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    Jon the Pom
  • Birthday 04/14/1969

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    Jon Tyler
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    Cockle Bay, Aucks
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    E30 325i Convertible
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    Alloys, lowered, re-trimmed in half leather plus stereo upgrades.
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    F31 320d xDrive M-Sport
  • Car 3
    E46 330d Sport Touring
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    E30 320iS
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    No. 76

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    Cars, motorsports and the family.

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  1. E30 325i Rag-Top

    What'd you do to your BMW today?

    Burnt a lot of 98 fuel driving around Hawke's Bay following around lots of other BMWs that are in the Targa HB. Also spotted two nice E30 M3s in the car parks, one Henna Red with fishnet recaros and one Alpine White with ACS wheels. it was a good day!!
  2. E30 325i Rag-Top

    F10 M5's. More imports that NZ new?

    Just out of curiosty, I double checked the number of NZ new F10 M5s, and in total there were 111 of them over the whole life cycle. So I would be very surprised if there were more imports here than that number. In coming years there will be a few more imports come through I would think, but not yet. Getting the info for the used stuff is a lot harder, as people can register anything as an "M5" when it comes in as a used import, so you have to sort the wheat from the chaff and cut out all the "520i M5" and "M5" with "Engine Size:2,000cc"!
  3. E30 325i Rag-Top

    e30 bits

    I have a set coming out of my race car in the near future, good bearings and rotors if that's of interest.
  4. E30 325i Rag-Top

    Any idea what E36 option S962 is?

    From that chassis number and full VIN you can see the model code for the car is BG12 which was a German built car, not a SA model. As far as i know none of the SA build of E36 was sold new in the UK, and the ZA factory only looks to have built 4-Door saloon versions (LIM) of the E36, no coupes. Option code is the differently programmed ECU, though no idea what it does!
  5. E30 325i Rag-Top

    BMW 323i E21 1980

    I'm not 100% sure, but I think the one in the photos might have been modified to take the power? 15" wide slicks on the back of the 323i would help keep the arse under control.
  6. E30 325i Rag-Top

    BMW 323i E21 1980

    It's fine if you want to put a newer generation into some of the lighter old chassis, but you really need to pay serious attention to the brakes and handling. E21 323i were quite notorious for spearing off roundabouts with the standard engine in them, let alone putting a ligher more powerful and torquier donk under the bonnet. Not sure how much power the E21 chassis can handle before it starts behaving badly on you.
  7. E30 325i Rag-Top

    Random (BMW) pic of the day

    Oh man! That BT52 wow, so cool. Was that a kit produced at some point, as it has the sponsors and numbers etc that must be stickers? Could have been made specially for it I guess... Again, any build instructions for this would be great to have! A quick google and I found it, along with loads of other cool F1 cars, and it's RC and powered - I can see a lot of time being spent hunting through ice cream tubs in my son's bedroom.
  8. E30 325i Rag-Top

    Random (BMW) pic of the day

    @C-130 Hercules do you have a link to the assembly instructions for that lego E30, that is amazing? My boy has got a tonne of lego, so I should have most of the bits, but need a few instructions to work out how it all goes together!
  9. E30 325i Rag-Top

    My E46 V12 6speed swap

    Forget what I said about the bearing colours - that is on other engines.nothing like being consistent!
  10. E30 325i Rag-Top

    Talk to me about F30

    What models are you thinking of in particular? 4-cyl petrol is much better than the previous version in the E90 and later models got the new Bxx series engines which are better again. However, I still prefer the diesel over the petrol. 6 cylinder engines are both great performance wise, especially in the 335 versions. At bit more pricy as you would expect, but worth it if you can stretch that far. M-Sport versions are most popular in NZ and are the best looking IMHO. Sport Line is not far behind. Luxury Line is for 70 year old gentlemen and Urban Line was just weird and dropped pretty quickly. Not sure about issues, haven't heard of anything.
  11. E30 325i Rag-Top

    The new BMW M5 Competition.

    I wish...
  12. E30 325i Rag-Top

    Nice uh.. M3.. for sale, yes

    Ceratinly is, which makes a pleasant change, it's normally someone wearing less clothes than they really should be thats in the photos.
  13. E30 325i Rag-Top

    The new BMW M5 Competition.

    BMW M GmbH is unveiling the most powerful and sportiest version yet of its high-performance BMW M5 sedan. The new BMW M5 Competition (fuel consumption combined: 10.8 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 246 – 243 g/km)* raises the bar for dynamism, agility and precision in its class. With engine output upped to 460 kW/625 hp (an increase of 19 kW/25 hp on the new BMW M5), even sharper response and bespoke chassis tuning, a driving experience with motor racing undertones is guaranteed at all times. The new BMW M5 Competition succeeds in blending supreme performance and a superbly exclusive aura with the unruffled ease in everyday use for which BMW M models are renowned. A history of success: Competition symbolises the ultimate in performance and exclusiveness. The launch of the new BMW M5 Competition also marks the creation of a new product category, as BMW M GmbH will in future be offering the most powerful variants of its high-performance cars as standalone models. This restructuring of the M portfolio has been prompted by the strong popularity of the various model-specific M Competition packages with power upgrade. M Competition packages were first offered for the predecessor to the current BMW M5 and are currently available for the BMW M4 Coupe, BMW M4 Convertible and BMW M3 Sedan. Some 40 per cent of all previous- generation BMW M5 models sold worldwide were equipped with an M Competition package. The line-up’s crowning glory came in the form of the BMW M5 Competition Edition, which was capped at just 200 units and boasted an uprated power output of 441 kW/600 hp along with an ultra- exclusive standard specification. Engine: more power and performance characteristics all of its own. The emotion-packed driving experience that defines the new BMW M5 Competition stems from the unique performance characteristics of its engine. The high-revving power unit with M TwinPower Turbo technology developed for the standard BMW M5 has undergone meticulous retuning to optimise torque and power delivery. The 4.4-litre V8 now generates maximum output of 460 kW/625 hp, available at 6,000 rpm. Peak torque stands at 750 Newton metres (553 lb-ft) and can be enjoyed across an extremely wide rev range – from 1,800 to 5,800 rpm (i.e. a 200-rpm wider band than in the standard version of the new BMW M5). This means the linear power build-up with which M models have become synonymous is sustained for even longer – into a rev band where the engine’s maximum output comes into play. The high-revving concept with its roots on the race track has therefore been harnessed by the V8 unit in the new BMW M5 Competition to generate formidable propulsive force. The modified power delivery results in a faster 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration time of just 3.3 seconds, while the 200 km/h (124 mph) mark is reached from a standing start in 10.8 seconds – 0.3 seconds quicker than in the standard version of the new BMW M5. Specially designed engine mounts optimise responsiveness and cornering characteristics. The new BMW M5 Competition features a model-specific engine mounting, which has a noticeable impact on its performance abilities. The engine mounts have modified characteristics and an increased spring rate – from the 580 N/mm of the standard-spec new BMW M5 to 900 N/mm. The drive unit’s firmer connection to the vehicle’s structure is clearly perceptible, resulting in even more direct engine response and immediate transmission of its power to the drivetrain. The car also turns into corners with noticeably greater directness and precision on account of the mounting’s stiffer characteristics. Last but not least, the more rigid engine mounts enhance the driving experience further still by bringing the V8’s unmistakable aural properties into the cabin to even more arresting effect. Individually tuned chassis for the ultimate in precision and performance. Like every BMW M car, the new BMW M5 Competition is equipped with chassis technology matched perfectly to the performance characteristics of its engine. The associated modifications ensure precisely controllable handling at all times, even in extremely dynamic driving situations. This is all down to the M-specific kinematic and elastokinematic properties of the high-performance sedan’s double-wishbone front suspension and five-link rear suspension. They result in neutral steering behaviour and a linear build-up of lateral force up to the car’s dynamic limits. An M-specific version of the Variable Damper Control system is likewise fitted, the Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus modes selectable at the press of a button activating different damper settings. Meanwhile, the electromechanical M Servotronic steering conveys a sense of supreme accuracy on turn-in, while also delivering clear feedback. As well as lowering the vehicle by seven millimetres, the model-specific chassis tuning also includes judicious tweaks to the wheel suspension, springs and dampers. The increased camber at the front axle enhances the car’s ability to absorb lateral forces through high-speed corners. Fitting the toe links with ball joints instead of rubber mounts has resulted in even more precise wheel guidance at the rear axle. And the spring rate of the rear anti-roll bar is also firmer, causing the body roll that occurs through high-speed corners to be distributed with a pronounced rear bias. The front axle of the new BMW M5 Competition is equipped with a newly designed mounting for the anti-roll bar. Making the springs at the front and rear axles ten per cent stiffer than on the standard version of the new BMW M5 has produced a firmer ride, which also has a positive impact on steering response. Plus, shorter auxiliary springs reduce fluctuation in wheel loads, as does the unique tuning of the damper hydraulics. The athletic character of the new BMW M5 Competition really comes to the fore in the three modes selectable at the touch of a button. This means the direct connection of chassis to driveline can also be clearly felt in Comfort mode. Selecting Sport mode activates the damper settings perfected for testing on the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife circuit. And Sport Plus lends itself to ultra-dynamic driving on grand prix tracks. Serenely controllable handling through corners. The upshot of all these modifications is enhanced performance capabilities best appreciated on the track. The new BMW M5 Competition exhibits an even higher degree of steering precision in dynamically extreme driving situations. Its serenely controllable cornering abilities, even at the limit, will be keenly appreciated by drivers. Directional stability under high lateral forces and the car’s obedient nature when turning into corners and accelerating out of them have also reached new heights. At the same time, these dynamic gains have only resulted in a relatively modest dilution of ride and suspension comfort. The outstanding stopping power of the new BMW M5 Competition is provided by low-weight M compound brakes, featuring six-piston fixed callipers and perforated, inner-vented brake discs at the front wheels and single-piston floating callipers with integrated parking brake at the rear. There is also the option of M carbon-ceramic brakes, distinguished by their even lower weight, extreme thermal stability and excellent resistance to wear. Standard specification for the new BMW M5 Competition includes exclusive M light-alloy wheels sporting a Y-spoke design in a bi-colour finish. The 20- inch forged wheels are shod with mixed-size tyres measuring 275/35 R 20 at the front and 285/35 R 20 at the rear. Exclusive and highly expressive design features. The light-alloy wheels specially developed for the new BMW M5 Competition play a part in its exceptional performance capabilities and also add to the model’s exclusive looks. Other distinctive design features of the Competition include door openers that are painted entirely in body colour and a host of details finished in high-gloss black. On the new BMW M5 Competition, this discreetly sporty black tone is used for the mirror bases and mirror triangles, plus the exterior mirror caps and the mesh of the signature M gills in the front flanks. This colour scheme combines harmoniously with the BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line trim for the side window surrounds and B-pillar trim. The kidney grille’s surround brings extra high-gloss black accenting to the front end of the new BMW M5 Competition, and those travelling behind will also be able to pick out the new car by the high-gloss black detailing for the rear bumper covering. This, in turn, forms a colour-coordinated composition with the tailpipes in black chrome. Both the rear spoiler and “M5” boot lid logo – which gains “Competition” lettering – are also finished in high-gloss black. Moving inside the new BMW M5 Competition, black seat belts with an understated striped pattern in BMW M GmbH colours and floor mats with model-specific piping plus an “M5” logo provide the finishing touches to an interior oozing high-class sports car presence. Another distinctive identifier is the “M Competition” graphic that appears in the instrument cluster to greet the driver as it is starting up. Ends. *Please note: this is an international media release without adaptions for the New Zealand market.
  14. Looks quite good in the photos, anyone seen this in the flesh? Too far down south me to view. https://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/used-cars/bmw/auction-1616525205.htm?rsqid=0b7c4402614840b4aa1d45bba4d30f61 Kit looks to have been done reasonably well, but no C-Pillar extension around the window nor the raised bootlid, seems a bit odd to go this far and not include those rather key parts of the M3.
  15. E30 325i Rag-Top

    My E46 V12 6speed swap

    If I am reading this right, you might want too double check that, the colours of the shells normally refer to where they are in the tolerance band for the measurements - unless that is what you mean by the "top" being top tolerance and "bottom" being lower end of the tolerance? Did you measure your clearances first to see which tolerance you needed on the bearing shells? I normally just order the yellow "mid-range" and they have normally worked ok.