Dudesky, I know it's been a long time since you posted these instructions, but I have to tell you that you saved me a TON of money and a ton of TIME!!!! My fuel pump went out on me in my E36 Convertible when I was leaving town the day before Thanksgiving... 1/8 of a mile from my house. Had to push the car back in the garage and drive my truck (daily driver) out of town. During my 24 hrs out of town, I googled the symptoms of my car to help understand why the hell my car died. I found your post, and when I got home the day after Thanksgiving... I DID EVERYTHING THAT YOU INSTRUCTED AND HAD THE JOB DONE IN 1.5 HRS. And, that's including the 30 min drive time to NAPA Autoparts to buy a factory fuel pump/full assembly. My car is running like a champ again!
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! This is the best post I have ever seen!