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  1. So if needed I could resolve that with this fellow, correct?
  2. Meanwhile ///M does not denote Motorsport but ///Money
  3. I found that one too, but I’m confused. It clearly has two bolt holes on one end and one on the other. The BMW OEM versions appear to have only one hole per end.
  4. Okay since it looks like my car will be going into the shop for this when the weather clears I'll use this thread to ask: are there any special instructions, particularly regarding putting the car up on the lift, that should be given to a mechanic that doesn't see 2002's often if at all? It definitely sounds like there are areas that should not, under any circumstances, be used to support the car.
  5. Are you referring to the bushings?
  6. Cool. Do you know how involved a job it is, in terms of labor? Even buying new, the part is like $40, so if it's not too big of a job to install this may be (hopefully) a relatively inexpensive issue to clear up.
  7. Looking at my '02 today I noticed this little arm is cracked most of the way up its length, the crack begins to the right of the bolt and extends 85% of the way up, in the picture it looks totally cracked but that is because of the angle. It's part of the rear suspension but I can't figure out what it is or what it does. I'd like to have it replaced, so what should I order? Also, I'd like to drive the car to my mechanic if possible, which, depending on who I use might be up to a 50 minutes on the highway, would it survive that? If it does fail, what would be the consequences?
  8. Sahara

    steering box

    If you don’t need it and the inspection is satisfactory I’d be happy to buy it off you when you’re done with it. My 2002 will probably need it within the next couple years and it would be nice to have on hand.
  9. To be clear the date code is 2002. The tires were purchased a couple years ago. I have the receipt in the service records.
  10. The tires are from, coincidentally, the year 2002. The previous owner bought them "new old stock" and indeed they are in excellent condition as far as I can tell, certainly there's very little treadwear. That said, on account of the age and the one with a leak, I don't fully trust them. I drive the car every day, weather permitting, a couple of miles at least. Tires are inflated to 32 PSI at the rear and 35 at the front (the latter was recommended to me by another 2002 owner here locally to make the steering lighter).
  11. Interesting. I have one tire, at the back, that's a problem child - slow leak somewhere. I tend to make sure it's within a couple PSI of its brethren before driving, and all the tires are the same type and age, but perhaps its related.
  12. So ever since I bought my 2002 it's had vibration in the steering that is at its most intense between 50 and 60 mph and then smooths out at higher speeds. By applying a bit of pressure to the wheel I can largely dispel it/counter it, though it won't fully go away. I've put about 1000 miles on the car (700 of them being the drive home from its previous owner, cruising at 80) without anything breaking or falling off, so I figure if it was some critical steering component I'd have gone into a ditch by now. The vibration is not detectable in any other component of the vehicle, for instance, even when it's at its worst in the steering wheel, I can put my hand on the dash and feel nothing. No sound accompanies the vibration. Based on experience I'm almost certain that this is just a wheel out of balance, the car probably threw a wheel weight in the past. I've put off taking it in to a tire shop to have the wheels balanced because most of the tire shops around me are hacks that I wouldn't trust with the car. I'll probably take it in to a proper classic BMW shop when the weather clears, but until then, can you guys weigh in on the likely cause. The alignment is solid, the car tracks straight and the steering is about as responsive as one can expect for a largely stock '02.
  13. Sahara

    Should I Do the IE Air Dam?

    Great. Looks good, thanks.
  14. Awesome. Is the post a 3-d printable item or an off the shelf screw in this version. Either way is fine, I'm just curious. I have a friend with a 3D printer so I can probably make this this weekend and try it out. Thank you so much for designing this. I'd be happy to paypal you whatever you spent on filament printing the prototypes, you've been very generous with your time.
  15. Sahara

    Should I Do the IE Air Dam?

    Does anybody have pics of this dam installed on an impact bumper 2002? ETA: I see the one above and have seen others on cars with tucked impact bumpers, but I'd like to see it on bone stock impact bumpers if possible.