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aknighto
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Replacement outer sills

Post by aknighto » Tue 08 Jul, 2014 19:53

Hello all, I'm new to this forum after having recently purchasing a 2002 3.0 Z3. Having browsed various topics on this forum it would appear that corrosion on the outer sill is a common occurrence. Having inspected the outer sills on my Z3, I also have signs on corrosion. I have been trying to locate 'new' replacement sills but to no avail. Does anyone know where new sill covers can be purchased as my local dealer tells me they are discontinued and none available in UK! Have also spent a couple of hours on the net but have failed to find anything new even pattern parts. Just breaker parts that are likely to be suffering similar corrosion.
Any help would be appreciated!

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Re: Replacement outer sills

Post by bertiejaffa » Tue 08 Jul, 2014 19:56

Hi Welcome...

spurs fan in a coupe (andy) is breaking a car and it might have some good one on it - drop him a line, if they are in good condition I suspect they will be much cheaper than new ones
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Re: Replacement outer sills

Post by Chiefy » Tue 08 Jul, 2014 20:16

That's strange as I bought a new sill from my local Dealer a couple of months ago £150 with discount. They didn't mention anything about discontinuing them. That said I'm surprised an aftermarket company hasn't developed non metallic sills as they are only cosmetic - bit of a no brainer really and why were they steel in the first place?

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Re: Replacement outer sills

Post by aknighto » Tue 08 Jul, 2014 20:32

Cheers bertiejaffa, The ones currently on the car don't appear to be too bad, so if I cant source 'new' I may as well repair the ones I already have. Hopefully the car is a keeper so I'd prefer to replace rather that repair. Thanks for the post though!. Cheify, I couldn't agree more. I may try another dealer as the parts chap I was dealing with tried to sell be a pump when I asked for a non return valve for my windscreen washers! He didn't really inspire confidence so I suspect that bit of information may well be incorrect!!

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Re: Replacement outer sills

Post by bertiejaffa » Tue 08 Jul, 2014 20:36

They are all keepers :wink: I know people on here who have got rid of wives instead of the Zed :lol:
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Re: Replacement outer sills

Post by Cooper01 » Wed 09 Jul, 2014 14:32

I think there is a guy making fibreglass sills. If you want me to get his details let me know - PM me but spurs is the best bet!

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Re: Replacement outer sills

Post by Alan W » Wed 09 Jul, 2014 17:03

Wish they did stainless steel sills... now that would look really striking!!

Anyway, I wouldn't mind popping mine off this winter and having a look behind them and to see if there's anything restorative or preventative to be done.. can anyone tell me how easy it is to remove / replace them on a scale of easiness i.e. would a clumsy ham fisted accident prone oaf like me struggle?
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Re: Replacement outer sills

Post by deni2s » Wed 09 Jul, 2014 17:41

Yesterday I asked at local dealership and they also quoted about 150 GBP for one sill. Quite expensive.

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Re: Replacement outer sills

Post by spurs fan in a coupe » Wed 09 Jul, 2014 18:41

Cooper01 wrote:I think there is a guy making fibreglass sills. If you want me to get his details let me know - PM me but spurs is the best bet!
Thanks for the recommendation, I have a car outside waiting to be broken, seems to have very clean sills, I will take them off and have a better look when I can store it inside. If you're really keen I can put some snaps up?
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Re: Replacement outer sills

Post by aknighto » Wed 09 Jul, 2014 19:24

Thanks for that 'spurs fan'. Will be taking the sills off next week so will know the extent of the damage and whether its worth repairing or replacing. Have managed to source new at £150 a side plus VAT! Ouch!!

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Re: Replacement outer sills

Post by OldskoolRS » Wed 09 Jul, 2014 22:58

Re the question about how easy they are to take off, I'd say pretty straightforward but quite a few steps involved from what I remember (wheel arch liners have to come out/be moved to allow access). Also it's worth taping some cardboard of similar to the lower part of the rear wing to protect it from the sharp edges of the sill.

I took off my driver's side sill when I first got my Z3 two years ago. I cleaned up everything underneath and applied fresh Bilt Hamber treatments, but there wasn't any rust to worry about, hence why I've still not got round to doing the passenger side.

A few pictures of the work in progress (the brown marks were just grease/oil):

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The wheel arch cleaned up and clear Bilt Hamber wax applied:

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Cleaned up the liner too and refitted:

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Re: Replacement outer sills

Post by Alan W » Wed 09 Jul, 2014 23:08

Nice job, thanks for sharing... never heard of Bilt Hamber, how does it compare to Waxoyl?
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Re: Replacement outer sills

Post by Chiefy » Thu 10 Jul, 2014 20:58

Checked up at my local Dealer today (Dundee BMW) as I will be needing an offside sill before too long. There are two in stock in the UK and 800 in Germany so they ain't gonna run out just yet.

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Re: Replacement outer sills

Post by Althulas » Thu 10 Jul, 2014 21:22

Can you order them pre painted from BMW? The new modern paint I can see being as hard wearing as the new water based stuff if you have to get them sprayed up.
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Re: Replacement outer sills

Post by sirius-c » Thu 10 Jul, 2014 21:39

Cooper01 wrote:I think there is a guy making fibreglass sills. If you want me to get his details let me know
I'd be interested in these
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Re: Replacement outer sills

Post by OldskoolRS » Fri 11 Jul, 2014 08:32

Alan W wrote:Nice job, thanks for sharing... never heard of Bilt Hamber, how does it compare to Waxoyl?
Way better IMHO. Often recommended on Detailing World and other websites. They do degreaser and waxes too which all work well (PS I don't have any connection with them, just pleased with the products I've used):

http://www.bilthamber.com/

I used the Dynax UC on the wheelarch and sill (inside the cover sill too) shown above, which dries clear.

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