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by Dino D
Thu 23 Mar, 2017 20:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: soft rear end.. but might be normal
Replies: 17
Views: 1789

Re: soft rear end.. but might be normal

The rear subframe bushes move a lot and cause a floatiness, even if not changing gear in the corner it's like it pitches in to the corner after you've turned. The fitment of some purple power flex on mine made a great difference.
And fresh suspension of course
by Dino D
Thu 23 Mar, 2017 12:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 100,000 miles and just 16
Replies: 8
Views: 1083

Re: 100,000 miles and just 16

100k...it's knackered now so I'll pay you double what the scrappy offers and pick up this weekend :)
by Dino D
Wed 22 Mar, 2017 22:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: cooling
Replies: 3
Views: 745

Re: cooling

Mishimoto do all aluminum rads but not a direct fit for the Z3. It's thicker so you need to lose the viscous fan (either run with the aircon fan only or fit a slim electric to replace the viscous). The standard rad is fine and only fail after 10-15yrs plus, mines 19yrs old and still fine but I think...
by Dino D
Fri 17 Mar, 2017 17:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: New steering rack - stiffness...
Replies: 18
Views: 2376

Re: New steering rack - stiffness...

Will give it a go, thanks
by Dino D
Mon 13 Mar, 2017 23:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: New steering rack - stiffness...
Replies: 18
Views: 2376

Re: New steering rack - stiffness...

Hi, What was your reason for changing the rack in the first place - here is a copy of a post I put up on another Z Forum that might be worth considering :- 'I had a problem with mine after bringing it out of winter storage - the steering being very heavy - I was considering changing the rack and po...
by Dino D
Sun 12 Mar, 2017 22:40
Forum: Performance
Topic: Rear suspension camber
Replies: 4
Views: 655

Re: Rear suspension camber

How do you adjust these bushes niece fittted. I think I read somehwere it's a bit tricky and also affects the toe as you adjust the camber so need an aligner who is patient be knows their stuff.
by Dino D
Sun 12 Mar, 2017 22:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Head gasket 3.0
Replies: 12
Views: 1459

Re: Head gasket 3.0

Mayo is common on short journeys with these.
So is oil usage.
But HG issue not common at all I believe.
by Dino D
Thu 09 Mar, 2017 23:09
Forum: Performance
Topic: Z3 2.8 Rear end conversion, reducing 2.8 width to 1.9 spec
Replies: 11
Views: 1384

Re: Z3 2.8 Rear end conversion, reducing 2.8 width to 1.9 sp

Juvvajuvva wrote:I have successfully built a rear end with the track and strength of a Z3M with 1000hp drive shafts and diff
Output flanges! 10j rims fitted.
Very happy.
Now that sounds interesting!
What was the cost, another mod yo add to the list I think!
Any pics?
by Dino D
Sat 04 Mar, 2017 00:05
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: First mod on my Orinoco, 17s or 18s ?
Replies: 6
Views: 1023

Re: First mod on my Orinoco, 17s or 18s ?

The sharpness you mention can be reclaimed with Z3M rear front control arm bushes and by using E30 wishbones without the rubber mounted ball joints. Both give significant flex. That's interesting. I have Poweflex purple bushes and Meyle HD control arms. Not sure how these HD control arms compare wi...
by Dino D
Wed 15 Feb, 2017 23:24
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Z3 3.0 M Sport for sale
Replies: 32
Views: 4433

Re: Z3 3.0 M Sport for sale

Beautiful and sensible price for a minter. Just love that interior.
by Dino D
Wed 21 Dec, 2016 23:02
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Progress! (fwj01's 2.0l - Oxford Green)
Replies: 103
Views: 18438

Re: Progress! (fwj01's 2.0l - Oxford Green)

Very nice car. Also keen to hear more about the Gaz rear coilover.
by Dino D
Wed 09 Nov, 2016 22:55
Forum: Performance
Topic: Coilovers help!!
Replies: 4
Views: 1411

Re: Coilovers help!!

Never heard of 7twenty - looks like rebranded parts, possible BC Racing. That's what I run along with Brian H and we both use 6kg fronts and 8kg rears which is what these 7twenty package offer. I would want to know a little more about them before buying. Have been very happy with my BC racing set up...
by Dino D
Wed 12 Oct, 2016 22:55
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Wanted - auxiliary fan / motor
Replies: 4
Views: 566

Re: Wanted - auxiliary fan / motor

When I saw the price from BMW new (£300 odd) I started looking Kenlowe etc but then thought why not look at a 3 series - I found that You can use one from a 328i, I paid £106 brand new for a German made unit from ECP. It needs minor trimmming of some excess plastic moulding from the shroud and other...
by Dino D
Sat 08 Oct, 2016 22:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: rear wing compatability and facelift '97
Replies: 17
Views: 1588

Re: rear wing compatability and facelift '97

It does seem stock. What interior does it have - facelift? On the front the only change was the headlights - they have chrome rings around them. You may have a one of kind model here! Might be worth checking your vin here for any options listed (not that it ever was an option to order the facelift y...
by Dino D
Fri 29 Jul, 2016 12:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Limited Slip Diff Observation
Replies: 19
Views: 1911

Re: Limited Slip Diff Observation

2.2 Z3 sport has a 3.38 ratio Torsen LSD. I had one fitted to my coupe for a couple a years. As above, they initially appear to be like an open diff (you turn one side and the otherside turns the opposite way). The good thing is, incident aside, they are maintenance-free. I'd love to hear how you g...
by Dino D
Fri 11 Mar, 2016 22:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: So it's still not handling how I'd want...
Replies: 64
Views: 5823

Re: So it's still not handling how I'd want...

The front ones do. The rear one harder to tell, I've got one but not done much driving since fitting. I can tell you that if your rear beam and other rear bushes are the problem the braces do nothing, mine was all over the place when they were worn and that was with a brace and all the front bushes ...
by Dino D
Sat 27 Feb, 2016 17:27
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Je ne regrette rien!
Replies: 6
Views: 1151

Re: Je ne regrette rien!

Nothing wrong with some V8 goodness and all wrapped up in one Merc most beautiful roadsters, they've really ruined the SL with the 'facelift'. You got the nice one!
Enjoy!
by Dino D
Sat 27 Feb, 2016 16:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 hardtop purchase
Replies: 23
Views: 2144

Re: Z3 hardtop purchase

Sure you lose the ability to drop the roof on those rare crisp winter mornings but come on, really... when its 2 degrees outside and I see someone with the top down and 7 coats and a hat I just think p***k :D Now that's harsh...I'll have you know I only wear one coat with appropriate base layers an...
by Dino D
Sat 27 Feb, 2016 15:05
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: CENTER CONSOLE ARMRESTS
Replies: 14
Views: 1236

Re: CENTER CONSOLE ARMRESTS

I already have one of the 'new' models with the brackets to work without the OEM cupholder.
So to make it work with the OEM cupholder it looks it's just a case of mounting the appropriate hinges and fixing to the OEM cupholder a?
by Dino D
Sat 27 Feb, 2016 09:55
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: CENTER CONSOLE ARMRESTS
Replies: 14
Views: 1236

Re: CENTER CONSOLE ARMRESTS

I've got no issue with modifying the OEM cupholder- I would like to have the ability for 2 drinks (armrest folded up) and the just one drink when armrest down, that's ok with me. I've not seen the OEM cupholder before so not sure what will need doing- I imagine making a channel to allow the cross ba...
by Dino D
Sat 27 Feb, 2016 00:11
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: CENTER CONSOLE ARMRESTS
Replies: 14
Views: 1236

Re: CENTER CONSOLE ARMRESTS

Can you use the 'new' style one that's hinged with the OEM double cup holder?
I have the hinged one and very happy. It's come and doesn't get in the way of shifting but am thinking I need two cupholder too.
by Dino D
Sun 21 Feb, 2016 22:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 2.8 power loss - help required!
Replies: 9
Views: 923

Re: Z3 2.8 power loss - help required!

No chance you took a video when revving it to the redline with exhaust off? ;)
by Dino D
Sun 21 Feb, 2016 12:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Tired Tyres?
Replies: 4
Views: 605

Re: Tired Tyres?

I wouldn't get part worns if you want nice handling, part worns are fine if you want to bomb around and 'play' but if you want a nice ride they can make more issues than the they solve because of the way they could be already worn (i.e. Inside tread worn more than outside which is common and make yo...
by Dino D
Sun 21 Feb, 2016 00:07
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Heater cool until 3/4 turn
Replies: 6
Views: 859

Re: Heater cool until 3/4 turn

I believe it's something to door with some flaps not operating correctly which is a dash out job. The cables can fouled and not work properly but when I had that I could feel it via the knob not turning smoothly and easily as usual. Assuming you getting proper hot air on full so it's not a airlock i...
by Dino D
Sun 21 Feb, 2016 00:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: So it's still not handling how I'd want...
Replies: 64
Views: 5823

Re: So it's still not handling how I'd want...

Like Martin, I have a 1998 2.8 which always handles well at speed and on good roads, but it too is not so stable on patched up roads or white lines, it becomes a bit skittish. Apart from the shocks (which surely must need replacing) I've changed all the bushes, control bars, drop links and tyres et...
by Dino D
Sat 20 Feb, 2016 23:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 2.8 power loss - help required!
Replies: 9
Views: 923

Re: Z3 2.8 power loss - help required!

The camshaft sensor failing has similar symptoms when mine went. Very common on these, just need your codes read, will save you a lot of diagnosis.
by Dino D
Fri 19 Feb, 2016 23:25
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: So it's still not handling how I'd want...
Replies: 64
Views: 5823

Re: So it's still not handling how I'd want...

Rear beam bushes will more than likely be worn out by now. My car passed MOT and specific requests to a regular mechanic to check them. They said the had slight play but nothing major. It turned out they were totally shot. Diff bush too. New bushes in there and no more 'steer from the rear'. Bushes ...
by Dino D
Sun 06 Dec, 2015 19:09
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Accelerator feels remote!
Replies: 6
Views: 948

Re: Accelerator feels remote!

You could try a new accelerator cable, cheap from the dealer and common for them to get stiff. In my manual car it made holding a steady speed a chore when the cable became stiff. Of course an auto transmission introduces a 'slushy' feel but maintaining steady speed or steady acceleration shouldn't ...
by Dino D
Fri 04 Dec, 2015 14:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Anybody want to buy my Z3 3.0
Replies: 53
Views: 4803

Re: Anybody want to buy my Z3 3.0

Hardtop on their own can be £500 but what about the fitting kit...I sold my black one with kit for 900.
Topaz blue is popular colour.
I put the maintenance and condition at 1k premium - i.e. It's
by Dino D
Fri 04 Dec, 2015 10:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Anybody want to buy my Z3 3.0
Replies: 53
Views: 4803

Re: Anybody want to buy my Z3 3.0

I have seen a tow bar for a jet ski fitted back in 2011 (the car was for sale in the midlands, a black 3.0 if I recall correct) and believe there was a very rare factory option but a good towing shop can probably engineer a purpose made set up if it just for bikes. The car sold before I could look a...
by Dino D
Thu 03 Dec, 2015 23:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Anybody want to buy my Z3 3.0
Replies: 53
Views: 4803

Re: Anybody want to buy my Z3 3.0

When I bought mine I paid a 'premium' for it over similar mileage cars because all the major jobs where done and it was freshly serviced (all fluids etc). I've bought enough used cars to value current maintenance and condition. I've bought 'cheaper' cars that needed many little jobs doing and in the...
by Dino D
Thu 03 Dec, 2015 14:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Anybody want to buy my Z3 3.0
Replies: 53
Views: 4803

Re: Anybody want to buy my Z3 3.0

You have a good point 'most people on here already have one'. I only looked at Z forums after I saw the Z I wanted on Pistonheads classifieds. The seller had links to the build thread on various forums but when searching for a car I looked at autotrader and Pistoneheads. I guess Gumtree is also popu...
by Dino D
Sun 29 Nov, 2015 18:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Anybody want to buy my Z3 3.0
Replies: 53
Views: 4803

Re: Anybody want to buy my Z3 3.0

Thats a rare and beautiful interior and in great condition. Add in the the style 78 wheels, the hard top, low mileage (but no too low that's it's been sat around for years) and the the recent maintenance work I think it's a good price. The hard top and full fitting kit fetches close to 1k on its own...
by Dino D
Mon 23 Nov, 2015 22:52
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: wanted, cupholder/leather armrest for Z3 , black for 2001 mo
Replies: 12
Views: 1395

Re: wanted, cupholder/leather armrest for Z3 , black for 200

yalden wrote:I bought one recently from BMW. I think they got it from Germany but I'd be surprised if it's suddenly become unavailable.
Do you remember the price?
by Dino D
Wed 18 Nov, 2015 20:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Wheel spacers
Replies: 10
Views: 1215

Re: Wheel spacers

In the US they use stud conversions a lot more than here, especially when using spacers. So far I just bought 4 studs to test how I get on with them (2in each rear wheel). Ive found they help me place the wheels easily along with 12mm spacers. I'd like to get round to doing all of them with a qualit...
by Dino D
Sat 26 Sep, 2015 23:24
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: sort of knocking noise
Replies: 7
Views: 702

Re: sort of knocking noise

I had a Bosch plug do this, was a worrying sound!
I read on a US forum that Bosch plugs tend to do this so went with Ngk.
by Dino D
Tue 08 Sep, 2015 21:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: TCS Coming on for no reason
Replies: 25
Views: 1854

Re: TCS Coming on for no reason

Just yesterday I put my 17's with new tyres on the front and have my work 18's on the rear and no ASC issues. Bit surprised you had different diameter wheels with no problem :shock: The overall diameter is quite close between the 17's and 18's though as the profile is lower on the 18's so not as bi...
by Dino D
Tue 08 Sep, 2015 18:40
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: TCS Coming on for no reason
Replies: 25
Views: 1854

Re: TCS Coming on for no reason

Just to give the other side of the coin, my 98 model with ASC is fine with different brands/sizes across the same axle and I've had a mix of 16/17/18's on the car at the same time (across the same axle). It didn't like the space saver on the rear of course and needed to be switched off. As pointed o...
by Dino D
Wed 02 Sep, 2015 08:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Thermostat question
Replies: 9
Views: 684

Re: Thermostat question

The temperature is taken by a sensor attached to the top of the radiator (left side if you are facing the engine) Perhaps the sensor is faulty ? Hi Barry, Having replaced both temprature sensors on my 2.8 I can confirm that sensor on the side of radiator is actually the auxillary (electric) fan tem...
by Dino D
Tue 01 Sep, 2015 23:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Car cover or not?
Replies: 19
Views: 2449

Re: Car cover or not?

When I had a leaky soft top I used the half cover (waterproof) by classic additions: https://www.classicadditions.com/car-covers/outdoor-car-covers/waterproof-half.html The straps help you pull it tight and there is minimal contact with the paint, just where the straps come down and a bit over the b...
by Dino D
Tue 01 Sep, 2015 16:58
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Cheap ltd edition Titan silver 2.2
Replies: 7
Views: 1437

Re: Cheap ltd edition Titan silver 2.2

motco wrote:Tilt steering wheel? :?
Now wouldn't that be nice!
I was quite surprised to find out the Z3 don't have that..
by Dino D
Tue 01 Sep, 2015 16:53
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Thermostat question
Replies: 9
Views: 684

Re: Thermostat question

Here you go, hope not helps, very interesting test to run to see your actual temps:
http://www.zroadster.net/forum/viewtopi ... =5&t=37703
by Dino D
Tue 01 Sep, 2015 16:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Thermostat question
Replies: 9
Views: 684

Re: Thermostat question

Will dig up a thread that explains the gauge behaviour and the dash test so you can see the actual temp reading (the gauge only shows a range, not actual).
by Dino D
Tue 25 Aug, 2015 23:10
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: My z3
Replies: 19
Views: 3808

Re: My z3

Robz3sport wrote:Thanks dino, I had a classic mini for 15 years, I know all about character.....! Suspension is standard as far as as I know.
This must feel like a limo in comparison, the wheels alone must be taller than the bonnet if a classic mini!
by Dino D
Tue 25 Aug, 2015 19:33
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: My z3
Replies: 19
Views: 3808

Re: My z3

Looks very good, well done to find one that nice. Don't worry too much about the wheel size just yet and get some miles on it to get used to it. If you've come from 'normal' cars the feedback and manners can be a suprise, it was for me after a few years of family buses and mine was already very well...
by Dino D
Sun 23 Aug, 2015 00:31
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: essential Z3 purchase
Replies: 2
Views: 900

Re: essential Z3 purchase

tut tut, don't you know only GHD with ceramic plates will do!
by Dino D
Fri 21 Aug, 2015 23:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Odometer Test Mode Temperature Chart
Replies: 12
Views: 1211

Re: Odometer Test Mode Temperature Chart

Found some interesting info relating to higher coolant temps and how BMW now controls them on the N52 engine (3.0 from e90): http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=829913 Originally Posted by Volasko A while back a member posted a link to a long detailed report about the N52 engine (http://w...
by Dino D
Fri 21 Aug, 2015 21:13
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: SOLD.......293 hp supercharged 2.8 for £5000
Replies: 25
Views: 4160

Re: SOLD.......293 hp supercharged 2.8 for £5000

Very keen to hear more of this car and see it (hear it drive). Never heard a supercharged 2.8.
Must be fun!
by Dino D
Fri 21 Aug, 2015 21:09
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: First mod on my Orinoco, 17s or 18s ?
Replies: 6
Views: 1023

Re: First mod on my Orinoco, 17s or 18s ?

The sharpness you mention can be reclaimed with Z3M rear front control arm bushes and by using E30 wishbones without the rubber mounted ball joints. Both give significant flex. That's interesting. I have Poweflex purple bushes and Meyle HD control arms. Not sure how these HD control arms compare wi...
by Dino D
Thu 20 Aug, 2015 20:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: First mod on my Orinoco, 17s or 18s ?
Replies: 6
Views: 1023

Re: First mod on my Orinoco, 17s or 18s ?

I use 18's (Beyern Multis) and 17's BMW Style 78. On smooth roads there is nothing in it and I prefer the 18's sharper response (lower harder sidewall), real shame I don't love in Germany..! Back in the real world (UK) the 17's better and although less sharp due to more sidewall outright it's nice. ...