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Old 09-26-2010, 11:33 PM   #1
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Default 1992 244 F+T daily driver

1992 240, M47, F+T done by previous owner with a 13c and parts from a '93 940. Bleed valve gives 8psi boost but it's still got the stock n/a exhaust. Not fast, but quick enough.

Koni Sport yellow struts & shocks
7x350lb Eibach coilover springs on the front with Kaplhenke hardware and V1.0 Bne camber plates. Will be using 8x300lb, but I loaned them out so I had to use the 350s. 8x400 was too stiff, 350 is still a bit too stiff for the struts.
IPD rear lowering springs
IPD 28mm front bar
GT firewall braces

Wheels are 16x8 BBS E501, 5x108, ET0, 205/50/16 Hankook RS2. Required centering rings to go from 65.1mm to 67mm (Ferrari). Also required long shank lugnuts with a flat seat and cup washer. The wheels fit well and the tires are awesome in the wet or dry.

Interior had a Sparco Corsa, now a Sparco Evo for comfort to drive to SE. Soon I'll replace the giant airbag wheel with a smaller Momo leather wheel.

Taillights are from one of the many ebay sellers who offer them. Quality & fit is not great, but they look good right now. They might leak and they might fill with water...will monitor this over the next few weeks. I had to replace one of the turn signal bulbs that was DOA, and it was a dim 10W bulb...so I bought 1156A orange bulbs advertised as 26W and they're bright enough and orange enough behind the clear lens.

Grille is meant for a flat hood and I still need to modify the mounting at the top to poke out with the 86+ hood. Fits with the US headlights after removing the air deflectors from the side of the headlight buckets. Car will get e-codes at some point with 80/100 H4 and relays supplying power from the battery. Have clear corners now for the e-codes, to match the clear rear lenses.

To do:
B cam
replace torn CBV
300lb front springs
Momo steering wheel
M45 shift knob
5bar oil pressure gauge
exhaust (3" downpipe, 2.5" the rest of the way)
decor panel
new antenna from MrBill




Reason for the tow...oil feed broke...




With 4 snow tires, I made it through the 20-30" snows last winter


A few weeks ago after lowering (not to spec-max, though)


for Ian:
144,800 New front pads/rotors

2/5/2013, ~183k
replaced front cam seal that was pissing oil. removed busted t-belt backing plate.
3/17/2013: Galaxy!


(198k -- 2/21/2014)
(199k -- )
(200k -- 4/24/2014)
(201k -- 5/14/2014
(202k -- 6/3/2014)
(203k -- 7/6/2014)
(204k -- 8/8/2015)
--aug 2014 -- 16x7.5 -- conti DW. 204,588mi.
(205k -- 9/2/2014)
(206k -- 9/25/2014)
(207k -- 10/15/2014)
207,625 -- odometer broken 10/24/2014
207,625 --7/4/2015 -- changed trip odometer gear -- ~8500mi
xxx,xxx -- 4/26/2015 -- mobil 1 10w-40 & mobil 1 filter (effectively done at 205k, or ~6k into 8.5k that odo was broken)
(211k -- 11/1/2015)
xxx,xxx -- 11/30/2015 -- passed emissions / inspection
212k -- replaced bosch alt (brushes worn) with 100a denso. needs belts.
213k -- 1/21/2016 -- put on conti snow tires
213,800 -- 1/30/2016 -- trans fluid changed
-- Conti DW = 5.5/32nd front, 6.5/32nd rear.
213,800 -- 1/31/2016 -- front pads, washer fluid motor changed

???,??? -- ?/?/? -- replaced front brake calipers, installed newer pads, one near metal backing plate and piston(s) were seized.
???,??? -- ?/?/? -- replaced inner grease seal, replaced inner bearing, repacked outer bearing, drivers side front wheel. still have noise from warped front rotors, mainly left front .

218,186 -- 7/2/2016 -- swapped drivers side broken motor mount, installed new-looking Diesel mount (same p/n as the broken one). swapped rack with '86-dated rack pulled from crazy ray's. Same Cam style rack as the original, same mounting hardware. Lower u-joint was very sloppy and rack boot had been torn for a long time. Installed new boots. No fluid in the old boots on the junkyard rack, dry inside but with grease on inner tie rods. Installed new Moog outer tie rods. Filled with Type F ATF.

219,750 -- 9/18 - 9/19/2016
Replaced timing belt, installed tensioner that came on the car (supposedly ~5k on it), new continental alternator belts, replaced oil drain hose with 5/8" gates silicone, replaced two small hoses on the oil/water heat exchanger with good volvo brand spares, replaced upper rad hose with good spare and new clamps, replaced leaky water hose to the top side of the turbo, replaced oil filter, replaced Volvo brand water pump with Hepu.

To do - spring 2016 (as of 1/31/2016):
*Updated 7/3/2016 *updated 9/19/2016
*done* passenger side tie rod end
*done* passenger side steering rack boot torn
*done* lower steering shaft u-joint has play
*done* --replace rack & u-joint & boots & tie rod ends, flush system
*half-done (drivers side done, pass side remaining)* repack and adjust front wheel bearings
*done* water pump seeping (~75k+?)
*done* t-belt overdue
*partially done, alt only* v-belts (alt belts worn/old, but still good as of dec '15)
*done* replace oil drain hose
*7/1/2016 parts order from FCP including timing belt, water pump, cap, rotor, plug wires, valve cover gasket.
221k - 10/2/2016
222K - ~11/4/2016
223k - 12/24/2016
224k - 2/8/2017
225k - 4/1/2017
227k - 7/8/2017
227k - July 2017 -- oil / filter change
228k - 8/20/2017
228k - Sep 9, 2017 -- replaced rear u-joint (old was rusty, seized, caused vibration on accel)
229k - 9/29/2017
230k - 10/5/2017
231k - 11/11/2017
232k - 12/17/2017
233k - 1/29/2018
236k - 8/17/2018
236k - Aug 2018 -- replaced rusty rear spring seat
236k - Aug 2018 -- Galaxys -- 225/50/16 Continental ExtremeContact Sport
237k - 9/28/2018
237k - Sep 2018 -- M47 changed to 10w-30 synthetic (1+qt ATF drained). trans noise at idle, ISB? pre-mountain-meet
238k - 9/30/2018 (mountain meet.
238k - Oct 2018 -- oil / filter change (15W-50 M1)
Oct 26, 2018 -- intermediate shaft seal popped out...oil everywhere...belts oiled.
Oct 27/28, 2018 -- replaced intermediate shaft seal, cam seal, valve cover gasket. installed IPD Turbo cam, measured shims / clearances to order thicker shims.
Nov 2, 2018 -- shimmed IPD Turbo cam, replaced valve cover gasket again, replaced cam seal again, replaced timing belt (conti) & tensioner (meyle). Replaced PS belt and alternator belts (AC belt remains, could not loosen adjuster to install new belt).
*some noise at idle, louder when revving in neutral. new belt/tensioner?*
--update 1/7/2019 - don't notice the t-belt / tensioner noise at idle anymore--
239k - 11/29/2018
239,227 -- Installed clocked 15g rebuilt by g-pop shop, retained same slightly cracked 90+, new exh man gaskets.
239,650 -- 1/5/2019 - 1/6/2019 -- replaced rear rotors (raybestos, rock auto), rear calipers (A-1 Cardone, rock auto), rear pads (ATE), and front pads (PBR ultimate). New rear hardware, half new front hardware (need to replace pins next time). Flushed fluid w/ATE gold. Front pads worn evenly to 1-2mm. LR parking brake adjustment stuck, caused new rotor to drag. Loosened up and lubed pivot and then it fit back together.
240k - 2/3/2019
240,242 -- compression check (warm), 148, 155, 158, 160psi (cyl 1-4). Retested #1 at the end, still came up a little lower than the rest so not an issue of battery or not cranking long enough.
Checked plugs, left them in (NGK BPR6EY). Replaced plug wires / coil wire with NGK silicone. Swapped back to the original coil, the coil wire didn't fit properly with the other coil. Installed ball & spring MBC, boost goes to end of the yellow (240T intercooler gauge, ~10psi). Fixed oil pressure warning light wire, found sender loose, o-ring crushed/turned to plastic. Replaced o-ring.




-wire broke at diff, ABS light on, speedo/odo stopped. ~300 miles? Fixed at mountain meet, 9/27/2019
-pass. side tail/brake light intermittent. found holder melted, socket hole melted. ordered new bulb holders, bought bulbs, new holder won't fit melted hole. adjusted bulb in melted housing, working again.
-pass. side headlight stopped working. found loose connector.
245k -- Sep 29, 2019
246k -- Oct 18, 2019
247k -- Oct 22, 2019
248k -- Dec 2, 2019
249k -- Jan 12, 2020 -- M47 clanking. Countershaft? Started clicking sound in gear, lift-off coasting, all gears but 4th. 1/14, noise while driving in 1st-3rd, quiet in 4th.
250k -- Jun 17, 2020
251,xxx -- Jan 3, 2021
-15w-50 M1, Mann filter, new copper crush ring. Previous change was Oct. 2018.
-Replaced pass. side ball joint that had slop (new Moog ball joint provided by Bne, to be reimbursed or replaced with another new pass. side).
-discovered rack has play. pass side inner tie rod tight, drivers side pivots freely so not like-new, but no play.
-replaced rear springs (removed cut overload spring on stacked upper rear perches), 13x150lb eibach 5" with flipped upper steel spring seats on the bottom, and bne aluminum adjustable perches on top, slightly preloaded for max height.

252k -- April 24, 2021

cleaned orange injectors
intake manifold gasket
new pcv box
throttle body gasket

swap intercooler to NPR (or from '87)
change radiator + hoses + t-stat

strut inserts -- Bilstein HD revalve
rear shocks -- Bilstein HD revalve
stiffer front springs -- 8" x 400lb?

swap one headlight to e-code

washer fluid pump bracket
decor panel re-install
swap grille
install scraper seals
front control arm box + bushings (from '87)
oil pressure gauge
battery hold down.

new battery? -- done dec 2020
replace rear springs + adjustable mounts -- done 1/3/2021!

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Nov 3, 2018 -- C30 oil change (k&n filter + 5w-30 M1), front brakes (zimmerman rotors + volvo pads).
Oct 5, 2019 -- C30 rear control arms - SPC adj. + replaced tag lights + installed 100k badge. 106,400.
June 2021 -- Driver side mirror broken June 6 in Philly. T-shirt. Zip ties. New housing Tasca. Swap motor, glass, turn signal, lower trim on mirror, white top housing (one tab superglued, cracked not broken off). ~$90.
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Fuel hose from line to filter replaced June 2021. Cohline 7,5mm x 13,5mm. Not sold by BMW dealer, part not found in catalog (image shows the hose, NLA, they don't sell bulk hose)
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May 1, 2021 -- ~96k -- pass side rear hub replacement. Autozone part, complete hub with integrated bearing, with new studs.
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Old 09-26-2010, 11:35 PM   #2
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that looks awesome towery
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Old 09-26-2010, 11:43 PM   #3
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looks cooler than the autoXer.
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Old 09-26-2010, 11:44 PM   #4
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Old 09-26-2010, 11:47 PM   #5
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Very nice.
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Old 09-26-2010, 11:54 PM   #6
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looks like every other car you have owned
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Old 09-27-2010, 12:06 AM   #7
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haha, good. For reference, I used to DD this eyesore

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Old 09-27-2010, 12:23 AM   #8
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that looks awesome towery
Where are the vette wheels? Oh, wait wrong fan club.
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Old 09-27-2010, 01:02 AM   #10
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Saw your car today at H20, SUPER clean, I gave ya a thumbs up but i was in my GTI probably didnt even notice haha.
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Old 09-27-2010, 01:20 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by boostabear View Post
Saw your car today at H20, SUPER clean, I gave ya a thumbs up but i was in my GTI probably didnt even notice haha.
thanks! what color was it? was it silver/gray? I saw a lot of GTIs.
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Old 09-27-2010, 12:40 PM   #12
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Yeah its a gray gti on white bbs, with a giant hot pink GET ****ED sticker on the windshield hahaha.
I wanted to drive the 244 down so bad but its not nearly nice enough yet, next year maybe.
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Old 09-27-2010, 12:48 PM   #13
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Old 09-27-2010, 12:50 PM   #14
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what does the fish on the back of the eyesore say?
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Old 09-27-2010, 02:15 PM   #15
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i want it!!! very sharp looking car sir.
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what does the fish on the back of the eyesore say?
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Old 09-27-2010, 03:50 PM   #17
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Car looks great man.
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Old 09-27-2010, 04:30 PM   #19
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Very clean looking ride and I bet it's a blast to drive. Great work as usual Mike.
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Old 09-27-2010, 05:42 PM   #20
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M47 blows. Won't shift well at all when the trans heats up. Going to try a fluid change before I swap it for the one that came out of my '87.

Other than that, I really like driving it. It only has 142k. It had about 132 when I got it a year ago. About to put 2k miles on it next weekend though.
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Old 09-27-2010, 10:19 PM   #21
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Mike, car looks awesome. THE ultimate daily. 189 white?

What is the M45 shifter?

Also, those tail lights look great in the pictures. I've been contemplating a set. I'd be curious to know if they leak - did you use the stock gaskets or the gaskets they came with? Hard decision for $100+ . . .
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Old 09-28-2010, 12:48 AM   #22
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Used the gaskets they came with. They will leak, fill, and the lenses eventually come loose. The car had standard aftermarket tails and both had a lens popping off. Rob's got a lens coming off his clears, too. The sockets will overheat so don't use these on an automatic car that sees a lot of steady application of the brake pedal.

The lights I took off the car had three holes drilled under the three segments. The fit is not great, and the gaskets don't really seem to get crimped in a good spot on the housing.

But they look good, so I'm satisfied. $140 shipped. One broke in shipping cause the box is too small and snug...took about 3 weeks to send it back and get a replacement sent out.
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Old 09-28-2010, 12:49 AM   #23
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Have not found any shots from H2O yet, but one background...

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Old 09-28-2010, 12:52 AM   #24
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Looks great, I can't wait to see it.
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Old 09-28-2010, 01:14 AM   #25
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Originally Posted by smith_t240 View Post
What is the M45 shifter?
Just the M45 knob...it's hard plastic and stays on the shifter, unlike the squishy rubber M46/47 knob that flies off easily. M45 knob is shaped different, flatter I think. I like it better. Had it in the '87, but just pulled the M47 for a T5.
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