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by c_w
Thu 18 Sep, 2014 08:29
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Roadster Vs Coupe
Replies: 4
Views: 846

Re: Roadster Vs Coupe

I don't think there's much difference cabin space Coupe to Roadster, both feel pretty cosy! One main reason is the seat position is too high - if you can lower it more than the standard lowest setting then it liberates a lot more space. I have done this by removing foam from the seat base.
by c_w
Thu 18 Sep, 2014 08:25
Forum: Performance
Topic: H&R ARB's
Replies: 9
Views: 1388

Re: H&R ARB's

Definitely a worthwhile upgrade, they make the car handle much more precisely and the cars feels a whole lot more stable on the road. Ride takes a small hit, but I don't notice it anymore - it's only really in slow situations where you're driving on a very bumpy uneven road. As above the rear mounti...
by c_w
Sat 30 Aug, 2014 19:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What RPM at 70mph?
Replies: 25
Views: 3296

Re: What RPM at 70mph?

My 2.2i does 4000 RPM at 70 mph. It has the short final drive fitted. :D and it's absolutely epic round the twisty road and in town. This was a factory build option:- S204A Kürzere HAG-Übersetzung Shorter final drive ratio Do you know which ratio that is? I'm sure the 2.2s came with 3.38 ratio as s...
by c_w
Sat 30 Aug, 2014 19:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Undervalued?
Replies: 37
Views: 5917

Re: Undervalued?

May probably pick up but not that quickly.

Porsche Boxster probably does fit this bill though, starting at around £3k, some even under that! I know someone who buys full working cars with no real problems just to break them for parts.
by c_w
Mon 25 Aug, 2014 12:35
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Spot welds popped...
Replies: 10
Views: 1471

Re: Spot welds popped...

That bolt fix is probably good enough for a while yet - just check the chassis rail that leads back to front just hidden under the carpet on the left. That often cracks along there it gets worse. Mine popped a few in the area you've fixed which is where the diff mount gets pulled down; they never re...
by c_w
Sun 24 Aug, 2014 22:33
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Help Needed Please...
Replies: 10
Views: 1386

Re: Help Needed Please...

Yes hopefully just an ABS sensor - unlikely to be anything relevant under the seat though (that is airbag light or course).
by c_w
Sun 24 Aug, 2014 22:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rear Disc corrosion - advice needed
Replies: 13
Views: 2096

Re: Rear Disc corrosion - advice needed

It looks like the brakes are not worked enough or the pad doesn't sweep the whole of the outer disc. Either way the rear discs are cheap, that rust is fairly established and won't wear away. It would be a good idea to put new disc and pads on taking care on cleaning the guides on the caliper carrier...
by c_w
Sun 24 Aug, 2014 22:25
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What RPM at 70mph?
Replies: 25
Views: 3296

Re: What RPM at 70mph?

The dual vanos 2.8 is pretty economical. I think the gearbox for all 6cyl cars is the same 2.0-3.2, just the differential ratio varies.
by c_w
Fri 22 Aug, 2014 17:43
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Z3 SEAT LIFT MOD - AVAILABLE NOW.. IN COLOUR
Replies: 33
Views: 2417

Re: Z3 SEAT LIFT MOD - AVAILABLE NOW.. IN COLOUR

The anti-submarine "lump" is the same on all Sport seats including the M seats, but the standard angle of the seat is wrong hence the complete lack of underthigh support. I can recommend this mod, I raised the front of my Z3 over 10yrs ago and did the same to my Coupe in 2005 as soon as I got it hom...
by c_w
Fri 22 Aug, 2014 13:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Nurburgring
Replies: 25
Views: 3261

Re: Nurburgring

ive just done the nurburgring last month and it is awesome!! a must for a petrol head! I didn't take my zed , I took my bike :D and to be honest I'm glad I did even on that I was constantly checking my mirrors for the million 911 gt3 rs owners and a trillion m3 owners that are there everyday and as...
by c_w
Thu 21 Aug, 2014 20:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Nurburgring
Replies: 25
Views: 3261

Re: Nurburgring

Good info with the exception of IV(4) IMO - the Ring isn't particularly hard on tyre or brakes (not compared with UK circuits anyway). To start wearing tyres and brakes you've got to be really on it. Obviously uprated pads are a given but that's because the standard pads are so poor.
by c_w
Thu 21 Aug, 2014 20:36
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Z3 Parts Wanted...
Replies: 19
Views: 1956

Re: Z3M Parts Wanted...

BostonGreenZ3 wrote:Hi

WANTED for Z3M :-

Tonneau Cover
Wind Deflector
Over Mats

Thank you

Shirley :D
Hey, long time no type :)

Have you got a Z3M now? As above all those bits are regular Z3 bits.
by c_w
Wed 06 Aug, 2014 19:44
Forum: Performance
Topic: Tyres - A post to accumulate members' experience
Replies: 50
Views: 10752

Re: Tyres - A post to accumulate members' experience

I'd check the inner edge on the rear tyres after 30,000miles if that is your car in the sig!
by c_w
Tue 29 Jul, 2014 17:14
Forum: Z4M roadster and Z4m coupé
Topic: Been a bit busy on the "M" since I got it....
Replies: 7
Views: 2363

Re: Been a bit busy on the "M" since I got it....

Nice wheels. Like concave TSW Venoms! :D
by c_w
Sun 20 Jul, 2014 11:33
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: BMWCCGB Donnington 2014
Replies: 33
Views: 6212

Re: BMWCCGB Croft 2014

It was a good day, great weather really as it wasn't too hot and the rain at midday didn't affect the track at all as it was warm enough to dry out quickly. Had a good few laps with some of the track-prepared M3s but unfortunately all my footage is corrupted due to a cheap memory car :( You seemed t...
by c_w
Fri 18 Jul, 2014 18:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Diff fluid change
Replies: 15
Views: 450

Re: Diff fluid change

The Torsen diffs can be quite clunky on initial drive take up due to the amount of gears inside which might be partly why there are so many complaints about noises on clutch take up! I have always understood that the mechanical Torsen diff doesn't need 75-140, that is for the plate style LSD and the...
by c_w
Sun 13 Jul, 2014 21:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Gear shift quality
Replies: 14
Views: 1470

Re: Gear shift quality

It's the nature of the gearbox, you won't ever cure it. Sometimes mine is notchy other times it's really smooth.

New gearbox oil is your best bet to better the shift quality.
by c_w
Thu 10 Jul, 2014 20:48
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: Silverstone Classic 2014
Replies: 69
Views: 10611

Re: Silverstone Classic 2014

I wouldn't worry too much about the reg, as long as you have a pass. Last year when everyone drove in together and parked up (for ages :dunce: ) before moving on to the "stand" I doubt any regs were checked. That said I'm probably just going to make my own way straight in as it was a bit of a long w...
by c_w
Sun 06 Jul, 2014 13:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Tyres Again
Replies: 9
Views: 476

Re: Tyres Again

The F1 Asymmetric is a MUCH better tyre than the older F1 GSD3 which I assume you have? They're actually Asymmetric 2 now, though you can get Asy 1 still.
by c_w
Sat 28 Jun, 2014 13:25
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: So long Z4 hello M135i
Replies: 4
Views: 643

Re: So long Z4 hello M135i

The looks are growing on me on these. Would really like one - very very quick!
by c_w
Fri 27 Jun, 2014 15:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Solid Flywheel
Replies: 5
Views: 245

Re: Solid Flywheel

E36 probably mostly have dual mass flywheels, certainly the M3 does. If you go to a solid flywheel you will need to source and appropriate sprung clutch; with a DMF the clutch will not have springs as the DMF does the damping. Common retro-swap for the M3 and Z3M is to use the older/early E34 M5 sol...
by c_w
Thu 15 May, 2014 23:36
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: BMW Z3 M steering Guibo/Coupling
Replies: 3
Views: 576

Re: BMW Z3 M steering Guibo/Coupling

I had a look in to this as mine had some play in the joint. The E36 column coupling looks different to the Z3, I can't see it working on the Z3. I did buy a rubber joint from BMW (most of the older stuff are available as separate parts) that has the right sizes/pitch. I can't remember why, but it do...
by c_w
Fri 02 May, 2014 23:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: handling improvements?
Replies: 54
Views: 1845

Re: handling improvements?

Hi All. I have fitted my poly bushes to my car OK. However, when I ordered them I had the choice of "concentric, or Eccentric" bushes. I plumped for concentric. The question I have, is why are eccentric bushes an option? I understand what effect the eccentricity would have, but surely these cars do...
by c_w
Fri 02 May, 2014 23:44
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: BMW Z3 2.2 M Sport upgrades advice
Replies: 49
Views: 4152

Re: BMW Z3 2.2 M Sport upgrades advice

My 205GTi had Jetronic, the throttle switch was pretty simple; an idle micro switch to confirm idle position and cut fuel, and from just off-idle to WOT (which was actually at 2/3 or 3/4 travel) it is open as Jetronic relies heavily/primarly on the flapped airflow meter. The WOT switch just helped c...
by c_w
Sat 26 Apr, 2014 23:13
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: handling improvements?
Replies: 54
Views: 1845

Re: handling improvements?

I agree with Mike - I have tramlining in my 2.0l (and not just because I have to drive over the tramlines of east Manchester) but don't have it in my M What helps with the Z3M over the Z3 is the geometry of the suspension is markedly different too, notable the extra caster which creates a stronger ...
by c_w
Sat 26 Apr, 2014 10:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3M Driving Experience
Replies: 14
Views: 563

Re: Z3M Driving Experience

Hi all, I hope to be moving into the M owners club soon.. but was wondering what people's driving experiences are like when it comes to a Z3M. I have never driven a Z3m, but have driven an E92 M3 and an M6. - What are the major differences compared to a regular 6 cylinder (besides performance) - Wh...
by c_w
Sat 26 Apr, 2014 09:53
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: handling improvements?
Replies: 54
Views: 1845

Re: handling improvements?

There is no 'Silver Bullet' to stop tramlining - you just need everything to be on top line - anything less and you will have problems, particularly if your tyres have rather stiff sidewalls and are 45/40 profile. My car had Pilot Sports when new, and when I bought it at only 11k it tramlined badly...
by c_w
Thu 27 Mar, 2014 07:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Axle stands under a Z3
Replies: 2
Views: 202

Re: Axle stands under a Z3

Use a trolley jack under the jacking pads on the sills. On the front I place axle stands underneath the "Lollypops" at the back of the wishbones. On the rear I place then on the flats of the subframe just inwards from where it's bolted to the body (be prepared for the subframe to "sink" upwards some...
by c_w
Wed 05 Mar, 2014 20:51
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Z3M LS3
Replies: 7
Views: 1200

Re: Z3M LS3

Obviously I meant aesthetically :)
by c_w
Tue 04 Mar, 2014 18:37
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Z3M LS3
Replies: 7
Views: 1200

Re: Z3M LS3

I think the wheels look ok, but the boot spoiler doesn't really work.

Would love that kind of power :)
by c_w
Mon 24 Feb, 2014 14:59
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: 3 trackdays for the price of 2 offer
Replies: 0
Views: 376

3 trackdays for the price of 2 offer

TT Events are offering a limited time 3 for 2 offer of three UK trackdays for the price of two. Needs to be book before March 7th. Basically book three days and pay for two events and a third is free. More details here http://us7.campaign-archive2.com/?u=36ba8d9ae0b0ff89047bf13c0&id=d0a0b0c251 www.t...
by c_w
Sun 23 Feb, 2014 21:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Can you detango for £4.99?
Replies: 11
Views: 344

Re: Can you detango for £4.99?

The heat in the headlight is quite concentrated around the [headlight] bulb itself and the beam it projects (you can feel this heat where the light is focusses on the outside of the headlight), not really baking the whole of the unit inside. It's hard to say what this looks like - need to see it bac...
by c_w
Wed 19 Feb, 2014 20:47
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: *WANTED* Z3M diff/Z3 steering rack
Replies: 23
Views: 1450

Re: *WANTED* Z3M diff/Z3 steering rack

Z3M diff is unique to the car, the E30 M3 LSD is similar, but believe the Z3M LSD pack is stronger. Not worth breaking an series diff for the LSD as that means rebuild.

£276 would be a good price if it wasn't damaged more than the backplate. Are you sure it is damaged? they are quite tough.
by c_w
Wed 19 Feb, 2014 18:56
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Kat's Z3 Widebody
Replies: 59
Views: 9028

Re: Kat's Z3 Widebody

I don't mind this look, though I would say it's just got a bit too much poke at the front - some swapped Z3M top mounts may help (though not as much when fitted to a Z3M as it runs different hubs/spindles). Also, the offset square plate does remind me of MX5s styled like this! A 3/4 front plate in t...
by c_w
Wed 29 Jan, 2014 14:10
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Re-dying seats
Replies: 11
Views: 1911

Re: Re-dying seats

Looks great! My Z3M is grey/black interior, but has too much light grey so I dyed the centre console black with some I got off ebay. It went on ridiculously easily, the coverage is pretty much one-coat to get it jet-black, it dried pretty fast and then just buff off the excess. It still looks great ...
by c_w
Wed 29 Jan, 2014 14:05
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3M wing mirrors - where can I get them? Buy or borrow?
Replies: 20
Views: 1056

Re: Z3M wing mirrors - where can I get them? Buy or borrow?

Did you consider the Mini Mirrors (or Rover 75 for that matter), both are very similar style oval mirrors which would be very cheap second hand and new parts probably not near the M Coupe's similar shaped mirror.
by c_w
Wed 29 Jan, 2014 14:02
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Z3M Dash Fan or is it??
Replies: 10
Views: 970

Re: Z3M Dash Fan or is it??

Robert has the answer, it's a fan at the base of the ECU box which can be clearly heard in the driver's footwell as I think it is piped there for some reason.
by c_w
Wed 22 Jan, 2014 21:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: wobble?
Replies: 9
Views: 346

Re: wobble?

I'd get the rear wheel balancing checked first, that is the most likely source of a rear wobble.
by c_w
Sun 19 Jan, 2014 21:01
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What E number is my Z3? 1sttime running INPA.
Replies: 7
Views: 262

Re: What E number is my Z3? 1sttime running INPA.

In BMW speak the Z3 Roadster is E36/7 and the Coupe is E36/8, but it looks as though this system just goes off E36.
by c_w
Sun 19 Jan, 2014 21:00
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Toyo proxes T1R
Replies: 3
Views: 520

Re: Toyo proxes T1R

I personally don't really rate then, a squidgy soft tyre with not particularly great grip in dry or wet IME. They've always been cheap though, perhaps not that cheap in that size, but always very affordable. I'd prefer to use Hankook V12 EVO in this range, or Goodyear F1 Asy2 for about £90.
by c_w
Sun 19 Jan, 2014 20:58
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: Missing Airbag bulb in the instrument panel
Replies: 13
Views: 2491

Re: Missing Airbag bulb in the instrument panel

My airbag light was on for a long time and I got fed up of looking at it so removed the bulb. This then showed the dim tell-tale light that is there assumedly from some onboard bulb integrated on the circuitry. However after a while it stopped coming on, so this could have happend to yours. If you p...
by c_w
Wed 15 Jan, 2014 18:58
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Cannonball rum
Replies: 2
Views: 425

Re: Cannonball rum

I don't think it's a regular motorway, it looks like a slip road right at the exit from toll booths perhaps? As national speed limit signs and no lane markings.
by c_w
Wed 15 Jan, 2014 18:55
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Wanted: Air conditioning or Electric Roof switch
Replies: 8
Views: 302

Re: Wanted: Air conditioning or Electric Roof switch

DSC button is a good gap filler and useful as a switch too.
by c_w
Mon 13 Jan, 2014 20:16
Forum: Z4 roadster and Z4 Coupe
Topic: replace xenons with normal headlights?
Replies: 5
Views: 1296

Re: replace xenons with normal headlights?

The OP has a Z4 so the HB3/4 bulb fitment wouldn't fit a Z4 anyway. But the Z4 HID bulbs will be D2S or D1S and are a specific fitment. Short of changing the headlights you won't be easily swap to normal bulbs. I have some genuine HELLA ballasts from an M5 for D2S bulbs that I'm selling but I think ...
by c_w
Mon 13 Jan, 2014 20:05
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3M wing mirrors - where can I get them? Buy or borrow?
Replies: 20
Views: 1056

Re: Z3M wing mirrors - where can I get them? Buy or borrow?

Curiously the RHD Z3Ms got a normal driver's mirror glass creating a huge blind spot as the field of view is too close, with the passenger one a convex mirror which is much more useful; I replaced my driver's mirror glass with a convex one off ebay. So in summary, I have no idea what makes LHD mirro...
by c_w
Tue 07 Jan, 2014 15:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rear lenses wanted
Replies: 23
Views: 1505

Re: Rear lenses wanted

Assume it's these ones?; http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-Z3-1995-1999-Rear-Tail-Light-Wing-Lamp-Red-White-Replacement-/301024096460?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item46166f30cc Quite good for the money but my hesitation would be because they look slightly smoked/dark. There's some others h...
by c_w
Mon 06 Jan, 2014 14:31
Forum: Performance
Topic: yellow koni's with eibach springs
Replies: 8
Views: 906

Re: yellow koni's with eibach springs

It must be Z3M front struts that are inserts, when I looked into a kit for my Coupe the fronts were inserts and the price was relatively cheap because of that.
by c_w
Mon 06 Jan, 2014 14:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rear lenses wanted
Replies: 23
Views: 1505

Re: Rear lenses wanted

Hi. I'm after a pair of red and white rear light lenses for a pre facelift 98 wide body car. If anyone has a set they wish to sell please let me know. I can get a new set from Germany for £60 but if I can get a decent used pair that'll do the job nicely. Cheers Dave £60 sounds like a great price fo...
by c_w
Mon 06 Jan, 2014 14:25
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rear subframe bush removal tool
Replies: 2
Views: 225

Re: Rear subframe bush removal tool

Looks good!

Out of interest, what did you fit back in? OEM or uprated?
by c_w
Thu 26 Dec, 2013 21:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Gearbox/transmission mount
Replies: 5
Views: 286

Re: Gearbox/transmission mount

Drivetrain shunt, especially 1st to 2nd gear is normal and reduced most by careful clutch and throttle control I'd say. Even with my propshaft rubber joint breaking up (almost split everywhere) there isn't much difference with a brand new one! For me the drivetrain just feels a bit tighter with the ...