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    E39 component door speaker install

    I have these MDF door pods fitted also with some JBL components and some Pioneer speakers in the roof on my Touring. I’ve yet to fit the crossovers and amp which I have but the sound is terrible, there’s a lot of distortion at low levels. I’ve had the speakers JBL speakers sitting in my garage for years which I bought second hand so they might not even be fit for purpose but once I’ve got them all properly wired up I plan to upgrade. Maybe they’ll be ok once amped with the crossovers but I have my doubts? I’m a bit of a novice when it comes to fitting stereo equipment so I’m not even sure how to go about the amp and crossovers installation so if anyone can point me in the right direction with a link that would be appreciated. I’dlike to install a sub in the boot also but on my Xtrons head unit there’s only one pre out, am I right in thinking I need two to run two amps?
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    E39 530i SE Touring

    Removed the badges and tinted the inner tail lights with red tint spray. The lights were badly faded and after reading that people had refurbished them only for them to return to a faded state fairly quickly I thought I’d give the spray a go. Needs a little refining but looks fairly decent I’d say.
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    E39 530i SE Touring

    Thanks for the kind comments. I like the AP coilovers they’re decent enough for the money, I had them on my A4 previous to this car also and they give a fairly good ride but I felt the bags were ere a little softer over the poor roads around here. I came across this kit on eBay at a very good price and couldn’t really pass it up, apparently it had been a wrong order so the customer sent them back and the company were just trying to sell them off. I had a leaky bag on the rear so thought I may as well convert to coil springs and see how I get on but that’s as low as it will go on the rear and that’s with the adjusters removed, it’s no quite level either. Going back to SLS will give me the option to get the height bang on and obviously it will retain that height even when loaded which is far more practical and also give a better ride as well. It’s not a priority though so will probably be a few months. I’m due to get my bits back from paint this weekend and I’ll get the gearbox oil and filter changed next week and investigate the knocking noises I have. Its never ending
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    E39 530i SE Touring

    These are the bits I’m having painted along with the new front bumper. I’m dropping them off this Saturday.
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    E39 530i SE Touring

    Thanks mate, getting there.
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    E39 530i SE Touring

    Hi guys, I thought it was about time I got some pictures and details up about my E39 that I’ve owned since September 2018. I purchased the car from a little village in Northumberland with less than 98k miles on the clock and service history up to around 80k iirc. But it was in a bit of a sorry state wit oil leaks, battered and bruised bodywork and a very dirty interior and only one months MOT left but I only paid £890 for it so a pretty good deal I’d say. After getting it home and cleaning the oil from around the engine I came to the conclusion that it was the sump that was leaking so I set about changing the gasket, it’s quite a job. Turns out most of the oil was leaking from the filter housing but there was a slight leak from the sump gasket so not a total waste of time lol. So that was also changed along with new engine mounts. A good clean inside and out was next on the list after the essential mechanical work. Here’s what else I’ve done so far Full service Sump gasket Oil filter housing gasket Engine mounts Remapped ECU ( for better throttle response and mid range torque ) Rear handbrake shoes New radiator Twenty20 LED headlight bulbs LED interior and number plate bulbs Xtrons head unit Pioneer rear speakers JBL components in the front Adapters to house larger front speakers Pioneer amp to be fitted AP coilover kit with rear spring conversion (considering going back to SLS on the rear) New top mounts all round 19” Style 218 with new tyres 15mm spacers with longer bolts Just done the rear subframe bushes (thanks to jimmy on here for lending me the tool) Shadowline fitted to one side 2 stage machine polish Still to do Gearbox oil and filter change (oil is here just waiting in the filter coming) Finish fitting shadowline once I’ve got all pieces Sport front bumper to be painted and fitted along with other small bits to be painted. Change interior trim to gloss grey Backbox delete Try and find knock from the rear suspension and knock from front brakes which I suspect is the O/S caliper. Here’s some pictures in various states
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    Bangers and Cash TV Prog

    I watched the first three episodes, I’d love to go visit the auction sometime but it’s a fair old trek.
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    Lets see your BMWs that you have owned

    I’m only on my second both being E39’s This was my first
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    New but old

    Yeah I plan to get a projects thread on the go when I get a chance, I know how people love a photo or two
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    New but old

    Thanks guys Dan, I was the guy who bought your spacers. It’s far better kept now in my ownership but it was in a bit of a sorry state when I got it. Wheels are style 218 from a 6 series and suspension is AP coilovers front and rear. I came across a new kit on eBay with the unusual rear springs so went for them. I converted the rear to springs as my bags were leaking but I plan to get a couple of new bags and convert back as it’s stiffer on the springs and the practicality of the SLS is plus factor too.
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    New but old

    Hi everyone I’m Simon from East Lothian. I’ve been registered on here for quite a few years now but recently came back to 5 ownership in the form of an 02 530i Touring. I previously had a 99 523i. The 530i is an ongoing project that I’ve had since September last year and only has 100k on it so low mileage for the age of the car. I’ve already done quite a bit on it with plenty still to do to keep me busy. Cheers
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    E39 530i intake boot

    I done just that about an hour after posting and bought a febi one.
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    E39 530i intake boot

    Hi guys, I’m after a replacemt intake boot for my 530i part no 7 505 838 Thanks
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    Tyre manufacturer

    I personally out the above choices would avoid the Bridgestones, their current line up of tyres are a fair bit off the market leaders at the moment and I've heard from people that have had them fitted to their performance car from factory and are less than impressed. At the top of their game at the moment are Dunlop who seem to be very strong at the moment and coming out above the rest in tests. One brand I would look at which I've used in the past and currently use a set of winter tyres and am very impressed with and are quite a bit cheaper than other premium tyres is Hankook, very good tyres for the money. The Uniroyal RS3's I've had on a car in the past and although very good in the wet and acceptable in the dry they don't last long if pushed hard, they seem to be quite a soft compound.
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    Sold Please Delete Thanks

    Second dibs please