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Old 10-14-2019, 01:48 PM
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Replaced the front passenger window regulator 3 weeks ago and both rear regulators yesterday. I must got the longest lasting rear window regulators on record - it lasted almost 16 years until the replacement! It could have gone longer, but I figured 16 years is a good run and just preemptively replace them since the X is now living outdoor.
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Old 10-14-2019, 02:59 PM
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^If you proactively replace the window clips/sliders... the regulators can list pretty much indefinitely. It's usually the torque being applied in the wrong direction from broken components that breaks the pulleys or cables on the regulators. I don't know for sure, I'm pretty sure I'm still on factory regulators on 3 of 4 doors. I also don't usually see window motor failure on BMW's. Happens, but not often. The one regulator I had to replace I swapped the original motor onto a used regulator I bought for ~$30, threw on new clips/sliders, and a couple zip ties for good measure. Doubt I'll have to do the job again.

^But now that I've said that... LOL, it will break tomorrow.
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Old 10-14-2019, 04:28 PM
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Replaced the front passenger window regulator 3 weeks ago and both rear regulators yesterday. I must got the longest lasting rear window regulators on record - it lasted almost 16 years until the replacement! It could have gone longer, but I figured 16 years is a good run and just preemptively replace them since the X is now living outdoor.
Man... I've looked at some almost new OEM regulators the wrong way and they broke.

You need a lotto ticket
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^If you proactively replace the window clips/sliders... the regulators can list pretty much indefinitely. It's usually the torque being applied in the wrong direction from broken components that breaks the pulleys or cables on the regulators. I don't know for sure, I'm pretty sure I'm still on factory regulators on 3 of 4 doors. I also don't usually see window motor failure on BMW's. Happens, but not often. The one regulator I had to replace I swapped the original motor onto a used regulator I bought for ~$30, threw on new clips/sliders, and a couple zip ties for good measure. Doubt I'll have to do the job again.

^But now that I've said that... LOL, it will break tomorrow.
LOL...I did threw on a couple of zip ties for the front too...I guessed better safe than..., but can't do it for the rears. Had thought about just replacing the clips, but not sure if I can trust the qualities of those ebay clips...most likely 3D printed. Also, I didn't want to deal with having an unassembled door if those clips didn't work out...so I just bit the bullet and got the full regulator. Heck, at this rate, I may never have to touch any of the regulators again, if I still have the X for another 16 years!



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Man... I've looked at some almost new OEM regulators the wrong way and they broke.

You need a lotto ticket
I know, right? Very glad I had replace them. The clips on the front regulator essentially just fell out as soon as I had removed the window screws. Both rear clips were just hanging on by a tread...plastic cracked every which ways!
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Just a wash today after the 700 mile run down to Atlanta for the Petit Le Mans race and then home back through Helen, GA for an Oktoberfest night and visiting Tallulah Falls and Toccoa Falls and the Georgia mountains.
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Just replaced broken hood latch cable. My cable broke at the handle inside the car, as they often do. I had to manually unlatch hood by removing one grille, and moving a plastic shield (after pulling screws and plastic rivets out)..pretty challenging. the process is documented elsewhere, but the best tool is a long allen wrench with a short right angle in it. insert the allen key into a small nut driver with right angle pointing up and finds the cable mechanism to push on..

As for the cable replacement, remove screws on handle and dead pedal. To remove dead pedal (not well documented for E53 and different than E46 and E39) , pry up flat foot panel with small screwdriver and remove 2 bolts underneath. Then remove broken cable from inside car after pushing in rubber grommet at firewall. Insert new cable thru firewall from inside car and connect in engine bay junction box. Re-assemble handle and dead pedal..Good to go.
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New suspension bits are on. Alignment fun starts tomorrow!

All lined up like pretty little ladies..
Out with the 15 yr old, 140k mile parts that have served well..


Annnd the pretty new part pr0n:
Buuut, I know what you're here for... Adjustable bits!
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Old 10-15-2019, 08:41 PM
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New suspension bits are on. Alignment fun starts tomorrow!

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Nice! Set that rear camber to -1 degree
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Old 10-15-2019, 08:50 PM
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Nice! Set that rear camber to -1 degree
Issat for best wear on the 315's? That's what I'm looking for. As long as it doesn't screw with handling too much.
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