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    BarryM got a reaction from Ordnator in So what are you doing in isolation?   
    You’ve done some great work on your property Mick, shame you don’t have your own thread for it but keep the updates coming.
     
    all the best 
    Barry
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    BarryM got a reaction from Ray112 in Battery reading 1.06v   
    I was trying to demonstrate that the battery voltage had barely moved over 48hrs which indicated no parasitic drain, I'm doing a 400mile round trip this weekend so that should give it a charge
     
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    BarryM got a reaction from Ray112 in Battery reading 1.06v   
    I was trying to demonstrate that the battery voltage had barely moved over 48hrs which indicated no parasitic drain, I'm doing a 400mile round trip this weekend so that should give it a charge
     
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    BarryM reacted to Huff in Battery reading 1.06v   
    That's a very healthy result: well done.
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    BarryM got a reaction from Huff in Battery reading 1.06v   
    Thanks for your input Clavurion,, too late I’m afraid as I went with another Bosch S5 020:on the basis the last one had done ok (no more than ok though in my opinion).
     
    I installed the battery on Tuesday evening and noted the voltage @ 12.36v and purposely didn’t charge the battery or lock the car. 48hrs later and the battery reads 12.35v so I think that points to a seriously failed battery instead of a parasitic draw.
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    BarryM got a reaction from Huff in Battery reading 1.06v   
    Thanks for your input Clavurion,, too late I’m afraid as I went with another Bosch S5 020:on the basis the last one had done ok (no more than ok though in my opinion).
     
    I installed the battery on Tuesday evening and noted the voltage @ 12.36v and purposely didn’t charge the battery or lock the car. 48hrs later and the battery reads 12.35v so I think that points to a seriously failed battery instead of a parasitic draw.
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    BarryM got a reaction from Huff in Battery reading 1.06v   
    Thanks for your input Clavurion,, too late I’m afraid as I went with another Bosch S5 020:on the basis the last one had done ok (no more than ok though in my opinion).
     
    I installed the battery on Tuesday evening and noted the voltage @ 12.36v and purposely didn’t charge the battery or lock the car. 48hrs later and the battery reads 12.35v so I think that points to a seriously failed battery instead of a parasitic draw.
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    BarryM got a reaction from PliSsK in new springs for Alpina B10 V8   
    I think you should park the V8s idea, what you want is the right stuff for your car. I contacted Alpina direct and got the PNs and then ordered the full kit from Alloy Wheels Direct who are very good (I would never order an Alpina part  through the BMW network as they're clueless and charge you more). I've just checked back and I've managed to do around £3k miles in the last year which seems quite good given covid restrictions.....as I said in my post following installation the difference is pretty minimal which is surprising but when you look at my old stuff it still looks in very good condition which is impressive after 20 odd years. My front springs are PN 31 33 632 so if you can confirm what yours are then I can probably help you out, will drop you a PM.
     
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    BarryM got a reaction from Huff in new springs for Alpina B10 V8   
    What you need is a B10 owner who did a full suspension refresh and still has the old stuff sitting in his garage doing nothing 
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    BarryM got a reaction from max535 in Tyre Inflators   
    I've got one of these too, it's a pleasure not having to plug into separate battery power and the Makita batteries seem to last forever
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    BarryM reacted to Clavurion in M5 steering box swap   
    There should be no problem caused by coding GM3 including servotronic beforehand.
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    BarryM got a reaction from Calypso-E34 in Tidying up and painting sills etc - What's easy and cheap?   
    Nice job, I find it hard to believe a chap with a forum name ending E34 has no previous experience dealing with rust 
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    BarryM got a reaction from Calypso-E34 in Tidying up and painting sills etc - What's easy and cheap?   
    Nice job, I find it hard to believe a chap with a forum name ending E34 has no previous experience dealing with rust 
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    BarryM got a reaction from Clavurion in M5 steering box swap   
    Just in case anyone needs a bit more guidance on running the wiring here's how I did it!
     
    I struggled to get hold of the white plug that runs to the GM3 but once I had it I added enough wire and put it in heatshrink, the white plug clicks into the blue box by the front suspension where the brake wear connector fits as well and from there I ran the wiring behind the wheel liner and up into the brake booster area and threaded it through the square grommet where it appears in the cabin above the brake pedal:
     

     
    I then threaded it along behind the instrument console and dropped it down into the glove box area (using tubing to find the route and then pulling the wiring through). You need to connect into pins 9&11 on the r/h connector (X254) of the GM3 (which must be the high version) - black/white>pin 9 & black/red>pin 11, pins are the round style PN. 61130007449 that Clavurion quoted in post #7:
     

     
    Take heed of Claurion's note about the speed signal wire in post 9 as I'd not read that anywhere else, however I presumed the square connector he mentioned in post #5 would be right to fit into the middle connector (X253) but it was too tight to fit into the block but luckily I have some connectors I've taken off breaker cars so found the size I needed to run between X253 and the connector rails - but I don;t know the PN for either of these:
     

     

     
    Getting access to the connector rails means you have to drop the white housing holding all the modules above the glovebox and as I mentioned in an earlier post that housing is clipped in so after you remove the 10mm plastic nut to the right it will pull down to give better access. I also had a spare spade type connector to connect to the rails so all done (sorry photo is at the wrong angle):
     

     
    I just need to code the car to tell it servotronic is fitted now and then I'll book it in to get the M5 box installed as that's outside my comfort zone
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    BarryM reacted to AdamB in M5 steering box swap   
    it was available, just not that common!
     
    anyway, not looking for an argument, I’m simply pointing out they use a lot of the same cast parts on the housing.
     
    it’s the stamped tag which gives away the true identity.
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    BarryM got a reaction from Aaron_P85 in Finance and discounts…   
    Fair enough, I've never bought from a dealer so can't help but sure someone will be along to enlighten us both shortly 
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    BarryM got a reaction from d_a_n1979 in Rust under spare wheel   
    I found some rust under the spare wheel when doing some work on the car (guess you should never be surprised where you find rust on an E39) but thought I'd show how effective BH deox gel is for anyone who hasn't used it. I simply applied the gel and left it to do its stuff and then wiped it away - no wire brushing was required!
     
    Rust on first inspection:

     
    After 1st application of the gel:

     
    After an overnight application:

     
    Although there's a few minor rust spots left I then applied BH Hydrate 80 to neutralise them followed by a coating of BH electrox:

     
     Ironically the electrox tin has started to rust.....

     
    For anyone who hasn't used BH products I'd say take a look at their range, and I have no connection to them  
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    BarryM got a reaction from d_a_n1979 in Rust under spare wheel   
    I found some rust under the spare wheel when doing some work on the car (guess you should never be surprised where you find rust on an E39) but thought I'd show how effective BH deox gel is for anyone who hasn't used it. I simply applied the gel and left it to do its stuff and then wiped it away - no wire brushing was required!
     
    Rust on first inspection:

     
    After 1st application of the gel:

     
    After an overnight application:

     
    Although there's a few minor rust spots left I then applied BH Hydrate 80 to neutralise them followed by a coating of BH electrox:

     
     Ironically the electrox tin has started to rust.....

     
    For anyone who hasn't used BH products I'd say take a look at their range, and I have no connection to them  
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    BarryM reacted to d_a_n1979 in Brake caliper replacement/refurb options   
    I've always stick with Brakes International for refurbed calipers; whenever I've changed them on my E39s, they've been like for like ATE
     
    However, I have used my local motorfactors too and again, they've been ATE
     
    I haven't bothered with a rebuild with a seal kit etc; just a straight swap etc
     
    Never any issues
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    BarryM got a reaction from CG172 in DSC compressor   
    I haven’t got the calliper off yet but hoping that will work with my electric pump 
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    BarryM got a reaction from Norseman in TRUE MPG on 540i   
    Kept records for my B10 over the years always running on Shell V power, short trips return around 19/20mpg and a longer run goes up nearer to 25mpg. I’ve had exceptions but those are the real numbers - the BMW computer is miles out but I did read it can be adjusted, I haven’t bothered as it’s handy to show the wife when telling her how economical the car is 
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    BarryM reacted to kosh-m535 in Fitting optional extras   
    yeah thats one thing i hate about modern cars sunroofs seem to have been forgotten about, its a 98 model but has amber lights which i prefer if im honest, new owner has fitted the clear lights from facelift up back but probably gonna change over,
     
    got it back tuesday, after three years away, unfortunately the past few years hasnt faired well for the bodywork, rust on the bootlid/ around grill & rusting up around stonechips, dent in the wing & door and sill, paintwork is dull....
     
    so looks like bodywork and potential respray would be on the cards, in the meantime £200 classic insurance to beat around in cant go wrong!
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    BarryM got a reaction from wsn03 in Rebuilding my 540i... join me :)   
    I’ve not heard of those ATE discs but they look good, I went with the OEM ATE as I agree cheap discs are a false economy. Ceramic pads create less heat in use, last longer, less dust as well as apparently creating less wear to the disc so apart from the higher initial cost are a real improvement. I went with Carbotech bobcat pads after reading some reviews, they’ve been on nearly 3 years and as the car isn’t a DD I don’t expect to ever need to replace the pads or discs again 
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    BarryM reacted to waitee in Rebuilding my 540i... join me :)   
    Glad im not just imagining it, yeah it felt more powerful, with better initial bite, ever when cold. infant from the very first brake application which I was expecting to be bad as they bed in to each other! but no, it was a lovely grabby powerful feel.
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    BarryM got a reaction from NWJW in What is this relay for.....   
    This link might help: https://www.bimmerfest.com/threads/picture-amperage-description-of-every-single-fuse-relay-in-the-bmw-e39.679306/
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