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molleur 2nd May 2019 21:12

Which coilovers will give sufficient drop for the Z3 I was looking at Godspeed coilovers, but it lowers only 1.25 inches front and rear.
Any recommendations?

Thanks

Lucky@LeMans 2nd May 2019 22:55

Looks the part ! The detailing of the rear window with chrome trim surround works really well, was that custom made ?

DaveP 2nd May 2019 23:56

Looks bloody nice car Geoff. My compliments. I like the wheels too although would improved if dropped a bit IMHO.

Safe trip to Italy and back

Dave

DaveP 2nd May 2019 23:57

Quote:

Originally Posted by molleur (Post 100217)
Which coilovers will give sufficient drop for the Z3 I was looking at Godspeed coilovers, but it lowers only 1.25 inches front and rear.
Any recommendations?

Thanks

I went BC Racing for my Kobra. Not cheap but do drop and have adjustable dampers as well as height of springs.

Dave

molleur 2nd May 2019 23:58

thanks Dave, I'll have a look.

casamolino 3rd May 2019 08:39

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lucky@LeMans (Post 100219)
Looks the part ! The detailing of the rear window with chrome trim surround works really well, was that custom made ?

Thanks for all the comments guys , the rear window and surround were supplies by Justin at Grassbank , Geoff .

Simon E 3rd May 2019 09:23

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jaguartvr (Post 100216)
And some people want to paint them yellow

I plead guilty, M'Lord! :icon_twisted:

Hughandjen 3rd May 2019 10:59

Quote:

Originally Posted by Simon E (Post 100227)
I plead guilty, M'Lord! :icon_twisted:

Iím going yellow too😜

kon 3rd May 2019 13:25

Very, very nice. I like the curved rear screen too.

Not wanting to nit-pick... but I'm going to anyway... isn't that GB sticker on the wrong side of the car? I thought the idea was that it should be on the near-side (when in the UK), so when you are being over-taken in a country which drives on the right, it's more easily visible, as it's then on the off-side. That way the person over-taking can more easily see it, so they know they are in your blind-spot?

casamolino 3rd May 2019 14:06

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jaguartvr (Post 100215)
Love it but lower the suspension and fit wire wheels

Jag i am sure people would find it helpful if you could put some photos up of your SWB before and after you installed aftermarket suspension so the difference can be seen , also when you fitted wire wheels did you carry out the mod to narrow the rear track? thanks Geoff .

Jaguartvr 3rd May 2019 18:15

I fitted MWS bolt on wheels and no adjustment was needed, they were from an XJS.
I then bought a brand new second hand set of MWS bolt ons that were for a 90's BMW 5 series, result I thought but they stuck out about an inch too far. Shame as they had a bit more of the outer rim showing making them look a little like Borranis.
I then bought a set of Dayton bolt ons that were again fitted to an XJS.
These look much nicer than the MWS as the centres are smaller and have the bonus of weighing a lot less.

Will post some before and after pictures when I fit the lowering springs. They are 35mm lower than standard.

casamolino 3rd May 2019 18:26

Cheers Jag , Geoff .

IanA 3rd May 2019 21:23

Super job and quick too.

I like the seats- low back with detachable headrests. How are the seat-belts mounted? Did you keep the Z3 sub-frames?

casamolino 4th May 2019 14:42

Quote:

Originally Posted by IanA (Post 100240)
Super job and quick too.

I like the seats- low back with detachable headrests. How are the seat-belts mounted? Did you keep the Z3 sub-frames?

Good afternoon Ian , i did not use the Z3 sub-frames , i bought the seats with a set of runners for each and then used a piece of 2"square hollow steel to run from side to side of the runners , this steel was then bolted into the standard Z3 floor mounting points , the seat belt on the right hand side of the drivers seat was bolted down to the floor , the seat-belt stalk on the left hand side of the drivers seat was bolted to the steel that runs from side to side , hope this helps Geoff .

IanA 4th May 2019 19:53

Thanks for that, Geoff.
I guess all will become clear when I get round to removing a seat. Did you have to bridge the seat circuit with a resistor?

Welshkiwi 5th May 2019 03:28

Quote:

Originally Posted by IanA (Post 100254)
Thanks for that, Geoff.
I guess all will become clear when I get round to removing a seat. Did you have to bridge the seat circuit with a resistor?

Hope the below helps Ian, copied from my build thread when I bypassed my SRS.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Welshkiwi (Post 97620)
Hi guys,

The following is the normal safety caveat - I am only disabling my SRS system as I am allowed to by LVV and the fact that new seatbelts are being fitted. I am not condoning tampering or working on the SRS system for any purposes other than documenting what has been done on my car so my memory can be accessed down the track.

Made up the passenger occupancy bypass sensor to allow the SRS system to believe that someone is sat in the seat - This then stops the sensor sending a fault message for being unplugged. So I have successfully bypassed:

Drivers side seat belt loom - 100 Ohm resistor which simulates seatbelt buckled. (across outside pins)

Drivers side pretensioner squib - 3.3 Ohm resistor which simulates the squib. (Across two pins)

Passenger side pretensioner squib - Again 3.3 Ohm resistor (Across two pins)

Passenger side occupancy sensor - 2x100 Ohm resistors and 1x 1N4004 diode in series (Silver diode band to blue seat control box unit lead) - Simulates someone sat in the seat which activates the Passenger airbag and stops a fault code for SBE01.

Just for your info your passenger side buckled sensor is not plugged in. I imagine that this is a throw back from L/H drive or R/H drive cars and the loom is swapped sides in the car depending on country of required usage. (Drivers seat active from buckled sensor, passenger side from occupancy sensor)

This above info can help if you have a fault message and you are trying to identify if it is the loom or a component faulty. You will need a fault reset tool though as they stay "latched/hard locked in"


casamolino 5th May 2019 09:08

Quote:

Originally Posted by IanA (Post 100254)
Thanks for that, Geoff.
I guess all will become clear when I get round to removing a seat. Did you have to bridge the seat circuit with a resistor?

Morning Ian i have no airbags fitted and i have also removed the airbag control unit , Geoff .

IanA 5th May 2019 09:21

Many thanks for these responses and apologies for not using forum search. Only on my WiFi hotspot at Stoneleigh and answers appear!!! What a forum...

Egdik 20th May 2019 23:50

MM
 
Hi,

Looking forward to your report and photos from the Mille Miglia


casamolino 23rd May 2019 08:32

Back from Italy yesterday afternoon , unusual for the weather to improve the closer we got to the the UK . We were on the 08:00 ferry from Dunkirk with probably no more than 10 other cars , so it was pretty much empty of passengers although it was full of trucks . In approx 2,800 miles no oil or water used but plenty of Unleaded! pictures to follow of the MM , thanks Geoff .

Munky 23rd May 2019 21:21

Don’t be shy about posting too many pictures :)
Especially of your fab new car in exotic locations!

casamolino 30th May 2019 18:48

Good evening , i took the SWB for an early MOT today and it passed! so have an MOT in place untill 22/06/20 . One item that i knew had changed from last year was that an ABS warning light had to be fitted and working , for those who have retained the Z3 instrument panel there would be no effect but if like me you have replaced the Z3 panel with separate gauges and warning lights it could be something to be aware of , Geoff .

Jaguartvr 30th May 2019 19:14

Mine is registered as a 250 California, there are no details available to the MOT tester to say it has airbags so it passes. Could you get away with the same argument for ABS?
Sneaky!

casamolino 30th May 2019 22:03

Evening Steve the way it was explained to me was because the car still has ABS fitted then there should be a warning light , whereas there are obviously no air bags installed no warning light is reqd . It would be interesting to hear if others had had similar conversations with their MOT man Geoff .

WorldClassAccident 31st May 2019 09:18

I wonder if you could get away with a putting the warning lights you don't want to see in the glove box or similar?

The warning lights are there and are lit up when required but just don't ruin the dash aesthetics.

Mick O'Malley 31st May 2019 19:34

Quote:

Originally Posted by WorldClassAccident (Post 100627)
I wonder if you could get away with a putting the warning lights you don't want to see in the glove box or similar?

The warning lights are there and are lit up when required but just don't ruin the dash aesthetics.

When I was turning my plastic bodied pre-lit Westie into an S2/3 Lotus Seven evocation I hid those warning lights which would otherwise have spoiled the retro look of my dash in the rev counter face, using LEDs. They were very unobtrusive.

Regards, Mick

casamolino 21st June 2019 09:05

Good morning i have replaced the set of alloys on my SWB with a different set of wheels and so the alloys are for sale , if any body is interested on here (before they go on Ebay) please message me , thanks Geoff

https://i.imgur.com/u5xLp7Vh.jpg

Lucky@LeMans 28th June 2019 00:02

A nice set of wire wheels would be the finishing touch ?

casamolino 4th July 2019 19:08

Good evening these are my new wheels , bought from Grassbank , fitted with the narrow rear track conversion , Geoff .

https://i.imgur.com/28Dqjcgh.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/WJB3UVIh.jpg

molleur 4th July 2019 20:33

Very nice!

clinkadink 5th July 2019 23:48

Lovely set of wheels, sets it off nicely. Look like my MWS and the same tyre size too, from what I can see. Pure class mate.

casamolino 15th July 2019 11:26

Morning i am looking for one of these ,

https://i.imgur.com/9heubKbh.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/rvIFShfh.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/FknRGR2h.jpg

i have two but need one more , does anybody have one lying around if so i would be happy to buy , thanks Geoff .

Mitchelkitman 15th July 2019 11:48

Tim Hodgekiss in Norfolk stocks a lot of hard-to-get items like that

casamolino 15th July 2019 14:12

Thanks for that , have sent him a email , Geoff .

casamolino 25th July 2019 18:47

Good evening there have been some changes ,
if you start with this ,

https://i.imgur.com/hHTzQR0h.jpg

then add this ,

https://i.imgur.com/jnMvlzOh.jpg

you get this , Geoff .

https://i.imgur.com/nWf8bRdh.jpg

molleur 25th July 2019 18:57

Very nice stance now. What are your tire sizes?

Jack

Jaguartvr 25th July 2019 20:16

Are they adjustable, look as if you could drop another inch or maybe 2.

just noticed the side windows are wind up, look much better.
What has been done to them?
New aide windows along with the rear window made a great visual improvement.

DaveP 26th July 2019 08:21

Quote:

Originally Posted by casamolino (Post 101447)
Good evening there have been some changes ,
if you start with this ,

https://i.imgur.com/hHTzQR0h.jpg

then add this ,

https://i.imgur.com/jnMvlzOh.jpg

you get this , Geoff .

https://i.imgur.com/nWf8bRdh.jpg

Nice drop with quality kit. The guys and gals on the Z3 forum love that combo.

I bet it drives better too ?

Dave

casamolino 26th July 2019 08:28

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jaguartvr (Post 101453)
Are they adjustable, look as if you could drop another inch or maybe 2.

just noticed the side windows are wind up, look much better.
What has been done to them?
New aide windows along with the rear window made a great visual improvement.

Morning i decided for various reasons to get non-adjustable but with 30m shorter springs , funny thing is comparing the photos it does not seem to different but does look better standing next to it . The side windows are a combination of the standard Z3 electric mechanism but with side windows and window frames cut to shape , this was all done by Chris at Tribute .
Molleur the tyres are 205/65/15 , thanks Geoff .

smash 26th July 2019 10:25

Eibachs give it a perfect stance, had them on mine. They do settle a bit so it will end up ever so slightly lower.

The dishing and offset on the wheels makes huge difference - looks spot on.

Have you done anything to the track on the front, I can't imagine those wheels would've gone under the arches on my Kalifirnia. Wish Grassbank had been around!


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