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    Hazel Grove, Stockport

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    2b, wishbones, Z20LET, VXR turbo 278bhp 300lb/ft torque
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    steve johnston
  1. steve in stockport

    Tex Wipers

    Bri, S&J motors at Chorley has all that kind of stuff and usually exhibits at Stoneleigh, Tatton Park etc. Don't think he has an internet presence but Mitch or maybe Big Jim will have his contact details, only problem is Mitch is away at the moment. Found his number on the NW RHOCaR web page, it's 01257 262881 and he's in Whittle le Woods Steve
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    Bmw Z4

    Sold my kit in September 2016 and bought myself a 2.5 Z4 the following week and haven't regretted it once. Ideally the one to go for is the 3.0 but all it gets you is 0-60 half a second quicker at 5.9, a few miles an hour more at the wrong side of 150mph which you probably wont see over here anyway and a six speed box rather than a five to get the fuel economy back. The 2.5 you're looking at comes with 192bhp, does 0-60 in 6.4 seconds, tops out at 150mph and gives mid to high 20's mpg around town and high 30's cruising at the legal limit. Then there's things like doors, heater, air-con, radio, cruise control, decent seating- heated and memory if you get the right spec car, a spacious boot and an electric roof. Facelift models post 2006 come with a different engine with higher outputs which are about 220 for the 2.5 and 260 for the 3.0. Things to look out for are the roof motor failing - it can get flooded in it's usual location but there are people who will revive the motor and relocate it to the boot for 80 quid. VANOS seals on the engine which alter the cam timing are made of the wrong material and lead to the engine feeling flat below 4000rpm, again these can be done relatively cheaply to restore full performance with gains of up to 30% depending on how badly worn the originals are. Cam cover gasket leaking due to blocked crank case ventilation if only used on short journeys - this will get done with the VANOS seals but add in a new CCV valve too. Search for the Zed Shed on facebook for repairs to the above. Wheels and tyres are something to look at too, the run flat tyres make the car tramline like mad and ruin the who driving experience, if it still has run flats the best thing you can do is ditch them and fit normal tyres, I have fitted Goodyear Eagle F1's on mine which have transformed how it feels on our crap roads, they work well and suit my driving style. Early Z4s came with 17" alloys which with 225/45 normal tyres give a good ride but a lot of owners seem intent on ruining the ride for looks by fitting 18s or 19s with rubber bands for tyres - not for me thanks. Parts are cheap too as they are all 3 series based. To be honest and I hope you don't take this the wrong way, for someone who has spent years throwing money at a kit that still doesn't work or run properly if someone is offering to swap you a mint Z4 for your kit I would bite their hand off without any hesitation.
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    3.5 Rover V8 Dizzy

    Hi Bob, a quick Google shows that the early electronic dizzys had a male drive gear with a tongue that fit's into a slot on a female oil pump. Later engines have a female drive gear that fits onto the tongue on a male oil pump. Just Google rover v8 female distributor
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    What Rear Suspension / Donor Is This?

    Have a look at the thread in the link below Link Alternatively used the advanced search function, the cog icon next to the search tab at the top right of the page, and use axle as the subject and chris n as the author and you'll find loads of threads/info. The fifth link was a bodge which will either rip out of the tub or break the diff casing which are now almost impossible to get hold of.
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    Z20Let Coolant Loss

    Hi Steve don't know how you've plumbed up your cooling system but here's how I did mine which would run at 80 - 85 degrees all day long and only rise to 90ish when sat in traffic until the fan cut in. Bottom hose from radiator to back of the water pump, but I also Tee'd the 25mm pipe from the inlet manifold into the bottom hose. The 8mm spigot on the inlet had a short piece of hose with a blanking plug to use as a bleed point when filling the system. Top hose went from the thermostat housing to the top of the radiator and Tee'd into this was the turbo cooling loop which went from the spigot on the stat housing, into the top of the turbo, out of the bottom and into the top hose near the rad. I ditched all the heater parts from the rear of the head, fitted core pugs to the holes where possible and then a 10mm aluminium plate with the metallised gasket bolted on to cover the whole of the area. Where is your intercooler mounted, is it in front of the rad? Could there be some heat transference to the rad or is it possibly blocking the air flow through the rad? Why have you removed the thermostat, I ran mine with the 82 degree version. Water pumps are also another problem area on VX engines, some of the aftermarket ones just don't seem to be able to do the job for some reason.
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    Hi Folks

    Looks like a 2B, maybe a sliding pillar that's had a wishbone conversion. The wishbone mounts aren't the Robin Hood box section and the top wishbone geometry is different. Headlight mount also looks like either a sliding pillar or a 2B/04 set up.
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    Header Tanks / Expansion Tank Plumbing

    Dan, sounds to me that at the moment you are running a traditional old style with an overflow pipe from your pressurised filler cap going to a non-pressurised expansion tank To go to a more modern style system with a pressurised header tank I would look at getting a tank from VW group car, a Renault Clio or a rover 25. They usually have one large diameter outlet which you need to T into your bottom hose and one small diameter inlet which you can connect to the 10mm outlet of your rad, or maybe the one from the water rail or the one currently feeding your expansion tank. Some header tanks have more than one small inlet so you could use more than one of these pipes as in many modern systems. You'll need to swap your current pressure cap for a blank cap and have the pressure cap on the header tank. The header tank needs to be the highest part of the system to allow the system to self bleed the air out and should have enough space above the max mark to allow the water in the system to expand when fully up to temp without overflowing. Water should only come past the pressure cap if you have over filled the system or you've cooked the engine and it's boiling over.
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    Potential Robin Hood Mug Failure

    Thanks gents, payments received. I'll send the mugs out on Monday as I'm working all weekend.
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    Potential Robin Hood Mug Failure

    OK one green mug for David S so one green left to go. Paypal address is the stevepj one if you still have it David.
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    Potential Robin Hood Mug Failure

    Ivan, I've sent you a message with my PayPal email address. Once payment received I'll post the mug out, can you add your address in the notes on PayPal or in reply to the message I've sent. Two greens left folks. Can one of the committee send me a PayPal address so I can forward any money from these three mugs on to you? Thanks
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    Potential Robin Hood Mug Failure

    I have the last three mugs from the batch ordered in 2008 sat in packaging on a shelf in the garage, one with a yellow car and two with green. I'll send them out for £5.00 each and then forward the money to the club. Send me a message with your preferred colour and for my paypal address. Send the money as a friends and family payment and put mug in there somewhere. The mugs are as in the first post in the link below. Mugs
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    What A Track Weapon This Would Be....

    Ha ha ignore all of the above, it's been that long since I've had my head under a bonnet I've forgotten the difference between an inlet and an exhaust!
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    What A Track Weapon This Would Be....

    Cossie's might be able to handle a lot of power but that ain't a Cossie YB it's a zetec with a turbo conversion so the power claim is probably pie in the sky and that then makes you question all the other claims in the ad. One of the tyres looks like a Toyo Proxes T1R which wouldn't be up to the demands either.
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    Engine Oil Leak

    Can't see very well from the picture but the oil pressure sender is usually in that area. If there's no sender then fitting one should do the trick, if there is a sender there are some other threaded holes in that location that have bungs in which may have been removed.
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    Good Trusted Local Garage Pinto Experience

    It may be ok but as their fans range from £19.95 - £34.95 it probably won't be anywhere near as effective as one from the brand leaders that are considerably more. I used a comex high power from Revotec which was £80 for a 10" fan but it was well worth the money. It cooled mine from 95 to below 88 degrees in a couple of minutes.
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