BMW Side Impact Protection

At BMW factory in South Carolina there is a Z3 Safety Shell Exhibit that shows off some of the design and technology BMW is using to make these cars as safe as possible. One of the improvements they are especially proud of is the yellow bar you see running horizontally across the door. It looks […]
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Retrofitting BMW Roll Hoops

Pros: Upgrades both safety and image of pre-98 Z3′s to 98+ standards. Added protection in the event of rollover. Creates framework for additional accessories, like the windblocker. Cons: Long, involved procedure. Plenty of opportunity to break stuff. Relatively high retrofit cost for what was a no-cost upgrade to the ’98s. Cost: $633 ~ $840 (not […]
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AC Schnitzer Roll Hoops

Pros: Look Really Good, Easy to Install Cons: Very Expensive Cost: $1086 (list) Comparing the Schnitzer polished stainless steel roll hoops to the stock BMW roll hoops the there are several differences. The most obvious difference is the chrome finish instead of the flat black rubberized finish. The Schnitzer hoops have a black pad on […]
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X-Pel’s Invisible Bra for the Z3

Pros: Protects the fragile paint on the Z3. Hard to detect from a distance of 4 or more feet. Cons: Moderately hard installation Cost: Contact XPel at http://www.xpel.com/ or 800-447-9928 The Days Events Gathering at Rory’s Fixing Paint Chips X-Pel Swapping Mirrors Boot Cover Swap Chrome Front Grill The BMW Z3 is painted with EPA […]
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Cell Phone and Radar Detector Power, Another Way

I was getting tired of plugging my cell phone charger into my cigar lighter, so I decided to permanently wire it into my car. I was thinking that I would use power from one of the various unused connectors or perhaps from the radio. But then I came across Vince’s article and it gave me […]
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