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    PP Kit - How to tell if installed?

    I just bought a 2001 Z8 (Black-Crema) and I am awaiting delivery (should be here friday!!). I am concerned about installing the PP kit after reading the forum. However, how do I tell if the kit has already been installed on the car? My local dealer is great and i am sure they will get me the parts and do a proper install. Help?

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    There will be a bar across the engine connecting the strut towers.

    See the pics and install instructions in the frame forum for visuals.
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    Here you go....
     
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    Gary - thanks so much.....I would be an idiot to miss that...but if you dont know...!

    the car will be here tomorrow at 7 am...I am SO excited!!!!
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    Congrats on the purchase. I just got mine 2 weeks ago. Amazing Machine
    We need to see pics of your car when it arrives.
    ENJOY !!
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    Wow, thats all there is to it? The dinan strut bar would do the same I suppose if there was clearance, whcih I assume there is not.
    I thought there was triangulation to the firewall like AM has in the V8. Looks pretty simple, or is there more to it that does not show in the pic??
    Glad to see it is working for owners who have had the install done.

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    Wow, thats all there is to it? The dinan strut bar would do the same I suppose if there was clearance, whcih I assume there is not.
    I thought there was triangulation to the firewall like AM has in the V8. Looks pretty simple, or is there more to it that does not show in the pic??
    Glad to see it is working for owners who have had the install done.

    No, that's not all. What you don't see is perhaps the most important piece. The shock tower reinforcement component of the PP replaces the somewhat "flimpsy" aluminum piece with a larger diameter steel piece and "sandwiches" it with a steel piece on the top of the tower. That's what keeps the shock tower from deforming and of course you can't see it unless you look up from underneath (up the strut).

    I think the function of the brace/bar you see is to keep the aluminum frame stable.

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    Ah, thanks for the explanation. Glad to know its a more comprehensive fix than just a strut bar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kramali View Post
    I just bought a 2001 Z8 (Black-Crema) and I am awaiting delivery (should be here friday!!). I am concerned about installing the PP kit after reading the forum. However, how do I tell if the kit has already been installed on the car? My local dealer is great and i am sure they will get me the parts and do a proper install. Help?
    If you exactly do what the manuel says there is no problem.
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    Is it necessary to put the PP kit on?

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    Necessary? No.

    Advisable? Yes.

    First rule - ditch the run-flats.
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    The PP is absolutely necessary in my opinion, I wouldn't risk driving without one, especially if you like the back roads that wind through the California mountains. BMW AG developed it for us to eliminate the possibility of an unlucky bad pot hole impact damaging the frame. It is a very cheap mod that 'insures' you will not suffer from a very costly damage.

    Do it an you won't be sorry, don't do it and you might be very, very sorry.
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    ditto: Mandatory.

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    Nitrogen vs Air in the tires

    Don't see a thread on this so, as it's a suspension converse: What's everyones take on replacing tire air w/nitrogen which my BMW dealer is pushing for $70??
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    It's covered in the following thread.

    Nitrogen Thread
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