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  1. 10 points
    Collected the car this morning; alloys fully refurbed and powdercoated. Finish is Platinum Silver New centre caps; Richbrook stainless steel valves & an 82mm Mtec stud conversion fitted with 5mm hubcentric shims upfront and 12mm hubcentric spacers on the rears. Gives the alloys a much better stance IMO
  2. 7 points
    A few teaser pics from the man who is detailing the E34 for me. Beginning to look very nice I must say! Looking forward to getting it back.
  3. 5 points
  4. 4 points
    Couple more......
  5. 4 points

    New wheels finally on.

    Since the car was in for MOT, service and a couple of new tyres, I thought I may as well get the new wheels fitted, bought them on here back in December. Look a bit darker than I thought once on, but a vast improvement on the wheels I had. Wasn't sure at first, but the more I see them the more they grow on me.
  6. 4 points

    My E92 330d

    Some of you may remember me getting this car after my E36 M3 was stolen. when I got it it had already been mapped, the receipt says it’s had it’s dpf removed and mapped up to 305bhp with a lot of torque. Ok, so that figure may be a little optimistic but it certainly does shift, the torque is so instant traction in the wet is/was a problem so to that end I had a day at birds to replace this....... with a quaife ATB LSD, not cheap but well worth it. No more embarrassing 1 tyre fire now! the ccc I drive luckily had already been updated to the later cic system (expensive to do) so all is good there. As a precaution I’ve blanked the swirl flaps which I believe aren’t too much of an issue on these later M57’s but better out than in I think. Another little upgrade was to fit polybush inserts into the standard rear subframe bushes. I could feel some vagueness in the rear end under hard acceleration so I mounted my GoPro under the car to see what was going on. Turned out the whole subframe was flexing up at the front under hard acceleration. The inserts have cured that! Lastly for the moment I dropped on some bargain MV4’s with nearly new Bridgestone potenzas which I collected yesterday so not had chance to fit them. Not sure the dark colour is going to look right on my Monaco blue car but they are a lovely looking wheel. However, going from 18” non run flats to 19” run flats might be a mistake.........only time will tell if I can live with them! Anyway, that brings me up to date.
  7. 4 points
  8. 3 points
    Dan - you’ve pretty much hit the nail on the head. This car’s raison d’être is, for me, to provide relaxation above speed. I’ve had faster cars. This one is a great big lounger!! i was offered £2000 for it today in cash. I declined without hesitation. I have driven it over the last couple of days over my F10 ( which is nice) - and felt privileged to do so. Ask me why. I don’t know!
  9. 3 points

    Update on Michelin Cross Climate Plus

    Wanna give a final update on this as my lovely F10 is going this Saturday as I pick up my new G30 530d M sport. I have put close to 18k on these tyres in the snow, driving rain and on the hottest day ever on record in NI. All in all these are brilliant tyres, I strongly recommended then, no matter the weather they preform, the wear after 18k is brilliant and even in the burning heat they grip great, I have pushed them and pushed them until they finally failed, it was 32c coming off a roundabout hard and I mean hard .. like a good bit above motorway speeds and finally they lost their grip and the car slided a little, all in all I give these 2 thumbs up.
  10. 3 points
    Thoroughly enjoyed it on the 4 hour drive back from JCT 600 Leeds! Time for the 540 touring to move on methinks...
  11. 3 points

    Icon lights failing?

    Got to be grounds for a full refund IMO
  12. 3 points
    So, I picked the car up this morning, and attended to a couple of small things like the dealer sticker and tax disc holder, and fitted the clear rear indicators. I like this setup, it I do think the car looks more original on the Ambers, despite the fact that clears we’re an option at the time. Lots of work gone into this car from lots of people, so thanks chaps - Andrew Everett for rescuing it and getting it back on the road, Kenny at the Wheel Specialist in Inverness for refurbishing the wheels good as new, James Sutherland at Highland Polishing in Inverness for the detailing work, Tim Pollock, Geoff Sutton, David Olias and Cotswold BMW for various parts - and lastly - ME! I’m very pleased with the way the car has turned out. Anyway - done for now - just the OEM CD changer left to fit.
  13. 3 points
    I test drove a Quadrifoglio on Wednesday. And have put a deposit down...picking it up tomorrow.
  14. 3 points
    Followed by two gigantic sweepers of your own... As a former Paramedic I can see there is very little, if anything, to choose between the driving capabilities of the poorest bike and poorest car drivers. One thing I will say is that I see far fewer car drivers overtaking on double white lines, single white line against or even the zig-zags of zebra crossings than I do motorcyclists - which I do witness almost on a daily basis around the South-East.
  15. 3 points

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    530i with 113k miles passed MOT with 0 advisories
  16. 3 points

    F11 530D Tuning options

    Well! I had it remapped by Mashed Potatoes last Saturday, I wanted to give it a short while before reporting back. I have to say I've been very impressed with Mashed and the team at Harper's - pretty much exactly what you expect from a garage in a best case scenario. Friendly, knowledgeable and gave me a lot of confidence my car was in good hands, and they haven't disappointed. Mashed even went to the trouble of fixing a vibration that was bothering me at 0mph in Drive by raising the idle by 20rpm. I really couldn't have asked any more of them - a very pleasant experience and good/fair price too. I'll be using them for servicing work in the future I think. The remap is good, i've gone up around 4mpg on the old computer as well which is pretty amazing to be honest, I was getting around 33.3mpg before the remap. So very pleased. Car has a good shove and is very very driveable in normal sensible driving style. My old E39 was in "full attack mode" now matter what you were doing but this one is far more relaxed - putting it in sport really means Sport now! Thanks to the team at Harpers for looking after me.
  17. 3 points

    540i one week in advice/help please

    500mile trip average 29.1mpg, was 29.7 on first leg of trip. Really can’t complain about that at all normal average is usually 23.5 i don’t particularly care what it gets, it seems really difficult for people to understand that, it’s a V8 it’s not built for economy, I have another car for economy Buy car, have fun, refill petrol as required (have large grin on face) it’s what a 540/545/550 is for
  18. 3 points
    Currently how it looks this afternoon I'm getting married in August so probably not much happening untill all parts have gone and I can hunt for a decent e61 to do the transplant in over winter.
  19. 3 points
    Big day for preventative maintenance, I replaced the final parts of the front suspension, Lemforder top mounts, BMW upper and lower spring pads, washers and bearing dust cap, BMW nuts for the top mount and strut, I opted for Koni's new special active shocks (they replace the FSD) all around, not bad at £550 from Larkspeed delivered. New FAG wheel bearings, new BMW discs and Textar pads, my genuine discs have had 25k (20k from the last owner) and both had runout so they had to be swapped as it was not stopping fast at speed even though it has BMW pads. Everything torqued to spec to prevent nasty surprises. Little things that matter, "Normfest Off Shore Silver Ceramic Spray" (carparts for less product code NOR2894449, code final 15 takes it down to £5.57 so buy a can!!!) I bought a tin of this as the tub of ceramic paste is messy as f**k, a quick spray of this on the hub face before mounting the disc means it will come off without a fight and without any corrosion, I also sprayed some on the exposed wheel bearing bolts after torquing down so they will come out easy, they came out quick anyway with my impact wrench but this is insurance against problems. I also decided to use this on the caliper where you are meant to apply paste as it only takes a second to spray it. I went for the paintbrush and ceramique paste for the caliper piston and backplate to save overspray. Took all day and a few hours on Thursday afternoon to do the rear shocks, only downside is I seem to have fubared the front left speed sensor as it is throwing faults so I need to check the cable for damage before replacing it, bloody thing came out easy so I am miffed at that. Car is well planted in corners and the ride is better already, I can't wait to see what it is like when it has bedded in. Thanks to @jake13 for his input on this
  20. 2 points

    E60 545i

    Nopey McNopeFace
  21. 2 points
    Just discovered that it's the cable at fault not INPA. The cable I had (cableshack K Line) is not compatible with 2008 cars. So I've bought a D Can cable which is. Can't wait to finally get rid of the car telling me my restraint systems are faulty
  22. 2 points

    New wheels finally on.

    Thanks for all the positive comments, very much appreciated. The more I look at it the more I think they look good, so they are on to stay. Gave the car a quick hoover and took some more photos this afternoon, as I'm thinking of letting it go soon, but I'll ask about that on another thread. A couple of more pics from this afternoon.
  23. 2 points

    How the hell..

    Is there any part of your car that is original. From what I've read you've replaced everything!!!! My car is also almost a new car underneath!!
  24. 2 points

    Help Centre Air Vent Replacement

    Forum does it again
  25. 2 points
    Nah, people should take more care when removing bits from the car during paint correction work.