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DerekJr. last won the day on January 30 2017

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About DerekJr.

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  • Birthday 09/02/1992

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    Portsmouth, England


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    e39 523i

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  1. DerekJr.

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Managed to remove the old pistons from the callipers...needed pressure of 130 psi. Initially, I tried using a foot pump but I could only get up to 50 psi. Then I used those air machines on the forecourts of petrol stations, but they only went up to 80 - 100 psi. I decided to buy one of those 150 psi cigar tyre inflators and it worked! The old pistons were corroded in places. So glad I decided to buy new pistons and seals.
  2. DerekJr.

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    2 days ago - Sent my larger brake callipers to be painted red. Yesterday - Ordered brake pistons and seals for the above-mentioned callipers from Bigg Red.
  3. DerekJr.

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    I too am planning on fitting the larger front brakes (296mm -> 324mm) usually found on the 530i, V8s, and facelift 530d. I've just collected a set of 530i Mtec C-hook discs for my 523i. Tomorrow evening I'll be collecting a used set of facelift 530d callipers which I intend of refurbishing and painting red. For the pads, I'll get some Brembos from ECP. I've used them for a while now and no complaints from me. However, I've noticed that ECP gives two sizes for the pads?
  4. DerekJr.

    E39 mileage register

    16536 Chagac 2001 M5. 36391 bazza523 2003 520iA SE ES Touring 38000 Richardsbmw 2003 530i champagne2 2900 E39mad 2003 530i SE Individual 43058 Dragyth 1996 528i SE Automatic 43167 adamhearn 2003 525d 46122 zarnd 2002 e39 M5 47589 tobybmw535i e39 535i /R reg 49000 carnageg 2001 540i 51383 LimavadyE39 53634 rysie 525i sport 55833 SCZ4 2002 E39 540i Sport 65150 Gee_V8 2002 540iA Sport 68000 Neil A 530i Sport 70000 ( photo'd odometer ! ) oji170 540iA Individual 70250 E39mad 525d (SOLD Feb '13 with 93200 miles) 73000 mrmarc 530iA sport (Jap Import) 74000 Lui 1998 528i se sport second owner from new immaculate condition 74130 nazzamataz e39 520i SE 1999 74863 Deano16v 1997 540 Touring 6 speed 75003 Jamesno1 2002 525i 78000 Rory 2001 530d SE 79000 Big D 523i 80626 v8 boy, 1998 535i SE auto. 81375 DJM 523ise (again should be about 81600 but Speed sensor fault) 81579 Paddy O'Furniture 2003 535i Sport 81549 MattC 2000 E39 M5 82410 jacecodi 2002 530 i champagne II 84900 Shik 530i Champ 2 86292 Adam D 51 530i Sport 88245 WNeill 530i Sport 90245 lestere 530d SE 5 speed manual Touring. 90426 as355f1 525d 90900 Gav. 1997 540i 92163 Calypso-E34 95000 Karl1 2002 525i sport 95000 surveysteve 528iA Sport 95235 paperjams 95835 Savcom's 2002 530D 98312 BadDave Alpina B10 3.2 99698 Darlo 2000 530i Sport 100547 themanstan 530i 102000 Sphinx 523iA 102000 bsvensso 1997 540iA Touring 104100 Kevmo 2000 M5 105100 Harz535 530iA '02 110400 Milo 2003 525i Sport 111111 Mikey_535 1999 M5 111550 E39Man 2000 530i Sport 112000 Lloyd 523iSE step tropic 114350 Loadmaster 1999 532iSE @14/09/2016 114500 urquatro 2000 540iA Touring 117553 kinada 2000 535i Sport 118000 Tidgy 528 118400 SC7 2002 530i Sport 122000 vanhool, 528ise (new engine at 37,000) 122550 Scotty540i 1997 540i SE 123000 mjenkings 2001 525i Sport 123000 Busteredwards 523i 125000 Conan 2002 530d Sport 125000 markgixxer750 M5 127500 Robbo 528iAT 129000 Eddy Matthews 2000 520i auto Touring 131000 micheal d.s. 523i 131500 duncan-uk 530d sport touring manual 132000 AndrewMac85 1998 Alpina B10 V8 131200 TaoOrganic, 2000 530D SE AUTO 132500 peejaybmr 528 136300 BM Ian 528i Sport 136756 puggie 523i 137000 mne666: 525D 137547 puggie 523i 138002 Staddly 520i Touring 2003 138777 Dan. 523i Touring 139000 Scruffy: Slammed 523i 139202 Zap 1997 535i 141300 Blue Oval 530iA 2000 141900 IJD 540iA 1998 142000 SC7 2002 530i Sport Champagne Edition 142000 Pow 528 142000 B9 #200 1983 E28 Alpina B9 3.5 143000 mark 528 145000 AlfaJim 2001 530dA SE Touring. 145000 G-lo e39 520i 1999 145452 gbshahaq 530dA SE Saloon 2002 146000 Osi_NL 520i 147,000 Trisman 528i/532i Alpina Touring rep. (Was 120,150) 148654 Andy Ran - 2000 M5 (previous 138987) 150650 camoscato 1998 523i 150141 Piper 1999 540i Touring 151100 IINexusII 2002 530d Sport 151425 Revs Hotclutch 530i 152000 mattyv33 535i 152000 Marlow925 M5 E39 '99 154000 lee540 e39 540i 155000 Marlow925 525d Touring manual E39 '01 156000 pompeybmw 528 156890 urq/Alpina 4.6 158101 Jamworth - 2001 530i (was 148576) 160000 Justin.. 2001 530i 160000 Pritesh '99 530D 161000 Karlos28 02 539d sport one turbo change 161000 shrink 530D SE Auto ('99) 161500 RichE39 1997 528iSE (has had replacement engine) 162200 Caruso E39 540i Touring 165000 BriC 2000 535i Sport Manual 165893 Morgan528i 1999 528i SE Touring Auto (all original) 166000 rob-the-viking 528 168750 R.D.5.5 2000 540i Auto 172000 Greg 523i (engine change at 55k) 172070 BWMtastic 2000 530i SE Touring (running on LPG since 101000) <------------------ 173000 rickybotts_123 520i 175000 BriC 1999 520i 176000 Digidick 1999 528i Auto 176534 Urq/1997 540/6 Touring, the bmw demo 178000 maxtherotti 540IA 178750 IJD 1999 530d Auto Touring 180000 Zildjian 2000 M5 180000 Trisman 2000 530i Manual Sport. 180333 Matt21 2000 530iA SE LPG 182000 Machinehead '99 528i auto touring 186000 Donut 1996 540iA 185000 Mrroverrover 2003 530i Sport Champagne 2 189400 djw113uk 1997 525tds 193000 blue-alan M535i Sport 201500 dan101smith 530d Sport Touring Auto 202000 Dennis Cooper-2003 530d Touring (actually around 206000) 205000 Stevecvo 2001 525d 206564 Piper 1996 540i saloon 208,000 B9 #200 2002 E39 530i Sport Auto 213,700 Miguel Guedes 1997 E39 528i Manual Saloon, on LPG 214089 Seesure 2001 M5 214396 Sean 530i (latest figure) 2000 SE on LPG 231500 RockyBalboa-UK 2001 540i Auto Sport Saloon (original engine and gearbox plus Prins VSI LPG conversion since about 100k) 233,536 B9 #200 1985 E28 528i 240000 MP3 1998 523iSE Auto (engine/cooling system rebuild at 193k) 248250 b16jsy 1999 E39 530d Manual (Now Sold-Owned from 115,000 miles July 2007 until January 2015)-assumed original engine,turbo,clutch & box 251300 Lance1a E39 528i Man, original battery, exhaust, clutch. 260095 chris 42 528iSE Touring (all original too!!!!!) 263091 Dotcom1970 530d SE Auto 290500 DerekJr 1999 523i SE Auto 321525, mne666 (father In laws) 351000 djw113uk 525tds saloon (original engine as far as I know. Owned since 189400. About to die when MOT expires on 3rd March ) 353000 Raymond 525tds
  5. DerekJr.

    HIDs and the MOT

    LCIs have projector dipped beams, don't they? You might be fine as the stock xenons look similar to the LCI halogens. Now, if you had a preLCI with reflector headlamps, then it would fail. I think the new rules are to clamp down mainly on people who chuck HID/LED bulbs in reflector housings. As for the suspension/headlamp self-levelling: Where systems fitted, they must work. In other words, if they are not fitted, they don't get tested. However, make sure your manual headlamp levelling system works. As for the cleaning system: The cleaning system is only inspected IF it is equipped on cars first registered on or after 1st Sept 2009. I retrofitted bi-xenons to my e39 and it passed the MOT last month (Jan 2019) even though it has no headlight cleaning system (it wouldn't get tested if one was fitted due to the date) or self-levelling suspension/headlamps.
  6. DerekJr.

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Fitted a rear sport bumper
  7. DerekJr.

    E39 Non Standard Headunit

    I have an Xtron (Android) unit currently fitted to my e39 since May 2018. It's been very good and reliable especially compared to my previous Eonon unit which ran on a much older Windows system. I think for e39s with factory Nav, you will need the extra 5meter cable etc that goes to the boot. It has a lot of specs, USB, memory cards, bluetooth for music (shows artist and song name), Bluetooth for calls, android apps, touch screen, Sat Nav, etc. I'll search for specs and the name of my unit in a few minutes.
  8. DerekJr.

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Coded double impulse hazards.
  9. DerekJr.

    Adam's E39 Touring Project

    I've just seen this man! Wow! Nice work!
  10. DerekJr.

    Dip/main has turned pink!

    On LCI, Outers are for low/high beam (bi-xenon) and flashing. Inners are for cornering lights. You only need one bulb per side for the bi-xenon.
  11. DerekJr.

    E39 Headlamp Projector Alternatives

    Thanks Barry! Yeah, sure! I'd be up for meeting with you and comparing OEM xenon with the Morimoto bi-xenon. I would be interested in the difference too. I have some mid-range (Lunex) bulbs that I'm using, but they are like 2-3 years old now. Just let me know when you would like to meet up and I will make a plan. I'm still using the genuine OEM ballast I bought from eBay. In the near future, I will upgrade the bulbs for some Philips or Osrams. I haven't coded flash to pass and I don't think I will do it. I'll get a high beam H7 splitter so that when I do use my high beam, the bi-xenon part and my LED high beams will both illuminate. However, if my low beams are switched off, then it will just be my LED high beams that will illuminate (flash to pass). Thanks Derek
  12. DerekJr.

    E39 Headlamp Projector Alternatives

    On a dark motorway (low beams): On a dark country road
  13. DerekJr.

    E39 Headlamp Projector Alternatives

    I've had my fair share of LED plate lights...they turned out to be either problematic (flashing or causing indicators to flash fast) or not as long lasting as incandescent bulbs which defeats one of the purposes of upgrading to LED bulbs lol. I might look into it in the future, but it's not at the top of my priority list at the moment No worries! I see that they have brought out a new bixenon projector which has more of a European kink called the 5.0. However, at least now we know that the e39 lights can be upgraded while still keeping the OEM look instead of buying those horrid aftermarket lamps.
  14. DerekJr.

    E39 Headlamp Projector Alternatives

    Here are some beam pics
  15. DerekJr.

    E39 Headlamp Projector Alternatives

    I've managed to do the driver side today. It took longer than expected due to me painting the side reflector (Rover Vermillion Orange) and indicator lens (Tangerine Orange), and the low beam/bixenon shroud gloss black. On top of this, the weather wasn't on my side today lol. The difference is amazing. The beam is crisp and I feel like I'm driving a new car. I will upload pics of the beam pattern etc in due course