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  1. Another vote for urethane bushings. In my experience ride harshness is more closely related to the shocks being used. I don't care for urethane motor mounts (too much vibration), but the others seem pretty benign as long as you don't get them in too hard a durometer. However, I use oem rubber bushings in my daily driver, and as stated above I've used combinations of threaded rod, large sockets, to get the rubber bushings in. The hardest part has always been getting the old bushings out, which has variously involved hammers, chisels, hacksaws, and acetylene torches. For installation hands down the best lubricant has been dishwashing soap. In my experience dishwashing soap consistently works better on rubber bushings than any of my exotic lubes. Plus, it makes hand clean-up a cinch!
  2. I'd give Ireland a call. That is not the quality I normally associate with them. I bet its a defect that slipped through quality control.
  3. Ian

    Bav Auto no more

    Good alternatives to Bavauto are Blunttech and FCPeuro.
  4. Ian

    m2 died while driving...

    Actually, the S14 fuel injection is plenty reliable. I have about 20,000 miles on my S14 that I dropped into my 2002, as both a daily driver and track car. I replaced a Korman Stage III engine that while a hoot to drive, did not make big power until over about 5000 rpm, and spit raw gas out the tailpipe on cold days. In contrast, the S14 feels more powerful across a wider rpm band, and is plenty peppy for a light 2002. And the fuel injection starts up every time without drama. It's true the FI doesn't have quite the sound of dual side-draft webers, but the CF airbox gives a pretty visceral replacement noise. To get back to the original post, the S14 should feel terrific in the 2002. It has more torque than the m10, so should feel great running around town, and when it comes on-cam it really pulls. You'll never confuse it with an LS engine, but the S14 has a charm all its own that is strangely addictive. It does sound like you've got a fuel deliver problem, and plenty of suggestions have been offered up. In addition, have you checked your fuel injectors for spray? After sitting awhile these injectors will get gummed up and won't flow enough fuel in a decent pattern. You can have them cleaned and brought back to spec by a number of companies; I've used Marren and also RC Engineering who did a great job for about $125.
  5. Ian

    m2 died while driving...

    My tii pump is pretty old, so it was probably from the dealer. Good point about the wiring. I ran new thicker wires to the 318 pre-pump and tii pump when I installed my S14 in order to minimize voltage drop.
  6. Ian

    m2 died while driving...

    The tii pump is fine for a stock S14, but you do need to feed it with a lift-pump in the tank.
  7. Ian

    m2 died while driving...

    When I first installed my S14 I had a ground wire for one of the injectors that had broken most of the strands internal to the casing. As a result one injector would not fire and the engine would not run without starter ether, but there was just enough strands left that all injector wires tested positive for continuity. It was a pain to find the wire and re-run, but simple to test by squirting starter fluid into the intake plenum. The car would run as long as it had the starter fluid, but died once it used up the starter fluid.
  8. Another option is to make an adapter plate to use the e36 gearbox. I know Ernie Bellos (Bellos Motorsports in West Palm, FL) has made such a plate. His argument was that the e36 boxes were plentiful (cheap), strong, and available in a bunch of desirable gearings.
  9. Ian

    BavAuto has Closed!

    At least we still have Bluntech for our cars. And for humor.
  10. Got your motor source, right here.....
  11. Last fall I saw an e46 coupe, and the rear quarter windows were powered pop-outs. The pop-out mechanism had about the same travel as the pop-outs on our 2002, so I bought the complete collection of parts including motors and mounting hardware on eBay for $100. It's not a direct bolt-on, but it looks fairly straightforward to fabricate a mount. Once I finish building my cage it will be a pain to open the pop-out windows, so these might be the perfect answer to getting ventilation in the car.
  12. Ian

    leaking rear differential

    My diff leaks also. I just figured it was BMWs method of rust-proofing the undercarriage.
  13. And checking my old email correspondence, I was helped by some character named "Paul" who was their 2002 specialist, and surely he would not lead me astray???
  14. I'm pretty sure its the real deal; Maximillian was always a straight-shooter when it came to euro parts, and I still have the box with Alpina packing tape on it. Plus, I've seen a number of other of these diff covers over the years, and none has been smooth, they all show casting marks.
  15. An interesting follow-up to this mystery. I contacted Alpina thorough their website, and I received a very nice reply from Head of Customer Service, and he said the port was for a temp sender and the thread pitch should be M14x1.5. I bought my cover new from Maximillian Imports in 2003, so either there were multiple specs coming from the factory, or someone along the supply line tapped the case to different specs.