Liam79

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Liam79 last won the day on November 7 2013

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    2001 530i sport with double frikkin glazing :o

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  1. Lol!! Oops! Kwikfit? Ah well it'll oversteer nicely now!
  2. Didn't you say you had 255 on the rears before, and now looks like 235? Look a bit stretchy for my tastes!
  3. Little update incase anyone searching in future... Ebay link above was indeed LHD, but they could rebuild mine for me. Better than that though, this just popped up... http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/122518428122? Just inquiring if it comes with any instructions and is actually doable with normal tools, but looking good!
  4. Wiring for heating wont be there, but will be for everything else, so not too bad. Check out my heated seat how to in the guides section (you only need the wiring part). The heated seat loom is no longer available unfortunately, so you have to DIY or I think 3drstretch on here might be able to help...
  5. Late to the party but just chiming in here... I don't think that theory is correct. I believe that alternative padding design without the usual central stitching is associated with an option called 'extra padding' or something like that, and nothing to do with heating. Remember seeing it on some build sheets and such. You get it on both contour seats and comfort seats and more common in higher spec cars/individuals. 750's almost always have it, for example (and they are almost always heated all round too). Also I've personally come across both heated and non heated contours with the standard padding with central seam. Fyi, only way to tell heating is an honest and accurate seller! You cant even rely on a pic of the seat plug for confirming heating as non heated seats still have the pins populated in the main seat plug.
  6. Thanks buddy I wish I could get back into it!!! New house still taking all my time and now a little one on the way too!! Still driving round with the passenger seat still the original beige comfort seat and the rear seats still beige too! Once this damn bathroom is finished I'm gonna insist I get the front passenger seat done and get the active seat parts in both front seats. I mean a pregnant lady neeeeds active seats, right?? She can't possibly disagree
  7. Oooh thanks! Hmmm... looks LHD from the pic and ref part numbers but worth contacting them! Cheers
  8. All wheels buckled??!! Ouch! Could it be they are dodgy quality M5 replicas (hard to be sure from that one pic but looks like they are reps) and you are perhaps better off replacing them than having them repaired? Or are Scotland's roads really that bad?
  9. Thanks for that! That reminds me I did get a local quote here in Norway for about the same for the part (but they want to do the work too, and I would prefer to do it myself). So it seems if you can find somewhere with stock it might be 'only' £7-800, else Bosch need to make one for around 2 grand!! It's probably just a damn o-ring or cylinder seal, lol! Siiiiiiigh...
  10. Awesome - this goes from strength to strength!! Damn wish I had time to get back into mine!!! What are the 'new relasered' buttons? You mean you can get new buttons made with some custom symbol??? How did you use presumably the old SEDC button to control a different function - does it output a K/I/P-bus signal or does it just output a pulse/grounding on separate pins like a normal button you can easily hijack and send to a relay or whatever?
  11. The larger hose is indeed item 3 on the diagram as DerekJr. suggested. Hose from intake boot to the black plastic jet pump. I replaced it recently. For me it was the jet pump itself broken so I bought the whole assembly (item 1, part no. 11617545382) which came with everything - see pic... I'm not sure if you can get that hose separately, but it's just a straight piece of hose so you could just take it to your local motor factor and match it up with a suitable piece of vacuum rated hose off a reel. Although the assembly provides you with the plastic manifold that plugs into the big intake boot which might be useful - mine had gone brittle with age and I broke it during my job so was glad to have a new one! The smaller hose is the manifold pressure reference signal that goes to the fuel pressure regulator. It's part of assembly item 10 on this diagram... http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=DT42-EUR-10-2001-E39-BMW-525i&diagId=13_0918 Specifically it's item 13 that goes from the intake boot to the hard piping clamped to the chassis. Again it's just some standard vacuum hose and even if you bought that from BMW it'll be a longer length you cut yourself, so again just as good to go to your local motor factor and match it up. Again make sure it's vacuum rated hose.
  12. Urrgh this is painful!! Most places just not getting back to me - including Bosch's recommended suppliers (Bosch now owns ZF steering, the OEM)!! The few places that have bothered looking into it - it's coming back need to be specially manufactured for about 2 grand, lol!! Jesus it's the damn same rack with a little servo valve in it! At this point I'm thinking getting a standard rack. If I can swap out the seals on the new rack to fix my servo rack, all good. If not, just abandon servotronic and fit the standard rack. I guess 'normal' steering is obviously good enough for most people! Never realized this was rocking horse poo. Hmmm I should be happy - I like rare options... Anyone know if I'll get annoying errors unless I code out servotronic properly?
  13. Wow are those BMW standard wheels with even the 'correct' 265 tyre looking so stretched, or wider aftermarket replicas? Anyway, M5 uses 275 but, correct me if I'm wrong, has a different wheel arch liner to make them fit without rubbing. Any wider and you could be rubbing. Imho, none of the setups shown here look too chav or performance compromising. Maybe Matty's 255s on 10.5J pushing it a little and better off being at least 265, but Bamboo's 265s on 10J look quite cool to me. This is a chav looking, performance compromising stretch, just so we get things in perspective!
  14. Hmm that refurbed one you linked is E60 - is it the same part? Didn't think to check that... Grrr it seems servotronic is rocking horse poo on an E39!! Annoying thing is I'm sure it's 99.9% the same rack as standard with that stupid little servotronic solenoid thingy sticking out. Wonder if I can just get a normal rack and swap over the servotronic bit?
  15. Update... Yes this really is where I wish I didn't have the servotronic option!!! No luck so far (unless I wanna pay BMW about 2 grand - ha ha ha). So, nobody else ever replaced a servotronic rack? Had no idea it was a rare option when I bought the car - doh.