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Old 01-28-2007, 06:44 PM
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Nice job so far.
Quick word of advice for anyone that wants to install a racing battery. Like I did in my Z3.
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You will also need to get one of those smart battery chargers to maintain a charge in the battery. Especially if you leave your car parked for more than a week.
I purchased the so simple Battery Tender Jr. ($40).
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Oh yeah - - Love that garage! Wish I had the room. It's already packed with by 330i and Z3 and all my tools and other stuff.
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Old 01-28-2007, 11:28 PM
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I'm pulling your chain, mang. I'm a sedate driver, so I don't need a detector.
-We'll have to work on that. Btw, "hypothetically speaking" the Coupe with stock tires and two 250lb males in it will carry 105mph THROUGH the 5 South to 55 South transition - using only the inside lane - without even chirping a tire!

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Nice job so far.
Quick word of advice for anyone that wants to install a racing battery. Like I did in my Z3.
Z3Power Batter Replacement


You will also need to get one of those smart battery chargers to maintain a charge in the battery. Especially if you leave your car parked for more than a week.
I purchased the so simple Battery Tender Jr. ($40).
Battery Tender Website

Oh yeah - - Love that garage! Wish I had the room. It's already packed with by 330i and Z3 and all my tools and other stuff.
-Hey, great post! Yeah, I've heard that the smaller batteries can drain faster. I've been planning to get a battery tender, but I didn't have any recommendations. Any issues with the BT Jr.?


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I've been working on DVD integration with the BMW TV Tuner. No photos to post yet, but progress has been made. I forgot to order an AV Aux In cable, but that's now on it's way from the UK. Chris at BMS is going to build me a little sheetmetal bracket to hold the DVD player, we'll run the IR eye into the cockpit somewhere, and that'll be it!

p.s. The battery tray prototype should be ready soon too!
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Old 02-01-2007, 09:11 PM
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I installed an Imola Red shift boot from LeatherZ


Mod 12
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I also installed an Imola Red MkIV armrest from LeatherZ. I got this mostly for storage and for a higher elbow pad when doing long distance driving, but it looks ok.


Stuff inside:


It's lined with felt, so it emits no noise - even from the Altoids gum tins (not pictured)!
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Old 02-02-2007, 09:11 AM
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Update:

Stuff inside:


It's lined with felt, so it emits no noise - even from the Altoids gum tins (not pictured)!
So is your 'weapon of choice' the orange razor knife in the armrest?
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Old 02-02-2007, 11:20 AM
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So is your 'weapon of choice' the orange razor knife in the armrest?
There are three things a man should always have in his car, and preferably also on his person:
1) The ability to cut
2) The ability to make fire
3) The ability to produce light without compromise of #2
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Old 02-03-2007, 07:31 AM
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There are three things a man should always have in his car, and preferably also on his person:
1) The ability to cut
2) The ability to make fire
3) The ability to produce light without compromise of #2
Some good points. I could add- the ability to purchase and the ability to communicate. I suppose the list could go on.

Very nice car Palantirion. G/L with the mods.
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Old 02-03-2007, 09:33 AM
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Palantirion,
Battery tender seems good idea. I drive my car 2-3 times per week and battery seems partially drained most of time. Yesterday needed to jump start. Did you install to battery with hook up in back or under hood? I have Z4 coupe and if I hook up to battery in rear I would need to have rear hatch open to hook up. Which way did to install?
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Old 02-03-2007, 11:55 AM
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Wow, very nice; you've been busy.

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Old 02-06-2007, 10:11 AM
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Update: Not technically, since this event is in the past, but I should include it. It's the thread I made for the Coupe's first trip to the dyno:
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/sho...275#post967275
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Old 02-07-2007, 03:10 PM
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Update: On 1-31 I took the Coupe over to StopTech in Torrance for brake kit measurement. It didn't take too long, as the components are mostly interchangeable with the E46 M3. I haven't heard back from StopTech as to what kit(s) they will be offering, but I expect to within the next week or so. Here are some pics:
Outside:


The Coupe jacked up:


Here's a shot of the complex stock front dust shield:


StopTech test rotor:


Pics of measurement "stuff":


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Old 02-07-2007, 03:29 PM
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We took the Coupe up to Big Bear last weekend. Traffic wasn't ideal but I got a few miles of fun driving in.

Passing Yorba Linda:


Nearing the mountains:


Starting up:


A little higher:


Getting close to the 7000' pass summit:


Snow!:




Frozen(ish) lake:




Arrived:




Gratuitous puppy pics:








In case you are curious how the puppy travels in the Coupe, here is Profit in the trunk:
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Old 02-07-2007, 03:49 PM
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Update: The new battery tray prototype is complete! I stress this is a prototype, the production version will be much cleaner, anodized, and etched with the BMS logo. I still have to make the new interior panels, and we have to fabricate some simple brackets to hold the M Mobility Kit, Owner's Manual and Tool Kit. That'll happen after the panels are done. In the mean time, here are some pics of the battery relocation and tray:
The cardboard template:


Rough cut billet:


Milling the primary pocket:


Pocketing finished:


Finished prototype tray, clamp and hardware:


With the battery mounted:


Using a hammer I flattened the stock ground cable, after I slightly enlarged the bolt hole:


Ground cable mounted:


Battery and tray in and connected:


Another shot, showing how much room is freed up in the trunk! Also, you can see the A/V In cables for the upcoming DVD mod...but more on that later:


As for weight savings, the battery swap alone cuts 35lbs. The new tray and all related hardware weighs 875 grams vs. the OEM tray's 1700 grams, or 1.82lbs less.

Some more gratuitous pics...
At Home Depot:


At Koisan, my local sushi bar:


Mod 1, version B
The new BMS license plate frames arrived, so I swapped out the old one. They are aluminum/black, not gold. In this picture the lighting was yellow and that's why the lettering looks gold.
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Old 02-11-2007, 10:05 PM
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Earl - Have you already considered installing remote terminals for the battery to make it easy to hookup the trickle charger? Most Bimmers seem to have remote terminals under the hood since the batteries are often under the back seat or in the trunk. Since you're going to need regular access, I'd think that doing something similar would be a good idea. Of course, the MZ4 might already have a terminal block under the hood...I don't know...

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Old 02-12-2007, 08:34 AM
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So is your 'weapon of choice' the orange razor knife in the armrest?

Nah, the hand santizer!
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Old 02-12-2007, 08:38 AM
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Another shot, showing how much room is freed up in the trunk! Also, you can see the A/V In cables for the upcoming DVD mod...but more on that later:


As for weight savings, the battery swap alone cuts 35lbs. The new tray and all related hardware weighs 875 grams vs. the OEM tray's 1700 grams, or 1.82lbs less.
Any chance this will be sold by BMS for order?
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Old 02-12-2007, 10:54 AM
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Z4M does have a terminal block under the hood.
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Old 02-12-2007, 10:55 AM
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Any chance this will be sold by BMS for order?
I imagine they will, yes.
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As far as terminals for the battery charger, the OEM BMW battery tender as well as the Griot's unit both hook up to the cigarette lighter socket. My method is simple:

-- Plug BMW battery tender into outlet above garage door opener in ceiling.
-- Place BMW battery tender on sunroof with sunroof in the rear-raised position.
-- Plug BMW battery tender into cigarette lighter after passing the cord through the open sunroof.

When I'm ready to drive away, I just unplug the BMW battery tender, pull the cord through the sunroof, and place the tender on the metal shelf on the wall next to the car.
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Old 02-12-2007, 11:56 AM
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Sorry for the delay in posting guys. We had a long weekend with the m5board (http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/sho...189#post972189), and PBR on Sunday.

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Any chance this will be sold by BMS for order?
-Absolutely. I still have to fabricate some replacement trunk panels though, so the end product will be OEM-looking. I'm going to do my best to finish that this week, but it may not happen quite that quickly as I also have to prepare the car for Horse Thief Mile this coming weekend.

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As far as terminals for the battery charger, the OEM BMW battery tender as well as the Griot's unit both hook up to the cigarette lighter socket. My method is simple:

-- Plug BMW battery tender into outlet above garage door opener in ceiling.
-- Place BMW battery tender on sunroof with sunroof in the rear-raised position.
-- Plug BMW battery tender into cigarette lighter after passing the cord through the open sunroof.

When I'm ready to drive away, I just unplug the BMW battery tender, pull the cord through the sunroof, and place the tender on the metal shelf on the wall next to the car.
-Great setup Ben (and good to see you again this weekend too). I may go that route with my M5, but the Z4 has to sunroof
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Great work on the MZ4, contact me directly and we can tweak that TVonNAV kit a bit for you to get some extra features out of it.
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Old 02-12-2007, 12:22 PM
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Great work on the MZ4, contact me directly and we can tweak that TVonNAV kit a bit for you to get some extra features out of it.
-Like what?
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Old 02-12-2007, 12:33 PM
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-Like what?
Reverse camera view:


Reverse Camera (located underneath license plate frame):


Video on NAV screen:


With your TV kit, you can have the following:

- Integrated reverse camera, activates automatically on reverse
- 2nd A/V input
- TV in motion

The camera and TVinMOTION module can be found at these links:

Reverse "Bumblebee" Camera
http://www.europeanautosource.com/pr...roducts_id=439

Dietz TV in Motion Interface - 1270
http://www.europeanautosource.com/pr...roducts_id=337

The 2nd Video inputs and Camera install kits are now in stock, we'll have them placed on the website in a couple of days. Feel free to contact me with any questions you have.
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Reverse camera view:


Reverse Camera (located underneath license plate frame):

Any detailed pics of how the camera mounts?
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Any detailed pics of how the camera mounts?
Camera is mounted with double-sided tape and can be removed if needed:



The cable will go underneath the diffuser and through a grommet in the floor to the trunk area for connectivity.
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