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Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 05-22-2020, 12:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 384
Posted By dc_wright
My tension straps were still good so I reused...

My tension straps were still good so I reused them. I replaced the headliner, and while I had the top assembly off the car I had the lift cylinders rebuilt.

I made a DIY on it you can find here. ...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 05-22-2020, 09:46 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 705
Posted By dc_wright
Same here. Absolutely no discernible difference...

Same here. Absolutely no discernible difference when I took the valves out. First time I've heard of anyone else noticing a difference either. :dunno:
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 05-22-2020, 09:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 384
Posted By dc_wright
I have this exact top on my car. Fit, finish,...

I have this exact top on my car. Fit, finish, and quality is every bit as good as the OEM top. I installed it in January of 2016. Still looks great.
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 05-21-2020, 07:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 384
Posted By dc_wright
This. The top canvas is not that expensive. ...

This.

The top canvas is not that expensive. It's the labor to install it. Unless you have an attorney as a personal friend who will do the letter probono it will cost you as much for the letter...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 05-18-2020, 06:24 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 146
Posted By dc_wright
You'll need to look for wheel sets for non-M Z4s...

You'll need to look for wheel sets for non-M Z4s since the Z4M only came with the staggered wheel set. I've run 265/35x18 on 8.5" 40 mm offset wheels in the front and 275/35x18 on same wheel in the...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 05-15-2020, 07:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 295
Posted By dc_wright
Your battery most likely has a shorted cell.

Your battery most likely has a shorted cell.
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 05-15-2020, 07:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 330
Posted By dc_wright
It's an oxygen sensor, or Lambda sensor in German...

It's an oxygen sensor, or Lambda sensor in German parlance.

http://bmwfans.info/parts-catalog/E85/USA/Z4_3.0si-N52/may2006/browse/exhaust_system/lambda_probe_fixings/
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 05-12-2020, 07:00 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 280,933
Posted By dc_wright
Here's a one page top trouble shooting guide:

Here's a one page top trouble shooting guide:
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 05-10-2020, 07:18 PM
Replies: 8,389
Views: 505,843
Posted By dc_wright
This might be a better buy. ...

This might be a better buy.

https://www.mcoupebuyersguide.com/listing?ListingID=21290
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 05-06-2020, 05:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 388
Posted By dc_wright
The OBC issue is usually all or nothing. It...

The OBC issue is usually all or nothing. It either cranks over or you get nothing.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 05-05-2020, 08:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 388
Posted By dc_wright
It doesn't matter if you ever set the security...

It doesn't matter if you ever set the security code or not. When you turn the ignition to the start position, the ECU queries the OBC if the code's been set or not and looks for a CODE or NO CODE...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 05-04-2020, 06:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 262
Posted By dc_wright
Anything BMW LL-01 approved is good. If you're...

Anything BMW LL-01 approved is good. If you're outside the US you can use anything BMW LL-04 rated as well.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 05-04-2020, 06:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 388
Posted By dc_wright
If you have the 18 button OBC it has an added...

If you have the 18 button OBC it has an added security feature that allows you to set a 4 digit code. When you go to start the car, the ECU asks the ECU if the code has been set or not. The OBC...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 05-03-2020, 01:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 326
Posted By dc_wright
On the 328i, there's a line from the charcoal...

On the 328i, there's a line from the charcoal filter in the trunk that runs up into the engine compartment to a valve that's mounted to the lower area of the left side strut tower. There's another...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 05-03-2020, 01:19 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 154
Posted By dc_wright
There's no occupancy sensor in the driver side...

There's no occupancy sensor in the driver side seat, only the passenger seat. Your bigger problem is installing a race seat, but keeping the stock 3 point seat belts. The seat belt pretensioner,...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 05-01-2020, 01:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 246
Posted By dc_wright
They've got some interesting stuff. For anyone...

They've got some interesting stuff. For anyone that has an N52 3.0i, this is a really cheap 40 hp bolt on....
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Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 04-29-2020, 07:19 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,003
Posted By dc_wright
Use bmwfans.info or realoem.com to find the part...

Use bmwfans.info or realoem.com to find the part number then Google. There are still a lot of interior parts available for the E85. You may not be happy about the price though..... :yikes:
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 04-27-2020, 03:10 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,003
Posted By dc_wright
Yes, top has to come off to replace a lift...

Yes, top has to come off to replace a lift cylinder unfortunately.

You can check the top compartment drain exits for hydraulic fluid residue. If a lift cylinder develops a leak, that's where the...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 04-23-2020, 07:31 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 234
Posted By dc_wright
This should help.

This should help.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 04-21-2020, 07:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 343
Posted By dc_wright
Have you tried some starting fluid sprayed into...

Have you tried some starting fluid sprayed into the throttle body? If it fires and runs for a moment then you know you're chasing a fuel issue, not an ignition issue. I know you ran the test with...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 04-20-2020, 06:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 705
Posted By dc_wright
I've had mine out for 4-5 years with no issues. ...

I've had mine out for 4-5 years with no issues.



The ID of the drain hose is less than 1/2". They'd have to be micro-mice to get up into the interior through the drain, even with the valve...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 04-20-2020, 06:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 343
Posted By dc_wright
You mentioned a bit of corrosion in the DME. Did...

You mentioned a bit of corrosion in the DME. Did the owner happen to give the car a wash in between when it was running and when it wasn't, or did it sit out in a heavy rain?

The reason I'm...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 04-19-2020, 08:02 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 381
Posted By dc_wright
Then the connections to it need to be checked, or...

Then the connections to it need to be checked, or the replacement may be defective.

With the engine idling, open the oil fill cap and using a rag or wearing a glove, see if you have vacuum when...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 04-19-2020, 07:56 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 230
Posted By dc_wright
Go to the E36 Super Sticky at the top of the...

Go to the E36 Super Sticky at the top of the forum page then click on the Useful Links thread, then click on the This one went missing link.

It will get to a download of the Bentley E36 Service...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 04-18-2020, 08:09 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 932
Posted By dc_wright
The bump stops keep you from bottoming the shock...

The bump stops keep you from bottoming the shock and damaging the valving, but it takes a pretty extreme bump taken at a lot of speed to do it.
It's not uncommon with lowering springs to cut the...
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