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by c_w
Thu 26 Dec, 2013 21:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Gearbox/transmission mount
Replies: 5
Views: 296

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 ...
by c_w
Wed 25 Dec, 2013 18:56
Forum: Performance
Topic: yellow koni's with eibach springs
Replies: 8
Views: 918

Re: yellow koni's with eibach springs

Koni Yellow are adjustable in rebound only, this is good if you have a stiff spring for track as you don't need massive bump setting to control pitch/dive. Front Konis are normally "inserts" which means your original struts need cutting up and the koni damper "inserting" in to it. Eibach springs are...
by c_w
Wed 25 Dec, 2013 18:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Gearbox/transmission mount
Replies: 5
Views: 296

Re: Gearbox/transmission mount

This would be a really easy job if te propshaft wasn't in the way! The gearbox support bracket which sits below the gearbox is held on by 4 bolts on the underside of the body, with the two mounts sat on top with the gearbox sat on those. It's accessing the top bolts for each mount that is difficult ...
by c_w
Wed 25 Dec, 2013 18:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: polly bush
Replies: 8
Views: 405

Re: polly bush

Just buy the Z3M bushes, they are the same bush with the voids almost completely filled/stiffer rubber but with attention paid to NVH. Fitting isn't that bad, can swap the bushes in a vice and use fairy liquid to get them back on the wishbones.
by c_w
Sat 21 Dec, 2013 11:47
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: S50 rough idle
Replies: 4
Views: 687

Re: S50 rough idle

I'd change the engine temp sensor before an O2 sensor. In theory this could fool the ecu in to thinking it's always cold. But they rarely fail.
by c_w
Sat 21 Dec, 2013 11:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Sport bushes (M Suspension) 2002 model
Replies: 12
Views: 968

Re: Sport bushes (M Suspension) 2002 model

I'd recommend fittingthe Z3M wishbone bushes, firmer but still not too harsh. They are the same fitment and geometry as the regular Z3 bush.
by c_w
Wed 18 Dec, 2013 20:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Brake bleeding
Replies: 18
Views: 838

Re: Brake bleeding

I wouldn't worry about the fluid in the ABS unit, if the fluid is changed regularly it won't stagnate in there, though you can manually trigger the pump if needed. Generally the reservoir is only just slotted on with rubber bungs so 90psi or so will surely blow that off! Generally bleeding can be do...
by c_w
Sat 14 Dec, 2013 21:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: People with angel eyes
Replies: 65
Views: 4171

Re: People with angel eyes

I lose count of people driving with sidelight/parking lights on. At night a sidelight doesn't throw out any light so a vehicle is less visible if you are pulling out of a street etc.
by c_w
Sat 14 Dec, 2013 19:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: People with angel eyes
Replies: 65
Views: 4171

Re: People with angel eyes

Personally I drive with my headlights on all the time whatever the time of day or weather. It just seems DRLs are only at the front and are brighter than sidelights. What I can't understand is why if it becomes law that a car has to have a daytime light, it just doesn't have headlights on all the ti...
by c_w
Sat 14 Dec, 2013 18:38
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Nelson Mandela
Replies: 14
Views: 1678

Re: Nelson Mandela

I liked the fake sign language interpreter with crazy jazz hands making up nonsense next to Obama!
by c_w
Sat 14 Dec, 2013 18:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: People with angel eyes
Replies: 65
Views: 4171

Re: People with angel eyes

I don't get why it needs to be such a complicated process...If the DRL / Angel eyes are illuminated by the 1st "click" of the light switch, it is a really simply matter of rewiring that circuit to the ignition switch, so that they will switch on when the ignition is turned on, and off when the igni...
by c_w
Fri 13 Dec, 2013 09:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: People with angel eyes
Replies: 65
Views: 4171

Re: People with angel eyes

I'm all for headlight modification if it's making their output better (I've got some bi-xenon projectors in mine now), but angel eyes I'm not keen on as they are usually too big (as people have found don't fit the headlight as the circles are flattened on the Z3 headlight), or like the Chinese headl...
by c_w
Tue 10 Dec, 2013 22:12
Forum: Performance
Topic: z3-m..wheel fitment et 15(front)
Replies: 7
Views: 1651

Re: z3-m..wheel fitment et 15(front)

Rondell 0021 8.5x17 ET13(F), 10x17 ET5(R) (ET15 with a 10mm spacer on the rear). 215/40/17 & 245/35/17 (Hankook EVO V12) http://www.z3mcoupe.com/photopost/data//500/4941SANY7358.JPG http://www.z3mcoupe.com/photopost/data//500/4941SANY7363.JPG http://www.z3mcoupe.com/photopost/data//500/4941SANY7360....
by c_w
Sat 07 Dec, 2013 23:48
Forum: Performance
Topic: z3-m..wheel fitment et 15(front)
Replies: 7
Views: 1651

Re: z3-m..wheel fitment et 15(front)

If the car is stock then they won't fit. But if you have lowered it AND swapped the top mounts left to right you can get away with it - there is still some poke though.

I run 8.5J ET13 on the front of mine with a 215/40 tyre and there is only small amount of poke.
by c_w
Tue 03 Dec, 2013 19:39
Forum: Performance
Topic: DIFF GEARING
Replies: 4
Views: 1428

Re: DIFF GEARING

I would only consider fitting a taller diff ratio if I had force induction or a big V8. The 2.93 ratio will probably take the edge off the engine performance for a negligible gain in economy. I run a 3.46 ratio on my car and don't really notice any difference in economy to the 3.15. What you really ...
by c_w
Mon 18 Nov, 2013 19:54
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: For Sale Z3M Sport Seats and Door cards
Replies: 5
Views: 1025

Re: For Sale Z3M Sport Seats and Door cards

Yes as above these are M Sports rather than Z3M, very similar just different leather and stitching.

With the scuffing on the driver's bolster that can be fixed with a black dye that would make them look like new. Even just bumper black works to mask any wear!
by c_w
Wed 06 Nov, 2013 14:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Correct Rim offset on Staggered Rims & Wheel Options
Replies: 5
Views: 972

Re: Z3 Correct Rim offset on Staggered Rims & Wheel Options

Yes of course! Sorry just so used to my 17s :lol:

It's difficult to tell there how flush or not the wheels are, but I think you're safe with a 225/255 setup.
by c_w
Mon 04 Nov, 2013 21:13
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Correct Rim offset on Staggered Rims & Wheel Options
Replies: 5
Views: 972

Re: Z3 Correct Rim offset on Staggered Rims & Wheel Options

A 235/40/18 would look a bit "tall" on your car.

I would run 225/40/17 and 255/35/17.

The ET35 offset on the rear should be ok, it's 5mm further out than et40 of course, but not a lot, and with a 255 tyre shouldn't rub,
by c_w
Wed 30 Oct, 2013 14:09
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Narrow body / wide body
Replies: 14
Views: 1097

Re: Narrow body / wide body

MZ3 LSD is clutch pack so you can test by jacking up the rear and both wheels will turn in the same direction. The above method does not work for non-M Z3 LSDs [Torsen] fitted to some 2.2/2.8/3.0 cars. They are difficult to test as they act like open diffs without pre-load/traction on one wheel. All...
by c_w
Fri 16 Aug, 2013 19:47
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: PROJECT: 1998 Black M Roadster (aka Giorgio)
Replies: 84
Views: 18848

Re: PROJECT: 1998 Black M Roadster (aka Giorgio)

Keep with the standard/oem rear lights, best look IMO.
by c_w
Tue 06 Aug, 2013 15:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Zedfest 2012.....yes 2012
Replies: 13
Views: 1237

Re: Zedfest 2012.....yes 2012

Vic-Z3 wrote:Happy days indeed ....................................... :)

At 5 seconds in we have my Z3 ...................... :D :bow :thumb:

How do I save that vid forever...... :?:

Enter the youtube link here; http://www.keepvid.com/
by c_w
Mon 29 Jul, 2013 14:52
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: BMWCCGB Zedfest, 26 – 28 July 2013, Silverstone Circuit
Replies: 216
Views: 34318

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

Weather was fantastic on Saturday considering the forecast of rain from midday onwards, in reality it was HOT and sunny all day until the clouds rolled in about 5:30 and gave us the parade-cancelling storm after 6. Good day, although last year felt more special somehow, and I think the layout may ha...
by c_w
Thu 25 Jul, 2013 19:48
Forum: Event/cruise aftermaths
Topic: BMWCCGB - Croft Track Day
Replies: 4
Views: 1098

Re: BMWCCGB - Croft Track Day

I was in the black M Coupe, I got some footage which I'll try and upload!
by c_w
Wed 17 Jul, 2013 21:06
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Tramlining - sorted
Replies: 14
Views: 929

Re: Tramlining - sorted

Really strange you have found that added negative camber has improved things! Normally it makes cars very prone to tramlining.
by c_w
Mon 01 Jul, 2013 13:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Low down misfire.
Replies: 8
Views: 408

Re: Low down misfire.

BOSCH plugs are rubbish, get NGK.
by c_w
Mon 01 Jul, 2013 13:13
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3M shocks and bushes on a Z3 3.0
Replies: 9
Views: 441

Re: Z3M shocks and bushes on a Z3 3.0

Yes, it will all fit. The rear will be fine (both dampers and springs). The front will also all fit but you MUST use a Z3M spring or aftermarket spring for Z3M as the diameter is smaller. The reason for this is the Z3M top mounts have a lot of caster meaning the top of the strut is pulled back (a st...
by c_w
Thu 27 Jun, 2013 20:24
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Z3M V8 Conversion
Replies: 419
Views: 80647

Re: Z3M V8 Conversion

With double the torque of the 3.2 engine it must feel insanely pokey! :shock:
by c_w
Sat 22 Jun, 2013 16:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 2.8 exhaust system
Replies: 11
Views: 385

Re: 2.8 exhaust system

Surely another "down to the MOT tester's mood" then? Also sports cars, especially upper end of the market are actually getting louder, look at the new F-Type Jag, it's pretty loud as was the Aston Martin V8, new Ferraris, Lambos etc. If they're ok then so is an aftermarkt system on another car surely!
by c_w
Tue 18 Jun, 2013 20:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Interesting eBay ad
Replies: 68
Views: 4657

Re: Interesting eBay ad

1M is the most desirable BMW since the M3 CSL IMO.

swamper wrote:pmsl..... :lol:

but...

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lol, hiding the best bit!

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by c_w
Tue 18 Jun, 2013 17:09
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Save 5p/litre on Shell fuel
Replies: 22
Views: 2656

Re: Save 5p/litre on Shell fuel

This happened to me in the last run of this voucher (experied 31/05), wasn't expired but she said it didn't work (she was a bit bemused by it) - I went back another day, same voucher, and I'm sure the different attendant on duty that day was more familiar with them and used a different scanner...!
by c_w
Tue 18 Jun, 2013 17:01
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Interesting eBay ad
Replies: 68
Views: 4657

Re: Interesting eBay ad

swamper wrote:pfttt based on the M roadster :D
Badman gee wrote:Hairdressers car with a roof :lol:
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by c_w
Mon 17 Jun, 2013 21:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Interesting eBay ad
Replies: 68
Views: 4657

Re: Interesting eBay ad

Have to say the current Z4 is a awesome looking car, it looks a more expensive/upmarket car than the outgoing z4 (and the z3 it replaced). Has amazing presence on the road. The older z3 arguably looks more aggressive at the rear but the facelift looks good too. But the only Z3 to have is the Z3M Cou...
by c_w
Tue 04 Jun, 2013 15:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: well went and done it 18's on now!
Replies: 40
Views: 974

Re: well went and done it 18's on now!

They look really nice for an aftermarket wheel!
by c_w
Thu 30 May, 2013 16:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Suspension confusion.
Replies: 7
Views: 362

Re: Suspension confusion.

Get OEM Z3M bushes. I never touch "poly" bushes personally.
by c_w
Thu 30 May, 2013 16:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: M roadster front bumper on Z3, can it be done?
Replies: 46
Views: 4057

Re: M roadster front bumper on Z3, can it be done?

The problem with the M bumper is that it's more like a 1.9 with corner splitters designed in. It's design is very much like the E46 M Sport bumper. It looks good, the 2.8/3,0 although deep is a bit plain - the Z3M bumper would have been better if it was the depth of the 2.8 THEN had the corner split...
by c_w
Wed 29 May, 2013 22:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: M roadster front bumper on Z3, can it be done?
Replies: 46
Views: 4057

Re: M roadster front bumper on Z3, can it be done?

Yep, bits of trim apart (brake ducts on the M vs foglights on the others etc) all bumpers should physically fit.
by c_w
Sun 26 May, 2013 19:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Tackling the Handling
Replies: 35
Views: 1096

Re: UPDATE

Very glad I escaped from the other shop with only wasted time and not wasted money. I'll update you all as the information comes in. At least I found out about the rusted tie-rods from them. That's a good thing, as it somewhat validates my sloppy steering complaint, provided that the alignment is o...
by c_w
Thu 23 May, 2013 12:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Tackling the Handling
Replies: 35
Views: 1096

Re: Tackling the Handling

Most of that could be the tyres.

But as someone has suggested you could also fit the Z3M wishbone bushes too which are much firmer, might introduce a slight bit of harshmess though.
by c_w
Thu 23 May, 2013 11:46
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Definitive engine oil choice for Z3M
Replies: 4
Views: 772

Re: Definitive engine oil choice for Z3M

On my S50 I use 10/60 Edge for M Series. Get it from EuroCarParts with 25% discount.
by c_w
Thu 23 May, 2013 11:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Tackling the Handling
Replies: 35
Views: 1096

Re: Tackling the Handling

Interesting that you have fitted Z3M front mounts (assume the "right" way around which means your camber is back to stock despite it being lowered?). In my expereince the castor from the Z3M mounts really reduces the tramlining and give sthe car a more positive straight ahead. Are you using stock da...
by c_w
Tue 14 May, 2013 16:03
Forum: Event/cruise aftermaths
Topic: BMWCCGB Trackday Cadwell Park now with Pics :)
Replies: 9
Views: 1761

Re: BMWCCGB Trackday Cadwell Park now with Pics :)

Missed this day as I didn't have my car "ready" in time! Dakar looks really nice in the photos.
by c_w
Tue 14 May, 2013 16:01
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: 7.1 v8 z3m roadster
Replies: 26
Views: 2254

Re: 7.1 v8 z3m roadster

Nice one! :D
by c_w
Sat 11 May, 2013 18:08
Forum: Event/cruise aftermaths
Topic: BMWCCGB Trackday Cadwell Park now with Pics :)
Replies: 9
Views: 1761

Re: BMWCCGB Trackday Cadwell Park

I was trying to get this trackday but my car wasn't ready and I was away over the bank holiday weekend so didn't have time to sort it. Great weather and a great circuit, must have been a good day!
by c_w
Fri 10 May, 2013 16:43
Forum: Event/cruise aftermaths
Topic: Oulton Park trackday Weds 26th June
Replies: 0
Views: 804

Oulton Park trackday Weds 26th June

Anyone up for a trackday at Oulton Park (full circuit) in June? The usual price for the day is £239, but I have arranged a reduced price of £225 for z3mcoupe forum members but can offer it here too. Ring 0333 577 2083 and ask to speak to Jo or Dino quoting c_w or z3mcoupe forum. See you there! :driv...
by c_w
Fri 10 May, 2013 16:38
Forum: Event/cruise aftermaths
Topic: Donington Park Trackday 29/03/2013 (w/ piccies of damage)
Replies: 18
Views: 2835

Re: Donington Park Trackday 29/03/2013 (w/ piccies of damage

I don't have good experience of DS2500s, I got really bad judder with them and the dust is really bad. I prefer EBC Yellowstuff which are a good pad and cheaper too, or the high priced Pagid RS29.
by c_w
Fri 03 May, 2013 15:34
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: Mini Track Day & Evo Cruise 30/06/2013
Replies: 7
Views: 1554

Re: Mini Track Day & Evo Cruise 30/06/2013

I'd be interested in this! May be able to tempt by brother in coming along too! Is there a date set or just posing it at the moment?
by c_w
Thu 25 Apr, 2013 18:01
Forum: Performance
Topic: Z3m vs 3.0i
Replies: 41
Views: 2312

Re: Z3m vs 3.0i

The steering on the M is slower than the non-Ms which is the same I'm sure 1.9 to 3.0. Fitting a non-M rack makes to the Z3M makes it much livier. I can understand the 3.0 vs M argument as the 3.0 is a very quick car but with the M you know it's the top model with the other bits too! Gear ratios are...
by c_w
Mon 15 Apr, 2013 22:12
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Strike's Z3M
Replies: 52
Views: 3797

Re: Strike's Z3M

I suppose they would fool most people but I can't see gluing them on will work if you get them properly warmed up.
by c_w
Mon 15 Apr, 2013 22:08
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Cruise fitted today.
Replies: 18
Views: 530

Re: Cruise fitted today.

Does the dash light work with your cruise control retrofits? I noticed that my cluster has an telltale for cruisecontrol (looks like a green stopwatch is my best description), but there is no bulb fitted. I would guess that once you have fitted the control circuitry, the dash would register its pre...
by c_w
Sun 14 Apr, 2013 20:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Chrome wheels
Replies: 7
Views: 283

Re: Chrome wheels

Don't :dunce: