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by frictioncircle
Mon Apr 06, 2020 11:06 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Welcome to the BMW i3 Forum
Replies: 248
Views: 192709

Re: Welcome to the BMW i3 Forum

Bertone & richs – As others have said, welcome to the forum! There is a lot of smart advice here posted by knowledgeable members. You both now own a carbon-fiber RWD vehicle that was years ahead of its time when it came out in 2013 – many of its design features have yet to be matched in the marketpl...
by frictioncircle
Fri Mar 20, 2020 2:03 am
Forum: Problems / Troubleshooting
Topic: Clunking noise when going over bumps
Replies: 20
Views: 10867

Re: Clunking noise when going over bumps

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Placing hands at nine and three (or twelve and six when on a lift) and trying to shear the wheel back and forth
To be clear, I'm referring to getting your hands on the wheel & tire combo, not the steering wheel.
by frictioncircle
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:53 pm
Forum: Problems / Troubleshooting
Topic: Clunking noise when going over bumps
Replies: 20
Views: 10867

Re: Clunking noise when going over bumps

If you do this motion slowly, can you feel a disturbance?

Placing hands at nine and three (or twelve and six when on a lift) and trying to shear the wheel back and forth is how to determine that the hub has a failed bearing.
by frictioncircle
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:43 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Some random thoughts about our i3
Replies: 15
Views: 2576

Re: Some random thoughts about our i3

vger105 & JohnWasser – Welcome to the forum and enjoy your new i3s! Tesla has been crushing every other EV maker in terms of sales, but the work that BMW's engineers did (nearly a decade ago) to realize the i3 is remarkable. The i3 is a carbon-fiber, RWD, emission-free Zen pod – an oasis of calm dur...
by frictioncircle
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:20 pm
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: Review: Wokeby Trunk Extension for the i3 BEV
Replies: 12
Views: 2273

Re: Review: Wokeby Trunk Extension for the i3 BEV

eNate –

Great writeup, thank you for the extensive pictures! (and hoping they're hosted somewhere that won't go offline in a year or two)

Love the design, but a piano black finish? An odd choice for a vehicle's storage compartment.
by frictioncircle
Wed Mar 18, 2020 10:55 pm
Forum: Buying the BMW i3
Topic: 2014 Yes or No...
Replies: 18
Views: 4076

Re: 2014 Yes or No...

Away2Maine – I have an early-production (04/2014) BEV which I've owned since new and am still thrilled with 52K miles later. Yes, I've had plenty of visits to the dealer over the years but never for something trip-ending (knocking on wood here). However, a friend purchased their 2014 REx at the same...
by frictioncircle
Wed Mar 18, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Parachute effect, underside of vehicle, undesirable
Replies: 13
Views: 2457

Re: Parachute effect, underside of vehicle, undesirable

I've similarly read that the engineers were trying to shed weight wherever they could with efficiency as the target. For example, they added the weight and complexity of a heat pump to the BEV because they realized that those pounds were a worthwhile sacrifice to achieve a range increase. While I ag...
by frictioncircle
Sun Mar 15, 2020 12:40 am
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: Unlock DVD in motion
Replies: 0
Views: 1629

Re: Unlock DVD in motion

Operating a motor vehicle should occupy 100% of a driver's mental capacity. Of course many will look at their iDrive for navigation or media access, attend to a little one in the back seat, or sneak a peek at their phone. It's not smart, but it happens. Respectfully, Mr. satnavninja, why contribute ...
by frictioncircle
Tue Mar 10, 2020 10:48 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: frunk mobility tray - what goes in it?
Replies: 8
Views: 5775

Re: frunk mobility tray - what goes in it?

That might be the spot for one of these: https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/OjQAAOSw-TFd8IIe/s-l1600.jpg BMWs tend to use lug bolts to attach a wheel to a hub instead of the more common lug-nuts-and-studs method. Mounting a wheel without having studs is not easy and BMW used to include in every on-board...
by frictioncircle
Tue Mar 10, 2020 1:35 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Things I Dislike About My i3
Replies: 51
Views: 8370

Re: Things I Dislike About My i3

Great topic! Seeing as BMW is actively developing the next generation i3 (I02?) I'm looking forward to seeing some of these ideas in the new model! :lol: 100% on the heated steering wheel – yes, please. Sun visors – they need to extend lower and should have pull-out tabs for more horizontal coverage...

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