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BarryM last won the day on August 7

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About BarryM

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    Alpina B10 V8

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  1. BarryM

    BMW E39 window seals & wipers

    Any news on the wiper delivery?
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    number plate bulbs

    Job done, I’ll carry on replacing stuff as well as my list of upgrades & improvements
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    number plate bulbs

    Something’s wrong there, I’d pop the old festoon bulbs back in and see if you still get the error messages. You should only get the number plate bulb warning once you turn the ignition on (it does hot and cold checks).
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    2003 e39 headlight adjusters

    I’d like to see this method
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    Jack pads and sill condition

    I put the car in last week to get the sills re-sprayed and quite pleased with the results (I have no clue on painting but the finish looks good to me and the rust bubbles are gone). You can see there were a few down the sill (same other side) and he also did a couple near the arch. You can't really see much from these photos but he put the same wrinkle finish on which looks OEM: I've sprayed BH Dynax S-50 into all the holes until it dripped out (it's so easy and relatively clean to use) and have ordered some Dynax UC to paint on before the covers go back. I'm happy with the result, trouble is I'm now looking at the other odd rust spots on the body from stone chips and thinking they need to be done but they're so random that it's either a full re-spray (no way) or a lot of chip repairs.
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    BMW E39 window seals & wipers

    Hi, did the wipers arrive in Germany as planned?
  7. BarryM

    number plate bulbs

    Good point, just checked and they were 36mm with 6 individual LEDs
  8. BarryM

    BMW E39 window seals & wipers

    Hi, any news on my wiper arms?
  9. BarryM

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Here's what you'll most likely get when you try and remove the old sunroof seal, took ages to get it all off and cleaned up: New seal fitted, looks much better: The new seal was quite a tight fit, the first time I tried to close the roof it popped back up but is fine now so guess it just had to be compressed a fraction when first fitted. I've noticed 2 improvements - no wind noise with the cover pushed back and before the sunroof would pop up a fraction when I closed the door but no movement now.
  10. BarryM

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Replaced my rear window seal (it comes in 2 parts), quite straight forward for a change but use plenty of soapy water as lubricant so the new seals slide into place easily. Wherever I look rubber seems to be perishing Before: After: I'm surprised the new rubber is a very similar grey colour to the old one and not nice and black!
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    number plate bulbs

    F86 LEDs fitted, I did go to the extra effort of making up wires so they plugged into the original connectors: E39 unit takes a festoon bulb compared to the F86 with 2 LEDs: I think this is a good compromise between original old style festoon and super bright MTEC number plate lights but each to their own!
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    number plate bulbs

    I did see that and here's a quote for the parts: The cost makes it quite expensive if you buy new, although getting the light units and plugs from a breaker would be a bit cheaper but think the round pins would have to come from BMW. Note PN. 63267193293 is fitted to a large range of models: https://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/partxref?id=DN52-EUR---E39-BMW-540i&diagId=41_0055&q=63267193293 I have the bits and hope to get the new lights fitted today. The much cheaper option is getting LED bulbs with a limited number of 'lights' as I've had some fitted for a while but they tend to spin in my housing and being directional go from about the right level to too dark once they face 'inside'. I think the F86 lights are the best solution but a bit excessive for most people to go to this much trouble
  13. BarryM

    number plate bulbs

    Using NCS Expert is quite straight forward once you’ve mastered it. I have coded out bulb checks already as I tried the individual LEDs in the number plate housings
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    number plate bulbs

    I found the MTECs much too bright as well, recently read this thread where R44M BM has fitted OEM units from an F86 that look a good compromise so have bought a couple to fit myself. The connectors are different so you’ll need some 2 pin plugs to match and solder but looks just what I wanted (not fitted yet).
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    Radiator Vent Nipple

    Right looking part but doesn’t fit an E39 according to the options :(