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    E39 M5 Le Mans Blue, Alpina B10 V8 & Clio 182 FF

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  1. Tyres, What are people's choice

    I have had Goodyear F1's on a number of BM's over the years and found them to be grippy whatever the conditions and they wear well too. On assymetric 3's on the M5 at the mo and they are excellent.
  2. E39 M5 clutch slave cylinder query

    Yeah, cold or warm. It is annoying but at around £1k to fix, it will have to wait a while yet. I want to get new dampers and a brake upgrade first. It is embarrassing though, sounds like a right old knacker!
  3. E39 M5 clutch slave cylinder query

    Bloody clutches on M5's! mine is still creaking its nuts off despite operating perfectly
  4. E39 bits

    Paid. Thanks
  5. E39 bits

    Hi - I desperately need the following; 17111741167 x 1 17111427156 x 1 61318360876 x 1 11537505229 x 1 13621433077 x 1 Please could you provide a price for all and let me know how long it would be to get hold of the parts. Thanks James
  6. E39 M5 bits

    Hi there, Can you please price up the following (separately) Driver side gloss black window trim separating the main rear passenger window and the small window, think this is 51347890092. Front shock top mounts x2 - 31352298912 Thanks in advance James
  7. E39 M5 gearbox alternatives............

    Unlucky there! I drove a few before buying mine and one had a shagged syncro between third and fourth but the car had definitely been abused. They are all awkward from cold but actual failure is rare from what I understand.
  8. E39 M5 gearbox alternatives............

    Third gearbox!!! WTF! How the hell as that happened?
  9. Yes, the lights will still move up and down electrically on start up even if the adjusters are knackered. I guess it would be good practice to replace all eight given that they are part of the same system. I will look to replace the front four also at some point.
  10. No problem, glad to be of service . The sensors can technically just be replaced on their own, however personal experience taught me just to replace all four as it can confuse the system a little otherwise. For around £15 quid each its no real financial hardship anyway, although the bumper has to come off to get to the middle two and they will want a light coat of paint. All pretty easy to do though. I had the same problem with the lights as you when I first got the car. The lights moved up and down on start up but ultimately pointed at the ground when driving. Easy way to tell if the adjusters are broken is to get hold of the bulb holders and gently try and move them up and down. If there is more than a few mm of movement then they will be broken. I would imagine at the age of your car the headlight units will be 'bakeable' i.e. you can shove them in the oven (briefly!) to soften the sealant holding the lens on to get to the adjusters. There are a few really good guides on the web on this. Mine were shot and when i reinstalled the lights and had them adjusted to spec the garage informed me that the xenon sensor linkages were seized. This was an easy job to sort though and I put in a new sensor (rear) too. Looks like the front one is kaput now though. Apparently with the system up to scratch the real time leveling is quite noticeable. The door seal is a simple enough job although its easy to screw up, I have done a couple now and got the last one perfect. The e39source guide on youtube is actually partially incorrect so feel free to drop me a message if you need any help. Keep the updates on the car coming
  11. Nice car, lovely colour. Although I have to agree with you that the black wheels look nasty, the car will be transformed after the refurb. A few pointers that might help your to do list; - You can get replacement internals for the mirror off ebay at a fraction of the cost of a new unit. All it takes is some light soldering. Search for 'mirror john' on ebay, he is a top bloke apparently and sells good quality stuff. - Put your ear to the reverse sensors with the ignition on and the car in reverse. If you hear a clicking they are ok, if nothing they need replacing. Again, good quality ones can be had on ebay for around £15 each. - The headlight aim could either be the plastic adjusters have broken inside the lights or you have a dodgy xenon sensor (about £80 for a genuine part) or seized linkage rods (cheap). The adjusters are a bit of a fiddle but easy enough to do. The torn drivers door seal is an easy job too and is around £90 from memory. Enjoy!
  12. Thrust arm bushes

    Powerflex ARB bushes are a must in my opinion. Changed mine even though they looked fine. Hey presto a very faint knock was no more and they were dead easy to do. Fit and forget.
  13. My E39 M5

    I think this would only be an issue if you were really using the car hard on track regularly. I'm in the process of buying a front BBK and i'm going for non floating (actually the disc is mounted on an ally bell) as it will only see light track action, i.e. a few laps of the Ring but I want a better pedal feel and ultimate stopping power. I've spoken to a few people on this subject and they have had no issues with solid discs on track.
  14. My E39 M5

    Thats good to hear. I will be going down the Bilstein/Intrax route too. Initially I was going for BC coilovers but, to be honest I don't really want adjustability as I would always be tempted to play about with it. I have rear ARB's on other cars (always installed by previous owner) and was really happy how they improve the handling so it seems a natural thing to do on the M5. I have spoken with Larkspeed and they reckon I can order the rear ARB on its own, thankfully. Did you find the Porsche rear calipers easy to fit?
  15. My E39 M5

    Lovely example and a nice selection of mods too. How do you find the Eibach rear ARB? I'm thinking this might be my next purchase to tighten up the handling.