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About sharkfan

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    2001 Alpina B10 V8 Touring (1 of 12 rhd)
    1997 Alpina B12 5.7 L (1 of 2 rhd)
    1995 Alpina B10 4.6 Touring (1 of 1 rhd)
    1985 BMW M635CSi (1 of 524 rhd)
    1982 BMW 635CSiA (1 of only hundreds left from thousands made and still valiantly fighting against a rusty grave)


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    M62TUB46, M73B57, M60B46, M88/3-3543, M30-3430.

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  1. sharkfan

    LED headlight bulbs

    There is a trick that might work for lower wattage bulbs like reversing lamps and the angel eyes/halo; you can place a small self powering relay in the supply to the bulb. I can't find the thread at the moment but if you search on "angel eyes relay" you should find it. I've used it for the led bulbs in my angel eyes for year with no issues. edit: found it... https://forum.bmw5.co.uk/topic/98512-led-angel-eyes-cold-check-flashing-does-anyone-make-a-unit-to-stop-this/?page=2&tab=comments#comment-1099821
  2. sharkfan

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Changed the rear brake pads after a verrrrryyyy long time (I can't actually ever remember doing them in over ten years of ownership). It actually went surprisingly easily despite not being touched in a decade.
  3. sharkfan

    E39 Imola Red & Numbers Produced

    Except you said (and I've highlighted the bit that debunks your latest explanation)... Like I said earlier, fitted from new, or some of the more items you stated you wanted to fit - if they had been broken one or more of your very detailed posts would have mentioned it I think; it can't be both.
  4. sharkfan

    LED headlight bulbs

    As other have said, you can code out the checks but IIRC it does depend on which generation of LCM (Light Control Module) you have fitted - I think you have to have a MkIV and I suspect you have a MkIII.
  5. sharkfan

    Exhaust options.

    I've snipped some bits out but if you're refusing to see that the polishing and porting of cylinder heads and inlet tracts have long been an aid to improve performance in N/A engines and also that there aren't heat issues with stainless steel exhaust manifolds then there is precious little anyone can ever say to change your views. If you read back through the thread you were the one that bought up the subject of any gains from the Fritz system and since then people have either put their own opinions before you or asked for any evidence of those gains. Just to address a couple of things you've stated, here is a link to an Alpina article which if you read it shows pictures of the room in which head porting and polishing took place and states the approximate hours it took to prepare each head for six cylinder and V8 engines up to the early 2000's before forced induction made those efforts obviously redundant... https://www.thealpinaregister.com/article/2706 Just as in your own engine rebuild thread you have completely ignored any or all opinion that you find contrary to yours and constantly find ways to justify your views that go against a weight of actual evidence and peoples genuine experiences, which you had initially asked to hear. I do wish you'd stop calling your engine rebuild an 'Alpina spec' engine as it appears to be nothing of the sort. I'm sure you will get an improved performance engine from the amount of money you are throwing at it but I suspect it will have little or nothing to do with Alpina components or methods - just call it a tuned M30 and be done. Good luck in your endeavours.
  6. sharkfan

    Exhaust options.

    The Fritz system and manifold does absolutely nothing to increase power and if anything the manifold causes a noticeable increase in under-bonnet temperatures which could cause a reduction in the power. Alpina made their gains on the M30 engines with polishing, porting, camshafts and the ECU - specific gains from exhaust manifolds will only really come above 7,500 to 8,000 rpm, ie, a genuine race engine and not a road engine. Mythbusters did a program years ago about exhaust manifolds and found absolutely no gains whatsoever on road tuned engines.
  7. sharkfan

    E39 Imola Red & Numbers Produced

    That's all very interesting but when you joined the forum you said... So which is true, what you said above which I've quoted from your post when you joined the forum, or what you are saying now that it was fitted from new? It can't be both.
  8. sharkfan

    E39 Imola Red & Numbers Produced

    So it's a 535i Sport with some ACS bodykit bits and ACS wheels; it is not an ACS5 at all.
  9. sharkfan

    So what are you doing in isolation?

    Excellent work Mick; is that it all done now?
  10. sharkfan

    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    That's a shame - I've never ever had an issue. What was the update?
  11. sharkfan

    The story of E39 M5 AK03 DJJ (so far)

    Cossetted indeed.
  12. sharkfan

    Group Buy - RHD Equal Length Manifold

    E24's will be quite compromised as; AC was very, very common in E24's and the pipes are right next to the rear most pipe bundles, Early E24/E28 based cars had the brake bar going across from the right hand side to the left side mounted master cylinder, Later E24 cars had the brake master cylinder and reservoir over cylinders 5 and 6 and already suffer with heat effects from a standard exhaust, and Manual cars have the clutch reservoir and plumbing in that corner too. That said, there are a few people making performance orientated M30 cars so you might get some interest, including from Australia.
  13. sharkfan

    Group Buy - RHD Equal Length Manifold

    Ahh, that makes sense - so it isn't really designed for use in a standard car with all those compromises; have you thought about whether it fits in an E9 bay? There seem to be more track/performance examples of those than there are E24, E28 and E34.
  14. sharkfan

    Group Buy - RHD Equal Length Manifold

    Have you checked clearance to items such as the afm, clutch reservoir, some early cars may also have the brake bar in that back corner; also has the heating effect of the exhaust so close to the afm and intake been considered?
  15. sharkfan

    Show us pics of your none 5 BMW

    Uncovered, started (first time), washed and run up and down the road but probably going to go up for sale as I just don't have the time for it anymore...