jaimzthedrummer

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About jaimzthedrummer

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  • Birthday 10/17/1979

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  • Name
    James
  • Location
    Auckland
  • Car
    E36 M3 3.0
  • Mods List
    Adjustables (Bosch front, Koni Ground Effects rear)
  • Car 2
    Audi RS4 Avant (2007)
  • Car 3
    Honda Odyssey RB1
  • Race Car
    E36 318is 2kcup
  • Race Car Number
    36

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  1. Hi Andy, Yeah, apparently they did... on the M5 at least. But as factory options I guess they could have arrived on anything. http://www.bmwstylewheels.com/bmw/32 I'd be happy with the ET34 offset ones from an E90+ too... :-)
  2. Hey everyone, I'm looking for some wheels for the race car and one of the best OEM options (in terms of weight) seems to be the Style 32s. I'm after a 16" set with a ET20 offset, off an E39. This will give us a wider track (good for the corners). If there are any floating out there please let me know. James 0212546651
  3. Cool, yeah something like that would be ideal... just have to check whether it clashes with the class rules. All mods are supposed to be OEM, but considering the sunroof we removed wasn't... ;-) I think we'll run with a perspex patch for now (at least so we're not driving a wind sock at track days) and upgrade if required later on. Thanks for the advice. We're one of only 3 BMWs in the 2kcup. Just sayin'... ;-) Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk
  4. Hey Dave, Yeah I thought about that... but that'd mean taking all the windows etc out and some tricky seam welding. Probably the most expensive option. Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk
  5. Hey all, Is this really the first post in this sub forum? Cool! I have an e36 318is that I'm turning into a 2kcup racer. I've removed the sunroof unit (which was an aftermarket jobby installed in Auckland, not factory) and now have a sunroof sized and shaped hole in the roof! Because it was aftermarket, there's no bracing of any kind left so the sheet metal is unsupported and very flappy (driving at 80kph+ is a noisy experience!) I'm wondering: - What would the best way of covering it up (i.e. a large patch over the top vs an insert inside the hole sealed around the perimeter vs something else?) - Does anyone know a good fabricator I could take it to? Because what's left of the roof is a bit flappy, I wonder if it would need to be stretched or tensioned as part of the process... Any thoughts or recommendations welcome. :-) James Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk
  6. Hey all, I have Nitto Invos on the RS4 (they came with it). They seem to be a pretty solid tyre but nothing amazing. I did one track day on them and they were definitely the limiting factor, but then that's usually the case for road tyres. One thing I wondered about them... their grooves toward the outside of the tyre are quite thin and shallow, so I wonder if they'll get pinged early at a WoF. A couple of peeps have mentioned Eagle F1s, but it's important to know there is more than one type. My pick of the bunch is the GSD3s. I ran them on my VR-4 years ago and found them to be a very good all rounder, although fairly high wear rate. They also pick up stones like nobody's business. Another honourable mention is the Yokohama Advan AD08Rs. I understand they're the pick of the bunch for the NZ Superlaps guys who run in the street tyre class. Almost as good as a dot rated tyre around the track apparently. And that's everything I know about tyres. James :-) Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk
  7. Update: Arron, you legend! I got the P&S guys onto this and yup, the bearing is an off the shelf replacement. Problem solved! I dunno if you're based in Auckland but if you ever come along to the monthly sushi meet, your lunch will be on me! Thanks again. James. :-) Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk
  8. Hey Arron, Sorry for the late reply. I've been out of touch for a few days. Really..!? Mechanic said the bearings were built in to the gear... and I don't know enough to have questioned this. I will now though. Be interested to hear about the UK options though. I'll send you a PM. Ta, James
  9. Hey guys, The thrust gear in my vanos unit (s50 b30) has melted its bearings so I'm looking for a new one.... or failing that, a replacement vanos unit. By thrust gear I mean the gear that pokes out the back of the vanos assembly and pushes into the cam to advance the timing. They seem to be very hard to find in NZ. Everyone I've approached (including Ray at HellBM), has suggested looking to UK for a solution - either just for the gear I need, or a whole unit. Does anyone have a spare unit lying around..? :-) Failing that, can anyone recommend a good supplier over there? I've sent the crowd called 'Mr Vanos' a message, and have also been in touch with 'Dr Vanos' in the US. Might be nice to deal with a company that doesn't sound like a supervillain. Thoughts and suggestions welcome. James
  10. Yeah, thanks for the heads up. I'm sourcing them from Turner Motorsport, and they've got all that under control. Mine's a 3.0 so no floating rotors (although I'm pricing some up...) Good advice Dave. I figured that all the things you listed leave drips on the ground. Brake pads... not so much. I shouldn't have relied so heavily on the wear sensor, although it alerted me fine when my rears were low last year. They didn't
  11. Hey guys, Wondering if someone can help me out. I destroyed my front pads at Pukekohe yesterday and there's literally nothing left of them on the front left side (see picture). I'm looking for any old used set (both sides) that I can use just until I head to the states in a fortnight where I'll pick up something decent. Plus it might be good to have backup pads in case this were to happen again! I'm not looking to spend much (if anything), but I'd be spending a hundy for a bargain basement set at Supercheap so anything would be better than that! Thanks in advance. James
  12. Wow. So... um... anyone interested in a group buy? *ducks for cover* I'm cool with sourcing the seals from Jon but will make contact to find out more about them. As for the rattle kit, looks like Beisan may still be the best option, so then the "well, I'm already paying for shipping" thing comes up. p.s. Isn't the fact my VANOS quacks like a duck on startup fairly good evidence that something is bung? Just sayin'.
  13. Totally! An e36 M3 get together. Sounds great! Actually Richard, I already had your number in my phone so we must've met before! I'm sorry... my memory's shot. I blame the kids. I'm sure I'll recognise you when I see you. I'm free this weekend but not next... or the one after that... or the one after that. Next Sushi meeting in Penrose is 1 March but I'm afraid I can't make that one. How does 8th March suit? James
  14. No reinforcements... just the repair. I asked the ex owner about it (he's part of the race series exec and knows his stuff) and he said don't bother... just reweld if I see a crack! It's what he does with his race car... but maybe has a different perspective on things. I'll think about a brace or reinforcements :-) Thanks dude.
  15. Hey Dave, Finally got around to reading the whole of this thread. Nice to piece together the details of what I've seen in the flesh! One thing that you didn't seem to have planned was the top plates for the rear strut towers. Did you have something going on back there or was it a precautionary measure? I often think about cracking of the chassis at the top of those towers. I understand it's a common problem and do a visual inspection often (not that I really know what I'm looking for..!). It had happened to my fronts but this was picked up in the pre-purchase inspection and got fixed as a condition of sale. Wonder if a strut brace like yours would help prevent further issues... I've got a power steering leak too but it's a slow viscous affair (I guess because it's been happening for a while and has created a long sticky snail trail). Doesn't leave anything on the ground. Anyways, VANOS and braided lines for me next. Thanks for the heads up with those. James