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      07-18-2013, 08:31 PM   #1
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Special thanks to member snaggletooth aka Alex

This guy went out of his way to help me out and I would just like to give him a personal shout out to the forum.

Long story short

Dealership wanted to charge me $800 to replace vacuum hoses on my 335i

Alex Pm stating that he would do it for me. We met up in Newport and at first I was a little concern because it seemed to good to be true.

Not only did he fix the problem he showed me the basics around the engine bay and refused to take any type of cash from me...

This guy is awesome!!

Thanks once again.
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      07-18-2013, 08:43 PM   #2
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This guy went out of his way to help me out and I would just like to give him a personal shout out to the forum.

Long story short

Dealership wanted to charge me $800 to replace vacuum hoses on my 335i

Alex Pm stating that he would do it for me. We met up in Newport and at first I was a little concern because it seemed to good to be true.

Not only did he fix the problem he showed me the basics around the engine bay and refused to take any type of cash from me...

This guy is awesome!!

Thanks once again.
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Thats awesome, always nice to see forum members helping each other out. We could all benefit from things like this.
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Keeping the man out of this. Great job and definitely worth mentioning!
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      07-18-2013, 10:05 PM   #6
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Dude, you're welcome as always! I hope it's running top. I had a feeling you'd feel an immediate difference. Those two little vacuum lines tend to be hilariously terrible. Hit me up if you need local modding help, it's really no biggie.
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Dude, you're welcome as always! I hope it's running top. I had a feeling you'd feel an immediate difference. Those two little vacuum lines tend to be hilariously terrible. Hit me up if you need local modding help, it's really no biggie.
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Dude, you're welcome as always! I hope it's running top. I had a feeling you'd feel an immediate difference. Those two little vacuum lines tend to be hilariously terrible. Hit me up if you need local modding help, it's really no biggie.
Hey any pics or a DIY for this? I'd like to do something like this for my local NJ e9x'ers
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I dont, but the basic instructions are the following:

Remove hood cowling, cabin air filter, and two sensors on each side of car.

Remove intake (if stock), then remove engine cover. Locate two braided vacuum hoses routed perpendicular to engine cover, and passing right next to oil filter.

Cut the ends of the old vacuum lines lengthwise approx 3/4 of an inch from the end of the line past the nipple on each side to remove them. Be careful not to cut other lines. Do them one at a time to avoid crossing the lines. Replace them with 3mm turbosmart silicone lines or equivalent.

It took me 20 mins to do today at a leisurely pace. Daunting for beginners, but quite simple if you're used to it.
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      07-18-2013, 10:26 PM   #11
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Dude, you're welcome as always! I hope it's running top. I had a feeling you'd feel an immediate difference. Those two little vacuum lines tend to be hilariously terrible. Hit me up if you need local modding help, it's really no biggie.
Awesomeness. I have some buddies who share a sense of community in Austin and do the same. In Houston, enthusiasts look to make a buck for everything.

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I dont, but the basic instructions are the following:

Remove hood cowling, cabin air filter, and two sensors on each side of car.

Remove intake (if stock), then remove engine cover. Locate two braided vacuum hoses routed perpendicular to engine cover, and passing right next to oil filter.

Cut the ends of the old vacuum lines lengthwise approx 3/4 of an inch from the end of the line past the nipple on each side to remove them. Be careful not to cut other lines. Do them one at a time to avoid crossing the lines. Replace them with 3mm turbosmart silicone lines or equivalent.

It took me 20 mins to do today at a leisurely pace. Daunting for beginners, but quite simple if you're used to it.
wow. 800 bucks for 20 minutes of work.
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I dont, but the basic instructions are the following:

Remove hood cowling, cabin air filter, and two sensors on each side of car.

Remove intake (if stock), then remove engine cover. Locate two braided vacuum hoses routed perpendicular to engine cover, and passing right next to oil filter.

Cut the ends of the old vacuum lines lengthwise approx 3/4 of an inch from the end of the line past the nipple on each side to remove them. Be careful not to cut other lines. Do them one at a time to avoid crossing the lines. Replace them with 3mm turbosmart silicone lines or equivalent.

It took me 20 mins to do today at a leisurely pace. Daunting for beginners, but quite simple if you're used to it.
I need to take my valve cover off (Hard to find that 4th bolt to remove it) and look under it (I've done all the other prep work before so that is easy). Where did you get the turbosmart silicone lines from?

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      07-18-2013, 10:40 PM   #13
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Turbosmart-B...254f80&vxp=mtr

OR

http://www.amazon.com/Turbosmart-TS-.../dp/B004PPZ6OQ

I personally hate Amazon for my own reasons, but the lines are readily available.

I forgot about the 4th bolt today since I took a chunk of my engine cover off for the catch can I have. You can work around it honestly. The hose is somewhat pricey for being a simple line, but it's dead reliable and there's enough to do a few cars. I prefer to change the color of the hose too for visibility, marking, and to point out what lines are new by rotating the color whenever I change the lines. You can either go in halfsies with other people to keep costs down or just suck it up and spread the love and hook up other cars haha.

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wow. 800 bucks for 20 minutes of work.

I couldn't in good conscience take any payment for what amounted to me chilling with a fellow enthusiast and using some of my leftover parts to get it boosting again. I don't know how dealers sleep at night trying to rape people to the tune of 800 bucks for a simple fix.

Pay it forward, guys!
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I couldn't in good conscience take any payment for what amounted to me chilling with a fellow enthusiast and using some of my leftover parts to get it boosting again. I don't know how dealers sleep at night trying to rape people to the tune of 800 bucks for a simple fix.

Pay it forward, guys!
Much thanks. Will pay it forward indeed. I'll contact you for some help on jb4s and dual intakes
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this is the stuff I like to hear

this is why the forum is here!
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this is why the forum is here!
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      07-19-2013, 05:21 AM   #19
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Props to Alex. The world needs more good people.
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So 3mm vacuum hose? I read in another thread to use 4mm.

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showth...=546560&page=5
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I couldn't in good conscience take any payment for what amounted to me chilling with a fellow enthusiast and using some of my leftover parts to get it boosting again. I don't know how dealers sleep at night trying to rape people to the tune of 800 bucks for a simple fix.

Pay it forward, guys!
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That's awesome!

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