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    E36 3.0 ITB Race Build

    Yeah, considered it, especially ceramic coating, but decided against it in the end. That side of the engine is not so bad once you have air flow through the engine bay when you are moving. The issue seems to be the hot air coming through the radiator/oil/power steering coolers, hitting the front...
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    E36 3.0 ITB Race Build

    And the arms fitted 👍
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    E36 3.0 ITB Race Build

    Pros and cons with both, but for a 'track only' application you will go quicker with a plate differential. The trade of is they wear out, where a torsen/helical differential is fit and forget. I've always known the exhaust ran very hot, and the assumption was I was at the limit of 2.5" with...
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    E36 3.0 ITB Race Build

    Welder is locked ALL the time (imagine a go-kart, or quadbike). LSD still has a progressive ramp angle and takes time to engage dependant on load/power application. So you're getting some slip initially, and then depending on conditions (grip, oil temperature in the LSD, etc) it will eventually...
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    E36 3.0 ITB Race Build

    Leaving Donington in the past, I wanted to sort out the 'loose' handling before heading to the Nurburgring for the Circuit Days trackday. The first job was to pull the Kaaz LSD out of the car, and strip it apart to drop the locking percentage from 100% to 75%. These LSDs lock very well, and the...
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    E36 3.0 ITB Race Build

    No, you won't really find any gains there without some serious head work (bigger valves, wild cams, etc) Can't believe its been nearly 7 months since the last update, anyway 😁 After switching to RS29 for Cadwell Park above, the brakes were running hotter than ever (smoking during pit stop)...
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    Towing Rules & Regs

    Yep, back in 2011. 3 ponts and a fine. It was a small trailer, with a MK1 Clio on it. Get the wrong traffic officer and your not getting away with it. My advice... just do the test and forget about it. Isn't difficult whatsoever. In 8 years and many tens of thousands of miles towing, I've been...
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    BMW 535d

    You'll probably also find your gearbox heat exchanger thermostat is showing its age too,... I first changed the stats at around 90k, back up to 90-92C all the time. Then after about 30k I started to see a slight drop, only 5-10C or so. Unfortunately, you cannot replace the heat exchanger...
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    BMW 535d

    Mines had a hard life being used for a lot of towing (across Europe and UK), along with being mapped the entire time
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    BMW 535d

    If you also look into the 6HP26 documentation/manuals, the correct service/drain/fill procedure is all based around temperature and the car being 100% level to get it spot on - shame its not just as simple as 'changing the oil'. I factored in the box rebuild price when I got the car nearly four...
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    BMW 535d

    Yeah I paid £300, so its in the ball park. Yes, 100% should be on the BMW system if its always been there (they won't have touched the box though unless it had a warranty job related to it, considering they class the oil as lifetime ?
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    BMW 535d

    If its not been serviced before, in my opinion I wouldn't touch it, its debatable whether it had an effect on mine or not. I had mine serviced at a ZF centre @ 100k, then it went with the clutch E fault at 130k anyway. My mates E91 has 140k on it, never serviced no issues. Another E90 went at...
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    BMW 535d

    Rebuild with new torque converter, new solenoids and all the associated stuff (10L ZF lifeguiard oil etc), at a ZF specialist.... was around £1800
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    BMW 535d

    The E6x platform is solid, M57 is a brilliant lump but you can't compare it to the newer stuff for economy (but like you say why buy a 3.0 diesel for economy!!) Mine has tested my patience in the past 120k miles at times, but on the whole been great (E61 has more issues with air suspension...
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    E36 3.0 ITB Race Build

    Generally the cars in Class B/A are well built, but some people are not interested in attention to detail. Aside from the bodywork post=qualifying, I'm pretty happy with it. Like you say thogh, I wouldn't be happy with some of the cars on the grid, but everyones different and if it passes...
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