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by Southernboy
Tue 09 Oct, 2018 12:44
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Side window leaks.
Replies: 3
Views: 189

Side window leaks.

I would be interested to find out how many Z3 owners have water coming in through one or both windows. We are all quite familiar with the A pillar sealing issue and how to sort that one easily. What I'm interested in is how many drivers have water getting in because the window can't / doesn't seal a...
by Southernboy
Tue 09 Oct, 2018 06:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: M Tec 2 steering wheel
Replies: 7
Views: 261

Re: M Tec 2 steering wheel

It's a solution to the thickness of the wheel to have it re-covered, but one is still left with the somewhat large diameter wheel - 420mm - which I believe is the main issue with the OEM wheel.
by Southernboy
Mon 08 Oct, 2018 12:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: M Tec 2 steering wheel
Replies: 7
Views: 261

Re: M Tec 2 steering wheel

You're welcome... I t isn't apparent at first that there is no airbag on those wheels, so I guess it's a better idea to stick with the original wheel.
by Southernboy
Mon 08 Oct, 2018 12:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: M Tec 2 steering wheel
Replies: 7
Views: 261

Re: M Tec 2 steering wheel

The M Tech II wheel has no airbag, so you'll need to sort that out within the car's systems to avoid issues. Also, these wheels were fitted to the E30's and subsequent models including 5 series cars. Your existing slip ring may or may not fit to the wheel, or the slip ring which perhaps comes with t...
by Southernboy
Mon 08 Oct, 2018 12:00
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Before you blame the Sender..
Replies: 3
Views: 243

Re: Before you blame the Sender..

That's exactly what was happening inside my tank - the arm was catching. However, I doubt the tank has deformed, although I admit it may be possible in a very hot climate. On the pump / sender unit you will see that the float arm pivot shaft fits into a plastic tube housing. These 2 parts actually w...
by Southernboy
Sun 07 Oct, 2018 08:58
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Collinite # 845
Replies: 5
Views: 267

Re: Collinite # 845

Here's a very interesting You Tube video - It would make the Z3 rear window as good as the windscreen !!

Link:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzrYZXdhVwg
by Southernboy
Sat 06 Oct, 2018 19:33
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Collinite # 845
Replies: 5
Views: 267

Re: Collinite # 845

Hi Gazza I looked at that too ! My reluctance was mostly that I would be putting in more effort to buff it after application. Here in Johannesburg, the temperature out in the sun is probably in the upper 30's. In my garage with the windows and door open it's still warm enough to keep the 845 in a th...
by Southernboy
Sat 06 Oct, 2018 13:43
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Collinite # 845
Replies: 5
Views: 267

Collinite # 845

I've been looking at waxes, their benefits and comparisons to polishes. So first thing I discovered in the reading is that a polish is an abrasive. It actually removes a fine layer of the clear coat in the process of application and buffing. This is really great if you have swirl marks or extremely ...
by Southernboy
Wed 03 Oct, 2018 18:49
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: DRIVER SIDE SEAT ADJUSTMENT SWITCH
Replies: 4
Views: 132

Re: DRIVER SIDE SEAT ADJUSTMENT SWITCH

Pleasure Peter.
by Southernboy
Wed 03 Oct, 2018 12:05
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: DRIVER SIDE SEAT ADJUSTMENT SWITCH
Replies: 4
Views: 132

Re: DRIVER SIDE SEAT ADJUSTMENT SWITCH

PM sent Peter.
by Southernboy
Mon 01 Oct, 2018 21:21
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Best windscreen washer fluid
Replies: 3
Views: 167

Re: Best windscreen washer fluid

Thanks Robert. I'll go that route then.
by Southernboy
Mon 01 Oct, 2018 13:09
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Best windscreen washer fluid
Replies: 3
Views: 167

Best windscreen washer fluid

Having fitted a new soft top, I would like to know if anyone has considered which reservoir washer fluid to use. I'm certain some fluids could leave marks of residue in the fabric and others may just be plain harmful. Anyone ever found an effective cleaning fluid which they would recommend?
by Southernboy
Mon 01 Oct, 2018 12:05
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: DRIVER SIDE SEAT ADJUSTMENT SWITCH
Replies: 4
Views: 132

DRIVER SIDE SEAT ADJUSTMENT SWITCH

I have a 100% working seat position adjustment switch - right hand side. Complete with wiring loom and button to fit pre-facelift vehicles. P/N 61318413894 £65 excl postage. I also have a complete right side plastic seat trim into which the seat switch is fitted. It is complete with the little tab w...
by Southernboy
Thu 27 Sep, 2018 09:28
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Windscreen replacement.
Replies: 5
Views: 250

Re: Windscreen replacement.

Perhaps because I didn't post ant photographs... :dunce:
by Southernboy
Wed 26 Sep, 2018 16:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Windscreen replacement.
Replies: 5
Views: 250

Re: Windscreen replacement.

You're absolutely on it there.. I had a vacuum machine to clean out the wiper mechanism well and also the dust and filth which had accumulated between the dash and the windscreen. I actually found 3 unused tickets to a live music gig which had slipped into that space. The owner at the time must've b...
by Southernboy
Wed 26 Sep, 2018 12:17
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Windscreen replacement.
Replies: 5
Views: 250

Windscreen replacement.

I had my windscreen replaced today. These guys are a mobile service and came to my home. The job took 30 minutes which included removing the old windscreen, and fitting the new one. I watched the process, and TBH it's a dead easy job. I had previously removed the plastic trim inside the engine bay w...
by Southernboy
Sun 23 Sep, 2018 07:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: All comments and suggestions welcomed!!
Replies: 7
Views: 432

Re: All comments and suggestions welcomed!!

To close this thread - I found the rattle !!! On friday I stripped off the old roof and yesterday I fitted a new one. In the process of stripping, I was quite surprised to find the 19 large self tapping bolts at the back window area which hold the sealing and tack strips were quite loose. Anyhow, af...
by Southernboy
Sun 23 Sep, 2018 07:25
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Pool of water behind fuel flap
Replies: 9
Views: 374

Re: Pool of water behind fuel flap

Try a long thin cable tie.. Or a thin plastic knitting needle if you still knit... :D
by Southernboy
Sun 23 Sep, 2018 07:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 3.0i gearing
Replies: 9
Views: 650

Re: 3.0i gearing

:oops: ......... YES..
by Southernboy
Fri 21 Sep, 2018 06:25
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: All comments and suggestions welcomed!!
Replies: 7
Views: 432

Re: All comments and suggestions welcomed!!

Thanks buddy - I'll check those CV joints - could be the culprits.. :cheers
by Southernboy
Thu 20 Sep, 2018 15:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: All comments and suggestions welcomed!!
Replies: 7
Views: 432

Re: All comments and suggestions welcomed!!

Cheers Paul...did that - spare wheel isn't fitted at the moment and everything associated is really secured well. Somewhere I read that there is a "ball valve" fitted on the top side of the tank... Same system as a toilet ball valve. Apparently it's there to prevent fuel spillage in the event you ro...
by Southernboy
Thu 20 Sep, 2018 13:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: All comments and suggestions welcomed!!
Replies: 7
Views: 432

All comments and suggestions welcomed!!

After my earlier post on the fuel gauge issue, I am now looking for the "rattle in the back"... I have checked all the obvious items like shocks, exhaust, tank strap rubber cushions and bumper weights and all to no avail. So... anyone who has come across more unusual causes, please pass on the info ...
by Southernboy
Thu 20 Sep, 2018 13:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 3.0i gearing
Replies: 9
Views: 650

Re: 3.0i gearing

You could look at the diff ratio. Fitting a longer ratio diff will work through all the gears. I particularly dislike 1st gear being too short - it's more like a truck than a car and with the fan roaring it sounds like one too... I have fitted a 2.74 : 1 diff which allows 1st gear speed to go up to ...
by Southernboy
Thu 20 Sep, 2018 12:53
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Before you blame the Sender..
Replies: 3
Views: 243

Before you blame the Sender..

I bought a project Z3 around January time. I drove it from Cape Town back up to Johannesburg without a functioning fuel gauge... scary stuff with lots of fill up stops. Since then, I have had the fuel pump / sender out no less than a dozen times. A previous owner had obviously had a go at sorting ou...
by Southernboy
Mon 10 Sep, 2018 14:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Door speakers
Replies: 3
Views: 335

Re: Door speakers

Other than the 2 small speakers under the 1/4 light window that's all there is on the door. If you want to improve the quality / volume you can remove the trim in the foot wells and shove lots of foam rubber around, behind etc those speakers. You're losing a heap of sound through the thin steel body...
by Southernboy
Mon 10 Sep, 2018 14:51
Forum: Performance
Topic: Over cranking
Replies: 0
Views: 373

Over cranking

Some potentially useful information regarding cranking the motor. Recently I went to a neighbouring town. About 2 blocks from my destination, I pulled into a gas station and switched off, gave the attendant the key to open the cap and fill up the tank. He returned the key to me, I paid and turned th...
by Southernboy
Tue 31 Jul, 2018 10:39
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: OEM ROLL HOOPS
Replies: 0
Views: 264

OEM ROLL HOOPS

Anyone looking for a set of roll hoops complete with brackets, screws, center storage box and seat belt turret covers. All parts accounted for with the exception of right hand turret window cover, and one clip in window cover for the inside of the storage box. Colour Black. Center storage box has a ...
by Southernboy
Tue 31 Jul, 2018 10:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: seat adjustment switch
Replies: 1
Views: 250

Re: seat adjustment switch

No problem - sorted.
I collected a "broken" old style switch last night and discovered that other than the power supply connection connector, the other 2 connectors were identical. So an easy swap of the old type connector to the new style switch and loom.
by Southernboy
Mon 30 Jul, 2018 19:06
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: seat adjustment switch
Replies: 1
Views: 250

seat adjustment switch

I have in the past seen posts regarding the fitting of the face lift seat adjustment switch to the older pre-face lift wiring loom. I've had a search, but nothing has come up in that regard.
Perhaps someone can help with locating the posts regarding the way to complete the connection issues.
Thanks...
by Southernboy
Sun 22 Jul, 2018 06:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Power Flow Exhausts
Replies: 4
Views: 661

Re: Power Flow Exhausts

On any modern car, it's the cat converters which create the greatest restriction to getting the exhaust gasses out. So, if you want to achieve a small power gain, you have to dump those. Whether your laws allow this or not will determine your decision. In any event, the gains aren't so significant t...
by Southernboy
Sat 21 Jul, 2018 08:09
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: "CHEAPER" COURIER SERVICE
Replies: 4
Views: 364

Re: "CHEAPER" COURIER SERVICE

I did think that may be, but then it also seems one can use the system to send from any country to any other country since the form allows for "collection country" and "delivery country". I will investigate further. As it is, I can purchase in the UK and use my UK "postbox" addy as the start point a...
by Southernboy
Sat 21 Jul, 2018 08:05
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rain getting in again! Has anyone else seen this?
Replies: 3
Views: 432

Re: Rain getting in again! Has anyone else seen this?

If the main window glass isn't sealing against the rubbers at the top you can try adjusting the window mechanism so the top of the glass in the closed position is closer to those rubber seals. This has been covered before, but briefly it requires removing the door card, then slight loosening the 2 u...
by Southernboy
Sat 21 Jul, 2018 07:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Broken Coolant Top Hose Flange
Replies: 4
Views: 416

Re: Broken Coolant Top Hose Flange

Make sure you have the heater switch on the console turned to "HOT" when you bleed, so that the valve to the heater matrix is in the open position to allow the heated water to pass through the system fully.
by Southernboy
Sat 21 Jul, 2018 07:43
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: "CHEAPER" COURIER SERVICE
Replies: 4
Views: 364

"CHEAPER" COURIER SERVICE

So being out here in darkest Africa and trying to deal with a postal system which is barely functional I decided to look into the courier option. As anyone who has used a courier will tell you - they're not cheap. I did come across a company which operates a little differently. They still use the we...
by Southernboy
Tue 03 Jul, 2018 14:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: seat bushes advice/help please
Replies: 17
Views: 2200

Re: seat bushes advice/help please

Simplest to the point video instruction for doing the job........ They just left out the "FIRST DISCONNECT THE BATTERY" at the start of the video which you must do before disconnecting any of the under seat wiring. :D

LINK:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6PsUywdt74
by Southernboy
Tue 03 Jul, 2018 14:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Innovative solution to droopy roof/window sealing
Replies: 0
Views: 248

Innovative solution to droopy roof/window sealing

After making all the possible adjustments to get the window to seal effectively against the roof rubbers, and using gummi pflege and adding a couple of shims under the metal frames holding the rubbers, I stumbled across a piece of 20mm round neoprene sponge extrusion I had bought some while back for...
by Southernboy
Wed 27 Jun, 2018 10:50
Forum: Performance
Topic: Paint Marker Pen.
Replies: 0
Views: 273

Paint Marker Pen.

I recently had some work done by a professional mechanic, and I noticed that as he was refitting nuts, bolts and hoses, he used a white fine tipped pen. It's branded as a "Paint Marker" made by Artline and available from stationary shops. It's pretty much waterproof etc, so perfect for marking outdo...
by Southernboy
Tue 26 Jun, 2018 11:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: M54 Oil Consumption - two possible fixes, which is better?
Replies: 28
Views: 1323

Re: M54 Oil Consumption - two possible fixes, which is better?

Considering the consumption on an M52 / TU motor is zero, that's a lot of oil being burnt in the combustion process. That means that after 37,000 miles, you have used an entire oil change in volume. As time passes this will increase as the oil rings wear. If you're burning that amount of oil, consid...
by Southernboy
Tue 26 Jun, 2018 10:21
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Carpet locks
Replies: 2
Views: 288

Re: Carpet locks

Thanks buddy - I'll give them a call
by Southernboy
Tue 26 Jun, 2018 09:40
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Carpet locks
Replies: 2
Views: 288

Carpet locks

I'm after 4 black carpet / mat fixing fittings complete with the screw in parts. Part # 51471919171
Please PM me with price posted to Johannesburg - South Africa.
Barry
by Southernboy
Sun 24 Jun, 2018 17:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: M54 Oil Consumption - two possible fixes, which is better?
Replies: 28
Views: 1323

Re: M54 Oil Consumption - two possible fixes, which is better?

Good news and some not so good news.... The M13 shouldn't be that difficult unless it's rusted onto the bracket. Perhaps give it the WD40 treatment and leave it until you get another chance Mike. :wink:
Try looking for the Moroso in Europe perhaps ??
by Southernboy
Sun 24 Jun, 2018 11:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: M54 Oil Consumption - two possible fixes, which is better?
Replies: 28
Views: 1323

Re: M54 Oil Consumption - two possible fixes, which is better?

Sorry.... It's very easy to remove though. Pull the CCV hose off, undo the M13 bolt holding the bracket to the engine block near the bottom, remove the M10 bolt at the top end and unclip the cable / hose whatever off the dipstick body about 1/2 way down. The pull straight up and out. Mind the rubber...
by Southernboy
Sun 24 Jun, 2018 08:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: M54 Oil Consumption - two possible fixes, which is better?
Replies: 28
Views: 1323

Re: M54 Oil Consumption - two possible fixes, which is better?

I'm afraid so. The dipstick tube which you shove the dipstick down is an "inner" tube. At the bottom where the CCV rubber drain tube connects to the dipstick, the dipstick tube has a "second skin" around the long "inner tube" but only for the section from that CCV "Y" joint. The gap between the inne...
by Southernboy
Sun 24 Jun, 2018 07:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: M54 Oil Consumption - two possible fixes, which is better?
Replies: 28
Views: 1323

Re: M54 Oil Consumption - two possible fixes, which is better?

May I ask if you pulled the dipstick out when you did the CCV replacement?
The fact that the CCV has a separate drain channel on the dipstick tube isn't common knowledge, and I would imagine it is not a check item when doing the CCV replacement.
by Southernboy
Sat 23 Jun, 2018 18:44
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: M54 Oil Consumption - two possible fixes, which is better?
Replies: 28
Views: 1323

Re: M54 Oil Consumption - two possible fixes, which is better?

I didn't get mine off eBay. I ordered via sales@frsport.com $158.00 excl postage. The Moroso has inner baffles as does the Mishimoto. This means it isn't just a collection canister. The oil is collected in a gaseous condition and it passes below the baffles into the collection area. The baffles whic...
by Southernboy
Sat 23 Jun, 2018 11:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: M54 Oil Consumption - two possible fixes, which is better?
Replies: 28
Views: 1323

Re: M54 Oil Consumption - two possible fixes, which is better?

Happy to be able to pass on some decent advice. I have just recently ordered the Moroso C/Can - large size. Went out this morning to look where I can best fit it and decided to sacrifice the OEM windscreen washer reservoir. I'll have to find a smaller reservoir to replace it with so I can have space...
by Southernboy
Fri 22 Jun, 2018 18:00
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: M54 Oil Consumption - two possible fixes, which is better?
Replies: 28
Views: 1323

Re: M54 Oil Consumption - two possible fixes, which is better?

All M54 engines have the same oil consumption issues. The CCV isn't particularly a weak link, but has to cope with the volumes of oil due to the oil ring problem of those engines. If you look at how the CCV works, the fitting of a catch can does not mean you have to replace the CCV. A catch can has ...
by Southernboy
Wed 20 Jun, 2018 17:02
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: M54 Oil Consumption - two possible fixes, which is better?
Replies: 28
Views: 1323

Re: M54 Oil Consumption - two possible fixes, which is better?

The options are change the oil rings on the pistons and fit the rings from the M52's. They are a better design. Or... delete the CCV completely and fit a decent oil catch can like Mishimoto. The cheap eBay £20 ones are crap and don't come with all the bits to do the job. The vacuum hose idea needs t...
by Southernboy
Sat 09 Jun, 2018 16:06
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Prepare for the worst / expect the best
Replies: 4
Views: 380

Re: Prepare for the worst / expect the best

Good thinking... except out here we don't have such cars. Failing an inspection is only for those who abide by the law. All others pay bribes to the officials. The Z3 project car I am busy with came with a "clean bill" from an official testing office.... hahahaha... the seller can't sell without tha...
by Southernboy
Sat 09 Jun, 2018 11:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Prepare for the worst / expect the best
Replies: 4
Views: 380

Re: Prepare for the worst / expect the best

Re-built gearbox here is around £ 1200.
Makes me feel ill just considering it as a last resort. Worst is, they only give a 6 month warranty on any parts used. Makes me wonder if they use non OEM parts and almost expect you to be back for more punishment at some future time... :fade