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  • 10-22-2010, 07:18 PM
    Viv

    Neither!!!



    Viv
    Northern California
    2003 530i Steel Blue Metallic /Gray leather
    AT/PP/SP/CWP/Xenon/Folding Rear Seats/Ultimate Cup Holders/Stongard Headlamp Covers/Stealth rear signal bulbs/50% tint/Saab trunk lid handle/PS2s/Aux. adapter/BMWCCA Member/With a Pink Panther on the mirror/E34('91 525i) retired
  • 10-22-2010, 01:37 PM
    jimlev

    Is that pan or pants?






    "Drive It Like You Stole It, A Sickness for Quickness"
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    Snow's Performance Methanol/Water Injection
    Dinan downloads, VAC Under Drive Pulleys
    Dinan Carbon Fiber CAI
    Dinan Front Strut Bar
    Electric Cooling Fan w/PWM controller
    NGK Iridium Plugs
    DDE Enhanced Angel Eyes, Smoked Lenses
    Koni FSD's/H&R Springs, BAV Brass Caliper Bushings
    Eisenmann Race Exhaust (from H8-Rain's car)
    ///M5 3.15 LSD
    ///M5 Sway Bars, Front & Rear
    Energy Suspension Polyurethane Sway Bar Bushings
    ///M5 Gauge Cluster Rings ///M5 Lip Spoiler
    ///M5 Mirrors and Switches
    Leather Z weighted shift knob (thanks H8-Rain)
    Rogue “Octane” Short Shift kit w/WSR
    Rogue Tranny Mounts
    StopTech Brake Lines Front & Rear
    Axxis Deluxe Plus pads Front & Rear
    Staggered M Parallel 66, Xenons
    Modified CDV, UGDO
    Euro Storage Tray (thanks Zombywolf)
    Redline in Diff and Tranny
    Passport 8500 X50, Escort ZR3 Laser Jammer
    G-Tech/Competition Pro Data Logger
    Auto Enginuity OBD-II Scan Tool
    25% Tint, X-Pel, LoJack
    PIAA Driving Lights
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  • 10-22-2010, 01:10 PM
    Viv

    Oh, my! Don't want any viruses in the pan! LOL



    Viv
    Northern California
    2003 530i Steel Blue Metallic /Gray leather
    AT/PP/SP/CWP/Xenon/Folding Rear Seats/Ultimate Cup Holders/Stongard Headlamp Covers/Stealth rear signal bulbs/50% tint/Saab trunk lid handle/PS2s/Aux. adapter/BMWCCA Member/With a Pink Panther on the mirror/E34('91 525i) retired
  • 10-22-2010, 12:24 PM
    CenTex

    Sure, but the you have to load Norton (m)

    so you don't get any viruses in your pan.
  • 10-21-2010, 11:58 AM
    540sport

    The link is to magnetic drain plugs @ Bavauto.com

    I've taken a hard drive apart and used some of those magnets as a paperweight before (don't we all take everything apart?). I like your idea better than spending 35 dollars on a new drain plug.
    Vin
    98 540 Sport with everything & extra hots
    BMW CCA, Boston Chapter
    "The 540 is the head-case supermodel girlfriend..." Eric S.
    "The worst thing you could do with your money is save it." ~ Jackie Gleason
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  • 10-21-2010, 07:19 AM
    Eurodavid

    Vin, I can't get your link to work..what am I

    doing wrong? They sound great, especially if a super-strong magnet is built right into them. I use the world's strongest known magnets in my tranny pan---you can get two of them if you have any old hard drives laying around--each IDE or SATA hard drive has two of them in it, and they fit perfectly in the tranny pan (fastening them in there was a bit of a trick, though). Each of those hard drive magnets (about size of your pinky sliced in half horizontally) will lift something like 18-20 pds to over 50 ft in the air---they're really impressive. Only thing is gotta be careful messing with these things; for example, if you get any finger skin between metal and those magnets, they will literally pinch the skin right off as they glob on to the metal like instant superglue.

    Eurodavid
  • 10-20-2010, 02:25 PM
    Viv

    Haha, was just looking at those!



    Viv
    Northern California
    2003 530i Steel Blue Metallic /Gray leather
    AT/PP/SP/CWP/Xenon/Folding Rear Seats/Ultimate Cup Holders/Stongard Headlamp Covers/Stealth rear signal bulbs/50% tint/Saab trunk lid handle/PS2s/Aux. adapter/BMWCCA Member/With a Pink Panther on the mirror/E34('91 525i) retired
  • 10-20-2010, 02:23 PM
    Bimmer5Michael

    I used Royal Purple 30K miles ago

    Sems to be just fine

    Michael
    00 540i Sport 6 speed
  • 10-20-2010, 02:04 PM
    540sport

    If you're investing in drain plugs, get the best

    The BavAuto drain plugs have the new O-ring and a magnet.

    BavAuto, where Bavarians shop
    Vin
    98 540 Sport with everything & extra hots
    BMW CCA, Boston Chapter
    "The 540 is the head-case supermodel girlfriend..." Eric S.
    "The worst thing you could do with your money is save it." ~ Jackie Gleason
    If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough. Mario Andretti
    The United States is a nation of laws: poorly written and randomly enforced. - Frank Zappa



  • 10-19-2010, 10:32 PM
    Filehorse

    With that beast lurking under your hood, that's >

    good logic. It needs all the help it can get.


    Filehorse
    Knoxville, TN
    BMWCCA #407627

    2002 525i Steptronic Sport/Premium | Build Date: 05/02
    81,000 Ultimate Driving miles
    Xenons
    Style 81s | Bridgestone Potenza RE960 AS
    Titanium Gray | Gray Leather
    35% LLumar ATR LLumaStar tint
    Valentine 1 | Hardwired
    Steering wheel position memory w/Alzheimers
    "Lifetime" ATF replaced at 40,000
    StopTech SportStop slotted rotors w/Axxis Deluxe Advanced pads
    StopTech SS Braided Brake Lines

    2001 E46 325i (Jet Black) Forced Retirement 6/28/09

    2001 E46 325i (Orient Blue) Forced Retirement 10/09

    1989 E30 325i (Alpine White) Retired
  • 10-19-2010, 10:19 PM
    Filehorse

    The new plug looks very similar to the fill & > >

    drain plugs on my ZF 5HP19. I do like the new design. I'll probably "invest" in a couple of those for the diff. Thanks for the heads-up.

    I don't disagree about the choice of differential gear oil and certainly if you are going to change it very often. I'm going with the Redline and I'll probably put the diff on the same 40,000 mile schedule as the transmission.


    Filehorse
    Knoxville, TN
    BMWCCA #407627

    2002 525i Steptronic Sport/Premium | Build Date: 05/02
    81,000 Ultimate Driving miles
    Xenons
    Style 81s | Bridgestone Potenza RE960 AS
    Titanium Gray | Gray Leather
    35% LLumar ATR LLumaStar tint
    Valentine 1 | Hardwired
    Steering wheel position memory w/Alzheimers
    "Lifetime" ATF replaced at 40,000
    StopTech SportStop slotted rotors w/Axxis Deluxe Advanced pads
    StopTech SS Braided Brake Lines

    2001 E46 325i (Jet Black) Forced Retirement 6/28/09

    2001 E46 325i (Orient Blue) Forced Retirement 10/09

    1989 E30 325i (Alpine White) Retired
  • 10-19-2010, 09:00 PM
    Eurodavid

    new alu crush washers, or ditch 'em &the old plugs

    and go with the new differential plugs BMW made. I did a mini FYI writeup on them, and I think they are fantastic as the new seal is built into the plug and they seal great against the differential. Cost me like $4 for each new plug, iirc. (not to say that the old plugs are bad, but alu crush washers on diffs are a thing of the past, for the very reason they degrade over time---check these pics of the old alu washers on the diff when taken off:









    Here's pics, old plug on the left, new plug on the right:









    The new plugs have a lot going for them, i.e., pay close attention the interior of the plug, how they are beveled and machined, so that in the future, you don't have to fight (if your plugs are a bit corroded) to get the 14mm hex in there. Plus, the depth of them and the way they are threaded up to the rim versus the older plugs. They just seal all around better, and you feel it putting them in versus putting one of the old ones back in.

    Eurodavid

    P.S. Filehorse, I know this is not what you may want to hear & may cause others to go apoplectic, but any, I repeat ANY differential fluid that is new will suffice. The key, like the tranny, is that it is "new". Buy the cheapest 75w-90 gear lube oil, and you will be fine. I find it much better to buy 2-3 bottles of the least expensive stuff (i.e. Quaker State makes some great, inexpensive 75w-90 gear lube oil that is just as good as any gear lube 2-3 times its price), and change the diff fluid every 15-20k. Plus, if you do two flushes of diff fluid within 15k, you differential will love you that much more (and be that much cleaner) than if you just did it once and wait another 25-35k to do it again.
  • 10-19-2010, 08:35 PM
    jimlev

    Both are 14mm. I got a 3 pack of 1/2" drive (m)

    from AutoZone for about $11
    It had 12, 14, and 17mm in it. Don't forget to get new aluminum crush washers.
  • 10-19-2010, 08:31 PM
    jimlev

    Switched to RL Bcuz it had better shear properties






    "Drive It Like You Stole It, A Sickness for Quickness"
    The Bottle Rocket "King of Spray" 2 Stage Nitrous Oxide
    Dare to be different and stand out among the crowd of me-to-cars!
    No guts, no glory! Tire smoke, not traction control!
    Zionsville all aluminum radiator to replace the 3 leak prone Nissens Radiators!

    NOS Progressive 2 Stage Controller with port injection
    Snow's Performance Methanol/Water Injection
    Dinan downloads, VAC Under Drive Pulleys
    Dinan Carbon Fiber CAI
    Dinan Front Strut Bar
    Electric Cooling Fan w/PWM controller
    NGK Iridium Plugs
    DDE Enhanced Angel Eyes, Smoked Lenses
    Koni FSD's/H&R Springs, BAV Brass Caliper Bushings
    Eisenmann Race Exhaust (from H8-Rain's car)
    ///M5 3.15 LSD
    ///M5 Sway Bars, Front & Rear
    Energy Suspension Polyurethane Sway Bar Bushings
    ///M5 Gauge Cluster Rings ///M5 Lip Spoiler
    ///M5 Mirrors and Switches
    Leather Z weighted shift knob (thanks H8-Rain)
    Rogue “Octane” Short Shift kit w/WSR
    Rogue Tranny Mounts
    StopTech Brake Lines Front & Rear
    Axxis Deluxe Plus pads Front & Rear
    Staggered M Parallel 66, Xenons
    Modified CDV, UGDO
    Euro Storage Tray (thanks Zombywolf)
    Redline in Diff and Tranny
    Passport 8500 X50, Escort ZR3 Laser Jammer
    G-Tech/Competition Pro Data Logger
    Auto Enginuity OBD-II Scan Tool
    25% Tint, X-Pel, LoJack
    PIAA Driving Lights
    BMW CCA Member Boston Chapter
  • 10-19-2010, 07:53 PM
    Filehorse

    While we're on the subject, what are the > > >

    correct hex wrench sizes for the fill and drain plugs on the differential? I'd like to be sure I have those on hand before I levitate the car to drain the gear oil.


    Filehorse
    Knoxville, TN
    BMWCCA #407627

    2002 525i Steptronic Sport/Premium | Build Date: 05/02
    81,000 Ultimate Driving miles
    Xenons
    Style 81s | Bridgestone Potenza RE960 AS
    Titanium Gray | Gray Leather
    35% LLumar ATR LLumaStar tint
    Valentine 1 | Hardwired
    Steering wheel position memory w/Alzheimers
    "Lifetime" ATF replaced at 40,000
    StopTech SportStop slotted rotors w/Axxis Deluxe Advanced pads
    StopTech SS Braided Brake Lines

    2001 E46 325i (Jet Black) Forced Retirement 6/28/09

    2001 E46 325i (Orient Blue) Forced Retirement 10/09

    1989 E30 325i (Alpine White) Retired
  • 10-19-2010, 07:42 PM
    Filehorse

    If you still prefer the Royal Purple > >

    they make a Max-Gear in 75W-140.

    I'm guessing this is probably not news to you but thought I'd pass it along anyway.


    Filehorse
    Knoxville, TN
    BMWCCA #407627

    2002 525i Steptronic Sport/Premium | Build Date: 05/02
    81,000 Ultimate Driving miles
    Xenons
    Style 81s | Bridgestone Potenza RE960 AS
    Titanium Gray | Gray Leather
    35% LLumar ATR LLumaStar tint
    Valentine 1 | Hardwired
    Steering wheel position memory w/Alzheimers
    "Lifetime" ATF replaced at 40,000
    StopTech SportStop slotted rotors w/Axxis Deluxe Advanced pads
    StopTech SS Braided Brake Lines

    2001 E46 325i (Jet Black) Forced Retirement 6/28/09

    2001 E46 325i (Orient Blue) Forced Retirement 10/09

    1989 E30 325i (Alpine White) Retired
  • 10-19-2010, 07:39 PM
    Filehorse

    I'm all over it. Thanks Jim.




    Filehorse
    Knoxville, TN
    BMWCCA #407627

    2002 525i Steptronic Sport/Premium | Build Date: 05/02
    81,000 Ultimate Driving miles
    Xenons
    Style 81s | Bridgestone Potenza RE960 AS
    Titanium Gray | Gray Leather
    35% LLumar ATR LLumaStar tint
    Valentine 1 | Hardwired
    Steering wheel position memory w/Alzheimers
    "Lifetime" ATF replaced at 40,000
    StopTech SportStop slotted rotors w/Axxis Deluxe Advanced pads
    StopTech SS Braided Brake Lines

    2001 E46 325i (Jet Black) Forced Retirement 6/28/09

    2001 E46 325i (Orient Blue) Forced Retirement 10/09

    1989 E30 325i (Alpine White) Retired
  • 10-19-2010, 06:49 PM
    jimlev

    I was until I put the M5 diff in, then I switched(

    to Redline 75W140 which is the correct weight for this diff.
    75W-90 is the correct stuff for your diff.
  • 10-19-2010, 06:28 PM
    Filehorse

    Are you using the Max-Gear in your differential ?




    Filehorse
    Knoxville, TN
    BMWCCA #407627

    2002 525i Steptronic Sport/Premium | Build Date: 05/02
    81,000 Ultimate Driving miles
    Xenons
    Style 81s | Bridgestone Potenza RE960 AS
    Titanium Gray | Gray Leather
    35% LLumar ATR LLumaStar tint
    Valentine 1 | Hardwired
    Steering wheel position memory w/Alzheimers
    "Lifetime" ATF replaced at 40,000
    StopTech SportStop slotted rotors w/Axxis Deluxe Advanced pads
    StopTech SS Braided Brake Lines

    2001 E46 325i (Jet Black) Forced Retirement 6/28/09

    2001 E46 325i (Orient Blue) Forced Retirement 10/09

    1989 E30 325i (Alpine White) Retired
  • 10-19-2010, 06:15 PM
    jimlev

    OOPS, meant to say Max Gear not SynchroMax






    "Drive It Like You Stole It, A Sickness for Quickness"
    The Bottle Rocket "King of Spray" 2 Stage Nitrous Oxide
    Dare to be different and stand out among the crowd of me-to-cars!
    No guts, no glory! Tire smoke, not traction control!
    Zionsville all aluminum radiator to replace the 3 leak prone Nissens Radiators!

    NOS Progressive 2 Stage Controller with port injection
    Snow's Performance Methanol/Water Injection
    Dinan downloads, VAC Under Drive Pulleys
    Dinan Carbon Fiber CAI
    Dinan Front Strut Bar
    Electric Cooling Fan w/PWM controller
    NGK Iridium Plugs
    DDE Enhanced Angel Eyes, Smoked Lenses
    Koni FSD's/H&R Springs, BAV Brass Caliper Bushings
    Eisenmann Race Exhaust (from H8-Rain's car)
    ///M5 3.15 LSD
    ///M5 Sway Bars, Front & Rear
    Energy Suspension Polyurethane Sway Bar Bushings
    ///M5 Gauge Cluster Rings ///M5 Lip Spoiler
    ///M5 Mirrors and Switches
    Leather Z weighted shift knob (thanks H8-Rain)
    Rogue “Octane” Short Shift kit w/WSR
    Rogue Tranny Mounts
    StopTech Brake Lines Front & Rear
    Axxis Deluxe Plus pads Front & Rear
    Staggered M Parallel 66, Xenons
    Modified CDV, UGDO
    Euro Storage Tray (thanks Zombywolf)
    Redline in Diff and Tranny
    Passport 8500 X50, Escort ZR3 Laser Jammer
    G-Tech/Competition Pro Data Logger
    Auto Enginuity OBD-II Scan Tool
    25% Tint, X-Pel, LoJack
    PIAA Driving Lights
    BMW CCA Member Boston Chapter
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