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Are your rims a perfect fit to the hub? Did you install center cone?
Previously I had this problem also. The tyre shop boss where i do my balancing, he always centralized the rims for me. Later on he manage to measure and find me some center cones. Nowadays no problem at all with balancing vibration.
On wheel balancing is good, but problem is, every time you need to remove your wheels for any repairs, the balancing runs and need to re-balance. Now on Off wheel balancing, I have no problems at all.....
my tyreman machine plastic/teflon for center hub. so the wheels fit nicely.
 

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I am using BMW original rims for E46, and no i didn't install any center cone. Some tyres like Falken Ziew 914 will never be balanced off wheel, it has to be done on wheel. This shitty Membat Passion tyres are good for grip but shitty in terms of comfort.

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More than 10 years ago my friend's Falken Ziex 912 could never be balanced properly.
 

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More than 10 years ago my friend's Falken Ziex 912 could never be balanced properly.
Same here, the Falken Ziex 912 has to be balanced on wheel, cost me 90 bucks during that time in 2010, and the tyres are only good for the first 20,000 km's, after that it all nightmare and aquaplaning.

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Hi all. Just following up here. Read from start till here. After all the issues and challenges u guys facing,

Is it still recommend to get E36 with 1jz now? :biggrin::biggrin:

Or should i look for the M50/M54 engine with manual gbox?
 
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Hi all. Just following up here. Read from start till here. After all the issues and challenges u guys facing,

Is it still recommend to get E36 with 1jz now? :biggrin::biggrin:

Or should i look for the M50/M54 engine with manual gbox?
The japanese 1jz/2jz in a BMW is still a lot of fun and it's way more powerful than any stock BMW engine you can plug in. However it's just expensive and the lessons learnt are :

1. Find a good installer and tuner, someone who knows these kind of converts inside and out.
2. That installer needs to be super familiar with the JZ engine and it's quirks. Like removing the heater hose for cyl6 is ALWAYS a bad idea.
3. Expect this to cost minimally 20k excluding the engine and gearbox cost.

Or you can opt for the boring and more straightforward M50/M54 swap which potentially has the same requirements of #1 and #2 (Bmw engines are quirky)
 

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Hi all. Just following up here. Read from start till here. After all the issues and challenges u guys facing,

Is it still recommend to get E36 with 1jz now? :biggrin::biggrin:

Or should i look for the M50/M54 engine with manual gbox?
In my case, i don't have any trouble anymore after year 2019, all things are sorted out, i am currently running the JZ E46 with 260whp with automatic gearbox without any issues. If the borders are open after don't how many years, i am planning a long haul trip into Thailand to Bangkok with my E46 for the fun of it.
 

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In my case, i don't have any trouble anymore after year 2019, all things are sorted out, i am currently running the JZ E46 with 260whp with automatic gearbox without any issues. If the borders are open after don't how many years, i am planning a long haul trip into Thailand to Bangkok with my E46 for the fun of it.
Wow thats cool.
Am now looking for a car to use for daily. Looking for e36 with 1jz or maybe e36 325i (M50).

Recently go see a 'parked' e36 but he is overhauling the jz and doing manual conversion together.

So not in a running condition yet.

Am a bit worried to jump into the hybrid Euro car from being a P1 and Toyota user for some time.
 

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Wow thats cool.
Am now looking for a car to use for daily. Looking for e36 with 1jz or maybe e36 325i (M50).

Recently go see a 'parked' e36 but he is overhauling the jz and doing manual conversion together.

So not in a running condition yet.

Am a bit worried to jump into the hybrid Euro car from being a P1 and Toyota user for some time.
For myself, i would rather buy a untapped BMW E36/E46 with the right engine. You will never know whether the converted car is in the right order to use as daily ... For eg, one 1jz converted BMW E46 4dr i checked before, RPM is not working, water temp is not working, and speedo meter is not working. You wouldn't want that in your daily. It's literally a shitbox even with awesome JZ engine.
 
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For myself, i would rather buy a untapped BMW E36/E46 with the right engine. You will never know whether the converted car is in the right order to use as daily ... For eg, one 1jz converted BMW E46 4dr i checked before, RPM is not working, water temp is not working, and speedo meter is not working. You wouldn't want that in your daily. It's literally a shitbox even with awesome JZ engine.
Yeah was thinking the same.

Now in negitiation to get a good running E36 325 with M50B25 engine, and convert it to manual.
 

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Yeah was thinking the same.

Now in negitiation to get a good running E36 325 with M50B25 engine, and convert it to manual.
Are you looking for a daily car or a project car ? There are plenty of good choices in the market for RWD car, for example, the Toyota Altezza is one of the most interesting car to own.
 
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Are you looking for a daily car or a project car ? There are plenty of good choices in the market for RWD car, for example, the Toyota Altezza is one of the most interesting car to own.
Am looking for Daily and maybe some trackday action once in a blue moon.

Yeah i surveyed the altezza, but not cheap.. sooo i proceed with E36
 

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Am looking for Daily and maybe some trackday action once in a blue moon.

Yeah i surveyed the altezza, but not cheap.. sooo i proceed with E36
In terms of reliability, Altezza will be better and easier for 1JZ or 2JZ swap. E36, it's cheap to buy but for long term ownership, it's like married to a out of time supermodel wife that is very expensive to maintain with all the botox, plastics surgery, boob jobs and many more to come that will suck you dry. I am feeling it on my E46 now, in terms of the interior trims that i want to restore, dang they are not cheap.
 
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In terms of reliability, Altezza will be better and easier for 1JZ or 2JZ swap. E36, it's cheap to buy but for long term ownership, it's like married to a out of time supermodel wife that is very expensive to maintain with all the botox, plastics surgery, boob jobs and many more to come that will suck you dry. I am feeling it on my E46 now, in terms of the interior trims that i want to restore, dang they are not cheap.
yeah but when the supermodel works she works you'll be orgasming all the way to the track and all the jealous looks from other dudes with their plain jane wives.... i mean cars.... is epic.
 

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Am looking for Daily and maybe some trackday action once in a blue moon.

Yeah i surveyed the altezza, but not cheap.. sooo i proceed with E36
If you're gonna daily her, e36 1jz/2jz will have one fundamental issue and that's a super hot engine. Air con will not work in a jam, things break faster cuz it's hotter, etc. You'll need to spend a lot on trying to reduce engine bay temps cuz the JZ brothers are hot chicks. Really hot chicks.
 

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yeah but when the supermodel works she works you'll be orgasming all the way to the track and all the jealous looks from other dudes with their plain jane wives.... i mean cars.... is epic.
Perhaps you missed the "out of time" supermodel lol. Well i know that feeling, when it all works, the sound, the acceleration, the top speed is very very orgasmic. When something breaks, FXXXXKKKKKKK
 

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If you're gonna daily her, e36 1jz/2jz will have one fundamental issue and that's a super hot engine. Air con will not work in a jam, things break faster cuz it's hotter, etc. You'll need to spend a lot on trying to reduce engine bay temps cuz the JZ brothers are hot chicks. Really hot chicks.
Agreed, just few days ago i modded the car hood with custom open vents and undercarriage air passage vents. Before these my mods include new radiator, new fan and lower temp thermostat. With all of these, the engine bay is finally not like a furnace.
 

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Am looking for Daily and maybe some trackday action once in a blue moon.

Yeah i surveyed the altezza, but not cheap.. sooo i proceed with E36
Damn cheap now, we all suspect it will double or triple up in prices once the old japanese chassis are run down. E36 is the future lol buy one to invest buy 1 to drive hahahaha
 
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Damn cheap now, we all suspect it will double or triple up in prices once the old japanese chassis are run down. E36 is the future lol buy one to invest buy 1 to drive hahahaha
i too think it will go up, but maybe not spike as much, simply because theres many of them around...
 

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i too think it will go up, but maybe not spike as much, simply because theres many of them around...
E36 coupe is the rare one. That one is like hunting down Nemo. E36 adn E46 4drs on the other hand are like tuna, plenty of them around.