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    Fantastic accomplishment. I have been following...

    Fantastic accomplishment. I have been following the Ridge story for some time, as I have a home on hood canal only 15 mins from the track. Looking forward to some track days on it.
  2. Thread: Slippery Slope

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    don't be afraid of mods that have stood test of time

    Dinan S2 upgrades, CDV removed, non run flat tires, Quaife differential with 3.64, short shift kit, Eisenmann race exhuast, "bmw performance package".

    If I could only do one, it would be the...
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    I live in Oregon (don't know if they have Lidar...

    I live in Oregon (don't know if they have Lidar here) but have a vacation house in WA, so I am driving up there quite often from portland to olympia and then out 101 to hood canal. Sounds like a V1...
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    How many times do you think the V1 has actually...

    How many times do you think the V1 has actually prevented you from getting a ticket?
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    Nice article/pix in Roundel on GM's car!

    so what is the HP that engine is making? Any dyno numbers?
  6. Thread: Front bra for Z8

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    I am interested if it does not cause the chafing...

    I am interested if it does not cause the chafing that others have mentioned as a potential downside of a bra. The paint is easily damaged on the freeway, with all the crap that gets kicked up.
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    I just acqured the new Exige S for track days,...

    I just acqured the new Exige S for track days, leaving the Z8 for more respectable pursuits. I have not even broke it in yet in the rainy Northwest winter, but it is a raw go cart like experience...
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    JUST LIKE LIFE! :)

    JUST LIKE LIFE! :)
  9. Thread: Z8 Floor Mats?

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    dealer can order the originals for you. Dinan...

    dealer can order the originals for you. Dinan also has them but with their logo on them, I think for about the same price.
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    JMOSK---your posts are like reliving the whole...

    JMOSK---your posts are like reliving the whole frame affair again for many of us. The strut towers/frame in the front is weakly designed IMHO and more susceptible to deformation than most cars, but...
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    Can detect no difference in the ride/handling ...

    Can detect no difference in the ride/handling pre and post PP installation on the street, but I have not driven the car on the track since installation. Have not hit any potholes.
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    PP with Dinan S2 engine mods

    I had the PP installed on top of the Dinan S3 suspension components and the S2 engine mods (which has the carbon fiber intake boxes and larger diameter hoses). Rasmussen BMW in portland did the...
  13. I have the S2 engine mods and just had the strut...

    I have the S2 engine mods and just had the strut brace/PP installed by my dealer. The intake hoses are not deformed by the strut brace, but the fit is indeed tight. The tech placed a thin foam...
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    I use Meguiar's 3 plastic care products----#10,...

    I use Meguiar's 3 plastic care products----#10, #17, and #18 plastic cleaner and polish on mine. it works. Be sure to use a 100% soft cotton pad or cloth for both application and wipe off. Even...
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    my dealer here in Portland has done his first one...

    my dealer here in Portland has done his first one for $1650 all in, I will find out tommorrow what my damage is when I pick the car up.
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    Great comparison

    A 66 roadster (series 1, covered headlights vs the Series 1.5 in your pics) sits next to the Z8 in the garage just so I can make this comparison on a continuous basis! The similarities are striking...
  17. Thread: Zaino Z-PC

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    I think my swirls are in the paint itself as it...

    I think my swirls are in the paint itself as it came from the factory, below the clearcoat. Normally swirls are just in the clearcoat and thus the methods you describe (and which I have tried with...
  18. Thread: Zaino Z-PC

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    I just converted from P-21S wax to the Zaino...

    I just converted from P-21S wax to the Zaino system, and like you I'm very happy with the results on my red car. The shine is deeper and wetter than with wax, and should be much longer lasting. ...
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    kept the stock shocks with the S3 mod.

    maybe talk with dinan about possible different setups, potentially adjustable shocks could be nice?
  20. Thread: dinan s2 upgrade

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    I had it done a year ago. Very happy with the...

    I had it done a year ago. Very happy with the results, everything works and no problems---and you pay for it. You can surely feel the increased power, but it is not night and day. Installed by...
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    a speedo wash is the last thing most (all?) women...

    a speedo wash is the last thing most (all?) women would want to see of us I fear! And also the last thing I would want to see:)
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    No doubt, bmw's (NA, AG, both?) level of...

    No doubt, bmw's (NA, AG, both?) level of cooridination, communication, and basic blocking and tackling on this issue and customer service is pathetic. 3rd graders could do it better. "Who's on...
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    well I am certainly a long term keeper! I have...

    well I am certainly a long term keeper! I have just been getting any chips filled by a good craftsman as they occur. I guess that's all there is to do?
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    Awesome drive, a wee bit tired are we? I also...

    Awesome drive, a wee bit tired are we? I also have the dinan castor plates and certainly do hope they reinforce the shock towers, but do you or anyone else have any hard info that they do? Did...
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    found the answer to my question

    found the answer to my question
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    I understand that the gaps are only a sympton of...

    I understand that the gaps are only a sympton of the underlying disease, but since my towers look fine, it is the only symptom that I can find. My purpose with the question on the location of the...
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    I agree that a slight and uniform gap narrowing...

    I agree that a slight and uniform gap narrowing is normal for the car from windshield to headlight. My problem is that the narrowing is not uniform between the pass and driver sides of the car. The...
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    Location of "gap narrowing"?

    For those of us with gap narrowing between the hood and qtr panels, I would like to know where along the gap you are seeing the effect. When I run a quarter down the gap from the windshield to the...
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    Yes, I should have also mentioned that Bill went...

    Yes, I should have also mentioned that Bill went out of his way, in the sense that it was not in the flow of the conversation, to state that BMW does not think there is any "problem" with the shock...
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    I had an identical call with Bill. I sure hope...

    I had an identical call with Bill. I sure hope he stays around!
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    Yes, a very good example indeed;)

    Yes, a very good example indeed;)
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    My point is that Ford had a greater incentive to...

    My point is that Ford had a greater incentive to behave quickly and more responsibly since the problem with the GT came to light right at the start of their production run, and the car would have...
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    you should have said yes, its a special edition...

    you should have said yes, its a special edition Solstice.:) The one with 400 hp.
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    Perhaps Ford is a alot more responsible since...

    Perhaps Ford is a alot more responsible since they are still making and selling the car, whereas the Z8 is out of production, so a poor response by BMW does not threaten future sales of that...
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    Jawz, I am thinking you are right on all points,...

    Jawz, I am thinking you are right on all points, and educated skepticism is indeed rational in this situation. BMW is not starting the negotiation process, they just ended it. It would take a huge...
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    BMW's language just kills me

    Note in the bmwna letter being sent to owners, the author first makes the strange point that the Z8 was the "first" aluminum space frame that bmw has ever made, then goes on to brag about so many of...
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    Agreed

    I have seen no data to indicate there is any current safety issue, but in 10 years? who knows, as the frames undergo repeated stress. I am not worried about safety--yet. However, there is plenty...
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    My email to Blabst:

    The stance bmw is taking on the issue of inherent structural weakness in the Z8 shock tower area is simply rubbish. $4900 to fix something that is an inherent design flaw! "Sporty driving on bad...
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    Well, all the specualtion whether they would...

    Well, all the specualtion whether they would offer a fix is ended, we have "a" fix, but all the questions mentioned below are obvious and unanswered. Warranty?--bet not. Price?--appears outrageous...
  40. Thread: Fun in the Alps!!

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    wow, looks beautiful

    can't wait to hear about the "frame fix"---crossing my fingers!
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