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

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  1. Jameswsb

    E39 M5 Exhaust Manifold

    Brilliant results there. An additional 10+bhp should be easily possible with an intake system too.
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    E39 M5 Exhaust Manifold

    You could get a V band attachment between the headers and cats which would make swapping them about very easy. I have a set ready to go on which have this arrangement. It would be interesting see if anyone has tested the sports cats over standard as I am having the same dilemma st the moment. Apparently sports cats can be difficult come MOT time and I don't believe they have much bearing on power, its the headers where the restriction lies. There are gains to be had pre-mapping for sure, in fact most of the dyno results originally provided by Evolve and others were on standard mapping. Its definitely worth having it done though to realise maximum potential and improve throttle response.
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    E39 M5 Exhaust Manifold

    Is that the 4-2-1 manifolds, cats and remap but with standard air intake?
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    Evolve Headers

    To be honest I cant remember the name now, sorry. A quick call to Russ will reveal all, he is a helpful chap. They have done a few of these now but it takes them a full (i.e. longer than normal!) day to fit if everything goes to plan. Well worth it though, apparently they make a big difference.
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    Big Brake Upgrade

    Deepan, if you are totally set on a BBK, Stoptech are very well regarded on M5's (and in general really). Pricey but having seen a kit before it was installed, fantastic quality.
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    E39 M5 Front and Rear Struts Replacement

    Yeah I had a look at that and did some searching. Eventually tracked down the Sachs part number which was described for the 535i, 540i and M5 suggesting they are generic V8 model dampers. Apparently the 540i and M5 shocks are both ally and are very difficult to tell apart visually. There are threads on M5 board where members have contacted Sachs themselves regarding availability on the aftermarket to which they responded that the M5 specific shocks are 'captive' parts, i.e. only available from dealers. I hope they are all wrong but I will probably get mine from the stealers to be certain of getting the right ones unless I can find a direct reference to an M5 only Sachs part number.
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    Big Brake Upgrade

    Deepan, unless you are tracking the car don't bother with a BBK. Dont get me wrong, they look ace and if money was no object I would buy AP's/Brembo's tomorrow, but with new discs/rebuilt calipers and upgraded lines, pads and fluid the 'standard' set up is mega for the road. I recently did this to mine and the brakes are fantastic, there is no way a BBK would give you much in the way of improved braking power (mine already triggers the ABS easily), what you are paying for is looks and fade resistance on track. Even then you could open up the brake ducts for improved cooling. Save your cash for suspension work etc
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    Evolve Headers

    Good luck with that! I spoke with Russ Fellows when I got mine and even he said it was a b****** of a job! Think I'll leave mine to his recommended fitters.
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    E39 M5 Front and Rear Struts Replacement

    Well played mate, I'm looking to do the same with mine soon. I have spent a lot of time researching the availability of genuine M5 shocks on the aftermarket and it just seems impossible. ECP and others list M5 shocks but they are most definitely 540i items. Given that both types look almost identical the only way of getting genuine M5 valved shocks is to go to the dealers unfortunately. Did you replace the springs too?
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    E39 M5 Suspension - Experiences Please

    Cheers Hakon, i may take you up on that. I may be down around London for work soon so I'll give you a shout. Much appreciated. Also, I fitted the Eibach RARB, and have to say its an excellent mod for our cars.
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    E39 M5 Suspension - Experiences Please

    This really feels like its coming from the front, although as is often the case issues felt at the front are actually problems at the rear. Nevertheless, its academic really as I would always change both ends together. Its most definitely damper related as the rest of the suspension has been changed. They are no means absolutely knackered but equally they are passed their best. Swapping the damper of my Clio 182 made a huge difference and I am expecting the same here. Its just about settling on a combination. I take your point regarding intended usage, however just to be clear the car will not spend much time on track at all, just the odd ring trip and very occasional track evening perhaps. The car is my pride and joy and I have a Clio 182 for track work. The B8/Intrax set up appeals but I note that that arrangement adds a significant amount of unsprung weight over OE, although I doubt that would be really noticeable. I think I may try and get a passenger ride from those with alternative set ups and go from there, its very interesting hearing others views/experiences though. Nice to see that new OE equipment makes a big difference. I couldn't care less about residual values really, the car is a keeper!
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    E39 M5 Suspension - Experiences Please

    Good feedback, thanks. Its more the 'floatyness' that I want to eradicate which I would imagine is a lack of control on the rebound stroke. If new OE dampers resolve this then it could be the way forward. Do you find the car very planted now with the new shocks? Ah right, mine tracks straight and true, its just the slackness in the damping really. All suspension arms and TRE's/drag links have been replaced. Just out of interest, how many miles did your car have prior to the swap? Just had a quote of £1090 for all four bare struts with some discount. Of course all spring pads, top mounts etc would be replaced also. Again, do you find that the car is now a lot more planted and a little less roll in corners? I must say I like the idea of a slightly sportier set up but after doing my research I found that the B8's are quite significantly heavier than the OE Sachs. Not sure if this increase in unsprung weight is noticeable at all. I have seen pictures of your car and others with this set up and I think it looks perfect. Another reason why this set up appeals. I have found that CA Automotive do some of their own design springs (made by Eibach) that sit well on OE struts so I may inquire on these, looks very similar to B8/Intrax ride height. http://ca-automotive.co.uk/single_prod-cHJvZF9pZD0yODk3JmNhcl9tYWtlPWJtdyZjYXJfdHlwZT1lMzltJmNhdF9pZD0xMyZjb21wX2lkPTI2.html
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    E39 M5 Suspension - Experiences Please

    Good to know, thanks. Was your car a touch 'floaty' beforehand? the difficulty is that these cars are of such an age now that all will feel about the same unless all components have been swapped out, therefore its difficult to feel how much of an upgrade new OE suspension would be from driving multiple cars. I like the idea of OE, dont get me wrong, although its a pricey exercise! roughly how much did the work cost if you dont mind me asking?
  14. I need to replace the dampers/springs as, after 118k they are starting to struggle a bit. Now I understand suspension is a very personal thing however, I am after genuine no BS experiences with regards to aftermarket spring/damper combinations. Before anyone suggests it, I am not going to fit coilovers! I know of a few who have and report back immediately that they are the best thing since sliced bread, but If you speak to these guys a few years down the line they seem to be less complimentary. Current options are the Bilstein B8/Intrax or a complete OE refresh. So I am after genuine experiences of guys who have swapped out their original units for these. My car is predominantly road based but I will be head to the Ring and doing the odd track evening here and there. Personally I am edging to the Bilstein/Intrax option given the cost and perceived nod to slightly more sporty nature given that the M5 has refinement to spare, however I dont want a crashy, uncomfortable ride etc. Cheers
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    A brace of V8 Goodness!

    Hi Dan, I don't mean the rigid covers, just the actual boots that cover the joint. These are now a clear flexible plastic rather than rubber so should last indefinitely. Shows that Lemforder are continually improving their products which is nice (should have taken a picture!). Also re the Yellowstuff pads, I wasn't commenting on the wear as such, more that the pad material had crumbled and totally detached from the backing plate! according to the servicing records they weren't even that old. The calipers were perfectly free as well so its not like they suffered extreme heat build up from a sticky piston either. I was shocked when they just fell out when taking the caliper off. Yeah I'm glad I saved my money there to be honest. They really are impressive on road, so much so that medium braking pressure and 'resting' your leg/foot on the pedal is enough to get the ABS triggering! the pedal is easy to modulate though and its perfect at lower speeds too. I am a big fan of them also, have them on my Clio 182 and they are great on road or track. I haven't experienced too much dust so far by then the wheels are coated in sealant! The only other mod I might do is to open up the cooling ducts in the arch liners. Probably visit the Ring next year so needs doing before that, suppose that will be the ultimate test on fade etc, really.
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