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Old 01-22-2019, 02:01 PM
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Isn't windows CE already an obsolete product? I thought it had been removed from support years ago.
Indeed. But then again so is the E53
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Old 01-23-2019, 09:27 PM
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Yesterday, we had a blizzard here in So. Colorado, so nothing happened to the old girl. Today it got up to the high 30's, so had to "make hay"!

First, a trip to the DMV to get plates. Went pretty smoothly.

Drove it to the carwash carefully (sans the stiffener plate), ran it up on ramps, then cleaned the underside thoroughly from all the oil and gunk attached to everything. Stood up the stiffener plate and front splash guard and cleaned those with high pressure soapy water. Also blasted down the carpet mats. I trimmed the loose threads and glued down the heel pad on the driver's mat. Now that they're clean, I think I can live with these for a while at least.

The crankcase was full (dark, but full), so I drained out about a quart and replaced with a quart of Marvel Mystery oil. A guy on the e83 bimmerfest forum raved about it and for $3.88 at Walmart, I decided.... what the heck. I'll run it for a short while and then do a full oil change before long using Castrol Edge 0W-40.

I managed to get the remote control programmed to open my garage door. Took a few tries for some reason, but.... I won in the end.

Sanded and clear coated my headlights. Unfortunately, the lenses are somewhat fogged on the inside, so this is only going to be a temporary fix. Still, a big improvement from how the were.

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Amazon just revised delivery of my Xenon bulbs, so she has to sit in the driveway another night naked and alone with no front bumper cover or headlights. Luckily, my neighbors just shake their heads in disbelief of my mechanical projects. Or, if bored, they wander over with two beers and hand me one while they watch what I'm doing. That's my fav!

Busy work day tomorrow, so probably won't accomplish anything.

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Well you got more done than I did today! Looking good AM
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AM, I had the same result the first time I restored my headlight. Are you using the kit with the drill? If so use some 1000-2000 sandpaper by hand after all the steps with the drill. I also wet sanded with every stage. Don't be afraid to get some revolutions on the drill. For the final step with the 3000 use a lot of compound and do it for a LONG time. I think you will have better results.
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No kit. I sand/clear them. In looking closer, I may be able to improve them, however. I tried some adhesion promoter this time and I think it is adding to the cloudiness. I'll sand 'em down and re-clear without the adhesion promoter before I reinstall. They're enough of a pain to remove that I'd rather re-do it while they're out.

Here's a video of the method I basically use. If your lenses are clear on the inside, they turn out crystal clear using this method and tend to hold up much longer than polishing them and leaving them unprotected. The other reason I like this method is that it's pretty easy. You don't have to sand excessively - just get the bad stuff off, work your way up to about 1500-2000 grit paper, then clean and clear.

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how did them lights give off any light at all , I thought mine were bad,
I bought some 2nd hand ones for 150 there 90% clear, going to try rubbing some T cut on them to see if that can get rid of the very slight patches, but nothing like what you had and acheived
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I decided to take the day off today and drive all over the Front Range looking for an OEM trailer hitch at U-pull lots. It was in the teens when I headed out first thing this morning and we had gotten about 4" of snow yesterday, so it was pretty messy out there.

I did pretty well for a day's work. I didn't find a totally complete OEM hitch, but I'm close. Additionally, I got an FSR (mine is bad), another dual-solenoid heater control valve (mine is leaking, though I have a used one coming from ebay - now will have a spare), and a heated seat switch panel in case I decide to add heated seats.

So the hitch is good/bad news. First the bad: no bumper carrier and no mounts for the bumper carrier. The good: I got the hitch, the supports that go into the back of the unibody, and..... I got the OEM wiring harness and control module! I had a printout of the whole kit and argued with the checkout guy that all these pieces were part of the hitch. They wanted to charge me for each piece separately. In the end, they got tired of arguing with me and I got out the door with all the hitch pieces for $21.99. I was okay with that. ;-)

I also scored a vanos adjuster for my wife's N52 (X3). I've been battling persistent vanos problems on that and I think I might have a failed adjuster unit. Was pumped to actually find one.

I have boxes of parts piling up in my office, so tomorrow I'll start getting the beast road worthy again.

It was a good day.

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Definitely having fun today.... until now.

I got a good start - replaced all the bulbs in my instrument cluster, replaced the FSR with the one I got from the junk yard, put my headlight assemblies back together including epoxying one of the screw mounting posts that the prior owner had broken.

I needed to let the epoxy cure, so I went to install the new front rotors. I guess I usually do that when my bride is gone - she wasn't impressed when I put my new rotors in the kitchen sink to scrub off the anti-rust coating. Knocked off the drivers rotor and got a better look at the CV boots..... outer boot is completely torn all around. Crap!

Start looking for a boot only to discover there are two different outer boots depending on which axles you have. Mine had the 29 mm axle which seemed to be the odd duck. So I measured the right side.... 27.5 mm. I have two different axles requiring different outer boots! Arggghhhh! BMW closed 8 minutes ago, so I may be leaving her up on jackstands for a few days while I order in more parts. Neighbors should love that!

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BMW closed 8 minutes ago, so I may be leaving her up on jackstands for a few days while I order in more parts. Neighbors should love that!

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When my front CV boots tore I kept driving it until the CV started making clicking noises on turns. Went to Advance Auto and bought GKN chinese complete axle assemblies for less than the cost of a single boot from BMW. They have been in my car for 7 years and 80,000 miles now and no problems what-so-ever. Even the boots are still perfect.
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