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      07-04-2020, 02:45 PM   #14697
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I replaced a few things on the ol' N52 this weekend...

The tensioner and belt were a breeze. The N52 is surprisingly easy to work on for many things. You've got much more room to work than a FWD car.

As for the hoses, nothing was too complicated, but the two quick release fittings going to the radiator were stuck on there pretty good. I cut part of them off with a Dremel rather than risk breaking the radiator neck. The thermostat and water pump proved a little easier than I expected, but the hardest part was getting the clamp on the hose from the engine block to the thermostat.

For anyone who cares, the total cost of hoses was $340. I used two BMW hoses and the rest were Rein. In retrospect, I don't think I'd replace most of them again. None of them were in bad shape. Oh well, I plan to keep this car for a long time and I'll probably never need to replace any of them again.

The only downside to everything is that I mistakenly tried to remove the radiator control sleeve rather than the drain plug and it automatically destroys itself when you do. Now I need to wait until Monday to get the replacement and fill it back up with coolant.
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      07-04-2020, 04:07 PM   #14698
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I replaced a few things on the ol' N52 this weekend...

The tensioner and belt were a breeze. The N52 is surprisingly easy to work on for many things. You've got much more room to work than a FWD car.

As for the hoses, nothing was too complicated, but the two quick release fittings going to the radiator were stuck on there pretty good. I cut part of them off with a Dremel rather than risk breaking the radiator neck. The thermostat and water pump proved a little easier than I expected, but the hardest part was getting the clamp on the hose from the engine block to the thermostat.

For anyone who cares, the total cost of hoses was $340. I used two BMW hoses and the rest were Rein. In retrospect, I don't think I'd replace most of them again. None of them were in bad shape. Oh well, I plan to keep this car for a long time and I'll probably never need to replace any of them again.

The only downside to everything is that I mistakenly tried to remove the radiator control sleeve rather than the drain plug and it automatically destroys itself when you do. Now I need to wait until Monday to get the replacement and fill it back up with coolant.

Good work.

What is the size of the Torx to loosen the tension? I've seen different sizes mentioned.
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      07-04-2020, 04:32 PM   #14699
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Got my 1m/m3 control arms installed today. My car has only seen a couple of winters and there wasn't all that much rust on the bolts/studs in the knuckle but they were a pain to get off. Broke 3 or t40 torx bits and ended up cutting 3 of the 4 nuts off.
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      07-04-2020, 04:41 PM   #14700
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I replaced a few things on the ol' N52 this weekend...

If you want to chop all the plastic connectors off and don't want a ton for them, I'd buy them ... not the one that bolts to the head though.
My mind is thinking like $40-$50 shipped.
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If you want to chop all the plastic connectors off and don't want a ton for them, I'd buy them ... not the one that bolts to the head though.
My mind is thinking like $40-$50 shipped.
Well rats! I pulled many of the metal clips out and I don't know where they all are. I'll see if I can find all of them. Two of the connectors were destroyed. I'll PM you with what I find out.
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      07-04-2020, 11:29 PM   #14702
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Good work.

What is the size of the Torx to loosen the tension? I've seen different sizes mentioned.
The Torx bit to release tension is a massive T-60. The bolt that holds the tensioner on is a E-14. I would recommend a breaker bar. It would be tough to do with a ratchet.
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      07-05-2020, 12:50 PM   #14704
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I installed a ZHP knob and a new leather boot. I liked my M-Sport knob but the finish was starting to peel away. Same with the boot - when I compared it to the new one I could see it was looking tired.
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      07-05-2020, 02:12 PM   #14705
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Very nice!!!
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I installed a ZHP knob and a new leather boot. I liked my M-Sport knob but the finish was starting to peel away. Same with the boot - when I compared it to the new one I could see it was looking tired.
New knob and leather boot are looking good.

Love the Coral Red interior. I think it's the nicest color available for the 1 series. I had it in my first 1er and I still miss it.
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New knob and leather boot are looking good.

Love the Coral Red interior. I think it's the nicest color available for the 1 series. I had it in my first 1er and I still miss it.

Thanks, Steve, you've been on here regularly even after selling your 135is. Does that mean you may be back some day?
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Applied leatherique to the leather and started my first detailing video.
Pretty excited to finish the car and get to editing.

Going to cover leather, wash, decon, polish, and turtle wax ceramic coating.
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Thanks, Steve, you've been on here regularly even after selling your 135is. Does that mean you may be back some day?
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Have no plans to buy another 1er, but plans can change. lol

BTW, never owned a 135is, but always wanted one. Had a couple of regular 135s. Awesome cars in my book, but just got bored with them after 11 years and wanted something different. And only have room for 1 car, plus wife's car.

This forum, and the people are pretty great, this old habit is hard to break. Been around here since 2008.

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Thanks, Steve, you've been on here regularly even after selling your 135is. Does that mean you may be back some day?
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Have no plans to buy another 1er, but plans can change. lol

BTW, never owned a 135is, but always wanted one. Had a couple of regular 135s. Awesome cars in my book, but just got bored with them after 11 years and wanted something different. And only have room for 1 car, plus wife's car.

This forum, and the people are pretty great, this old habit is hard to break. Been around here since 2008.

Guess I'll probably always be a 1ADDICT at heart.
Just relapse and get it over with
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New knob and leather boot are looking good.

Love the Coral Red interior. I think it's the nicest color available for the 1 series. I had it in my first 1er and I still miss it.
I agree. My first two E82 were coral. Current is black plastic...wears like iron though.

I have a ZHP 5 speed knob given to me by a friend of the family. So 6th is a secret......shhhhhh.
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I have a ZHP 5 speed knob given to me by a friend of the family. So 6th is a secret......shhhhhh.
That's funny!
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I managed to source the last set of LCI Blackline retrofit cables today, will be picking them up on Friday and have to drive 1hr & 30mins to the dealership to pay/pick them up.

Apparently they don't take card payments over the phone anymore!
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Wheels and tires cleaned. Car washed, clayed and prepped for polishing.
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Finally installed new HID headlamps to replace the incandescent non-halos.





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Installed and registered a new battery which cleared the brake light trifecta on the dash (BRAKE ABS DSC).

I normally go for OE manufacturer parts, but I just had to pick up a Genuine BMW replacement this time around. This baby lasted over 11 years!
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