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by Southernboy
Tue 13 Sep, 2016 20:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Torsen diff and brake rollers at MOT centre
Replies: 11
Views: 967

Re: Torsen diff and brake rollers at MOT centre

Brakes operate on both rear wheels equally - or as near as dammit to equally - so the diff has no bearing on the braking - just like it has no bearing on being used whilst the car is being driven on a road. The same applies to the handbrake... :wink:
by Southernboy
Sun 11 Sep, 2016 06:09
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: WTB: Z3 M battery box
Replies: 15
Views: 1157

Re: WTB: Z3 M battery box

You will need a new tyre if that happens, so you would need to call an appropriate roadside assistance organisation like AA, or such.
by Southernboy
Sat 10 Sep, 2016 21:25
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: WTB: Z3 M battery box
Replies: 15
Views: 1157

Re: WTB: Z3 M battery box

I did away with the OEM tools. Bought a small compressor which plugs into the ciggy lighter, and a puncture repair kit for tubless tyres. A small set of socket spanners with 6mm to 14mm sockets, it also has a screwdriver and socket attacment to hold a Phillips or flat screwdriver bit in the kit, plu...
by Southernboy
Sat 10 Sep, 2016 19:42
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: WTB: Z3 M battery box
Replies: 15
Views: 1157

Re: WTB: Z3 M battery box

I later on fitted a twin eared diff cover to avoid the dreaded boot weld popping issue, and you will see from the pic below, that some parts of the spare wheel carrier were removed to allow the new fitting. I had to manufacture a new mounting bracket for the right hand side ear of the diff.... http:...
by Southernboy
Sat 10 Sep, 2016 19:32
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: WTB: Z3 M battery box
Replies: 15
Views: 1157

Re: WTB: Z3 M battery box

One point I omitted to mention - you will need a length of heavy duty copper wire aprox 700mm long and a splicer/connector to extend the positive battery cable and connect it to the existing positive supply cable. It is imortant to use the same type of cable which is made up of probably hundreds of ...
by Southernboy
Sat 10 Sep, 2016 19:18
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: WTB: Z3 M battery box
Replies: 15
Views: 1157

Re: WTB: Z3 M battery box

Best I can find is below - you can just see the welded box and it's relative position to the diff.

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by Southernboy
Sat 10 Sep, 2016 14:39
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: WTB: Z3 M battery box
Replies: 15
Views: 1157

Re: WTB: Z3 M battery box

First, you only need one more muffler - that's unless the existing one is shot. The Z3 system is a single pipe from the front header to the rear muffler, the muffler has 2 pipes extending out the back of it. I would suggest you speak to Spurs Fan / aka Andy about a spare OEM muffler - he's like able...
by Southernboy
Sat 10 Sep, 2016 09:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Leaking rear diff
Replies: 9
Views: 778

Re: Leaking rear diff

Your removal / replacement procedure is correct. Also, the diff is not an LSD unless there is a stamped LS and the number on the diff.
by Southernboy
Fri 09 Sep, 2016 08:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Leaking rear diff
Replies: 9
Views: 778

Re: Leaking rear diff

The bolts require 64nm of torque.
by Southernboy
Fri 09 Sep, 2016 07:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Leaking rear diff
Replies: 9
Views: 778

Re: Leaking rear diff

You're about right about the simplicity and procedure of DIY. There is a paper gasket available from BMW which fits between the two surfaces. You will need that and some gasket sealer to apply to both metal surfaces before re-assembly. Bolts need to be torqued correctly. The paper gasket is really c...
by Southernboy
Thu 08 Sep, 2016 15:55
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: WTB: Z3 M battery box
Replies: 15
Views: 1157

Re: WTB: Z3 M battery box

I did a full twin exhaust conversion on my 2.8. I relocated the battery to the center, but didn't bother with the original M battery box because the boot floor of the M is also different to a non M car. The M version has specific contours for battery cabling and locating the various components. I ha...
by Southernboy
Thu 08 Sep, 2016 15:42
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Non M gearshift surround
Replies: 45
Views: 4533

Re: Non M gearshift surround

Update for all concerned - I spoke with the chrome plating people on Monday, and it seems the "big boss" pushed into the queue with the result that our stuff will only be dealt with next week.... I will call them again next Monday to make sure we're actually getting things done.... Now you understan...
by Southernboy
Sun 28 Aug, 2016 15:45
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Non M gearshift surround
Replies: 45
Views: 4533

Re: Non M gearshift surround

Sadly not - I made them to order - sorry, all sold mate.
by Southernboy
Sat 27 Aug, 2016 05:53
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Non M gearshift surround
Replies: 45
Views: 4533

Re: Non M gearshift surround

Some good news !!! I finally received the screws yesterday at my local Post Office.... They were actually posted (for the 3rd time) on July 18th from the UK..... and as you see - "AIR MAIL"... :shock: The parts are all at the chrome plating people - they tell me 2 - 3 weeks, on account they are very...
by Southernboy
Tue 23 Aug, 2016 13:09
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Non M gearshift surround
Replies: 45
Views: 4533

Re: Non M gearshift surround

Hi Geoff Yes, I'm busy with the move right now and hopefully will have 99% done by the weekend. Screws have now cleared customs yesterday, so I expect them to be delivered to my local post office in the next 3 days or so. I will be doing the final buff tomorrow and hopefully drop all the parts at th...
by Southernboy
Sat 20 Aug, 2016 07:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: clutch stop rubber
Replies: 15
Views: 1610

Re: clutch stop rubber

Hopefully the clutch hydraulic system and mechanical parts don't have an effect as they wear. I'd hate to have a situation where I couldn't depress the pedal sufficiently in an emergency - or maybe I'm just being overly pessimistic??
by Southernboy
Sat 20 Aug, 2016 07:05
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What's it worth? 3.0 Z3 Sport. 21k miles, 2 owners, 51 pla
Replies: 120
Views: 10484

Re: What's it worth? 3.0 Z3 Sport. 21k miles, 2 owners, 51

The biggest issue with not regularly driving a car in the UK is your weather. Anything left standing will deteriorate / rust etc etc... Here in SA where the climate is largely dry one can leave cars stored for years with minimal use and without mechanical weather contamination. The cost requirements...
by Southernboy
Mon 15 Aug, 2016 06:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: rattling glove box door
Replies: 2
Views: 373

Re: rattling glove box door

Good thinking ! One small word of advice however, if you have stuck them on each corner of the glove box door, they will eventually cause the door to bend outwards where you have stuck the buttons - good move would be to place the buttons close to the center where the lock is situated to avoid the o...
by Southernboy
Mon 08 Aug, 2016 15:25
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: Looking for a parts supplier
Replies: 5
Views: 862

Re: Looking for a parts supplier

Most of the parts you need are available from any Meyle stockist / dealer - possibly the only exception will be the intake rubber boot. The best way to get delivery, is to ask someone on the forum to post stuff to you, or purchase online and get delivery to them locally... ie. then pay for the posta...
by Southernboy
Thu 04 Aug, 2016 07:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Impala Brown with unusual options
Replies: 16
Views: 1057

Re: Impala Brown with unusual options

I think it's one of the more unusual colours, and I do like it.
by Southernboy
Thu 04 Aug, 2016 07:45
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Non M gearshift surround
Replies: 45
Views: 4533

Re: Non M gearshift surround

Fortunately I don't have the children issue to contend with...that is a nightmare !! :wink:
by Southernboy
Tue 02 Aug, 2016 12:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Shopping list for service & cooling system overhaul
Replies: 9
Views: 966

Re: Shopping list for service & cooling system overhaul

Meyle belts, and yes there are belt tensioners - one for each belt - also available from Meyle. The aircon is driven by one of the two belts, so if you're replacing belts, it may be a good time to sort the aircon squeal.
by Southernboy
Tue 02 Aug, 2016 08:15
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Non M gearshift surround
Replies: 45
Views: 4533

Re: Non M gearshift surround

Cheers Geoff... It's a lot more work than I recall from the last time I did these, and I'm moving house at the end of August to boot... Everything seems to be conspiring to adding to my load right now... :head:
by Southernboy
Mon 01 Aug, 2016 17:15
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Non M gearshift surround
Replies: 45
Views: 4533

Re: Non M gearshift surround

Here's some pics of where I am now - 6 done and ready for buffing, two more to make up from scratch due to the laser cutting fiasco... Shaping is slow, since it's done by hand as is the sanding from 120 grit to 400grit.... My hands take a bit of a knock with all the filing and papering - :( You can ...
by Southernboy
Mon 01 Aug, 2016 17:09
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Non M gearshift surround
Replies: 45
Views: 4533

Re: Non M gearshift surround

Hi Geoff... I'm about a week away from dropping them off for chrome plating - It's been an uphill battle with the laser guys..I've had to return some parts 4 times, and every time it's another 3 -4 day delay just to get parts which are unusable. They've been struggling with the laser "flashing" and ...
by Southernboy
Sun 31 Jul, 2016 10:13
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Better handling- where to start?
Replies: 29
Views: 2444

Re: Better handling- where to start?

I think the fundamental problem is the width x the length of the wheelbase. It's just a little too "square"... if the length had been another 500+ mm longer, it would have behaved better.
by Southernboy
Sun 31 Jul, 2016 07:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Better handling- where to start?
Replies: 29
Views: 2444

Re: Better handling- where to start?

First off, check the condition of all 4 shocks, then front strut brace in the engine bay will help lots on the cornering feel. If your concern is lateral stability at higher speed, perhaps you should have the wheel alignment checked at a reputable outlet. Also, do a thorough under car check of all t...
by Southernboy
Sun 31 Jul, 2016 07:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Whine when wheels on full lock?
Replies: 3
Views: 420

Re: Whine when wheels on full lock?

Generally it's an indication of low fluid level in the PS reservoir which is starving the pump for fluid. Alternately the pump itself is in need of a service. Also, check for leaks in the system hoses. As a general guide, the PS pump does have a tendency to whine at full lock because it's still tryi...
by Southernboy
Sat 30 Jul, 2016 07:19
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Ebay - Lovely blue extended leather dash/console £200
Replies: 2
Views: 551

Re: Ebay - Lovely blue extended leather dash/console £200

Anyone with a blue Z3M should buy and store it... It'll be like hen's teeth in a few years, and with the fairly common issue of the leather lifting, this would be a handy part to have as a replacement... actually cheap at the price, and the console section can be sold off to recover some of the purc...
by Southernboy
Sat 30 Jul, 2016 07:13
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Door Removal
Replies: 4
Views: 444

Re: Door Removal

If you don't have an assistant, I'd recommend having a hydraulic jack with a pad of cloth on top to support the door from below to prevent it falling when the hinges are removed. If you use some water based paint to mark the hinge positions for re-fitting, that will simplify matters too. http://i119...
by Southernboy
Sat 30 Jul, 2016 07:05
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: One of two in SA
Replies: 3
Views: 719

Re: One of two in SA

No idea what a Dev vehicle is - perhaps I'll call my local BMW agent and ask...
by Southernboy
Fri 29 Jul, 2016 14:06
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: One of two in SA
Replies: 3
Views: 719

One of two in SA

Here's an Titan silver Z3 M for sale in Jhb - first time I've ever seen one come up for sale - not surprising if there's only two in SA.... £26400 (aprox).... only 24,500 miles.... and bing an SA car, and in Johannesburg, it's 100% rust free... and it's the S54 version. Pity it's out of reach for me...
by Southernboy
Thu 28 Jul, 2016 06:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: M52 vs M54 vs N52
Replies: 14
Views: 1917

Re: M52 vs M54

Some basic info... It would seem the 2.2 block will not accommodate the longer stroke of a 2.8 (75mm vs 84mm)

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by Southernboy
Thu 28 Jul, 2016 06:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 2.2 rebuild journal - The Terd-Mobile
Replies: 95
Views: 9344

Re: Z3 2.2 rebuild journal - The Terd-Mobile

Thoroughly well done and thoroughly enjoyed following the re-build. :cheers
by Southernboy
Wed 27 Jul, 2016 13:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Just about to push the button
Replies: 20
Views: 1620

Re: Just about to push the button

Welcome Mac !
What can go wrong.... nothing - but you'll be caught with the Z3 flu.... say goodbye to your relaxing lifestyle and get ready to fall in love all over again... :wink:
by Southernboy
Tue 26 Jul, 2016 12:53
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 2.2 journal ft engine replacement - 'Okus'
Replies: 13
Views: 1335

Re: Z3 2.2 journal ft engine replacement - 'Okus'

I think you'll find it's OK. The pistons will lock up in their barrels long before the head is damaged. As you can imagine, the heat inside the pots will rapidly increase without oil to lube the movement of the pistons, and they will lock up. Check the water content in the block (if any) - if there'...
by Southernboy
Tue 26 Jul, 2016 12:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 2.2 journal ft engine replacement - 'Okus'
Replies: 13
Views: 1335

Re: Z3 2.2 journal ft engine replacement - 'Okus'

Most valuable part of the entire engine is the cylinder head... if you clean it up well and re-seat the valves you'll get a tidy sum for it complete with cams etc.. :wink:
by Southernboy
Sat 23 Jul, 2016 07:28
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: gearbox and diff oil change
Replies: 9
Views: 948

Re: gearbox and diff oil change

If you look through my post, you will find a very simply gravity feed method of doing the gearbox oil change...really simple and easy. The diff is another matter, but using the same equipment as I described for the gearbox, it's easy enough to do using gravity, and won't cost you £40 labour.. :wink:...
by Southernboy
Fri 22 Jul, 2016 10:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: clear side marker indicators on front wing
Replies: 5
Views: 589

Re: clear side marker indicators on front wing

The side markers are a complete unit with a socket for the bulb to fit into. It simply clips into position in the hole of the body panel. If you push your existing one forwards ( or maybe backwards - don't recall) and lift the other end out the hole, you will see the wires with the bulb attached whi...
by Southernboy
Thu 21 Jul, 2016 07:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Viscous fan
Replies: 3
Views: 495

Re: Viscous fan

Important to know - the center bolt is a "left hand thread" - ie it loosens in the opposite direction to the "standard" screw on / off bolts. If you use a large spanner, a sharp smack with a hammer on the left side of the spanner (left side of spanner towards the right is the direction the bolt loos...
by Southernboy
Wed 20 Jul, 2016 08:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Under bonnet checks before taking to the road?
Replies: 2
Views: 297

Re: Under bonnet checks before taking to the road?

Other than fluids , hoses and fuses, tyre pressures, brakes, indicator / lights, hooters, wipers and all the other basics, there's not much else to cover. I assume you've pulled the plugs and checked they're all clean and functional.
by Southernboy
Mon 18 Jul, 2016 07:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 2.2 rebuild journal - The Terd-Mobile
Replies: 95
Views: 9344

Re: Z3 2.2 rebuild journal - The Terd-Mobile

Congrats !! I've been enjoying your account. Look forward to seeing pics of the final assembled car... :cheers
by Southernboy
Thu 14 Jul, 2016 07:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: M54 Engine Oil
Replies: 4
Views: 486

Re: M54 Engine Oil

Well done with the research and testing ! This has been a recurrent query on this and other forums regarding the M54 engine. Oddly the M52 motor never had this issue and even with well over 230,000 kms didn't ever use a drop of oil. One has to ask what the difference is in the materials used in the ...
by Southernboy
Wed 13 Jul, 2016 07:09
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Cost to replace clutch
Replies: 21
Views: 1964

Re: Cost to replace clutch

I bought all the parts myself and paid my mech labour only - total was £300 in your money. All LUK parts and 300ml clutch fluid. Considering the removal / replacement procedure (remove and replace heat shields, exhaust, prop shaft and gearbox) I considered it a "great price". I replaced clutch plate...
by Southernboy
Wed 13 Jul, 2016 06:58
Forum: Performance
Topic: DID YOU KNOW....diff noise revelation!!!
Replies: 16
Views: 1988

Re: DID YOU KNOW....diff noise revelation!!!

If it's a "hum or whine" consider it common and perhaps even normal. The diff oil in these cars is classified as "lifetime". It begs the question if it's the lifetime of the oil, the diff or the driver... If it has never been changed since factory, I would say it would likely be beneficial to renew ...
by Southernboy
Tue 12 Jul, 2016 17:29
Forum: Performance
Topic: DID YOU KNOW....diff noise revelation!!!
Replies: 16
Views: 1988

Re: DID YOU KNOW....diff noise revelation!!!

I would say you need to use a high density foam with properties which will not succumb to damp or absorb it in any way. The Den Braven products are excellent. If you google Den Braven, and have a look through the many options they market, you will find the right / best stuff. Oddly, it's recommended...
by Southernboy
Sun 10 Jul, 2016 11:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 2.2 rebuild journal - The Terd-Mobile
Replies: 95
Views: 9344

Re: Z3 2.2 rebuild journal - The Terd-Mobile

Sounds like a good product. Perhaps put some on one side only and then check the condition of the rubber and the slider in a week after some driving ??
by Southernboy
Sun 10 Jul, 2016 07:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 2.2 rebuild journal - The Terd-Mobile
Replies: 95
Views: 9344

Re: Z3 2.2 rebuild journal - The Terd-Mobile

I think the reasoning behind the "no lube on the sliders" is to eliminate the opportunity of brake dust and general road grit from getting stuck into the lube and making a decent grinding paste out of it which would act as a wearing medium to the plastic and other parts.
by Southernboy
Sun 10 Jul, 2016 07:44
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Traffic light tip
Replies: 7
Views: 887

Re: Traffic light tip

...... I think autonomous drive cars are secretly financed by the traffic departments... the idea is to equally frustrate everybody once they become the norm in all the cities.... you do know there will be a total ban on non autonomous cars inside cities and likely on motorways too. That'll push up ...
by Southernboy
Sat 09 Jul, 2016 08:04
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Z Front Bonnet grill
Replies: 4
Views: 540

Re: Z Front Bonnet grill

Fortunately the air intake below didn't fall asleep too... :wink: