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About 2002spaceodyssey

  • Birthday 10/06/1960

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  1. 2002spaceodyssey

    Lube Strut Insert?

    Thanks for your advice, everyone. I believe ATF it is! What a great website.
  2. 2002spaceodyssey

    Lube Strut Insert?

    I'm rebuilding my front end, and I'm about to install new Bilstein HD strut inserts. When I took them apart, one side appeared to have oil in the strut housing, while the other side was dry (and rusty.) What should I use to keep my new inserts from rusting in the tubes? Oil? I'm thinking about using anti-seize, just not sure. Thanks.
  3. 2002spaceodyssey

    Rear Subframe Redux

    BMW 2002 FAQ Blogs Latest Entries Unread Content Mark site read Home Blogs Rear Subframe Redux Select Featured Photo Photo Remove Photo Reposition Photo Upload Photo Rear Subframe Redux A blog by 2002spaceodyssey Follow 0 entries 0 comments 0 views 23 About this blog This is my first blog. Last May (believe it or not) I decided to drop my rear subframe and rehab everything. I didn't fully understand the scope of the project or what a rite of passage it would be. I used cyclopticgaze's series of articles as a reference. Right away I realized there were a couple of rust problems that had to be overcome. Peterman here on the FAQ helped me out by welding in new upper spring perches while Steve at Blunt hooked me up with a used pair of trailing arms with sound lower spring perches. I had the rear subframe and trailing arms media blasted and then used POR15 on them. The first project was new rear wheel bearings. For some reason my hubs were extremely tight on the stub axles. I had to take one to a machine shop because I couldn't pull it. Even after they were off, they were very difficult to get back on the axles. I bought a bearing driver set and a 4 pound hammer to get the old wheel bearings out and the new ones in. My 16 oz. craftsman claw hammer wasn't going to cut it. The bearing drivers are aluminum so you don't damage the bearings while hammering them in. The bearings are then greased. The spacers go between the two bearings in each trailing arm. New seals cover the bearings. Next up were the 4 CV joints. Like most aspects of this project, I had no previous experience with CV joints, but managed to clean them out with brake cleaner, pack new grease in, and fit them back on the repainted axles. The boot clamps I had required a special pair of pliers (called boot clamp pliers, appropriately enough) to cinch the metal bands down tight. (Cyclopticgaze's rear subframe article has a link to a great piece on redoing CV joints.) Next I had to show my stock differential some love. I cleaned it up, installed new side oil seals, and used RTV for the cover gasket per mlytle's excellent rear diff article on the FAQ. I also gave it a quick paint job (with very little prep.) New Red Line lube too. Getting there. S&T Sway Bar. Cunifer brake lines from AceAndrew. Polyurethane trailing arm bushings and rear mount bushings. New rubber subframe bushings from Blunt with polyurethane inserts. Most hardware new from Blunt although some of the original bolts, etc cleaned up really well with EvapoRust. The rear subframe mounts have metal inserts that must be cut out before you can put the new bushings in. I rented a transmission jack from Sunbelt rentals. $35 per day and I only needed one day. I would highly recommend the transmission jack rental for lifting the subframe back into place. Bilstein HD shocks. H&R Springs. I'm experimenting with an aluminum strut spacer in the rear to increase rear ride height. I may end up removing it if I don't like it . The zipties to hold the spring rubbers on is an idea from cyclopticgaze that seems to work well. (The shiny black paint is POR15 covering rust repair sections welded in.) New wheel cylinders and brake shoes. My first exposure to inserting the W-shaped spring was today. They are IN! Here are some tools I recently bought that I never felt I needed in over 40 years of working on cars. I highly recommend you find these tools if you're redoing your rear subframe. The previously-mentioned 4 pound hammer and bearing driver set, a seal puller, and the boot clamp pliers (middle bottom). The needle nose vice-grips are great for brake springs. Thanks for reading! Next up is the front end....
  4. 2002spaceodyssey

    Small parts lot

    PM sent on the front strut spacers.
  5. 2002spaceodyssey

    BMWCCA 2002 Tip Book

    Hal- I just sent you $40,00 via PayPal for a copy. Will send a PM. Thanks.
  6. 2002spaceodyssey

    Sandblasting rear trailing arms

    So I decided to use fender washers with a bolt through them to protect the wheel bearing areas and the bushing areas during the glass blasting process. Worked great. I used the POR15 process (degrease, etch, paint). The etching process calls for rinsing off the parts with water which causes flash rust visible in the photo, but the rust is not an issue according to the POR15 folks since its designed to go on over rust. Now to put things back together.
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    Sandblasting rear trailing arms

    Thanks for the responses so far. I like the rubber stopper idea.... In case I wasn't clear, I have removed the rubber bushings and the wheel bearings. The trailing arms are bare. I just wasn't sure how to protect the smooth shiny surface where the wheel bearings go.
  8. I'm ready to have my rear subframe and trailing arms sandblasted. I think they actually use glass vs sand. The shop told me to protect the wheel bearing races with masking tape followed by 10 layers of duct tape. Does anyone have experience with this? Is there a better way? A couple of fender washers with a bolt between them? Do the TA bushing mounts need to be protected as well? Thanks.
  9. 2002spaceodyssey

    For Sale: Tons of 2002 Parts - Check It Out!

    Do you have a pair of rear trailing arms? I actually just need the lower spring perches but will buy entire trailing arms if need be. Thanks.
  10. 2002spaceodyssey

    Door + Rear Glass

    PM Sent,
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    Rear subframe

    Sent you a PM. Thanks,
  12. 2002spaceodyssey

    Another Rust Question

    Toby- Thanks I will get some 3M rustfighter. No sound deadening or carpet yet. Scope creep requires that I pull the heater box and check it out. I know the fan doesn't work....
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    Another Rust Question

    So, not sure what happened, but I lost the text to my post and only the pictures posted. I wanted to update my previous rust question to show how it came out. I bought new driver side rear and passenger side front floor panels, and had East Coast Restorations in Finksburg MD do the welding work. They also fabricated metal to repair the rear shock towers, which were rusted clear through. I then used the POR15 process: degreaser, metal etch, POR15 black paint, and finally grey POR15 top coat over the entire floor. It wasn't too expensive, and I'm fairly happy to have the rust and holes gone! Pics above.
  14. 2002spaceodyssey

    Another Rust Question

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    Door Card Trim Needed - Driver side door

    My 2002 is missing the chrome strip with clamps at the top of the driver side door card. (I've attached a photo of the pass side for reference.) It looks like these are NLA? Does anyone have one to sell? Thanks.