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by c_w
Tue 24 Oct, 2017 20:53
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Z3M V8 Conversion
Replies: 419
Views: 80608

Re: Z3M V8 Conversion

Eww don't fit the Hamman rear lights - stock lights are the best on the M! I reckon the car looks spot on as it is - I think your car carries off the rear diffuser because the tyres are so wide it works and look classy. Fitting those rear lights it will look a bit max power 1999 :dunce:
by c_w
Thu 27 Apr, 2017 16:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 3.0 Standard suspension to Sport suspension Query
Replies: 15
Views: 1724

Re: 3.0 Standard suspension to Sport suspension Query

I would take the SACHS Advantage over the touring all day. The touring will be quite soft and a standard car damper. The Advantage are by no means like an aftermarket harsh damper though but just have a bit more control.
by c_w
Wed 12 Apr, 2017 20:55
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Z3 3.0 M Sport for sale
Replies: 32
Views: 4428

Re: Z3 3.0 M Sport for sale

Is it worth approaching a specilaist who would sell it on their forecourt on a "sale or return" basis? They will obviously take a fee, but it would get more people looking at it if they are browsing other cars.
by c_w
Fri 07 Apr, 2017 13:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: B*stard main dealers
Replies: 20
Views: 2487

Re: B*stard main dealers

The Z3 may be a BMW, but BMW dealers have well washed their hands of it. The only time I'd take a car to a BMW dealer is if it was within warranty and/or not too old/low mileage that keeping it's service history might help resale. But the Z3 is far too old to expect full BMW history (it's not worth ...
by c_w
Mon 03 Apr, 2017 16:45
Forum: Performance
Topic: H and R Antiroll bars - Z3M
Replies: 8
Views: 868

Re: H and R Antiroll bars - Z3M

The rear is a little thicker, but the front bar on the Z3M is actually thinner due to the different location it uses on the struts (vs wishbones).

So a standard Z3M rear bar should provide a tiny improvement (but a set of aftermarket will be a better bet!).
by c_w
Sun 02 Apr, 2017 19:15
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: Z3 Wideboy
Replies: 5
Views: 789

Re: Z3 Wideboy

Probably mixing up with the old Vitara Fatboy :D
by c_w
Sun 02 Apr, 2017 13:24
Forum: Performance
Topic: H and R Antiroll bars - Z3M
Replies: 8
Views: 868

Re: H and R Antiroll bars - Z3M

The H&R bars make a bigger difference than the springs IMO.

Steering is much more responsive and a bit more weighted as you lean on the car in corners. At high speed you have to recalibrate yourself slightly as the car is a lot more responsive.
by c_w
Thu 23 Mar, 2017 12:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 100,000 miles and just 16
Replies: 8
Views: 1076

Re: 100,000 miles and just 16

It's not a 1983 Ford Fiesta :P Another 900,000 to go round the clock :rtm:
by c_w
Sun 19 Mar, 2017 15:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: soft rear end.. but might be normal
Replies: 17
Views: 1782

Re: soft rear end.. but might be normal

It's a common characteristic of the suspension design, but make sure your rear dampers are in good condition as this can exacerbate the effect; having said that, the stock dampers qre quite soft and allow a lot of squat and bounce particlarly on gearchanges. I can recommend Spax adjustable (you can ...
by c_w
Wed 15 Mar, 2017 20:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Sticky Brake Caliper?
Replies: 13
Views: 1361

Re: Sticky Brake Caliper?

You can usually get them out with a footpump quite easily using a piece of pipe like a vac hose (or whatever fits tightly in the footpump and slots into the caliper connection. Doesn't need to be airtight, just pressed on whilst you work the pump.
by c_w
Sun 12 Mar, 2017 14:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: steering judder c 50mph... occurring on and off
Replies: 36
Views: 3917

Re: steering judder c 50mph... occurring on and off

I've never had anything as bad as that, c_w! Are you saying, if it's sticking, it could still be stuck when you stop? I guess mine has not got that bad yet, but I'll check for the marks. What if there aren't any? regards Sue Mine was quite bad and the car would come to a definite stop without press...
by c_w
Sat 11 Mar, 2017 19:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: steering judder c 50mph... occurring on and off
Replies: 36
Views: 3917

Re: steering judder c 50mph... occurring on and off

Well, I just took a brief trip up and down the A1 and checked the wheels as soon as I got back. I DO get the judder at 50mph and then again at 75mph. The wheels are all hottish but the offside back wheel is hotter than the others. No smell of burning though and the back tyres were new last year, al...
by c_w
Fri 10 Mar, 2017 22:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: steering judder c 50mph... occurring on and off
Replies: 36
Views: 3917

Re: steering judder c 50mph... occurring on and off

Tyre person was probably reporting a bit of runout, which can be balanced out without noticing it on the car unless it's really bad. But a badly buckled wheel is felt from slow speeds upward (the car waddles if it's really bad). But after watching your video, that's definitely a binding caliper. Aft...
by c_w
Wed 08 Mar, 2017 21:32
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Secondary Air Injection Pump
Replies: 15
Views: 1437

Re: Secondary Air Injection Pump

Maybe it's through the OBD, I think that's why all US cars got the standardised OBDII connector before European cars because it became mandatory their testing over there.
by c_w
Wed 08 Mar, 2017 16:33
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Front Seat Lift Spacers / Seat Lifters
Replies: 31
Views: 3742

Re: Front Seat Lift Spacers

Am i missing the point? are you aware the seat height is electrically adjustable or are you abnormally short? apologies if so then maybe a cushion is a simpler solution, Jeremy.. As above reply, the seats are a little on the horizontal side, but with the front lifted the seats become much more supp...
by c_w
Wed 08 Mar, 2017 16:32
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Secondary Air Injection Pump
Replies: 15
Views: 1437

Re: Secondary Air Injection Pump

But how do they test something that is only active on cold starts for about 30-60seconds?
by c_w
Wed 08 Mar, 2017 16:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: In need of sill panels in cosmos black
Replies: 3
Views: 623

Re: In need of sill panels in cosmos black

As per previous reply, if you want to make the car good then new panels from BMW are probably your only bet. 2nd hand panels will likely to be rusty, and as you probably found, they rust from the inside out, so grinding doesn't help as it's coming from the other side. Sill removal isn't too bad, jus...
by c_w
Wed 08 Mar, 2017 16:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Replacing rear beam bushes: 3 questions for you
Replies: 39
Views: 3125

Re: Replacing rear beam bushes: 3 questions for you

Do you notice any difference in differential noise? In the Coupe I imagine it's more likely to change more than the roadster. Is it via OBD?
by c_w
Sat 04 Mar, 2017 21:05
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Secondary Air Injection Pump
Replies: 15
Views: 1437

Re: Secondary Air Injection Pump

MOT is generally while you wait, so you arrive (the car's warm) and they test it and do the emissions when the car is up to temp. But it must be the same there problem there; how do they get over the problem that the car is hot when it arrives?
by c_w
Thu 02 Mar, 2017 19:00
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Secondary Air Injection Pump
Replies: 15
Views: 1437

Re: Secondary Air Injection Pump

Ah I seem just noticed you are in Australia, over in the UK the car is tested at normal operating temperature (so the pump has long stopped working).
by c_w
Wed 01 Mar, 2017 22:12
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Secondary Air Injection Pump
Replies: 15
Views: 1437

Re: Secondary Air Injection Pump

It wouldn't surprise me if Pierburg is the OE manufacturer for it. The pump isn't necessary though, it's just a cold air pump on warm up.
by c_w
Mon 13 Feb, 2017 19:02
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Replacing rear beam bushes: 3 questions for you
Replies: 39
Views: 3125

Re: Replacing rear beam bushes: 3 questions for you

I think the Z3M bushes on the front are fine, no need to upgrade. Not sure about anti roll bars but I do have them on mine as they come with the H&R anti roll bars.
by c_w
Sun 12 Feb, 2017 18:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Replacing rear beam bushes: 3 questions for you
Replies: 39
Views: 3125

Re: Replacing rear beam bushes: 3 questions for you

I think whats going on with the rear suspension is quite complicated. Whether a solid bush is good or bad for load transfer is a matter of opinion unless someone measures it. You can certainly see why driveshaft failure is common fron the video. The motion will take driveshaft alignment outside nor...
by c_w
Sun 12 Feb, 2017 18:40
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Replacing rear beam bushes: 3 questions for you
Replies: 39
Views: 3125

Re: Replacing rear beam bushes: 3 questions for you

The poly bush is not marginally harder; it is significantly harder. Depends on the type of polyurethane. The hardness of the purple Powerflex ones only sits at the upper end of the scale for typical OE rubber ones. But that's on like for like comparison with a solid piece of rubber vs solid poly. T...
by c_w
Sat 11 Feb, 2017 19:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Replacing rear beam bushes: 3 questions for you
Replies: 39
Views: 3125

Re: Replacing rear beam bushes: 3 questions for you

I'd be tempted to swap that one with Andy. I doubt that many people wanting a diff won't already have a cover, and if they do, they will get one in April. I disagree with your thinking about the poly bush on the diff - I think that was the cause of your failure. The video in Deano's post clearly sh...
by c_w
Sat 11 Feb, 2017 18:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Replacing rear beam bushes: 3 questions for you
Replies: 39
Views: 3125

Re: Replacing rear beam bushes: 3 questions for you

I'd be tempted to swap that one with Andy. I doubt that many people wanting a diff won't already have a cover, and if they do, they will get one in April. I disagree with your thinking about the poly bush on the diff - I think that was the cause of your failure. The video in Deano's post clearly sh...
by c_w
Thu 09 Feb, 2017 21:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Calling all lowered zeds! post a pic please..
Replies: 18
Views: 2080

Re:

As per title only :D on 16"s http://i712.photobucket.com/albums/ww124/glp100000/DSCF2567.jpg Thanks Seasurfer, what drop are your springs? Oh and why have you got one black gill and one chrome gill? Have you lost one?..... :wink: It never ceases to amaze me of the level of scrutiny there is on this...
by c_w
Thu 09 Feb, 2017 21:09
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: How to Repair the S50B32 VANOS
Replies: 8
Views: 1404

Re: How to Repair the S50B32 VANOS

Nice. A lot of work gone in to making those videos!
by c_w
Sun 15 Jan, 2017 18:02
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Which gearbox oil?
Replies: 16
Views: 2138

Re: Which gearbox oil?

It may have had some other oil which retains a notchy nature. 110k nothing for these gearboxes.
by c_w
Sat 14 Jan, 2017 21:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Which gearbox oil?
Replies: 16
Views: 2138

Re: Which gearbox oil?

It's the exact same gearbox so use the same stuff as before that you were happy with :)

I run AMSOIL MTF in my Z3M (same gearbox) and it's not notchy hot or cold, it's nice and light.
by c_w
Sat 14 Jan, 2017 21:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Cost of replacement Dual Mass flywheel?
Replies: 4
Views: 723

Re: Cost of replacement Dual Mass flywheel?

Never really hear of dual mass failure on these, the 6 cylinder engine is very smooth and not really going to stress it too much. From your other thread the car is low mileage too; I doubt it is the flywheel. No known issues with them on the 3.2M either. The drivetrain clunk maybe the common clunk m...
by c_w
Mon 02 Jan, 2017 22:08
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: The law when indicating?
Replies: 11
Views: 1138

Re: The law when indicating?

In future just don't indicate until you have passed McDonalds?
by c_w
Fri 16 Dec, 2016 22:40
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Shocks and springs
Replies: 3
Views: 500

Re: Shocks and springs

The fronts will fit but it's any guess where the car will sit as the weight might be different. The rear springs, even though they may be lowering springs for the E36, will probably raise the rear as the E36 tends to rung bigger springs. The rear dampers too will probably be too long. There's not re...
by c_w
Mon 05 Dec, 2016 18:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Stalls when warms up....occasionally.
Replies: 27
Views: 1974

Re: Stalls when warms up....occasionally.

I would descibre a difference between the car stalling when the revs drop too quick/engine doesn't catch it and cutting out. The latter would normally be from an electrical/firing problem. If it stalls easy especially when started from semi warm etc, I would suspect an idle control valve or vacuum p...
by c_w
Sun 04 Dec, 2016 20:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Mudflaps anyone universal or recommendations
Replies: 7
Views: 891

Re: Mudflaps anyone universal or recommendations

Nice one, been looking for some for my car to stop the inevitable battering the sill and front wing paint gets. Was there a choice of flaps or is it just these (ie just in case I buy some that might not fit as well as those!)?

How did you attach them? screw through arch liner?
by c_w
Wed 23 Nov, 2016 19:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Coupe tramlining
Replies: 13
Views: 1278

Re: Coupe tramlining

No real tramling on my M Coupe. If you mean the regular Z3 Coupes then it would be an interesting comparison - I suspect by comparison with the Roadster they don't suffer as much.
by c_w
Wed 23 Nov, 2016 19:07
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: S50B32 & S54 Constant Pressure Valve O-Ring & Tool
Replies: 3
Views: 598

Re: S50B32 & S54 Constant Pressure Valve O-Ring & Tool

Yea would be useful for someone without the tool; I tried a few big flat bits from an impact screwdriver but they kept "ramping" out of the slot as they were tapered, so I modified it by grinding it square so it sat really nicely in the keyway of the screw.
by c_w
Mon 14 Nov, 2016 20:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: top speed
Replies: 12
Views: 1516

Re: top speed

My Coupe is rock solid at top speed, a friend commented on it whilst we were on our way back from a Z3 Coupe meet near the Nurburgring in October; I ran it up a few times on the Autobahn and it felt fine at top speed. The Coupe may be more stable than the Roadster though, and I do have ACS front fli...
by c_w
Tue 08 Nov, 2016 20:16
Forum: Performance
Topic: What oil to refill trailing arms?
Replies: 5
Views: 621

Re: What oil to refill trailing arms?

First I've heard of something like this, normally box sections would be wax injected, it makes no sense to oil fill it as it would just eventually leak out/add weight. DINITROL is very good, it comes with a straw and can get in every nook and cranny you need, then sets as a semi-solid brown wax. htt...
by c_w
Mon 07 Nov, 2016 20:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: top speed
Replies: 12
Views: 1516

Re: top speed

Used to do the Mlr 30-130 at RAF Marham with my evo 5. My best was 14.5 seconds and a top speed of 165. The same year a porsche gt 2 and an m3 csl were in attendance.. The gt2 was 13.5 and 183 the m3 was over 20 seconds and 144. They're not 2.2s :P Roof-up will obviously give you the best top-speed...
by c_w
Sat 13 Aug, 2016 21:24
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Z3M in winter
Replies: 5
Views: 1007

Re: Z3M in winter

Just my opinion but they're not really the car to do 4hrs commutes in, especially in winter. You could do it of course, but much rather be in my A3 TDI for that. Your existing winter wheels would sit even further in on the Z3M due to the low offset required on the rear, so would need 20-35mm spacers...
by c_w
Sun 07 Aug, 2016 20:19
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Pair of as-new 245 / 40 / 17 Bridgestone S001 tyres
Replies: 0
Views: 430

Pair of as-new 245 / 40 / 17 Bridgestone S001 tyres

I have a pair of 245/40/17 Bridgestone Potenzo S001 tyres that are as-new; have only been run for a handful of miles and so still measure full tread depth. OE equipment on some Ferraris/Aston. They come up nice and wide for a 245, wider than Michelin/Goodyear/Continental etc with good rim protection...
by c_w
Mon 01 Aug, 2016 12:41
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Shocking price for shocks!
Replies: 7
Views: 1389

Re: Shocking price for shocks!

As already said you may as well get the Bilstein B6 which is a standard length damper but uprated and still comfortable but gives so much more body control over the stock damper. I assumed the likes of EuroCarParts don't do OE-spec dampers like Bilstein/SACHs etc? as they should be much cheaper for ...
by c_w
Sun 31 Jul, 2016 19:13
Forum: Event/cruise aftermaths
Topic: Silverstone Classic
Replies: 5
Views: 3231

Re: Silverstone Classic

http://www.z3mcoupe.com/photopost/data//500/4941DSC00137.JPG Photo of mine from yesterday. I was parked next to a blue M Roadster - I know it's not really in the photo, but does anyone know the owner? It was Estoril with grey/black interior which should narrow it down as that is probably a fairly r...
by c_w
Tue 26 Jul, 2016 18:25
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Rear upper strut brace (Bertini. new unfitted)
Replies: 5
Views: 590

Re: Rear upper strut brace (Bertini. new unfitted)

I don't know of any performance benefits as it's never been fitted. Though the damper mounting on the body (not the top mount) are known to crack (hence the reinforcement plates available from BMW), so this could be considered an extra reinforcement. Forgot to add, located near Manchester. Collectio...
by c_w
Mon 25 Jul, 2016 21:41
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Rear upper strut brace (Bertini. new unfitted)
Replies: 5
Views: 590

Rear upper strut brace (Bertini. new unfitted)

It's the one that bolts on the rear top mounts. Bertini type.

I bought it for my Coupe but decided against cutting the interior arch trim (which the Roadster doesn't have).

£50
by c_w
Wed 06 Jul, 2016 16:13
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Limited Slip Diff Observation
Replies: 19
Views: 1905

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.
by c_w
Sun 26 Jun, 2016 17:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Front bumper marker lights.
Replies: 10
Views: 708

Re: Front bumper marker lights.

All the 6cylinder cars have always had the side marker lights. It's only the early 1.9s AFAIK that didn't have them.

On the cars with the side markers, the headlights don't have access holes for the sidelight in the main beam lamp. Though the cast mark is there.
by c_w
Sat 11 Jun, 2016 21:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Did the Z3 3.0 have "M Sport" suspension as standard?
Replies: 17
Views: 1395

Re: Did the Z3 3.0 have "M Sport" suspension as standard?

But that doesn't clarify that there is a non-sport 3.0 [ie all 3.0 are Sports] - but there may be a non-Sport 1.9 and 2.2 variant.
by c_w
Sat 11 Jun, 2016 20:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rear wings. Different sizes?
Replies: 15
Views: 1173

Re: Rear wings. Different sizes?

Yea, a photo of the light and the gap would be helpful! Not two completely different angled photos :rtm: