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by dazthephot
Tue 06 Oct, 2020 18:44
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Aftermarket front wings. Any good?
Replies: 9
Views: 1510

Aftermarket front wings. Any good?

I was more referring to the copy part panel not being too far off the original but Thank you for your explanation there’s obviously a lot more to it than I realise. Rather a dumb statement of mine anyway “how far off can it be”, obviously very far. Mines Blue Topaz and I’d hate to see a large panel ...
by dazthephot
Sun 04 Oct, 2020 18:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Aftermarket front wings. Any good?
Replies: 9
Views: 1510

Re: Aftermarket front wings. Any good?

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/113708890559 Supplied painted....... Looks interesting - the local body shop quotes I obtained for spraying were ~£140 off the car, colour match not guaranteed, or £300 on the car and a blended match. I gave them the old panel and they matched that off the car. It’s a bit...
by dazthephot
Sun 04 Oct, 2020 18:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Aftermarket front wings. Any good?
Replies: 9
Views: 1510

Aftermarket front wings. Any good?

Of course it is possible and there are plenty of offerings but quite a lot of rust damage on the ones I’ve seen even though I’ve been looking a colour specific ones. Kind of depends on your skill level as well. I’m a decent hobby mechanic but I’m no painter which is a good skill to have if you’re go...
by dazthephot
Sat 03 Oct, 2020 21:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Aftermarket front wings. Any good?
Replies: 9
Views: 1510

Re: Aftermarket front wings. Any good?

It’s a job I have to do too. I’m going to try a repair first though.
I have been looking at this ad on eBay.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/113708890559

Supplied painted.


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by dazthephot
Sun 30 Aug, 2020 20:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Clear coat ruined it
Replies: 10
Views: 1662

Re: Clear coat ruined it

As an update. I used 1000 grit wet sand to get through the clear coat. I did burn through To base metal in a couple of small areas but it’s all smooth. I’ll try with some thin layers of primer tomorrow then let it dry fully before a light sand with some 2000 grit to smooth. Then I’ll go for the colo...
by dazthephot
Sun 30 Aug, 2020 20:40
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Clear coat ruined it
Replies: 10
Views: 1662

Re: Clear coat ruined it

I read about this painting method and it has been working very good for me. First, of cource, a good suitable primer and let it dry totally. Then spray a coat of color, should just be looking wet, not very wet. Wait always exactly 5 minutes between each layer. Spray 4 layers like this. Then wait 15...
by dazthephot
Sun 30 Aug, 2020 20:40
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Clear coat ruined it
Replies: 10
Views: 1662

Re: Clear coat ruined it

It needs to release the chemicals in the paint. The time is irrelevant. Some solvents can release weeks later. The paint in all layers needs to be dry or it can fry. Try putting on thin coats, you should only need a light coat of colour then one more to cover and the metalic stand up. A light coat ...
by dazthephot
Mon 24 Aug, 2020 16:08
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Clear coat ruined it
Replies: 10
Views: 1662

Re: Clear coat ruined it

I think you have to start it all over again! But my guess is that the color coats and the clear coat is not from the same manufaktur. Or you waited to short time. Normally when spraying, wait 5 minutes between each spray layer, but wait 15 minutes between color and clear coat layer. Lary Are you sa...
by dazthephot
Sun 23 Aug, 2020 14:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Clear coat ruined it
Replies: 10
Views: 1662

Re: Clear coat ruined it

I think you have to start it all over again! But my guess is that the color coats and the clear coat is not from the same manufaktur. Or you waited to short time. Normally when spraying, wait 5 minutes between each spray layer, but wait 15 minutes between color and clear coat layer. I was sort of m...
by dazthephot
Sun 23 Aug, 2020 14:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Clear coat ruined it
Replies: 10
Views: 1662

Re: Clear coat ruined it

Gazza wrote:If there is damage to the colour coat you will have to flat the clear and then do the colour coat again, then clear.
I suppose that’s the better option so will try that first.


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by dazthephot
Sat 22 Aug, 2020 16:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Clear coat ruined it
Replies: 10
Views: 1662

Clear coat ruined it

All that hard work and I think I’ve knackered it with the clear coat. Refurbing the mirror bases to fix the bubbled up galvanise. Rubbed down, two coats of acid etch, two coats of prime, two coats of colour all looking good. Get to the clear coat and on the second coat I dropped the mirror on one th...
by dazthephot
Fri 07 Aug, 2020 19:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: C110+ Scanner Software
Replies: 12
Views: 2403

Re: C110+ Scanner Software

Ok thanks. I’m in the middle of refurbishing the wing mirror bases so I’ll play with it later.


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by dazthephot
Fri 07 Aug, 2020 19:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Different Greases
Replies: 4
Views: 1625

Re: Different Greases

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by dazthephot
Thu 06 Aug, 2020 19:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: C110+ Scanner Software
Replies: 12
Views: 2403

Re: C110+ Scanner Software

Hmm ok thanks. I have a free weekend and I’ve kept the box so I’ll do some more checking. If I switch it to the under dashboard socket will this legible me a different area to look at?


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by dazthephot
Mon 03 Aug, 2020 18:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: C110+ Scanner Software
Replies: 12
Views: 2403

Re: C110+ Scanner Software

Well I’ve just plugged it in under the bonnet using my round plug adapter. It comes on and I can go though the menus. I used the read codes function and it reported no errors. The software in it says v7.5 dated October 2018. I didn’t try it from inside the car. I would have thought it would reset se...
by dazthephot
Sun 02 Aug, 2020 17:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: C110+ Scanner Software
Replies: 12
Views: 2403

Re: C110+ Scanner Software

I bought a C110 that was a fake, no updates Bought another for a little more money and that can be updated. Well that’s interesting. I still haven’t plugged it in yet but I re-read the ad on eBay and it said in red letters this can’t be updated via the internet. The whole thing is a typical Chinese...
by dazthephot
Fri 31 Jul, 2020 21:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: C110+ Scanner Software
Replies: 12
Views: 2403

Re: C110+ Scanner Software

Thanks.


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by dazthephot
Fri 31 Jul, 2020 14:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: C110+ Scanner Software
Replies: 12
Views: 2403

Re: C110+ Scanner Software

What software? I have one and I just plug the scanner in and it works? Robert Well in all honesty I’m not sure Robert. I believe it’s for software updates but if I don’t need it then I won’t bother. It only came today so I haven’t tried it yet. I only really bought it to see if it’s more functional...
by dazthephot
Fri 31 Jul, 2020 12:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: C110+ Scanner Software
Replies: 12
Views: 2403

C110+ Scanner Software

Hi all,

i've just bought one of these scanners, went to download the software but it's not on the supplied CD - just the manual. All of the online resources take you to a blacklisted site so I can't get the software from anywhere. Does anyone have a resource link for the software?

Thanks
by dazthephot
Mon 13 Jul, 2020 18:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Seat belt guide
Replies: 4
Views: 861

Re: Seat belt guide

BonBon wrote:The Z parts that fix the guide externally are cute and save a major job
Southernboy sells them
Nice one thank you.


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by dazthephot
Mon 29 Jun, 2020 13:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Seat belt guide
Replies: 4
Views: 861

Re: Seat belt guide

That's what i was afraid of. Thank you.
by dazthephot
Sun 28 Jun, 2020 17:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Seat belt guide
Replies: 4
Views: 861

Seat belt guide

Hi all. Somehow my wife has managed to break the drivers seatbelt guide completely in half. So, does anyone have a spare they wish to sell? Also how difficult is it to change?
Thx


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by dazthephot
Sun 24 May, 2020 20:45
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Different Greases
Replies: 4
Views: 1625

Re: Different Greases

Fantastic answer thank you and a great reference. I got my new pistons and seals from bigg red and they came with silicon grease for the seals and to aid reassembly. ( I recently had to service the fronts due to seized pistons) It was the fact that I could use the grease in a chamber that contains b...
by dazthephot
Sat 23 May, 2020 22:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Different Greases
Replies: 4
Views: 1625

Different Greases

We pick things up as we go along and we learn all sorts as home mechanics. Is there a definitive guide to grease? I ask because I’ve learned about silicon being dot 4 friendly and all Kinds of things like that. Things like hub grease cv joint grease etc are all different so I’d like to know why and ...
by dazthephot
Sat 16 May, 2020 21:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Front Brake Caliper Refurb
Replies: 8
Views: 1841

Re: Front Brake Caliper Refurb

I feel your pain buddy! The relief when it eventually gives in and slides home is a strange pleasure indeed!


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by dazthephot
Fri 15 May, 2020 17:50
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Front Brake Caliper Refurb
Replies: 8
Views: 1841

Re: Front Brake Caliper Refurb

Holy bjesus talk about fighting me all the way. It all started when I couldn’t get the brake line off the calliper so I could work freely with the caliper off. I had to leave it in situ. Then the rubber hose was so hard that I couldn’t clamp it off. Next the piston wouldn’t come out, I was using the...
by dazthephot
Thu 07 May, 2020 19:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Front Brake Caliper Refurb
Replies: 8
Views: 1841

Re: Front Brake Caliper Refurb

Thanks everyone much appreciated. My quote from BCG came in at £180 for the pair. I think I’m gunna have a crack at buying the repair kit and do it myself. I will look at big red though Interestingly replacement exchange Bosch ones are about £50 each which I don’t think is too bad. Sent from my iPho...
by dazthephot
Tue 05 May, 2020 15:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Front Brake Caliper Refurb
Replies: 8
Views: 1841

Front Brake Caliper Refurb

HI,
Anyone had their front calipers refurbished? What sort of cost and recommendations please.
Thanks
by dazthephot
Sat 04 Apr, 2020 22:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Aerosol Paint
Replies: 7
Views: 1933

Re: Aerosol Paint

Certain Halford shops do mix colours up, if they haven't got the colour you want. Looks like Halfords do the topaz blue code 364. Worth a go I think. Going to use the zinc 182 as a primer after getting all the old bubbled paint off. I’ve seen an old YouTube video that uses a belt sander to get down...
by dazthephot
Sat 28 Mar, 2020 22:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Aerosol Paint
Replies: 7
Views: 1933

Re: Aerosol Paint

Fender2004 wrote:Certain Halford shops do mix colours up, if they haven't got the colour you want.
Nice one thank you.


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by dazthephot
Sat 28 Mar, 2020 22:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Aerosol Paint
Replies: 7
Views: 1933

Re: Aerosol Paint

Bumpa wrote:My Z3 is Estoril Blue Metallic which seems to be hard to find. I bought a can from the Scratch Doctor which is exactly the right shade.
http://www.thescratchdoctor.co.uk/
Ah brilliant thanks.


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by dazthephot
Fri 27 Mar, 2020 14:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Aerosol Paint
Replies: 7
Views: 1933

Re: Aerosol Paint

Thank you. Yes you’re right about whether they are open or not I keep forgetting. I do have a Halfords I was just sure I’d seen a bmw aerosol kit you could buy.
Maybe not.


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by dazthephot
Thu 26 Mar, 2020 21:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Aerosol Paint
Replies: 7
Views: 1933

Aerosol Paint

I’m going to tackle the rusty wing mirror bases. I don’t seem to be able to find the aerosol paint in topaz blue. Do body repair places mix up aerosols?


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by dazthephot
Sun 08 Mar, 2020 20:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Oil selection.
Replies: 10
Views: 4693

Re: Oil selection.

Thanks.


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by dazthephot
Fri 21 Feb, 2020 19:09
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rear spring removal
Replies: 13
Views: 3779

Re: Rear spring removal

Ah right I see thanks. I’m so conscious of bloody potholes and drain depressions in the road but unfortunately er indoors isn’t!! She seems to drive close to the curb rather than in the centre of the lane so we shall see how long these springs last. Mind you I’ve owned this car 13 years and they’re ...
by dazthephot
Fri 21 Feb, 2020 15:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rear spring removal
Replies: 13
Views: 3779

Re: Rear spring removal

Managed to do the springs today, actually easier than I thought. Only a little bit of prying required to get the broken one and other one out then a bit of a shove and a little prying to get the new ones in. In the spirit of sharing here’s the old one next to the new one. Look how thin the old ones ...
by dazthephot
Wed 19 Feb, 2020 20:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rear spring removal
Replies: 13
Views: 3779

Re: Rear spring removal

I managed to get some Sachs springs for £57 each on offer. I’ll be sure to report if they don’t last. Standard height for my 1.9


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by dazthephot
Wed 19 Feb, 2020 20:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Oil selection.
Replies: 10
Views: 4693

Re: Oil selection.

I would avoid 'Longlife' oils, as they are invariably very thin at the cold end of their viscosity range - such as the popular 0W - 30 SAE type. In an old engine, or a badly-run in engine they can produce high oil consumption (such as the BMW 3 litre engine) and only have a benefit for those who la...
by dazthephot
Mon 17 Feb, 2020 09:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rear spring removal
Replies: 13
Views: 3779

Re: Rear spring removal

Yes, the compressors are a tight fit, and will only do the job if fitted in the correct positions, but it is preferable to straining the inner CV joint by using lots of force on a crowbar, which is really butchery! I supported the trailing arm at it maximum drop angle to avoid strain on the CV join...
by dazthephot
Sun 16 Feb, 2020 17:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rear spring removal
Replies: 13
Views: 3779

Re: Rear spring removal

Usually, once you remove the bottom shock bolt, you can drop the trailing arm enough to wriggle/pry the spring out and back in again. Not sure if there is enough room for a couple of spring compressors. I’ll try the pry bar method first and see how hard it is. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
by dazthephot
Sun 16 Feb, 2020 17:53
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rear spring removal
Replies: 13
Views: 3779

Re: Rear spring removal

Mike Fishwick wrote:I have used spring compressors, which make the job a lot easier than forcing things with a crowbar, but even then you must get the compressors into the correct position.
Not much room on the rears as they’re quite there tightly compressed anyway.


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by dazthephot
Sat 15 Feb, 2020 22:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rear spring removal
Replies: 13
Views: 3779

Rear spring removal

I have a broken spring O/S/R and there’s a couple of ways to remove them. Most seem to favour using a pry bar to get the spring out after you’ve dropped the trailing arm. Would spring compressors be better?


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by dazthephot
Thu 13 Feb, 2020 14:25
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Oil selection.
Replies: 10
Views: 4693

Re: Oil selection.

Excellent, thank you.
by dazthephot
Wed 12 Feb, 2020 09:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Oil selection.
Replies: 10
Views: 4693

Re: Oil selection.

Gazza wrote:Look for LLO4
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by dazthephot
Tue 11 Feb, 2020 18:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Oil selection.
Replies: 10
Views: 4693

Re: Oil selection.

Gazza wrote:I’m not a brand specific person when it comes to oil.
If it meets the required spec then it’s ok with me.
I’ve seen various extra letters when looking for oil but have no idea what they mean. What’s the required spec for ours?


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by dazthephot
Tue 11 Feb, 2020 18:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Eurocarparts
Replies: 6
Views: 3305

Re: Eurocarparts

I’ve found oils cheaper than ECP (even with their discount) on eBay Many manufacturers spec their oil, so just looking for 5w/30 isn’t enough. Something that im learning about having wondered about the Dexos 2 that was put in my 320D However my thoughts were about today’s oils being made to a highe...
by dazthephot
Mon 10 Feb, 2020 12:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Oil selection.
Replies: 10
Views: 4693

Oil selection.

This is a divisive topic I know so I’ll keep it light. How different are oils these days? If I put fully synth 5w30 in instead of 5w40 if I buy a brand like Triple QX instead of Castrol what problems will I cause? As I understand it in the most simplistic terms the 5 bit affects cold starting and th...
by dazthephot
Mon 10 Feb, 2020 12:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Eurocarparts
Replies: 6
Views: 3305

Re: Eurocarparts

wonderloaf wrote:Carparts4less is online only, whereas Euro Car Parts have stores so you can click'n'collect, maybe that's why carparts4less is cheaper?
That makes sense. Cheers


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by dazthephot
Sun 09 Feb, 2020 13:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Eurocarparts
Replies: 6
Views: 3305

Eurocarparts

Here’s something that I didn’t know. It looks like Eurocarparts and Carparts4less are the same company but one is always cheaper than the other at different times. It’s worth checking and pricing the two off each other. Also if you’re looking for non specific things like engine oil if you don’t put ...
by dazthephot
Tue 04 Feb, 2020 13:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Calliper sliding bolts
Replies: 3
Views: 2353

Re: Calliper sliding bolts

Thanks LaRy