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  1. Flandy

    Turning a e34 into a e39

    If anyone wants to try any of this, the auto box on my 530d touring lunched itself yesterday, all parts available!
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    What have you done on your E34 Today

    S50's are big money these days. You can build an M50b30 for very little. You need the crank, rods and pistons from an M54b30, it all bolts in, same bore as an M50b25 and M52b28 and everything. You already have the good intake, so bigger injectors,. My friend has one in his E36 with some Schrick cams and M3 exhaust manifolds making 260hp. It drives very nicely indeed!
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    tailgate glass struts

    They have them: https://www.buycarparts.co.uk/stabilus/293469 and https://www.buycarparts.co.uk/stabilus/293470 Though I found those somewhere else (minus the offset brackets on the ends) a lot cheaper. Same way, I took the stabilus part number and searched that rather than the BMW number.
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    tailgate glass struts

    If you search the stabilus part number printed on your shocks, you can find them a lot cheaper. Here's where I got mine: https://www.buycarparts.co.uk/stabilus/294158
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    Turning a e34 into a e39

    Is it running an E39 engine and management so they needed the matching clocks? I can't think of another reason to bother with this.
  6. The sunroof drain pipes run into the sills as standard. I don't know which Bavarian knucklehead thought that was a good idea, but I'd wager they rust from the inside out, so even one that looks pretty rust free is hiding some corrosion. Mine are a bit crusty front and rear, but it looks better than most, and I have an E21 so I'm well versed in rust repairs!
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    What have you done on your E34 Today

    Yeah that's been out and de-scummed. More nozzle poking required I guess.
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    BMW 540i 6 Touring (HK32-CODE) Thoughts?

    Certainly true that few manuals have survived the drift/banger phase unscathed
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    What have you done on your E34 Today

    I think my nozzle is blocked. It goes up and down but nothing comes out. No idea what's wrong with my rear screen wash though.......
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    BMW 540i 6 Touring (HK32-CODE) Thoughts?

    If you're paying for the mechanical and bodywork repairs, even at £5500 you can count on doubling that given the list you've given. The quality of the sill repairs and how well the finished job has been rust proofed seems questionable, so it may all need re doing, especially given BMW's genius move of routing the front sunroof drains into them. I was looking for a manual when I bought my 540 touring, but I reasoned I'd much prefer to do an auto to manual swap on a tidy auto car, than do a ton of bodywork on a rough manual.
  11. So I've owned this car for a couple of years, I bought it to replace my E39 530d touring as it's getting a bit tired and it's value is such that it's not worth spending money on beyond maintenance. I fancied an older and more simple BMW of similar size with superior performance, but also a touring. E34 540i touring was what I went looking for, I was really after a manual, but only found one, and it was not in particularly great condition. I therefore figured converting an automatic with better bodywork would be a better option. I picked up this Ascot green example up with relatively high miles at 196k, but as i was replacing the transmission, diff, and propshaft, I figured it didn't really matter. The newly refurbished staggered throwing stars were a definite bonus! Those will most certainly be staying. I spent most of the last 2 years collecting parts, mostly for the 6 speed conversion, but then for everything else. I certainly needn't have bothered about the mileage because there'll be bugger all original mechanicals when I'm done! But first I needed to sort a few more pressing issues, like a sunroof leak. I don't believe in taking things apart and fixing just one thing, when you can sort out several things, so i figured if the headlining was coming out to sort what turned out to be a blocked rear drain, I might as well take the roof rails off and sort out the flaky paint on those, recover the headlining that was old and saggy, replace the gas struts on the rear glass hatch, replace the dried and shrunken sunroof perimeter seal, and for an added bonus while significant portions of the rear interior are apart, replace the usual wiring hack job towbar electrics with a genuine BMW kit I picked up brand new for a song, along with rebinding and tidying up all the electrical wiring. First off, the roof rails Until i took them off, I didn't realise they were fibre reinforced plastic! I had figured they were cast metal, as what was showing under the paint was a dull grey colour. Live and learn huh! Interesting construction technique, the structural portion of each rail is formed of an incredibly tightly folded piece of stainless steel, with four stainless studs that protrude through the car roof. The moulded plastic rails are then held to these with a multitude of short stainless set screws that thread into brass inserts in the plastic. I didn't get pics of stripping the paint off the rails, or them bare plastic, suffice to say it was a messy process and revealed that some of the inserts and surrounding plastic had been pulled out, but were thankfully not missing, so before I painted them, I refixed them, and reinforced all the others with some JB weld (JB weld will feature later, stay tuned!). I gave the rails a sand with some 240 grit until any scrape marks from the stripping were gone, gave them a coat of plastic primer, and then about 3 coats of plasticote satn black. Came out pretty nice, and I only had to fish one little fly out of the finish, I'll call that a win! Once they'd dried fully (I left them for a few days out in the sun) I was time to assemble them, and look into the spacers that go between the studs and the roof. The rust staining around the studs is from the spacers. They allow the rails to be clamped down to the roof without squashing the rubber gasket that fits between the rails and the roof panel. The originals were badly corroded, and the rubber o-rings were pretty shot. New ones were expensive for what they are, and didn't seem from research to come with new o-rings. I decided to make new ones from a couple of stainless washers (M8 and M12) and a silicone rubber washer (16mm ID if memory serves). Thickness came out the same, it fits over the shoulder at the base of the studs nicely. To hold these little assemblies together in alignment, I used a layer of double sided tape. That sorted, I used the double sided tape to hold the gaskets onto the base of the rails and moved onto preparing the roof in readiness. There was a little corrosion around the holes in the roof, so i bare metalled these little areas, treated them with kurust, and epoxy primed them . The epoxy is some stuff I've used on suspension components, and bonds really well to steal, is water proof, and in this application, where it's going to be covered, needs no top coating. I'd already fitted the perimeter seal on the sunroof (pain in the arse job to get the sticky glue remains off, sorry no pics of that job) so it was time to refit the rails. All in all, a very time consuming, but satisfactory job, that I'm glad is done. Next, a seemingly unrelated job!
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    What have you done on your E34 Today

    Yeah I didn't. For those, the bonnet struts, or the main tailgate ones, If you look at the old ones and input the stabilus part number, you'll be able to find the right ones at a much reduced price
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    What have you done on your E34 Today

    Maybe you got a bad batch? I swapped mine in march with OEM stabilus and they've been fine since then.
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    Strut mounts and spring cups

    OK, I'm going to have to confess that I'm not sure on which type your car should have. According to this diagram, what you have is correct https://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=HD51-EUR-01_1989_E34_BMW_525i&diagId=31_0236#31331139452 but that lists it as from 09/92 onwards, but the diagram you linked to showed the alternative kind with the integral spring cup which is what I thought you should have, and what is shown in the pic on real oem if you enter in details for a '91 525i. I guess you need to identify whats on the car now?
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    Strut mounts and spring cups

    Yeah the spring cup is integral tot he top mount, and there's a separate rubber insert that goes between the spring and the spring cup.
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    E34 #68 Fault Code

    According to this: https://www.endtuning.com/bmwcodes.html#MS40 #68 would be an air flow meter issue. I'd double check you don't have any air leaks, you might want to try cleaning the element CAREFULLY, they can be easily damaged, but other than that, replacement with a known good used, or new one seems to be the fix.
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    Purchasing a BMW 525i SEA

    So far as the jacking points, and how the sills rust, and what's involved to repair them properly, this thread is pretty comprehensive: That's kind of a worst case this side of being parked in a field for a decade, and I'd suspect on a car with out the sports sill covers, it's unlikely to get that bad and pass MOT's, as it'd be picked up and repaired sooner. The sill covers do an excellent job of hiding the damage and allowing it to fester and as the MOT tester can only poke what's visible, it can still pass even when quite bad. Suspension joints just tend to wear gradually, with more and more play, and the rubber bushes go soft and crack, but they're very much fail safe items that give the driver plenty of notice in the form of steering play, shimmies on the steering and under braking, and just a general feeling of inaccuracy. If it didn't scare you when you test drove it, odds are it's fine for a while, although they're always benefit from a freshen up. These cars have a steering box instead of a rack (4 wheel drive 525ix excluded) and they're never laser sharp, but it should stay on target. There is scope fr adjustment to tighten it up, but only a little. Mine is too worn, and when I eliminate the slop in the straight ahead, where it gets most wear, it's too tight on lock. so I really need a replacement, or rebuild.
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    What is a fair price for an E34 M5?

    Cheaper than you might think, my improvening thread will get more interesting sooner rather than later....
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    The e34 rear sill thread

    I'm fairly confident that mine is not as bad as yours, but obviously, until you start hacking you never really know! But I certainly appreciate the efforts you've gone to to show how deep into the shell you can go and build back properly. Mine is a touring, so the sunroof rear drains exit into the hatch recess, but I was pretty dumbfounded when I discovered how the fronts drain, talk about stupid! Other cars exit them into the arch behind the liner, or into the door gap, the scuttle area, all these seem like a way better plan that into the frickin sills!
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    What is a fair price for an E34 M5?

    Somewhat off topic maybe, but depending on your desire for originality, and your skill set, for the price of a nice M5, you can build something pretty incredible from a lesser model. You could buy a 540i and have £15,000 to spend on upgrades and restoration and have something that's faster, stops harder, and handles even better. All E34's are equally prone to rot, the shells are the same, everything that makes an M5 an M5 can be bolted on to a 518i. If you want a touring, the price gap is more than double! That's a hell of a budget for shenanigans!
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    Purchasing a BMW 525i SEA

    Corrosion that effects braking or steering is a bit of a puzzler, seeing as the steering and suspension are all bolted to a couple of very substantial crossmembers. It seems to indicate that either the crossmembers, or the area of the bodyshell they mount to are a bit suspect, but those aren't really common failure points on these cars. The only other thing would be if the bulkhead that the column and pedals mount to is rotten but again, it's an odd place for that much corrosion to have occurred. As for wobbles, they're good in that they're usually easy to fix. These cars are very sensitive to wear in ball joints and bushes. They're not deal breakers, but they're good points of negotiation. Good quality genuine BMW or OEM parts from Lemforder are the ones to use, so it may pay to look up prices on these and go in with some information on what it might cost to fix.
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    540i touring. "The Improvening!"

    I got 5 metres of the fabric, at 1.7 metres width, a fair bit more than I needed, but at £12 metre it seemed like a small expense to make sure if i screwed it up I'd have spare. I've still yet to do the sun roof panels, I just can't be bothered to remove them at this point, but I''ll do them this summer and service the sunroof mechanism at the same time. With those done, I think I'll have used about 3 metres of it, you end up using more than you'd think because many parts need to have the visible weave going a certain way. The Spray glue that I used was what Martrim supplied, it seemed ok, but time will tell I guess. it took three full cans, and I guess I still need more to do the sunroof panels. If I were to do it again I'd probably use 3M super 77 which is highly rated but about £20 a can.
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    e34 530i - lowering

    I can't remember, not a great deal, I have a crest at the top of my drive I need to get over safely! I was gonna move the car around and get a pic but it's raining. I did measure the ride height from ground to the centre of the wheel arch, the front is 651mm and the rear 610mm so you have something to compare to your car.
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    e34 530i - lowering

    Yeah I've got Eibach and Bilstein B6 on mine, sits nice, handles excellent, and rides perfectly acceptably, although that's a purely subjective view. I'll get a pic sometime.
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    Roof rack.

    I found this when I was looking into roof racks. Seems like a pretty good solution. https://www.r3vlimited.com/board/forum/e34-e28-forums/general-5-series-technical/236532-diy-yakima-roof-rack-for-e34-touring
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