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Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 05-24-2017, 02:56 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 388
Posted By dc_wright
Sorry for being late to the party, but Vanos was...

Sorry for being late to the party, but Vanos was going to be what I was going to suggest looking at. If your vanos unit isn't advancing the intake cam timing you have a significant loss of power...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 05-24-2017, 02:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,028
Posted By dc_wright
See my post in your initial thread on this.

See my post in your initial thread on this.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 05-24-2017, 02:47 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 139
Posted By dc_wright
With the Allen wrench you are substituting for...

With the Allen wrench you are substituting for the motor that releases the front latches. It takes a LOT of turns before the latches release and even more turns before the front of the top lifts...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 05-22-2017, 02:17 PM
Replies: 1,990
Views: 114,252
Posted By dc_wright
They do exist Scully! He's hasn't won at...

They do exist Scully!

He's hasn't won at National's but he's placed top 5 every time he's gone and he's had his MX-5 for 7 year's so he's got a good tuning book on it to get it set up for just...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 05-22-2017, 12:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 272
Posted By dc_wright
We had state mandated safety inspections in...

We had state mandated safety inspections in Florida through the '70s before they finally and thankfully abolished them due to ineffectiveness. There were both state operated and state licensed...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 05-21-2017, 07:34 PM
Replies: 1,990
Views: 114,252
Posted By dc_wright
Ran with SCCA at Deland Airport today. Haven't...

Ran with SCCA at Deland Airport today. Haven't been there in 2 years because it's not a good surface and the courses had gotten very repetitive. The organizers tried something new and used part of...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 05-20-2017, 05:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 689
Posted By dc_wright
I'm comparing to the sport suspension.

I'm comparing to the sport suspension.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 05-20-2017, 04:22 AM
Replies: 1,990
Views: 114,252
Posted By dc_wright
Here you just "present" a target. Bikes don't...

Here you just "present" a target. Bikes don't fare much better here than pedestrians.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 05-20-2017, 04:16 AM
Replies: 6,866
Views: 282,416
Posted By dc_wright
Yep! It was named "Headtwista" and was riding on...

Yep! It was named "Headtwista" and was riding on 30's. :)

Seriously though you could rally cross with it with no lift and if you wanted an inch or so of lift you could probably get that with one...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 05-19-2017, 04:40 PM
Replies: 6,866
Views: 282,416
Posted By dc_wright
N52 is even easier. You open the bleed screw,...

N52 is even easier. You open the bleed screw, turn on the ignition, and hold the accelerator pedal floored for 10 seconds. The electric water pump comes on and does all the work. :)
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 05-19-2017, 09:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 305
Posted By dc_wright
T60 torx is the correct size. I have a 2006 3.0si...

T60 torx is the correct size. I have a 2006 3.0si and that's what the tensioner on mine takes.
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 05-19-2017, 06:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 383
Posted By dc_wright
If the coolant level is holding steady it's most...

If the coolant level is holding steady it's most likely just condensation from the exhaust system. The oil separator (the M54 doesn't use a traditional CVV) can collect some condensation from the...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 05-19-2017, 06:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 305
Posted By dc_wright
First you need to tell us which model Z4 you have...

First you need to tell us which model Z4 you have and what the build date was. You can find that on the label in the door jam on the driver's side.

BMW used the M54 engine in the 3.0i up through...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 05-19-2017, 06:04 AM
Replies: 1,990
Views: 114,252
Posted By dc_wright
I believe you've got the ZF auto tranny in the M3...

I believe you've got the ZF auto tranny in the M3 which is a much, much, much better gear box than the French GM unit used in the non-M E36. Hope you can get her back on the road and looking forward...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 05-18-2017, 06:38 PM
Replies: 6,866
Views: 282,416
Posted By dc_wright
I'd be OK with this as a national holiday. :)

I'd be OK with this as a national holiday. :)
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 05-15-2017, 10:28 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 644
Posted By dc_wright
$20K is very high for a non-M Z4. Even with the...

$20K is very high for a non-M Z4. Even with the low miles it's still an 9-10 year old car. $12K-$14K for a 3.0i would be about market value, and $15K-$16K if it's a 3.0si with M Sport suspension...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 05-15-2017, 10:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 638
Posted By dc_wright
A known issue on E36 M4X and M5X series engines...

A known issue on E36 M4X and M5X series engines is the plastic impeller in the water pump. At some point it fractures and separates from the water pump shaft and coolant circulation ceases. It's...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 05-15-2017, 09:25 AM
Replies: 1,990
Views: 114,252
Posted By dc_wright
That's some good input! There's usually at least...

That's some good input! There's usually at least one equipment seller at most of the large SCCA or NASA weekend events. I'm going to see if I can get a trial fitting and what options there are. ...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 05-14-2017, 08:13 PM
Replies: 1,990
Views: 114,252
Posted By dc_wright
Wow! That's quite a line up! I finally sold the...

Wow! That's quite a line up! I finally sold the Style 5 wheels so looking at buying a Simpson hybrid since there's no good way to get a harness set up in the Z4.

In other news, went back to the...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 05-14-2017, 01:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 358
Posted By dc_wright
URO brand parts are a crap shoot. I've gotten...

URO brand parts are a crap shoot. I've gotten some parts that are good enough you couldn't tell them from OEM and some that were so poorly made they weren't even close to fitting. My rule of thumb...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 05-12-2017, 01:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 689
Posted By dc_wright
I've had the Koni Yellows on for about a year...

I've had the Koni Yellows on for about a year now. As indicated above, the lowest setting is slightly firmer than the OEM. I started with the fronts at the mid-point and the rears at 1/4 firm which...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 05-11-2017, 08:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 581
Posted By dc_wright
If the light is flashing you need to check the...

If the light is flashing you need to check the position of the bottom tray in the top storage compartment and make certain it's fully down. Also check the micro switch at the center of it to make...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 05-11-2017, 07:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 398
Posted By dc_wright
All we've got is your description of the damage...

All we've got is your description of the damage which started with "There's about a 6" gap where you can see right through. Cracked in other spots. "

No photos or anything we can look at to really...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 05-11-2017, 09:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 249
Posted By dc_wright
^This^ To get heat into the cabin as quickly...

^This^

To get heat into the cabin as quickly as possible the heater system coolant loop doesn't go through the thermostat. It flows out of the back of the cylinder head to the heat control valve...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 05-11-2017, 09:13 AM
Replies: 6,866
Views: 282,416
Posted By dc_wright
Nice! You can get a lot of power out of 1.4L if...

Nice! You can get a lot of power out of 1.4L if it's direct injected. What'd you get?
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