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by siwilson
Tue 08 Jul, 2014 12:44
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Tyres Again
Replies: 9
Views: 476

Re: Tyres Again

On my ///M. Asym 1 were like sh!t to a blanket. Asym 2 are not as Asymmetric (look more like a regular tyre), but still ultra grippy. maybe even better in the wet.
by siwilson
Sat 05 Jul, 2014 08:25
Forum: Performance
Topic: Help!!! Transverse acceleration sensor.
Replies: 5
Views: 787

Re: Help!!! Transverse acceleration sensor.

Just curious, but what were your symptoms?
by siwilson
Wed 25 Jun, 2014 15:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: STICKY GEAR SELECTION
Replies: 6
Views: 239

Re: STICKY GEAR SELECTION

Head over to the US boards and search for "Shift pin service" it's not s hard job for a man of your calibre :)
by siwilson
Tue 17 Jun, 2014 19:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Need help with HRW wiring!
Replies: 17
Views: 545

Re: Need help with HRW wiring!

They do. I found the connector at the switch end. The connector at the hood end is the one l cannot find! I bought the harness to connect the HRW but have nothing to connect it to.... The car was fitted with an electric hood from new, so the wiring must be somewhere. The connector at the hood end i...
by siwilson
Wed 28 May, 2014 13:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Shocks and springs
Replies: 10
Views: 337

Re: Shocks and springs

Here is a Realoem link for your model. It shows all the items that make up the front strut. I suggest items 1, 6, 7 ,8, 9, 10 12 and 13. Quantities shown are per car (so both sides). Items 2 and 5 are quite cheap, so nice to replace at the same time for that all new look :) Other item you need are f...
by siwilson
Wed 28 May, 2014 07:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Shocks and springs
Replies: 10
Views: 337

Re: Shocks and springs

So the ones in the advert are B12. This would be ok too right? Found the whole kit for £532 delivered from the link posted above. The installation is a job you can do yourself isn't it? It doesn't look too difficult. Cheers , Stevie No, not too hard if you're handy with a socket set. The worst part...
by siwilson
Sat 10 May, 2014 11:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Brakes feel soft
Replies: 3
Views: 164

Re: Brakes feel soft

When was the fluid last changed?

This is a service item and needs to be done on a regular basis. There is a little clock symbol that comes up on the dash.
by siwilson
Wed 30 Apr, 2014 17:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: handling improvements?
Replies: 54
Views: 1846

Re: handling improvements?

When I first go out I get tram lining, when on my way home I get nothing. The only difference is warm tyres. and..... being on the other side of the road, going in the other direction, with an opposite camber :D Who said I haven't driven the same piece of road in the same direction twice in a day j...
by siwilson
Wed 30 Apr, 2014 15:05
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: handling improvements?
Replies: 54
Views: 1846

Re: handling improvements?

Perhaps its worth considering what is actually happening when the car appears to 'tramline'. Tramlining feels like the car is steering itself, so what causes that? 1. It could be that at that moment one front tyre has more grip than the other. When that tyres decides to follow a line or undulation i...
by siwilson
Mon 28 Apr, 2014 16:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Retro-fit On Board Computer
Replies: 23
Views: 913

Re: Retro-fit On Board Computer

Lots of info on the US boards for OBC retrofits. Here is a good link.
by siwilson
Sat 26 Apr, 2014 09:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: BMW Z3 2.2 M Sport upgrades advice
Replies: 49
Views: 4154

Re: BMW Z3 2.2 M Sport upgrades advice

Blimey !! There are some real in depth discussions going on here which I find very informative but no detail has covered the ariel !!! What detrimental effect if any would sticking a Micky Mouse head on my ariel have? Tram-lining, Dazzling oncoming cars, subframe issues, scuttle shake, shorter serv...
by siwilson
Fri 25 Apr, 2014 08:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: BMW Z3 2.2 M Sport upgrades advice
Replies: 49
Views: 4154

Re: BMW Z3 2.2 M Sport upgrades advice

A member with an S54 M did some back to back tests many years ago and found the stock air filter delivered the best results.

If you're looking for ideas on what to do then take a look at Yalden's Cosmos black 2.0. One of the most tastefully modded Z3 I have seen.
by siwilson
Wed 23 Apr, 2014 16:46
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Found a loose connector under the seat...
Replies: 14
Views: 1071

Re: Found a loose connector under the seat...

Connector and wire colouring matches the description of the fasten seatbelt switch/alarm that we don't have on the UK models.
by siwilson
Mon 21 Apr, 2014 09:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: DSC light comes on at 20mph
Replies: 48
Views: 2683

Re: DSC light comes on at 20mph

henrycrun wrote:Does anyone have a favourite penetrating oil ?

(I only know of Plusgas and WD40)
Good old 3 in 1 and lots of patience. Works pretty much every time.
by siwilson
Wed 16 Apr, 2014 08:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Brodit Pro Clip phone mounts
Replies: 3
Views: 1280

Re: Brodit Pro Clip phone mounts

I have a Brodit mount that mounts on the side of the centre console where switches/clock are located. It worked OK for regular phone use, but for Navigation you really want it higher up so you don't have to look away from the road. I now use this . holds the iPhone firm, sticks to the dash like glue...
by siwilson
Fri 21 Feb, 2014 07:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Trouble selling wheels
Replies: 12
Views: 896

Re: Trouble selling wheels

I noticed you have them as collection only and no shipping offered. The value of eBay over your local rag is that the whole world can see it. If you only offer collection in person then you really limit the appeal to those that are local or prepared to travel and can transport themselves. Also, if y...
by siwilson
Fri 14 Feb, 2014 11:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: EMERGENCY! Tire problem minutes before big Trip!
Replies: 14
Views: 470

Re: EMERGENCY! Tire problem minutes before big Trip!

From the pictures it looks normal to me. That part of the tyre is often called a RIM protector and sticks out so it hits the curb before your alloy does. Some tyres have a large RIM protector and other none.

Same make and model tyres on all 4 corners?
by siwilson
Mon 10 Feb, 2014 09:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: One job leads to another!
Replies: 26
Views: 1117

Re: One job leads to another!

Ah yes, the rathole of 'while you're in there you might a well........' These cars are 10-15 years old now, so there's always something that needs fixing. IMO part of the charm of driving one if you like to tinker. I do suspect that when you refit the airbag warning light it will be on, which is ano...
by siwilson
Fri 31 Jan, 2014 10:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rear Suspension Cross-Member Bush Inserts
Replies: 10
Views: 370

Re: Rear Suspension Cross-Member Bush Inserts

Without the tool, replacing these bushes is a real PIA. I had a local indy (Munich Legends) do it for me when I installed poly bushes and the cost was reasonable.

Well worth the upgrade.
by siwilson
Thu 30 Jan, 2014 09:02
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Dare I say...Spitfire/MGB Roadster
Replies: 46
Views: 3429

Re: Dare I say...Spitfire/MGB Roadster

I love the Spitfire. So similar to the Vitesse I owned many years ago. However, come restoration time I think parts are the key and there is more available for the MGB, even a brand new body shell.
by siwilson
Wed 15 Jan, 2014 10:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hardtop Wiring Loom
Replies: 18
Views: 510

Re: Hardtop Wiring Loom

Perfect! The small loom on the bracket goes inline with existing wiring. When you remove the foam filler piece to install the bracket you should see a connector down in there. Take that apart and put the small loom in the middle.There is a small nut at the bottom you need to remove to fit the bracke...
by siwilson
Tue 24 Dec, 2013 09:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: To Dremel or not to Dremel….
Replies: 7
Views: 595

Re: To Dremel or not to Dremel….

Powder coating is not so bad. I stripped my front callipers (actually I bought a spare set off eBay first) almost 3 years ago now, had them blasted, powder coated and then I rebuilt with parts from Brakeparts.co.uk . I just replaced the rubbers and bleed nipples as the pistons were OK after a wire r...
by siwilson
Thu 24 Oct, 2013 14:31
Forum: Boyz Toyz
Topic: Identify wires in footwell amp loom
Replies: 7
Views: 1215

Re: Identify wires in footwell amp loom

Looks OK. High and low pass filters are used to filter out frequencies you do not want amplified and fed to the speakers. If you were using this amp for only low frequencies you would want to filter out the high ones and vice versa. In your case you would want to filter out the high frequencies(enab...
by siwilson
Thu 24 Oct, 2013 10:37
Forum: Boyz Toyz
Topic: Identify wires in footwell amp loom
Replies: 7
Views: 1215

Re: Identify wires in footwell amp loom

If you're worried about the volume of the tweeters you cold get some cross-overs and feed them from your 2 channel amp. I am not sure it's needed though you can always up the tone on the head unit.
by siwilson
Wed 23 Oct, 2013 22:47
Forum: Boyz Toyz
Topic: Identify wires in footwell amp loom
Replies: 7
Views: 1215

Re: Identify wires in footwell amp loom

N/C means not connected.
Battery is live all the time
+12 signal is live only when the head unit is actually turned on, but not designed to power anything. Its just as signal

Most amps need 3 power connections. Ground, +12 and signal.
by siwilson
Wed 23 Oct, 2013 20:14
Forum: Boyz Toyz
Topic: Identify wires in footwell amp loom
Replies: 7
Views: 1215

Re: Identify wires in footwell amp loom

This help?

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by siwilson
Mon 21 Oct, 2013 20:17
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Let the Service History Archaeology commence!
Replies: 9
Views: 1223

Re: Let the Service History Archaeology commence!

Interesting comments above. When I bought my E39 a few (9) years back from Cargiant who said the service book had been lost. I went to my local dealer (Vines of Redhill), who was able to give the the build spec printout and also a list of the dealers the car had visited. There were a number of diffe...
by siwilson
Sun 20 Oct, 2013 13:40
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: S54 LSB Road test - men &motors
Replies: 8
Views: 1130

Re: S54 LSB Road test - men &motors

No, not mine, that is the other '1' Ref the 25k versus 40k. What the guys says is 40k new or 25k for that one. the LSB they test is an 02 plate, so the dakar must be almost 3 years old and an S50 (old model) versus the LSB S54. Nice to see this though. i have never seen the other LSB before, only he...
by siwilson
Sat 12 Oct, 2013 15:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hardtop
Replies: 15
Views: 553

Re: Hardtop

Fitted mine this morning as a ginger cat has taken to sleeping on my soft-top. Took me 30 mins to vacuume the hair off.
by siwilson
Wed 09 Oct, 2013 08:48
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: Returning member
Replies: 9
Views: 945

Re: Returning member

Welcome back Mick!

I guess you never get a Z completely out of your system :wink:
by siwilson
Mon 30 Sep, 2013 19:02
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ABS and traction lights....
Replies: 15
Views: 720

Re: ABS and traction lights....

ABS systems can't be read from the OBD connector. You need to use the one under the bonnet.

If it only gives an error at speed then it sounds like a wheel sensor or perhaps just that the tyres are too different.

Do you have standard wheels and tyre sizes?
by siwilson
Sat 28 Sep, 2013 19:48
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: for sale-inpa software and cables +round plug
Replies: 1
Views: 253

Re: for sale-inpa software and cables +round plug

What system is this. Is it the software from BMtechnic?
by siwilson
Fri 27 Sep, 2013 14:08
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rear Camber Adjustment
Replies: 12
Views: 1309

Re: Rear Camber Adjustment

You can always stack up two thinner pads to make a thinker one.
by siwilson
Wed 25 Sep, 2013 09:02
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Underbody Rust Protection " Which one ? "
Replies: 12
Views: 1005

Re: Underbody Rust Protection " Which one ? "

One thing to do is to remove the wheel arch liners. Lots of crud gets caught behind there.
by siwilson
Sun 22 Sep, 2013 12:57
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: COMMENTS PLEASE...
Replies: 41
Views: 4553

Re: COMMENTS PLEASE...

Z4 look on a Z3. All wrong IMO. Part of the charm of the Z3 is the classic looks. The flame surface look of the Z4 is just out of place. The diffuser however is interesting.
by siwilson
Wed 18 Sep, 2013 15:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Battery Change but which one?
Replies: 6
Views: 364

Re: Battery Change but which one?

I replaced mine not so long ago and with BMW Car Club discount an original BMW was only £20 more than a 'pattern part' form the local motor factors.

Might be worth looking at the dealer just to get a guide price.
by siwilson
Mon 16 Sep, 2013 22:11
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: Belgian Delights Tour 2013
Replies: 8
Views: 1032

Re: Belgian Delights Tour 2013

Gazza wrote:Just returned home about an hour ago :)

Fantastic trip altough we had quite a bit of rain on the way there.
+1

Really good trip!
by siwilson
Wed 11 Sep, 2013 12:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: INPA Module Accessibility
Replies: 12
Views: 1692

Re: INPA Module Accessibility

Tested mine today with INPA and DIS. All you can get from the OBD2 port is the DME. from the 20 pin under the hood you can get to DME, EWS, DSC, LEW (steering angle sensor), MRS (Airbags) and KOM (Instrument cluster). I have an ADS interface on the way, so we'll see what that adds to the party. Z3M ...
by siwilson
Wed 11 Sep, 2013 07:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: foot well lighting
Replies: 161
Views: 19521

Re: foot well lighting

LeatherZ do a kit for the footwell lights. Not as cheap as knife an forking it yourself, but still good value at $55. You can also download the installation instructions Here
by siwilson
Tue 10 Sep, 2013 08:23
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Inspection II - details/prices/dealers?
Replies: 14
Views: 1667

Re: Inspection II - details/prices/dealers?

there is a list in your service book to what should be carried out on each inspection. as for the actual servicing then you can only really go on word of mouth. i has some so called specialists up near me and upon me asking them about inspection 11 they said that if the engine wasn't making a noise...
by siwilson
Mon 09 Sep, 2013 08:03
Forum: Site Announcements and Feedback
Topic: Stock exchange split
Replies: 4
Views: 1022

Re: Stock exchange split

While we are talking about the for sale section, how about those who make and sell more than one of an item being encouraged to contribute financially or sponsor the forum? Don't want to dissuade people from making bits for the cars, but if profit is being made it should be shared with the storefront.
by siwilson
Wed 04 Sep, 2013 10:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: DSC MK60 - Query
Replies: 8
Views: 431

Re: DSC MK60 - Query

FWIW, my ///M has the Mk20 DSCIII (same as M3). I just read mine with INPA and while stationary the speed, acceleration and yaw sensors read zero. I also have a sensitive DSC light at the moment. It could be any number of things and my current target is the steering angle sensor. While in the straig...
by siwilson
Thu 29 Aug, 2013 15:24
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Z3M Wheel Paint code?
Replies: 15
Views: 1664

Re: Z3M Wheel Paint code?

No doubt in my experience regarding wheel refurbishing, you get what you pay for. Very true and not always obvious when you first get the wheels back. In my experience the longevity of the finish is just as important as it looking great for the first 6 months. I have used Lepsons in Gilingham and a...
by siwilson
Wed 28 Aug, 2013 13:33
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: BMW MINI AIR COMPRESSOR STORAGE ?
Replies: 4
Views: 391

Re: BMW MINI AIR COMPRESSOR STORAGE ?

Yes, there are guides in the plastic 'well' and a velcro strap that holds it down. Part number for the 'well' is 51477894322
by siwilson
Tue 27 Aug, 2013 13:15
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Eisenmann Fitting Issue
Replies: 6
Views: 781

Re: Eisenmann Fitting Issue

Indeed the race is different (well mine are), see here. Not direct on the pipe, but a bracket.

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by siwilson
Sat 10 Aug, 2013 13:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rear Camber Adjustment
Replies: 12
Views: 1309

Re: Rear Camber Adjustment

Hi Si, I am thinking of the adjustment to stop the advanced wear on the inner of the rears, I have recently changed the tyres on the car and cannot help think that with camber correction the rears would be good for a few thousand miles more. A spare subframe sounds like a good idea. If you're worri...
by siwilson
Wed 07 Aug, 2013 19:53
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rear Camber Adjustment
Replies: 12
Views: 1309

Re: Rear Camber Adjustment

I do have the Ireland system on a spare subframe that I never seem to have the time to fit. Looks the part, but I cannot comment on what it's like to live with yet. General consensus was that even though it's harder to fit and a one-way mod, this was the best route to take. However, I recently saw s...
by siwilson
Mon 29 Jul, 2013 09:47
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: BMWCCGB Zedfest, 26 – 28 July 2013, Silverstone Circuit
Replies: 216
Views: 33631

Re: BMWCCGB Zedfest, 26 – 28 July 2013, Silverstone Circuit

I enjoyed both Saturday and Sunday for different reasons. By happy accident I was miss-directed to the stand instead of the marshalling a car park on the first day and had no issues parking up. Day 2 was also a breeze thanks to the organisation and the lower numbers. Good to meet up with a few of yo...
by siwilson
Mon 15 Jul, 2013 07:51
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: WANTED: S54 M-ROADSTER
Replies: 28
Views: 2125

Re: WANTED: S54 M-ROADSTER

Mine is June 2001 on a Y plate and I pay the £280 for 268G/KM rate. Y plates came in March 2001 when the tax changed from the old PLG category. My old E39 is an X and that gets PLG. Mine is number 24 form the VIN registry, so there must be a few earlier ones somewhere. If you can find an X registere...
by siwilson
Mon 15 Jul, 2013 07:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Reluctant manual Softop!
Replies: 16
Views: 566

Re: Reluctant manual Softop!

Just curious, but why did you disconnect the hardtop wiring? This is designed to be left in place when the hardtop is removed.

Did you sell the hardtop and fixing kit?