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  1. 2 points
    ttrw2

    ttrw2's 2001 Le Mans Blue M5

    Welding's all done. Needed best part of 18" of driver's side rear sill cutting out/chasing back and the a new jacking support fabricating. It's been seam-sealered/stonechipped and the new sill section filled with cavity wax - lovely and warm/dry at mo so minimal chance of any moisture being in there. Exhaust, prop, fuel tanks all had to be dropped and the rear brake hard lines removed to sort (as they run down the inboard side of that sill, around the fuel tank). If it was a straight-forward in/out job it would have been 2 days work but I took the opportunity whilst everything was off the bottom of the car to do some further preventative maintenance (tidying up some minor areas of surface rust on floor pan, replacing brackets, fixings and fasteners). At the mo car's about to be trailered back to mine for new brake hard lines to be fitted before she's back on the road again. She's sporting a grey/primered rear driver's sill as I was so impressed with the guys work I've decided to get him to do some more bits of bodywork (looks like ~80% respray) when his spray booth is free in a month or so. Pics to follow once I find my phone's lead!
  2. 2 points
    Back box delete today. Top job by the guys at Redhill Classics in Surrey. Achieved the perfect level of sound as well, which is what I was hoping for. A moderately loud rumble on start up which settles down to a very subtle burble, which remains that way up until 3000 revs or so. Then, erm, it all happens!
  3. 1 point
    Hi Dan, I think for these trim pieces, the vinyl won't stick long term as the surface of the trims has that rougher finish. Painted is the way to go for this. I often get comments that I should paint mine to black, but as your car is black anyway, the difference won't be anywhere as noticeable. The strips on my car have been colour coded white with paint from brand new and they've never cracked in 17+ years; If you want the vinyl, then I guess you could prep the pieces so that they're ready to paint, but use the vinyl at that point, more expensive a route but a potential route nonetheless. Cheers, Dennis!
  4. 1 point
    PedroC

    Wheel Balancing

    To be fair I didn't know it was possible to balance wheels whilst still on the car! I've only ever had wheels balanced off the car, including the force variation type balancing.
  5. 1 point
    NWJW

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Touched up the stone chips on my bonnet, it took literally five minutes and I've been meaning to do it for weeks.
  6. 1 point
    NWJW

    Sterrinf squeak 540i

    A common issue on the V8's is failure of the ball joints on the steering centre tie rod, they tend to be quiet when cold but start graunching and squeaking once the heat from the engine has got to them. The part number is 32211096060.
  7. 1 point
    PedroC

    Wheel Balancing

    I'm on my 6th BMW. Apart from one occasion when I replaced a set of tyres on some 18" wheels, every other attempt at balancing by a normal wheel balancing machine as resulted in the wheels not balanced correctly. I'm now resigned to the fact that when I need my wheels balanced, it needs to be done on a Hunter Force Variation balancer (Google them). This results in perfect wheel balancing every time. Expect to pay £20 - £25 per wheel for this. I'm no expert on force variation, but when the wheels are balanced, the wheel and tyre is measured for roundness. The tyre is then removed and replaced on the wheel for optimum 'roundness'. The wheel is then balanced, and weights then added. The nearest tyre shop that does this to me, is the Tyre Shop in Chinford which is a 2-3 hour round trip for me. You can do a search to find your nearest tyre shop with one of the force variation machines: http://www.balancemycar.co.uk/location-2/?postal_code=southampton&ml___postal_code=southampton&ml___bbox=-11.403809,49.169734,1.735840,59.435766&radius=50&x=0&y=0
  8. 1 point
    535i Andrew

    Wheel Balancing

    I got new tyres fitted to my E39 from a tyre specialist. First time I hit 68mph and there was a shudder. Different garage rebalanced them for me and it was cured. A decent tyre fitter should be able to spot a damaged rim. Have you only use one garage for the balancing? It could also be due to other driveline or suspension components being out of balance or worn that gives you the same symptoms.
  9. 1 point
    Upload it to Google Photos and then ask it to produce a link; this way it won't be compressed/shitty quality etc
  10. 1 point
    Wow, they must be well tucked away, I lived about 250 yards away in St Johns Road for 20 years and didn't know they were there. Either that or I drive around with my eyes closed!!
  11. 1 point
    DennisCooper

    ULEZ Expansion Plans for 2021

    Hi Yokozuna, Have you managed to read the initial post yet?! Cheers, Dennis!
  12. 1 point
    They will spray a can of cleaner into the pressure pipe then thrash the tits off your car probably removing a few mm of tread on the 20 min drive with a forced regen. I am quite capable of removing the pressure sensor and dumping a can of cleaner in and saving myself £50 I love the BS about them knocking the clean cost off the bill to replace the DPF when it doesn't work
  13. 1 point
    SuperDave

    3night break suggestions please

    Yep, Dylans is great, especially if you can get on the balcony on a warm day, and the White Eagle well worth a look up if you're further up the island. Tried the Marram grass too, very nice. Gets a bit pricey though!
  14. 1 point
    First two cars yes @Caesar, not the last one. It doesn't have enough cylinders.
  15. 1 point
    d_a_n1979

    3night break suggestions please

    Haven't had the opportunity to go there yet; we did have a look in last year and it looked superb We really like Dylans in Menai and The Oyster Catcher over in Rhosnigr
  16. 1 point
    Blobby

    What's this button for?

    Doesn't PDC stand for Pretty Damn Cuick..... Maybe not
  17. 1 point
    I view the whole ULEZ thing with amusement. It's quite laughable but it would seem an opportune moment to sell up and move somewhere else anyway. It'll only get worse. Thankfully, I live in a city surrounded by stunning countryside and have a mayor who isn't an idiot.
  18. 1 point
    Got a feeling that @535i Andrew has posted a guide on the forum somewhere. It could be for the E60, but it's very good and I doubt procedures are million miles apart.
  19. 1 point
    NWJW

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Here we go; Edit, I really need to get those stone chips on the bonnet sorted...
  20. 1 point
    You need to up your game if your wine is £1.40 a litre...
  21. 1 point
    NWJW

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    I've had four e39's and my missus hasn't actually ever driven one of them, she'll drive my Mondeo which is the same size no bother at all but she says that if she drove my e39 and happened to catch the corner of a bumper or a wing mirror or something then she couldn't be dealing with the world war 3 that would ensue. I tell her she's just being stupid, it's just a car.... .....And then think; 'Thank fuck she doesn't want to drive the e39.....'
  22. 1 point
    ustbutler

    Recommended specialist in Staffordshire

    Used BMW Euro service many times ... Which is located near Wolverhampton.
  23. 1 point
    Phill20d

    Recommended specialist in Staffordshire

    If you mean the B&W Automotive at Four Ashes Wolverhampton then yes, they looked after my Z4 and my current 5 Series Touring. Both partners work on the cars and are main dealer trained, one with 25 years the other 15 years so they know their way around a BMW
  24. 1 point
    Yokozuna

    What's this button for?

    Ejector seat?
  25. 1 point
    ttrw2

    ttrw2's 2001 Le Mans Blue M5

    Yep bodyshop started digging today and unearthed a dodgy previous repair Background - in 2013 the car had work done by Oxford Crash Repair in Cowley - stone chips, bumpers, rear balance rust etc - but also including a repair to the sill where an over zealous tyre fitter had locally bent the sill around the jack pad. Cutting it open we found the original bent sill still under there with a new sill section welded over the top/ground down/stonechipped/sprayed. The new metal added had not been treated with cavity wax/rustproofer/anything on the inside and where the original sill had been damaged it’d lost its paint. The jacking pad was sika-flexed in place... So it’s festered in peace for 5 yrs before breaking through. Luckily salvation is here in the form of a much more trustworthy bodyshop. Exhaust, prop, fuel tanks, brake lines all coming out as we speak, to chase every last bit of rust out and sort.


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