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Captain Beaky last won the day on November 20

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About Captain Beaky

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    Advanced Member
  • Birthday 08/10/1969

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  • Location
    Llanelli, West Wales
  • Interests
    Old Cars and Slow Birds
  • Occupation
    Old Shark Doctor


  • Garage
    E28 525e, 528i, M535i, Dolly Sprint, E30 Turbo E39-535i, 530d Touring

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  1. Captain Beaky

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    YES, never a doubt another MOT down with only an empty washer bottle, School boy error! Tax next but waiting until Dec
  2. Captain Beaky

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Yesterday was a good day, dry for the better part so spent the day washing and polishing the babies. Let's hope today is equally as good because the 535i has its MOT, first time i've driven it since March because of lockup it simply stayed at home. Had to fit some new rear discs though as the standing around did them no favors plus it was an opportunity to fit some nice Brembo slotted discs and pads.
  3. Captain Beaky

    Hello from Spain, with my e28

    Welcome Felipe, Stunning E28!!! I love the detail and super clean inside and outside
  4. Captain Beaky

    Oil Pressure switch!

    No no real loss off oil, there will be some residual stuff which is hanging around the gallery
  5. Captain Beaky

    Style 32 staggered alloys on an E28

    The contact patch if you imagine it as a squarish area in contact with the road only a few inches in size, for road cars the more symmetrical the better due to the standardised geometry and suspension which is massed produced fitting larger tyres elongates this area and alters geometry see below. A strong camber angle allows to take sharp turns but it comes at the expense of loss of contact patch Put together, these elements can definitely make a difference between a smooth ride an an accident . The contact patch must be regularly monitored in order to prevent the risks of aquaplaning. Please note that aquaplaning risks depend as much on the area of the contact patch as on the tread depth Another point to watch the camber angle. As we explained in our guide, the bigger the camber angle, the less in contact with the road the tyre is: RELATION BETWEEN ASPECT RATIO AND CONTACT PATCH As illustrated below, the shape of the contact patch may vary according to the aspect ratio of a tyre, whether big ( 65) or small ( 35). The tyres of your car may seem imposing to you, as if solidly anchored into the ground, but in reality the contact with the road is very often no more than a few squared inches of rubber. You want to preserve these few inches like the apple of your eyes, so stick to these few basic rules The contact patch of a tyre is always limited in size, even in optimal conditions. It means you have to monitor your air pressure regularly because any significant discrepancy may cause several inches of contact to be lost as illustrated below : Pressure must be checked regularly as appearances can sometimes be misleading.
  6. Captain Beaky

    Style 32 staggered alloys on an E28

    I will pass on these wheels then and re think it. I don't want to move up from 225 to 255, in my experience when you narrow the contact patch to the road by that much plus the changes you mention to the geometry cause the car to be skittish and uncomfortable to drive. So i'll have to keep looking, i don't want to keep the M5 alloys on full time I want spoke alloys as a second set, preferably 5 spoke however they have to be 16" minimum to clear the brakes. It's not that easy to find any at the moment
  7. Captain Beaky

    Style 32 staggered alloys on an E28

    Are they from an E39 the ones i am looking at have been on an E36 but originally off an E39 i'll probably need spigot rings to fit
  8. Captain Beaky

    Style 32 staggered alloys on an E28

    As the title says Style 32 alloys has anyone run them on an E28 ? They are 8j & 9j respectively trying to get the ET setting but the guy is a bit slow on this What am i looking at, anyone know
  9. Captain Beaky

    Bentley PDF Manual

    I've been asked for this a few times recently and i keep forgetting where its stored and have to search back through messages, so here it is again https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B98-tuMohF91WXBJV19HcXlzaTg/view Can this be pinned to the E39 subject matter?
  10. Captain Beaky

    Factory moonroof gasket / seal

    Agreed Big O the seal is not to keep water out but does act to reduce the amount to water entering the drains. I changed mine because it was completely shot in one place and while driving during the rain i was getting a few drips off the back of the cassette. All that stopped once the new seal was in.
  11. Captain Beaky

    Factory moonroof gasket / seal

    Same as the steel one mate i just swapped mine out, £86 at the steelers
  12. First spin out this year
  13. Captain Beaky

    Out At Last

    Nice to get out and do some spirited therapeutic motoring
  14. Captain Beaky

    fuel & brake pipes brackets

    I need to replace the fuel lines on the 528i and was going to use 8mm pvc coated copper it's what i used for LPG conversions but i would be interested to learn how much oem lines are Rob. However I will not be struggling to run them over the axle carrier i'm going to joint the pipe with a compression coupler, in fact the delivery pipe rotted on the 528 right over the rear carrier the only place you cannot get a look at let alone hands on, I just cut it back either side and used high pressure fuel line it does the job just as good in my opinion and was 15 minutes for a quick repair but the principle is sound and i would take more time to get better final solution.
  15. Captain Beaky

    HELP ! Wanted valve stem collets

    This is an emergency! Does anyone have spare valve stem collets for an M20 cylinder head, they will all be the same 2.0, 2.5 and 2.7