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Everything posted by d_a_n1979

  1. d_a_n1979

    E39 twin pipe rear box exhaust

    ^^ Probably best way; buy the tip section of your choice off eBay or an online reseller and a local fabricator will soon be able to do a back-box delete and weld in the necessary section of pipe and weld that to the tip etc
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    Wanting a 535d - anyone near Essex?!

    Welcome to the forums I've personally always travelled to buy my cars; I'm Preston and have been to Glasgow a few times, Edinburgh, Wimbledon and the far side of Yorkshire Never seem to be able to find a car locally; but I have to say, as long as you've done all the necessaries (ie. lots of detailed pictures, gone through the SH and MOTs in detail and spoken to the seller enough times to know that the car is bang on for what you want); the train journey there is exciting and the drive back is a great way to learn the car You've a cracking budget, so I'm sure there'll be a few out there, so keep looking and one of more will crop up within an easier location, maybe?!
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    FS - Hankook winter 235/45 r17 tyres x4

    If you're referring to my comments @ttrw2 that was not the point at all and it was all 'IMO' I personally wouldn't run tyre that old; other folk may do. It's all personal preference, so mind what you say please
  4. d_a_n1979

    E39 in Berlin

    Yeah; deffo my favourite colour... That and silver
  5. d_a_n1979

    Best source for replacement FSU?

    Meyle one on Amazon, c£35 Been faultless in all my E39s pal. Meyle are a trusted make too https://www.amazon.co.uk/HEATER-BLOWER-RESISTOR-GUARANTEE-64116923204/dp/B006X3IB90/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?keywords=Bmw+E39+Meyle+resistor&qid=1566565468&s=gateway&sr=8-1
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    Head Units

    Do you have a CD changer in the rear Imran? What's your current setup (is it the 16:9 head unit) with the amp and CD changer in the boot, or the OEM cassette/Business head unit in the front etc? If you wanted simplicity, you could go for an FM / Bluetooth transmitter; that'll plug into the cigarette lighter and it'll give you a 'hands free' of sorts for calls and Bluetooth music playback. They work fine, not the best in the world for sound quality, but they do the job good enough If you've a CD changer in the car, you could go for the Grom Audio BT3 unit, like I have, that plugs into the CD changer wiring (makes the CD changer redundant through, not that I had one) and then feed the simple Bluetooth mic wiring to wherever you want in the drivers cabin for hands-free calls and it also does Bluetooth music playback. They're £120 IIRC from the Grom Audio website, worth looking into. No visible wires, just the mic which is easy to install and place so its discreet etc IMO it won't affect resale value too much, unless you start faffing with lots of aftermarket wiring, speakers and head unit. That'll appeal to some folk, it'll put others off. So it's all down to you, your budget and what you want to achieve
  7. d_a_n1979

    E39 in Berlin

    Hmmm Slate Green Takes me back...
  8. d_a_n1979

    E39 space saver wheels.

    I do get that, more so with my OCD Like I said, your money/car, your call... But hopefully it's something you'll never really have to use, so personally I'd stick with one you've got already
  9. d_a_n1979

    Restoring bright window trim.

    You can buy the 'shadowline' trim kit which will replace all the chrome work; otherwise you can try a gentle metal polish etc. You could have it wrapped too, or plastidipped as other folk have done
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    E34 N/S inner and outer sills

    Moved to the E34 section
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    E39 space saver wheels.

    For the times that you hope not to use it; I personally wouldn't bother and just leave the Style 33/Turbine you've already got Unless it's really something you want to do
  12. d_a_n1979

    E39 twin pipe rear box exhaust

    There's not much custom made off the shelf out there for an E39; so if you've decent, local fabricators, go with them as they'll make it to your specs etc Otherwise you pay the price and go for Eisenmann or Schmiedmann etc And for exit, on an E39, stick to one either side (M5 style and IMO belongs only on an M5) or left or right (left as that's where the exhaust is now); centre, IMO, would look wrong, but your car/money
  13. d_a_n1979

    E39 space saver wheels.

    No; they came with a full size 16" or 17" alloy.
  14. d_a_n1979

    e39 touring to coil springs

    Did you get a quote from Cotswold BMW on here?
  15. d_a_n1979

    Wntd: Tailgate Black plastic plugs E39 Touring

    that was me Not sure if Piper went down that route, did he?
  16. The ones I've used are the ones I've linked too, I'm sure of it. But of a squeeze, but they fit rightly and hold well If not they're 8mm,certainly not 10mm IIRC
  17. These should be fine: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-EXPANDING-RIVET-PLASTIC-TRIM-CLIPS-BUMPER-SILL-SKIRT-COVERS-6mm-PUSH-IN-X-20/401263287481?fits=Car+Make%3ABMW&hash=item5d6d27dcb9:g:AQcAAOSw5cNYg6Xx
  18. d_a_n1979

    2002 BMW E39-530i SPORT LCI FACELIFT

    Welcome to the forums Imran; it looks a lovely example All your technical questions in the relevant E39 tech section further down the homepage. Also; ask your ICE questions in the Audio section, further down from the E39 tech section. You'll get better coverage and answers in those sections
  19. d_a_n1979

    Help please

    Same; just guestimated it was a standard ARB... Hell fire!
  20. d_a_n1979

    mashed potatoes

    Harper Auto's, Ellesmere Port - that's where he works (well; was last time I saw him)
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    Bmw fitter required

    Welcome to the forums This is in the wrong section really. Please either state which BMW 5 series car it is you have and/or amend your profile show it shows your car and location here: <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< On the back of that; I'll move your thread to the relevant 5 series tech section, further down the homepage It'll get better coverage and answers that way
  22. d_a_n1979

    Oil Advice

    Opie Oils are a big Fuchs reseller; have a look on their website IMO; as long as the oil meets BMW LL04 specs and it's the grade you want to run, use it... I've used ECPs TripleQX 5W30 and 5W40 for years now alongside the Mann filters ECP run. I've never had any issues and for the prices you can get it at; it's worth doing 2-3 changes a year to keep it uber fresh etc Oil, like tyres and like brakes, can be a very personal choice and there can be huge arguments over it etc But, as said, if it meets LL04 specs; it'll be absolutely fine!
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    e39 touring to coil springs

    This is why personally, I'd stick with the bags, as that's exactly what the cars meant to do. When we go camping, or up up to Dunkeld, or down to Anglesey etc; the cars always laden, so it's great to have the SLS working and it makes for a great ride and I've no issues with the handling either. The Eibach springs have made a difference to the stance and handling on my touring and now, for me, it sits perfectly Plus when I do tip runs too etc; the SLS is ideal for that as the boot can be fairly loaded! IMO if you use the touring and it's laden; then the SLS is hard to beat and best left fitted... But, horses for courses etc; each to their own
  24. d_a_n1979

    Help please

    Broken front ARB (anti roll bar) that pal; needs replacing ASAP You can either go for a used one, or buy new. Ask BMW Cotswolds on this forum (towards the top in 'sponsors section') and see what price they quote you for a new one. May as well replace the ARB bushes and drop links too whilst it's all coming off Never seen that before; must have been very corroded in a particular area One here, for example, on eBay: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/11-15-BMW-5-SERIES-M-SPORT-3-0-DIESEL-STABILIZER-ANTI-ROLL-BAR-6791925-01/361535236752?epid=12008793933&amp;hash=item542d2dea90:g:L88AAOSwhDdXEPkL
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    E39 space saver wheels.

    Stick with the turbine. It'll do the same job when necessary, no point in spending more £££ unless you really want to and secondly; I'm not sure if a space saver was sorted for the E39 due to the odd-one-out centre bore. Could be wrong though