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Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) Today, 07:39 AM
Replies: 7
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Posted By dc_wright
The "mystery switch" is the micro switch that...

The "mystery switch" is the micro switch that senses when the top storage tray is in the full down position. If that switch is not closed or its wires shorted together to bypass it the top will not...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) Yesterday, 07:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 231
Posted By dc_wright
Check the condition of the connection at the...

Check the condition of the connection at the convenience terminal in the engine compartment, the cable that runs from the battery in the trunk to the convenience terminal, and the condition of the...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) Yesterday, 10:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 411
Posted By dc_wright
It would be interesting to see a video of what...

It would be interesting to see a video of what the storage compartment lid does when you run the reset.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 05-27-2020, 11:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 411
Posted By dc_wright
Interesting! I've never seen one move the...

Interesting! I've never seen one move the storage compartment lid up first before pulling it down. Normally the storage compartment lid just pulls down and sits there while you count off the 10...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 05-27-2020, 07:27 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 142
Posted By dc_wright
Welcome back!

Welcome back!
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 05-27-2020, 06:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 411
Posted By dc_wright
When you're doing the reset, are you releasing...

When you're doing the reset, are you releasing both motors, putting the top all the way down, then re-engaging the motors before you turn the ignition on?
When you're running the reset, are you...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 05-25-2020, 08:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 520
Posted By dc_wright
The service department covers the operating costs...

The service department covers the operating costs of a dealership, so the rates reflect service department salaries, dealership staff salaries, cost of the property (sales lots too, not just the...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 05-25-2020, 07:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 313
Posted By dc_wright
The line from the flap in the exhaust runs to a...

The line from the flap in the exhaust runs to a vacuum solenoid mounted on the driver side strut tower. It's below the cruise control actuator. There's a line from there over to the intake manifold....
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 05-25-2020, 06:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 158
Posted By dc_wright
For the power you're targeting, you could get an...

For the power you're targeting, you could get an E36 325 or 328 and there are some NA stroker combos that would get you into that range.

There haven't been many (any?) JDM swaps I remember being...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 05-25-2020, 02:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 411
Posted By dc_wright
When you're running the reset procedure are you...

When you're running the reset procedure are you holding the top control button in the up position or the down position?
Reason I'm asking is there are numerous reset procedures floating around on...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 05-22-2020, 12:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 418
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: 761
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: 418
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: 418
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: 173
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: 321
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: 359
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: 281,339
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: 8,391
Views: 506,604
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: 422
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: 422
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: 304
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: 422
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: 378
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: 183
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,...
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