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HalfJobHarry last won the day on August 14

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  1. HalfJobHarry

    JB4 N54

    Checking here before I buy new from the US. After a JB4 for the N54 engine.
  2. It's crossed my mind, but with the roads here I'm going to persist with a dual turbo setup aiming for a fairly modest 500 hp at the crank in the near future. There is realistically so much more needed though, that kit is just the 'core' of the system. A significantly better and larger inter-cooler is all but essential for single turbo. JB4. Two step cooler plugs. Upgraded chargepipe (if you don't already have one). Depending on your power goal (which is presumably well in excess of 600 HP if you're going single turbo) fueling needs consideration too, E85 setup (LPFP ugrade and HPFP overdrive kits)....or additional port injection.
  3. I've noticed their conversion prices are awesome. Presumably they keep your autobox afterwards and given the refurb/resale value of them allows a tidy offset to keep the pricing down? I have also heard nothing but good about them but cannot vouch personall.
  4. If you keep up with the complete fluid replace every few years then any hydroscopic properties are likely not worth it. Interestingly BMW often specify the DOT 4 Low Viscosity fluid...which when I went to the dealer for it they initially told me "they don't sell it"...then when I produced a BMW part number they they were surprised saying "nobody never bought that before" Apparently there is "need" to run the LV fluid with BMW ABS/Traction Control ...but frankly I'm certain garages the world over have been putting in regular DOT 4 forever without ill effect.
  5. A locksmith (most cover auto locks too as they are the same) of any repute can get you in with a lockpick in about 60 seconds. You might get them for under 120 bucks with the callout fee. Beware the locksmith who wants to start drilling . I would go this way over smashing the glass anytime. And once you've been bitten with this....winding one or even both windows down (for the paranoid) is a habit that never leaves you. Sometimes if I need the doors shut and windows up for some reason I pop the boot as can go in that way if needed.
  6. Anywhere in Auckland do a sensibly priced auto box filter and fluid change? I didn't bring my auto fluid hand pump thingy from the UK and don't quite have the access in my garage to do it....AT fluid is my kryptonite too...I always have a a mishap with it
  7. What's wrong with it if I may ask? I've rebuilt a few units over the years and it is VERY DIYable. Hardest part is probably sourcing a kit here....almost certainly needs to come from overseas. I suspect any 'euro specialist' place will be more than happy to do the job for you.
  8. An actual hoist (like an engine hoist/ block and tackle) or hire of a lift? IF it's the latter I'm also on the lookout for somewhere that is amenable to letting me rent their space and use their lift on a casual basis ....
  9. When I can't wait and for smaller items, gaskets , solenoids etc. 'alleuroparts' have been okay for me locally. They are all over the place on pricing though, but I've had good results sending them a parts list and asking for 'their best price' .... but FCP euro otherwise. EDIT: for the 'big ticket' items HPFP, Injectors, Water pump...FCP etc is going to beat anywhere in NZ by a mile. Also FCP's lifetime warranty thing which I've never had cause to test is apparently the biz.....
  10. Had some time to drive part of the route...didn't have enough to to go all the way around, but was some lovely driving, great views and some nice twisty bits! I find it laughable the speed limit on the motorway is 100 but you can legally drive 100 for most of the roads on this route
  11. I need to signup over on that forum and ask how much they are even selling the stage 1 for. Totally up for splitting the shipping if they are selling at a fair price.
  12. That's interesting actually...I'm just following the herd without the suspension knowledge myself. I do know enough to know that camber changes due to many things, so it makes sense that -2 degrees static camber might not be the "magic number".
  13. Thanks that's a good thread. Somebody from NZ asking for a set at the beginning of August....wish I could have piggy backed on that!
  14. Yeah I've been eyeing the turner motorsports blue fixed camber plates, spraying them to make them not stand out and then who'll know....still got a fair bit of reading to do to really understand this. Ah...camber pins, good ideal. Some "free negative" adjustment there. Any idea how much negative just the pins would get..less than half a degree?
  15. Thanks! I wouldn't say it's bad at all really, but there is clearly room for improvement. My shocks are old and to me the damping doesn't feel great (a commonly reported E82 complaint). I mean relatively not great...not Renault Espace 'not great' Suspension is so far out of my wheelhouse , I really don't want to become an expert on it. A known recipe of shocks and springs is probably the way I'll go.
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