Liam79

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Liam79 last won the day on November 7 2013

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About Liam79

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    2001 530i sport with double frikkin glazing :o

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  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. Yup that's what I plan to do. Mine are unbakable but I believe you can now buy new lenses separately so you can cut off the old ones if you can't bake, dig out the debris and clean up, fit your bi-xenons then the new lenses.
  4. Yep that is correct. I imported my car to Norway and assumed I'd get by with the lever. Flipped it over at the inspection with a confident 'oh no problem give me two seconds' and the inspector just said 'hmmm well that's done something, but it's still wrong sorry!'. It's just like Clavurion says - the lever just shutters off the high part of the beam that is supposed to light up the edge of the road to stop you dazzling oncoming cars when on the wrong side. Doesn't give you the high part on the other side. I just picked up an LHD set from ebay.de and sold my RHDs in uk. Thing to be aware of is clear indicators was an option over there. Took me some patience to find a good clear set and cost a bit more than what I got for my old lights but not a big deal. No issue if you don't mind orange indicators. To be honest that is a damn good price for new ones above. At least at the time I did mine it was already half that for used ones, then you have the adjusters condition lottery, will they or won't they bake open if you need to fix sa8d adjusters, and how much life left in the ballasts. I'd probably get new ones if doing 8t again and if I had known about that price for new ones.
  5. Thanks gonna give them a call. From what I'm seeing so far price-wise this is where I wish I didn't have the servotronic option!
  6. Yep M54s are generally outlasting the cars they are in. You almost never hear of catastrophic failures unless as a result of a badly maintained cooling system. Keep the cooling system in good shape, secondary to that the various peripheral systems like vanos, disa, CCV etc etc, and they'll go on forever. Mine uses much less oil after CCV and disa servicing, but still uses a bit. Seems it is quite common that they do and nothing to worry about.
  7. Other than the M5 seats mentioned there are a few other options available but all a bit rare so would require some patience and searching. The most common alternative padding design is, I believe (but not 100% sure), associated with an option called something like 'extra padding'. Looks like this... More common on E38s (meaning you wouldn't get suitable door cards and matching rear seats) than E39s. Do come up from time to time though, and can be cheap as don't carry M tax, especially when the seller has no idea they are something rare. Most likely gonna be on electric comfort seats though, so a bit of wiring for you to do if your current seats are manual, but well documented here. A few other Individual options but even rarer... Also any of the cloth options will not have the centre seam, including the alcantara sport seats... A bit hard to find those without badly worn (all the way through normally!) drivers outside bolster though.
  8. Hello, Got a good leak from the pinion shaft seal of my rack (where the column connects). Anyone know if the seal can be obtained and replaced DIY, or do we have to suck up a complete rack replacement? Cheers
  9. Those illumination mods are epic. All that work for something almost nobody will even notice!! My kind of mod!!
  10. Awesome project!!
  11. Awesome stuff and quite a haul of E38 parts there!! Wow - vanity mirrored, picnic tabled, active contours??!! Holy grail man!
  12. Any chance of a pic as I'm curious. Really not retfrofittable, you reckon?
  13. Contours have the same base as standard sport seats, so if the extinguisher fits on sport seats it'll fit on contours.
  14. Freshly sprayed car off to the scrapper - NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! I shoulda bought your body and swapped my car into it lol!
  15. You can buy new lenses/covers these days so even if you have 'unbakeable' lights you can cut out the old lenses and replace them after if you don't fancy the 'keyhole sugery' method (or if you're like me and try the keyhole surgery method only to find it isn't just your adjusters that are broken! grrrr!).