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KitsonRis last won the day on November 12 2017

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About KitsonRis

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  • Birthday 10/10/1989

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    E34 535i, F21 M140i

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  1. KitsonRis

    Kit's E34 535i

    Did a bit of a marmite mod - put yellow tints on the main beam and fog lights. If I end up not liking it should be easy to remove. Also fitted all new bulbs in the front too, nice Orsam Night Breakers. Polishing the glass didn’t really do much tbh apart from make the glass smooth. Oh well, will probably one day get a new set so it looks fresh.
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    Kit's E34 535i

    Always tense having an MoT Test I find, and in the 12 years I’ve been driving I’ve never had a car pass first time....until today!! The E34 sailed through. Winner. Just got the front bumper off to remove the lights so I can polish them up. Pictures to follow
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    Headlight Restoration

    There are plenty of options for restoring plasic headlights, like the 3M kit I have used several times. But what is the best way to do glass ones? Mine are looking a little tired. I have tried to polish them up by hand, but it wasn't really doing much. So I was planning on taking them out and getting my DA polisher on them. But before I buy, and possibly waste my money on, smaller pads is there anything else I should look at? Or are there any good value new OEM ones - I can't seem to find any online.
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    Brake Pad Wear Sensor

    Excellent! I will order some up so I know they are new as I do not know the state of what they are currently in. Seems very simple, just got a bit confused when I saw it on Real OEM as I was unaware of it
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    Brake Pad Wear Sensor

    I have just noticed on Real OEM a brake pad wear sensor, I have not thought about this! The brake pads I have bought do not have anthing to indicate this - no wires, connections in/on them. A quick goole later I am a little confused still. Can anyone give more details of this? Ideally I would like to buy new seeing as everything will be new, Ijust don't want to get the wrong thing. The part number on RealOEM is 34351179820. I have seen and been told about methods to bridge the wires so you don't get any fault but that is an absolute last resort.
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    Kit's E34 535i

    New discs and pads to go on too. Bought Brembo OE pads and Brembo VMax HC discs. Discs are a bit over kill as I was using them on my old track car, but they do look cool. Knew I would have forgotten to order some parts - calliper bolts! So will get those from BMW in the week. MoT test is booked for first weekend of February. This all to be fitted soon after.
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    Lets see your BMWs that you have owned

    I've had shares in a few BMW's as well as owning my own. The first an E30 325i Touring. Annoyingly I cannot find any pictures of it! It doesn't matter as it was an absolute dog, and if remebered correctly had been crashed. Was only purchased for the engine and gearbox to go into this: A 1972 Triumph 2000. I know it isn't a BMW but it contains the main part of the frist BMW we had at home! From checking the MoT history on the DVLA website it still exists and is being used. The next was an E36 328i. Was my friend's before my step dad bought it, but I helped a lot with the work needed for it. Two years before purchasing it my friend drove it through a flood and killed it. It sat in his garden un-touched (he got pre-occupied with a few E21's and what is now my E34) and my step dad bought it for an upcoming Nurburgring trip. In 10 weeks it had a new lease of life with a new working engine, suspension, wheels, removal of most of the interior and some tlc. We left for Germany on the Thursday and the Monday before it was started for the frst time. The MoT test went on it on the Wednesday and between the Monday and Thursday it did a total of 12miles. We did nearly 1000 miles in it to Germany and back plus a few laps and it was faultless. It then got an M-sport front bumper, roll cage and a 3 piece rear wing. Went back to Germany the following year but I didn't go. I was on the verge of buying it to use as a daily car but then the girlfriend said she wouldn't drive it and seeing as she had to use my car to get to work at the time I had to let it pass as I had no where to store it. I then sold my track car (I had a Clio 172 at the time) as I was fed up of having a heavly modified car and keeping it going and bought my friends E34 535i, probably one of the better decisions I have made in cars! The aim is to get it to an OEM+ restored state and its on the way, final few jobs to be done on it. I also drive an M140i as my daily car. Cracking little car it is. So comforatable and then a total beast when you feel like it. Definately more of a GT car than a track machine. Although if I needed to do a long drive/road trip I would probably get in the E34 though. Not sure what the next BMW I will have. Aim is to keep thr E34 for a long time. Once the restoration is finished (hopefully by the summer!) it will cost me nothing to keep. I have the M140i for a few more years, so who knows what will be around when it is time to replace that! Rumours have it that the new M140 is going to be a 4 cyclinder and FWD (that is coming from the salesman who sold me mine). If it is then I will not be having one.
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    Kit's E34 535i

    Drove it for the first time in about a month yesterday. Fired up first time and ran spot on. Oh how I missed it! Only went to get some fuel as I’m using it Christmas Day. It makes the M140i daily I have seem a little boring. And it was more economical on that tank of fuel than the M140i last week, managed to get 28mpg out of a tank. It helped that it was mainly motorway miles tough. It is one last trip this week then it’s major work time, I am so excited for the new suspension.
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    E34 Front Strut / Suspension Shopping List

    I will probably have some spare parts or stuff left over which will be for sale, keep an eye out! I literally bought everything on the diagrams on Real OEM so hopefully it is all there. My my brother uses AUTODOC and has never had a problem, but it was as soon as there was an issue it became tiresome. I was o let using them to save some cash as the BMW prices were mental. Tbh it was worth it and lucky I wasn’t in a rush for parts. Oh yes I avoid Yodel. Had one parcelfrom they that as “delivered to a neighbour” and signed for, but the house didn’t actually exist so who knows where that ended up.
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    E34 Front Strut / Suspension Shopping List

    Dare I say this...but...I think I now have all parts! The replacement front dampers have just turned up. Quick tes, put the top mounts on and the threaded shaft pokes out the top. Winning. Next is to drop it all down the garage to get the bearings pressed on and the damper lock rings done up. Will update my project thread with results. Thanks all for the help and advice. I really appreciate it. Learning lots about these cars. But yes - avoid MyHermes and AUTODOC if you ever need a return/exchange.
  11. KitsonRis

    Best place to buy parts?

    I would say AutoDoc. But I’ve just had problems with them trying to get an exchange of items (it has taken nearly a month and several conversations and broken promises to sort out). If it wasn’t for that then I would definitely reccomend, but now I would be a bit cautious, mainly due to their poor customer service.
  12. KitsonRis

    Kit's E34 535i

    Really? Is there a way to tell? There is writting on them which the way I have is upside down (I think, will need to check), but I thought it was this was as if they were the other way they wouldn't fit under the sleeves as there is a lip on them? I could be massivley wrong which is the most likely case! The only way to describe the way I have them is that the majority of the material is pointing downwards and covered by the black sleeve. TBH if I do have it wrong thanks for pointing it out as it is easily changed as they are not on the car yet. My brother had a look at them and he is my mechanical car guru and didn't notice anything wrong or dangerous, but then again I am not sure he would notice a sublte difference like that. @Sandip @The Flying Banana can you not show those pictures to my brother, he thinks it should be slammed on its ass with the biggest wheels I can find! I agree, it does look very nice with the larger wheels and if I wasn't going OEM+ looking on it I so would have done it. Saying that I could be tempted with a set of 18" Syle 32's for my M140i.
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    Kit's E34 535i

    Updates so far...all of the suspension parts are still not here. I am having real problems with couriers and suppliers. First up is AutoDoc who sent an item in the wrong packaging so the front right disc splash panel was the wrong item. It has taken over three weeks and several conversations for them to exhange it despite them saying they were sending a new one out twice. However I think it is on its way as I have received a few emails about delivery and orders. The next issue are myHermes being absolute morons. Trying to send the incorrect front dampers back to Bilstein. Sent it off on the 28th. Attempted delivery on a Saturday to a business - not the best idea. Tracking info said "attempt again the next working day", great so that will be Monday. Nope they did the next delivery Wednesday at 1846. Again not the best idea. Used their live chat to ask what was going on as the next working day promise was again broken. I was told they were sending it out on the 7th and that didn't happen. Used their chat to try and get a manager to call me as they do not have a direct line to them. I was told I have to wait 24hrs for a call back and that they would send it back out on Monday. Nope, they are sending it again today. It is such awful service. So Bilstein have been waiting over a week for this and I am worried they are going to forget about it when they receive it due to Christmas. Sent Bilstein an email saying I am still sending them and having difficulties. I do have a contact name at Bilstein so if it isn't being sorted I will phone them up and try to get hold of this person. I don't mind mistakes and error but it is the way they are handled. Both AutoDoc and MyHermes have failed and their customer service has been awful. Annoys me even more as I did loads of research for this and made sure I had all the right part numbers and everything so it would be a simle order and that. What could have gone wrong has gone wrong. In other news the rear dampers are now built up and look awesome . Will get some covers to go around them to help protect them and keep them looking fresh. UPDATE: AutoDoc didn't order the splash panel due to a miscommunication. They contacted me last week saying the part I am wanting is the same as I am returning - yes as the part numbers are correct. I said I don't care and want it as the left hand side one was correct. They then didn't bother to order it as the item they got in for me was the same as the one in stock - which by my calculations is correct as the one I was sent initially was the wrong one in the right packaging. Re-explained what happened and they are sending the correct one back out. My Heremes couldn't get hold of the delivery driver so sent him a message on his termnal thing to not deliver it today and do it Monday. Although if he was delivered it then it is coming back to me as I have had three attempted deliveries, which I think is wrong as they have failed to keep their promises of next working day. I wll be going for a refund for this and taking it to Leicester myself if I end up with it! Have to wait 24hrs for this to update to see what is happening. All in I will not be using AutoDoc and MyHermes again. Rant over!
  14. KitsonRis

    E34 Front Strut / Suspension Shopping List

    I’ll say it is sorted when it is all together and fitted to the car....
  15. KitsonRis

    E34 Front Strut / Suspension Shopping List

    Thanks for all the help on this, I am nearing getting it sorted. Phoned up Europerformance today (the people I used to buy them from) and said about my problem. The guy said he had no idea what part 34-03202 was and couldn't explain why I was given it. He then phoned Bilstein up to confirm the part number for mine and they said it was 34-030189. I need to send them off and they will return the correct items free of charge. They admitted to a mistake in their catalog hence why I was told the wrong part number. Let's hope I can get them sorted this side of Christmas. I do hope this is all worth it in the end.