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    Very nice, and welcome. Some of us went to...

    Very nice, and welcome. Some of us went to college in an earlier century, when race car drivers were fat and their tires were skinny. Always good to see a ZHP in fine shape with more miles than...
  2. This thread has been dormant for almost a year,...

    This thread has been dormant for almost a year, so I'll give it a wake-up shake by going back to the "preferred tires" discussion. Because I've known and worked with the dealer for 25+ years and...
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    Yes, that's a good way to loosen any tapered ...

    Yes, that's a good way to loosen any tapered bolts that have almost seized in their tapered pockets. A good sized brass drift to whack on will keep you from dinging the surrounding metal. By the...
  4. Bang for the buck

    Smolk, my story is eerily similar to yours. Mine is a silver '04, bought late last year with 133k. The price was so good I figure I can do some decent upgrades and still have a reasonable cost/mile...
  5. I'm delighted to hear you are happy with your...

    I'm delighted to hear you are happy with your choice, as I had about decided on the same FSD/stock combo and really needed to hear someone else's experience with it. Getting ready to put new rubber...
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    Poll: Interesting discussion, guys. I come to the...

    Interesting discussion, guys. I come to the table from a very different perspective compared to most of you. The ZHP option was unknown to me up until 5 months ago. After 13 years of driving older...
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    My thinking contained in the original question...

    My thinking contained in the original question was that the LSD allows additional torque to be transmitted to the mounts, as compared to an open diff that can "bleed off" some torque through...
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    I can't speak to the E46 system, but suspect it...

    I can't speak to the E46 system, but suspect it is similar to the E36 setup. My 328i was leaking fluid slowly for some time and I waited for better weather to tear into it. Finally on a nice spring...
  9. Sticky: One More Thing...

    It helps to keep in mind that any time you are under a car that has been lifted with a 'Harbor Freight Type' floor jack you are trusting your life to a ten-cent Chinese O-ring in the hydraulic...
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    Yep. When I replaced the radiator on my E36 it...

    Yep. When I replaced the radiator on my E36 it was a real pain to pull the fan shroud and fan, so I cut the shroud horizontally across the middle and pop-riveted a tab on each side while it was out...
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    Amen! You will soon say the rechargeable impact...

    Amen! You will soon say the rechargeable impact wrench is some of the best money you ever spent. Just be careful - easy to overdue it if you don't pay attention.
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    You got it (see above.) By the way, my youngest...

    You got it (see above.) By the way, my youngest daughter lives in Austin, and they say it is not like Albany....
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    Late fall in Virginia. 31509

    Late fall in Virginia.
    31509
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    On the oil cooler question, I have some I...

    On the oil cooler question, I have some I salvaged from RX7's years ago when I was working on them and had some parts cars. You'd have to adapt lines/fittings to them, but they are pretty solid and...
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    Good to have you. Je suis nouveau aussi. We...

    Good to have you. Je suis nouveau aussi. We spent a wonderful week in Dordogne last year and it was fun trying to recall my francaise from 50+ years ago. Talk about rust!
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    Just make sure whoever paints it guarantees their...

    Just make sure whoever paints it guarantees their work (including color match). Then don't be shy about insisting on a good match.
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    A thought regarding diff subframe issues

    There has been substantial discussion of body cracks in the rear subframe mounting points, as most of you well know. This had been a problem for E36 as well as E46 cars, and seems to be correlated...
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    Thanks. You guys are killing my with with all...

    Thanks. You guys are killing my with with all the upgrades - you must be making too much money! Reminds me of what we used to say about why a sailboat is called "she" - because like a woman, the...
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    Nice Folks

    Thanks Cid (I well remember waiting for that movie to hit the theaters in '62). I'm enjoying the warm welcome already, but am somewhat overwhelmed by the volume of good info available on this site. ...
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    Very good Vas. The Valley has a well-deserved...

    Very good Vas. The Valley has a well-deserved reputation for beauty and hospitable folks. A son-in-law is from Bridgewater and I'm familiar with the Harrisonburg area - in fact a couple of years...
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    Nice. After driving, maintaining, and repairing...

    Nice. After driving, maintaining, and repairing a variety of machinery for over 50 years, I've come to appreciate quality of design, materials, and workmanship. In the mid 80's a buddy asked me to...
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    Near Lynchburg (you can't get much more central...

    Near Lynchburg (you can't get much more central than that!)
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    A major portion of repair costs is usually labor....

    A major portion of repair costs is usually labor. If you can DIY it makes a tremendous difference (but of course this applies to any brand.) For me, much of the pleasure of having the car is...
  24. Sticky: 25 or more years ago I was working on the starter...

    25 or more years ago I was working on the starter of an RX7 that was resting on two jackstands in the front. The car was in gear but the handbrake was off. I hot wired the starter and somehow the...
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    New to you in central VaS

    Make that central Va
    So new that I have not titled or registered the '04 ZHP I bought in North Carolina a week ago, so it sits in my side yard until Old Faithful ('96 328i,) my daily...
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