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DerekJr. last won the day on January 30 2017

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About DerekJr.

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  • Birthday 02/09/1992

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    Portsmouth, England


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    e39 523i

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  1. DerekJr.

    E39 Headlamp Projector Alternatives

    The left-hand beam was aimed slightly higher than the right beam. You can adjust the beam using the screws on the headlamp. I just didn't fine-tune it by the time this picture was taken. Still working like the first day I fitted them. I've had no problems with it. The company brought out the next gen projector shortly after I fitted mine, with a more European slanted kick. It was fine during MOT and passed the 2019 and 2020 MOT with no issues regarding the headlamps. I bought a Y splitter so that my high beams still work when the dipped beam is off and I flash my lights.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Not today, but last Sunday: Fitted a replacement bootlid and reverse camera
  3. DerekJr.

    E39 retrofitting, what have you done...

    My e39 was a standard UK prefacelift SE spec when I bought it. These are the following things I've added over the years starting from front to rear: Custom facelift headlamps with bi-xenon projector for the low beam and LED high beam bulbs LED angel eye bulbs USA sidelights coded Sport front bumper with M5 lower grille Yellow fog lamps Universal bumper rubber splitter Gloss black double slant kidney grilles Larger front brakes from the 530i/535i/540i/facelift 530d BC Racing coilovers Folding mirrors switch pack Changed to Salberk folding mirrors, then changed to M5 style folding mirrors e46 M3 SMG Steering wheel (functional flappy paddles) Android head unit that looks like the widescreen nav Heated sports seats Black headlining and associated bits and pieces Rear power sunshade with black suede parcel shelf Sub and amp Facelift tail lamps Reverse camera that is built into the boot lid handle. Sport rear bumper Twin exhaust backbox exhaust Colour coded bumper and door trims AC Schnitzer boot spoiler BMW style 81, then ASA AR1 alloy wheels Gel 3D plates ModLight 2 install (welcome/goodbye lights, mirrors fold/unfold with key etc) Tinted windows Coded doors to lock once traveling over 16km/h Of course, on top of this, I've replaced things that need fixing and normal maintenance items
  4. DerekJr.

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Retrofitted heated sports seats a few months back. While doing research, I found out that if you have heated or active seats, you'll only need two wires for a power rear sunshade (and the switch pack obviously). Bought a parcel shelf with the power rear sunshade but it had no fabric. Recovered the shelf in black suede, and retrofitted it to the car. Now my switch pack is looking more populated compared to when I bought the car (ASC only vs Heated front seats, ASC, and now Rear Sunshade). Also, I bought one of those ModLight modules so that the angel eyes illuminate and the mirrors unfold/fold when I unlock/lock the car via the key fob, giving it that modern feeling. I've also activated flashing high beams when I press the lock button twice for no reason what so ever. I feel like activating the cornering lights but I'm on the fence at the moment. Tomorrow, I will tackle replacing my boot lid and fitting a reverse camera that's built into the handle. Therefore, I still keep the boot handle function.
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    My mother works for the NHS and she recently had an antibody test which came back negative. I remember she was ill with flu/common cold like symptoms in Dec 2019 and I was ill in Jan 2020. This mean either; a) we have not had Covid 19, or b) the antibodies do not last a very long time (less than 5 months).
  6. DerekJr.

    E39 set of Birch Anthracite trim £offers

    Shouldn't be. Piper is a well-known member here.
  7. Yeah if you know your way around NCS Expert, it's pretty straight forward. You can also use NCS Expert Dummy which simplifies it for you and translate it into English. If you love geeky stuff and learning, you'll find it interesting. If you are a hammer bashing bloke like Jeremy Clarkson, you might find it a little in depth and boring.
  8. DerekJr.

    When BMW Raced a 7 Series

    Yeah, the turbo engine of the Euro 745i couldn't fit in the RHD cars. I'm guessing BMW South Africa wanted a more powerful model than the 735i. During this period, a 325i S (different from the Euro 325i) with a 2.7 engine fettled by Alpina and a 333i with a 3.2 engine was offered as the M3 was not available in South Africa. Again a LHD to RHD issue. Due to the engine size in the 333i, owners had to choose between A/C or Power Steering. Most owners chose A/C because of the heat in South Africa.
  9. DerekJr.

    When BMW Raced a 7 Series

    Correct! It differed to the European 745i that had a turbo M102/M106 engine.
  10. You'll need to code the cold check off to stop them from flickering. You might need to code "reporting" off as well because the car might think the lights are broken and give you two jellyfishes in your dash. LED rearlights is another parameter for coding. But I think this is to drop the voltage going to the CELIS to stop them from burning out.
  11. DerekJr.

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Hey Dan, Yeah I had them sprayed. It took longer than I expected because I wanted gloss black bases and colour coded caps. The mirrors are good and the quality feels good. Everything works as it should....foldings function, power adjustment, and heating. However, I think they are for LHD, well, the driver's side at least. It is adjusted fully to the right(outer position), yet the rear of the e39 still covers 1/4 of the mirror. Not a massive issue for me as I look over my shoulder anyways before merging/changing lanes/pulling out. I have no problem with the passenger side.
  12. DerekJr.

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    1) Finally got around to fitting my M5 style power-folding mirrors. 2) While the door cards were out during doing the above, I replaced some of the plastic clips to eliminate some of the rattles I heard from the door going over bumps. 2) Test fitted my AC Schnitzer 3 piece boot spoiler. Now I need to paint it before fitting it.
  13. DerekJr.

    £100 Auto dimming Rear view mirror from e39 m5

    Are the mirrors with the built-in compass plug and play?
  14. DerekJr.

    Who's on Instagram

    Mine is Derek.Gray.Jr
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    I heard about a car that was pulled over for no tax or insurance. Turns out the driver just bought the car from a Facebook ad and were on their way home. The driver was fined for no tax/insurance and for breaking the lockdown rules. His buddy in the other car was fined for breaking the lockdown rules. I laughed when I saw that post. I've noticed this evening that most takeaway shops, of which there are a lot in Portsmouth, are closed. The only places that are opened now are the supermarkets, convenience stores, fuel stations, and Dominos (delivery only).