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    remove the engine??

    There is talk that the "performance upgrade" involves removing the Z8's engine. This sounds like a procedure that will likely cause other mechanical problems and/or cosmetic deficiencies. Am I overreacting or can this be done safely??


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    Re: remove the engine??

    Believe me, at my local BMW dealership, this would be a problem. There are only a handful of Z8s in my area.....I'm sure no one at the dealership has ever undertaken anything remotely like this. And what about the fixes at the rear shock towers?

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    Re: remove the engine??

    The only location I would trust is the authorized aluminum repair center (ARC) in Oxnard California.

    Two problems; 1 have to ship the car there, 2 they have a long waiting list.

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    Re: remove the engine??

    I have never heard of a strut tower brace which required the engine to be removed for installation. If the brace is triangulated to provide multiple attachment points, perhaps there would be a need to access areas of the engine bay which are inaccessable when the engine is in place to install attachment points. In any case, removal of the engine is not that difficult, just time consuming. If your local dealer has well-trained mechanics, they should be able to handle the project without damaging your car in any way. The engine in my Z8 has been in and out of the car a number of times with no evidence of the procedure.Grease Monkey

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    Re: remove the engine??

    I would trust Dinan or the ARC in Oxnard, not my dealer.

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    I agree with GM, engine removal is not a major

    issue and should not be a problem for a competent authorized dealer. If yours is not, find a better one. I have no problem with my local dealer doing any work, including this “upgrade”/repair.

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