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About modz

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  • Birthday 11/10/1982

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    Howick, Auckland
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    E46 330ci
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    M3 conversion underway
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    VW Golf GTI (2010)

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  1. Coupe or sedan?
  2. WTB per title, after the plastic frame that holds the shift boot in a manual E46 bmw. Doesn't appear to be sold anywhere as a separate part (?) Thanks
  3. Thanks, yeah box is out; I'm keen to do this correctly and get it checked / correct before it goes near going back in the car.. It's now at the Gearbox Factory for a proper inspection.
  4. Thanks AllanW the box is not in the car but the shifter sits way over below 5th in its neutral position and wants to stay there while bench testing. It is the correct 5speed box model for the car, had it come from the factory in manual and using all new OEM parts for the rest of the conversion, so it’s being done properly. On the plus side, the shift gates are much improved since doing the detents. Taking it in today to get looked at; want the conversion all done by end of Jan all going to plan. I’ll update this post with info to help others out should they have the same issue.
  5. The two detent pins (5th and reverse) impact how easily the shift occurs into the gate and in turn position of the shifter.
  6. So I spent all afternoon replacing the 5th and reverse detent springs, replaced one at a time to ensure part and direction match for the replacements. However the shifter still leans to the right - highly frustrating. Any tips, tricks or thoughts? Would the box being super dry of fluid make any difference? TIA
  7. Hi team does anyone have a 10 spline (std ZF manual) clutch alignment tool I could borrow and return mid Jan?
  8. Anyone have a spare plastic clutch alignment tool I could buy? Cheers
  9. Cheers Gabe will keep that in mind. Ideally need some before then so I can do it in my holiday. The fan/clutch is still here when you’re ready too
  10. Managed to forget buying new flywheel bolts in my last FCP order. Any good local sources for new ones that would have them in stock? For a challenge, they are the 22m for a single mass f/w, not the standard 28mm... TIA
  11. I’m wanting to clean my m54 engine of old oil and dirt gunk before reassembly. Mostly because I hate dirty stuff, but also because I might as well having removed this much off the engine block! I have the inlet ports blocked with rags, but given the engine is on an angle what have others done/used to clean the head area particularly? TiA
  12. Well I bit the bullet and purchased an RHD flywheel. Arrived on my doorstep in 3 days, machine work looks excellent and was well packaged. I bought the heavy duty version that bolts up to m54 directly, using an m30 based clutch. Sterling auto& clutch will have my clutch ready for pickup tomorrow. Aiming to install in Jan once all the other parts arrive. Will update further then Thanks to all who offered advise
  13. Very good point. The Valeo kit is the same / similar weight as the DMF - which to me negates the point of going SMF. Since my initial post I've been reading more about the Sachs/FX SMF which is closer to 7 kg
  14. Yep specifically single mass as it will be a track day car most of the time. Thanks all for the insights so far. FCP sell Valeo so looks like that's the go. Hopefully customs don't sting me too much!
  15. Anyone had experience buying from local or international suppliers for single mass flywheels? specifically looking at one for my e46 m54 most packs seem to be $1200 with clutch opinions and experience with vendors or kits appreciated TIA