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535i Andrew

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  1. Been offered new alloys

    There is much more to rims than just 18", as Matthew has already stated. The fact that your mate needed spacers to make them fit on his BMW tells you all you need to know, they don't fit properly and ideally should be avoided. Your mate will need winter tyres on his Quattro otherwise same thing will happen.
  2. E39 wheels on an F11?

    We aim to help, that's what these forums are all about.
  3. E60 springs

    Lovely sounds more than adequate! Springs are funny buggers to get right specs for if you have anything away from a mainstream model. If you are going down the road of lowering then get all four done at the same time and at a spec to match your car and your car only. A spring from a heavier car will give your car a higher ride height as it will be less compressed, but only by a small amount.
  4. Fitted F10 Spoiler Lip

    Thanks Jonny You reckon a spoiler is bling? It's quite discrete, no? Its an option from new, which usually means it's ok in the taste department. It's the stuff that's clearly not a manufacturer option that is chavtastic bling, a bit like the "grille porn" you mention. Besides spoiler on the rear pushes the rear of the car down and adds to traction and handling.....
  5. What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    I would be wary of that stuff as reading the specs in the link it fails to mention the freezing point which makes me think it will freeze at a really high temp like -2 or something that we get in a frost in October. If it had a really low (useful) freezing point it would be clearly marked on it. Of course now I've said that you will tell me it's good down to -15! BMW stuff is good down to -63! But I doubt the rest of the car would be much use at that temp including the driver!
  6. Been offered new alloys

    Agree with Matthew. To avoid any issues with wheels fouling arches, suspension components or brake calipers, stick with genuine wheels and tyre sizes. Spacers are a fudge to get you out a pickle you shouldn't have got yourself into. Wheel size including offset in link below. http://www.bmwstylewheels.com/5 And a link below to a site that compares wheel sizes to check they fit your car. http://www.willtheyfit.com/index.php?width=245&aspect=40&diameter=19&wheelwidth=9&offset=44&width2=245&aspect2=40&wheel_size=19&wheel_width=9-5&offset2=32 But brand new rims with worm tyres does not make sense, unless he has just had them refurbished and look like new and stuck the old tyres back on?
  7. Fitted F10 Spoiler Lip

    Got a link? Quite fancy one myself, my dads F10 has one and it lifts the look of the back end somewhat.
  8. KDS / Alignment question

    Agree not normal, mine tracks straight and true. Something is amiss, but a worn joint or suspension component can be difficult to pinpoint.
  9. Headlights problem

    You Southerners have it easier at this time of year, it only gets light up here after we have gone to bed up in these latitudes! I work not far from Charing Cross I'll need to look out for that Indy.
  10. What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    After leaving mine at home this morning (works night out tonight!) I got it booked in for an MOT next month. I doubt I'll be driving it tomorrow either.......
  11. Headlights problem

    BM Motors in Law gets a good name for BMW stuff.
  12. E60 springs

    Whilst the Alpina springs may be lower they are designed for a car that will be heavier than yours so the ride won't be right, @Mashed Potatoes is spot on they are based on axle weights. Made getting a rear spring for the my last E60 a dealer only option to ensure it was right, A V8 E60 with sports settings suspension, more chance of winning the Eurosquillions than finding a correct aftermarket spring for one of them!
  13. Headlights problem

    Whats your location Tommy? I'm Glasgow, Paisley area. Harry Fairbairn is your only choice for a BMW dealer in Glasgow.
  14. What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Exactly, but for a fiver, its sorted and I don't need to worry about it.
  15. E39 wheels on an F11?

    +1 The F10/11 needs 17" wheels as a minimum, this is to clear the lower front suspension balljoint shank. Its nearer the rim than my caliper on my 17" 327 winters. The rear is a tight fit on my F10 at 17" from the caliper. But I have slightly larger rear brakes than others. I think the E39 has a different sized spigot mount too.
  16. Headlights problem

    Did you put a decent make of bulb in? My experience of BMWs tells me that they are quite fussy over what bulbs they want. Cheap crap own brand stuff from Halfrauds doesn't work. OEM bulbs like Osram, Bosch or Phillips work best. Dr T speaks a slightly different language to most on here but he makes a good point in that its probably nothing to do with the lights themselves but the software or one of the many boxes of wizzardy that controls them, which is why you want to get it hooked up to a laptop with software to see if there are any codes lurking that might tell you whats wrong. Stay away from that Glasgow independent, he sounds like he doesn't know what he is talking about. Oh and don't go to Douglas Park in Glasgow either.
  17. What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    I think he probably tried to unlock it from 100m away and it didn't work. I never had an issue with it before but happy enough to have had it changed as it has been in there for atleast two years.
  18. What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Nope. I got 4 tyre valve caps for £1.something.....
  19. TV guide....

    I'm shit at crosswords and sudoku
  20. Any fly fishermen out there

    As a teenager I used to go fly fishing for trout with late grandfather. Since I inherited my grandfathers tackle, I haven't been able to bring myself to use it as I only ever used it when I was fishing with him and it wouldn't quite be the same. I am a member of my local angling club and have used a spinner set up. It's still set up in my garage as the river I fish on is fifty paces from my back door.
  21. TV guide....

    Bah humbug yah scrooge. Its tradition to buy one! But at this time of year only. Means you can see what crap is on the tv in three weeks time so you can plan alternative activities like going to the pub with your mates. Inbuilt tv guides only go a week out.
  22. What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    It was £5 and I know it's done. Will buy another battery or two, for the other key and to keep one as a spare.
  23. What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    They charge like a wounded bull!
  24. What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Dealer, just off phone, "One advisory Sir..... Your key fob needs a new battery, the tech advises he struggled to open the car" "Oh o.k. give us a new one then." I've never had an issue, nor a warning on the dash, but it means the wife doesn't get stranded if it fails to open when she is out in it with the littl'un. That's grief I could do without! I'll change the one in the spare key which hasn't been used since Feb 2016 when I bought the car. CR2045 me thinks.
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