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  1. d_a_n1979

    Standard or braided brake hoses

    Personally I'd stick with HEL; they've been around a long time and have a solid following Your budget though and your car
  2. d_a_n1979

    Goodbye my friend.

    At the end of the day, it was only metal, but you & yours are all safe and sound! That's paramount Yes, we all whinge re insurers and I bet this incident was a sting, but you walked away...!
  3. d_a_n1979

    Standard or braided brake hoses

    It can do; depends on how old the fluid is and whether it's got a bit compressible with it being hydroscopic, any water in there, by any means dulls the braking feel The HEL lines will last longer than the car; better than Goodridge IMO too as their lines are only zinc plated unless you pay more for stainless fittings! They go more by name now really...
  4. d_a_n1979

    Standard or braided brake hoses

    IMO HEL lines are c£75 and very much worth fitting... They're stainless fittings from the off, so they don't corrode and they give a much better overall brake feel too. Worth doing a fluid flush and refill whilst you're replacing them
  5. d_a_n1979

    Rythmic vibrations through seat

    Least you know what the culprit is more than likely to be Get the arms replaced in one go, don't bother with single bushes unless it's the lower swing arm. I've always gone for Meyle and Lemforder via BMWmotormec and/or C3BMW on eBay; they're excellent resellers and it's all genuine stuff Get your part numbers via RealOEM, enter your last 7 digits of your VIN into the box at the top of the page and it'll bring up your exact car Enter those part numbers into eBay and source the parts from the above resellers MOOG are also very good; so could be worth speaking to yoiur local motorfactors too
  6. d_a_n1979

    Excellent Winter Tyres for the Money

    My Yoko's are still on; will probably get them swapped across back to the 20" summers next week when I've time, but the winters are fine in this weather. Still very grippy, but alas, it's a land barge I'm driving, not a slick 3 series, so I don't exactly chuck it into bends
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    Wanted: M54 rocker cover and E39 folding mirrors

    Are you not able to fix the crack? There are a good few posts on here covering this, use the search function Youll find, unfortunately, that most other covers are warped/cracked. Either try & repair or, stump up & buy new if you can
  8. d_a_n1979

    F10 525d brake pads and discs

    Least you know where he lives if anything goes wrong
  9. d_a_n1979

    F10 525d brake pads and discs

    I do/don't agree with the above Cross drilled discs, IMO, are too much of a risk, they do like to crack around the holes! However, grooved discs work well; a bit more aggressive than blank discs, but they help to keep the pad faces clear of any glazing and also are better to stop any deposit build up, which 9.9/10 times makes people think that their discs are warped! It's horses for courses and all down to budget too
  10. d_a_n1979

    wheel upgrade

    IMO stay away from reps unless you've bought them new via a reputable seller like BMAutosport etc... You don't know what materials they've been made from, or if they're straight/true etc Get yourself a Gold Membership on here (£10) and stick a wanted ad up for decent 17/18" OEM E39 alloys and see what crops up
  11. d_a_n1979

    Recommendations for garage shelving.

    I've got 2 of these, side by side rather than stacked high and they're very good IMO: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Garden-Mile®-Boltless-Industrial-Greenhouse/dp/B01IBCJZVS/ref=sr_1_32?ie=UTF8&qid=1550498539&sr=8-32&keywords=garage+shelving Sturdy and well put together; they hold all my car cleaning stuff, boxed power tools and I've fitted a vice to one end too, which has come in handy for all sorts!
  12. d_a_n1979

    Front Cup Holder Broken

    So true! We were heading up to Dunkeld last Feb in all the snow and we stopped for a McD's coffee at Annandale Water and my heaters did this; thought the coolant system had gone iffy Finished the brews and low and behold; hot air again!
  13. d_a_n1979

    Front Cup Holder Broken

    They all worked in both my E39s; in all honesty I rarely used them though, they're so shallow, I'm amazed they actually held items safely! The ones in my land barge are brilliant, deep set and fixed
  14. d_a_n1979

    F10 525d brake pads and discs

    Have a look on RealOEM for your parts. Enter your VIN into the relevant box at the top & it’ll bring up your exact parts & the correct measurements etc No need for any different discs due to your alloy set up Re brakes, I personally recommend Mtec Brakes: https://www.mtecbrakes.com/brake-discs/bmw/5-series-touring-f11-2010.html Their grooved discs are very good as are their own pads. The EBC Redstuff and Yellostuff pads are superb too, but down to personal preference & budget. Id get the fluid flushed & refilled too, it’s not expensive Mintex discs and pads are generally good, as are Padgid. You’ll be able to source these via Eurocarparts or Carparts4less. See if they’ve a discount code going and see what that could save you... Be careful though, a lot of the time, their parts are overpriced, so the discount looks like you’re getting a good deal...
  15. d_a_n1979

    New to BMW

    Welcome, you’re in the right place Theres a great tech section for your car further down the home page; feel free to ask any & all questions in there Get some pics up & a project page going in the projects section too.. We’re all picture whores in here
  16. d_a_n1979

    E39 540i Sport Touring Auto £4950

    Yes, found it If the other car was as it was, I’d be very wary re this car too in all honesty
  17. d_a_n1979

    wheel upgrade

    Alloys are a very personal choice; so stick with what you like. If you like the Style 66s; go for them and get them refurbed in the colour/finish of your choice There are always lots of sets for sale; or just buy 4 singles etc They really do suit the lines of the E39
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    wheel upgrade

    If you have a look on here; it'll show you all the direct fit OEM BMW alloys that'll fit the E39 straight off: http://felgenkatalog.auto-treff.com/ - just use the drop down box at the top to select the 5'er E39; it'll also show you the OEM tyre sizes Generally, tourings came with a straight set of alloys and not staggered fitments like the saloons FYI You can get 17" Style 32s for an E39 and the Style 66s as you mentioned, IMO one of the nicest alloys BMW did for the E39; just a shame they never did them in 18" flavour! If you wanted new alloys; then the likes of BMAutosport or Wheelbase Alloys can give you some good options and for not silly money; but then again, you could spend hell of a lot more than the cars value on alloys, if you're that way minded! IMO the Style 37 alloys are lovely, but done to death. You rarely see 18" Style 32s on the E39s and they do go very well. You can either get a set off an E38 and have them bored out to 74.1 CB or you could use 10/12mm hubcentric spacers to get them to fit (74.1 to 72.6); but then the alloys and tyres would be very close to the wheel arches, but if you're not lowered it shouldn't be too much of an issue One of the forum members has done this and they look really well IMO The OEM Style 42s in 18" flavour look awesome too; but 9.9/10 they need to be refurbed and as they're a genuine 2 piece alloy, it can be a pricey affair!
  19. d_a_n1979

    Dash Cam phone apps

    Window holder and then use the cigarette lighter cable... It'll be easy enough to move around and plug/unplug. But also know what you mean re too many gadgets etc
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    Style 95 alloys

    They fit straight on, offset is c24 IIRC They'll go on fine with 10-15mm spacers too https://goo.gl/images/HNc57b
  21. d_a_n1979

    E39 540i Sport Touring Auto £4950

    Lovely car Seat looks like it’ll need restoring, this is through experience Crap advert though as usual. Half arsed to sell, but wanting strong £££ for it. Where’s the other pictures (interior, engine bay etc)?
  22. d_a_n1979

    Reverse sensor!?

    Drop this into the relevant F10 tech section pal; it’ll get better coverage & answers there. This is just general chat
  23. d_a_n1979

    Dash Cam phone apps

    I’ve a dash cam in the classifieds if that’s of interest to you... I’m going down a different route
  24. d_a_n1979

    Erg recall

    I'd get it back to them ASAP, highlight the issues and experience you had and then move it up the chain. It's clearly not right and needs sorting!
  25. d_a_n1979

    Dash Cam phone apps

    Have a good look on Amazon. There are lots on there, have a good read of their reviews etc Have you already got a dash cam?