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  1. If the switch feels anything like the one in mine did (super sticky icky) it might just be that the contacts in the switch need cleaning to correctly return to the normal position. try some contact cleaner in it.
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    Which one is better?

    They both look pretty good. Pick them up and shake them. The one that sounds least like a pair of maracas is the best.
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    What have you done on your E34 Today

    Having seen plenty of Russian dash cam videos, I'd be having mixed feelings about sending such a gorgeous car there!
  4. Came across Jonny Smiths "The late brake show" on youtube, and saw he did a 2 part interview with Harris this week. I was hoping there'd be something about his E34 and sure enough, at 27:13. Worth watching both parts, I like Harris, and his attitude to cars is great.
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    Bluetooth on CD43

    has someone cut the original plug off and soldered iso plugs on?
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    Bluetooth on CD43

    The feedback leads me to think it's a bit hit and miss. Some seem to be very happy with his stuff, and others less so. I guess you have buyer protection if it doesn't work.
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    540i touring. "The Improvening!"

    Thanks! It's been a while since I did anything on the car, as moneys been a bit tight, and I got caught up in sorting out the windscreen leak on my E21. That's a whole story in itself! It looked like a little bubbling in the bottom corners of the seal, and then I took the screen out and it turned out to be pretty horrific! : The scuttle panel has had several pieces let in, but the inner bulkhead needed a 1.1 metre section replacing, and so I've been seriously testing my metal forming, welding, and painting skills. After all this, My Dad and I were putting the screen back in and managed to crack it! Fortunately, I have windscreen cover, but irritatingly, the screen is on back order until December! So it's now stuck in my Dads garage until then. He's obviously ecstatic about this, but I'm maing the most of it, and trying to sort out as many other little areas as possible. It's by no means rusty (By E21 standards) but there's plenty of little spots that need attention, so now is the time to get them done, seeing as I don't yet have a garage big enough to get a car in. Then my scruffy daily driver E39 530d's autobox shat the bed, and being more costly to fix than it's worth, I ended up stripping and junking it. but on the plus side I replaced it with another E39, but a 540 manual this time! All good fun!
  8. 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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    Cat STOLEN

    Maybe get a replacement but keep it stashed until the day before you put the car back on the road? At least there's nothing for them to nick then
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    New owner here!

    Interesting front bumper, looks like a regular non-sport bumper with an M5 lower lip. Lovely car! What stereo goes along with the steering remote?
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    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.
  16. 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.
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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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