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mrscalex
Joined: Fri 13 Mar, 2015 09:14
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  Z3 roadster 1.9

Engine support beam

Post by mrscalex » Sun 06 Nov, 2016 21:31

Does anyone have a photo of one of these in use on a Z3? And a recommendation for a particular model?

I know what the general idea is but it looks a bit precarious unless you find the right balance points.

I need to have the complete front subframe and suspension out from underneath.
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2001 Z3 2.2 Topaz Blue (Trudy) - Keeper rebuilt from a write-off
2002 Z3 2.2 Titan Silver (Cookies) - Keeper rebuilt having been bought with a seized engine
2002 Z3 3.0 Sapphire Black (Peanut) - Keeper awaiting rebuilding having been bought as an abandoned project
Plus Willy, Kodak & Maycee - All 2.2 Sport projects. Yes, 6 is a lot of Z3s :)
Always happy to try and help with spares :)

Brian4
Joined: Mon 19 Dec, 2011 19:02
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  Z3 roadster 3.0i
Location: Hinckley

Re: Engine support beam

Post by Brian4 » Mon 07 Nov, 2016 19:57

Most engine support beams are designed to sit on the channel where the wing bolts to the inner wing but obviously the z3 doesn't have this so you will need to sit it on the strut towers and use another beam in line with the engine to support it probably supported on the front slam panel.
Brian
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2000 E36/7 Z3 3.0i
2016 F31 335d
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NZ00Z3
Joined: Thu 23 Jun, 2016 02:26
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  Z3 roadster 3.0i

Re: Engine support beam

Post by NZ00Z3 » Mon 07 Nov, 2016 22:40

Maybe purchase a strong strut brace, use the end rings as the mounting and fabricate the beam to attach to the two bolts on each ring. Means it will be safely mounted and not likely to slip. Plus you'll have a strong strut brace to fit to your favorite Z3

http://s227.photobucket.com/user/kelvin ... 5.jpg.html

Not my photo, just a sample one that's in the interweb

mrscalex
Joined: Fri 13 Mar, 2015 09:14
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  Z3 roadster 1.9

Re: Engine support beam

Post by mrscalex » Wed 09 Nov, 2016 14:50

Thanks for the suggestions. I'm also going to look at jacking it under the sump (with wood beam inbetween) with the cross brace removed.
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2001 Z3 2.2 Topaz Blue (Trudy) - Keeper rebuilt from a write-off
2002 Z3 2.2 Titan Silver (Cookies) - Keeper rebuilt having been bought with a seized engine
2002 Z3 3.0 Sapphire Black (Peanut) - Keeper awaiting rebuilding having been bought as an abandoned project
Plus Willy, Kodak & Maycee - All 2.2 Sport projects. Yes, 6 is a lot of Z3s :)
Always happy to try and help with spares :)

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