Summary on how to Identify a 2002tii
- 1972-1973 US 2002tii VIN's begin with 276
- 1974 US 2002tii VIN's begin with 278
- Kugelfischer mechanical fuel injection
- alternator mounted down low, under battery
- oil return line in block for injection pump, feed line
in oil filter head
- larger brake booster
- 23mm master cylinder
- larger 10.08 in. diameter front brakes, larger
- larger front hubs and spindles
- boxed rear semi-trailing arms
- interior clock
- 2002tii emblem on rear body panel
Details. Credits to 2002 guru, Ben Thongsai.
||The 2002tii is considered by many to be the
most desirable '02 produced by BMW and imported to the United States.
Compared to a standard 2002, a tii offers greater performance and overall
value. Thus, a 2002tii is usually worth more, and therefore, more highly
touted. Since the last U.S. tii's were made in 1974, finding one in good
shape, without owner modifications has grown increasingly difficult. This
is especially true considering the tii's mechanical uniqueness and cost of
some of those unique parts. Furthermore, since the 2002 is a "tinkerer's
car", many owners have upgraded their regular 2002's with tii
hardware, to increase their performance. Likewise, tii owners sometimes
strip their cars of original tii items such as the Kugelfischer mechanical
fuel injection system, in favor of cheaper (but not necessarily better!)
carburetors. These two factors can cause some confusion for a prospective
||This is found on the metal plate
under the hood, on top of the inner fender, behind the upper shock mount
on the right side. It is in plain view, and should be easy to spot. On
this plate, it will identify the car as a 2002 TII for 1972-73 cars. 1974
cars share the same identification plate as the standard 2002, so the
plate will read 2002/2002tii USA. The VIN number is the long number which
is stamped into that plate. For 1972-1973 U.S. tii's, the VIN number will
begin with 276, running from 2760001 (the first '72) to 2764522 (the last
'73). 1974 tii's begin with 278, running from 2780001 to 2782929. This
number should match the number stamped into the flange on the right front
wheel housing itself, next to the fender, behind the hood lock bar, as
well as the number stamped into the metal plate on top of the steering
column. If the car still has its original engine block, the engine number
on the block, above the starter mounting flange, will match the VIN.
||If you're specifically looking
for a tii model, and prefer one in original condition, it behooves you to
try and purchase a car with this system intact and functioning. The
Kugelfischer injection system is what makes the tii special and gives it
it's combination of midrange torque and top end power (of course, the
higher compression helps here too). The lower front aluminum engine timing
cover and alternator mounting location are different from a normal 2002,
as well. tii's also have an extra fitting on the intake side of the engine
block for an injection pump oil return line as well as an extra fitting on
the oil filter head for the injection pump oil feed line. Finally, an
original E12 2002tii cylinder head (late '72-'74 cars) will have no fuel
pump mounting holes on it for a standard 2002 mechanical fuel pump.
121/121TI head equipped '72 tii's will have the mounting holes, but with
the center pushrod hole plugged. The fuel pump mounting holes are used to
mount the intake plenum on '72 cars.
Ben's comments on tii engines:
"The fabled, supposedly most desirable of all US
tii's are the 121/121TI head equipped 1972 tii's. If you're looking for
originality, these cars should still have the plastic intake pipes. Often
times, these pipes will crack and leak, leading owners to replace the
entire intake manifold with one off of a later E12 head equipped car,
which has aluminum intake pipes. The aluminum pipes are actually better in
terms of both reliability and performance, but keep in mind that they're
not original on all but a handful of '72 tii's."
"Does the '72 tii deserve it's fabled status?
Typically, not really. I don't think the average 1972 is any faster than
the average 1973. However, the '72 we have is noticeably quicker than the
'73's we have, sooo.... However, this may be a function of lower mileage
on the '72 (only 70K or so) and lighter weight. Nevertheless, the '72 tii
is the one that gets '02 buffs "ooohing and ahhing", and it took
me forever to find the right '72, whereas the '73s and '74s seem to just
come to us..."
||The first clue to this may also be found in
the engine compartment. Under the hood, the tii has a larger diameter
(23mm vs. 20mm) master cylinder, and a larger (actually longer) brake
booster. The dimensions of this larger booster are: 6 inches length and 7
Under the car, the tii has larger front brake discs,
which measure 10.08 inches in diameter vs. 9.45 for the standard 2002.
These are accompanied by larger calipers and pads, as well as larger hubs
and spindles. The rear drums are the same size as a normal '02, but the
wheel cylinders are larger (17mm vs. 15mm). In the rear, the trailing arms
of tii are boxed, for increased stiffness (instead of the standard
||Inside the car, a clock should be present. It
is located on the left most end of the parcel tray.
||On the rear of the car, above the right
taillight, is the 2002tii emblem or badge. For those that are really
sharp, and this only works on original '72-'73 tii's, the wheels are 1/2in
wider, and all of this width is added onto the outside of the wheel,
resulting in wheel covers that appear to be set in further.