorite maintenance task, and is made even worse when it also involves flushing the clutch hydraulics. I use a Motiv pressure bleeder but that doesn't make it any less of a chore. I just don't like working with brake fluid, period. As we know, BMW recommends doing...
by LarryM
Fri Dec 04, 2020 4:41 am
Forum: Tires and Wheels
Topic: BBS RS Center Hex Nut: How Tight?
Replies: 1
Views: 170

Re: BBS RS Center Hex Nut: How Tight?

I decided to contact BBS and get the answer directly from them. They advised to get the nut hand-tight, then use the BBS wrench to turn it about 1/8 additional turn. That's about what I expected, and what I've been doing all these years. So far I've never had one fall off.
by LarryM
Thu Dec 03, 2020 4:46 am
Forum: Tires and Wheels
Topic: BBS RS Center Hex Nut: How Tight?
Replies: 1
Views: 170

BBS RS Center Hex Nut: How Tight?

I have a set of BBR RS198s and have always wondered how tight the large center hex nut is supposed to be. I usually use the BBS hex wrench to snug them down, but is "hand-tight" without a wrench good enough? There are really only several plastic threads that engage to hold them on, and it would prob...
by LarryM
Tue Dec 01, 2020 5:38 am
Forum: Tires and Wheels
Topic: FS: Set of BBS Wheels
Replies: 3
Views: 1034

Re: FS: Set of BBS Wheels

Beautiful wheels. If they would fit an E28 without having to roll the rear fenders I'd be all over them. GLWS.
by LarryM
Sat Nov 28, 2020 3:21 am
Forum: The Saloon
Topic: What did you do to your E24 today?
Replies: 914
Views: 242694

Re: What did you do to your E24 today?

There was nothing else to do on a Covid Thanksgiving Day so (to my wife's chagrin) I was in the garage working on the 6er. Installed new tie rods, center link, idler arm, and upper control (thrust) arms. All Lemforder parts except for the center link which is BMW. I also purchased the beefy E32/750i...
by LarryM
Mon Oct 05, 2020 7:07 am
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: Heater Control Valve
Replies: 40
Views: 14121

Re: Heater Control Valve

UPDATE: October 4, 2020 The new heater valve I bought in May 2019 is now leaking. I've put only 4,000 miles on the car since installed. So apparently, the issue with these valves had NOT been resolved last year as I had hoped. Now I'm not sure if I should take the risk and order a new valve/washer f...
by LarryM
Sun Oct 04, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: Aftermarket blower motor w/cages?
Replies: 9
Views: 935

Re: Aftermarket blower motor w/cages?

It's good to be hopeful but make sure it's not kind of Chinese-made copy. You'll want something that will last; changing these is a lotta work...something you really don't want to do more than once.
by LarryM
Sun Sep 27, 2020 3:13 am
Forum: The Saloon
Topic: What did you do to your E24 today?
Replies: 914
Views: 242694

Re: What did you do to your E24 today?

I went for a drive up Angeles Crest a few weeks ago. I had the pleasure of chasing a C7 Corvette, Porsche GT4, Porsche Panamera, E90 M3 and a McClaren. I was in the E30 convertible. Yes, I was a little over matched. 20200925_173415.jpg That must have been fun! Did you do the entire route of 65 mile...
by LarryM
Thu Aug 06, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: Tires and Wheels
Topic: BBS style 5 wheel
Replies: 14
Views: 2985

Re: BBS style 5 wheel

In my experience wheels with colored centers tend to be a bit polarizing; you either love 'em or hate 'em. A few years ago I restored a set of BBS RS061s that I was going to use on my E28. I debated whether to go with silver or gold centers, but when the time came I chose gold because I thought they...
by LarryM
Wed Jul 29, 2020 7:33 am
Forum: Cars and Parts for sale
Topic: e24 OEM First Aid Kit - Brand New
Replies: 7
Views: 1227

Re: e24 OEM First Aid Kit - Brand New

I'm curious about this. Was it mounted somewhere in the trunk, or just placed in the glove box?

Still available?
by LarryM
Sun Jul 19, 2020 3:04 am
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: Conforti chip...thumbs up
Replies: 7
Views: 1810

Re: Conforti chip...thumbs up

Sounds great, checked their website and they also supply it for my engine type. Anybody installed this chip in a (1987) US model M30B34 (182 bhp)? Would like to know if that is as good as the one on Emac's M6. In my E28 ('87 535iS), I first tried a Turner/Conforti chip and then, because so many guy...
by LarryM
Tue Jul 07, 2020 2:11 am
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: Competent Mechanic referral - Los Angeles
Replies: 3
Views: 960

Re: Competent Mechanic referral - Los Angeles

If you want high quality work done on your car these are a couple of LA-area BMW repair shops with very good reps: https://www.bavarianworkshop.com/ https://www.avusautosport.com/ Neither shop will be cheap but if I had were having the kind of work done that you describe (complete engine, tranny, an...
by LarryM
Wed Apr 22, 2020 5:15 am
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: auto/5sp swap final drive ratio recomendation
Replies: 7
Views: 1888

Re: auto/5sp swap final drive ratio recomendation

I have a 3.91 diff in my car; I installed it when my car was still an automatic and left it in after my manual swap. First gear is very steep; you'll be shifting to 2nd before you're through an intersection. And at 80 mph the engine's turning about 3400 rpm so it's not something you'd want if you do...
by LarryM
Tue Jan 14, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: Heater Control Valve
Replies: 40
Views: 14121

Re: Heater Control Valve

I would like to thank all the folks that went through this pain before me. I have had my Six since 2014 and lived on jack stands for the last 2 years (CA smog adventures). I knew i had a bad valve as it was hot all the time. So I bit the bullet and bought the "BMW" valve (64111373191) from FCP Euro...
by LarryM
Fri Nov 08, 2019 1:24 am
Forum: Cars and Parts for sale
Topic: NEW full Aluminum Wizard Cooling Radiator
Replies: 13
Views: 5182

Re: NEW full Aluminum Wizard Cooling Radiator

Looks like it's well made; how much clearance is there for the fan? Are you able to R&R the fan without removing the radiator? Also, are you able to use the stock fan shroud without modifications?