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Old 05-09-2021, 11:39 AM
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I've only got through five pages so far, but I have a few thoughts on why you don't have a CEL.

It's called the EU2 flash. I've seen this done by people before - they flash the Euro 2 tune, which removes the CEL-on conditions for all emissions-related errors. Unfortunately, it also removes the CEL-on condition for... well, everything.

Another thing that I thought of was related to your misfire. In my X5, I had many of the same issues - it would be intermittent, even after changing the plugs and coils.

I eventually chased it down to the DME itself. Seems there is not a very good weather seal around the DME box. Once I replaced that (any used MS43 DME will do, then you can eliminate the EWS) it was fine again.
That's an interesting piece of info. I'm not very familiar with tunes and the likes. I've only heard of the Alpha 1 tune.

How would I go about finding out what version is flashed on there?

I think I got the misfire under control (it's been about 12,000km) but I won't give it away if you're reading through the thread.
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Old 05-09-2021, 03:24 PM
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The Black Bastard has been in dire need of new brakes all around since I bought it but it was being a prick and I held off to see what the end result would be with the misfires before I sunk more money into it.

When I went in to get a better look I was actually pretty impressed this thing stopped at all


























Money has been tight and I didn't think that it was worthy of the Zimmerman rotors I normally go with so I investigated other options.

I usually look around Kijiji and marketplace before I buy something retail just in case someone wrote off their vehicle with a pile of new parts and stumbled across a marketplace ad for "Premium rotors".

I contacted the seller and was quoted $130 for both front rotors and a set of ceramic brake pads.

Normally I'd pay about the same for a single Zimmerman rotor so the curiosity and being cheap getting the best of me I decided to go for it. BB needed some end links as well so for another $70 I got the "heavy duty" ones.

A few days later I met the seller at a parking lot and he wasn't quite what I expected. Not really a car/parts guy at all, just someone peddling offshore brake and misc auto parts as a side gig and didn't look like he could wrench on a bicycle. So as far as getting a better idea who makes this stuff fogeddaboudit.

Either way the price was right on the rotors and the pads basically cost me $10 extra so even if they last for a few months I'd be fine with that.



As you can see from the amazing quality control job with a dime size wood chip on the packaging these brake pads are sure to be....of equal quality











The black metal part of the brake isn't even attached mechanically. Just pressure fit
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Old 05-18-2021, 08:20 PM
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The rear brakes I replaced on Swampy weren't in bad shape at all. A little surface rust but no grooves and plenty of meat so they will be used on the Bastard. There is a sliiiight bit of pitting at the outer edge of the rotors but it isn't anything I'm bothered by.
















I cleaned them up with a 3m rust remover pad and wire brush combo but didn't take any pics.

After pulling off the rear rotors I was greeted by some cracked up parking brake shoes but otherwise the rust wasn't too bad for these parts.








After brushing off all the surface rust and putting everything back together again it doesn't look too bad for some hand me down rotors and $10 pads















and now to see how long these pads last. Place your bets, place your bets!

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Old 10-27-2021, 11:01 AM
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It's been a while since I posted some updates.

Sometime in the middle of summer I decided to start looking for some used winter tires. I would love to buy some new rubber but money is extremely tight and that just wasn't really in the cards.

After several months I'm happy to say I scored!



Michelin X-Ice 255/55/18 with a DOT code of 2019
Factory BMW rims
$400

The rims have some minor curb rash but as far as I'm concerned they're perfect for winter tires.

So far the wife hasn't curbed any wheels but if she does have a mishap in the snow I won't care.

For anyone wondering yes 4x 255/55/18 will fit in the back with the seats folded up.



Seeing as these tires are almost new I'm going to get an alignment and hope I can take off some of that VW style camber in the rear.

The Black Bastard has had a couple issues in the last few months so I'll work my way backwards in time.

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Snow tires are such an important thing if you regularly have to drive in the snow. I have a pre-X-Drive car, but even with "all-terrain" tires I always found I had to tread super carefully in the snow. I personally don't believe that people who drive on all-terrain tires and think they are good in the snow has ever driven a car on tires that are actually safe in the snow. AWD (especially good AWD) gives you a false sense of security because AWD doesn't help you to stop in snow and ice any faster, or even to avoid things better. The difference in stopping with the right tires is massive.
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Old 10-29-2021, 09:39 AM
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Snow tires are such an important thing if you regularly have to drive in the snow. I have a pre-X-Drive car, but even with "all-terrain" tires I always found I had to tread super carefully in the snow. I personally don't believe that people who drive on all-terrain tires and think they are good in the snow has ever driven a car on tires that are actually safe in the snow. AWD (especially good AWD) gives you a false sense of security because AWD doesn't help you to stop in snow and ice any faster, or even to avoid things better. The difference in stopping with the right tires is massive.
I completely agree.

I was one of those people that didn't believe that snow tires made that much of a difference but quickly changed my mind when I threw a set of proper winters on my RWD e46 and was outhandling the 4x4 SUVs on their all season tires.

There's also a significant difference in quality and performance between the "big name" manufacturers tires and the chinese offerings. You're better off with half worn Blizzaks than a brand new chinese tire.
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