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Well I found out the other day that these cars come with a “noise pipe” effectively a plastic pipe that runs from the air box area of the car into the cabin firewall into the passenger footwell. It has two foam plugs at each end. I removed one. So now I hear the engine inside the cabin a bit louder…and it’s wonderful!

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Good job done today, serviced!

 

Air oil and cabin filters all done. Spar plugs, oil change. Total cost of parts £160. Not too bad at all. 
 

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Also sourced an oil cooler cover which was missing (that’s the silver box to the front of the engine) and put that on.

 

Other good job is plugging in a diagnostic tool to check the parking sensor issues and believe we have identified offender rear right, ordering a replacement as we speak.

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Few little cosmetic bits. I sourced the oil cooler cover, installing was a pain ITB but got it on with a bit of force!

 

Two other bits, the stock gear knob is a plastic chrome affair, aside from looking crap it’s also not great to handle. Have been looking at the genuine weighted M knob for a while and saw a deal on eBay so snapped one up. I think it definitely suits much better and being three times the weight of the previous one and a good inch and a half shorter makes shifting soo much more engaging

 

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Next job, spacers. Again saw a money off deal and snapped up a set of 12mm and 15mm for front and rear. The difference really sets the car off, looks so much more imposing and stanced.

 

Before and after. It’s subtle but in the metal looks so much better. And before you ask…yes it was Esso Supreme 99 E5! All the local Shells were sold out!

 

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How do these look with no plate on the front? If they look nice, to use at meets and shows you could consider a magnetic no. plate set up. 

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Ah sorry Davey I didn’t see this post. The plate doesn’t look too bad actually, my mate is going to change his out for something stick on so will wait for him to be the test subject!

 

Today I popped off the dash plates as they are silver aluminium colour and I wanted to try wrap them in alcantara. I popped off the drivers side part and found it’s a fully cut piece of aluminium metal and quite weighty. I honestly thought it was a thin bendy metal, but it was pretty chunky and great quality. So decided to keep as it is. 
 

I have to say the build quality of the Z4 is pretty good even though the first ones were coming out now 20 years ago. Every dial and every switch just has that solid smooth feel to the movement. Am very impressed overall sitting in the car. 
 

Something that bothered me was under the handbrake was a plastic surface all scratched and nasty so got some fabric vinyl and measured up a piece to go in there, rather pleases with the cheap mod!

 

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I also discovered something rather cool. The battery in the key charges up whilst it’s in the ignition barrel. Clever. I guess I’ve been far to used to driving cars built in the 80s!


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Just getting prices for refurbishing the wheels at the moment, they are split rim so not cheap!

 

…but a couple of months in and still loving that straight six, it’s a beast. I do need to change out the clutch delay valve next time it’s up in the air as that ruins the lower gear changes. 

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59 minutes ago, HEADPHONES said:

Should mean that once it's  corrected  it's harder to swirl or marr again  right?


Yes, but it’s relative. I.e. you have to actually touch the paint to marr it rather than just look at it… :lol:

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On 22/05/2022 at 22:36, Stutopia said:

I hear ze German paint is hard AF.

 

It most definitely is! It needs a few more passes for sure.

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