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Old 01-13-2012, 08:40 AM
rob_furio7 rob_furio7 is offline
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Few questions for my Z3

Hi all!
Im quite new to the Z scene.

I bought my first Z3 1.9 97 plate a few weeks ago



Im very pleased with the car, drives great! Ive just got a few quick questions...

1. I am looking for some bigger alloys (17" or 18"), what alloy width and diamater at the back and front is generally seen as a 'safe' option. i.e i dont want to roll the arches etc, and i dont want alloys that are to large in diameter.

2. Where is the locking wheel nut kept? I may now sound silly but i may have been sold without it

3. Has anyone else encounted the squeek sound from the hardtop seals when driving. And would a bit of vaseline cure the dry squeek of the rubber seals

thanks, Rob
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Old 01-13-2012, 09:02 AM
brianrparker brianrparker is offline
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1 - No idea

2 - can you reword that question i dont understand it.

3 - Gummi Pflege Wurth http://www.roadstersolutions.com/page95.html That might be what your looking for and might work but im not 100% sure.
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Old 01-13-2012, 09:15 AM
mschrenk mschrenk is offline
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1- I would utilize Tirerack as a resource for your question. I went up to 18" but you can't go out a buy any rim you see. The offset is the most critical but you need to get your answers from Tirerack or a similar website.
2- I'm pretty sure our cars did not come with wheel locks standard. Check your trunk where the tool kit is, under the carpet and that little cubby-hole thing on the right in the trunk - that's where I keep mine.
3- +2 on the Gummi Pflege - I don't have a hard top (little jealous) so I can't really give you an answer.
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Old 01-13-2012, 09:34 AM
locostbamboo locostbamboo is offline
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new to Z3

From one hardtop owner to another. I really like your ride. Very nice!
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Old 01-13-2012, 10:09 AM
rob_furio7 rob_furio7 is offline
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ok thanks, i'll have another look for the locking wheel nut.

locostbamboo, what size are your alloy wheels in diameter and width (8J, 8.5J, 9J? etc)

they look like a good size, seem to fit nicely, thats the size i will be looking for.
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Old 01-13-2012, 11:07 AM
locostbamboo locostbamboo is offline
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wheel size

They are 8 1/2 J X 17. I think they fit well. I like the look of yours and I need to have mine repainted, but the size is good I think.

Rob in Oregon
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Old 01-13-2012, 11:09 AM
Monolith Monolith is offline
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Mein Auto: 1997 Z3 1.9L DASC Auto
Original Wheel Size:

16" x 7J
46mm offset

Bolt pattern: 5 x 120mm

Tire size: 225/50/16

These are the lightest wheels for your car. Changing them will add unsprung weight to the car and affect the handling somewhat, along with slightly reduced acceleration.
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Old 01-13-2012, 12:35 PM
E36ic4me E36ic4me is offline
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If you like Rob's wheels, you can also look for the standard / base model 1996-1999 E36 Wheel. They used the same style.

Congrats on the car, looks beautiful.
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Old 01-13-2012, 08:44 PM
FredR FredR is offline
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Great looking car, and welcome to the group.

I went with a set of BBS RK 8x17's on my 1.9. I wouldn't go any bigger on a 1.9. The added weight does have an effect on performance.


There is a slot in the tool area under the carpet in the boot for a lug socket. Hopefully it is there.

You will find the Gummi-Pflege is your friend for water leaks and squeaks.
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