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Tackled t/s, coolant temp sensor, replaced o-rings, and pass side wheel liner. Don't have the time to sort through t/s job pictures right now, but wanted to give a quick review of the "cheapo" ebay liner.
Overall, the liner itself is a good piece, softer than OEM plastic, pretty pliable and flexible. Shipping time was long, but for $21 SHIPPED, I didn't really care. Made in Taiwan:

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R/R process is very straightforward, 12-something screws, 3 plastic rivets (can be re-used), one plastic clip.
Fit was...ok. Had to tug and stretch and pull in couple spots for it to fit right, and properly lay on the fender. Overall, not disappointed for the price. Hopefully lasts longer that OEM:

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$21?! That's quite the bang for the buck!
Yeah, will order drivers side now as well. I don't need to replace it, but for $21 delivered, might as well get one for later.
 

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Happy Thanksgiving to all Americans on the forum, and for everyone else, happy Turkey day. 10th year in the row I’m making the bird for Thanksgiving, got it down to an art pretty much!

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Instead of going shopping on Black Friday, I decided to post my writeup of the Tstat replacement I did last weekend. The job overall is very straightforward, and has been talked and described many times, so I’m not going to go over details.

I got a P0128 one day, ordered parts from ECS – Behr t/s, temp sensor, all o-rings, some crush washers for Vanos lines. Removed air intakes:

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Vanos line removed:

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Moved it out of the way – some oil will drip out – put some rags under to avoid cleaning the engine after. I didn’t, but I also lost some coolant, so will have to wash the engine bay anyway!

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I was too lazy to actually pump he coolant out, so I just removed the hoses, and plugged them. Lost maybe about a quart of coolant that way, and a bit messier than normal process. Tstat housing out:

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Pulled the pipes out – o-rings looked very compressed:

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O-rings are off, temp sensor is out of the housing:

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New Tstat, sensor, o-rings. I decided not to replace the t/s sealing o-ring, as it looked very good still, plus I really didn’t want to mess with pulling it out and pressing new one in:

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Housings for the pipes lubed up:

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And housing with new Tstat, sensor, and new o-rings is in:

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All was buttoned up and tested. No leaks, took under 2 hours. Re-set the code, hasn’t came back yet, so I assume all fixed up.
 

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That's a nice looking bird, nicely done!

Seems like you didn't run into any issues with the t-stat replacement but didn't yours come with the sealing gasket already installed? Thought these jobs included a simple swap of the old t-stat/gasket with the new ones.
 

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That's a nice looking bird, nicely done!

Seems like you didn't run into any issues with the t-stat replacement but didn't yours come with the sealing gasket already installed? Thought these jobs included a simple swap of the old t-stat/gasket with the new ones.
Thanks!
I didn't change the housing, nor the Tstat sealing ring. Mine was in good shape, and I was lazy. If I ever need new ring, I'll replace the whole thing together with the housing.

On the different note - dropped off the car at the dealer to have software updated (for OBDII readers), and wheels refinished. We'll see how they turn out - my SA swore the shop they use know how to refinish Chrome Shadow exactly like factory finish. Should be done on Monday - will keep everyone posted.
 

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Do you have a link to order those fender in liners? Mine need replacing and and I like these ones.

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OK, just got my car back from the dealer - had DME software updated (recall), but the most important thing - I had all 4 wheels re-finished. First of - the wheels were not bad when I bought the car, but they were re-done at some point (who knows how long ago) and were not done very well. From 10 feet they looked nice enough, but look up close, and you can see that whoever re-sprayer them didn't cover each spoke completely, or evenly, and as such the finish was not uniform. Some spokes were darker than others, especially inside the narrow "U" parts. In addition, 2 of the 4 wheels were curbed pretty bad, and one started to peel, so it was time to re-finish:

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I mean, you get the picture. We have all seen these types of issues, sadly.

Usually refinishing wheels is not a big deal, because typical wheel finish is easy to replicate. As you all are well aware, not the case with some M-wheels, and in particular our beloved Style 65. Shadow Chrome is not something that any powdercoat shop can easily do, and those who claim they can, often times fail to deliver.

I have looked for some time for a company that could replicate the finish perfectly to BMW original finish. Even had one wheel refinished (just a spare I had) with one of the local guys, and it wasn’t it. Finally, I looked at some work done by a company called All Star Wheel Repair (Alloy Wheel Repair Specialists of Dallas, TX) and I must say, these guys have done an excellent job restoring the wheels to their former glory. Very happy with the results – I have other cars with Shadow Chrome – and they are virtually identical in finish to factory rims.

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I know it is hard to judge by looking at pictures, especially in different lighting, but they look superb. Of course no telling how well the finish is going to hold, hopefully as well as it looks. The price was very reasonable as well (PM me for details, don’t want to sound like an ad for these guys). Overall, if you are in DFW area, highly recommended.
 

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They look great! Can you post some pics showing the entire car from the side too?
Thanks! Will snap one tomorrow morning - its dark already. I know, lighting in the garage is not the best.
 

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Unacceptable.

Bust out your 1000W floodlights and set your camera on a tripod.
Which reminds me - I need to get a tripod!:grin
 

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They look great! Can you post some pics showing the entire car from the side too?
No tripod, but here are couple of quick ones from this morning:

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Overall, I think they look fantastic. So, if anyone is looking to refinish their rims in DFW, i would not hesitate to take them to these guys.
 

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Thanks guys, hopefully they will hold up to washes and stuff. My fear with any painted product is peeling. These were baked after painting, so they should hold as long as the surface was prepped right.
 

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This thread has been a really fun read! Reminds me of all the zillions of little things I've fixed or replaced on my 2000 over the years. Pretty much the whole car at this point! So many little odd jobs and parts replacements and even all the big stuff like clutch, DS, diff bushings, suspension, etc. The biggest job of all being replacing the AC evaporator which involves removing the entire dash down to the firewall! It's been a fun ride and continues to amaze me with an incredibly reliable 164K miles so far (I've put on about 50K).

FWIW I went with the Koni Yellow + stock springs about 50K miles ago and I've been happy with the setup. The ride height is absolutely perfect and the ride feels relatively stock.
 

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This thread has been a really fun read! Reminds me of all the zillions of little things I've fixed or replaced on my 2000 over the years. Pretty much the whole car at this point! So many little odd jobs and parts replacements and even all the big stuff like clutch, DS, diff bushings, suspension, etc. The biggest job of all being replacing the AC evaporator which involves removing the entire dash down to the firewall! It's been a fun ride and continues to amaze me with an incredibly reliable 164K miles so far (I've put on about 50K).



FWIW I went with the Koni Yellow + stock springs about 50K miles ago and I've been happy with the setup. The ride height is absolutely perfect and the ride feels relatively stock.


True for me too. These threads are nice to read when you are working through a lot of the same stuff or have plans for some of the same refurb/maintenance items.

Replacing the whole HVAC was fun wasn’t it. I had to do the same but at least it did give me a chance to correctly replace my audio wire harness and front carpet leaving me with a solid base to continue the refurb.

Hijack off.

Wheels look great. If I were still in Dallas I would probably have mine done sooner rather than later.


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Thanks guys. Still stoked about the wheels.
 
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