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BMW Z3 Modifications

Basic BMW Z3 Suspension Modifications by Mike Fishwick

Sep 9, 2017
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BMW Z3 Modifications

Back in the days when cars had a separate chassis it was not unusual for the driver to see that the radiator and bonnet were moving relative to the scuttle – the front of the body’s rigid area, on which the windscreen was mounted – as the chassis flexed. This phenomenon was known as ‘Scuttle Shake,’ and largely passed away with the advent of monocoque body structures.

BMW Z3 Radio Head Unit Removal and Replacement

Mar 29, 2014
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BMW Z3 Modifications

In this case I am replacing the standard low quality BMW Z3 OEM Business RDS head unit for a Sony MEX BT3800U head unit. This new unit provides better sound quality, and a host of extra features such as – Bluetooth Audio and Hands Free Phone, USB Socket, Auxiliary Line In socket and so on.

BMW Z3 Subtly Stiffening a Z3 by Mike Fishwick

Mar 26, 2014
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BMW Z3 Modifications

The Z3 must be the most-maligned sports car ever built, most of the motoring press and television presenters pouring scorn on it, particularly for its use of ‘old fashioned’ semi-trailing arm rear suspension from the E36 Compact. The same people, of course, are full of hysterical praise for the E30 M3, which has the same suspension, but which is set up for a more specialised task.

Fitting Sonar Halo BMW Z3 Angel Eyes Headlight Units

Mar 26, 2014
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BMW Z3 Modifications

Article written by 'Zedonist'. Detailed instructions on how to change your standard BMW Z3 headlights for Angel Eye versions. These particular angel eyes are made by Sonar

BMW Z3 A better air intake by Mike Fishwick

Mar 26, 2014
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BMW Z3 Modifications

I have a feeling that the original design of the Z3 air intake system was dictated more by the space available, rather than engineering considerations. For example, the air filter is smaller than even that of the 8-valve Volkswagen Golf GTI, which is known to be obstructive on even a 1.8 litre engine. In 16-valve form the Golf filter is enlarged to almost double the size of that used on the 2.8 or 3 litre Z3 and the 3.2 litre M Roadster.

BMW Z3 Fitting a Smaller Steering Wheel by Mike Fishwick

Mar 26, 2014
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BMW Z3 Modifications

I have always found that manufacturers tend to fit their sportier models with steering wheels which are larger than necessary, apparently believing that customers are all would-be truck drivers, and BMW is no exception. Worse still, the M-Technic wheel fitted to my Z3 had a hard rim of a peculiar shape, with hard pieces of plastic designed to cut into one’s thumbs. After two hundred miles my fingers were sore, and a four hundred mile day left my hands in pain; a replacement was necessary – but

BMW Z3 Short Shift Gear Lever by Mike Fishwick

Mar 26, 2014
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BMW Z3 Modifications

Most manufacturers fit gear levers which are designed to reduce the effort required to that deemed acceptable for the more weak-wristed amongst us. This usually produces a long lever, with a gear change of excessive travel, which in a small car such as a Z3 is not the ergonomic ideal.

BMW Z3 changing rear light clusters (pre facelift)

Mar 26, 2014
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BMW Z3 Modifications

This guide should give you an idea of what’s required if you want to change your Z3‘s rear lightunits. I’ve split it into sections to make it easier to follow. I bought my red and clear units from eBay.

BMW Z3 Detango Headlights and Halos added

Mar 26, 2014
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BMW Z3 Modifications

Finally got my headlights de-tango’ed, big thank you to Myredzed for helping and showing us the way. Not so scary to put headlights in the oven, once you have seen it done.

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