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by BladeRunner919
Wed 09 Nov, 2016 08:01
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: what obd software ?
Replies: 9
Views: 809

Re: what obd software ?

You need to run INPA if you really want to see what your car is doing.
by BladeRunner919
Tue 08 Nov, 2016 08:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Front end steering/suspension overhaul - recommendations
Replies: 4
Views: 597

Re: Front end steering/suspension overhaul - recommendations

NZ00Z3 wrote:
By the way, don't fit the standard rear control arm bushings, too weak, wear out quickly and are the main cause of tramlining in the Z3. Use the Z3M bushing part number 31129069035.
Or polybush, which I have (and are a lot easier to fit!!)
by BladeRunner919
Mon 07 Nov, 2016 11:39
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Breaking 1.9 manual roadster
Replies: 22
Views: 2973

Re: Breaking 1.9 manual roadster

I think this should be in the stock exchange, and requires all sale items to have a price quoted.
by BladeRunner919
Mon 07 Nov, 2016 08:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 1998 m44 engine z3 check engine light
Replies: 13
Views: 947

Re: 1998 m44 engine z3 check engine light

I have an 06/98 build M44 and there is no light and the manual makes no reference to one, so the change must have been between June and August of 1998.
by BladeRunner919
Sun 06 Nov, 2016 17:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 1998 m44 engine z3 check engine light
Replies: 13
Views: 947

Re: 1998 m44 engine z3 check engine light

Del wrote:As far as I am aware the M44 engine car (as a pre facelift car) was designed under pre-OBD II regulations and doesn't have a "check engine light".
That is correct, there is no engine management error light on the M44.
by BladeRunner919
Fri 04 Nov, 2016 13:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Help needed Z3
Replies: 11
Views: 1219

Re: Help needed Z3

Have you checked that the drive belt is still intact?
by BladeRunner919
Wed 19 Oct, 2016 15:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: engines fitted to z3's
Replies: 23
Views: 2039

Re: engines fitted to z3's

They did no favours to the launch model with the 4 cylinder unit as a starter, you can't beat the sound of a BMW 6 no matter what size the engine is! I disagree. The 1.9 only has a small amount less power than the 2.0 (138bhp compared to 147bhp) but has a lot less weight, and that weight is carried...
by BladeRunner919
Fri 14 Oct, 2016 08:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Does the ECU take time to settle down?
Replies: 26
Views: 2521

Re: Does the ECU take time to settle down?

ahh well that rules that out then.... grrrrr :-) Can I suggest that you go back to basics and consider that you are attributing the symptoms to the wrong problem? Reading your original post, I'm not sure that I would expect plugs to foul if you had an unmetered airleak. You'd actually have a lean-r...
by BladeRunner919
Thu 13 Oct, 2016 16:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Does the ECU take time to settle down?
Replies: 26
Views: 2521

Re: Does the ECU take time to settle down?

No, it uses non-volatile memory that doesn't require power to store its settings. As NZ00Z3 states, disconnecting the battery, fiddling around with the leads etc will only achieve one thing - requiring you to enter the security code into the stereo. Nothing else.
by BladeRunner919
Mon 10 Oct, 2016 16:45
Forum: Boyz Toyz
Topic: New head unit recommendations?
Replies: 18
Views: 3483

Re: New head unit recommendations?

Gosh, this thread's getting a little 'testy'!
by BladeRunner919
Mon 10 Oct, 2016 11:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: rear wing compatability and facelift '97
Replies: 17
Views: 1546

Re: rear wing compatability and facelift '97

Have you looked at the original build data? See here for info: viewtopic.php?f=5&t=37860
by BladeRunner919
Wed 05 Oct, 2016 17:08
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: rear wing compatability and facelift '97
Replies: 17
Views: 1546

Re: rear wing compatability and facelift '97

dennisedlin wrote:This is not difficult to do as all the parts including the rear wings just bolt on.
No, they don't! It requires some modification of the shell to take the new parts and rear lights.
by BladeRunner919
Wed 05 Oct, 2016 12:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: rear wing compatability and facelift '97
Replies: 17
Views: 1546

Re: rear wing compatability and facelift '97

You need a like-for-like replacement. Does seem odd that it's been facelifted, because it's not terribly straightforward to do. I assume it looks like this at the back: http://cdn.bmwblog.com/wp-content/uploads/z3-back1.jpg ...rather than this: https://www.uniquestyleracings.com/image/cache/data/BMW...
by BladeRunner919
Fri 30 Sep, 2016 12:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Leaking window seal (weatherstrip)
Replies: 12
Views: 1298

Re: Leaking window seal (weatherstrip)

I guess the fact that there's no information must suggest that it's not a common problem. I can't see how the water could have got through the vapour barrier, so that suggests the water is somehow entering the door in such a way as to never find itself behind the barrier. Even if you completely remo...
by BladeRunner919
Mon 26 Sep, 2016 16:42
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Faulty Key chip
Replies: 7
Views: 848

Re: Faulty Key chip

It sounds like you still have more than one working key, so I'd have gone for option 3 - don't worry about it!
by BladeRunner919
Mon 26 Sep, 2016 10:08
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Relocating trunk lock mechanism
Replies: 1
Views: 332

Re: Relocating trunk lock mechanism

The boot is different between the M and non-M (badge location, etc), so you'll need the M-boot, or you'll have to work out some custom fabrication.
by BladeRunner919
Fri 23 Sep, 2016 10:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Wing mirror-MOT
Replies: 3
Views: 461

Re: Wing mirror-MOT

No, it doesn't .
by BladeRunner919
Thu 22 Sep, 2016 08:31
Forum: Site Announcements and Feedback
Topic: Forum glitch - please fix
Replies: 12
Views: 1294

Re: Forum glitch - please fix

The forum keeps me logged in. Must be your browser settings.
by BladeRunner919
Thu 22 Sep, 2016 08:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Camshaft Position Sensor
Replies: 6
Views: 630

Re: Camshaft Position Sensor

I bought mine from BMW.
by BladeRunner919
Wed 21 Sep, 2016 17:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Electric roof failure
Replies: 19
Views: 1501

Re: Electric roof failure

You need to unplug the switch and then bridge the terminals to emulate the switch being in the closed (allowing the roof mechanism to operate) position. If the roof then works, you have a dud switch. If not, then the trouble-shooting moves on. Do bear in mind that with the terminals bridged you have...
by BladeRunner919
Wed 21 Sep, 2016 16:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Electric roof failure
Replies: 19
Views: 1501

Re: Electric roof failure

Trace where the wire from the microswitch goes into the side trim, and it's just in there.
by BladeRunner919
Tue 20 Sep, 2016 08:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Beige gearstick gaiters?
Replies: 16
Views: 1522

Re: Beige gearstick gaiters?

Thanks, that might do it, although looks a lot lighter than my leather. Appreciate the link. (Havent a clue how I missed that when i looked on fleabay! :( ) If Andy doesn't have one, then look at the other products that ebay seller has - there are lots of colours. I have their tanin-red gaiters, an...
by BladeRunner919
Mon 19 Sep, 2016 16:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Beige gearstick gaiters?
Replies: 16
Views: 1522

Re: Beige gearstick gaiters?

Is this any good:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/FITS-BMW-E36- ... UrdgRe2yLQ

I don't think you'll find any with the 'mottled' look of the oregon leather, unfortunately.
by BladeRunner919
Mon 19 Sep, 2016 12:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What is this cable for?
Replies: 6
Views: 735

Re: What is this cable for?

That's supposed to be connected to the flux capacitor.
by BladeRunner919
Tue 13 Sep, 2016 17:05
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Wheel spacers and some other questions
Replies: 12
Views: 1118

Re: Wheel spacers and some other questions

Blimey Mike, I thought you'd gone for good!
by BladeRunner919
Mon 12 Sep, 2016 14:01
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Which wheels?
Replies: 4
Views: 571

Re: Which wheels?

Only you can decide that! I'd get a tape measure and a spirit level (vertically at the wheelarch) and see what you think.
by BladeRunner919
Mon 12 Sep, 2016 08:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Which wheels?
Replies: 4
Views: 571

Re: Which wheels?

Well, you won't get any change in the height of the arch gap by changing the wheels, because the ride height will still be the same but you'd significantly improve the look if you either use spacers to push the rears out to meet the wheelarch, or fit wider rear wheels to achieve the same effect. In ...
by BladeRunner919
Sun 11 Sep, 2016 18:54
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: price of zs
Replies: 5
Views: 702

Re: price of zs

Do you have a link to it?
by BladeRunner919
Sat 10 Sep, 2016 16:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Wheel spacers and some other questions
Replies: 12
Views: 1118

Re: Wheel spacers and some other questions

I have seen threads before that mention a slight difference left-to-right, but that does seem quite a lot. I'd remove both rear wheels and take some measurements on the trailing arms to see if one may be bent. Also check the springs are in good order and one isn't broken, which would drop the car on...
by BladeRunner919
Fri 09 Sep, 2016 16:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: accelerator pedal sticking
Replies: 6
Views: 701

Re: accelerator pedal sticking

I've also had the throttle body sticking, though in my case it didn't do it on every press of the accelerator, and tended to happen on the first press after the car had been sitting, or sometimes if I'd been decelerating with the throttle closed (I assume the vacuum in the throttle body pulled the f...
by BladeRunner919
Wed 07 Sep, 2016 11:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: m44 1.9 adaption run
Replies: 2
Views: 309

Re: m44 1.9 adaption run

The only way to clear adaptations is with diagnostics. Removing the battery doesn't do it.
by BladeRunner919
Tue 06 Sep, 2016 08:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 2.8 misfiring..
Replies: 21
Views: 2044

Re: 2.8 misfiring..

Being a curious b.....d , why do you run on LPG ? My experience running vehicles designed to run on petrol on LPG has not been great. I'm talking of mostly commercial ones. Apart from a bit more torque and possibly a bit cheaper running cost {over here in NZ anyway} what do you achieve ? Tony. It h...
by BladeRunner919
Fri 02 Sep, 2016 10:50
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 2.8 cooling fan question
Replies: 5
Views: 652

Re: Z3 2.8 cooling fan question

It would be worth checking that the viscous fan is actually locking up when hot and providing enough cooling. One of the downsides of the temperature gauge being damped is that they don't really give any indication of what the engine temp is, unless it gets over a certain temp at which point it shoo...
by BladeRunner919
Wed 31 Aug, 2016 17:23
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: HPI check - can you believe it?
Replies: 3
Views: 780

Re: HPI check - can you believe it?

davieb wrote: Just a word of caution, not to believe everything you read.
Does that mean you made the whole thing up? :lol:
by BladeRunner919
Wed 31 Aug, 2016 17:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Chrome Roll-Bars
Replies: 9
Views: 950

Re: Chrome Roll-Bars

Bear in mind that the ones you have will offer some protection in a roll-over whereas the shiny ones tend to be for style/image only.
by BladeRunner919
Tue 30 Aug, 2016 14:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Narrow body rear bumber on wide body fenders?
Replies: 7
Views: 743

Re: Narrow body rear bumber on wide body fenders?

Have you got the sills as well?
by BladeRunner919
Tue 30 Aug, 2016 10:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: High lift of car
Replies: 29
Views: 2687

Re: High lift of car

I Imagine the box on the left is just a remote controller controller and all the mains electrics happens inside the box on the right. If all you need is a low voltage feed to indicate that a switch has been pressed or a knob turned then all you need is very thin cable, or even an infra-red or wirele...
by BladeRunner919
Sun 28 Aug, 2016 14:17
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: High lift of car
Replies: 29
Views: 2687

Re: High lift of car

mrscalex wrote: Thanks. Saw that previously. In fact that's what put me on to them. Except I'm going for the bottle jack version at £100 a pair.
Which ones are you getting? Can you post a link?
by BladeRunner919
Fri 26 Aug, 2016 08:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Dim area on speedo
Replies: 4
Views: 518

Re: Dim area on speedo

It's where the printed plastic with the speedo markings has come slightly away from the backing, causing an area of shadow. Mine does that occasionally then seems to re-attach itself. I guess it's possible that the heat has caused it, and it will revert to normal as the weather cools. Otherwise it i...
by BladeRunner919
Wed 24 Aug, 2016 13:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Power.
Replies: 16
Views: 1950

Re: Z3 Power.

Kickdown will have the opposite effect, as the revs will suddenly jump as the 'box changes down.
by BladeRunner919
Tue 23 Aug, 2016 08:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: M52 vs M54 vs N52
Replies: 14
Views: 1963

Re: M52 vs M54 vs N52

What is your end-goal with the car? I assume you have a reason for wanting to do this?
by BladeRunner919
Mon 22 Aug, 2016 08:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Power.
Replies: 16
Views: 1950

Re: Z3 Power.

If it's bogging down when you press the accelerator then that's suggestive of a problem, perhaps a leak of unmetered air.
by BladeRunner919
Sun 21 Aug, 2016 19:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Transporting 6 cylinder engine
Replies: 10
Views: 1043

Re: Transporting 6 cylinder engine

I used a Land Rover Discovery. Because I was using an engine crane to get it in and out I needed something with a rear door that opened to the side, as opposed to a tailgate that opens at the top, as that would get in the way of the crane. Depending on your circumstances, it may be worth looking at ...
by BladeRunner919
Sun 21 Aug, 2016 14:17
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Transporting 6 cylinder engine
Replies: 10
Views: 1043

Re: Transporting 6 cylinder engine

I found a pallet with an old tyre on top and the engine on top of that, strapped to the pallet, worked fine.
by BladeRunner919
Fri 19 Aug, 2016 14:44
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Exterior door handle rubber gasket
Replies: 5
Views: 630

Re: Exterior door handle rubber gasket

Have a look at this video, which shows the procedure on an E36, but it's exactly the same:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVWhdrQS_zA
by BladeRunner919
Tue 09 Aug, 2016 10:39
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Z3M S54 - AVANOS1-late valve code
Replies: 4
Views: 751

Re: Z3M S54 - AVANOS1-late valve code

The first thing to do is always clear the codes and then see what comes back - there's no point chasing a problem code that was rectified but never cleared.
by BladeRunner919
Tue 09 Aug, 2016 08:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: boot / trunk removal.?
Replies: 7
Views: 749

Re: boot / trunk removal.?

To be honest, I'd definitely cut the loom and reroute it as shown in the thread that colb linked to. I did this on mine as a pre-emptive fix to avoid the problem of wires breaking in the loom between the body and the bootlid, as it avoids loom folding/unfolding to the extent that it does as standard.
by BladeRunner919
Mon 08 Aug, 2016 16:54
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: Looking for a parts supplier
Replies: 5
Views: 887

Re: Looking for a parts supplier

johnster64 wrote:Thanks. Can you recommend a firm? they would need to be able to post the items as I live abroad.
Maybe if you qualified 'abroad' that would help? :shrug No point getting suggestions for Europe if you life in Tasmania!
by BladeRunner919
Thu 04 Aug, 2016 17:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Impala Brown with unusual options
Replies: 16
Views: 1093

Re: Impala Brown with unusual options

That is suggestive of some sort of test car - perhaps a press car, or a show car?

The engine is correct - the M43 is a 1.9 but is listed as a 1.8 to differentiate from the M44 (which is exactly the same displacement).
by BladeRunner919
Thu 04 Aug, 2016 17:06
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Impala Brown with unusual options
Replies: 16
Views: 1093

Re: Impala Brown with unusual options

Well if it's as suggested a pilot build it could have any combination of parts fitted. Given that it's a 2001 car I can't really see what it could be a 'pilot build' of? The facelift was a year previous, unless the car was built a long time before it was registered. Mrscalex, what's the build date?...