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  1. The smooth horn pad 3 spoke wheel of 1968 is of much higher quality as the horn actuation buttons in the spokes are metal, vs. plastic as in later years. The polished bezel surrounding the smooth horn pad is a part of the steering wheel structure vs. being just a piece of plastic and part of the pad itself as on later years. The difference in quality is very noticeable even in the pics above. The 68 wheel is also the largest of all the wheels I've seen on 02s, but it makes for effortless steering.


    I’ve also had a factory wood wheel that was otherwise identical to the 68 wheel. In addition to some E3 and E9 cars, I believe it was fitted to some 02s in Great Britain.


    The 1966-67 1600s were fitted with the smaller and more elegant single spoke steering wheel. Horn actuation is a little awkward, but  instrument visibility is unsurpassed. It mates well with the 66-67 trim and interior.




  2. 19 hours ago, SydneyTii said:

    Can’t say I get this bit about maintenance, a Tii is qhuite a set and forget car, sure regular maintenance that you do to any other car, but what’s the extra you need to do with a Tii over a carb 02,

    A well setup Tii is a lovely car to drive.

    id go along with the space aspect, but take out the battery and air cleaner in about 10 mins and there’s not much you can’t access. The same lack of access could be said for a ti with factory air box.

    yes Tii specific parts aren’t cheap, but a kuglefischer pump isn’t unobtanium!

    Even an A4 isn’t that hard to setup, unless you have wear in the components,

    All the 02’s are straight forward to fettle. 

    The big coupe is simply stunning, and definitely one of the nicest cars I’ve ever seen, but you need serious skills or coin to fix a rusty one.

    if i could I’d have one of every 02 model, in particular a turbo, an A4s and a baur,  and just because I could (you know cos I’m already in fantasy land) I have a csi...... but Santa isnt real and the Easter bunny’s suit is getting a bit tight now...


    I don’t want to start a war with some of you Tii commandos, but the tii is a more complex car compared to the standard 02, especially an early single carbed roundie.  I can set the timing without a timing light, set the fuel air mixture and idle on the carb and change the plugs on an early single carbed 02 in a matter of minutes. Try doing that on a tii. Some of us here have a lot fatter wallets and don’t consider the extra expenses associated with the tii as relevant. But, if you’re on a lower budget, it makes the difference between driving your car and having it sitting for months or years until you can save for the additional parts and/or repairs. I got my first 02 on a student budget back in high school. And, I was agle to drive it and maintain it through my college days on a student budget. A tii would have been out of the question. And, it still doesn’t make any sense considering its price. Sure, I can buy both, the E9 and the tii now, but I’d much rather buy a couple of standard 02s or a standard 02 and a 2000 Coupe for the price of a tii. If you must have a Big Six, go for the E3. It feels stiffer, safer and lighter compared to the E9.



  3. 6 minutes ago, zinz said:

    Best of both worlds...2000CS.
    First generation Coupe; 2002 drivetrain, lighter than an e9, gorgeous walnut and chrome interior, avant-garde styling

    It's good you brought up the 2000 Coupe. It is certainly more elegant than the later big six coupes which followed. Yes, it's a little heavier than the 02 which uses the same engine, but you can always get the 2000CS with the Ti motor. It's certainly more economical and easier to maintain than the big six or the tii. They spared no expenses in making the 2000Coupe; all the wood and chrome trim etc.

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  4. I will be the Ney- Sayer, and my answer is, "NEITHER".

    I once had a Hungarian friend in the Hollywood Hills. And, every time I saw her I jokingly asked, are you from Buda or Pest (The two parts of Budapest divided by the Danube, with one side having a higher status). And, she always answered, "Neither"

    So back to BMWs,

    Both, the Tii and the E9 coupe are cliche BMWs, recognized by people outside the BMW realm. When I drive my 67 1600 or my other car, a 69 1600, the ley men often ask, "Is that a Tii", because that's all they know. From the perspective of someone who's been turning a wrench on my own cars and occasionally on other BMWs, and driving my cars since 1982, I can confidently state that both, the Tii and the E9, are not worth the hassle.

    As far as the E 9 coupe is concerned you would be much better off with the sedan which is a more practical, roomier and better handling car. It is also cheaper to maintain as coupe specific parts are very expensive.

    The Tii offers good performance, but the cost outweighs the benefit. Again, tii specific parts are expensive. And, there is more maintenance associated with the car. The injection pump is very expensive and the same holds for the tii specific water pump. If you work on your own car, you won’t be happy with the cramped engine compartment and layout compared the standard 2002. The tii has an additional 20-30 horses over the standard 2002, but you can easily build an 02 to get comparable performance. The tii is often 2X or 3X more expensive than the standard 02. I’m not a fan of the tii or the trim associated with the US spec tii.

    Now, if you’re a die hard gearhead who’s not afraid of turning a wrench and modifying your tii with the addition of the Alpina injection system etc, then by all regards get one. But, a used Alpina injection is about $5,000, although I don’t think the Alpina slide throttle design is very practical for the street. You can spend $$$$ with any of these cars, especially the tii and E9.

    So, that’s my Ney-Say for the day.





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  5. A fellow 02 pilot from my hometown of Burbank. This is a pretty small town, and I've never met you. Surely you must have seen me putting around in my 02s. That is just about all I drive.You really seem to have your car dialed in, and you are obviously a good driver considering how smoothly you're negotiating your way around that track at those high speeds. I've seen both, Kevin and Jeff out there, and they are very good drivers as well. Watching all this, I'm motivated to get an 02 race car, even at my age. The 02s race cars are a good deal compared to some of the other stuff out there like the $250K+  60s era SWB Porsche 911s. I'd like to check out your car. Hitting 115mph with a 4.11 diff ? I didn't think it would be possible with a 1:1 ratio in top gear, if that is what you have in that car.  

  6. If your strut and stub axle are from the 68 1600 and haven't been replaced with ones from a 2002, your inner bearing is different from the more readily available bearings for the 2002. The outer bearing is the same as on the 2002, though. The stub axle on your inner bearing is 2mm larger in diameter compared to the one on the 2002. Yes, it's actually beefier. But, not as beefy as the Tii sub axle which is 4mm larger at this point compared to the standard 2002. The last time I changed my bearings on my 1600, I looked everywhere, and in the end I found them at the local Pep Boy.  None of the familiar BMW parts vendors had them. And most weren't even aware of the difference. I believe the 68 2002 with the single line brakes also has this larger inner bearing stub axle diameter. I have no clue why BMW went with the smaller inner stub axle diameter when it changed over to the duel circuit brakes in mid 69.

  7. You're comparing apples to oranges. Both great cars in their own realms, but marque aside, I would assume most 02 enthusiasts would pick the 550 as it is the sportier of the two, essentially a race car. It's also worth millions $$$$$$. But, a better comparison would be to the BMW 700RS Spyder. That would be a difficult choice since BMW only built two 700 RS spyders which are essentially priceless and probably worth millions $$$$$$ as well.




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  8. Unfortunately, the only way you can be 100% sure of what you're getting is to restore the car from a good base. And, this takes a lot of time, effort and $$$$, especially if you are not doing most of the work yourself. I don't think I longer have the time and patience. I don't know. It's all gotten very expensive. And, it is certainly not as fun.



  9. Mahle made 1mm oversize pistons for the 1.6, 1.8 and 2.0 M10 motors. They are not listed in the factory manuals, though. The Mahle piston box is labeled with the piston size, compression ratio and the required bore size for the piston, which is usually about .05mm larger than the piston.

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  10. https://losangeles.craigslist.org/wst/cto/d/napa-1966-porsche-912-coupe/6956946410.html


    Up until about 2010 a Porsche 912 was a very affordable classic car. You could have picked up a very clean example for about $8,000. And, now this ?

    I'm familiar with the 356 and 912 Porsches as I worked on them from time to time. I think that the 912 is in many ways much more practical and economical compared to the 911.

    But recently their prices have sky rocketed, and they have become quite a status symbol among the new young professionals who have recently acquired them here in Los Angeles. One would think they just acquired a 356GS Carrera of 550 spyder. "Oh, I recently bought an 02, but you know, I own a 912". OK ! So what. What's the big deal ?  912 owners once cowered, exclaiming "Well I couldn't afford a 911, it's my first car" etc. But now, it's an all together different matter. Recently, I went to one of these "Cars & Coffee" events in LA where a bunch of these 912 Yahoos were hanging out. I found them so obnoxious that I will never go again. It's just a 912, and in the end it's just a car.

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  11. On 9/11/2019 at 5:16 AM, Mike A said:

    The age old “collector” vs “enthusiast” mindset....the single most overused term over on the early 911S forum is the word “correct “, as in “that’s not correct”. 

    Yes, "Correct" is certainly one of the main key words among the Porsche fanatics. Most of those people can't  turn a wrench, but they're all over you if they feel that something isn't "correct" with your car. Sure, I'm also guilty of pointing out year specific differences on 02's, but I also understand that we have to make do with what we have. Many of us are driving Frankensteins, not by choice, but out of practical necessity. Back during the 80s the 356 was a daily driver car vs. a solely "Cars & Coffee" show car. People drove around their beat up Porsches with dents, faded paint and dripping oil. And now it's like "How dare you park your 02 next to my pristine, "Correct" 356". Many of these new owners are young professionals who can't even change the oil on their car. Are we not men ? We are Devo, "D", "E", "V", "O". Yes, I too, went to a top tier university, but I also learned to get my hands greasy and crawl underneath cars at the wrecking yards, located in the hot sweltering bowls of Los Angeles. Nothing like rolling around in sand and oil on a 100 + degree day in a yard located next to a garbage dump, where the breeze is blowing in your direction. But, I got to get that "Limited Slip" off the 320i. I just got one stubborn bolt left. "Limited Slip" fever will drive a man to desperation. I know. I was afflicted with it at one time.

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  12. I’ve been around the BMW world since 1982, And. Since then I, too, have suffered various afflictions specific to BMW. So, I hope some of you newbies don’t get offended as my message is also self deprecating.

    “Tii” fever:

    This fever is highly contagious and has been spreading at an alarming rate. People afflicted with it measure everything in terms of “Tii”. They keep repeating “Tii” while talking about any 02. They tend to view all other 02s as lower rungs  of the 02 ladder. 


    The “Alpina” high altitude sickness:

    Nobody is quite sure of what exactly constitutes a true “Alpina” , and the high altitude Alpina sickness is just as elusive. People afflicted with it are fixate on “Alpina”, but are unable to clearly define “Alpina”. The Alpina induction system has sucked the oxygen around them, and they are left impaired similar to a mountain climber left without his oxygen bottle at high altitude.


    The “Euro” Dysentery:

    Worst than Montezuma’s revenge, people afflicted with this malady label everything as “Euro”. Euro comes out of their mouths and behinds like a liquid manure. They throw “Euro” everywhere and over everything.


    The “Limited Slip”:

    People afflicted with this disease have a certain gait to their walk. They are convinced that a limited slip is the solution, but they are wrong. Recognizing this stubbornness is a major factor to overcoming this disease.  


    Yes, at one time or another I’ve been afflicted with some of these, although, I haven’t contracted “Tii” fever, yet. I’ve been especially careful. 

    Cure & Treatment:

    The only known cure or treatment is to drive a plane jane early, 6V, bone stock 1600 for a couple of years.

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  13. Finally, somebody not afflicted by "Tii" fever; a realistic price for a Tii. It doesn't look that bad.


    There are other fevers and catch words afflicting the BMW crowd. They include the "Alpina" high altitude sickness and the "Euro" dysentery.



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  14. One of my friends relocated his batter under the rear seat. He used an Optima battery which can be mounted on its side to prevent a potential hazard of the seat springs and frame coming on in contact with the terminals. He used cables from a newer BMW he found at the junkyard. I think it was one of the e30 series. He never had any problems with it.

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  15. I understand many of you guys are relocating your battery to the trunk, But I don't understand why on a street car ? The trunk space is reduced considerably with that "Ultimate" duel purpose battery mount / rear shock tower brace. I've seen some battery relocations under the rear seat, but that's not the greatest place either for a street car.


    That's my Nay-Say for the day,



  16. I've always been of the opinion that the long neck diffs are a better design; You can change drive flange seal without worrying about the internal crush collar, they hold more oil, and they are heavier. That is one location on an 02 where you want more weight. BMW switched to the short neck probably because it cost less to produce.

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  17. If you currently have a 3.64 diff and an OD 5 speed, your rpms at 80mph in 5th gear should be about 3,400rpm. And that is with tires at or near stock diameter. Your RPM reading is way too high. If you had a 3.90, you would be turning 3.660rpms in 5th at 80, which is nearer to your reading. With a 4.10 diff and an OD 5 speed you'll be turning about 3850 rpm at 80 mph. Are you sure you have a 3.64 diff ? It sounds like you have a 3.90 or possibly 4.10.

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  18. I've attached pics of the ashtray and its tray. Notice the details, including the small plastic wheels in the tray which serve to guide and secure the ashtray. These guide wheels are installed through a metal tab serving as a spring to provide tension for the ashtray.  Certainly, a very well crafted, but over engineered German part. They simplified things and did away with these parts as production progressed, so to lower cost of production. I had a lot of these things, but I gave away most of them to fellow 02 owners who all wanted to install one of these dashes in their cars. But, none of them ever did, and I'm sure the ashtrays are collecting dust in their parts stashes. I came across about thirty 1967 era 1600s at the local U Pick Part salvage yards during the 90s. A few of them were 1966 cars. And, it was sad to see these cars get crushed. I tried, though, to salvage parts with my very limited resources.

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