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Matth5 last won the day on February 16 2017

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    335i E92 MSport DCT
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    M Performance Power Kit, KW V2 coilovers, Performance Exhaust mod, BMS/CPE charge pipe

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  1. Matth5

    BMW M5 Alpina B10 V8 1999

    Definitely a pretty cool car, I like it. But 50k? Hell no.
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    M Performance Extras - NZ Cost?

    Speedfactor NZ (in Tauranga) can supply the MFactory LSDs. Easier than importing and their prices are actually reasonable.
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    M Performance Extras - NZ Cost?

    You can disable the E-diff via coding, as well as various other brake helpers like brake fade compensation. I've read up that some people prefer these brake helpers off for track sessions.
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    M Performance Extras - NZ Cost?

    Because there are people who will throw money at BMW NZ without researching, apparently. I think most of us on this site just import stuff ourselves. I've given up even asking the local dealers for quotes.
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    Quick rant thread.

    You can't get away saying they're OE sizes (if they are)? My car had it's standard wheels at time of cert so the plate only says 'OE' for wheels. Even though I have wider aftermarket wheels now, it has passed its WOFs. Or you could just go somewhee else, probably a good chance it'll get missed or they won't fail on it (surely some WOF guys will have some discretion?).
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    Insurance and tuning question

    Get some quotes from other insurers and disclose the mods in the quote request, ask them if the modifications are ok. If they say yes in an email, you've got approval in writing. Some companies are more friendly to mods than others so it really depends on who you're with. Safest is to find a company this is ok with it. Trademe Insurance for example will even insure modifications if you specify them, I've got my coilovers and rims insured.
  7. 1. Get MHD instead, assuming you haven't got a specific reason for preferring JB4. A proper ECU tune is generally better than a piggyback hack. 2. Yes, any BMW specialist can install it. Not a terrible difficult DIY either. Order online from Burger Motorsports, I hear some cheap Ebay ones can be good too.
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    Quick rant thread.

    I know about the issues with the WOF system and it's full of holes yes, but it's a hell of a lot better than no checks at all, I've seen how well that goes. While we don't have emission testiong, WOF checks are supposed to fail vehicles for excessive smoke. But I still see some, presumably tradie vehicles, on the roads, I suspect dodgy/incompetent WOF inspections. Cops should be pulling them over. Besides that I wouldn't be too concerned about the odd person with a decat exhaust (disclosure: I'm one of them) as that will only ever be done by a very tiny minority, it's not even worthwhile to do on most cars.
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    Quick rant thread.

    TBH I am glad for NZ's WOF system, most people can't be trusted with car safety, some will skimp to save money and others are just ignorant. Grew up in South Africa and you get all kinds of s**t on the roads. The liability and consequences don't stop people taking the risks in the first place. It's not just cars, but trucks from companies skimping on maintenance to save money, and some have killed 20-30 people in a single crash from faulty brakes https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/fields-hill-accident-faulty-truck-should-not-have-been-on-the-road-20161123 Also I find it strange that they implement emissions testing but not safety testing over there, you'd think safety would be the first priority 😕
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    Quick rant thread.

    To be fair NZ's rego system is awful and doesn't have a good reason to exist. No consideration for how much you actually use the car and unfair if someone owns a second vehicle they might use occasionally. It's only purpose is fee collection, which could have been part of fuel costs/road user charges instead. That would spare a bit of admin work, the threat of $200 fines and other associated hassles from millions of people's lives.
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    Will servicing at BMW be an issue?

    It's only an issue if you have a warranty with them.
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    Illegal to fit normal tyres after run-flat??

    A tyre pump powered by the cig lighter socket, and a can of tyre slime will do just fine. I've had several punctures without a spare and the pump was always enough to get me to a tyre shop. Have yet to use the slime. The low tyre pressure sensor will warn you well before the pressure gets too low to drive on, so you can pump the tyre back up and drive carefully to a tyre shop, if the warning goes off again then you've got enough time to pull over and pump it up some more
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    Illegal to fit normal tyres after run-flat??

    "Called up both Beaurepaires masterton and Bridgestone Masterton. They both refuse to replace the run-flats with non run-flats, citing that it's illegal to do. " I've heard of this tyre shop stupidity from US forums but never before in NZ, that's shocking. It's certainly not illegal.
  14. If you want good suspension on a budget you're better off getting a good shock and spring combo. There are places that'll help you put something together based on what you want. Eg: http://www.strutmonkey.com/ Cheap coilovers aren't worth it. And in NZ they won't be cheap regardless because they'll require a cert. You'll be better off with some good shocks and springs. Considering what goes into developing good suspension... there is no way you should touch no name brand suspension parts, it's asking for trouble.
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    What'd you do to your BMW today?

    I'll bet the scum buildup is from people using dishwashing fluid, or plain water.