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  1. What if you got the wrong person? Thoughts and prayers out to the families of the victims who must be totally devastated.... Dennis.
  2. Hi, I'd agree with the above, get new suspension rather than old as even if the seller tells you till they're blue in the face they're only 4 months old with 2000 miles on them, the chances of that actually being true is small ! As for pricing on those, as well as on a set of wheels in 18 or 19 inch sizing, what's your current anticipated budget for them? Depending on that, will then determine what kind of choices you could go for. Cheers, Dennis!
  3. Hi, As per above, all the M Parallel replica type wheels are 'usually' made in the Far East somewhere and 'usually' China. There are other countries with low grade sweat shop type factories so it's possible these and other replica type wheels are also made there. Within the wheel industry, there's talk of 'some' better quality 'replica' wheels being made which 'usually' come out of Taiwan. The trouble is, there's no identifying markings so you can't tell which is a 'better' quality 'replica' and which is a lower grade one. The 19 inch MP replica's do 'seem' to be a better quality wheel but it's possible different batches have been made over the years which were worse or better. There's no reputable and recognised brands who use higher grade materials and better manufacturing facilities who make 'copies/replicas' of high(er) end brands wheels and the reason for that is that they'd get into a lot of legal trouble. The far eastern countries don't have such a robust legal system and thus, it's much harder for the Western brands to take legal action for when they find a sweatshop making counterfeit items. You'll need to keep a very sharp lookout for when a set of 19 inch M Parallel replicas with the deep lip rear wheel come up for sale. Due to rarity of this, some asking prices have been beyond ridiculous, but have sold quite quickly and the very highest asking priced sets go after a few hundred knocked off them - a set appeared in the US for around $1600 USD which at the time was around £1100 or so, but did have tyres. RichyX - Theres a few chrome look spray systems around and I've spoken to a few about getting wheels done. They've all said they won't be like 'genuine' chrome and it'll be easily distinguishable. However, for the price, the look/finish is a good alternative to hand mirror polishing which very very few UK wheel refurbishment places will or want to do. I'll be sending off a test wheel to see what the actual finish is like in the near future, PM me if you like and can compare notes for specialists and maybe a discount if we both send a wheel in to test? Cheers, Dennis!
  4. Hi, There's a few more threads on this forum and section along with other forums too for the upgrade full speaker packages for the E60 and many other 2004 onwards BMW's. Look for direct fit, plug n play swap full speaker kits from the likes of MTX, Hertz, Focal, MB Quart, Rainbow, Rockford Fosgate. Cheers, Dennis!
  5. Hi, There is no 'brand' manufacturer of these and other similar 'replica or lookalike' wheels . They're usually made 'somewhere' in a low grade, unregulated factory in China or another Far Eastern country and using the cheapest/lowest grade materials and the cheapest method of manufacture - gravity casting, all to keep the pricing as low as possible. It's been 2/3 years since the last batch of 19 inch M Parallel replica's were sold and hopes for another batch have been fading ever since. Every now and again, a used set comes up for sale so keep a lookout if you want a set ! Cheers, Dennis!
  6. Hi, Interesting responses and an excellent insight from TomGC! The R&D into new battery technology is substantial and currently, here in late summer 2017, there's a number of experimental technologies specifically being developed and tested for road cars which can be recharged to full or around 80% capacity in around 15 minutes. If that technology could be 'pushed out' today, then that's 'too much' longer than the time it takes currently to fillup and pay for fuel currently. Many people already grab and have a cup of coffee and/or have something to eat just after filling up currently so they'd not feel too indifferent. Yes, those who want/need to fillup and drive away asap will not like/moan about it, but hey. Over the next decade or so it looks like the speed at which the technology to provide very fast charging will press ahead so that a 85% or full charge can be done in around 5 minutes or so, any quicker would be a nice bonus! In amongst all that, the whole 'range anxiety' thing will perhaps reduce. I was running low on Diesel today and only realised when I saw the warning light, so I had 'range' anxiety due to only being able to fill at a BP station (specific contract vehicle), but there's little people 'fearing' range anxiety in a fossil fueled car, but when many stations move to have charging stations, that'll also help to reduce electric car range anxiety too. As for the whole 'generation' thing, there are concerns for sure. In Iceland, they have Geo Thermal electricity generation. When contracting for a high end IT consultancy in 2008, I wrote a white paper looking at future methods of powering Data Centres given their 'power and heat' issues using conventional methods. Some of my research was included when I found that Iceland produces 99% of it's electricity via Geo Thermal production. Only due to its remote location is why big electrical cables couldn't be laid to 'connect' it to the top of Scotland and the coast of Norway. If it could, then calculations found that electricity to power the entire northern hemisphere could be sourced from Iceland! - Of course, there's going to be the usual political, environmental and engineering/technological barriers to new technologies, the biggest perhaps being the reduction of perhaps 95% of the fossil fuel industry if Iceland powered the northern hemisphere! In recent years and times, the advancement in solar technology has been substantial, Tesla are just beginning to offer their solar roof tiles for use on domestic homes and IKEA have already got a home Solar Power solution available right now in stores. Another thing, although the 2040 data has been given, I'd suspect that the various companies at all areas of this topic will move quite a bit faster than that! This would partly be driven by the fact many other countries including 3rd world ones, have set ambitious (and perhaps slightly unrealistic targets) dates to make the shift over to non fossil fueled cars. In reality I think the actual 'transition' period will be longer, but it might also be faster - the UK given it's historic 'slow to change attitude' might just look foolish/silly if other countries press ahead much quicker! I think Petrol might well remain on forecourts, it'll be for those 'high value' cars that'll be in excellent condition in 10/15/20 years time - things like Lamborghini's, Ferrari's, Porsches, Rolls Royces and certain other car models/brands. Of course, in the UK it'll be £5+ per litre, and VED will be a minimum of £2/3K per year, putting fossil fueled motoring in reserve of those with big/deep enough pockets to run them. Cheers, Dennis!
  7. Hi, What a totally craptastic advert! no detail on the condition of the engine and detail of what has been done to maintain it what with those £8K of receipts ! No interior photo's either. I'd hazard a guess some of the 'bids' are from his mates! if not, then those who are bidding haven't really got a clue about buying and running an M5! Monte Carlo Blue!?.. so it's been resprayed then! Let's see what the final bid price is! Cheers, Dennis!
  8. Hi, Just by taking off that rear wing thing, the looks would be much improved and also then stand a much better chance of being sold to a genuine collector/enthusiast for the sakes of 'BMW history'. The actual kits I believe were metal not fibreglass (I could be wrong?) and a proper zeemax conversion was done to high standards as well. When I had my E34, I really wanted a set of those MK Motorsport wheels as hardly any UK E34's had them, but I shelled out on a set of genuine ACS Type 3's instead. You could revert it back to standard but for 5-6K outlay there's plenty of still fairly decent E34's out there which could look fantastic with that amount spent on them. For this example M5, buying the car and then spending that money on it would be for those with very very deep pockets ! Cheers, Dennis!
  9. Hi, With those wheel widths,offsets and tyres, you should be able to run them, but do check for any potential rubs of the inner wheel rim either when fitted and stationary and when in use going over rougher road surfaces. I think you 'should' be ok though. I've previously run one of my Hartge wheel sets which were 8.5x19 ET15 all round with no inner rim rub issues and running 235/35/19 fronts and 265/30/19 rear tyres. You'll be 9mm further 'sunk in' as it were so do double check as different tyres do have varying 'shoulder' shapes too. As you want to run 245's all round for now, you 'should' be ok. Depending on which tyres you get, some last fantastically well and other's don't. I've used Federal Super Steel on my 530d which are a 'mid range' brand overall. They're very good for mileage/wear and one set I had lasted well past 30K miles and still had 5mm+ left when they went with a set of wheels I sold. Other people hate them and rubbish them entirely, which is fair enough, but myself and a few other members of the forum have found them to be a great choice. Kumho KU31's are also known to wear very well too. Other similar brands like Falken I've heard don't wear as well and will last perhaps 15K miles before being down at 3mm for instance. Do look at the tyre's 'Treadwear' rating, the higher the figure the harder the rubber compound is and thus should last longer for wear. You'll need to keep an eye on your suspension components and bushes etc as when running 19's the E39 looks much better when lowered 30-40mm. Keep an eye on your geometry as well over those big miles. Double check the Alpina's you have are E39 fitment, this meaning the centre bore of them are 74.1mm. If so, they'll fit on fine (assuming the car has E39 spec hubs) if not, then you'll need to use adapter rings to bring the CB down from the oversized (as many of the Tuning brands used larger CB's when manufacturing their wheels) centre bore to 74.1mm. At ET24 all round, you then might want to run spacers on the front, due to that 'sunk in' look I mentioned. At ET15 which is what all the Tuner brands used, a good number of E39 owners running those offsets on their 19's also run 7-10mm spacers. This means you'd need to run 15-18mm ones if you want the same kind of look. I'd personally say to go with the 235 or 245/35 for the fronts and 265/30 for the rear to give you the staggered setup slightly increased grip levels benefits. Ideally, you'd have the matching 9.5 inch rears so perhaps keep a look out for any single wheels that come up for sale? Currently, I'm on another set of my Hartge wheels at 9.5x19 ET22 all round and on 235/35 fronts and 275/30/19 rears. I had to get a pair of 235/35's as I had a puncture on one of my usual 245's and needed a set very quickly and stuck on some decent Continentals part worns - I'll go back to 245's soon'ish. Also, the biggest factor to ride quality and comfort is the springs and shocks ! although going to 19's means a smaller tyre sidewall which is stiffer, it's not to the extent that many forum members post up about ! I'd say there's a noticeable increase of perhaps 10% max in worse ride quality by going to 19's and 15% max once using high quality and reputable springs/shocks or coilovers for when it comes to lowering. Cheers, Dennis!
  10. Hi, Absolutely agree with Dan above! way too many adverts around, not just of high end cars and higher 'asking price' cars for their model/sector, which have absolutely atrocious pictures and usually, even worse of a description ! Hamann styling has always been a bit 'edgy' and often considered to be 'bad/terrible'. Every now and again, some of their modifications 'individually' are liked. Their complete package cars in terms of styling usually have the 'not for me' type responses. I've seen a few Hamann BMW's in the metal which do indeed have considerable road presence but with slightly less than the 'full' aerodynamic packages. The widebody's can and do look good when done like that but also need the right wheels to really tie the package together. The wheels on this example don't do it justice at all. Are they worth the massive premium over standard models, I guess part of it will be down to how good the rest of the upgrades are as well. I'd consider and run an F10 M5 widebody but many others wouldn't. Cheers, Dennis!
  11. Hi, They're not OEM wheels. Take a look on the rear of each wheels to see if there's a brand to them. The 'mesh' or 'cross' spoke design is very very common and there's many wheel brands who make wheels which look very similar except for a few minor differences. They're either; 1. Breyton Spirit - If it's these, (and I think they may well be!) they'll have the Breyton identifiers on the back of the wheel or around the rear edge lip (from other Genuine Breytons I've had) Alot of Breyton's also had the logo on the centre section of the wheel at the front around the lug holes/centre cap, but I don't think the Spirit's had it. Genuine Breyton wheels are high quality items in the same league as Alpina, Hartge, AC Schnitzer wheels. 2. A 'budget' brand wheel - As per above, there's many 'budget' brands out there and the design is very very common indeed. With a 'little' variation from the Breyton design, they can look very much like them but cost a lot less due also to lower quality materials/alloy/finishing. 3. Unbranded replica's of the Breyton Spirit's - If there's no identifying marks on each wheel, then they're likely to be low quality grade counterfeit wheels, usually from China. They'll be made using the cheapest quality alloy/manufacturing processes/finishing. If they turn out to be genuine Breyton Magic's, then I do have a set of genuine Breyton centre caps Cheers, Dennis!
  12. Hi Yokozuna! I'm really sorry I've not kept up with all your posts and how long you've been on the forum! I'll try and resolve that for the next 20 million years or so if that's alright with you !! Bonus points to you if you can take these picture locations on your camera Enjoy the trip, I'm itching to fly back over as haven't had the chance over the last few years! mulling over going this October if I can! Cheers, Dennis!
  13. Always have to respond back to you! Only thing is, you're perhaps just a tad bit more wacky than your sig pic, so can never tell if you are being serious or sarcy !! Cheers, Dennis!
  14. Hi, Yokozuna - It's an absolutely massive country and land mass as you already know! I-15 Las Vegas/LA, I've done this trip back and forth perhaps 10 times or so now, and that 'straight' I took a picture of above always gets me wanting to take my own car along it for Vmax ! I do know an LA based enthusiast who took his then supecharged E39 540i Touring along it and was caught at 150+ MPH at a very early time of the morning ! Let's just say his lawyer had a nice payday from him! Digidick - Depending on the car you hire, some have a physically fitted in GPS system along with points of interest etc all built in and which looks a bit like those handheld scanners that courier drivers have! Had such a setup on a couple of hire cars I've had in LV and also over in NYC area too. This was a few years ago now so maybe similar setups are a bit more sleeker. Usage wise I found the setup fantastic to use. Usually, I navigate using 'offline' maps on Co-Pilot that I have on my Smartphone, I think the price for the maps was around £23 or so. On my next visit I'll most likely do the same but will look into downloading the US version of Waze as getting a monthly or even weekly Pay as you Go SIM card is easier nowadays, so you get access to the US cellular networks for data etc. Of course, a dedicated GPS unit that you can download the maps onto is still a good way to go, it's just another box to carry around though! If you are on the 3 network, then depending on which plan you are on, you can have the 'feel at home around the world' option included which means you can use your plan whilst roaming in the US and have access to your minutes, text and data at no extra charges. I have a one of those plans so will be using that most likely and have the 'offline' GPS solution as a backup just in case I run out of data! Cheers, Dennis!