Sunday, February 2, 2020

[M3] Getting the gang back together

[note: this post, like an air-cooled 911, is back-dated to when these events occurred] 

Yesterday I hosted an M3 gathering for the locals, it was a great time. You can see photos of that here:

While we were there, Ted did a live throttle body check with his fancy flow tool. My car looks pretty even! I didn't have any particular reason to suspect anything was amiss, but I still had the original tamper caps so we were curious.

After a nice group drive, I came home and installed my euro smileys. I have a detailed post prepared describing the installation, but I have a knack for ordering the wrong parts and I still don't have everything squared away and ready to share. So my main and high beams are functional and the city lights are 'pending.'

Interestingly the low beams stay on with the highs on. I know that wasn't the case on my 88 halogen-light car, I can't recall if the US ellipsoids do this or if someone has futzed with the wiring before me. I didn't do anything to achieve this (wire in a relay, bridge those two particular relays in the fuse box) but I'm not complaining. Overall it's incredible how bright and clean brand new headlamps look. 

Next up: euro grilles arrive this week, maybe the wiring to finish off the headlamps, and fire extinguisher bracket.

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