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by siwilson
Mon 16 Feb, 2015 09:49
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Warning lights came on 100 yards before MOT!
Replies: 9
Views: 1313

Re: Warning lights came on 100 yards before MOT!

That combination of lights is a DSC fault. Basically the information the Module is getting from all the wheel, steering and yaw/speed sensors does not add up. Did you feel a slight pulsing of the brakes just before the lights came on? Sadly when this happened for me it was a DSC sensor which was not...
by siwilson
Fri 13 Feb, 2015 12:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Round 20pin diagnostics socket
Replies: 3
Views: 397

Re: Round 20pin diagnostics socket

Mine is a half turn anti-clockwise then pull upwards.
by siwilson
Sun 18 Jan, 2015 13:17
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: SviRu black venom
Replies: 65
Views: 17553

Re: SviRu black venom

sviru wrote:Opinions please

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HELL NOOOOOOO!
by siwilson
Mon 12 Jan, 2015 10:01
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Head unit - CD changer compatibility
Replies: 5
Views: 783

Re: Head unit - CD changer compatibility

Both the BMW Business Head Unit (Tape player) and the Business CD will operate a CD changer. The tape model requires the BMW CD changer A and the business CD needs the CD Changer AI. The pre-wiring in Z3 UK models was only for the Tape unit/CD changer A combo.
by siwilson
Sat 03 Jan, 2015 09:21
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: S54 Vanos
Replies: 24
Views: 2970

Re: S54 Vanos

I think the central point to this is that the claims in the article have to be taken with a pinch of salt. I read a lot of BMW boards and if there was a real issue with S54 VANOS then it would come up a lot more than it does. I went back an did a search as well and could not find anything to suggest...
by siwilson
Sat 13 Dec, 2014 08:48
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Disaster - Advice needed
Replies: 19
Views: 3131

Re: Disaster - Advice needed

First off is to see what the offer is. If you paid £8k and they offer you anything over £7k then take it and look for another. There are plenty out there. Maybe make the acceptance condition on you getting some of the aftermarket bits back? (Assuming you declared then to begin with). Key rule is NEV...
by siwilson
Wed 10 Dec, 2014 09:40
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Lightweight flywheel & shift pins - w/ Feedback + Video
Replies: 48
Views: 5875

Re: Lightweight flywheel and clutch

Lightweight flywheels can make a horrible rattling noise. JasonZ3M had one on his highly modified S50. It was amazingly responsive to the throttle, but clack clack clack all the time.
by siwilson
Thu 13 Nov, 2014 13:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Original Build Data
Replies: 27
Views: 14093

Re: Original Build Data

Pierrick wrote:Good link. Apparently I have a bettery master switch... never seen that!
You mean that pyrotechnic thingy that disconnects the battery during a crash. Not really a switch as you would think.
by siwilson
Tue 11 Nov, 2014 10:29
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: SviRu black venom
Replies: 65
Views: 17553

Re: SviRu black venom

Lovely car. I would drop the Chrome around the windscreen and shadow chrome the handles and gills.
by siwilson
Sat 18 Oct, 2014 08:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hardtop electrics - almost there
Replies: 5
Views: 493

Re: Hardtop electrics - almost there

Yes, that is the old style connector.
by siwilson
Mon 06 Oct, 2014 10:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Black Kidneys
Replies: 37
Views: 5963

Re: Black Kidneys

Look squashed. Not a good look IMO :( Like the shape of g8jka's ones, but maybe not CF for me.
by siwilson
Sun 05 Oct, 2014 15:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Saturday's mystery part
Replies: 19
Views: 2033

Re: Saturday's mystery part

motco wrote:
corky wrote:Looks like the large nut that holds the steering wheel on :?:
Single most dangerous part on any car? The nut that holds the steering wheel! :P
But on a Z3 its a bolt :)
by siwilson
Sat 04 Oct, 2014 18:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Saturday's mystery part
Replies: 19
Views: 2033

Re: Saturday's mystery part

Brian H wrote:Is it one of the two nuts to hold the rear beam on to the car?
The winner!

Good game, good game!

I removed my butt-strut & body brace and thought it a shame to use the old nuts for the rear beam.. £1.92 each

Si,
by siwilson
Sat 04 Oct, 2014 16:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Saturday's mystery part
Replies: 19
Views: 2033

Re: Saturday's mystery part

Nope!

Requires a 22mm socket. The thread is M14!
by siwilson
Sat 04 Oct, 2014 13:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Saturday's mystery part
Replies: 19
Views: 2033

Re: Saturday's mystery part

Southernboy wrote:.....HENCE MY OFFERING THAT IT IS FOR SECURING THINGS BY BEING FITTED TO A STUD OR BOLT...THAT'S WHAT IT'S FOR....... :roflmao: :roflmao: :cheers
He clearly doesn't know :dunce:

One clue, it requires a socket bigger than 16mm
by siwilson
Sat 04 Oct, 2014 13:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Saturday's mystery part
Replies: 19
Views: 2033

Re: Saturday's mystery part

Southernboy wrote:It's called a nut, and is generally used to secure items where a stud or a bolt forms the reciprocal half.... I would have thought you knew what a nut is....... :D
I didn't ask what it was, I asked what it was for :-P .
by siwilson
Sat 04 Oct, 2014 13:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Saturday's mystery part
Replies: 19
Views: 2033

Re: Saturday's mystery part

tags wrote:The nut that screws down the battery cover. You should have attaching one.

Tags
Nope, it's bigger than that :)
by siwilson
Sat 04 Oct, 2014 12:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Saturday's mystery part
Replies: 19
Views: 2033

Saturday's mystery part

Who can tell me what this is for?
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Only clue is that it's bigger than it looks ;)

No prizes other than props for your Z3 Geekness :)
by siwilson
Fri 03 Oct, 2014 09:21
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Removing and fitting rear heated screen switch
Replies: 2
Views: 697

Re: Removing and fitting rear heated screen switch

We should also point out that it is a right PIA to get back together. It also has sharp edges so watch out! The two parts clip to together with the rear metal panel latching on some lugs on the front plastic facia. This is quite a tight fit so you need to put pressure in the right place to get it to...
by siwilson
Fri 26 Sep, 2014 22:16
Forum: Z4M roadster and Z4m coupé
Topic: ///M S54 valve gear excessive wear
Replies: 12
Views: 2395

Re: ///M S54 valve gear excessive wear

The initial S54 recal also included replacement of the oil pump due to "unfavourable tolerances in the oil pump".

That damage really looks like oil starvation. Do you know if the followers were also replaced last to the cams were changed?
by siwilson
Thu 25 Sep, 2014 08:44
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: HID conversion
Replies: 31
Views: 3192

Re: HID conversion

I found this great website that shines a light (pardon the pun) on the science of why HID upgrades are not a good idea. Daniel Stern Lighting.
by siwilson
Sun 21 Sep, 2014 23:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Steering and Suspension Wear.
Replies: 13
Views: 1690

Re: Steering and Suspension Wear.

100% agree with the above statements regarding mixed tyres. I have just been through months of this and loads of mucking about trying to cure a handling issue. I would normally have looked at tyres first but didn't in my case since I was only moving the rears from Goodyear Asym 1 to Asym 2. This abs...
by siwilson
Sun 21 Sep, 2014 21:40
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: iPhone 6 Preordered?
Replies: 40
Views: 6165

Re: iPhone 6 Preordered?

What do you think?

Gotta get a case for mine quick. It's slippery as a bar of soap!
by siwilson
Thu 18 Sep, 2014 18:33
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Anyone know this S54 ?
Replies: 16
Views: 1881

Re: Anyone know this S54 ?

Phil wrote:Welcome indeed. I bet Alfie will be pleased with the appearance of another Imola.
He'll be dancing like Pharell Williams :)
by siwilson
Wed 17 Sep, 2014 22:21
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Anyone know this S54 ?
Replies: 16
Views: 1881

Re: Anyone know this S54 ?

Well, that's quite a car you just bought. the LAST of 73 S54 Z3Ms in RHD ever made! We track the S54s here and for many years that one eluded us. It was finally spotted for sale in April this year. See this thread . Other than that, not much is known about it. What I can tell you is that the other I...
by siwilson
Wed 17 Sep, 2014 14:57
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Wanted: Late Z3 2.8
Replies: 9
Views: 1474

Re: Wanted: Late Z3 2.8

I think choice depends on what you want it to look like. The 3.0 was only available in the face-lift 'butt lift' option whereas the 2.8 was mostly available in the same shape as the M. Both are good cars though.
by siwilson
Wed 17 Sep, 2014 10:27
Forum: Performance
Topic: H&R ARB's
Replies: 9
Views: 1428

Re: H&R ARB's

I have both front and rear fitted to my M. They definitely make a difference in reducing body roll for flatter cornering and more stable transitions. There are downsides though. You get a slightly harsher ride as a bump on one wheel is transferred across to the other side. not much, but noticeable. ...
by siwilson
Sat 13 Sep, 2014 07:42
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: iPhone 6 Preordered?
Replies: 40
Views: 6165

Re: iPhone 6 Preordered?

I have had a cell phone since 1986 and have been through most vendors (Motorola, NEC, Panasonic, Apple, etc..) in that time. I now have both iPhone (5s) and Android (M8). There are good points to both, but I just can't get on with the Android. Using it feels like writing with the wrong hand. I order...
by siwilson
Sat 06 Sep, 2014 08:28
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: LIST YOUR REAR END HERE...
Replies: 19
Views: 3078

Re: LIST YOUR REAR END HERE...

Handbrake cables out of clip on underside of patrol tank
Rubber sound absorber missing or displaced form petrol tank straps
Rear brake pads (particularly aftermarket) rattling in calliper.
Crap in boot that has no business being there.
Loose exhaust heat shield
by siwilson
Wed 03 Sep, 2014 07:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: HID conversion
Replies: 31
Views: 3192

Re: HID conversion

The facts are here.

The reality is that you may get through an MOT or you may not. I did even though my car experienced the same issues outlined in the document I linked to above.

Like I said, I had them, removed them and won't be going back.
by siwilson
Mon 01 Sep, 2014 13:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Looking forward to new shocks
Replies: 19
Views: 2873

Re: Looking forward to new shocks

At higher mileages they may not be completely knackered, but they certainly won't be as effective. It really depends on the life they have had, but I would think 50k is all you get before the performance starts to deteriorate.
by siwilson
Sat 30 Aug, 2014 07:44
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: car radio advice
Replies: 15
Views: 2422

Re: car radio advice

Hi, When you say just plugs in does that mean exactly what I think it does in that I unplug the Business CD and the new unit fits exactly into the 'wiring socket' that the Business CD unit did. Also what about the space left by the old unit. The new unit just fits in? Thanks No, you need a wiring h...
by siwilson
Thu 28 Aug, 2014 20:13
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: HID conversion
Replies: 31
Views: 3192

Re: HID conversion

FWIW I had HIDs in my M and although they look a lot brighter the light penetration into the distance was not that good. I have since replaced with 100% plus bulbs and it's a lot better. It doesn't look as bright but really penetrates the darkness.
by siwilson
Wed 27 Aug, 2014 09:40
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rear beam bushes
Replies: 15
Views: 2003

Re: Rear beam bushes

Won't help body roll, but will reduce rear end steer and will protect your diff mount bracket. FWIW I would not touch the diff mount bush. Leave that stock as you don;t want any movement in the rear beam transferred to the diff mount if you can help it. Let the new rear beam bushes take all the stra...
by siwilson
Mon 25 Aug, 2014 08:51
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Spot welds popped...
Replies: 10
Views: 1495

Re: Spot welds popped...

Sorry to hear this Shirley. Popped spot welds and a cracked diff bracket will be a reality for almost all Z3 owners at some point. They key thing is to catch it early (which you have) and get a decent fix done. After that its really no big deal and nothing to worry about. In addition to this fix I w...
by siwilson
Mon 25 Aug, 2014 08:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: car radio advice
Replies: 15
Views: 2422

Re: car radio advice

That Alpine unit looks good. I had no idea the price of these things had come down so much!

I like these Mechlesss players and would not bother with a CD player any more. Some good and amazing cheap alternatives here
by siwilson
Sun 24 Aug, 2014 07:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: car radio advice
Replies: 15
Views: 2422

Re: car radio advice

Pretty much any single DIN form factor had unit will fit the space, although you will need a harness adapter to plug it in. These adapters are very common os nothing to worry about. As for choice, it all depends on how much you want to spend versus the look and features you want. Becker look the bes...
by siwilson
Sat 23 Aug, 2014 07:45
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Mrs's Gookah's Z3 Sport
Replies: 44
Views: 17946

Re: Mrs's Gookah's Z3 Sport

I just paid £120 to have my wife's 17" sport wheels chemically stripped, sandblasted and powder coated. Thats for all four wheels!!!!! I also took down 4 new tyres for them to fit, they took off the old tyres, put on my four new tyres with new valves, and balanced them, all in that price. Wheels wi...
by siwilson
Wed 20 Aug, 2014 09:37
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Brought to my attention about uk road tax
Replies: 4
Views: 929

Re: Brought to my attention about uk road tax

Interesting! Buying a vehicle From 1 October, when you buy a vehicle, the vehicle tax will no longer be transferred with the vehicle. You will need to get new vehicle tax before you can use the vehicle. You can tax the vehicle using the New Keeper Supplement (V5C/2) part of the vehicle registration ...
by siwilson
Wed 20 Aug, 2014 08:44
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Purchasing a Z3M
Replies: 25
Views: 2762

Re: Purchasing a Z3M

Alfie wrote: Remember Windsor?
A few years ago now....
A few? Actually 10 years ago :shock:

That was the fist run I ever did in my M. September 12th 2004, the visit to Guards Polo club.

Welcome back Shirley!
by siwilson
Tue 19 Aug, 2014 10:25
Forum: Performance
Topic: rear wheels out of allignment
Replies: 5
Views: 917

Re: rear wheels out of allignment

If all looks good then next step is to get an alignment check just to make sure everything is in the right place. I have seen posts on other boards where one side looked set further back in the arch. In these cases there was nothing wrong. Maybe just a manufacturing tolerance that most people never ...
by siwilson
Tue 19 Aug, 2014 08:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Anti roll bar advice.
Replies: 12
Views: 852

Re: Anti roll bar advice.

Then tires when the one I have are good to change. Tyres can get too old as well as wearing down. When tyres get old they go hard and lose grip. I had this with some Conti contact sport I had on the M. Lasted too long really so they looked good, but the rubber was 'dead'. How old are your tyres? If...
by siwilson
Mon 18 Aug, 2014 12:45
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Anti roll bar advice.
Replies: 12
Views: 852

Re: Anti roll bar advice.

The key to cornering is smoothness and balance. Specifically by being smooth with the throttle and steering and not upsetting the balance with harsh changes during the corner. You can have all the handling gizmos you wan, but if you enter a corner too quick and have to lift or break you will be in t...
by siwilson
Fri 15 Aug, 2014 22:11
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: Gaydon display pass wanted
Replies: 4
Views: 509

Re: Gaydon display pass wanted

James,

PM sent

Si
by siwilson
Fri 15 Aug, 2014 18:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Alarm and Bonnet Switch Issues
Replies: 11
Views: 761

Re: Alarm and Bonnet Switch Issues

njathind wrote:Is it wise to disconnect the radio switch? As I say the alarm LED flashes at it should.
No harm in it. by the time they are in to get the radio the alarm should be going off anyway.
by siwilson
Fri 15 Aug, 2014 17:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Alarm and Bonnet Switch Issues
Replies: 11
Views: 761

Re: Alarm and Bonnet Switch Issues

I would still look at the radio switch. It can easily 'pop' out of the housing by if the radio had been changed or even the original removed and refitted.
by siwilson
Fri 15 Aug, 2014 10:25
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: Gaydon display pass wanted
Replies: 4
Views: 509

Gaydon display pass wanted

Anyone know of a spare display pass for Gaydon? I wasn't going to be able to go, but my plans have changed and I can now come :)

Z section, South-East or M Power.

Be nice to get the Lagun Seca roadster on show again.

Thanks all.
by siwilson
Sat 19 Jul, 2014 09:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Suspension parts-best place to buy?
Replies: 6
Views: 371

Re: Suspension parts-best place to buy?

Always do both sides! I Just replaced my tie rods and track rod ends last week with Lemforder parts from ECP. Lemforder is the OEM, so I have the same BMW part, just with a smaller credit card bill the BMW logo missing. Use discount code LASTCHANCE30 or LASTCHANCE25 :) also bought Lemforder rear ARB...
by siwilson
Mon 14 Jul, 2014 10:04
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Z3M S50 died this morning
Replies: 22
Views: 3539

Re: Z3M S50 died this morning

Any idea how much, if any swarf is now running around the engine? it looked like some form the picture.
by siwilson
Sat 12 Jul, 2014 07:25
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Z3M S50 died this morning
Replies: 22
Views: 3539

Re: Z3M S50 died this morning

Sorry to hear this. Sounds £££ :(

After diags the next thing I would do is drain the oil to check for bits of metal. If you find any then there is no sense mucking about taking bits off in situ.

Hope its something relatively cheap.