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Hippy last won the day on July 5 2016

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    Wimborne, Dorset
  • Occupation
    Mobility Engineer


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    e39 525i sport touring,r53 mini cooper s
  1. Headlight Bulbs

    It's odd isn't it, mine was on constantly - tried to ignore it but got on my tits in the end!! Resistors cured mine - I'm useless with a laptop so didn't want to chance the coding option - probably would have buggered up the whole car !
  2. Headlight Bulbs

    If you go down the xenon upgrade route you will probably have to address the "bulb out " warning light issue too. See this link for info.... bmw5.co.uk/topic/127360-low-beam-bulb-out-warning/?tab=comments#comment-1370734
  3. 55w HID Kits

    ^^^^ +1 as Dan says. Here's mine with the above mod.... Here's the parts I used.....
  4. What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Been planning a rear end refresh / upgrade on the old girl for a while. I replaced the subframe mounts with Meyle HD items earlier in the year, and shortly after took delivery of these.... They have been sitting in the spare bedroom for 6 months waiting for me to get the rest of the parts ordered. Finally got the last of these items today....... The anti roll bar is a used M5 item, which I had powder coated red......as you do!! Wanted to do the work myself, but as usual time has romped away, the weather has got colder, and I really don't fancy lying on my back on a damp drive , so I'm planning on letting the local indy have the pleasure in the next few weeks.
  5. E39 Touring Rear Poly Bushes ? Any Feedback?

    Can't comment on the polybushes for the subframe mounts, but I did upgrade from standard fittings to the Meyle HD items. The rear end feels like it belongs to the car again! - the old mounts were knackered - with no increase in noise in the cab.
  6. What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Just had 4 new Dunlops put on the old girl. There was actually plenty of tread left on the old ones, but as I do silly low mileage they had started to split between the tread blocks and crack on the side walls. They were 10 years old!!! I was living with them for the odd local trip, but am off up to Brum for the Motorcycle Live show in a few weeks ( 120 odd motorway miles each way )so thought it best to pop some new boots on - ching ching!!
  7. Bright halo lights recommendations

    I've installed the Mtec's as per Dan's link....... Before... With the Mtec's..........
  8. Yes, that's pretty much it. Position the strut so the socket on the end is resting on the ball joint. To get the best leverage I found the tip of the pry bar needs to be resting close to this joint - I marked the pry bar with some tape so I knew how far in to the cavity it needed to be. Then use the rear edge of the roof as the lever point ( I wrapped a piece of cloth around the bar to protect the lip). Then give the pry bar handle a firm "nudge" to locate the ball and socket. The smaller struts for the glass were fairly straight forward, but I found the bigger ones for the tailgate more challenging - hence the need for tea breaks!
  9. I changed all 4 recently. The job is fairly straight forward, no special tool needed other than a decent length pry bar. The hardest part is that you are working "blind" most of the time, as it's impossible to see the ball joint that the struts locate on to when you do fit the new items. You have to work by " feel ", if that makes sense. Not tricky, but it will try your patience - I walked away several times to chill with a cuppa!
  10. Low Beam Bulb Out Warning

    I hear you, and don't disagree. I find it odd though that Hella felt the need to produce a decoder kit for this very same issue - so can't be all bad! Anyway , just reporting that decoders as per above link fitted and all's working well - ie. no warning light on start up Fitted them to the OEM ballast brackets, so all neat and tidy.......
  11. Low Beam Bulb Out Warning

    Mine has exactly the same issue with 5000K Osrams and OEM ballasts. I thought for the money I would give these a try: http://www.hids-direct.co.uk/smart-canbus-hid-xenon-kit-decoders-obc-fix-x-2/ Not huge bucks, so nothing lost if they don't live up to the hype!
  12. What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Took the Touring to Waterlooville today to visit the boys at Paintguard. Since polishing my headlamps and rear inner lenses I've been looking for a way to preserve the finish, and remembered that I had admired BarryM's Alpina at the Hill Fort meet last year. He tipped me on to these guys - thanks Barry - who had applied a fine but durable clear film to his headlamps, and they looked good as new a year or so down the line. I watched the work being done, and the attention to detail was second to none. 4 lights for £30 - good value IMO. I tried to take a photo, but their work is that neat that you really struggle to see the film on the lenses As an extra bonus, stopped and had a cream tea on the way home
  13. What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Will report back! I'm hoping that the Powerflex bushes will add to the stiffer ride too. Once this lot is fitted I will be looking to replace the lower bushes and source an M5 anti roll bar too. Wish I could afford to do it all in one hit, but the house is draining me dry at the mo
  14. What did you do to your E39 today ?

    They are for the rear, and are the B6's. I believe the B4 is pretty much a direct replacement for the OEM shock, so the B6 will be an upgrade. B8's are listed for the rear of the Touring, but oddly the part number is the same as the B6, so guessing this is a typo!