BMW Chrome Door Handles

Pros: Looks good, matches other chrome trim
Cons: Expensive BMW part, difficult installation.
Cost: Roughly $400 retail*

# Chrome Exterior door handles: Left: 51 21 8 401 625 (BMW Part) $184.00 retail*

# Right: 51 21 8 401 626 (BMW Part) $184.00 retail*

# Chrome Exterior door handle surrounds: Left: 51 21 8 399 239 (BMW Part) $17.90 retail*

# Right: 51 21 8 399 240 (BMW Part) $17.90 retail*

* BMW Retail price at the time this article was written. Using discounts, online vendors or a BMW parts department that doesn’t charge full retail can save 10 to 20 percent.

Hamann Gas Tank Lid

Pros: Looks Really Good
Cons: Difficult installation, Painting Required
Cost: $490

There is an re-emerging trend, the Audi TT and a few other sports cars are starting to bring attention to, rather than hide the gas cap. If you’re looking to draw a little more attention to your Z3 gas cap, then Hamann has what you’re wanting.

This Aluminum performance gas tank cap kit from Hamann Motorsport contains everything you need to install it yourself, however one of the parts needs to be painted (body color). The installation sounds a little scary, but you can install it yourself in a little over an hour. The included instructions are in German the following is an English translation.

1. Take off right rear wheel and inner fender lining.

2. Take off tank flap with assembly. Take off tank cap.

3. Take off rubber lining around tank filler opening (will not be needed any more).

4. Install new HM tankcover insert and rotate into correct position (it will only fit in one position).

5. Drill insert at marked place with 2mm drill (picture).

6. Take off insert and enlarge drill hole to 3.5mm.

7. After painting of tankcover insert apply a thick coat of P1 adhesive to frontal area of tankfiller opening.

8. Attach HM tankcover insert using supplied 4×15 screws. Smooth out any excess adhesive.

9. After adhesive had hardened attach the HM-tankcover and gasket, align and mark drill hole point.

10. Take off HM tankcover and drill marked spot with 6mm drill.

11. Attach HM tankcover,gasket and some gasket material (?) with provided Senkimbus screws.

12. Reattach inner fender material and wheel.

There is some debate if you really have to take off the right rear wheel, one owner reported to me that he successfully installed the kit without removing the rear wheel. Not sure if he cut the rubber lining out or was able to just man-handle it out of there. If you’re going to tackle a project like this use your own best judgement. The “scary” part of the installation (in my opinion) is step 7. Your gluing the painted fiberglass sleeve onto your gas tank filler opening, better get this done right the first time.

Everytime you start your Z3, the gas tank is “tested” by car. If you listen close you can hear an air pump pressurizing your gas tank. The system then monitors that pressure, if the pressure drops too quickly it triggers a check engine light because it thinks there is a leak in your gas tank. If you don’t get an air-tight seal while cementing this part in place you’re going to have check engine lights haunting you.

Ultimate Fix for Chasis Flex

What’s the Ultimate Fix for Chasis Flex?

Having the chasis welded by rabid English structural engineers

The rear cross member is made of folded metal. Chasis flex is what happens when this member is under heavy loads. The fix is to have Peter at Crayford Coachworks, in Marina Del Rey (310-577-9830) with years of experience reinforcing the Porsche GT2 race cars, go wild. They choose to seam and stich weld a new member into place that had been reinforced with steel tubes. They also seam and stich welded other areas of the frame. The frame of most cars such as BMW, Porsche and Mercedes have little spot welds when they come from the factory. These little welds do not last if you drive your vehicle hard and have a large object hit the underside of your vehicle.

Why I choose to fix my frame

If you find that you have to have the rear lower suspension replaced, you might as well take advantage of the opportunity and have them seam/stich weld the frame. They can also reinforce the rear cross members. I had a large object hit the underside of my vehicle. The Frame had cracks that started from hairline cracks into what you see to the right.

The strongest M Roadster Frame in the World!

Not happy with the way BMW attached the differential, they decided to reinforce that as well. Now I am ready to add the MechTech Turbo Charger!

AC Schnitzer V8 Roadster

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AC Schnitzer BMW M Coupe RS

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I have been told that this coupe is one of 2 that was built by AC Schnitzer. One was built as an demonstrator and this one that was made for a custumer. The car is cosmos black and has black and red leather interior. The car is equiped with the following parts…

* RS height adjustable suspension front and rear

* RS brakes front and rear, 333 mm front disk internaly ventilated, with floating brake calipper and 328 rear disk internaly ventilated. 200 kph – 0 kph in 5,2 sec (app 140 meters)

* RS exhaust 2 x twin

* Removal of the toppspeed limit

* Front spoiler*

* Rear spoiler*

* Specially made Seats, reduce the weight of the car by app 50 kg

* Navigation system

* Velocity High End sound system.

* Short Shift system

* BBS Le Mans wheels 8,5 ET 30mm – 10 ET 23mm x18″

* Continental Sport Contact N1,225/40-18 and 285/30-18. This is a special tire developed for the Porsche 996 GT3 and has an extremly soft rubber mix

* The engine is stock but was build with the use of handpicked parts that are individually picked to fit 100% together

* Spoilers reduce the lift in the car form app 35 kg in the front and 55 kg in the rear to 0 kg front and rear at 200 kph

The former owner drove the Nurdburgring in Germany on 8 min,14. That is fast. They also tested this car on the Hockenheim ring and timed it to 1,15,38 sec. To compare the Ferrari 360 Modena use 1,17,09, Porsche 996 GT3 use 1,15,08 and the Viper GTS (Euro) with 384 HP use 1,16,34 sec.

ref: Auto Motor und Sport no: 23 3 November 1999.

Custom Gray and Black Leatherette Seats

Custom Gray and Black Leatherette Seats

During the downtown Greenville party at 2000 Z3 Homecoming I noticed this really good looking black and gray 1.9 Z3. These custom seats appear to have originally been gray leatherette seats that have had custom black inserts added to them. The two tone look was very striking with the black exterior paint.

The gray inserts inside the door are part of the original gray leatherette package. The dash had a carbon fiber kit installed that really matched the black and gray interior. The steering wheel was also different, three section of ridges and the entire wheel appeared to be a little thicker.

Z3 Safety Shell Exhibit

Z3 Safety Shell Exhibit

2.8 with ///M Wheels

2.8 with ///M Wheels

Both Front and Rear ///M Wheels

Four Front ///M Wheels