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POPULAR MODIFICATIONS for Z3

Postby GISPOT » Fri 17 Mar, 2017 10:25

I have owned a 1997 Z3 with very low mileage for 3- years now & love it to bits especially on sunny days. I'm now reviewing what proven & stylish modifications can be done to such a model to add a little more "grunt factor" to her. Have already replaced the standard wheels for a cool set of alloys. So that one is done & she looks great. By the way, my standard wheels with very good tyres are now for sale. Very good price for a fellow zroadster.net member. Re: collection logistics, I'm based on the south coast of England. Photos available to anyone interested
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Re: POPULAR MODIFICATIONS for Z3

Postby Cloz » Fri 17 Mar, 2017 11:51

Hi Simon,
If I had to do all over again I would go for a strut brace first. For me it was the most impressive modification I ever made. :drive
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Re: POPULAR MODIFICATIONS for Z3

Postby Jonttt » Fri 17 Mar, 2017 11:58

You do not say what engone you have but in general you are better off sorting handling / feel than power unless you just want to get away from traffic lights quicker. The problem is most current cars would still beat you ;-)

If I could have only done one mod to my Z3's it would have been fit a smaller / thicker Raid steering wheel. It retains the airbag but totally transforms the driving enjoyment of the car. It will feel faster around bends believe me lol. nb that is assuming your suspension is OK.
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Re: POPULAR MODIFICATIONS for Z3

Postby Del » Fri 17 Mar, 2017 15:17

As these cars are non-turbo there is not a lot of easy tuning - a remap would squeeze an extra10 BHP or so.
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Re: POPULAR MODIFICATIONS for Z3

Postby deni2s » Fri 17 Mar, 2017 18:32

Jonttt wrote:You do not say what engone you have


It's 1.9.
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Re: POPULAR MODIFICATIONS for Z3

Postby colb » Fri 17 Mar, 2017 18:41

How about an air induction kit to make it breath better?
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Re: POPULAR MODIFICATIONS for Z3

Postby 4wheels » Sat 18 Mar, 2017 21:06

do you want it to go faster/corner better.... or look prettier?
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Re: POPULAR MODIFICATIONS for Z3

Postby Juvvajuvva » Sun 19 Mar, 2017 10:50

If you have a 2.8

M50 2.5 manifold
Z3M exhaust
CDA or Simota intake
Remapped ECU
H&R sway bars
KW Varient coilovers + 4 wheel laser alignment
Front strut brace, Butt strutand body brace.
The list goes on when you start,lol.
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Re: POPULAR MODIFICATIONS for Z3

Postby deni2s » Tue 21 Mar, 2017 09:04

Juvvajuvva wrote:If you have a 2.8

I already wrote in previous posts - it's 1.9.
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Re: POPULAR MODIFICATIONS for Z3

Postby Del » Tue 21 Mar, 2017 16:21

You can get 152 BHP from a stage 1 remap for the 1.9 M44 engine. Similar power to the 2.0 6 cylinder but in a lighter, more nimble car with better weight distribution. Combined with refreshed suspension of your choice - a great drive. :D

viewtopic.php?f=15&t=42727&p=396011&hilit=remap+1.9+engine#p396011
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Re: POPULAR MODIFICATIONS for Z3

Postby BonBon » Tue 21 Mar, 2017 17:03

The two simplest mods that IMO would change the look of your 1.9 Montreal Blue would be:
1. Spacers on rears
2. Paint the expanded metal mesh inside the gills silver.
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Re: POPULAR MODIFICATIONS for Z3

Postby BonBon » Tue 21 Mar, 2017 17:09

...or you can completely change the gills to arctic silver (chrome is not for me).
Whatever tickles your fancy.
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Re: POPULAR MODIFICATIONS for Z3

Postby bertiejaffa » Tue 21 Mar, 2017 22:52

I cant comment on the engine BHP improvements more than has already been mentioned however for me the interior is always a winner....

stormwerks gear know and handbrake levers
new handbrake and gear gaiters
scuffmaster for the tired leather/interior
stubby aerial
new sounds
upgraded seats/dash
refurbished steering wheel

There's lots to do on the interior and lots of help on the knowledge base. You can also check out journals such as JONITT, GOOKAH, G8JKA, YALDEN (they are some of my faves)... usually look at the links under the signatures.... maybe you could even view my little attempts for inspiration :lol:
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Re: POPULAR MODIFICATIONS for Z3

Postby g8jka » Tue 21 Mar, 2017 23:02

Your the man when it comes to interior upgrades Bertie!
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Re: POPULAR MODIFICATIONS for Z3

Postby bertiejaffa » Tue 21 Mar, 2017 23:16

g8jka wrote:Your the man when it comes to interior upgrades Bertie!


:cheers ... the inspiration came from others.... (sorry I should have also mentioned Southernboy!!!)
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Re: POPULAR MODIFICATIONS for Z3

Postby Boosh » Wed 22 Mar, 2017 06:59

Totally agree with bertiejaffa, as those mods are for the most part easy to do, and easily reversible (apart from retro fitting extended leather, which is neither, I would think!). I would, if I may, also add repainting the tweeter grilles, and vinyl-wrapping the door trims, which I think can uplift a somewhat plain interior. Here's my attempt:

Before:Image

And after:
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I would, however, say that for me, the best mod was to fit a dimming rearview mirror, as other cars' headlights at night can be a right pain in the...eyes.

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Re: POPULAR MODIFICATIONS for Z3

Postby BladeRunner919 » Wed 22 Mar, 2017 08:14

Boosh wrote:
I would, however, say that for me, the best mod was to fit a dimming rearview mirror, as other cars' headlights at night can be a right pain in the...eyes.

Boosh.


That's interesting. Is there a thread about it, or can you share some details?
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Re: POPULAR MODIFICATIONS for Z3

Postby Boosh » Wed 22 Mar, 2017 08:53

Well, it's been a couple of years, but I think it was this thread: viewtopic.php?f=5&t=42469
Hope that helps,

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Re: POPULAR MODIFICATIONS for Z3

Postby BladeRunner919 » Wed 22 Mar, 2017 09:52

Thanks! Was it a BMW mirror, or from a different car?
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Re: POPULAR MODIFICATIONS for Z3

Postby Boosh » Wed 22 Mar, 2017 10:47

I'm ashamed to admit that it 'fell in my pocket' (though I did purchase other items). I think it was from an E46. It isn't the 'clown's nose' kind, and has exactly the same exterior aspect as z3's OE. At the time, some commented that many had tried, and many had given up, which didn't bode well. But I'm glad I did it. It's a bit of a hairy mod to do, as you need to disconnect and transplant the central locking receiver and mother board, then re-tune your key(s). My set-up is simplified, as I didn't get the electrical feed from the light switch, but from the central locking receiver IIRC. So my mirror is always live and can/does therefore operate when ignition is off! But it's been a couple of years, now, with no ill-effects on the battery. Took a bit of research, and some nerves, but we'll worth it.
On another note, another simple mod was to move the hood switch from between the seats to the dash board. Fiddly, but not exactly difficult.

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