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15 hours ago, Raymond said:

That's a nice looking bus you've acquired Chris. Well jealous!

 

Ought to come and see you for a cuppa next time I'm round your way.

 

Thanks Ray.

 

Yeah its been way too long.

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And she's now looking much more purposeful. From Nan's shopping trolley to Mean Machine :) All of a sudden that SE bumper doesn't look too bad. How good are Style 128s! 10mm spacers fitted at rear. Wheels are 9j ET 24 all round. Fronts didn't need spacers. Front bolts letting the side down, needs a wash :P

 

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FYI; be careful with adjustable drop links

 

I had no end of issues with them on my previous E39 and ended up going back to fixed OEM ones. They constantly came undone and that's with a drop of loctite on them and then tried to get other bolts on to lock them in place etc

 

Hopefully you won;t have similar issues!

 

On another note; the car looks spot-on :mrgreen:8) 

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Time to upgrade to this little lot - full Logic 7 speaker kit. 

 

Don't need the rear door woofers as I'd need new door cards and looms etc.

 

Centre speaker...is there a connection there or not? 

 

I've heard that even without the amp this is a good upgrade...so let's do this thing!

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Fronts went in last weekend. 

 

It's like night and day. 

 

If you have not done this mod, what are you waiting for?

 

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3 hours ago, Mashed Potatoes said:

How does the Logic 7 system sound without the amp in? My car has the basic speaker package in (no front door tweeters) and it's the one thing I really want to upgrade.

 

Sounds good, bass is very deep. I turned the bass and volume right up and the speakers felt like they couldn't cope. Never heard the full L7 setup so can't compare, but it's good enough for me.

 

Just adding tweeters to the doors and roof speakers would make a big difference, for much less than I paid. Probably could get the two sets of tweeters for around £50?

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Well, this barge just keeps on going. 12 months and 15000 miles done and no issues apart from a wiper arm that broke due to getting stuck in ice, a tailgate strut that decided to meet its maker, a new Bridgestone needed on the front, and I blew two L7 woofers, both behind drivers door. I'm not sure if they were already defective or that the resonance from the bass did them, but I replaced the L7 with a blue stickered woofer from the BMW Business audio option, and its performed fine since. Was only a tenner as well. When fitting the speaker I unplugged the airbag but then forgot to reconnect and turned on the ignition. Grrrr. So had to buy a cable from Jimmy to reset via INPA.

 

I also had Chips Away remove a chip on the wing. I thought the job the guy did was decidedly average with plenty of orange peel left. However, the following day I scraped the wing on a lamppost so I couldn't argue my case with him :/ So managed to find a good replacement in 475 Sapphire Black. 

 

So overall, commendable and a good ad for the E61. Turning out to be more reliable than my E39 530d. Was worried about the chain on the N47, there's a bit of rattle from somewhere at idle but it's had the tensioner replaced under warranty and drives perfectly. The rattle could be a pump.

 

Favourite options have turned out to be DAB, Bluetooth, sun protection glass, PDC all round and heated seats. I wouldn't bother with the ventilated seats. Haven't used them at all apart from a trial run and the perforated leather is a pain to clean. The CCC feels completely out of date now as well, having no full postcode is a pain. 

 

The N47 in the E60/E61 is an unsung hero (forget the chain issues for the moment). It was the newest and most up to date heavy oil burner and only the 2007on 535d can beat it for bhp per litre (diesel engines). Its got lots of low end umph, runs out of steam at the top end but its perfect for a cruise controlled 70mph motorway journey which can see 50mpg on a good day. 

 

So time for a treat. 

 

Have ordered an aftermarket front M5 bumper, fully painted from Romania for an unbelievably reasonable £265. Obviously it could turn out to be a complete load of crap. But it might be fine. Time will tell. Just need fogs

 

Bought a genuine rear Sport bumper for an extremely reasonable £90 delivered, with diffuser. But the pics on ebay were fuzzy and the description minimal so its another punt. Fingers crossed. Will be getting it painted up and fitted along with the wing. 

 

If all good car will look transformed :) pics to follow

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