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About d_a_n1979

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  • Birthday 08/02/1979

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    Preston, Lancs
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    Cars, weightlifting/powerlifting/strongman (training, coaching and competing), hifi, technologies
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    Company Director/owner - Niche Digital recruitment


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    2002 E39 530i Sport Touring - Japanese Import

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  1. d_a_n1979

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Still looks spanking Barry
  2. d_a_n1979

    E39 530 Touring - new wheels

    Welcome to the forums When you say Alpina 'style' do you mean reps or genuine Alpina's, or OEM BMW Style 32s (which some people mislabel as Alpina alloys etc)? The key thing with an E39 to remember, is the centre bore. It's the odd one out of the BMWs at 74.1, whereas others are 72.6. You also need an offset of 25 and lower for the rears and ideally 20-10 for the fronts, this should stop any arch rubbing. The rears suffer more, mainly if you're lowered though IMO fit staggered alloys, even though the tourers came with a straight set, they suit staggered alloys absolutely fine (wider at the rear for better traction etc); 18s fill the arches nicely and IMO offer the best ride and handling, 19s fill the arches even better, but with thinner tyres, you do lose a little in the comfort aspects, but TBH I never had any issues on my previous E39 with 19s fitted, it handled and drove very well, but it was set up on coilovers etc A few pics for you to visualise: My current 530i touring on 18" staggered OEM Style 37s: And as it is now on 17" Style 66s with winter tyres: My previous E39 saloon on 19: BBS LM reps: With regards to tyres; the BMW sizes for 18" alloys (if a staggered set) is 235/40/18 fronts and 265/35/18s rears; for a straight set you could run 235 or 245s all round, more so if they're 8.5" wide alloys. The Style 37s I had on my touring ran 245/40 and 275/35 18s for better sidewall protection and the rears were 9.5" wide as they were off an E38 7 series. As for 19" tyres, again I ran 245/35 and 275/30 19s on the LM reps It can be a minefield when it comes to alloys and tyres for the E39, lots to choose from, OEM and aftermarket, it's all down to your budget, looks/stance and also what type of alloy wheel you want to run There are decent resellers such as BMAutosport, Rimstyle and Wheelbase out there that cater for the E39 FYI You could also look to run alloys from say the E90 3 series, which has an offset of around 40, but you can use 15-20mm 74.1 to 72.6 hubcentric adapters to get around this; again, lots of info on Google Sorry to have waffled on, just trying to make it as straightforward as I can I'm in the same boat currently; looking for new alloys myself for my touring
  3. d_a_n1979

    Are SE bumpers made from different plastic to Sport?

    If you're on FB, see if the breaker 'Simon Garland' can source one for you. He's very good to deal with and has cars in all the time FYI @Andyrt200 - you've got a PM from a few days back
  4. TBH I can’t hear much at all and that’s listening through my JBL studio monitors, loud If any doubt move on and keep looking, At that age, it wouldn’t surprise me if there’s a touch of chain slap or that it’s due for the chain guides to be refreshed etc...
  5. d_a_n1979

    ttrw2's 2001 Le Mans Blue M5

    That's how the ones on my touring were. Fronts were both split, rears looked ok, but shrunken, if that makes sense. They came out very easily!
  6. d_a_n1979

    Eibach Sportline springs - who's running them?

    IMO keep it as it is... I think it looks better without the tyres tucked under the arches
  7. d_a_n1979

    Eibach Sportline springs - who's running them?

    No worries; however, coilovers such as D2s and BCs don't squeak or ride to hard at all; they're very well made and designed well; perfect for the E39 and you can have the ride as soft or hard as you want But agree at c£750 UK Sterling; they're more expensive than fitting Sportline springs. However, IMO, to fit them, you'd be best off using decent shocks (Bilstein B6s or B8s) to allow for their drop as 50mm will kill OEM shock absorbers soon enough, as they are simply not designed to be compressed that much Those and the springs cost the same, if not more, than the aforementioned coilovers etc But horses for courses; each to their own and it's your budget. I still stand by though that to get the depth and stance you want, coilovers are the best way. There are some good lower priced coilovers out there such as AP (made by the KW company); they're c£500 UK Sterling; personally I wouldn't go cheaper than those
  8. d_a_n1979

    530d or 535d?

    Who said?! Ray Charles...?! I and a lot of others will disagree
  9. d_a_n1979

    Eibach Sportline springs - who's running them?

    If they're not listed on the website then I'd say they don't do them IMO the Pro-kit springs lower enough on a Sport E39; if you want lower, I'd go coilovers personally. Least that way you can adjust to the height you want, whenever you want!
  10. d_a_n1979

    530d or 535d?

    Does it need to be an E60 @McPikie? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/02-BMW-530D-SPORT-TOURING-AUTO-SILVER-BLACK-LEATHER-81-000-FULL-SERVICE-HISTORY/283743880649?hash=item42107405c9:g:tmYAAOSwJUBdzpfn
  11. d_a_n1979

    530d or 535d?

    You'd be best to ask this in the relevant E60 section further down the homepage @McPikie - it'll get lost in here as it's just general chat
  12. d_a_n1979

    530i PAS reservoir cap washer

    Picture off RealOEM pal, looks to be the correct seal! Wondering if yours is misshapen with age/tightening of the cap etc
  13. d_a_n1979

    530i PAS reservoir cap washer

    Have you tried to warm it up in warm-hot water and see if it'll loosen off a bit before fitting it (use some fairly liquid too)?
  14. ALL BLW alloys are on here: http://felgenkatalog.auto-treff.com/ Use the top drop down box to find the E60 and then find Style 172 (the 19" 'Spider' alloys the E60's were spec'd with) This shows you that the front offset is 18 and rear offset is 32 on the Spiders So, you could go 15/20mm spacers up front and 15mm spacers should be fine on the rears, but again it looks like you'd be fine to use 20mm Keep the tyres the same size as OEM specs (245/35 fronts and 275/30 rears) and you'll be fine Make sure you get decent spacers and their longer wheel bolts, such as Bimecc or Precision Auto Engineering (both easily findable on eBay) or, you could go one better and go for a stud conversion kit such at Mteconline 82mm kit, which alloys for a spacer up to 20mm.
  15. d_a_n1979

    E39 530i touring in Tonbridge

    Aye; just had a better look and seen that myself (was on the iPad first but now sat at my Mac) £3k tops with all that IMO