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  1. I, like so many before have decided the sound system my new car is not that good (being polite)...................BUT I want to keep the OEM satnav head unit, at least until something OEM looking comes along. I have spent a few weeks chatting with our very own Dennis Cooper on what is the best solution for this, and within my budget of course. And he was more than helpful with this even though I was emailing everyday with 'what about this' questions. So after some time I have decided on the following, upgrade the cabin speakers with Hertz 5.25 co-ax's in the back, then Hertz 6.5 components in the front which I will make the MDF baffles to fit them. In the boot a 10" Hertz sub, enclosed in my own sub box. Then an Audison Bit10d sound processor and Audison 5 channel amp to run all the speakers. I will have to buy this lot across three months i.e each payday, then it will all be fitted by an Audio shop local to my work. But in the meantime I have some prep work to do making the baffles, the sub box and the scary cutting a hole in my car : So, pay day arrived on Friday and I went out first thing to buy some MDF and bought the first instalment of items..... The sub is on order so should have that by Thursday. I spent time last week at work, working out the sub box size req'd from the Hertz website and also wanted the box to be as narrow as possible to leave as much boot space as i could. As I am surrounded by waste cardboard at work I made a few templates up until I got the angle of the boot spot on and the maximum height I could use. Then used this website to get the correct size. http://www.rockfordf...aspx#boxadvisor As you can see I kept changing the size, but decided on the top right figures which gave me a box of 24.38 litres, against a required 23.9 litres, top left figures. So on with the build, I got B&Q to cut the board down to limit the amount of cuts I had to do, but still had all the angles to cut so I borrowed a skillsaw for those, here you can see my template for the boot angle First two pcs cut and lining them up see make sure they would fit. Then to start pre-drilling the holes, glue and screw together. My handy helper, until Mum caught her with a screwdriver and Dad got an earful Then half way through my drill bit snapped in the wood. FFS Sides cut, glued and screwed. Then the front cut but only screwed, as I still have the hole to cut for the sub and the terminals to fit (waiting on delivery) Last job for the day, all sealed up. END OF DAY 1 First thing Saturday I went and had tyres fitted, then onto finishing the box. As you can see I am no expert at this.................. But out with the DA sander, you get this I also took off all the edges. So now onto the part I was least looking forward to doing, mainly because if I fu##ed it up, there was no going back. Seats Out, and ski hatch foam pulled off. Let the cutting commence........ Sub box offered up to check......perfect. Lastly cut the hole in the carpet and refit. I have some rubber U tubing on order to fit around hole to tidy it up, and I was contemplating putting a grille across it because of the kids? END OF DAY 2 I will update this as I go along for those interested, this weekend is to carpet the sub box and start the build for the door baffles to take the bigger speakers. Thanks for looking..........if you made it this far. Carl.
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    E39 Audio Upgrade - Final

    Nah, still doesn't work with any other nav apps
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    Caliper Painting

    Updated pic with the clip painted gloss black, much better than silver.....
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    Caliper Painting

    Thought I would try a different colour on my Calipers. Original - painted with smooth black hammerite.... image_zpskhrmgmut by Carl Evans, on Flickr New.... Monte Carlo blue and clearcoat. not liking the silver clip, think I will paint it gloss black at the weekend....... image_zpsfdzvesst by Carl Evans, on Flickr
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    Just bought a 540i - Awesome!!

    That colour is fantastic.
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    E39 Audio Upgrade - Final

    Yes, you lose the OBC but nothing I ever used. The only thing I used it for was to display the temp and I can get that info up on the clocks. .
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    E39 Audio Upgrade - Final

    Thought I would update my thread. During the last couple of weeks I have fitted an alpine iLX-700 head unit to my car, removed the bit10d for future sale and plugged HU straight into the amp. Further £100 on leads etc later........ I didn't realise how long ago I had updated my sound system, it still going strong, as is the car. Liking the alpine so far, great to have internet radio and hands free phone again, my only gripe would be I am stuck using the apple satnav app and not being able to use any other.
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    Caliper Painting

    My car is just my daily, brakes never get hot enough for that to be a problem.
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    Caliper Painting

    http://www.paints4u.com/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=5021 Monte Carlo blue - WB05 paint code. The 2k clear was painted with a spray gun/compressor. But I'm pretty sure paints4u sell clear in can as well.
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    Caliper Painting

    Its not caliper paint, just normal 1k out a tin. The clear was 2k though.
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    Greatest Movie Scene.

    This scene is superb, sticks out in my mind.
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    Which 3 cars - lottery win

    Nismo GTR Latest M5 porker 911 turbo
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    speed sensitive volume??

    Unfortunately you can only minimise how sensitive it is, not switch it off completely. Annoying isn't it. Turn the radio off Turn the radio on Press and hold the 'SEL' key. Use the < and > buttons to scroll through various settings. When you get to GAL, use the number keys to set the level. When done, turn the radio off and on again.
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    Leather/vinly Scuffmaster Kits

    Good Afternoon, Are you still supplying the kits through the forum? I was looking sort out part of my door cards.... The colour is the E39 Aegean edition 'silver light grey'. Lastly could the dye be sprayed through a 0.8 mini spray gun/compressor? Thank you Carl.
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    Legal pressed plates

    Got mine from elite car care
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    Ps4. I think my sons disappointed!

    I've just upgraded to a ps4, been addicted to destiny since getting it. Being a cod fan waiting for next Monday to play that....but was a little pissed off to find I HAD to join ps+ to play certain games online! they certainly kept that quiet.
  17. The angle grinder polisher you refer too are rotary polishers, that have adjustable speeds and run much slower than angle grinders an are specific to the job of polishing paint work. As a new comer to paint correction I would suggest a DA -dual action polisher to start with and see how you get on. There is plenty of information on detailingworld.com to get you started, but be warned it's a slippery slope into obsession....lol.
  18. The coating on the lights is a UV protection for the plastic, nothing to do with glare. If you remove the coating by sanding/polishing they will just yellow over time and need re-polishing to keep then clear.
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    Today's task

    The rear was just as bad. A black rubbish bag, 3hrs and half a bottle of megs APC later..... I give it a week and it will look the same
  20. I am planning on putting some goodridge braided hoses on my car and have been searching threads about brake fluid. From what I can see DOT 4 is a recommended accompaniment like this http://www.eurocarparts.com/ecp/p/car-accessories/engine-oils-and-car-fluids/auxiliary-fluids/brake-fluid/?130339010&0&cc5_179 Without having any knowledge what fluid is currently in my car, is the fluid worth changing as well?
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    MOT advisory help

    I had the follow advisory on my MOT, does anybody know the bmw part number they are refering? offside rear anti-roll bar linkage has slight play in a ball joint Thank you. Is it No 6???
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    MOT advisory help

    Are trw as good as lemforder?
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    MOT advisory help

    I looked at ecp but didn't list them, I assume bmw oem would be lemforder? I Might try Cotswold
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    MOT advisory help

    We're can I get lemforder parts from? Can't find them online
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    MOT advisory help

    Thank you