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  1. 8 points
    got his 540 last year and over the year done a fair bit to it, first was have gearbox sorted so was fitted with on from an alpina with ecu, then i got double glazing fitted, i already had my wheels, bumper and mirrors off previous car, fitted full airlift air ride, sorted all new arms out on it, and then with this lockdown i managed to refurb the wheels andredye all my rare leather parts i got a couple years ago, everything was champagne anyhow but the seats and armrests bt redyed so it all matched, seats are e38 sport contours, which i then added heated elements and active massage too, welded the brackets i chopped off some e38 comfort that had tables so these could be fitted, modified e38 arm rest on tilt and slide with phone connection, im still working on the phone, it had a v50 and ive converted to bluetooth, just waiting on an aerial to test it out now, pretty chuffed hw its turned out, next is quad exhaust as ive modded the spare wheel well to accept another pipe, then paint to make it mint as couple of little rust spots to sort, modified e39 handles using genuine e38 fiber optic for external illumination, e38 inter illuminated handles, custom trims with individual badges, and some individual kick plates i had for god knows how long heres some pics enjoy
  2. 4 points

    AlexGSi2000 - e39 M5

    Just a quick update, not been driving the car as much as I would have liked over the past few months - been out on a few trips but mainly been driving short distances occasionally. Still very happy with the way the car feels, it may be the warmer weather combined with the Redline MTL but the gearbox is starting to feel a little slicker which is resulting in nicer gear changes. The only thing I have noticed over the past few months is a ticking noise coming from the right bank - I traced this back to the exhaust joint where the headers join the front section of the exhaust. The studs were very well worn / corroded when I purchased the car, despite fitting new firing rings and using bolts, its never been 100% - when logging the car I think its the cause of excess enrichment of the right bank due to the air leak. It also sounds awful - I "suspect" a potential crack in the manifold also, but not inspected them. Because of this, I decided to push the button and order a set of headers, de-cat and centre section from Russ Fellows. In the back of my mind I knew I was going to do this at some-point, so may as well get it done now. As the car will be de-catted, changes will need to be made to the ECU so the EML light isn't illuminated. I have come across a some software called the "MSS5x binary modification tool" from ECUWorx. It looks like its a case of reading the file from the car, making the changes (and purchasing a license), then flashing the modified file back to the car; https://www.ecuworx.co.uk/2020/04/09/mss5x-binary-modification-tool-update-2/ As expected, I am starting to get pretty excited - eta is around 5 weeks on the headers, I'm counting the days already! A few recent snaps;
  3. 4 points

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Had a go at the headlights, better but I think they need to come out and be machine polished.
  4. 4 points

    Progress on my project e39

    So after picking up my 523i in November I have had a little time to tidy it up. Car now has Anti roll bars from my 530i sport track car which has made a big difference. I have also changed - Rad, w/pump/ vanos/ rocker gasket/filter housing gasket/4 new tyres/full service/ re dyed the faded parcel shelf/ new headlights & adjusters etc etc. My aim is to get it looking as tidy as possible and just enjoy!
  5. 4 points
    Finally bought some 351Ms on Ebay. £520 with Goodyear Eagle F1 RFTs all round. They're a bit tatty but nothing a basic refurb can't sort and besides, I think a fresh lick of powder-coated goodness in Ferric or gunmetal grey is on the cards for these. TPMS valves didn't register on the brief test drive I just took after swapping the wheels but they're supposedly ok so I need to investigate that. Considering the dramatic difference I felt moving to non-RFT on the 18s I'm very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the ride - I experienced none of the uncomfortable crashiness I was expecting. It just felt less wallowy and more planted.
  6. 4 points

    E39 540i Touring for sale

  7. 3 points

    Fitted new folding mirror gears

    I bought a pair of electric folding mirrors off Dan a couple of weeks ago knowing they needed some attention. So this morning I fitted them with new gears. The original gear has plastic teeth that strip. The replacements have metal teeth so problem solved. Its a bit fiddly but easy enough. All back together now with freshly painted caps in Sterling Grey ready to fit my Touring, but that will be another day! (pictures in reverse order)
  8. 3 points

    Steering wheel remotes

    Ok, so rather than pad out the 'What did you do...' thread, I thought as the sun is out and when I did the left side controller the pics were somewhat lacking, so now I've replaced the right side roller switch I'd take a few more pics for anyone looking at any similar jobs. The work itself is stunningly simple and doesn't require much time for any special tools above what's in most toolkits thesedays. However I shall start with a warning... you will need to remove the steering wheel airbag unit. This is a pyrotechnic device... get it wrong and you risk things going bang in your face, so before you start, DISCONNECT THE BATTERY then take 10 minutes or so to organise what you need while any remaining charge dissipates. Now we're safe you can crack on. I used this video by Nut Job as a good guide to removing the airbag Once that's out of the way you can unscrew what you need... change the roller... then reassemble. The photos should let you see what you're facing... and in reverse how to rebuild it all. To disconnect the airbag unclip the yellow and blue plugs Disconnect the mounting plate earth then undo the 4 silver torx screws and remove the plate Then the black torx screw on whichever side, will release the flappy-paddle (if you have them), or the cover if you don't. Let the flappy-paddle hang out of the way and the black plastic cover can be removed to reveal the torx screw that retains the switch unit With the switch now free, unplug it and you can remove the 3 small Phillips screws and take off the back cover. Unplug the two plugs (they just pull straight out) and you can lift out the main board and then the roller unit - which slides on guides so be careful. The roller switch spindle is easily unclipped (gear end first) and then the spindle can be eased from the roller. You'll note there is a flat on the spindle and a matching one in the roller. Line them up and then just reassemble in reverse order. Pretty simple and for around £10-£15 for the bits from China, it beats over £100 for the entire remote switches unit from BMW. Time taken... around 20 mins... (30 with photos).
  9. 3 points
  10. 3 points
    All genuine OEM BMW front wheel arch liners and undertray fitted this morning
  11. 3 points
    Mine on the 19" rims is planted. When I was out in it yesterday, I was specifically looking out for crashiness that other complain of but, nope, just sublime. Do you have VDC or anything like that on your car? When you get the rims fettled up, make sure to keep the hub mating face clean and free from paint or powder coating. Wait and see if your wheel specialist mentions it, if they don't and you ask about it and the response is as if you have two heads, walk away from that wheel specialist.
  12. 3 points
    Captain Beaky

    MOT Here we go

    After 18 months the Day Of Reckoning is finally here, we're on our way to see the man about a dog Fingers Crossed
  13. 3 points

    Bmw e28 progress pics

    First day off work today in a while so got a couple of hrs in the garage this afternoon. So it was take two on the door repair using M5’s advice Came out a lot better then the first attempt Now i had the plate cut to size i could chop the rot out on the back sideDidn’t get a pic of it chopped out but this is it repaired Then the front part back on, still fitted.then some etch (excuse the runs got a bit trigger happy) next will be to re fit the seal guides. thanks guys
  14. 3 points
    Hello all, I wanted to start a thread and share my story on my E34Ix that I acquired totally by accident last year in November without seeing it or test driving it! (what could've gone wrong lol), and how I discovered that I bought an absolute lemon(that is somewhat worth saving) The story: Back in September 2019, I had saved up and then I was looking for a project car that I can use to commute and I was in the market mostly for an e30 or e36 and I would only consider an e34 and e39 under certain conditions and one day I was scrolling through an overpriced e30 and I caught a glimpse of an e34 and as I looked into it and found out it was an ix which is quite rare now especially in red, as I thought it would be a good base to put down more power or I could rwd it if I don't fancy it down the line, my biggest concern was it being a cloth interior automatic(wanted a manual) with a tired paintwork but I went for it anyway so the journey begins by paying £1.7k for the damn thing... Specsheet: Better picture coming soon
  15. 3 points

    Bmw e28 progress pics

    Here are a couple of photos of the process I mentioned. I took a template of an e28 driver door top and made this piece to show what I mentioned. The puckering is necessary where the metal curves. The excess metal is then hammered flat with a hide faced hammer onto the insert of metal and finally the slight curve was formed. you can then remove the thin metal insert. The area in the last photo shows the area of extra metal. You can file this smoother as the metal is thicker at that point.
  16. 2 points

    Throwback from 2015

    My darling E39s about five years ago. Still have the Tourer of course, but ‘Champers’ didn’t stay with us for much more than a year. To this day I believe both of these facelift E39s represent the pinnacle in 5 series design, and I’m determined to get an E39 M5 onto our drive before my time is up.
  17. 2 points

    Gearbox low speed jolt 1 to 2

    Thank @bmwPower thats very helpful. changing the egr smoothed out some of the changing behaviour after warm up but my jolt in the morning is back even though little bit more smooth. Your analysis on oil level dropping make sense so i will give that a try to see if i have got any oil coming out.
  18. 2 points
    I don't know what would cause that but changing a worn gear is pretty easy. I used t his guide to get mine apart
  19. 2 points
    That tool will be fine, once you've wound the actuators back using your foxwell you'll literally be able to push the pistons back with your fingers.
  20. 2 points

    F11 overview

    I reckon a 545i has significantly more grunt than a 525i. I get between 18 and 21mpg on average when towing the caravan - that's only 1300kg max plus passengers in the car. The 530d seems like a great tow car on paper and I see no reason why I wouldn't be in practise. I can't bring myself to own an X3 or X5, sorry. The X3 isn't so bad I suppose but the X5 is just vulgar and unnecessary. If I was going to go down the SUV route either a Disco 3/4 or XC90 would be higher on the list than an X5 despite the X5 probably being better in many ways. If I could find an ancient V70 TDi classic to mod it would be contest over but the TDi is rare and a TDi auto even rarer these days.
  21. 2 points

    Bmw e28 progress pics

    Would love to but saving to put them both though collage / university So probably a e46, would love a e36 but the price's of those are on the rise. & yeah sideways but to be honest I found the e30 325i worse or maybe I had a heavier foot Rich 28, Top work fella, keep it up.
  22. 2 points

    Bmw e28 progress pics

    Hi dirtydirtydiesel I agree with you with regard to Rich28 and his project. Remarkable achievements. There is an old saying "if you want something done ask a busy person". I think he is a good example of this. When I first started working on cars there was no internet and knowledge was power so people would often not give it away easily so I appreciate where you came from. From your car list, learned to drive in a mini at 17 first BMW an e21 at 21
  23. 2 points

    Bmw e28 progress pics

    Rich28 & M5, Firstly Rich, I have to say I take my hat off to you. Your doing a grand job for someone who is at home & self taught, Also to be doing this with your collection & a wife & two young ones I genuinely don't know how you juggle it all. I used to do all this, yeah on 70's & 80's minis, mkll escorts, e21 & e30 bimmers ect. But s.w.m.b.o would kill me for the amount of time your putting in, I was single when I did the above but now have two boy's 12 & 10 & it's football, mountain biking ect. Could be worse, xbox ect M5, you sir are a legend, if only on my learning curve I'd had someone like you happy to impart knowledge Anyway Rich, Keep up the good work, makes great reading / veiwing. Oh & I'm a aerospace fabricator for the last twentytwo years & fabricator / welder, Car body repairer before that.
  24. 2 points

    So what are you doing in isolation?

    Decided it was time to tidy up the crap at the side of the house.... lol .... Loads of "stuff" left over from previous projects... Getting there a bit at a time .... will need some help with a few of the pieces of stone.....
  25. 2 points
    OEM powerfold / memory & chromatic mirrors replaced, like for like, with a full working set off an E38 Mirror caps still need respraying, they’re in 354 , just scratched arc, so touched up for now; they’ll get done with the front end refresh, when that happens Fresh aftermarket glass ordered (heated, blue & wide angle but not chromatic) ordered and will swap those over when they land Also had this delivery from @cotswoldbmwmini today Undertray (with fixings) and new wheel arches liners have just landed; a week all in from ordering to delivery from Germany! Cannot complain at that