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by pingu
Fri 10 Mar, 2017 11:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Sticky Brake Caliper?
Replies: 13
Views: 1322

Re: Sticky Brake Caliper?

Very cheap to overhaul yourself, but can be very fiddly and potentially quite dangerous :shock: .
by pingu
Fri 10 Mar, 2017 11:47
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Front Seat Lift Spacers / Seat Lifters
Replies: 31
Views: 3698

Re: Front Seat Lift Spacers

I've made a prototype that I'm happy with :D . I just have to do the admin.

I'll post up the details soon.
by pingu
Fri 10 Mar, 2017 01:00
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: S54 could be for sale...
Replies: 15
Views: 2154

Re: S54 could be for sale...

Sorry to read about the accident. I hope you get better soon.
by pingu
Thu 09 Mar, 2017 09:28
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Secondary Air Injection Pump
Replies: 15
Views: 1408

Re: Secondary Air Injection Pump

Is it a US (S50B30) or a UK (S50B32).

If it is US, you will almost certainly need the pump. If it's a UK spec, you may be able to remove it. There are a lot of UK cars that don't have the pump. My car doesn't have it.
by pingu
Mon 06 Mar, 2017 20:45
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Front Seat Lift Spacers / Seat Lifters
Replies: 31
Views: 3698

Re: Front Seat Lift Spacers

Z3Jeremy wrote:Am i missing the point? are you aware the seat height is electrically adjustable or are you abnormally short? apologies if so then maybe a cushion is a simpler solution, Jeremy..
The height adjustment raises the front and rear of the seat equally.

These seat spacers only raise the front.
by pingu
Mon 06 Mar, 2017 14:40
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Front Seat Lift Spacers / Seat Lifters
Replies: 31
Views: 3698

Re: Front Seat Lift Spacers

I've decided that the solution above is too much of a faff, so I've ordered some aluminium and I'm going to make some spacers from that.
by pingu
Sun 05 Mar, 2017 17:06
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Gearbox and oil
Replies: 6
Views: 837

Re: Gearbox and oil

I always remind myself that none of the car makers produce oil themselves but have probably got a nice deal so that they recommend an oil and get a good deal on the oil they buy to put in new cars. For many years I have used Triple QX 5W40 fully synthetic which they say is approved to BMW LL01 or w...
by pingu
Sun 05 Mar, 2017 13:01
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Water in trunk
Replies: 14
Views: 1861

Re: Water in trunk

Mobile phone / Video camera / GoPro with a torch
by pingu
Sun 05 Mar, 2017 12:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Gearbox and oil
Replies: 6
Views: 837

Re: Gearbox and oil

BMW Service Department (not Parts Department) sell the approved stuff. You will need to provide a container(s) to hold 2 litres and it's not cheap.

You can get an oil that has been recommended from the internet much cheaper elsewhere.
by pingu
Sat 04 Mar, 2017 16:55
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Front Seat Lift Spacers / Seat Lifters
Replies: 31
Views: 3698

Re: Front Seat Lift Spacers

Solution that passes the sledge test...


https://youtu.be/ZaY7Gej0Z9k
by pingu
Sat 04 Mar, 2017 10:52
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Front Seat Lift Spacers / Seat Lifters
Replies: 31
Views: 3698

Re: Front Seat Lift Spacers

Failed the sledge hammer test - I need to reinforce the solution.
by pingu
Sat 04 Mar, 2017 00:16
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Front Seat Lift Spacers / Seat Lifters
Replies: 31
Views: 3698

Re: Front Seat Lift Spacers

Very interesting, but not sure i'm getting it 100%. So you would keep the thayer solution and just add two spacer on both sides of the thayer solution, to support the weight of the seat? Or would you create a 1 piece spacer that is screwed on the stud and do a hybrid version of both? Notice the spa...
by pingu
Fri 03 Mar, 2017 17:46
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Z3M side mirrors assemble solution
Replies: 8
Views: 1239

Re: Z3M side mirrors assemble solution

You can smooth them to a mirror finish using diminishing grades of sandpaper. Then you can paint them. You need to make sure that you use an appropriate material that won't react with the paint. Modern professional paint is water-based, but the stuff from Halfords is still solvent-based. Excellent i...
by pingu
Fri 03 Mar, 2017 13:54
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Front Seat Lift Spacers / Seat Lifters
Replies: 31
Views: 3698

Re: Front Seat Lift Spacers

I'm just about to go outside and investigate a solution :D . Further investigation tells me that the Thayler solution actually changes the design of the seat base mounting. The original solution PULLS the stud. In the event of the seat base being forced downward, the load is spread over an area of ...
by pingu
Thu 02 Mar, 2017 08:48
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Front Seat Lift Spacers / Seat Lifters
Replies: 31
Views: 3698

Re: Front Seat Lift Spacers

I'm just about to go outside and investigate a solution :D .
by pingu
Wed 01 Mar, 2017 22:37
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Front Seat Lift Spacers / Seat Lifters
Replies: 31
Views: 3698

Re: Front Seat Lift Spacers

I looked at the Thayler ones and decided that they put too much pressure on the floor. The original area in contact with the carpet is 2400 sq mm. The area in contact with the carpet in the Thayler solution is at most 500 sq mm - nearly five times the pressure on the carpet and hence the floor. With...
by pingu
Wed 01 Mar, 2017 21:01
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Front Seat Lift Spacers / Seat Lifters
Replies: 31
Views: 3698

Front Seat Lift Spacers / Seat Lifters



https://youtu.be/X8TwJbRowKY

At the dock of the bay soon...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/sony_jim/m.html?

If not, PM me for details.
by pingu
Wed 01 Mar, 2017 20:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2084
Views: 218746

What did you make for your Z3 this week ?

Front Seat Lift Spacers
by pingu
Tue 28 Feb, 2017 12:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Can I use a different part number? (Roof Pump)
Replies: 7
Views: 841

Re: Can I use a different part number? (Roof Pump)

I agree with Bladerunner. I think that you are diving into the parts bin too early.

Have you tried to manually open the roof at the same time as electronically opening it?
by pingu
Mon 27 Feb, 2017 18:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fuel tank Straps
Replies: 8
Views: 1104

Re: Fuel tank Straps

Salvage.

Or make them yourself.

Is it the metal or the protective foam strip that is the problem?
by pingu
Sat 25 Feb, 2017 20:13
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Z3M Exhaust?
Replies: 3
Views: 795

Re: Z3M Exhaust?

corky wrote:I see that you aren't a genuine z person
A strange comment to make about a person who drives a Z that is at least 7 years older than most of the Zs on here.

If anyone is not a Z person, it's someone who is an M person in a Z jacket :D .
by pingu
Thu 23 Feb, 2017 13:52
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: 2017 BMWCC Trackday Event List
Replies: 5
Views: 1019

Re: 2017 BMWCC Trackday Event List

Brian H wrote:Anglesey
You can compare yourself against the Fifth Gear team :)
by pingu
Wed 22 Feb, 2017 21:08
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Butt strutt and body Brace (SOLD)
Replies: 2
Views: 569

Re: Butt strutt and body Brace

Looking at the images, I'd be tempted to use countersunk bolts on the rear.

It would mean countersinking the holes in the cross-brace.

Good luck with the sale.
by pingu
Fri 17 Feb, 2017 21:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What price genuine diff carrier bushes
Replies: 12
Views: 1190

Re: What price genuine diff carrier bushes

There's more that one BMW dealer in the country - and most, if not all, will deliver.
by pingu
Thu 16 Feb, 2017 22:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What price genuine diff carrier bushes
Replies: 12
Views: 1190

Re: What price genuine diff carrier bushes

I would double check that it comes with a bush fitted.

Make sure that you can return it for cash if it doesn't arrive with one.
by pingu
Thu 16 Feb, 2017 20:36
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: Rubber hose at base of dipstick tube
Replies: 4
Views: 667

Re: Rubber hose at base of dipstick tube

I might have to jump in on this Pat, although it has stopped its not likely to get better with age, whats this seller shipping cost? It looks like a cheap piece of hose. I suggest that once Pat has the original, he takes it to a hose supplier and buys a metre. I expect the metre will cost less than...
by pingu
Wed 15 Feb, 2017 19:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What price genuine diff carrier bushes
Replies: 12
Views: 1190

Re: What price genuine diff carrier bushes

£140ish is the price now. They used to be £0ish, but BMW had to have some more made to the original pattern and obviously didn't have the economy of scale from when they were originally made. The only alternative that I know of is non-OEM. If it were me, I'd try to negotiate as good a deal as I coul...
by pingu
Tue 14 Feb, 2017 19:17
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: cam belt change
Replies: 12
Views: 1347

Re: cam belt change

Why do you have to drain the coolant to change the belt?
by pingu
Mon 13 Feb, 2017 17:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Resprays Leicester area
Replies: 5
Views: 765

Re: Resprays Leicester area

lightning wrote:It may sound unlikely, but try the BMW main dealer bodyshop.
I had a full respray at BMW Sytner Sheffield for £2000. They sorted all the problems (and there will be issues with any respray) without quibble.

I know that Sheffield isn't Leicester, but it was a main dealer.
by pingu
Sun 12 Feb, 2017 23:13
Forum: Performance
Topic: Intake questions
Replies: 8
Views: 744

Re: Intake questions

dCatch wrote:Ahhh okay. So is that set-up (basically what I suggested in my second option) what the Z3M comes with stock?
Yes :)
by pingu
Sun 12 Feb, 2017 22:43
Forum: Performance
Topic: Intake questions
Replies: 8
Views: 744

Re: Intake questions

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/images/diag_1kq.png The one above is the realoem for my car, but it is wrong. 11 is actually a hose that goes from the bottom of the filter to the brake duct (Item #7 below)... http://www.realoem.com/bmw/images/diag_1ic7.png The brake duct fits in the hole where your fogl...
by pingu
Sun 12 Feb, 2017 20:51
Forum: Performance
Topic: Intake questions
Replies: 8
Views: 744

Re: Intake questions

Look at the M setup on realoem (or elsewhere). It has the fogged airbox as standard. There is no anti-rodent mesh - and you do have to be aware that you can't drive through floods :shock: .
by pingu
Sun 12 Feb, 2017 20:45
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Replacing rear beam bushes: 3 questions for you
Replies: 39
Views: 3061

Re: Replacing rear beam bushes: 3 questions for you

I think poly subframe bushes with stock diff bush should work well, with the poly bushes preventing the overall subframe float and an "axial"(?) rotation of the subframe. Since they are at the far extensions of the subframe and the diff bush is fairly central I think you can argue they can be diffe...
by pingu
Sat 11 Feb, 2017 20:45
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Replacing rear beam bushes: 3 questions for you
Replies: 39
Views: 3061

Re: Replacing rear beam bushes: 3 questions for you

I can't believe that fitting a marginally harder polyurethane bush would cause the diff bracket to rip away after a relatively short time - I've never seen this reported anywhere else. In my view it's more likely to be pre-existing damage/flaw either in manufacture or due to an old, wobbly OE bush....
by pingu
Sat 11 Feb, 2017 18:40
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Replacing rear beam bushes: 3 questions for you
Replies: 39
Views: 3061

Re: Replacing rear beam bushes: 3 questions for you

I'd be tempted to swap that one with Andy. I doubt that many people wanting a diff won't already have a cover, and if they do, they will get one in April. I disagree with your thinking about the poly bush on the diff - I think that was the cause of your failure. The video in Deano's post clearly sh...
by pingu
Sat 11 Feb, 2017 16:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2084
Views: 218746

What did you make your Z3 this week ?

A Trolley jack jacking pad http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv218/Ardchyle/E0CC803C-0FBD-4879-A7AF-F76A7AE349D9_1.jpg http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv218/Ardchyle/3A976858-AFBD-4149-97AB-0219D128E7DA.jpg [skinflint]Would you be surprised to learn that I made one from some scrap wood?[/skinfl...
by pingu
Thu 09 Feb, 2017 19:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Replacing rear beam bushes: 3 questions for you
Replies: 39
Views: 3061

Re: Replacing rear beam bushes: 3 questions for you

I'd be tempted to swap that one with Andy. I doubt that many people wanting a diff won't already have a cover, and if they do, they will get one in April. I disagree with your thinking about the poly bush on the diff - I think that was the cause of your failure. The video in Deano's post clearly sho...
by pingu
Wed 08 Feb, 2017 13:18
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: cam belt change
Replies: 12
Views: 1347

Re: cam belt change

As some of you may know treat my car gently. It's my age as well as the car's! So I have been slightly naughty and in the habit of changing the belt every 5 years. Working on the principle that BMW must err on the cautious side when stating service replacement intervals! I always replace the idler ...
by pingu
Mon 06 Feb, 2017 21:10
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Jonttt Imola II Red S54 Z3m Roadster Journal
Replies: 661
Views: 167658

Re: Jonttt Imola II Red S54 Z3m Roadster Journal

Congrats. Sounds like you could have the best of all worlds if you ask him :D .
by pingu
Fri 27 Jan, 2017 23:13
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Still some very low mileage Z3s around
Replies: 8
Views: 895

Re: Still some very low mileage Z3s around

Personally, I'd rather have a car that had done 6,000 miles per year from new than a 16 year old car that had only done 9,000 miles.

It would be different if I had a heated showroom where I could add it to my collection :).
by pingu
Fri 27 Jan, 2017 22:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Devastated -help needed asap
Replies: 11
Views: 1330

Re: Devastated -help needed asap

As long as the car is used it will be ok. I have an E46 auto that is rarely used and it's auto-box has problems until it has been used for a day or two.
by pingu
Fri 27 Jan, 2017 18:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 2.2 to 3.0 M52 engine swap/conversion - whats involved ?
Replies: 3
Views: 519

Re: 2.2 to 3.0 M52 engine swap/conversion - whats involved ?

Are you planning to swap from a donor car, or to get the parts individually. I ask this because with the donor car option, it is probably easier to swap everything, whether it's different or not. From what I understand, the main problem will be the ECUs and the ignition key, and the instrument clust...
by pingu
Mon 09 Jan, 2017 20:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: being dazzled
Replies: 15
Views: 1412

Re: being dazzled

Gazza wrote:Mine was a 1969 MKII Morris Cooper S with ext. hinges and sliding windows :wink:

Photo for ref. only :D
A car we dreamed of, but they were either in museums, hedges or dustbins.

:thumb:
by pingu
Mon 09 Jan, 2017 19:53
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: being dazzled
Replies: 15
Views: 1412

Re: being dazzled

Gazza wrote:In the good ol days we had spotlights mounted on the rear bumper as reversing lights :D

Image
Wrong tail-lights tor a twin-tanked Mini :drive :thumb:

I hope it had sliding windows and external hinges :D
by pingu
Fri 06 Jan, 2017 12:40
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: To my .org friends!
Replies: 39
Views: 3051

Re: To my .org friends!

Yes I Know this is .net,.... but I am banned on .org! :devil: Merry Christmas to Zedders everywhere. :wave :cheers Bonzo You may be banned, but I'll bet your alter ego isn't :wink: . . You mean the the guy that went for the therapy under Prof. Erik Shurn? :cheers Bonzo. If Erik is someone on .org, ...
by pingu
Mon 02 Jan, 2017 20:23
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: The law when indicating?
Replies: 11
Views: 1115

Re: The law when indicating?

IMO you and the other driver are jointly and severally blameworthy. I would never rely on the self-cancelling mechanism unless it cancelled before I can do it. Likewise, the other driver is foolish to believe a signal that was not initiated within their view. 50:50 fault distribution. Sorry, but yo...
by pingu
Fri 30 Dec, 2016 18:36
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Jonttt Imola II Red S54 Z3m Roadster Journal
Replies: 661
Views: 167658

Re: Jonttt Imola II Red S54 Z3m Roadster Journal

Badman gee wrote:Nothing wrong with not using it if it's serviced properly and on trickle charge.

Mark
Doesn't sound like it gets - nor needs - either.
by pingu
Wed 28 Dec, 2016 11:36
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: To my .org friends!
Replies: 39
Views: 3051

Re: To my .org friends!

If you want to see some inappropriately displayed M badges ...

Check this out

:D
by pingu
Sat 24 Dec, 2016 21:04
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: To my .org friends!
Replies: 39
Views: 3051

Re: To my .org friends!

Bonzo wrote:Yes I Know this is .net,.... but I am banned on .org! :devil: Merry Christmas to Zedders everywhere. :wave

:cheers

Bonzo
You may be banned, but I'll bet your alter ego isn't :wink: .

Yuletide felicitations to everyone out there in internetland :wave .