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  1. sharkfan

    Plastic sheds

    We have a Keter bike shed and smaller Keter oddments shed - they are very solid and very well made with no condensation, but the only advice I would offer is that they need a perfectly flat base - they don't like even the slightest deviation for the base or the doors will struggle to close going forwards.
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    What are you doing now?

    Back home after a silly early start for a car boot sale, but £200 richer and our home is lighter of unnecessary shite. E39 Touring emptied, roof bars on for ladders tomorrow, feet up and ready for a snooze watching the Aussies struggle to reach 399 in the heat.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Bad news: the puncture couldn't be repaired so a new Michelin is on its way from mytyres - meanwhile I'm rolling about on the original spare wheel and tyre, the tyre is a little dated...... 01/01... Good news: while I dragged out the spare I swapped the hybrid tuner back in; rubbed back, treated then painted some small surface rust in the tyre well and around the air suspension access plates; topped on the hydraulic tailgate resovoir so it works as well as it ever did. Put it all back together again, then washed and polished it with that funky new Meguairs Ceramic polish stuff.
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    BMW e34 South Africa

    Nice collection - good luck with the Alpina conversion.
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    E39 Nav Knob Upgrade

    Does the button light up at all or is it just chrome?
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    Time flies...

    27349920, 455832, 18993, 2713.2857, 226.10714 ish...
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    E39 Nav Knob Upgrade

    Bumping this thread for pics of any of the E90 or 1 Series sat nav knobs - the stormwerks items are not available any more so I was thinking which illuminated knobs to buy?
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    my 540 touring

    Just beware of it's weight if you're considering fitting it; my car had it from brand new as well as the powered tailgate, and BMW could not get it to work completely correctly due to the extra weight. I overhauled and refilled the fluid in the system when I got the car and it now works but still needs a light touch to start it off. I don't know how much it would affect a standard manual lift tailgate but I would imagine it would get through the shocks a little quicker.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Good news: rewired the front tailgate switch (near the bonnet release) so that it opens the glass tailgate instead. Bad news: picked up a screw in the front offside Michelin PilotSport with 6mm of tread left - find out tomorrow if it can be repaired....
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    Car and Classic on Chris Harris' E34 "M5"

    That's the fifth rhd E34 M5 Touring that I know of, and one of two I haven't been close to buying... The Avus Blue lhd to rhd conversion carried out by Munich Legends - on ebay donkeys years ago, just outbid... The purple lhd to rhd conversion owned by a forum member that I nearly bought soon after it was converted... The blue 525iT that had 3.6 running gear dropped into it - I drove to Glasgow to test it but it wasn't well and I walked away... A grey 525iT to 3.6 M6 conversion that was advertised over a dozen years ago but disappeared as quickly as it appeared... This car of David's which a friend, Andy H, drove for a few days and was highly recommended but the driveway was full and pennies were short. if you ever make a 4.2 rhd M5 Touring David, call me first and I'll swap in my Alpina 4.6 for it!
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    my 540 touring

    That white insert on the lower part of the tailgate is an Alpina item too. How much are you asking for the square set of 19's?
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Hi-gloss shadowline and chrome grills doesn't look toooo bad I think......
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    Interior trim - what colour?

    Someone from the forum bought it from me - it might even be in a car somewhere?! Actually, change being as good as a rest, in some ways I wish I still had it - even if I haven't time to fit it. Good luck with your search Dan - there are a couple of good interior colour threads in this E39 section - they are worth a peek just for ideas alone, but beware, some of the OEM Individual stuff will need welding goggles to view, even after looking at my efforts
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    Interior trim - what colour?

    On with the Sunnies.....
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    Interior trim - what colour?

    You cheeky twat Just for that I'm gonna dig around in the archives and post a pic up to ruin this thread and burn your eyes
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    Interior trim - what colour?

    Unless your mind bleach worked really well you might remember the attempt I made at a suede/alcantara covered set quite a few years ago - it was rather a bright blue in the pictures, less so in the flesh, but not as good as the birch anthracite the car came with. I have a set of E34 wood trims which I'm toying with for either a carbon fibre or piano black, dip or wrap, with a back up of black alcantara or suede if I'm feeling brave again...
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    2004 BMW E39 tourer unable to open NSR door

    It can be done fairly easily - it's easier the less highly specced your car is (e.g. Blinds, air-bags, hi-fi, etc). I had to do one of mine last summer and managed to do it without breaking anything. Google is your friend for some youtube videos to show you how it's done and then some liberal lube on the solenoid from inside the black gloopy fixed barrier wshould see it working again.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Chrome kidney grill surrounds for me; the all black always looks a touch chav - even on a full shadowline car. All chrome kidney grills can be equally as bad with too much bling... innit.
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    Car and Classic on Chris Harris' E34 "M5"

    How is the 4.0 S38 coming on David?
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    touring tailgate wiring

    I used to have a link to a post that contained the wire colours and hinge locations - does anyone have that still?
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    A squirt of Milton would probably do it too.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    If you have recently cleaned out the butt then you can keep the water quality good with an additive; IIRC hozelock do one and you can get it from garden centres.
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    Best Break Down Cover

    I've been with the AA for 15 years and God knows with my old cars I've had my moneys worth and I've never had a reason to complain, but... ...the stupid pricing has got to change - they discount new joiners to the tune of about 30% while giving existing members 10% to 15% increases year on year until they notice or complain! I fumed at them last year about the renewal price and their yearly increases (I'm geek enough to notice) and managed to get my existing membership for the new member price, but this year it's gone back up to £275 from £199 (it's home start, roadside, relay, and personal membership for the three of us no matter what car/cab/bus/bike/heap we are in). This year the new membership (with the added coverage of onward transport) is available for £229 and rather than argue the toss I'm going to end my membership... and get my wife to join instead. She also now works at Halfords and they have a breakdown service so we might try them for a year depending on what cover they offer. Why companies penalise existing members is beyond me - it leaves such a bad feeling. Edit to add: The Halfords cover is apparently run by Green Flag and for three individuals on the top cover is £195, with top cover for one person costing £100.
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    Breaking E34 525 Sport Auto, M50b25

    Is all the Maple trim in good nick Tim? If so I'll have it.
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    Ashes cricket.

    Me too - epic Test this week.