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Minor Pedal Enhancements on my BMW Z3 M-Coupe

I have installed a Tuner Motorsports  E36 Adjustable Short Throw Clutch Pedal.    While this is info on my M-Coupe install, any E36 BMW has the same pedals, so I won't be offended if an M3 owner reads this I guess. Reasons why?        The factory clutch pedal leaned to the left side and was unsightly.  This is because it is made of plastic compounded by the fact that the spring is mounted on the right of the pedal lever, forcing it to migrate leftward over time.  Lots of people think a bushing replacement will fix leaning, I doubt that but it may have minor benefit and those bushings are indeed old anyway.         I have some orthopedic problems with my left ankle and don't know how much longer I'll able to drive a 3-pedal car.  This adjustable lever will hopefully reduce the pedal effort as well. AC Schnitzer covers are oxidized. The clutch leans left pretty badly in the photo  and is far worse in person. Shopping list with links to where I got them. 1. Tuner Motorports Pe

Why a Z3 M Coupe?

Let me start by saying selling my 993 Carrera in 2016, while necessary, hurt me pretty badly. While that Porsche was the ultimate expression of just how cool I really am, it just wasn't an accurate expression of how underfinanced I really am. When it sold on BAT i swore I'd return! I swore to return with Car Guy vengeance.  I would climb the highest mountain, fast and meditate as long as it takes to come up with the ultimate, but affordable car guy acquisition. This acquisition would fill my empty soul. That next acquisition would meet the following criteria. 1. Cost next to nothing. 2. Seat at least 3 people (is the McLaren F1 expensive?) 3. Come in a manual transmission 4. Speak volumes about my genius via it's esoteric coolness 5. It should also be the fastest car I've ever owned. 6. Unnaturally aspirated (helps with the Colorado altitude) Well I haven't rocked all 6 bullet points, but the Z3 M-Coupe is darn close and perhaps I can work on item 6, and I would

Old Yellow, our 2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport

I know, I've heard it a thousand times.  "Why do you put so much effort and money into cars only to sell them ?"    Some guy once introduced me as "the guy that always sells his cars."   Hey!  i'm not Jay Leno, so when I want to start another project something has to fund it!  Truthfully, buying and selling cars simply is the only thing I think about in my spare time.                                            In hindsight any number of cars I've owed in the past could have sufficed as my "forever" vehicle.  But once they are done, my mind starts to wander.  It seems the only vehicle that interests me is the NEXT vehicle.  I need help. Anyway here is the latest example of my overspending and stupidity.  We are pretty much done with the XJ and focusing on more on our BMW Coupe project and our TRD-Pro these days.  I wish we could keep them all, but space also dictates "thinning the herd" every few years.    Note: Door skins are showing