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  1. Fully correct. The oval plates were the old german custom plates here until some years ago. Nowadays called export plates, do have rectangular shape, red field on the right showing the date of expiry in it. Best regards, Lars.
  2. The doorside hinge with the lever comes a bit thicker than the tunnelside hinge without lever. That's the reason why the tabs do have different length. Never had a clearance problem with the tunnel when a passenger seat was mounted on driver's side - quite common "easy repair" back then, because the passengers most often came in better conditions. With that the special screws in the lower arm of the hinge come in different length, too - long=door and short=tunnel. Had new ones fabricated some time ago - if someone is in need, drop me a PM (I'm located in Germany, though). The "Gummiauflage" rubber that belongs on the tab protects the chrome (or black paint) and additionally helps reducing play. But it doesn't fully eliminate play, seat backs most always keep rattling a bit. If you adjust the hooks with the inside bowdens, it can help a bit, but if you adjust too tight, you'll have to throw the backs backwards with brute force to get both hooks to lock safely. Best regards, Lars.
  3. If anybody is interested. Historic 3h as a prologue to the 24h on Saturday is in livestream on Youtube right now. 02, E24, E30 plus all the others. Search: ADAC TOTAL 24h Rennen / 24h Classic Best regards, Lars.
  4. Nice! If you do have spare time and a car this weekend, consider to come to Reutlingen-Mittelstadt where the Schwabentreffen 02 meeting will take place. For any further info drop me a PN. There's also taking place the meeting of BMW Club Europe in the area of Lago di Garda this weekend as a friend has told me, who is going to go there. Not too long a drive from Munich, too, and very nice landscape in the area. Best regards, Lars.
  5. Myself I'm not too much into turbos, always preferred the A4s from Alpina. But a friend while fetching the turbo seats I redid for him told me yesterday, that they're currently trying to repro a batch of turbo exhaust manifolds. Lots of 2002turbo experience since the 80s he would be the one for me to ask, should I ever have a question on any detail. I'd estimate he had somewhere in between 50-100 turbos going through his hands over the years - not only a private enthusiast for himself but also an old car's dealer. If there's any interest here, I can try to follow this project and post here, if there might be a successful outcome. Currently they do have the 3D scans ready and are working on a better alloy (not sure if that's the correct translation / I'm german / "Legierung" is the german word) than the original one, as he has told me. Best regards, Lars.
  6. Didn't see the topic earlier. This is what came with the Zender rear spoilers: Turbo rear spoilers came from Kamei and the rubber was a bit softer than with the Zenders. Kamei came both factory turbo and later also aftermarket, aftermarket ones didn't show BMW OEM numbers but Kamei logo and a number of their own (only difference I could recognize while comparing). Installation guide might be helpful for the turbo spoilers, too. Except some spoilers came with studs and others with vulcanized threads - but I've forgotten meanwhile, if the difference was early vs. later or Kamei/turbo vs. Zender. Best regards, Lars.
  7. It's quite crazy to imagine that they drive through there at around 185mph at least in some areas. 😱 Even for me as a german, who is maybe more used to go let's say 150 on the Autobahn, when there's no speed limit and low traffic, as a typical US citizen would supposedly be. Best regards, Lars.
  8. They should be only maybe a tad wider than E21 Recaros. With that they should fit into an 02. Have been checking them out in the showroom of our local Recaro dealer three or four weeks ago, while I had to wait. Didn't really measure, though. Best regards, Lars.
  9. ... but it still is the Monaco F1 circuit. Monaco Start Ziel klein.mp4 Sainte Devote and up to the Casino. Nearly missed the police stopping the van on the side and had to turn the phone down fast. A GoPro or similar would've been better, but as I was in the area for work I went with a company's car. Monaco Tunnel klein.mp4 Mirabeau, Grand Hotel hairpin, tunnel and harbour. They were still tidying up, piles of guardrails lying around and parts of the stands still visible. Best regards, Lars.
  10. I'm sorry, Steve - didn't want to trigger anything like that. 😋😋😋 The picture of the white leather interior is from Okke's 2002 automatic from the Netherlands, isn't it? The car is (or at least was two weeks ago) for sale as he has his tii touring about ready. Best regards, Lars.
  11. The triangular Alpina setup is an air collector without a filter inside and was developed for the 3 series E21, not for 02. Main reason was, that the 02 TI can didn't fit the E21 front wheel arch in the engine bay anymore. Second reason were the emission rules getting stricter concerning exhaust fumes and noise here in Germany all throughout the 70s. If correctly jetted it works well with a 125hp A1/3 setup and a 150hp A2/3 setup with dual Solex DDH. Best regards, Lars.
  12. Well Mark, Norbert's engine lasts a whole season meanwhile. But don't ask, how long it took him to get there and find out all the right components. Conrods broke, pistons collapsed, rocker arms broke, etc. As durable also is the other one I've posted the diagram from. But of course it also didn't last nor didn't produce the hp on first try, although there was in no way as much "kawooom" as it was with Norbert's monster. And of course you're right. Pushing your Schnitzer to the edge makes no sense in no way. You don't plan to win any championships anymore with the car, don't you? So driveability, durability and costs are the factors much more important today. Best regards, Lars.
  13. Yes Mark, it's a SOHC M10 built up for historical racing according to FIA rule Annex K. 259hp in top row is german DIN-PS which equals 255bhp according to the conversion factors I found on the i-net. Mr Kaerner once has told me, that Alpina's race M10s with slide throttle made slightly more than 240PS in their best examples back in the original days. And he added with a grin: "Those we kept for ourselves and everything below 235 was also for sale for the customers." Norbert (friend of mine active in uphill racing) and Harry (Norbert's tune-up and dyno guy) both unanimously told me, that they've touched 270PS, too. But Norbert's M10 is "a bit" different concerning the internals, as he's not racing under historical but under Group H rules, which allow some more modifications. Basically also a 2L SOHC M10, though. Norbert revs up to 9200 and sometimes also 9500 in case he "feels" it's needed. Quite near to craziness ... For the Schnitzer 16V I've heard of 320 to 330PS reached with the later non-turbo 2L. Mr Schnitzer also nodded, when I was asking him about that numbers in the talk I had with him at Salzburgring in 2018. Best regards, Lars.
  14. The Dianas all had the early Recaro Idealsitz recovered in special color leather as were the door cards. I've completed a pair of this seat type on friday: If you take a close look you can see it on this old photo: Coincidentally Andy Andexer has posted a photo on our german forum that he took last week: Three survivors together, will not be seen too often again. On the right is Andy's Diana, on the left is Reiner Ahrend's, which was Hubert Hahne's personal car and the only one with an M30 big six installed from new. BTW I've read that Mr Hahne died in late April at the age of 84 - may he rest in peace. His car originally had a 2,5L M30, which was replaced when broken by an 3,6/3,7L experimental one Mr Hahne got directly from BMW Motorsport. Rolf, the mechanic who has put the engine in back in the days, has told me about it and Reiner confirmed this one to be still in the car (they've done a little overhaul while restoration and could see piston size while the head was off). The yellow one in the middle came back from the Canary Islands to Germany not too long ago and was restored by Andy. There's one more Diana over here - the green one with the Zender box-style fender extensions owned by Michael Cahsel. And there are rumors concerning maybe two ot three more somewhere in the world (Japan, Iran, etc.), but I've never seen photos or other evidence for one of those really still existing. Concerning perforated leather in the seat centers: 2000CS Coupé had that, the following photos are from Martin's example with still original factory leather. Demonstrably original factory leather in 02 I've only seen with smooth centers over all the years. Which of course can only point in a direction but isn't a final proof. Best regards, Lars.
  15. I'd like to in some way support Toby's words. First: Never understood, if the way octane measuring is standardized in US is comparable to like it is over here in Europe. That said most people over here (Germany) do run on SuperPlus what is said to have 98 octane. The ones with 10,5:1 and higher compression ratios do more often use Shell V-Power or Aral Ultimate which are said to have 100 or 102 octane. For additional info it seems much more common over here to keep the stock Solex 1bbl carbs than it seems to be in US - conversions to e.g. Weber DGV/DGAV are about unknown. Now there wasn't just only one case I've heard of or seen in which the use of TI or tii pistons (9,5:1) in an otherwise stock (Solex 40PDSI, 0231180005 or earlier aequivalent dizzy) 2002 resulted in detonation issues. Mostly the solution is to put on a set of sidedrafts as EFI can cause problems with TUV in combination with the rules for number plates for historical cars (silly but true / standard number plates are possible, but meanwhile quite expensive for cars without catalytic converters over here). Best regards, Lars.

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