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david.rice

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British Zeds
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Cumbria
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Hi,
Have just found this forum and it seems like a mine of useful information :D. I have had my 2001 Z3 3.0 for about 15 or 16 years now - for the first 10 years as a daily driver and for the last 5 as a second car. Unfortunately the car has seen better days now 😞. At the last MOT I got an advisory on corrosion on the rear suspension arms. I decided to have a look and clean up the rust and give them a coat of paint. However the angle grinder with a wire wheel in has revealed some holes in both the trailing arm and the subframe.

I've joined the forum to get some advice / understanding of how big a DIY job it would be to remove and refurbish the rear suspension, to decide if I could tackle it myself, should entrust the work to a garage, or its too big a job maybe even sell the car ☹
 

t-tony

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Hi,
Have just found this forum and it seems like a mine of useful information :D. I have had my 2001 Z3 3.0 for about 15 or 16 years now - for the first 10 years as a daily driver and for the last 5 as a second car. Unfortunately the car has seen better days now 😞. At the last MOT I got an advisory on corrosion on the rear suspension arms. I decided to have a look and clean up the rust and give them a coat of paint. However the angle grinder with a wire wheel in has revealed some holes in both the trailing arm and the subframe.

I've joined the forum to get some advice / understanding of how big a DIY job it would be to remove and refurbish the rear suspension, to decide if I could tackle it myself, should entrust the work to a garage, or its too big a job maybe even sell the car ☹
Hi David and welcome from me near Lincoln. These rear arms can be repaired by welding up the holes caused through corrosion. It would be a shame to sell the car after this many years of ownership. Where are you located please?

Tony.
 

colb

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Bit of a treck for you but Zedshed HQ are the experts in refreshing the rear end and they just moved to a bigger workshop somewhere in the Basingstoke area. If you dont fancy doing it yourself maybe a chat with the guys down there to check out the possibilities.
 

Paul Rice

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Welcome to the forum and good luck with sorting the Zed.
Good to have another Rice on board
Will be in your neck of the woods with the Zeds in 3 weeks
 

Keet

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Hello and welcome to the forum :thumbsup:
 

Ian&Sue

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:welcome: from North Yorkshire.

Sue & Ian. :rally:

Have a look at Mazza's progress thread entitled "Refurb underway (finally)"
 
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Mint

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Hi David and :welcome: from me too in Stafford. Hope you can get your Zed sorted.
 

Lee

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Welcome to the nut house @david.rice thanks for your nice message, we're really chuffed to have a much larger space to work in.

If you wanted a call one evening this week I can give you a crash course on what's involved stripped the rear subframe.
 
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