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About Jay_w

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  • Birthday 03/08/1990

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    West Midlands (Birmingham)
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    Lexus's & BMW's - Music - Yachts - Animals - Traveling - World Events - Politics - Sports - Motorsport - Gaming - Watching Youtube.
  • Occupation
    Security Consultant & Supervisor


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    E39 540i Sport Touring / VW Tiguan R-Line Tech.

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  1. Hi All, Need some help finding the part number for the tailgate glass upper interior trim piece, I think i've circled the correct trim piece that i'm referring to in Red on the diagram but not 100% sure. Its the upper trim piece when you open the glass on the tailgate of a Touring that i'm after. Thanks Jay
  2. Well the Tourings finally had a wash in 2021, Haven't bothered with the car since late October / Early November so going on 5-6months but i'm now getting the car booked into the places to needs to go to (Paint Shop / Tint Shop / Detailer / Mechanic). Anyways these are after a snowfoam, 2 x bucket wash, snowfoam, rinse, then dried - Couldn't be bothered to use any tyre dressing or glass polish due to current sitting there with a flat / dead battery. The wire you can see poking out the Front is my trickle changer as i'm trying to get abit of charge in it so that i can open the boot then replace the current battery.
  3. Hi All, I'm looking at freshening up my interior and i was just wondering if the auto gear selector (gearknob) from a E90 generation 3-series would fit an E39, from looking at pictures of them both, it looks like the rods on the bottom of both the gear levers are the same but was wondering if anybody on here had fitted one. Thanks Jay
  4. @AdamB Yeah the BC's have been fine ever since fitting, it did take me a couple of months of driving on different road surfaces & playing with the damping adjustability to find the sweet spot for my liking. Would i fit them again well thats a Yes & No answer, Yes due to the adjustability they offer and the price of them, No due to having been in a Touring with the Bilstein B12 kit fitted & a good friends car been fitted with Bilstein B8s / KAW lowering springs, i'd say that both of them ride that little bit better than the BC's also i'd say your better off having the same branded dampers / shocks all round. I did / have thought about fitting the Front anti roll bar & steering box from the E39 M5 as the front anti roll bar is thicker than the one that comes on the 540i Sport & the E39 M5 Steering box is a quicker ratio meaning less turns lock to lock and from whats i've read it also makes the steering heavier, but for the type of driving i do i've decided its just not worth it in all honestly. Now onto my Rear setup : Bilstein B8 Rear Dampers (Re-Valved To Match The BC's On The Front), Arnott Rear Air Springs (Self Leveling Air Bags), E39 M5 Rear Anti Roll Bar (RARB), Beast Power RARB Brackets, Polyurethane RARB Bushes, Complete Refresh Of All The Suspension Arms & Linkages. New MeyleHD subframe bushes, Rear Self Leveling Height Adjusted Via AutoLogic Software Before i done the above the Rearend used to have this little wriggle going on over uneven road surfaces and just generally felt loose if that makes sense, which i think was down to the old bushes being worn / way past their best. However since i've fitted the parts listed above it feels like its planted to the road and is confidence inspiring when pushing on.
  5. 2021 Plans / Repairs / Upgrades : Remove window tints - Want the current film removed as its just to dark & ''ghetto gangster'' plus i think at times it makes the touring look like a van, however i will be replacing it with a clear UV protection film to stop any sun damage to the interior or heat building up inside the car (This is mainly a problem in the Summer months due to it being a Black car with a Black leather interior), Get Rear bumper repainted due to it having a scratch on the N/S lower half - I have absolutely no idea how it got scratched which is puzzling me, Get my OEM E39 M5 folding mirrors painted match to car & fitted / coded to fold / unfold when the car is locked or unlocked, Get window surrounds repainted due to paint peeling on them, Get roof rails / bars repainted due to the paint peeling on them - I have thought about doing the roof rail / bar delete but i'm not 100% sold on the looks of the Touring when once they have being removed, I've gotta source an interior trim to get painted - Current hydro dipped trim is past looking its best plus i feel its starting to make the interior feel / look its age. Might finally get round to sorting the stereo install - Being meaning to do this for ages but never seem to get round to doing it, Thinking of replacing the current exhaust setup with a proper muffler delete along with new exhaust tips - Thinking of doing this 1 - Want more V8 noises, 2 - When looking at the current Oval exhaust tip it doesn't quite fill out the opening on the diffuser how i want it to so either thinking of replacing it with a slightly larger oval tip or a twin exit tip. Thinking about replacing the current Front foglights which are tinted with either Clear or Yellow lens versions along with fitting LED bulbs but i have seen the full LED replacement units from Morimoto which has me undecided on which route to go with. Another light upgrade i'm thinking of doing its replacing my current HID setup with either complete OEM xenon headlight units or converting my current headlights to xenons using OEM ballasts, D2S xenon bulbs & H7 to D2S adapters, I have thought about fitting a Black '540i' badge to the Rear however i'm 50 / 50 on this as i like the cleanness of it being debadged but then again there has been times i'd like to let people know that it is a 540i as i have had in the past people ask whether its a 530D or a 530i (No disrespect to those owners) - Its something else to think about i guess. Looking into the IBUS App - Info about IBUS App can be found here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtPla3xPwp4&feature=emb_title&ab_channel=I-BUSApp or here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3RyKFgqxTk&ab_channel=ZeroTo60 - Looks an interesting bit of kit as it adds some modern features to the E39 platform. Most of the above was ment to get sorted last year however i didn't bother due to the current world situation but once Winter has past i'm hoping i can crack on with the list of jobs and get to using the car more than i have done over the past 12-18months.
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    My 540ix Bluestone Build

    @Junebug85 : Mind saying who done your painted roundels? Thanks
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    Rebuilding my 540i... join me :)

    @waitee - Hope you don't mind, i've got a couple of questions i'd like ask : How are you getting on with the xenon converted headlights? Thinking of following the same route as what yourself & @d_a_n1979 have done by retrofitting xenon bulbs into my halogens. Did you notice much of a difference now you've replaced the engine & gearbox mounts How you getting on using the IBUS App on an aftermarket headunit? Also have you got a link to the E60 Fan washer jets? Cheers
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    RIP Barbara Windsor

    RIP Barbara Windsor. Sadly absolute TV legend lost her battle with Alzheimer's disease on Thursday night according to reports. https://www.dailystar.co.uk/showbiz/breaking-barbara-windsor-dead-eastenders-23149612
  9. Hi All, I'm wondering if someone on here knows if there are any differences when it comes to seats belts. Things such as : Any difference between the seatbelts if you have electric or manual seats? Any difference between Pre-Facelift & Facelift ones? I take it that the Front ones are the same between Touring & Saloon but the Rears are different? Cheers Jay
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    M5 Rear Anti Roll Bar onto Touring

    @AdamB I've got a E39 540i Touring which i've fitted : E39 M5 Rear Anti Roll Bar, Powerflex Polyurethane Bushes, Beast Power ARAB Brackets, New End Links, The above parts was fitted when i was refreshing the Rear end of my Touring, so alot of other parts was refreshed / replaced at the same time but i will say that the Rear feels less floaty / wallowy since fitting it, I now have alot more confidence in the handing & behavior of mine when making progress as i can feel exactly what the Rear end is doing.
  11. @d_a_n1979 : You wouldn't happen to know the part numbers for the headlight washer jet piping would you, Mine have also gone brittle due to age & heat like yours did so i'm thinking that while i've got my Front bumper off i might aswell replace them. Jay
  12. Washed on Thursday (30/7/20) hasn't been used at all but its filthy once again. Oh well living on a tree lined road & been on the flight path for Birmingham airport doesn't help matters. Anyways i couldn't be bothered to give the outside a wash again so decided to give the seats abit of love instead, Cleaned using Autoglym leather cleaner then wiped over with a damp cloth and left to dry, once they'd dried i went over them with some Autoglym leather balm (Photo was taken straight after applying the leather balm hence the slight shine to the seats, they are now a matte finish). Considering i usually only give the seats a proper going over once every 4 to 6 months, I know, I know but i'm going to start giving them more love from now on due to the hot weather we seem to be having on a more regular basis.They aren't looking to bad at all really. Also as you can see in the photo's below i have hydro-dipped carbon effect trim in it at the moment but i'm starting to feel like a dates the interior hence why i'm most like going to get another trim & have it painted a gloss Black or get it colour matched to the exterior (Cosmos Black).
  13. @d_a_n1979 : Well considering i've been used to using an old google mobile (That phones gotta be 7-8 years old). I'm finding the Samsung very impressive, does everything i want it to & much much more, great value for money & is about the right size interms of modern phones (Some of mobiles are massive & have me wondering how people carry them about as i doubt they'd fit in many people's pockets). I did look into doing the D2S to H7 adapter route a while ago but it was one of those projects that wasn't a major thing for me at the time so it went on the back burner but i've started doing more miles now, in both the daytime and nighttime.And with the new daily car being a VW Tiguan with LEDs headlights has really made me notice just how bad the light output is on the E39s so its got me thinking that do the factory Xenon's headlights have better output over a HID fitted halogen unit due to the projector been a Xenon specific one. To be honest with you Dan the exhaust change is one of those things i go back & forth on, some times i wish mine had abit more noise and V8 shouty-ness about it but then other times i'm glad its quiet & civilized.If the Schmiedmann exhausts are indeed made by SuperSprint then for the price of Schmiedmann ones they are a bargain. I was getting board of the Silver set i had on before & was thinking about trying to source something else / different to go on it but then i was offered another set of BBS's (The ones on it now) for an absolute steal so they was brought sharpish and sent to be refurbished / refinished in the BBS Gold. And aside for fitting the E38 Contours the wheels are my favorite mod.
  14. Well being as the weather was lovely i decided to give the Touring a wash & take some new pics with the new mobile (Samsung A71 for anyone wondering), It hadn't been treated to a wash since the last photo shoot so it was in abit of a state to be honest but its come up alright, it will need some paint work & bits 'n' bobs here and there before its ready go to the shows in 2021 (all being well and back to normal-ish) Thats the new daily in the background - 2020 VW Tiguan R-Line Tech 2020/2021 - Thoughts & Plans : Thinking about getting hold of some factory Xenon headlights to replace current halogen ones & HID kit setup, New Front foglights, i've got two options in mind : Option 1 - Morimoto LED whole replacement units or Option 2 - Replace current tinted / smoked ones with OEM clear units, Replace Front wheel bearings - Don't know if they have ever been changed so will most likely do it for peace of mind / preventative maintenance, Replace current carbon effect hydro dipped interior trim with one painted either Gloss Black or colour matched to the car (Cosmos Black), Got the idea of fitting an Eisenmann Race Rear exhaust box with twin 76mm or 83mm tips to fill out the gap in the Rear diffuser - 50/50 on this one, Remove current window tint film & replace with a much lighter film (I couldn't drive around with zero tint on it, as it would feel like i'm inside a gold fish bowl), Anyways hope everyone is staying safe & well. Jay