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Old 11-14-2004, 11:33 AM
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Z3 Headlight Aim Control

Install was pretty easy overall below is a list of part numbers and info on this mod

63128381081 & 082 headlights with the aim motors installed
61129410627 wiring harness
61318363640 switch for dash

Start off my removing and replacing your headlights with the new euro ones
Then take the new harness and plug it into the passenger side headlight and rout it over to the drivers side headlight
Now remove the upper radiator holding clamps which will allow the radiator to fall toward the engine.
Take the harness and push it into the clips that are holding the oem harness starting from pass side moving to drivers side, look at the clips to see how the harness is clipped in, it takes about 3 seconds per clip to push the wire in once you see how the clips work.
SOME MODELS: you will need to take the drivers side motor connector apart be sure to take pictures and document how the wires were in the connector, you will then need to take a razor blade and cut a small slit in the rubber grommet of the plastic air ducting shield that is behind the drivers side lamp, you will see this because the factory headlight wiring goes through this grommet. once done re assemble the connector and plug it into the drivers side headlight motor.
Now you will see a eye lit connector coming from the new harness, it is the ground wire for the system, it is attached to the main grounding point on the fender well, you will see 2 or 3 brown wires already there being grounded
Now route the new harness up the drivers side of the car following the oem harness path, take the cover off the fuse box and you will see 4 torx bit screws at each corner of the box, you need to remove them so the top of the box can be lifted up. once you have done this
Now take the white connector that goes to the dash switch and take it apart as well BE SURE TO DOCUMENT exactly which wire went where, once you have the wires taken out of the connector tape them all together at the tip.
Now go inside and take apart the lower drivers side dash trim, once you have it out you will see a big oval plastic cover at the base of the firewall, you will see 2 1/2in un-used holes, take a 1/2in. drill bit of your choice and drill one of them out CAREFULLY do not run the bit deep into the hole.
Now you have access for the wires
take a coat hanger and tape up the end so there are no sharp areas and slowly run it into and up wards through the hole you just drilled, it will come out of the electrical box you just took apart.
Now take the wires onto the end of the hanger, and slowly pull them into the cabin taking care not to snag them or jerk them when you are pulling them in, you will see a black flat connector in the harness this piece is layed down into the power box it is NOT connected to anything, its just a junction for multiple wires in the harness.
when you are done there you will see a rubber grommet at the front of the power box with a hole not being used, the new harness is layed into that hole. be sure you take all the slack of the new harness into the cabin before closing up the power box..
Now all your work from here on should be under the dash
You will need to add about a foot onto the wires that go to the white connector for the dash switch to allow them to reach

For wiring of the interior wires see this thread : http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=75122
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Old 11-14-2004, 11:51 AM
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Old 12-16-2004, 12:20 PM
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Old 12-22-2004, 03:41 PM
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Old 04-06-2005, 07:00 AM
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S54 remanufacted engine cost

Current S54 remanufactured engine part number 11 00 0 304 353 suggested retail is $6590 plus $2000 core if you want to keep your stock one.
Dealer net (their cost) is $4151.
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Old 04-06-2005, 07:07 AM
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Current S54 remanufactured engine part number 11 00 0 304 353 suggested retail is $6590 plus $2000 core if you want to keep your stock one.
Dealer net (their cost) is $4151.

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Old 04-16-2005, 01:56 PM
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Old 04-21-2005, 05:58 PM
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Old 05-11-2005, 01:47 PM
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Fitting an Interstate MTP-91 Battery to a Z3 Coupe or Roadster...

The Interstate MTP-91 battery, which is supposed to be the battery from Interstate that fits all Z3's and MZ3's, is a half inch shorter than a stock BMW battery. This is not a problem on the M Coupe, because the battery well is in the center of the boot and the battery is oriented width-wise. On the Z3C or Z3R the batter well is on the passenger side of the boot and the battery is oriented length wise. This orientation makes it so that the positive cable lead from the car rests on the edge of the battery well / car body. The half inch drop in the battery height prevents the cable lead, then, from seating properly on the positive terminal post. The following instructions describe a work around for the problem...



Bend the forward sheet metal flange "up" slightly. About half way. You still want some lean to it, or it won't catch an edge on the battery's base. Can be bent with channel lock pliers. "Pivot" your wrist and make small bends. Work your way across the bracket with small movements. If you just "pry" the whole thing foward, you may break the spot welds. Be patient. Slowly bend it up.

Go to your local industrial rubber supplier [ Yes, yes.. some comic sarcasim there, but really.. check around. You may be surprised that your area has a shop like this. Usually they make custom hydraulic and water hoses ]. Get a 1 foot square sheet of 3/8" thick rubber, and a small scrap piece of 3/16" rubber, and a small scrap piece of 1/2" rubber. The 1/2" one will likely measure out to 1/16" less than 1/2". That's normal. and that's what you actually want. The other two pieces should measure out to exact (and need to).

Cut the 3/8" sheet to fit the base of the battery. 7" x 11" rectangle. Now, cut out another inner rectangle inside of it, leaving a 1" boundry all around. This is to dump off excess weight. only the outside edges of the battery touch anyway (look at the battery well). Yes.. you could do this rubber shim with several little pieces, but then they could move around. It's cleaner and more "Stygar / Forbes" like to make the single piece and cut it down to make it light.

Put it down in the battery well. Set the battery in. Unlike the M Coupe, the Z3 Coupe (or Roadster) has plenty of the light grey original BMW battery vent tube hose to reach the new location for the vent (don't need to buy more). Hook up the vent tube kit that you got with the battery. Couple it to the car's hose. Gently stuff it down along side the battery (don't leave it where it could get crimped). Center the battery so the Pos connector will reach nicely.

Put the cross strap over the battery. Carefull.. don't drop the little bolt down inside the well. Place a 1" x 2" piece of the 1/2" thick rubber underneath the left side of the cross strap. This will take up the remaining slack, give plenty of threads for the cross strap bolt to bite, and will provide a very secure locked down fit.

Use the 3/16" thick rubber to make a 1" x 2" piece that will go down where the back end clamp goes. Make a little half round cut out to allow the bolt to pass through to the threads in the car. Without this shim, you could bend or break this particular bracket. It needs "a foot" to help it deal with the fact that the battery is now 3/8" higher in the air.

Put the positive lead on. Note, that the 3/8" pad provides juuuusst baaarely enough for the positive lead to go on squarely and tightly. Why not use an even thicker piece of rubber underneath the battery (after all.. the battery is a half inch shorter). 'Cuz.. if you did this, then the front base of the battery would slip past the spot welded on bracket. It's only "so high".

So, 3/8" inch is the magic number. Any more, the battery slips past the front bracket. Any less, and the positive terminal lead will not fit well.

Without the proper fit on the terminal lead, not only could it lead (arr .arrr.. lead) to a problematic "mysterious" battery drain problem, but, that odd angle fit and the bar resting on the car frame.. and a tens of thousands of miles of minute vibrations... could crack the positive terminal post. Much worse problem.

This combo of rubber parts should work forever. "Interstate MTP-91 infinitum".

The ROadster went well too, although interestingly.. there is no cross strap. Unfortunate, but.. the back end clamp seemed to be enough to apply pressure against the front bracket. I'll have to check it in 4 months. But really, we should all be checking out batteries every 4 to 6 months anyway. I've had a cracked and leaking battery before (no other reason than a defective battery case). Bad enough in the engine bay. But to have that happen in the boot...

Hope this helps others.




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Hey all, first post here.
Bought my first BMW last week (2001 Z3 3.0i) and other then being really unimpressed with the quality of the plastics, I really like this little car!

Anyways, from reading the posts around here, I see the seatbelt guides breakage is a common issue, and there are a few good write ups and/or "kits" out there.

I REALLY wasn't into taking my seats apart, and I had already bought the new guides from BMW when I found out what a PITA they were to replace...so thinking cap on time.

Seeing as the last seven vehicles I've own/ed are Jeeps, I'm used to fixing things that should have been taken care of at the factory

Anyways enough blah blah blah...

Supplies:

1 - Drill (on hand)
1 - Drill Bit (on hand or about $1-2 to buy, I used an 11/64 but a 3/16 should be fine too)
1 - Counter Bore or large drill bit (1/2"ish should do it) (i already have a counterbore bit on hand, but you can buy a cheap one from Home Depot for <$5)
1 or 2 - New guides from BMW (mine were #52 10 8 410 505 and 52 10 8 410 506) ($$$ in Canada )
4 - #8 Nylon Drywall Anchors ($2)



1) Remove any remaining pieces of the old clips



2) Drill holes through the Guides using the tabs as a drill guide



3) Counterbore the exit holes just enough for the screw it sit kind of flush (i may change the screws to a counterbore type in the future)



4) Remove the tabs sticking out of the back (i used a grinder, but a sharp knife and some patients should do it)



5) Screw in the nylon anchors, make sure you are screwing into the plastic backing in the seat, not just the foam.



6) Screw the guides to the seat and paint, jiffy or whatever the screwheads (i will buy some flat black model paint later)



7) Don't tell whoever broke the guide (in this case it was my wife) how easy it was to fix and ride the guilt wave as long as possible (ie: damn it honey, now I HAVE to go buy that new tool to fix this)


Best part about this fix, is if it breaks again, it is a quick replacement.

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Old 10-10-2007, 02:30 PM
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I bought the Dane Kane fix kit once I realized replacing the broken guides required removal of the seat skin. Have had on the car for about a year - it works perfectly and looks good. In this case, simple is brilliant.
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