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by siwilson
Tue 14 Jul, 2009 21:37
Forum: Boyz Toyz
Topic: Bluetooth Headsets...
Replies: 11
Views: 1739

The basic problem with headsets is that the day you most need it, is the day you forget to charge it, so I recommend full car kits such as CK-7W. I had two CS-7Ws, one in the ///M and one in the 530. They work great with Nokia handsets, but really hit and miss with other brands. Blackberry not good...
by siwilson
Tue 14 Jul, 2009 10:43
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: M Power engine cover plate
Replies: 6
Views: 1558

An impact driver works wonders on risky hex-head or cross-head bolts/screws. Just be careful how much welly you give it.


This or similar - http://www.tooled-up.com/Product.asp?PID=20766

It has a 1.2" drive that you can use to drive a hex-key socket.
by siwilson
Mon 13 Jul, 2009 23:53
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Stiffer srping without lowering too much
Replies: 11
Views: 828

? The problem is you have a min lowering value on any kind of coilovers and most of them is min 25mm Where did you get that idea from, that's rubbish. My adjusters on the rear will let me raise 30mm above standard if I wanted What he is referring to is the fact that most coilover systems specify a ...
by siwilson
Fri 10 Jul, 2009 21:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rocking seats....again!
Replies: 7
Views: 774

Taking the seat out and replacing the bushings is the only proper way to fix the problem. By the way; the reason that I make the bushings overly thick is because they must fit snugly between the carrier and the adjusting nut. Since the bushing carriers and adjusting nuts are cast parts, they will n...
by siwilson
Fri 10 Jul, 2009 13:48
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Stiffer srping without lowering too much
Replies: 11
Views: 828

What about something from a heavier car with the same suspension setup like an E30 or E36 compact? What about an E30 touring?
by siwilson
Fri 10 Jul, 2009 13:38
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: For Sale: Z3m Exhaust. NOW £50!!
Replies: 8
Views: 925

is it possible to put an that M exhaust on a 1.9, just for aesthetic reasons not too fussed about performance as long as their is no dramatic loss of power. Anything is possible. Not power, but you would see a dramatic loss of the spare wheen amongst other things. Not worth it IMO. V good price for...
by siwilson
Tue 07 Jul, 2009 15:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rocking seats....again!
Replies: 7
Views: 774

Cloz wrote:I'm really afraid to not be able to put back the seat back in place. If I had my two hands...... Because of that I am looking for another way to fix the seat.
Is it really the only way......?

Cloz
Yes, short or wedging something under the seat this is the only way.
by siwilson
Mon 06 Jul, 2009 22:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rocking seats....again!
Replies: 7
Views: 774

Re: Rocking seats....again!

Hi. Do someone know the best way to fix a rocking passenger seat without removing the it from the car. It's only way I know. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DM4KSnA58EI http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRxrPelM9G0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fdDHzykwOo The problem is I'm not sure to be able to do ...
by siwilson
Mon 06 Jul, 2009 22:12
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Z3 V8
Replies: 5
Views: 821

Re: Z3 V8

w4tkins wrote:trawling the net I came across this, Corvett powered z3!!!

http://www.ls1tech.com/forums/conversio ... rsion.html
Amazingly that car started out life as a 1.9!!
by siwilson
Mon 06 Jul, 2009 14:08
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: rear coil spring- I'm stuck
Replies: 5
Views: 507

Re: rear coil spring- I'm stuck

Hi guys I 've read through some of the posts regarding changing rear springs, there seems to be some conflicting views. I'm replacing shocks as well as springs, I've removed the shock completely, with the spring compressors I have I'm finding it impossible to use them to compress the spring to remo...
by siwilson
Mon 06 Jul, 2009 13:49
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Air conditioning
Replies: 7
Views: 809

If pressure is just down a little over time then a Halfrauds top-up can will do the job.
by siwilson
Mon 06 Jul, 2009 11:12
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Air conditioning
Replies: 7
Views: 809

Re: Air conditioning

Does anyone know how much refregerant the M roadster air con holds? I would like to fill it up with a can from Halfords but I think it's detrimental to have too much as well as too little. Failing that I will just put the hood down':) No idea of capacity, but if its totally empty then your wasting ...
by siwilson
Mon 06 Jul, 2009 11:04
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Wanted - Braided Clutch Hose for S50 Z3 ///MR
Replies: 9
Views: 724

I have heard that you can use just a Z3 3L hose for a Z3 M You can, but it only cures one of the problems. a non ///M hose doesn't have the restrictor but is still made of rubber, which is part of the problem. An Earls hose is about the same as an OEM 3.0 one anyway I believe. go to Earls you will ...
by siwilson
Sun 05 Jul, 2009 10:02
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fair price for replacing shockers
Replies: 4
Views: 460

Any garage with the correct tools should be able to do this in under an hour. Also, the lower strut bolts and the nut on the pinch bolt are single use items and not expensive either. Please post your findings after. Some discussion on warm dampers in another thread would benefit from what you find. ...
by siwilson
Sun 05 Jul, 2009 09:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Handling problems - tried the usual!
Replies: 45
Views: 2685

Common sources of rear end rattles. 1. Rear shock mounts - BMW OEM units wear and rattle and very occasionally fail leading to a strut sticking through your soft top. New OEM are better now or Rogue Engineering (overkill, but the best IMO) 2. Handbrake cables have come out of the clips on trailing a...
by siwilson
Wed 01 Jul, 2009 09:34
Forum: Performance
Topic: Handling improvement
Replies: 19
Views: 1425

I am sure C_W will agree with me when I say be careful what you wish for. A car that's great on the track will not be as pleasant on regular bumpy roads. Stiffer ant-roll bars are also good for the dry, but can be worse in the wet. At the end of the day it has to be a compromise. between comfort, ha...
by siwilson
Sun 28 Jun, 2009 19:47
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Member suspensions - some thoughts
Replies: 51
Views: 3011

I am not sure there was anything wrong with the process before. The last suspension prior to this one was over a year ago. Interestingly both that and theese new ones were nothing to do with Z roadster discussion.

Good work mods, no need to change anything.
by siwilson
Sun 28 Jun, 2009 19:42
Forum: Site Announcements and Feedback
Topic: Twitter
Replies: 14
Views: 2345

Following
by siwilson
Fri 19 Jun, 2009 21:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Mike Fishwick
Replies: 18
Views: 1638

I don't suppose that it would be too difficult to link ALL the posts by "guest" to "Mike Fishwick". The problem will be that some of those posts will not be his. The words of an amateur database user - me. Good luck to whoever takes on this task. Correct, around 2000 posts now marked as guest will ...
by siwilson
Fri 19 Jun, 2009 12:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Mike Fishwick
Replies: 18
Views: 1638

Same thing happened to me. My account was wiped out and I had to re-register. I appear to have lost all my info :(

Looks like I am a total noob again !

I think it might pay to look more into this . I note that site admin (Tim)now has a user name of HACKER.

Si.
by siwilson
Fri 17 Oct, 2008 14:48
Forum: Boyz Toyz
Topic: Intermittent Audio Fault - Please help
Replies: 1
Views: 764

The problem is likely to do with a small amplifier attached to the back of the left hand footwell speaker. I suspect the relay on the circuit board has a dry joint (soldering fault) or is faulty.

Do a search here for footwell amp to find more information about it.

Si.
by siwilson
Mon 02 Apr, 2007 21:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: audio problems
Replies: 14
Views: 717

The relay is actually on the amplifier circuit board. IMO its not for those that are not experienced in soldering a circuiot board.:(
by siwilson
Fri 05 Jan, 2007 16:26
Forum: Z3 range knowledgebase
Topic: Hardtop Torx driver
Replies: 1
Views: 2420

Hardtop Torx driver

Siwilson I like many people purchased a pre-owned hardtop for my Z and like many other people I did not get the Torx driver with it. The Torx bolt for the front of the hardtop is nothing special, almost any T40 Torx driver or socket will fit it. My problem is that I like to have all the proper stuf...
by siwilson
Mon 23 Oct, 2006 18:53
Forum: Z3 range knowledgebase
Topic: ACS Suspension Install
Replies: 12
Views: 4298

Update: after pictures added!

Simon, whats the ride hieght like front to back? as most lowering kits I've experienced seem to sit the back too low IMO even when unladen without passengers. Chris, As you can see from the after pictures, the rear is pretty good. The ACS kit lowers the rear more than the front, but IMO it now look...
by siwilson
Mon 16 Oct, 2006 17:19
Forum: Z3 range knowledgebase
Topic: ACS Suspension Install
Replies: 12
Views: 4298

UPDATE: After one week

OK, after one week living with the new under-carriage I can confirm a few things. The initial "you can feel the road under you", which I would now call harshness, is gone. You get used to the feel pretty quick, and what felt a little stiff to being with now feels no more harsh than stock. This is go...
by siwilson
Fri 13 Oct, 2006 09:27
Forum: Z3 range knowledgebase
Topic: ACS Suspension Install
Replies: 12
Views: 4298

Re: Anti roll bar links

Hi Simon Great install pics I was lucky when I installed mine as I have a air compressor and air ratchet for removing and installing the top strut nuts and the link bar nut which can be a pain because of corrosion, but while I'm on this subject did you make sure the flats on roll bar link on the ba...
by siwilson
Thu 12 Oct, 2006 20:43
Forum: Z3 range knowledgebase
Topic: ACS Suspension Install
Replies: 12
Views: 4298

Rear install added

Update, rear install now added.
by siwilson
Thu 12 Oct, 2006 18:43
Forum: Z3 range knowledgebase
Topic: ACS Suspension Install
Replies: 12
Views: 4298

ACS Suspension Install

I have been thinking about a suspension upgrade for quite a while now and having done the due diligence came to the conclusion that while I wanted an upgraded setup, I didn’t really need a coilover setup. The general consensus across the various BMW bulletin boards is that for a ‘standard’ setup, Bi...
by siwilson
Tue 03 Oct, 2006 20:49
Forum: Z3 range knowledgebase
Topic: Business CD with an iPOD or CD Changer - It can be done!
Replies: 10
Views: 10579

Business CD with an iPOD or CD Changer - It can be done!

Siwilson Further in my quest to have all the toys AND keep a stock look I have been on a quest to improve the sound in my Z. Hopefully my 'research will benefit others. One of the issues Z3 owners suffer from is the fact that the Z3 is based on the older 3 series E36 technology. This is particularl...
by siwilson
Wed 11 Jan, 2006 19:48
Forum: Boyz Toyz
Topic: speaker amp
Replies: 18
Views: 6057

Welcome! Not all Zs have this, but if yours is a UK spec with the basic setup then it probably does. My old 2000 model 2.0 did. Its a booster amp designed to be driven by a low power head unit, so your new pioneer will be overdriving it as you turn up the power. Removing the amp will certainly impro...