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by Southernboy
Wed 05 Oct, 2016 11:53
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: 3.0 Z3 (2002) as a Donor car (shocking I hear you say !!)
Replies: 15
Views: 1939

Re: 3.0 Z3 (2002) as a Donor car (shocking I hear you say !!

It would be simpler to first check the hole match of the 1.9 shaft flange with the 3.0 diff flange... it'll be easier to have new holes drilled. The 1.9 diff flanges won't fit into the 3.0 diff - it's a completely different diff. The 1.9 diff is much smaller than the 3.0 diff as a complete lump. Als...
by Southernboy
Wed 05 Oct, 2016 06:20
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: 3.0 Z3 (2002) as a Donor car (shocking I hear you say !!)
Replies: 15
Views: 1939

Re: 3.0 Z3 (2002) as a Donor car (shocking I hear you say !!

The diff on the 1.9 is different to the diff on the 3.0. But the rear drive shafts do not enter into the diff.... the diff has an output flange left and right, to which the rear drive shafts are bolted... so if the 1.9 drive shafts match up to the 3.0 diff flanges you can just go ahead, alternately,...
by Southernboy
Tue 04 Oct, 2016 09:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: top mounts rear shocks
Replies: 7
Views: 1246

Re: top mounts rear shocks

A fork works well to pop the plastic clips out.
by Southernboy
Mon 03 Oct, 2016 18:38
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Non M gearshift surround
Replies: 45
Views: 5398

Re: Non M gearshift surround

PS...It's 2.5 MB - lots of pics... :wink:
by Southernboy
Mon 03 Oct, 2016 18:35
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Non M gearshift surround
Replies: 45
Views: 5398

Re: Non M gearshift surround

Email being sent immediately...
by Southernboy
Mon 03 Oct, 2016 18:21
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Non M gearshift surround
Replies: 45
Views: 5398

Re: Non M gearshift surround

Didn't you get an email from me with the fitting instructions?? If not, PM me with your email addy and I'll send it to you now... :wink:
by Southernboy
Mon 03 Oct, 2016 18:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: MOST COMMON CONSOLE COLOUR ?
Replies: 46
Views: 4291

Re: MOST COMMON CONSOLE COLOUR ?

Holy Rattlesnake Batman!! :D
by Southernboy
Mon 03 Oct, 2016 17:32
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Non M gearshift surround
Replies: 45
Views: 5398

Re: Non M gearshift surround

Great news !! Thanks for letting me know... Pleased that two are confirmed arrived... If you need any help fitting just give me a shout.
by Southernboy
Wed 28 Sep, 2016 18:23
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Non M gearshift surround
Replies: 45
Views: 5398

Re: Non M gearshift surround

Quick update. If you guys lose a little black screw - the ones that can be seen fitted when the surround is in place - you can get spares from " Lowrider " on .org. He is holding around 30 spare screws, and will post to anyone who needs. Obviously the cost of postage is all there will be to pay. For...
by Southernboy
Tue 20 Sep, 2016 10:37
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Non M gearshift surround
Replies: 45
Views: 5398

Re: Non M gearshift surround

Parcels have been posted Here are the parcel numbers, also I have provided a tracking website link below. Please allow at least 3 days before you will see any info on the website. Once it reaches the UK, you can follow it o the Parcelforce website. J. Graham - # RJ015474625ZA D. Baker - # RJ01547460...
by Southernboy
Sun 18 Sep, 2016 08:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Clattering noise from the front.
Replies: 39
Views: 4829

Re: Clattering noise from the front.

Hi Albert. Your observation of it being most noticeable when the motor is hot, and idling is significant. It supports, Pingu's prognosis, since the chain would not be under stress whilst idling, as it would be with your foot on the gas and therefore more likely to flap about. If you use a short leng...
by Southernboy
Thu 15 Sep, 2016 12:13
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Non M gearshift surround
Replies: 45
Views: 5398

Re: Non M gearshift surround

Chrome plating guys tell me they will be ready for collection tomorrow - Friday!!!.... :D
I will be calling on balances to be paid - pse don't make me pay the PayPal commission - I reckon the exchange rate of the weaker £ has ended up costing me to make these... :wink:
by Southernboy
Thu 15 Sep, 2016 07:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: fog light needed
Replies: 13
Views: 1382

Re: fog light needed

If you do go for the Chinese fogs, bear in mind the lens is plastic vs glass on the OEM fittings, and as we all know, the "sandblasting" effects on the front spoiler will also dull the plastic lens fairly easily. Perhaps at the price, one should order 2 sets, save on the postage / per set, and keep ...
by Southernboy
Wed 14 Sep, 2016 17:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: fog light needed
Replies: 13
Views: 1382

Re: fog light needed

Yep - well that's what the listing says... :wink:
by Southernboy
Wed 14 Sep, 2016 15:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: fog light needed
Replies: 13
Views: 1382

Re: fog light needed

by Southernboy
Tue 13 Sep, 2016 22:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 1998 2.8
Replies: 3
Views: 635

Re: 1998 2.8

Thanks good man. If I need any parts I'll certainly call... Problem with getting them from the UK is the cost of postage and the 25% customs duty levied here on entry.. Makes a £10 part into a £30 part if I'm lucky!!! I recently bought some screws for £2.50 and the postage to SA was £8.90 plus £2.00...
by Southernboy
Tue 13 Sep, 2016 20:28
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 1998 2.8
Replies: 3
Views: 635

1998 2.8

Today I found a 1998 2.8 advertised for sale - the seller said it needs TLC which when I spoke to him seem to involve a slightly damaged front spoiler and a new roof... I will view the car on friday, and if it's more cosmetic than serious stuff, I may take it on. It's going dirt cheap - for a South ...
by Southernboy
Tue 13 Sep, 2016 20:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Torsen diff and brake rollers at MOT centre
Replies: 11
Views: 1245

Re: Torsen diff and brake rollers at MOT centre

Brakes operate on both rear wheels equally - or as near as dammit to equally - so the diff has no bearing on the braking - just like it has no bearing on being used whilst the car is being driven on a road. The same applies to the handbrake... :wink:
by Southernboy
Sun 11 Sep, 2016 06:09
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: WTB: Z3 M battery box
Replies: 15
Views: 1369

Re: WTB: Z3 M battery box

You will need a new tyre if that happens, so you would need to call an appropriate roadside assistance organisation like AA, or such.
by Southernboy
Sat 10 Sep, 2016 21:25
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: WTB: Z3 M battery box
Replies: 15
Views: 1369

Re: WTB: Z3 M battery box

I did away with the OEM tools. Bought a small compressor which plugs into the ciggy lighter, and a puncture repair kit for tubless tyres. A small set of socket spanners with 6mm to 14mm sockets, it also has a screwdriver and socket attacment to hold a Phillips or flat screwdriver bit in the kit, plu...
by Southernboy
Sat 10 Sep, 2016 19:42
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: WTB: Z3 M battery box
Replies: 15
Views: 1369

Re: WTB: Z3 M battery box

I later on fitted a twin eared diff cover to avoid the dreaded boot weld popping issue, and you will see from the pic below, that some parts of the spare wheel carrier were removed to allow the new fitting. I had to manufacture a new mounting bracket for the right hand side ear of the diff.... http:...
by Southernboy
Sat 10 Sep, 2016 19:32
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: WTB: Z3 M battery box
Replies: 15
Views: 1369

Re: WTB: Z3 M battery box

One point I omitted to mention - you will need a length of heavy duty copper wire aprox 700mm long and a splicer/connector to extend the positive battery cable and connect it to the existing positive supply cable. It is imortant to use the same type of cable which is made up of probably hundreds of ...
by Southernboy
Sat 10 Sep, 2016 19:18
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: WTB: Z3 M battery box
Replies: 15
Views: 1369

Re: WTB: Z3 M battery box

Best I can find is below - you can just see the welded box and it's relative position to the diff.

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by Southernboy
Sat 10 Sep, 2016 14:39
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: WTB: Z3 M battery box
Replies: 15
Views: 1369

Re: WTB: Z3 M battery box

First, you only need one more muffler - that's unless the existing one is shot. The Z3 system is a single pipe from the front header to the rear muffler, the muffler has 2 pipes extending out the back of it. I would suggest you speak to Spurs Fan / aka Andy about a spare OEM muffler - he's like able...
by Southernboy
Sat 10 Sep, 2016 09:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Leaking rear diff
Replies: 9
Views: 950

Re: Leaking rear diff

Your removal / replacement procedure is correct. Also, the diff is not an LSD unless there is a stamped LS and the number on the diff.
by Southernboy
Fri 09 Sep, 2016 08:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Leaking rear diff
Replies: 9
Views: 950

Re: Leaking rear diff

The bolts require 64nm of torque.
by Southernboy
Fri 09 Sep, 2016 07:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Leaking rear diff
Replies: 9
Views: 950

Re: Leaking rear diff

You're about right about the simplicity and procedure of DIY. There is a paper gasket available from BMW which fits between the two surfaces. You will need that and some gasket sealer to apply to both metal surfaces before re-assembly. Bolts need to be torqued correctly. The paper gasket is really c...
by Southernboy
Thu 08 Sep, 2016 15:55
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: WTB: Z3 M battery box
Replies: 15
Views: 1369

Re: WTB: Z3 M battery box

I did a full twin exhaust conversion on my 2.8. I relocated the battery to the center, but didn't bother with the original M battery box because the boot floor of the M is also different to a non M car. The M version has specific contours for battery cabling and locating the various components. I ha...
by Southernboy
Thu 08 Sep, 2016 15:42
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Non M gearshift surround
Replies: 45
Views: 5398

Re: Non M gearshift surround

Update for all concerned - I spoke with the chrome plating people on Monday, and it seems the "big boss" pushed into the queue with the result that our stuff will only be dealt with next week.... I will call them again next Monday to make sure we're actually getting things done.... Now you understan...
by Southernboy
Sun 28 Aug, 2016 15:45
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Non M gearshift surround
Replies: 45
Views: 5398

Re: Non M gearshift surround

Sadly not - I made them to order - sorry, all sold mate.
by Southernboy
Sat 27 Aug, 2016 05:53
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Non M gearshift surround
Replies: 45
Views: 5398

Re: Non M gearshift surround

Some good news !!! I finally received the screws yesterday at my local Post Office.... They were actually posted (for the 3rd time) on July 18th from the UK..... and as you see - "AIR MAIL"... :shock: The parts are all at the chrome plating people - they tell me 2 - 3 weeks, on account they are very...
by Southernboy
Tue 23 Aug, 2016 13:09
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Non M gearshift surround
Replies: 45
Views: 5398

Re: Non M gearshift surround

Hi Geoff Yes, I'm busy with the move right now and hopefully will have 99% done by the weekend. Screws have now cleared customs yesterday, so I expect them to be delivered to my local post office in the next 3 days or so. I will be doing the final buff tomorrow and hopefully drop all the parts at th...
by Southernboy
Sat 20 Aug, 2016 07:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: clutch stop rubber
Replies: 15
Views: 1845

Re: clutch stop rubber

Hopefully the clutch hydraulic system and mechanical parts don't have an effect as they wear. I'd hate to have a situation where I couldn't depress the pedal sufficiently in an emergency - or maybe I'm just being overly pessimistic??
by Southernboy
Sat 20 Aug, 2016 07:05
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What's it worth? 3.0 Z3 Sport. 21k miles, 2 owners, 51 pla
Replies: 120
Views: 12136

Re: What's it worth? 3.0 Z3 Sport. 21k miles, 2 owners, 51

The biggest issue with not regularly driving a car in the UK is your weather. Anything left standing will deteriorate / rust etc etc... Here in SA where the climate is largely dry one can leave cars stored for years with minimal use and without mechanical weather contamination. The cost requirements...
by Southernboy
Mon 15 Aug, 2016 06:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: rattling glove box door
Replies: 2
Views: 432

Re: rattling glove box door

Good thinking ! One small word of advice however, if you have stuck them on each corner of the glove box door, they will eventually cause the door to bend outwards where you have stuck the buttons - good move would be to place the buttons close to the center where the lock is situated to avoid the o...
by Southernboy
Mon 08 Aug, 2016 15:25
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: Looking for a parts supplier
Replies: 5
Views: 1017

Re: Looking for a parts supplier

Most of the parts you need are available from any Meyle stockist / dealer - possibly the only exception will be the intake rubber boot. The best way to get delivery, is to ask someone on the forum to post stuff to you, or purchase online and get delivery to them locally... ie. then pay for the posta...
by Southernboy
Thu 04 Aug, 2016 07:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Impala Brown with unusual options
Replies: 16
Views: 1363

Re: Impala Brown with unusual options

I think it's one of the more unusual colours, and I do like it.
by Southernboy
Thu 04 Aug, 2016 07:45
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Non M gearshift surround
Replies: 45
Views: 5398

Re: Non M gearshift surround

Fortunately I don't have the children issue to contend with...that is a nightmare !! :wink:
by Southernboy
Tue 02 Aug, 2016 12:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Shopping list for service & cooling system overhaul
Replies: 9
Views: 1190

Re: Shopping list for service & cooling system overhaul

Meyle belts, and yes there are belt tensioners - one for each belt - also available from Meyle. The aircon is driven by one of the two belts, so if you're replacing belts, it may be a good time to sort the aircon squeal.
by Southernboy
Tue 02 Aug, 2016 08:15
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Non M gearshift surround
Replies: 45
Views: 5398

Re: Non M gearshift surround

Cheers Geoff... It's a lot more work than I recall from the last time I did these, and I'm moving house at the end of August to boot... Everything seems to be conspiring to adding to my load right now... :head:
by Southernboy
Mon 01 Aug, 2016 17:15
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Non M gearshift surround
Replies: 45
Views: 5398

Re: Non M gearshift surround

Here's some pics of where I am now - 6 done and ready for buffing, two more to make up from scratch due to the laser cutting fiasco... Shaping is slow, since it's done by hand as is the sanding from 120 grit to 400grit.... My hands take a bit of a knock with all the filing and papering - :( You can ...
by Southernboy
Mon 01 Aug, 2016 17:09
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Non M gearshift surround
Replies: 45
Views: 5398

Re: Non M gearshift surround

Hi Geoff... I'm about a week away from dropping them off for chrome plating - It's been an uphill battle with the laser guys..I've had to return some parts 4 times, and every time it's another 3 -4 day delay just to get parts which are unusable. They've been struggling with the laser "flashing" and ...
by Southernboy
Sun 31 Jul, 2016 10:13
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Better handling- where to start?
Replies: 29
Views: 2986

Re: Better handling- where to start?

I think the fundamental problem is the width x the length of the wheelbase. It's just a little too "square"... if the length had been another 500+ mm longer, it would have behaved better.
by Southernboy
Sun 31 Jul, 2016 07:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Better handling- where to start?
Replies: 29
Views: 2986

Re: Better handling- where to start?

First off, check the condition of all 4 shocks, then front strut brace in the engine bay will help lots on the cornering feel. If your concern is lateral stability at higher speed, perhaps you should have the wheel alignment checked at a reputable outlet. Also, do a thorough under car check of all t...
by Southernboy
Sun 31 Jul, 2016 07:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Whine when wheels on full lock?
Replies: 3
Views: 468

Re: Whine when wheels on full lock?

Generally it's an indication of low fluid level in the PS reservoir which is starving the pump for fluid. Alternately the pump itself is in need of a service. Also, check for leaks in the system hoses. As a general guide, the PS pump does have a tendency to whine at full lock because it's still tryi...
by Southernboy
Sat 30 Jul, 2016 07:19
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Ebay - Lovely blue extended leather dash/console £200
Replies: 2
Views: 674

Re: Ebay - Lovely blue extended leather dash/console £200

Anyone with a blue Z3M should buy and store it... It'll be like hen's teeth in a few years, and with the fairly common issue of the leather lifting, this would be a handy part to have as a replacement... actually cheap at the price, and the console section can be sold off to recover some of the purc...
by Southernboy
Sat 30 Jul, 2016 07:13
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Door Removal
Replies: 4
Views: 513

Re: Door Removal

If you don't have an assistant, I'd recommend having a hydraulic jack with a pad of cloth on top to support the door from below to prevent it falling when the hinges are removed. If you use some water based paint to mark the hinge positions for re-fitting, that will simplify matters too. http://i119...
by Southernboy
Sat 30 Jul, 2016 07:05
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: One of two in SA
Replies: 3
Views: 799

Re: One of two in SA

No idea what a Dev vehicle is - perhaps I'll call my local BMW agent and ask...
by Southernboy
Fri 29 Jul, 2016 14:06
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: One of two in SA
Replies: 3
Views: 799

One of two in SA

Here's an Titan silver Z3 M for sale in Jhb - first time I've ever seen one come up for sale - not surprising if there's only two in SA.... £26400 (aprox).... only 24,500 miles.... and bing an SA car, and in Johannesburg, it's 100% rust free... and it's the S54 version. Pity it's out of reach for me...
by Southernboy
Thu 28 Jul, 2016 06:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: M52 vs M54 vs N52
Replies: 14
Views: 2364

Re: M52 vs M54

Some basic info... It would seem the 2.2 block will not accommodate the longer stroke of a 2.8 (75mm vs 84mm)

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