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Posted by dpeete on January 11, 2000 at 17:26:33:

In Reply to: performance/handling ???'s //M (long) posted by broadster on January 11, 2000 at 17:05:18:

Hello Brad,
I too have a 2000 Estoril MZ3. My performance mods to date consist of the following:

Engine-
Dinan Chip
Dinan Intake
Custom Conical Air Filter
Supersprint Exhaust (DTM Tips)

Suspension-
Dinan Springs and Shocks
Dinan Strut Bar

Brakes-
ATE Super Blue Fluid
And Next Week...
EBC Red Stuff Brake Pads
Euro Rotors
UUC Shift Kit
UUC Tranny Mount Enforcers
UUC Clutch Stop

Of these upgrades, I would recommend starting with the suspension. The engine is a jewel and has a little more performance potential with add-ons, but for me the bigger performance benefits came from the spring/shock change. The shocks/springs helped with controlling the BMW-induced understeer and also got rid of the excessive tail-squat you see under acceleration.

On the track I quickly was shown the limitations of the stock brake pads and the continued understeer tendency of the car despite the shock/spring change. As a result, the brake pad change is happening now, and a sway-bar change will be coming as soon as UUC Motorwerks releases tubular sway bars for the M Roadster. I believe that this brake/suspension setup will have much more of an effect on lap times then any engine changes.

I am not thumbing my nose at the engine mods, I love them and would do them all, but if I was to take a phased approach at upgrades I would prioritize suspension/brakes before engine.

My $.02 - happy motoring,
Doug

: I'm a newbie to the world of MZ3's, so if my questions are too broad, my apologies... I plan on upgrading my 2000 MZ3 over the next year in 2 areas: Performance and Handling. My only real exposure has been to Dinans product line, which I'm impressed with, though not from an experts viewpoint.

: My criteria are: I'd like to get the car as quick as possible without voiding BMW's warranties/maintenance agreements and I'd like it to be competitive on the track, but still able to be driven around town (pretty vague, huh?).

: I know there is a lot that can be done to these cars, but I don't know where to start (software, exhaust, superchargers, suspension -stage I,II or II, etc.). I plan on making this somewhat of a project, so I'll provide a website with the progression in case anyone is interested.

: Thoughts?

: Any help will be greatly appreciated!
: Brad
: 2000 Estoril Blue MZ3




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