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  • 07-29-2010, 10:33 AM

    Re: Zionsville Radiator

    i know it is past the point now, but i bought zionsville and never looked back. worth every penny.

  • 07-21-2010, 01:43 AM

    ans: not as important with al tank...but.. concern would be that it didn't vibrate against tank surface anywhere..Will be adding black 1/4"closed-cell foam on my Fluidyne install and trim shroud as needed(if any)..then cover any "new" edge with BMW black 5mm edge trim...probably paint bottom cap BMW silver...working on glovebox for moment..reinforcements galore!..Z3 Cheers! dk '97 2.8 bg R, +1, etc..
  • 07-20-2010, 08:14 PM

    Re: saw your pics on the other board...

    Have some pics above here too under my original post ^^

    Everything went real smooth, only issue was the fan shroud - as you noted about the asymmetry between tanks - fan shroud is not quite flush maybe a couple mm gap on one side, little trimming required around the lower intake hose - by the way - how important is the fan shroud anyway??
  • 07-20-2010, 05:08 PM

    saw your pics on the other board...

    ...your Mishi sure looked better than the one i rec'd..Fortunately my seller is A#1..My new Fluidyne unit is in transit(at some added cost, but a sweet deal)..and hopefully my Z3'ing Wifey will be happier sooon..Just for posterity: Mishimoto was very willing to make me VERY happy with a replacement unit, but after much thought, I went another way..Z3 Cheers! Dk '97 2.8 bg R,+1, etc..
  • 07-19-2010, 06:02 PM

    It's in all systems go

    The fan shroud: I did trim around the lower radiator hose slightly - to allow the fan shroud a little more room around that - I also trimmed the tabs a little to allow the shroud to fit in a little lower - fitting the fan shroud was really the only hassle..

    Filled, Bled, and took for a trip, everything appears to be working good.
  • 07-18-2010, 03:15 PM

    Re: did you modify it at all, or just drop it in?

    As you see it in the pictures it just dropped in, only issues I see are a slight trim of one of the fan shroud tabs, the grommets that fit in the top are loose, some electrical tape around them should allow them to fit snug, and I needed to get some screws in place of the pin fasteners.

    The VSL rad, which is identical in price and dimensions does come with custom grommets and the screws.. Mishimoto has lifetime warranty no questions asked - even if you get in an accident.

    Again I am not finished, hopefully there will be no other issues.
  • 07-18-2010, 01:18 AM

    did you modify it at all, or just drop it in?

    97 2.8 Arctic Silver - Tanin Red interior with wood console - black top

    Whalen Shift Machine, polished - Type II windscreen (non roll-hoops) - Bilstein HD shocks/struts
    Axxis Metal Master pads - Brembo rotors - Doug Whalen seat bushings
    Passenger Eject (unfortunately non-functional) - OEM Passenger Airbag Disable switch
    Polk Audio all around - Blaupunkt PA amps - LeatherZ Mark II armrest - Strong Strut Trio
  • 07-17-2010, 08:11 PM


    Fitment looks pretty good, looks like NO issues with stock airbox interference:

  • 07-17-2010, 07:57 PM


  • 07-14-2010, 09:46 PM

    Re: How many miles when your stock blew?

    141,000. Yes, it was a long afternoon.
  • 07-14-2010, 07:56 PM

    How many miles when your stock blew?

    Yeah zionsville looks like a great unit, if the mishimoto doesn't work out, I might go that route, 84 through Hartford not a pleasant place to have it go south.. Hope to start the install in a day or two.
  • 07-14-2010, 07:51 PM

    Re: Zionsville Radiator

    My stock blew on I-84 in Hartford bout a month ago. Replaced with Zionsville and got new thermostat. Temperature rock steady in the middle in stop and go traffic during 104 degree F New England heat wave last week.
  • 07-09-2010, 07:28 PM

    Re: any comment on the quality?..i rec'd mine & it's..

    I thought it looked pretty good, on first inspection, which was not very thorough, didn't notice any bowing - but will check again more carefully! I did get some M6-12mm screws for the shroud attachment (factory pins will not work, but honestly it will be better - one of those fell out and wrecked the shroud after mechanic replaced pump a while back) One of the screws took a bit of work to get in - I guess it was a threading issue - but I worked it in carefully and should be fine now. Will report back if I see any quality issues. I plan to take some pics when I get to putting the thing in!
  • 07-09-2010, 05:42 PM

    any comment on the quality?..i rec'd mine & it's..

    not as expected..some bad symmetry on the top and bottom caps,with incomplete welds..tanks are nicely done, but slightly out of alignment..and some bowing at top(etc.)..the Seller(to be named shortly) advised some units are notsogood cuz' of shipping but this one looks like it was a poor effort by the junior guy on the line..Seller advised i should contact Mishimoto for a warranty claim(seems less than fair to me, i didn't Pop$$$ to wait 6+wks for a ??)..On the plus side, a decent unit should fit, with minor alteration to oe intake horn..and the material quality is "good", the overflow spigit is fairly stout(certainly when compared to oe)...Note:all this cuz i was "lucky" enough to notice pin-hole sized crack at very top of oe unit @53k mi..."leaky-lucky",i guess...but it doesn't look like i'm gonna put this one back on the road anytime soon..will post some pics later...Z3 Cheers! dk '97 2.8 bg R,+1(Alpine wh/Evergreen HT)
  • 07-08-2010, 11:04 AM

    Yes, please keep us updated!

  • 07-07-2010, 07:37 PM

    Received my Mishimoto today

    Good news:
    The top measures 26 1/4".

    If you add the port for the fan switch sensor, with screw, then it's around 27", but not 27.7

    Will let you all know if I have issues when I install it, should do it next week when my other parts come in..
  • 07-02-2010, 01:56 PM

    If the dimensions are accurate: 27.7"wide...

    ..then the oem intake will not fit..the std rad has a cutout to allow the intake horn to "pass by"...Mishi, SVL e36 don't have the cutout..i don't see a problem with the oe airbox itself, just the airhorn..this is in reference to a '98 2.8 btw..I'll likely rebend/reflex of the airhorn to fit & add a lower path similar to the M style box(but with an intake next to the alternator cooling tube)..More Z3 fun! Yum!...Z3 Cheers! dk '97 2.8 bg R,+1
  • 07-01-2010, 09:58 PM

    Here is a post I got: about VSL install in 99 2.8

    "My VSL Radiator came with all mounting hardware including bolts for the fan shroud..... the Mishimoto looks exactly like the VSL so i wouldnt be surprised if it showed up with the bolts too :D

    you wont have any issues with the stock airbox at all... it's all good other than some very minor plastic trimming of the shroud for a perfect fit.

    i would recommend using some thread sealant on the coolant sensor threads and the drain plug as they are plain pipe threads."

    I hope he is right, and that the 00 2.3 has similar stock airbox/rad spacing/config as the 99 2.8
  • 07-01-2010, 09:30 PM

    I did a quick measurement..

    and looked in there, looks like I have an inch or 2, as long as it is not too fat or too much wider I don't see a physical restriction.. but it will be tight, found a couple posters that said they already used it and it did fit ('01 3.0 with stock airbox IIRC), and another that said e36 rads fit but reduce air intake slightly - at least cold air, I will found out soon enough, mine arrives mid next week.

    Posting any pics or info is always appreciated!!

    VSL and Mishimoto have exactly the same dimensions, specs, cost, almost as if same manufacturer..
  • 07-01-2010, 07:03 PM
    Robert Platt Bell

    Good Price!

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