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  2. Jonhamil

    Rear Diff Help pls

    Yep - fair play.. On looking a second time there is some crucial info: Get the new seal 19.5mm deep & put the circlip into the diff before putting the stub flange in.. I put it on the flange and had to hammer it to hell to get it in.. Not sure about the BMW tools being available elsewhere - 3 different mandrels & a legged seal puller? Man on the street uses a screwdriver or something like this: https://amzn.to/2TFkRfl For inserting the seal, I did buy the generally accepted kit: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-Rear-Axle-Bush-Remover-Installer-Genuine-Neilsen-CT0587/163694023456?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649 which is similar to BMW, only difference is the kit I bought didn't have a mandrel and therefore insertion was uneven - I think that is a large part of the reason that when I put the seals in last time they were wrong.. The kit did have a threaded rod, but I'm certain that is for removing bushes etc, gently easing them out. So - I'm going to try one of these: https://amzn.to/3anXWeD which does have a mandrel.. Thanks again for your help, J
  3. d_a_n1979

    E39 530 Touring - new wheels

    I'd no issues with 18s or 19s Dunc; roads around here are terrible at best (I mean really bad; the country lanes have some stupidly large potholes that get filled and then that all gets dragged out as soon as a lorry drives over it)! I'm very good at zig-zagging and avoiding them, where I can
  4. d_a_n1979

    E39 530 Touring - new wheels

    I like turbines; I am biased though
  5. gIzzE

    Diesel grades

    I was always a firm believer of when it comes to petrol, use the 'correct' octane for your car. In the case of BMWs since the early 90's that is 98ron, of course you can run it on 95 but you will lose power and MPG, plus you have less cleaning additives in the non premium fuel. It actually costs more in mpg to run 'most' BMWs on 95 than on 98ron. And I was of the thought that doesn't matter where it is from, Sainsburys or Shell, BP or Budgens, it doesn't matter. And, when it comes to diesel run on what you want. I have changed my mind big time. I was talking to a bloke in my shop who works on diesel engines for Ford, he was saying he had been working very closely to some of the fuel suppliers to discuss additives as they were having issues with some of the commercial vehicles with the DPFs blocking etc. at far too fast a rate. He said that some of them Stateside had been working with Archoil to try and reduce soot and ash levels. This was interesting me as I had been having lots of DPF regens on my 530d, every tank full it was doijng a regen, and with the Diag plugged in I could see the soot levels building up far too quickly. I used V-Power for the next 4 tanks, annoying as it was £1.49 here compared with £1.32 for regular shell, and start to monitor my exhaust system. Sure enough the soot levels were not increasing anywhere near as much, and if that is the case think how much cleaner the EGR could be. However, £1.49 was a lot for someone doing 25k miles a year. I started to do a bit of research and found this video.... It mentioned Archoil, the company they had been dealing with, and it was mentioning Ford engines that are used Stateside for Ambulances etc. where they often sit idling for a long time. I realised that the UK distributer was literally round the corner from me, I had actually order some Archoil products from them and they called to say "We were going to ship this out and noticed you were down the road." I went and collected it and had a chat and tried a couple of other bits too. I will talk about that later. https://www.powerenhancer.co.uk/archoil-ar6200-fuel-modification-complex-high-concentrate.html Anyway, first tank I double dosed at least, and even by the end of the first tank I could see the soot/ash levels drop. This was still with V Power diesel. Second tank I went back to regular diesel. The ash/soot levels were still dropping, so the Archoil 6200 with regular diesel was doing more good than the v power. By tank 3 things started to get pretty impressive, the engine felt so, so much smoother, now I think this was more to do with the car was not always at that point where it wants to regen, where it gets grumbly and a bit harsh, but more impressive was the MPG, I had averaged 33/34mpg in my E61 530d since day one on the obc. Now at 90k miles with this stuff added I was averaging 38/39mpg on the OBC. The car was now doing a regen every 3-4 tanks or so, so every 1800-2400 miles. Before it was trying every tank, which was only 420-460 miles. I was now getting 510-600 miles from a tank. This wasn't snake oil, this was being monitored and I could see it was making a difference. When I picked up the F11 520d (b47) it was doing 36mpg, for the first few tanks, it had 68k miles on it so run in, I started to use the 6200 in that and after a few tanks MPG started picking up. I have had it a while now and even now, with winter diesel and me doing shorter runs it is averaging 44mpg. In October, before they switched to winter diesel I managed a 683 mile tank and that was me putting 61 litres back in. Which is 50 MPG over a tankful and not trying for MPG. A friend of mine has an N47 520d F11, his MPG was around 32, I plugged the diag in that and you could see his trim values were all over the place, he started using Archoil in October, over xmas he said he is now getting 39mpg average and when we plugged his car in you can see the trim values are all spot on, right bang in the middle of the green, the car is running correctly, it is not trying to run rich or lean it is running right. While looking for the links above I found this post on e90post.com... https://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1266776 It is worth a read. When we talk about additives and cleaners we need to understand what they are trying to achieve with them, I think too often we dismiss it as snake oil, but there is some pretty clever stuff being done to make sure we burn the fuel as cleanly as possible, that being optimal temperatures etc. I am definitely a convert, and as our cars get older it becomes more important. I was trying to find a video where someone had run two Merc diesels, one with Archoil, and one with out, and they looked at the DPFs at 80k miles, one was pretty gunked up, one was clean as a whistle with only some soot dust on it that was wiped away with a cloth. I will keep looking for it, as that was the video that made me realise what a difference it can make. I also used this on my last couple of services... https://www.powerenhancer.co.uk/archoil-ar9200-v2-nano-mo-ws2-friction-modifier.html I can not underestimate how much difference this makes to how much smoother the engine is with it in. I will sound like a twat if I put it into words, but well worth doing.
  6. DarkHorse

    Interior Trim: Aluminium vs Wood vs High Gloss

    Lol, I'm ok with my current wood setup and wouldn't change it now. I've seen a bamboo on beige in a silver E61 m-sport LCI on A-trader a couple of years back, quite a rare combo. Hey, whatever you like. I think the 7 series had the wood combo options more in line with offerings from Merc.
  7. GoNz0

    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    Dunno m8, one of those things isn't it if it packs up The rubber does feel like the revised from memory but I will check later if I remember.
  8. tallman85

    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    @GoNz0 bad news mate...i spoke with my friend and it was more 2010 and they were planning to use it after the model that replaced the e61 and e91. Sorry mate! I think you have a delphi if not replaced already
  9. tallman85

    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    and here is the proof guys. Made in Malta. This link explains the difference. link:
  10. duncan-uk

    E39 530 Touring - new wheels

    I'm running turbines on a sport touring for the winter. I'm surprised how good they look TBH. Normally it's standard 17" style 66 sport wheels as above. I've resisted 18/19 for cost of tyres etc and the roads round here are shocking. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  11. Ray112

    E39 530 Touring - new wheels

    On thing you forget to mention- cars in pictures are M sport not SE trim, so they are lower from factory, and that means having already a smaller wheel gap. If OP has turbine style wheels, it will be SE with higher suspension setup.
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  13. tallman85

    Interior Trim: Aluminium vs Wood vs High Gloss

    Anyone out there that likes or prefer wood please?? [and not 80 years old ]
  14. duncan-uk

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    This is on my list of jobs to do. Currently I have an old think pad that runs car soft but not enough guts to run inpa. As a mac user I've been thinking of an emulator for a while so I can ditch the think pad. Do you have an idiots guide of what I need to do? Would be much appreciated. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  15. tallman85

    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    Mine is Jan 2008, so i might have the old one if it was not replaced.
  16. rlowy

    Independent Specialist for servicing in Surrey

    Can I ask those that have had experience of them, for a normal oil service are Munich Legends that much cheaper?
  17. rlowy

    G30 WHEEL SIZE DILEMMA

    I have 20” run flats as part of the M Sport Plus package and find the ride excellent, road noise low and appearance very nice filling the wheel arches well. Pressures make a slight difference to road noise. Pot holes are so bad around where I live work and commute they effect every wheel size so driving involves extra care and snaking all over the carriageway in many places.
  18. GoNz0

    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    I may be lucky then being a 12/2009 built car. I notice the same switch is still used to this very day on touring models.
  19. d_a_n1979

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Still looks spanking Barry
  20. tallman85

    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    If memory is correct it must have been 2008 or 2009. So late in production.
  21. d_a_n1979

    E39 530 Touring - new wheels

    Welcome to the forums When you say Alpina 'style' do you mean reps or genuine Alpina's, or OEM BMW Style 32s (which some people mislabel as Alpina alloys etc)? The key thing with an E39 to remember, is the centre bore. It's the odd one out of the BMWs at 74.1, whereas others are 72.6. You also need an offset of 25 and lower for the rears and ideally 20-10 for the fronts, this should stop any arch rubbing. The rears suffer more, mainly if you're lowered though IMO fit staggered alloys, even though the tourers came with a straight set, they suit staggered alloys absolutely fine (wider at the rear for better traction etc); 18s fill the arches nicely and IMO offer the best ride and handling, 19s fill the arches even better, but with thinner tyres, you do lose a little in the comfort aspects, but TBH I never had any issues on my previous E39 with 19s fitted, it handled and drove very well, but it was set up on coilovers etc A few pics for you to visualise: My current 530i touring on 18" staggered OEM Style 37s: And as it is now on 17" Style 66s with winter tyres: My previous E39 saloon on 19: BBS LM reps: With regards to tyres; the BMW sizes for 18" alloys (if a staggered set) is 235/40/18 fronts and 265/35/18s rears; for a straight set you could run 235 or 245s all round, more so if they're 8.5" wide alloys. The Style 37s I had on my touring ran 245/40 and 275/35 18s for better sidewall protection and the rears were 9.5" wide as they were off an E38 7 series. As for 19" tyres, again I ran 245/35 and 275/30 19s on the LM reps It can be a minefield when it comes to alloys and tyres for the E39, lots to choose from, OEM and aftermarket, it's all down to your budget, looks/stance and also what type of alloy wheel you want to run There are decent resellers such as BMAutosport, Rimstyle and Wheelbase out there that cater for the E39 FYI You could also look to run alloys from say the E90 3 series, which has an offset of around 40, but you can use 15-20mm 74.1 to 72.6 hubcentric adapters to get around this; again, lots of info on Google Sorry to have waffled on, just trying to make it as straightforward as I can I'm in the same boat currently; looking for new alloys myself for my touring
  22. GoNz0

    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    Shame the glue used to stick the layers together bleeds eventually, I have stripped a few down and had to remove that as it bled onto the conductive parts. No idea what make as I never had a reason to check (until now) When did your place take it on?
  23. I have a mineral white F11 and your salesman is correct, it does hide the dirt very well. I have owned BMW's of all colours and the white hides it the best. I will try to explain. When the white gets dirty, you cannot see it until you are ready to wash it. When you wipe your first sweep with a sponge or mitt, then you see how dirty the car was. This is not the case with darker colours as they show the dirty straight away. People used to say "I am not getting a white car as it shows all the dirt", it's not true.
  24. tallman85

    Interior Trim: Aluminium vs Wood vs High Gloss

    I will keep the piano black for the owner after me to have the option to convert back My wife also prefers the piano black..... damn everyone is against me on this one. Seems i am the misfit
  25. tallman85

    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    @GoNz0 and @dirtydirtydiesel Let me tell you a true story about this famous switch that fails. So basically this switch was first awarded to Delphi by BMW as their supplier. Unfortunately, this switch was very good except in the rain, cos it shorted and cause problems like the tailgate glass opening at speed in the rain, especially in Germany. BMW plan B was to find another supplier to fix the issue. Then it was transferred to the automotive company I used to work in Malta and it was redesigned by my colleague and I can tell you that lots of hours, testing and money went into it not to leak water It was a very big challenge but we managed. My colleague used to go to BMW regularly as they were taking this very seriously. So if you have Delphi written on it, you have the old one, if you have a big M or MeM written on it, you have the later one, the good one made in Malta
  26. Piano black is now the sought after option, I bet someone will direct swap you for wood
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    • Yep - fair play.. On looking a second time there is some crucial info: Get the new seal 19.5mm deep & put the circlip into the diff before putting the stub flange in.. I put it on the flange and had to hammer it to hell to get it in..   Not sure about the BMW tools being available elsewhere - 3 different mandrels & a legged seal puller? Man on the street uses a screwdriver or something like this: https://amzn.to/2TFkRfl   For inserting the seal, I did buy the generally accepted kit:    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-Rear-Axle-Bush-Remover-Installer-Genuine-Neilsen-CT0587/163694023456?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649   which is similar to BMW, only difference is the kit I bought didn't have a mandrel and therefore insertion was uneven - I think that is a large part of the reason that when I put the seals in last time they were wrong.. The kit did have a threaded rod, but I'm certain that is for removing bushes etc, gently easing them out.   So - I'm going to try one of these: https://amzn.to/3anXWeD which does have a mandrel..   Thanks again for your help, J
    • I'd no issues with 18s or 19s Dunc; roads around here are terrible at best (I mean really bad; the country lanes have some stupidly large potholes that get filled and then that all gets dragged out as soon as a lorry drives over it)!     I'm very good at zig-zagging and avoiding them, where I can  
    • I like turbines; I am biased though  
    • I was always a firm believer of when it comes to petrol, use the 'correct' octane for your car.  In the case of BMWs since the early 90's that is 98ron, of course you can run it on 95 but you will lose power and MPG, plus you have less cleaning additives in the non premium fuel. It actually costs more in mpg to run 'most' BMWs on 95 than on 98ron.    And I was of the thought that doesn't matter where it is from, Sainsburys or Shell, BP or Budgens, it doesn't matter.    And, when it comes to diesel run on what you want.    I have changed my mind big time.    I was talking to a bloke in my shop who works on diesel engines for Ford, he was saying he had been working very closely to some of the fuel suppliers to discuss additives as they were having issues with some of the commercial vehicles with the DPFs blocking etc. at far too fast a rate.  He said that some of them Stateside had been working with Archoil to try and reduce soot and ash levels.    This was interesting me as I had been having lots of DPF regens on my 530d, every tank full it was doijng a regen, and with the Diag plugged in I could see the soot levels building up far too quickly.    I used V-Power for the next 4 tanks, annoying as it was £1.49 here compared with £1.32 for regular shell, and start to monitor my exhaust system. Sure enough the soot levels were not increasing anywhere near as much, and if that is the case think how much cleaner the EGR could be. However, £1.49 was a lot for someone doing 25k miles a year.    I started to do a bit of research and found this video....       It mentioned Archoil, the company they had been dealing with, and it was mentioning Ford engines that are used Stateside for Ambulances etc. where they often sit idling for a long time.    I realised that the UK distributer was literally round the corner from me, I had actually order some Archoil products from them and they called to say "We were going to ship this out and noticed you were down the road."  I went and collected it and had a chat and tried a couple of other bits too. I will talk about that later.    https://www.powerenhancer.co.uk/archoil-ar6200-fuel-modification-complex-high-concentrate.html   Anyway, first tank I double dosed at least, and even by the end of the first tank I could see the soot/ash levels drop.  This was still with V Power diesel. Second tank I went back to regular diesel. The ash/soot levels were still dropping, so the Archoil 6200 with regular diesel was doing more good than the v power.  By tank 3 things started to get pretty impressive, the engine felt so, so much smoother, now I think this was more to do with the car was not always at that point where it wants to regen, where it gets grumbly and a bit harsh, but more impressive was the MPG, I had averaged 33/34mpg in my E61 530d since day one on the obc. Now at 90k miles with this stuff added I was averaging 38/39mpg on the OBC.    The car was now doing a regen every 3-4 tanks or so, so every 1800-2400 miles. Before it was trying every tank, which was only 420-460 miles. I was now getting 510-600 miles from a tank.    This wasn't snake oil, this was being monitored and I could see it was making a difference.      When I picked up the F11 520d (b47) it was doing 36mpg, for the first few tanks, it had 68k miles on it so run in, I started to use the 6200 in that and after a few tanks MPG started picking up. I have had it a while now and even now, with winter diesel and me doing shorter runs it is averaging 44mpg.  In October, before they switched to winter diesel I managed a 683 mile tank and that was me putting 61 litres back in. Which is 50 MPG over a tankful and not trying for MPG.    A friend of mine has an N47 520d F11, his MPG was around 32, I plugged the diag in that and you could see his trim values were all over the place, he started using Archoil in October, over xmas he said he is now getting 39mpg average and when we plugged his car in you can see the trim values are all spot on, right bang in the middle of the green, the car is running correctly, it is not trying to run rich or lean it is running right.    While looking for the links above I found this post on e90post.com...   https://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1266776   It is worth a read.      When we talk about additives and cleaners we need to understand what they are trying to achieve with them, I think too often we dismiss it as snake oil, but there is some pretty clever stuff being done to make sure we burn the fuel as cleanly as possible, that being optimal temperatures etc.    I am definitely a convert, and as our cars get older it becomes more important. I was trying to find a video where someone had run two Merc diesels, one with Archoil, and one with out, and they looked at the DPFs at 80k miles, one was pretty gunked up, one was clean as a whistle with only some soot dust on it that was wiped away with a cloth.  I will keep looking for it, as that was the video that made me realise what a difference it can make.     I also used this on my last couple of services...   https://www.powerenhancer.co.uk/archoil-ar9200-v2-nano-mo-ws2-friction-modifier.html   I can not underestimate how much difference this makes to how much smoother the engine is with it in.  I will sound like a twat if I put it into words, but well worth doing.     
    • Lol, I'm ok with my current wood setup and wouldn't change it now.   I've seen a bamboo on beige in a silver E61 m-sport LCI on A-trader a couple of years back, quite a rare combo.   Hey, whatever you like. I think the 7 series had the wood combo options more in line with offerings from Merc.          


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