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huntert
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Modding from scratch

Post by huntert » Sat 19 Jan, 2013 18:53

If you where going to buy a Z3 tomorrow, knowing what you know now about modding them and how expensive it can be, would you ,

a, Look for a car that had alot of the mods on it already or.... b, Try to find an OEM car and do them yourself................

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('_')Z3
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Re: Modding from scratch

Post by ('_')Z3 » Sat 19 Jan, 2013 19:29

Having modded my car from scratch I would probably say somewhere in the middle. I've really enjoyed sourcing the parts and fitting them but it's certainly not cheap :oops:
There are probably some things you'd want on it already and others that you can add as you see fit, mine came with cloth interior :( but things like the white detangoed lights etc you'd want already on I'd say.
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Re: Modding from scratch

Post by Z3cade » Sat 19 Jan, 2013 19:38

If its modded you want then yes try and find one with the mods your after.. Will save you time and money.. But you can't beat adding your own mods and personal touch :wink:
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pingu
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Re: Modding from scratch

Post by pingu » Sat 19 Jan, 2013 21:14

You can see whether cosmetic mods have been done properly, but mechanical mods are best done by yourself.
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Jonttt
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Re: Modding from scratch

Post by Jonttt » Sat 19 Jan, 2013 22:10

Lol when one came up with every rare mod I wanted already on it I ended up swapping the car I had bought as a keeper. You could say I bought the mods and the car came with them
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Southernboy
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Re: Modding from scratch

Post by Southernboy » Sun 20 Jan, 2013 09:01

It all depends on wether you enjoy doing these sort of things yourself, or if you're happy to have it provided. I have found that some people "cut corners" when doing things -by my standards. As an example; whenever I join any electrical wiring, I solder the joint, and use heat shrink over the jointed area. If you've had any experience with common insulation tape, you will know that in time it will unwrap, or become a sticky gungy area where it's been applied. I use blue Loctite on nuts and bolts when I torque them, especially those I know I shan't be undoing again, or very unlikely to. That guarantees it's not likely to loosen by vibration etc over time, thus avoiding movement at the bolted joint as well as squeaks / rattles etc. It s still able to be loosened with a spanner however.
I also get the pleasure of accomplishing the task, and at the same time learn something about the car, uncover other areas that need attention etc etc.. It's all about personal involvement I guess.
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Re: Modding from scratch

Post by pemdp » Sun 20 Jan, 2013 13:39

I totally agree with Southernboy. In my opinion the best original Z3s are 6 cylinder Sport Editions. When I bought my standard 2.0 there were none in the market, as these are pretty rare here in Portugal. Some time ago I found one for sale in pristine condition and with very low mileage. If I had bought it I would probably not have the courage to mod anything at all and that would take out part of the fun. Mine is a kind of hobby project and it is much more then cruising. By doing somethings myself I learn more about the car and that maximizes the ownership experience. This is certainly not the cheapest route, but as someone said "the journey is more important then the destination".
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Re: Modding from scratch

Post by billz » Sun 20 Jan, 2013 18:13

If you do the mods yourself then it is done the way you want it.. i modded ours substantially from scratch and would do it again.

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Re: Modding from scratch

Post by swamper » Sun 20 Jan, 2013 21:22

i'd look at the mods the car was going to come with....if i was going to do it again then i would look for wheels roll hoops mirrors interior ....anything mechanical i would want to do myself...but i would go down the modding route again...but not from scratch
the badness makes me do it...!

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Re: Modding from scratch

Post by Badman gee » Mon 21 Jan, 2013 06:48

Standard for me
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markrnorton
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Re: Modding from scratch

Post by markrnorton » Mon 21 Jan, 2013 12:11

I'd start with a nice clean car every time , you know exactly where you are then. you can spend more time 're doing' some mods !
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Re: Modding from scratch

Post by Deano1712 » Mon 21 Jan, 2013 12:42

I would have preferred to buy my car with the mods already fitted. Sadly nobody was stupid enough to fit all the mods I have!

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Re: Modding from scratch

Post by g8jka » Mon 21 Jan, 2013 15:06

Start from scratch, do it all yourself and then smile at the outcome of what you have achieved. Doing it alone means its exactly to your taste and you know exactly how and what has been done. Mine was basic when I brought it and I have modded it to my own taste with things I want, only downside is its cost me a fortune and I will never get it back but I have had so much fun doing it. If I brought the car with all the mods on I think I would get bored of just cleaning it all the time :(

If I was to get another zed, it would just be with a bigger engine but apart from that standard but with basics such as roll hoops and white indicators all around (stuff that's hard to source and that's expensive when you do). The rest would be transferred over from the old zed :D
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Re: Modding from scratch

Post by micklaw » Mon 21 Jan, 2013 17:38

Badman gee wrote:Standard for me
here here :D

Z3cade
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Re: Modding from scratch

Post by Z3cade » Mon 21 Jan, 2013 18:13

g8jka wrote:If I brought the car with all the mods on I think I would get bored of just cleaning it all the time :(
I kind of agree with this comment. As my M was 90% complete when I bought her ( regarding modification ) and all I do now is keep it clean.
Don't get me wrong I'm so happy to have a completed car that I can just get in and drive but if your someone that enjoys 'tinkering/a project' then a completed car will leave you with an itch :wink:

Still I wouldn't have any other M! :D
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Re: Modding from scratch

Post by ('_')Z3 » Mon 21 Jan, 2013 18:24

Z3cade wrote:
g8jka wrote:If I brought the car with all the mods on I think I would get bored of just cleaning it all the time :(
I kind of agree with this comment. As my M was 90% complete when I bought her ( regarding modification ) and all I do now is keep it clean.
Don't get me wrong I'm so happy to have a completed car that I can just get in and drive but if your someone that enjoys 'tinkering/a project' then a completed car will leave you with an itch :wink:

Still I wouldn't have any other M! :D
I agree too, which is why I would never buy a Z4. A lovely car but nothing to do :(
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Re: Modding from scratch

Post by gookah » Mon 21 Jan, 2013 19:42

my Z4M was in the same category, everything on it and nothing to do other than keep it clean and polish it.
Much more fun to be had with the tinkering side.
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pingu
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Re: Modding from scratch

Post by pingu » Mon 21 Jan, 2013 21:00

The only thing to do with a Z4 ia get a coupe and mod it into an Alpina :D . I'd love to do that.
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Re: Modding from scratch

Post by Jonttt » Mon 21 Jan, 2013 22:31

Z3cade wrote:
g8jka wrote:If I brought the car with all the mods on I think I would get bored of just cleaning it all the time :(
I kind of agree with this comment.
I don't, you never stop :-)

I've still got things on my list of rare / desirable parts and finding them at bargain prices is part of the fun.
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Re: Modding from scratch

Post by Z3cade » Mon 21 Jan, 2013 22:47

^^ you just spoil yours rotten Jt.... :lol:
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