DennisCooper

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    Ex Police - E39 530d Touring

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  1. Hi, I agree with most of what Dan mentions above and plenty of replica type items can be 'made to fit' but sometimes and more often that you'd think the quality and shape etc of some items are so bad it's not even worth trying as the bodyshop will charge you all the hours they spend faffing about with it, that you might as well have got the genuine item or at least, a much better quality aftermarket item. At least with the UK suppliers I mention above, you could go see/visit them prior to purchase and check. All the items on ebay, you can't tell which might be better fitment ones and which might be rubbish. Dan - I previously supplied a customer with two E60 M5 Seibon Carbon Fibre bootlids. What was supplied was absolutely terrible in fitment and there's no way they could be 'jiggled' to be 'made to fit'. I'd post pictures now but photobucket is misbehaving right now!. I was with my trusted bodyshop specialist when test fitting on his M5 and getting one side to fit as best it can left a massive gap on the other side and no way to bend or jiggle the panel meant after a lot of hassle with the UK importers, I got a credit note only. I think I was sent two 'old' items that had been knocking around Seibon's warehouse as one of them had a date sticker on it from a number of years previously. Given the good/happy feedback from other Seibon purchasers especially in the US, I know for a mid range brand they can and do make some much better fitting items ! Mattyv33 - I think for the lower lip spoiler, the non CF version might have enough flex in it to be made to fit relatively well, but again, depends on 'which' one you buy as some might be a different material and be more rigid. Cheers, Dennis!
  2. Hi Mattyv, That's the very common replica of the Hamann lip spoiler and there's no brand/company as such. This means there's no way to tell how good fitment will be, it might be ok/decent or might be slightly warped and not quite the right dimensions etc. If you are quite particular that the fitment should be excellent/great, then it's up to you if you wish to try one out to see. If you contact Teddy at SSDD - http://www.ssdd-motorsport.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=24_80_327_781&product_id=216 they do a item that's the same. Ask about what the policy is if you aren't happy with the fitment of their item. Also ask the same at Mstyle - http://www.mstyle.co.uk/bmw-5-series/e39/exterior-styling/front-bumpers-splitters-and-accessories/m-style-front-splitter-e39-incl-m5.html Cheers, Dennis!
  3. Hi, Which brands and their items have you seen so far? Depending on the look you'd want and the amount you'd wish to spend, there's still only a few potential choices out there. Cheers, Dennis!
  4. For those who don't like modified cars, click back on your browser! Cheers, Dennis!
  5. Hi, The OEM M5 rear silencers are quite large and also heavy, on the 'left' side of a Touring I think you'd find it quite a squeeze to make them fit and that's if at all. The 'right' side of the car would need extensive modifying of the floor metal to make the space required. In short, it's a big hassle in every aspect and far better to fit aftermarket much smaller and lighter exhaust items in order to get the functional quad look on a non M5/Touring E39. It's on my list of modifications I want to make on my car, but I also want to do it well so that it's efficient and won't cause issues. I had a Powerflow stainless steel back box with twin large oval tailpipes done around 2009 or so, and by one of the much better dealer/fitters. I've had zero issue with the exhaust since it was fitted. I'll most likely get it done by the same guy in due course. If you search around the forum, there's a few threads on how to get a good functional quad exhaust on an E39 with one or two mentioning the Touring as well. Cheers, Dennis!
  6. Hi, Put an advert up in the for sale section, it's the best way to check if anyone wants the modules Cheers, Dennis!
  7. Hi, Here's some fundamentals for you: 1. Having more RMS power doesn't automatically mean 'better sound quality'. It's just 'louder'. 2. The reason to process the OEM audio signals is to get as acoustically flat signal as possible to pass onto high quality amplifiers and speakers so that a significant increase in sound quality can be acheived. The Audio Processor helps to acheive that removing the factory pre-set equalization, boosting the signal voltage, and providing a non distorted signal no matter how hard you drive the original OEM amp. 3. Audio detail and thus quality in the E39 like many other cars comes from creating an excellent front soundstage. An excellent front soundstage won't be achieved by using co-axial speakers mounted where the oem 5.25 inch woofer is in the front doors - the treble will be playing to your knee. 4. Your last setup wasn't suitable for what you seem to want, although more of the fundamentals were in place. By using a significantly less RMS power to the subwoofer, and also using a much more modest subwoofer driver and having it setup so that there was much less sub bass playing, you'd have got more of what you describe you want above. My suggestion to you would be getting a processor, a quality 5/6 channel amplifier, a modest 8/10 inch subwoofer in a small sealed enclosure, and entry/mid level front 5.25 inch components mounted using the £20 door baffles with modest £30-65 rear co-axials. Once installed well, you'd turn the levels down on the subwoofer to a modest level to augment the front 5.25's but with no hint of being 'overpowering'. This setup would sound 'right' given you don't want lots of sub bass, there'll be enough low end response to ensure you still get the full range of music/sound frequencies to make songs sound full and not missing anything. Cheers, Dennis!
  8. Hi Mne666, Sounds as though you've got yourself a really nice, looked after example here! Any plans for the car ? subtle mods I guess?! Style 37 are very nice OEM wheels but doesn't something else different from the sea of those and the imitation ones tickle your fancy ?! Cheers, Dennis!
  9. Hi, I did the same as Dan 1979, MTEC cross drilled disks all round, braided brake lines but used Pagid pads. Very happy indeed! Cheers, Dennis!
  10. Hi, Faulty bonnet switch for the alarm is a common cause of this kind of issue for the alarm going off. Cheers, Dennis!
  11. Hi, The seller might get some interest and a sale if he put better pictures up and also put the original Alpina wheels he mentions it comes with on for the photos. He could sell those Wolfrace wheels off separately as they look terrible on the car currently. If the rest of the car is clean, sound and strong etc, then it does indeed look like it's a contender for a viewing at least ! Cheers, Dennis!
  12. Hi, Welcome along to the forum! Good place here with many great and knowledgeable members, so I'm sure you'll enjoy the site, discussions and cars! I agree with some of the above, the eyebrows and the 'usual' choice Hamann type splitter and a few other bits can/do look a little off on the E39, but when executed well, can look quite good too. One thing that always remains true with a BMW is that by just lowering a little bit and fitting a set of slightly larger wheels and nothing else can make a significant/dramatic improvement in visuals; This is a standard champagne E39, with a set of 19 inch wheels and lowered, perhaps slightly more than what most would do! The owner sold that car off some years back but it was seen relatively often at shows/events and looked stunning as the paintwork was very well looked after! Of course, on this forum, more 'OEM' only is the usual preference by most members, which is fine of course. I'm the opposite and like to modify plenty ! Also, were the Champagne 'Individual' model variants ? if so, then you'll need to source the 'Individual' door sill strips. Any other plans for the car ? Cheers, Dennis!
  13. Hi, The chances are very low to slim as they were discontinued many years ago and plenty are installed in cars both with the BMW specific configuration with the Intravee and some using the Alpine products. You'll need to scour ebay, forum classifieds, gumtree, shpock and any other trading resources until one shows up for sale. When that happens, pay whatever the asking price is to ensure you get it ! Hopefully one will turn up relatively quickly ! Cheers, Dennis!
  14. Hi PJ! Long time no speak/see ! Hopefully catch you and the rest of your gang soon! Had two of these in the family now and I do miss them for what they are! First one was imported directly from Texas in early 2004 and it was around 6 months old. The sense of occasion when driving these is fantastic! Surprised many many E36 M3's, Porsche 911/Boxters, all the usual hot hatches, various AMG's and Audi RS's and all the Japanese quick cars! the amount of astonished faces in those cars and windows wound down to express sheer shock at me at least keeping up with them and in many cases going past them was countless! Kept the first one for 5/6 years and reluctantly P/X'd it for an Alpina B3S convertible. Second one was a couple years ago and was only kept a few months as a change of plan family wise meant it had to go - the 24's and lowering kit had only been on for 4/5 weeks ! Not seen the full advert elsewhere, but in case it's not been included, do mention the following points 1. It's the Harley Davidson 100 year Anniversary Edition. 2. It's the 'full black' version which looks better than the two tone version they also did. 3. Apart from the usual toys/spec - mention the power pedal's adjustment, and the powered rear square screen (from the pics I see it has that option! and assuming it's the powered one) 4. When driven normally and with a lighter right foot, the fuel economy is surprisingly decent/good. Plenty of V8 torque means a quick dab on the accelerator and your at 30mph easily and just a little dab here and there to maintain momentum. 5. When driven so you hear that fantastic Supercharger wail, the fuel economy will drop, but not as much as you'd think I did have some spares after the last one went, the original wheels and a custom JL Audio stealthbox that fitted into the rear big cubby between the seats, but they sold soon after and I can't remember if there's any other bits. Does this example have the hard Tonneau cover? or is that a fabric cover? also the HD logo bed matt? I think you can get a little gizmo that'll convert the head unit with its built in 6 disk changer, to be able to pick up UK FM tuning frequency steps as well. The first truck we had we didn't do that and took off the long metal antenna and put in a blanking plate. I wouldn't mind getting another one, not just yet though ! Good luck for the sale ! Cheers, Dennis!