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  2. ger

    E61 panoramic roof glass replacement

    Good job on getting it sorted! Sent another pm...
  3. Spreadly

    Style 423 wheels on an F11

    I'd say they look look a good match for the F11. [emoji1419] Sent from my SM-G973F using Tapatalk
  4. What do we think about style 423 wheels on an F11? Has anyone done it, or can anyone find any pics? This is the type...
  5. d_a_n1979

    Suspected current drain

    Unbolt the battery, let it stand, check the voltage & then check again in the morning ‘’If it’s dropped, time for a new battery. If not, you’ve a power drain somewhere unfortunately
  6. d_a_n1979

    E39 undertray

    I ordered part #20 last week too; should arrive this week, so will fit & report back also
  7. I know this had been covered a few times, but I thought I’d just share in my thoughts. I have done many installs in all my other cars, my E34 had the best one, I spent a very long time building custom mounts for every speaker in that, but with kids running about these days I just haven’t got the time anymore so thought I try some of the ready made solutions I got the MDF mounts from eBay as mentioned in a few other posts, but I’m not at all impressed. BMW went to great lengths to make a nice sealed box to house the stock speaker (at the top), I was assuming these custom made speaker mounts would seal to the door in some way, but they don’t. There is virtually nothing to separate the back of speaker from the front. As the speaker cone moves back & forward to create the sound waves it creates an inverse wave from the rear (the cone moving backwards creates an opposite version of what’s coming out of the front). At certain lower frequencies the sound wave from the rear will come back around & largely cancel out the wave from the front (hence BMW making that box for their speaker). So it’s pointless putting these slightly larger speakers in the door hoping to get a bit more base! I wonder if you wouldn’t get better results just replacing the standard speaker in the BMW box with a better one. Luckily I had just installed a sub in the boot https://forum.bmw5.co.uk/topic/136948-amps-for-a-sub-when-to-fit-in-a-touring/ That is working very well so I have just set the amp to high pass on the front components to cut the low frequencies from going there at all. I did try with it on flat but the distortion was terrible at quite modest volume, the speaker is designed to push a fair bit of air when it’s in its correct sealed enclosure, but when installed like this there is no resistance of air pressure on the cone moving forward as it all comes straight round from the back where it is creating a vacuum of equal pressure. All that is irrelevant with the tweeters as air pressures are far lower & there just isn’t time for the waves from the back to get round the front. It is however important to get them pointing at your ears as much as possible as the higher frequencies are much more directional (hence why you mount a sub in the boot). While they will fit in the doors: you shouldn’t fit them there as they are pointing the wrong way. BMW helpfully fitted them facing you, the originals come out easily with out removing the upper trim: They pop out easily: Cut the mount off: Glue the new tweeter in: I used a glue gun, but epoxy etc would be fine too. They are a little larger than the originals but fit back in behind the standard grill fine. (Not really much of the tweeter in that picture but you can just about make out the torx bolt holding the mount in at the top) I would normally run the slight over kill thicker cable directly to the doors but BMW put that connection block there, great for removing the doors, not so much for stereo installs! So I just soldered it on as close to the connection as I could either side. The thicker cable is really more for the length of run from the amp in back of the boot into the front doors so that little bit won’t make much difference. Doing that way also means you can connect the new speakers up to the original stereo if you’re doing that way round & wanted do the amp install later without having to take anything in the door apart again. They do sound good for mid & top end, but not for the bass in those mounts.
  8. revjames

    New 2019 1 Series will be wrong wheel drive...

    its because they are using the mini platform for the 1 series. It was always going to happen.
  9. Deviant

    Quiet Tyres?

    I have these, no complaints. Tyre noise is the last of my considerations tbf. Wet and dry braking, handling and resistance to aquaplaning are far more important.
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  11. Dotcom1970

    E60 seats

    Talk to @falcodub...
  12. duncan-uk

    My Dad's 530d Touring - What’s it worth?

    Fwiw my 530d manual sport touring with 165k which I believe to be very tidy but not mint was valued by insurers at £2750 and they wouldn't budge. There was similar to mine sold for £3695 via **************. Lovely though that is I think £4K would be a big ask for an se pre-facelift but to the right person that might be just the etching they're after. I like glacier green [emoji41] Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  13. EeeTea

    Quiet Tyres?

    Yah. The sound tests are external to the car so doesn't necessarily relate to the internal cabin noise. Also sound ratings are on a log scale so any difference between sound ratings can be quite big. The other thing on acoustics is that the figure (I haven't bothered to go and check, so happy to be corrected) is likely to be a dB(A) reading, which will take an average across frequencies, and different tyres will have different sound profiles. So lot of low frequency noise may well transfer further into the cabin, for example, so a noisier tyre with more high frequency volume may sound quiter inside. But every vehicle and tyre will have a different resonance, and the combination of the two is the critical factor in sound comfort, as well as personal perception of which frequencies irritate you the most. It can only ever be a starting point, not an answer. I do deal with acoustics professionally, but I'm not an acoustician.. I pay someone else to do the detail work!
  14. chicaneuk

    My Dad's 530d Touring - What’s it worth?

    I honestly have to agree with Clavurion. It would of course depend on getting the right buyer on the right day but there’s so many 530d’s out there for peanuts.. and even if this is as good as it sounds (and I have no doubt that it is) I just think 4K+ for anything other than a mint petrol sport or V8 version is a big ask.
  15. syncrofred

    Suspected current drain

    As I mentioned in earlier posts I have been having problems with the battery going down that I thought was some mysterious current drain. Having done some good mileage and put the car in garage with the battery disconnected, I expected no problem when I next came to start it. Wrong. I’m now suspecting the battery, although it was only fitted in January 2017. I’m going to have checked out over the next few days. I’m hoping that that is the problem and not some random fault
  16. James Scott

    E60 seats

    Interesting.thank you Sent from my 9008X using Tapatalk
  17. Clavurion

    E60 seats

    Now that your original seats are already fully electrical the installation is much easier. If your local suppliers don't have them available you could buy elsewhere. It doesn't matter if they are from RHD or LHD vehicle. The vehicle registers driver/co-driver seat module by grounding/not grounding one pin on seat module. https://www.ebay.de/itm/BMW-E61-Komfort-Aktiv-Lederausstattung-Turverkleidung-BJ-12-06/392258345856?hash=item5b546b5b80:g:dVoAAOSwpZNciH~c
  18. Keliuss

    Quiet Tyres?

    One would have to conclude that these ratings should be taken with a pinch of salt. For me the noise was most noticeable on motorways above 30mph. Keliuss
  19. James Scott

    E60 seats

    Fully electric and black. Sent from my 9008X using Tapatalk
  20. dj1233

    Quiet Tyres?

    I have to say that mine (conti winter contacts ts830/850) are the same rating as my summer tyres (70DB) but sound quieter, especially over rougher road surfaces such as concrete or a roughly paved road.
  21. Ant89

    My Dad's 530d Touring - What’s it worth?

    I want to see this interior! Sent from my SM-G965F using Tapatalk
  22. Clavurion

    E60 seats

    I'm talking about original E6x Comfort seats. What colour is your original interior? Are your original seats fully electric or manual/half-electric?
  23. James Scott

    E60 seats

    If I could find some I would.my e39 i had before had e38 leather and was very comfy but I'd say the connectors be different and tough to connect Sent from my 9008X using Tapatalk
  24. Keliuss

    Quiet Tyres?

    Hi DJ, this is something I've read a few times and on different sites too. Last winter was the 1st time I ever used winter tyres (Bridgestone Blizzaks) and I was expecting quieter roadnoise but I couldn't believe how noisy they were compared to the economy summer tyres that were on the car when I got it. While I don't have Bridgestone summers to compare them with, my curiosity led me to tyre websites and I found that for Bridgestones at least their winter tyres range from 70-74dB while their summer tyres range from 69-72dB. I can't speak from much experience with different brands but the ratings confirm what my ears told me. Winter tyres are noisier (in general). Keliuss
  25. Clavurion

    E60 seats

    Time to retrofit some Comfort seats.
  26. chicaneuk

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Saloon still not back together.. been too busy. But had a few hours today. Fitted new drive and a/c belts, then began reassembly. Had another go at re-epoxying the broken section at the top left of the fan shroud where the expansion tank secures as it broke weeks ago and I have had at least 5 attempts at epoxying it, and its failed every time and the frustration of it has been slowly bubbling away at me as I have been unable to use the car really as a result. Had one last go and, upon reinstallation, the glue failed and it came apart again. Few weeks of other frustrations came to a head and I ended up going full basil fawlty, extracting the shroud and proceeding to smash it to pieces as i’d had enough of the thing. At least it forced me to stop trying to repair the old one and just buy a new one!
  27. Looks good. A lot of kit there. These are only getting rarer. GLWS.
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