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  1. Mark-535i-sport

    What have you done on your E34 Today

    As we live next to a farm the roads are covered in mud and cow muck in the winter months so it's time to give the E34 a break. I gave the underside and the wheel arches a thorough jet washing first and then a quick blast down the A30 to dry things off.
  2. Mark-535i-sport

    Nice To Be Back In A Manual

    Must admit, I just never want an auto.
  3. Mark-535i-sport

    rusted chassis for sale

    It would depend on the rest of the cars condition for me. Also what engine and box will you fit? Is the interior nice? I appreciate that it's only going to cost you in time (above and beyond the purchase price) but E34 can be bought pretty cheaply here, although prices do appear to be creeping up of late. There seems to be more interest too, with YouTube channels like M539 Restoration taking on Misha's E34 M5 etc.
  4. I spent ages at Surrey Rolling Road doing gradual upgrades to my old E30 325i race car and the final mod was the BTB six branch and Supersprint system. I think we saw an improvement of 2 or 3 bhp but a similar drop in torque. Going with DTA standalone was the best mod pn both that and the S14 in my M3. I did try an aftermarket 4 branch on the M3 and lost 18bhp compared to the stock item which gave me 252bhp with Schrick cams and carbon air box.
  5. What are you timing your 0 - 60 and 30 - 70 times with?
  6. Mark-535i-sport

    Oil Flush? Low pressure

    I never use fully synthetic oils in BMW engines of this era or earlier. I appreciate everyone has their own opinion re oils but I have never had an issue with oil pressure and/or engine failure. I use either a good quality mineral oil or semi synthetic 10w40 like Mobil 2000 or similar. I've found less leaks when sticking with mineral oils also. My personal preference is a mineral oil like the Motul 4T. https://www.autodoc.co.uk/motul/8820426?gadw=1&gclid=CjwKCAiAp8iMBhAqEiwAJb94zyUVeaguQeXO1dHKxEC7bXeQfpsxMQmqxtZdzJCVVwL-ulmLavsMNBoC3CcQAvD_BwE
  7. Mark-535i-sport

    What have you done on your E34 Today

    Fitted a Turner chip in the ECU on my 535 this morning. I know they make some pretty big claims but what I wanted was a smoother idle. I'd already topped up the tank with V power and after fitting the chip I just let the engine idle for 20 - 30 seconds before taking the car for a bit of a drive to let the ecu do its thing and adjust itself or whatever it does? I then turned it off for 15 minutes and fired it back up to see if there was any notable difference from stock? The idle is now rock steady and there's no apparent fuel smell as there had been. On acceleration there is a noticeable improvement and it just feels to have a little more pep. Overall the pick up throughout the lower revs is just improved and it feels more responsive. It doesn't feel more powerful, which I kinda knew was unlikely, but it just feels nicer to drive and it has certainly been worth the effort. I also gave the interior a bit of a clean and replaced the naff silver Pioneer head unit with something more in keeping with an E34. I also replaced the steering wheel with a suede Sparco which feels great to use. I know it won't be to everyones taste but I just want a suede E30 M3 gear knob to match it now and I have a BMW horn to fit. I also spotted a TDS outside the local school that appears to be doing daily driver duties. That's the second E34 I've seen in the wild recently other than my own.
  8. Mark-535i-sport

    Exhaust options.

    £600 seems pretty fair to be honest. I might give them a bell and see if they'd be open to doing another at that price.
  9. Mark-535i-sport

    Exhaust options.

    Any photos or video? Have been looking at Supersprint and maybe buying a section at a time.
  10. As per the title, I'm just wondering how bad the TATechnix stuff from Germany really is? It's TUV compliant so I'd like to think it's not terrible but it's also very cheap, so makes me think it's terrible! My car is currently on tired stock suspension and I've been offered a complete kit for peanuts. Is it worth fitting whilst I save for KWV3's or Bilstein or should I continue to set sail in the good ship OE? As an aside, what kind of drop do people usually go with on an E34 and what's the widest rubber that can be fitted without fouling the arch when running staggered 9 & 10J x 17's? Thanks in advance guys. Mark
  11. Mark-535i-sport

    Exhaust options.

    No, although I've not been looking that hard to be honest. I kind of resigned myself to getting something custom when the current system finally throws in the towel.
  12. Mark-535i-sport

    E34 1989 535i Problem

    Apologies. I didn't know.
  13. Mark-535i-sport

    E34 1989 535i Problem

    Black I think? They're in the pic above.
  14. Mark-535i-sport

    E34 1989 535i Problem

    Pic & price?
  15. Mark-535i-sport

    What have you done on your E34 Today

    Bought and fitted some nice new Autostyle floor mats. In the past I've not been able to get any that fitted other than genuine BMW and they were just too expensive. These were pretty cheap at £29 but the carpet is really nice quality and the edges are properly finished. Best of all though, they're properly tailored to fit the E34. I wouldn't hesitate to buy again. Once I replace the gear lever and handbrake gaiters with black suede and find a suitable 350mm steering wheel the interior will be pretty much sorted apart from the headlining.