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About DennisCooper

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    Ex Police - E39 530d Touring

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  1. DennisCooper

    Alpine TUA-T100DAB - DAB Tuner - Extremely Rare

    Hi, Price dropped to £350. Cheers, Dennis!
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    aftermarket / new BMW e39 headlights (pre facelift)

    Hi, OEM headlights always! You have the choice of facelift Hella Projector headlamps for around £120-180 for decent ones that won't need a polish rightaway and with intact adjusters, or OEM Xenon units which seem to get listed for around £250/300 to about £5/600. There is a seller or maybe more than one on ebay offering refurbished units of both variants. The aftermarket ones aren't very good both in terms of quality and how they look. If you look carefully at the ones you reference, they've got 5/6+ lines of text moulded into the front clear plastic and the indicator end isn't like the OEM's. Choice is yours of course ! Cheers, Dennis!
  3. DennisCooper

    WiFi Hotspot Snap In Adapter

    Hi Edd_jedi, Hopefully you'll have it working soon, the only thing that strikes me is from that time it'll be a 3G data connection and it'll use an early chipset/internal IC's for the 3G comms. Performance might not be all that great, but that of course depends on what you'll want to use it for. If it'll be just mainly data for your emails and light surfing you should be ok. Anything more resource hungry and it'll perhaps not cope so well. Cheers, Dennis!
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    Amp wiring kits?

    Hi Mr-b, In the left side cubby/storage location, I put my subwoofer there and underneath it, where on the metal of the car there's the various OEM audio modules fixing points, I had my installer drill and create a new earth point (all fully protected) I removed all the various protruding fixing points as well. I didn't want to use any existing earth points so that there'd be next to nil chance of interference / noise being introduced. You could get one of the amplifier wiring kits from one of the better brands out there, I used Stinger / Monster cable but got power/earth and speaker cabling all separately. I didn't go crazy here, just entry level items from these brands. To connect to power from the battery, I'm lucky in that my connector had a easy to use fixing for the ring connector on the Power cable. However, I also have a separate fuse box as well which I'd recommend you have. I'll soon stick in a circuit breaker as well as have one lying around from an older install too. My car has a dual battery/split charging setup and I've currently had it removed. I'll be putting it back in soon though. Cheers, Dennis!
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    E39 footwell speakers?

    Hi Mr-b When the drivers seat is set at it's lowest height level, there's perhaps 3cm or so of gap between the carpet and the solid lower seat structure bar that's part of the seat. This is on manual Sport seats which are in my car. I don't know if SE seats have that same bar or not, so you'll need to check. Even on the highest setting, I think there's still only about 3 inches or so of clearance. In this location, it's advisable to have actual subwoofer drivers rather than the mid woofer from a set of components. The 12V electronics baffles are excellent for what they are. They are a USA orientated product and have sold many sets over there. Any reputable car audio fabricator in the UK can make a set up here for you, or, if you are good with tools./DIY, you could make up a set yourself. By far, the best location for your mid bass is the doors as it's been proven many times in E39's with installs designed to go into SQ competitions both here in the UK and other countries too. The passenger side as well, I guess you could make a tiny enclosure and leave the seat height left high and not able to lower if you'd like! Cheers, Dennis!
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    Hi, I'm 98% sure that the audio system FM/AM antenna is entirely separate to the phone setup and the antenna it needs to work. You'll need to fix the phone antenna if you are then wanting to try and have the OEM phone work and then you'll also need to ensure it's an OEM antenna mast with the oem specs. Aftermarket ones may well look the same but might be intended for reception of other signals DAB/Digital TV or GPS etc. Cheers, Dennis!
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    Innovadrive NXG-39 / OEM look Double DIN Fascia

    Hi Vic, I'll send you private message to provide details and you'll have it delivered to you very quickly Cheers, Dennis!
  8. DennisCooper

    E39 component door speaker install

    Hi, Andy - Fantastic writeup from you there - thank you for the effort you went though for it ! I'ts been a long while since I did installation work, but, it's good practice to use the door cavity as the 'enclosure' for when it comes to a front end upgrade. Done properly and by a reputable and experienced installer, the resulting SQ/Audio performance is brilliant! There's a number of threads on various BMW forums to give an overview of this and they have pictures etc as well. I went a step further and have a discreet door build solution in my car. I used the DLS R5A's for my front end and the amount of mid bass these things kick out is nothing short of amazing! I've had a number of the UK's better known car audio competitors have a listen to my setup and they've given me good feedback and pointers and always been very impressed/appreciative of the R5A's performance. The 6 inch subs in my build aren't operational as yet. You are right about the backwaves coming through to interfere/cancel out as it were the front audio wave, and as I say above, install well, use the door cavity for the enclosure and seal, the results can be spectacular ! Qasim - the OEM plastic pod is meant for the OEM spec speaker. IF you put in an aftermarket component 5.25 inch set, what happens is the volumetric size of the enclosure means it 'emphasizes' the mid range frequencies and thus the end result is a less natural sound. Many people go ahead and use it, cover it with sound deadening material too, but it's not best practice. Running 6.5's behind the OEM door card will require custom baffles and quite a bit more work to have them fit properly and well and not to catch the back of the door card with the woofer surround excursion. Cheers, Dennis!
  9. DennisCooper

    E39 footwell speakers?

    Hi Mr-b, This is perhaps the wrong forum to ask in as 98% or more of members aren't interested in this kind of level of audio SQ and performance. Also this percentage of members want any install to be non visible in the cabin - which is fine of course ! As mentioned by andy above, there's very little available space to make kick panel location enclosures in the E39. If you made something that would house any good speakers and have them play very well, you'd perhaps not get your foot in to operate the accelerator ! Make the pedal more accessible and you'll perhaps not get a good enclosure size/design. If you car was a total show car, you could perhaps design to some kind of compromise there. I'll assume that your car is a daily driver ! Some years back, I did a comprehensive evaluation for getting excellent audio/SQ performance in an E39/E39 Touring. I looked at and analysed each potential location for speakers/subwwoofers but keeping within a tight level of limits in terms of ease of fitment/fitting, audio/SQ performance, price levels, Amplifier RMS power rating, current draw & cooling / placement parameters. I then devised my setup around the best aspects of each of those and some 'customisation' for myself that I wanted. Here's the writeup I did for how and why I went about it Like you, I had some old Skool awesome car audio items in storage, I really, really wanted to re-use my very rare Alpine ERA-G320 EQ/spectrum Analyser and I wanted to use Genesis amps from the Profile range. When I was evaluating everything, I decided to put in all brand new equipment - partly due to amps placement and cooling aspects, access to load area which is very frequent for me, current draw etc. You can see what I ended up with. As you mention Kick panel builds, then I'd say to re-evaluate and either go for the stealth type upgrade using Birch Ply for making a very solid baffle to go in place of the OEM plastic pods. By using a 5.25 inch component set, you'll much reduce the risk of having to modify/change more to accomodate 6.5" sets. By mounting the tweeter in the OEM window corner sails location and 'angling' them a little bit, you can get some really good imaging and soundstage improvements. If you are looking to get better yet performance, then I'd say look into custom door builds, performance using some matching fantastic quality audio component sets can be phenomenal. I have a set of custom door panels, very heavy compared to a stock front door panel. I purchased these off member who no longer posts here, but he went for a simple design and I think at the base level of compeition given his spend level . The setup here was an Alpine head unit, Audison single 5 channel Amp, Audison 3 way components in custom door builds, Audison Bit 10 processor, single 10 or 12 inch subwoofer. It sounded brilliant ! absolutely fantastic imaging and soundstage was all directly in front - thanks mainly to using that processor and TA ! So all comes down to what you are wanting/wishing/realistically looking to do to get the SQ level you're thinking about. Also whereabouts are you located ? Cheers, Dennis!
  10. DennisCooper

    E28 in Mission Impossible - Fallout

    Hi SARP, Some links to show cars (and how many) were destroyed in big budget movies over the years https://www.wizzle.co.uk/2016/07/22/movies-destroyed-cars/ http://www.carbikeindia.com/expensive-cars-destroyed-hollywood-movies-films/ https://www.hotcars.com/25-most-expensive-cars-that-were-destroyed-in-movies/ https://movies.stackexchange.com/questions/50503/do-they-really-crash-super-cars-in-action-movies In this case, it's most likely that some M5's were purchased and the innards/outer panels were changed/painted to fit in better with what the director wanted. It is also possible 528i's (or another variant) were used and modified accordingly, might not have been a BMW engine put in for instance, could be another brand engine and so forth. As in the video above they do mention that it was/is M5's used then can only hope it was more of the lower end cars purchased, but as I say, if they were concourse ones, then that's what would have been used .. and trashed ! Cheers, Dennis!
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    E28 in Mission Impossible - Fallout

    Hi, Given that Pinewood Studios is 3 miles from me (and I'm within the estate there every so often), speaking to various people over the years and then also on programs which cover 'the making of xyz' film, given those big budgets, there's various car manufacturers, local specialists and more well known 'car people' involved for 'movie cars'. The E28 discussed here doesn't look like a standard M5, the movie people most likely asked for a potentially fast car to have more plain looks, and the local specialists chosen/who work with studios will source and get the car looking to how it's needed, regardless of cost. We all know that there's also potentially numerous examples of the same car that's used for various stunts, scenes and scenario's within the film footage needed. Andyrt200 - Lots of topics about 'BMWs' on films and tv series etc, perhaps one of the more discussed one is the E39 in the first Fast & Furious movie. It was a number of 540i's and not an M5 and a few have come up for sale over in the US that were reportedly the actual cars used on set. I'm sure I've seen one of the 'making of' shows for some film and some cars were totally gutted and just the shell remaining with all sorts of changes for specific stunts. Other Films/Tv shows may even only use one actual car throughout the whole production - depends on the type of film probably. Cheers, Dennis!
  12. Hi, Duncan - I'd much rather spend 10-15 mins every few days making them look fantastic compared to most likely having to refurbish every 12/18 months or so! Obviously, depending on usage that timeframe would vary, but when I had my Hartge Nova 5's done initially once the OEM lacquer was pierced and that my car is daily used, I didn't want to have to refinish again 'relatively' quickly. I absolutely hate washing/polishing and doing all the car detail stuff, so 10-15 mins was enough for me! quite often the car's bodywork would be dirty but I made sure the wheels looked awesome !! Got a few more sets of my wheels to polish up in the same way now Cheers, Dennis!
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    E28 in Mission Impossible - Fallout

    Hi, If you watch and listen, you'll catch when they say that the car was indeed an E28 M5 ! The Mission Impossible films have a massive budget so they could afford any of the ones for sale out there easily. I'd have thought, they'd have purchased a mid range condition car rather than a concourse one, but there again, they'd have trashed a concourse one if they had to ! Think of all the other cars in all action movies, the manufacturers do love working with film studios to provide cars as it helps with marketing and branding. Cheers, Dennis!
  14. DennisCooper

    Connected drive or alternatives

    Hi, The official BMW updates are genuine, and guaranteed to work. All others are counterfeit, so you don't know what you'll get. There's plenty of people who've used the counterfeit option and seemingly been ok. However, if/when issues occur, you'll most likely not get much in the way of help/support. Cheers, Dennis!
  15. DennisCooper

    widescreen navswap for 2004 E60 530d

    Hi Stu78, I suggest looking in the E60/1 sections of this and other forums as I'm sure it's been asked before. I'm not entirely sure on what needs to be done to have it done, but I'm thinking it's not a quick easy swap type of job, it'll be more involved. I think for the full screen to be in use, you'd need to change out/upgrade the navigation computer as well, but don't quote me on that. Buying the items would be a case of looking on ebay for the parts you'd need or a car that needs breaking for parts. Do update here with how you get on with this please! Cheers, Dennis!