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by Dickyt
Tue 05 Mar, 2013 11:45
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Steering shake, overheated alloy
Replies: 11
Views: 316

Re: Steering shake, overheated alloy

It's almost cetainly a sticking calliper & a good chance your disc has warped. I had the same problem on mine with a sticking front calliper, the sterring wobble was intermittent but resulted in a "scorchio" front wheel. I was going to change disc's and pads anyway - so I ended up overhauling the wh...
by Dickyt
Mon 19 Nov, 2012 15:55
Forum: Performance
Topic: Upgrade Panel Filter
Replies: 5
Views: 752

Upgrade Panel Filter

I am thinking of upgrading my panel Air filter from the standard paper one to something slightly better. I don't want to go down the Induction kit route - I am quite happy with my stock performance & noise from the 3.0 ltr engine, plus I don't want to give my insurance company another reason to char...
by Dickyt
Mon 08 Oct, 2012 20:00
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Bad day in my Z
Replies: 36
Views: 1528

Re: Bad day in my Z

Really gutted for you, at least no one was hurt....very scary at that speed. It's wierd, as we passed a blue z3 today that was jacked up with it's rear wheel off - just by Worcester rugby club, was it you? By the sounds of your description being on a dual carriageway probably not? Hope you get it a...
by Dickyt
Sun 07 Oct, 2012 20:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Bad day in my Z
Replies: 36
Views: 1528

Re: Bad day in my Z

Really gutted for you, at least no one was hurt....very scary at that speed. It's wierd, as we passed a blue z3 today that was jacked up with it's rear wheel off - just by Worcester rugby club, was it you? By the sounds of your description being on a dual carriageway probably not? Hope you get it al...
by Dickyt
Mon 03 Sep, 2012 14:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2084
Views: 218721

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

New front callipers, EBC Ultimax discs & redstuff pads. Sourced the discs & pads myself, local indie supplied the callipers & fitted everything for me. Following 3 weeks of being off the road due to the seized calliper, it was nice to give it a wash & go out for a spin in the sunshine with the top d...
by Dickyt
Fri 31 Aug, 2012 09:26
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Type 42 bolted wheels - Black or Silver?
Replies: 6
Views: 1497

Re: Type 42 bolted wheels - Black or Silver?

I had them done at The Wheel Clinic in Chesterfield. They did the works on them. Split the rims, did outside the wheel and inside and I also hd the calipers done. The first photo is when I first had them done, I was waiting for new wheel nuts to arrive and had not put the hub caps back on. Cost was...
by Dickyt
Thu 30 Aug, 2012 15:13
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Type 42 bolted wheels - Black or Silver?
Replies: 6
Views: 1497

Re: Type 42 bolted wheels - Black or Silver?

It was my car I think. I had the centres done in a dark blue/grey metal finish and the outside rims done in silver. The previous owner has taken the laquer off the outside rims and they were forever getting pitted and were a pig to keep clean, so i had the wheels refurbed. i went for a 2 colour fini...
by Dickyt
Thu 30 Aug, 2012 10:20
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Type 42 bolted wheels - Black or Silver?
Replies: 6
Views: 1497

Re: Type 42 bolted wheels - Black or Silver?

I like Dark Chrome wheels on any car ........................... http://www.thewheelspecialist.co.uk/Image/alloy18.jpg Also anthracite http://www.turnermotorsport.com/image/wheels/wheels_LTW_empower_anthracite_18x8.5_e36_e46_e90_LTW_EMPOWER-WHEEL_1.jpg I quite like both of those, but always thought...
by Dickyt
Tue 28 Aug, 2012 15:53
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Type 42 bolted wheels - Black or Silver?
Replies: 6
Views: 1497

Type 42 bolted wheels - Black or Silver?

I am looking to get my BMW 17" type 42 split rim / bolted wheels refurbished at some point this year. They are stock finish with Silver paint centre's and polished rims. I was going to go for the same finish, but I wonder if anyone has tried any other finish combinations on these wheels & has any ph...
by Dickyt
Fri 24 Aug, 2012 17:55
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: New daily driver dilema
Replies: 11
Views: 1625

Re: New daily driver dilema

For 40k and some fun I'd be looking at a couple of years old Maserati Quattroporte......4 doors, 400bhp of lovely sounding V8.....what's not to like? Don't think you would like the benefit in kind tax coding though! I had a similar dilemma, but a nice one to have! My company car daily drive is an Au...
by Dickyt
Thu 02 Aug, 2012 16:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Brake changes and insurance
Replies: 10
Views: 474

Re: Brake changes and insurance

I don't think there should be any reason to declare something which is designed to be a direct OEM replacement, such as non-OEM discs, springs, etc, as long as they are the same basic design. This is now the case for warranties across the EU, so that the car remains under warranty even if you don't...
by Dickyt
Thu 02 Aug, 2012 11:13
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Brake changes and insurance
Replies: 10
Views: 474

Re: Brake changes and insurance

Any excuse to charge you more money is all its about.. I wouldnt bother, just change them. I'm running grooved discs and red stuff pads.. Great setup :wink: Hello Z3cade - I've already ordered my redstuff pads, should be turning up today. What grooved disc's have you got? I was going to go with pla...
by Dickyt
Thu 02 Aug, 2012 09:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Brake changes and insurance
Replies: 10
Views: 474

Re: Brake changes and insurance

I take the (admittedly untested) view that I would argue that something like a brake upgrade makes the car safer, and so wouldn't declare it but would argue the toss if it came to it. A performance upgrade would be a turbo or something like that. I've seen forum posts where people have replaced wor...
by Dickyt
Wed 01 Aug, 2012 12:18
Forum: Performance
Topic: Brake Caliper question
Replies: 2
Views: 450

Re: Brake Caliper question

Gazza wrote:For the cost I would replace both.
As I thought....it's a done deal!
by Dickyt
Wed 01 Aug, 2012 12:15
Forum: Performance
Topic: front left wheel very hot!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Replies: 14
Views: 3278

Re: front left wheel very hot!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes it is probably better to replace them in pairs that way they are done and are both the same quality. You may as well pay for a pair of new calipers and get them changed at the same time whilst he is doing the discs and pads and he won't charge you twice for the labour either ;-) My thoughts exa...
by Dickyt
Wed 01 Aug, 2012 11:13
Forum: Performance
Topic: Brake Caliper question
Replies: 2
Views: 450

Brake Caliper question

I have been quoted £50.00 for a new front caliper by my local indie, as my front right has been sticking which has caused wheel shudder & a very hot wheel. At the same time I am going to get them to replace the front Disc's and put in redstuff pads which I am providing - labour for doing this is onl...
by Dickyt
Wed 01 Aug, 2012 10:52
Forum: Performance
Topic: front left wheel very hot!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Replies: 14
Views: 3278

Re: front left wheel very hot!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Most calipers are the same across the E36, E46 Z3 and Z4 range so you can pick up a second hand one very cheap from ebay. I paid £16 for 2 calipers along with carriers from a Z4 3.0 about a month ago. The calipers are pretty easy to change yourself, you will already have it off if you are changing ...
by Dickyt
Sun 29 Jul, 2012 09:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Brake changes and insurance
Replies: 10
Views: 474

Brake changes and insurance

I am going to change my front discs and pads on my 3.0i sport. I also need a new caliper on one side, as it appears it is sticking, resulting in a red hot wheel and judder through the wheel at normal (non braking) driving around 50mph. My question is around changes and insurance: I am going for red ...
by Dickyt
Sun 29 Jul, 2012 08:54
Forum: Performance
Topic: front left wheel very hot!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Replies: 14
Views: 3278

Re: front left wheel very hot!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for the comments Zee3, I am not sure whether to have a go at fitting myself. I was going to fit the new discs and pads myself anyway, so fitting new calipers should not be too difficult but I would imagine I will need to bleed the system which I am not too sure about? My wheel judder is under...
by Dickyt
Sat 28 Jul, 2012 20:46
Forum: Performance
Topic: front left wheel very hot!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Replies: 14
Views: 3278

Re: front left wheel very hot!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Had exactly the same problem myself this week, turned out to be a seized caliper. Had it replaced with a new one today and they checked the right wheel as well while they were at it, cost me £100 inc VAT which i thought was pretty reasonable I've had the same issue - just got back from quick drive ...
by Dickyt
Fri 20 Jul, 2012 20:39
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: BMWCCGB Zedfest, 20 – 22 July 2012, Silverstone Circuit
Replies: 455
Views: 68938

Re: BMWCCGB Zedfest, 20 – 22 July 2012, Silverstone Circuit

Hi folks, I will be at warwick services about 6.30 am on saturday, looking to leave there around 7.00ish to head on down to silverstone if anyone fancies meeting up, we will look forward to seeing you there Mark. We are planning a 6.30am start from Solihull so may well be around the services about ...
by Dickyt
Mon 16 Jul, 2012 21:00
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: BMWCCGB Zedfest, 20 – 22 July 2012, Silverstone Circuit
Replies: 455
Views: 68938

Re: BMWCCGB Zedfest, 20 – 22 July 2012, Silverstone Circuit

No doubt H&S rules will state no top down without Helmet anyway? Believe it or not you're not the first to ask this question! ....the organisers have confirmed that helmets are NOT required for the parade lap. That's great - top down all the way then, it should be compulsory no matter what the weat...
by Dickyt
Mon 16 Jul, 2012 15:54
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: BMWCCGB Zedfest, 20 – 22 July 2012, Silverstone Circuit
Replies: 455
Views: 68938

Re: BMWCCGB Zedfest, 20 – 22 July 2012, Silverstone Circuit

Wellies in the boot just incase. +umbrella & waterproofs :thumb: I have both a full length & shortie Wetsuit........perhaps I should pack one of those as well? Might come in handy if I decide to go Top down on the Parade Lap ? No doubt H&S rules will state no top down without Helmet anyway? I've gi...
by Dickyt
Mon 16 Jul, 2012 12:01
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: BMWCCGB Zedfest, 20 – 22 July 2012, Silverstone Circuit
Replies: 455
Views: 68938

Re: BMWCCGB Zedfest, 20 – 22 July 2012, Silverstone Circuit

Just been on the Silverstone Classic website & they are posting the following: Weather Announcement The event organisers are monitoring the weather forecasts and the site conditions in order to minimise any disruption over the Silverstone Classic event. The public external car parking areas used by ...
by Dickyt
Fri 13 Jul, 2012 09:50
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: BMWCCGB Zedfest, 20 – 22 July 2012, Silverstone Circuit
Replies: 455
Views: 68938

Re: BMWCCGB Zedfest, 20 – 22 July 2012, Silverstone Circuit

Have tried my best to get infield but Goose are not having it saying - Kelvin, Thanks for your email, I'm sorry but the infield area is now closed. You are more than welcome to buy an advanced ticket online to get into the event but I'm afraid we are full inside for parking. I replied back saying I...
by Dickyt
Thu 12 Jul, 2012 14:40
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: BMWCCGB Zedfest, 20 – 22 July 2012, Silverstone Circuit
Replies: 455
Views: 68938

Re: BMWCCGB Zedfest, 20 – 22 July 2012, Silverstone Circuit

Fear not Richard, check out this post on .org Thanks for the heads up, that is more encouraging. We must be due some sunshine soon....surely.....PLEASE!!! Looks like I might have more room in the boot for cleaning products then, having just had a full days paint correction detail I need to keep it ...
by Dickyt
Thu 12 Jul, 2012 12:25
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: BMWCCGB Zedfest, 20 – 22 July 2012, Silverstone Circuit
Replies: 455
Views: 68938

Re: BMWCCGB Zedfest, 20 – 22 July 2012, Silverstone Circuit

Hi guys just spent 3 days at the bog they call silverstone. had a great time, racing was amasing, and the tractor driver that pull us out of the camp site on Sunday was great. Hope it's a lot drier in two weeks. Checked out area 13, mostly concrete but yea some grass. now to the guys that know me a...
by Dickyt
Fri 06 Jul, 2012 09:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Drivers Door won't open
Replies: 5
Views: 426

Re: Drivers Door won't open

A very gentle lean against the door by the handle sometimes works. Thanks for the tip Gazza - worked perfectly with a gentle "hip nudge" & got the door open. Hopefully not a sign of a misspent youth LOL? My problem was getting into the car if this didn't work - gaining access into the car on the pa...
by Dickyt
Thu 05 Jul, 2012 14:59
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: What Tyres should I go for?
Replies: 8
Views: 950

Re: What Tyres should I go for?

Hello Ian, I suppose it's all down to how much you want to spend & how often do you drive the car? Is it your daily drive? This can effect your choice - longevity, handling in the wet etc. My Car is a weekend toy - so doesn't really go out in the wet and relatively low mileage. As such I have Toyo P...
by Dickyt
Wed 04 Jul, 2012 09:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Drivers Door won't open
Replies: 5
Views: 426

Re: Drivers Door won't open

wonderloaf wrote:Had a similar problem a couple of months ago, a quick squirt with WD40 into the lock from outside to loosen any seized parts then 3-in-1 to keep lubricated sorted it for me.
Thanks wonderolaf....I will give that a go first & keep my fingers crossed.

Cheers

Richard
by Dickyt
Tue 03 Jul, 2012 10:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Drivers Door won't open
Replies: 5
Views: 426

Drivers Door won't open

I am having problems with my drivers door handle not opening. The central locking seems to be working as I can hear everything clicking when the door locks & unlocks, but when I go to open the drivers door the handle lifts but nothing engages. The only way to get in is via the passenger door, and pu...
by Dickyt
Mon 02 Jul, 2012 21:55
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Paint Correction Detail
Replies: 5
Views: 681

Re: Paint Correction Detail

This is a blast .............................. Midlands Car Care Guess this would be the guy then ...................... :?: Yes that's correct. Russell at Midlands Car Care, he is a great guy. He only works weekends, as believe it or not holds down a full time job and has got into the detailing af...
by Dickyt
Mon 02 Jul, 2012 16:11
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Paint Correction Detail
Replies: 5
Views: 681

Paint Correction Detail

I have just had a Light Correction detail done on my Z3 3.0i, and I am slightly pleased with the results to say the least. I had the work done by someone recommended on the Detailing World website - having seen some of his work posted on the site I was sure that he could improve on my somewhat tired...
by Dickyt
Thu 21 Jun, 2012 12:17
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Dent Devil
Replies: 3
Views: 473

Re: Dent Devil

They usually charge per panel so it doesn't matter how many you have on each door....best make sure they agree to this before going ahead, if they don't there's plenty that do. I agree these cars do seem to be particularly vunerable to parking dents, mine has a few on each door and rear wings, as d...
by Dickyt
Thu 21 Jun, 2012 11:24
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Dent Devil
Replies: 3
Views: 473

Dent Devil

I am just in the process of having the multiple car park door dings sorted on my Z3. I am using Dent Devils, as they corrected a nasty dent in my wife's car a few years back & did a great job. I am having the car detailed / machine polished in a few weeks, and having lived with these dents for the p...
by Dickyt
Tue 15 May, 2012 08:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Brake Upgrade & Insurance
Replies: 2
Views: 222

Brake Upgrade & Insurance

Having changed my rear brakes for new discs (oem plain) & greenstuff pads, I am now looking at the fronts. I am considering Redstuff pads with either plain oem discs, or upgrading the disc's to grooved / drilled (Black Diamond, EBC etc) - question is, do I have to tell the insurance company? Are the...
by Dickyt
Mon 14 May, 2012 09:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 car cover
Replies: 6
Views: 407

Re: Z3 car cover

http://item.mobileweb.ebay.co.uk/viewitem?itemId=170703278003&index=18&nav=SEARCH&nid=75316629063 I have no Idea how to upload a picture sorry but that is 1 I found on eBay exactly the same as mine it's a indoor cover silky feel on outside really soft inside and it has small amounts of elastic at b...
by Dickyt
Tue 08 May, 2012 15:03
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: BMWCCGB Zedfest, 20 – 22 July 2012, Silverstone Circuit
Replies: 455
Views: 68938

Re: BMWCCGB Zedfest, 20 – 22 July 2012, Silverstone Circuit

Please add another two to your list for Saturday 21st - just booked my tickets today. Better late than never ! Dickyt - Z3 3.0i Roadster jarvodale - Z3 1.9 Roadster Many thanks myredzed - got the tickets via your post with the discount code for £59.40 each (2 x entry & vehicle pass), Sat advance CCM...
by Dickyt
Thu 19 Jan, 2012 10:02
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Brake Question
Replies: 11
Views: 445

If you search the net I'm sure drilled and vented front discs can be had for a lot less than £120. I've had a look a fleabay & you can get dimpled & grooved front disc's for about £70-£80 - from MTEC brakes. But not sure what these are like, has anyone used them? Brembo max on there for about £110 ...
by Dickyt
Tue 17 Jan, 2012 16:24
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Brake Question
Replies: 11
Views: 445

Discs

I am sure the front discs have some life left in them but I guess they are the originals and after 70k miles they are pretty scored & grotty looking. If I am putting nice new redstuff pads in, for the sake of £40 I would rather put in some shiny new discs. They probably don't "need" changing, but as...
by Dickyt
Tue 17 Jan, 2012 12:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Brake Question
Replies: 11
Views: 445

Discs

Having just paid out for a new battery & rear discs/pads, it's all down to £'s at the moment. I suppose redstuff pads with plain oem type discs would be a good compromise, as it is the pads that will make the real difference? Plain discs seem to be about £45 a pair, slotted/ drilled discs range from...
by Dickyt
Tue 17 Jan, 2012 11:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Brake Question
Replies: 11
Views: 445

Pads / Discs

It sounds like the redstuff pads are the way to go on the front then - as long as they will be OK mixed with my greens at the rear. Daft question - Black Diamond discs are clearly black all over, but in use does the face of the disc rub off to the normal metal finish? Obviously the hub section is bl...
by Dickyt
Tue 17 Jan, 2012 09:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Brake Question
Replies: 11
Views: 445

Re: Don't Panic!

Don't panic! Greenstuff will be fine on the back, and would go with Redstuff fronts easily. There is no point in fitting slotted or drilled rears, as the discs are solid, but drilled fronts will be a good idea - I have used Zimmermann drilled discs from German & Swedish for ages, and thay are fine....
by Dickyt
Mon 16 Jan, 2012 17:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Brake Question
Replies: 11
Views: 445

Brake Question

I have just fitted new rear discs (standard OEM) with EBC Greenstuff pads, due to them being an advisory on my MOT. The fronts are not much better, so I am thinking of changing them in a month or so. Will the car be OK for the next few months - will the Brake balance be affected / rear's too strong?...
by Dickyt
Mon 04 Jul, 2011 16:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Clutch Hose CDV
Replies: 25
Views: 908

Earls Clutch Hose

I would also like to get one of the Earls Clutch Hose's, but I am now totally confused as to which one I require - with CDV or without?
I have a M54 3.0i 2002 - I spoke to Earl's, who told me I would need to contact BMW to see which version I required?
Can anyone help?
Many thanks
by Dickyt
Tue 28 Dec, 2010 16:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Freezing weather and leaking headlight washers
Replies: 8
Views: 284

A CTEK charger is the best way to keep your battery alive.... Ask me how I know.... :D :D :D I actually have one - it's hooked up to it as we speak. My own fault, with the run up to Christmas just forgot to connect it up. Must get myself the adapter that plugs in the cigarette lighter - it's a pain...
by Dickyt
Tue 28 Dec, 2010 16:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Freezing weather and leaking headlight washers
Replies: 8
Views: 284

Good to know I wasn't the only one - just hope it's not damaged anything. My garage has been more like a deep freeze - we put all our Christmas Veg & anything which didn't fit in the fridge in there, got it out christmas morning & it was all frozen solid, minus 17 on Christmas Eve.
by Dickyt
Tue 28 Dec, 2010 12:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Freezing weather and leaking headlight washers
Replies: 8
Views: 284

Freezing weather and leaking headlight washers

Just had a bizzare experience - Z3 has been in the garage for the last 2-3 weeks due to this all this lovely weather. The last 2 weeks have barely been above minus 5 here in Droitwich, with a few nights reaching minus 17 & 19. Went into garage yesterday, to be met by the smell of antifreeze, the tha...
by Dickyt
Fri 27 Aug, 2010 10:55
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Tyres
Replies: 16
Views: 1072

Hello Doozer, If you search Tyres on the forum you will find many post's on the subject - it appears tyre choice on a Z3 can make quite a huge difference to the way the car handle's / performs. When I got my Z3 it had 3 different makes of tyres - a massive no no, as it made the ride very "nervous" t...