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  1. #101
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    Painted the trunk and undercarriage today. Diff final assembly completed, too.

    The smell of gear oil in the kitchen is not appreciated by others

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    I love the smell of gear oil in the morning



    Robert Duvall

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    Ireland Engineer subframe bushings installed. The differential is nearly installed.

    Since I don't have the color code for the undercarriage, the black undercoat will have to do for now. Once I'm done with the project, I'll take the car to a collision shop to see if they can match the OEM undercarriage color.


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    Quote Originally Posted by z3forlife View Post
    I love the smell of gear oil in the morning



    Robert Duvall
    My kitchen is back to its original state I made spaghetti sauce last night to mask the gear oil smell

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    The project of reinforcing the suframe on my convertible is nearly over. The Super Sprint exhaust and Dinan strut brace get installed next weekend, which will wrap up this project.

    Thanks again to those who've helped me over the months, especially Randy Forbes.

    If anyone in Phoenix wants my homemade subframe bushing removing tool, send me a PM and I'll give it to you. If anyone outside of Phoenix wants it, I just ask that you cover the cost of shipping.

    Summary:
    Installed Randy Forbes subframe kit
    New Ireland Engineering subframe bsuhings.
    New Super Sprint Exhaust
    Dinan Strut Brace
    Replaced swaybar endlinks and bushings.
    Replaced the differential impulse wheel and replaced all of the seals...etc.

    I need to improve my color matching


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  5. #105
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    I'll take you up on the subframe bushing tool offer if you decide you're willing to ship. I'll PM you.
    2001 Z3 3.0 Coupe--Sterling Gray/Sunroof Delete/5MT

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    In the second picture, it looks like where the spotwelds were drilled out, that you left the holes open; is that the case?

    Ideally, the spotweld cutter shouldn't penetrate the the underlying panel, but if it does, I'd recommend that it be welded closed.

    Since it looks like you're all done, to prevent water from getting in there, you could put some foil duct tape (NOT the gray cloth type, though true Gaffer's Tape might work) to close off those holes__fore and aft, if also present on the leading side.

    I saw the holes earlier, during the construction pics, but took for granted that you'd know to weld, or otherwise seal them off__I guess I assumed too much

    If I'm wrong and those holes don't pass all the way through, then good!



















    (this one's just showing off... )


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    Randy -- Yes, I used a bit too much force and drilled the spot welds completely out. Those holes will get plugged this weekend. I also used those holes to spray additional primer and paint into the cavity after welding. Thanks for making my finishing work look like a rookie job

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    Quote Originally Posted by kornfeld View Post
    I'll take you up on the subframe bushing tool offer if you decide you're willing to ship. I'll PM you.
    PM sent
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  8. #108
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    Having a local person experienced in doing this job... nice... we should talk! I've got randy's kit sitting on a shelf
    My wheel bolts require more torque than your honda makes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by esses View Post
    Having a local person experienced in doing this job... nice... we should talk! I've got randy's kit sitting on a shelf
    PM Sent.

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    Another happy RF customer here. Please excuse the rusty diff bolts...I tried to save a few bucks by using some spare E36 M3 hardware.
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    Nathan in Denver

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    1999 Z3 2.8 Coupe, Headers, 3.46, Manual Swap, H&R/Koni, M Geometry/Brakes, M54B30 Manifold, Style 42

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    Quote Originally Posted by s8ilver View Post
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    Another happy RF customer here. Please excuse the rusty diff bolts...I tried to save a few bucks by using some spare E36 M3 hardware.
    They really did a nice job. Of course, Randy's review is what really counts

    Tony

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    Quote Originally Posted by s8ilver View Post
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    Another happy RF customer here. Please excuse the rusty diff bolts...I tried to save a few bucks by using some spare E36 M3 hardware.
    Quote Originally Posted by ProductUser View Post
    They really did a nice job. Of course, Randy's review is what really counts

    Tony
    That's REALLY pretty; I think it looks better than my work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Forbes View Post
    That's REALLY pretty; I think it looks better than my work!
    Randy,

    Don't sell yourself short! I think it looks extra pretty due to the finishing strip (I think it's a tape of some sort) they added over the top. I'm not sure why it's there...maybe just sound insulation? I don't dislike the look though.

    I'll be sure to pass your praises onto the body shop (SVE Auto Body in Broomfield, CO).

    I'd be confident recommending that you add them to your installers list as well. I can't find any faults in the work. They did the entire job start to finish in a week (started last Wednesday and were done Tuesday this week). I guess just 5 days as they aren't open on the weekends. I think the starting condition was quite important too. There's a Coupe in there right now having the kit installed, and it was started on a good week or two before mine. The owner of the shop was explaining the problems...apparently the owner had welded in plates top and bottom (one in the trunk and one above the original diff mount). Then he bolted the plates together. The diff mount snapped off somehow, and most of their time has been spent cutting those plates out of the car. It was still there when I picked up my car yesterday.
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    Nathan in Denver

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    1999 Z3 2.8 Coupe, Headers, 3.46, Manual Swap, H&R/Koni, M Geometry/Brakes, M54B30 Manifold, Style 42

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    Quote Originally Posted by s8ilver View Post

    I'd be confident recommending that you add them to your installers list as well.

    Is there a list? I am looking for someone in the DFW, TX area to install this kit in my M Roadster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nieuwendyk25 View Post
    Is there a list? I am looking for someone in the DFW, TX area to install this kit in my M Roadster.
    The guys at Clownshoe Motorsports would be a good place to start. While they have their own custom reinforcement, they're also fully capable of installing Randy's kit as well.

    Highly recommended and they're at 2605 Andjon Dr

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    if any of you guys are up in Michigan (Jackson, Ann Arbor Area, and need this kit installed... I used Professional finishes in Jackson, MI to install it. They did an amazing job!!! Highly recommended!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaboe View Post
    if any of you guys are up in Michigan (Jackson, Ann Arbor Area, and need this kit installed... I used Professional finishes in Jackson, MI to install it. They did an amazing job!!! Highly recommended!
    So glad you had a good experience! If you get me their contact info, including who you dealt with, I'll add them to my list.

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Forbes View Post
    So glad you had a good experience! If you get me their contact info, including who you dealt with, I'll add them to my list.

    Thanks!
    Can you recommend someone in the Minneapolis area?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaboe View Post
    if any of you guys are up in Michigan (Jackson, Ann Arbor Area, and need this kit installed... I used Professional finishes in Jackson, MI to install it. They did an amazing job!!! Highly recommended!
    So glad you had a good experience! If you get me their contact info, including who you dealt with, I'll add them to my list.

    Thanks!

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    Hello Randy I am in need of a kit for my 2000 m Roadster. Where do I order one.? Thanks

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