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sinner last won the day on November 9 2019

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    E39 530d Touring

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  1. sinner

    Restart E39 530d Sport Touring

    Not really a project update. Was supposed to be heading back to UK for the MOT and some work. But, given the current circumstances, crossing Europe seemed like a pretty selfish and daft thing to do. Very relieved to see the MOT extended! It is not quite full lock down out here, responsible social distancing, self isolation, and bog-roll hoarding. Pretty much everyone is working from home, only essential stuff open. No workshop access, but we can still drive. I went for a spin up the local hill climb with my house mate, who has a very clean '97 528: A good way to distract our selves from the current situation. There is something very pleasing about E39s in convoy. Cheers
  2. Lifetime is not quite lifetime with Halfords. I had pretty much the same thing happen as @535i Andrew , kept snapping their 3/8" torx bits when torquing them up (< 50 Nm). Halfords replaced the first 2, but refused the 3rd claiming misuse. Probably could have got the 3rd out of them with a different person at the counter... I have been very impressed with Teng Tools, it's reasonably priced and very good quality. Better even than a lot of the Facom stuff we have at work. They do nice one-piece impact hex and torx sets.
  3. sinner

    Restart E39 530d Sport Touring

    A little update, nothing actually fitted just some prep work. I’ve been playing around with a couple of different oil catch can options. Everything I’ve tried so far has been lacking. @525td put me onto a the Mann+Hummel ProVent; I went with the Model 200, which has the right power rating, and seems to be popular with the 4x4 crowd. Problem is it is a bit big. Ideally I want to mount it in front of the strut tower wit a drain tank behind the bumper, but the stock E39 inlet lines take up a lot of room. Luckily, the E60 is much simpler, and sits the main line further forward, clearing up some space. I’ve got an E60 engine cover to go in, and made up this adaptor: It allow the upper section of an E60 inlet to slot into the lower section of the E39 inlet. Predicting a little bit of heat-gun action to get it fitting well. In other news, swapped over to amber tips and xenons, all ways liked the look of amber on the Titan. Discovered that the Webasto is working, and I really need to change the glow plugs. Even at only -5C, it was not interested in starting, and smoked like hell when the weather eventually warmed up to -2.5C. Had the plugs for a while now, guess it’s time to be brave. Cheers
  4. I got my last one from ebay.de. since found out Schmiedmann stock a few: https://www.schmiedmann.com/en/bmw-E39/side-view-mirror-glass-pg644-catn-ol/1 Search for: 51168266493 or 51168266494
  5. sinner

    Pattern Splash Guards

    They are not great. You need to swap of the rubber arch section from the original guards. I also ended up trimming the front three tabs to get a better fit into the lower bumper, and opening out the upper holes to get better alignment on the arch. What I ended up doing with one side, was cutting sections out of these replacements and bonding them inside the cracked originals, to patch the damage. That worked quite wells, and avoided all the fitting issues. I spent an afternoon trying to make them fit well. If you have the time, it's probably ok. Personally, if doing this again, I would save the time and buy OEM and take a hit on the price.
  6. sinner

    Bmw e28 progress pics

    Excellent thread, really impressive work
  7. sinner

    Restart E39 530d Sport Touring

    As I said, the person that supplied the box had cut a section out of the back of the fork. I didn't notice, well, I did, but the edge lined up with the spring clip so I assumed it was supposed to be like that. It was only when we compared it to the new one that the modification was apparent. Dumb, I know. I was converting from auto so had nothing to check against.
  8. sinner

    Good read for M57 and M67 owners

    dlscrib.com_m57enpdf.pdf Added as the previous link is no longer working. Full version, with all the common rail details and DDE pinouts
  9. I have an M5 one fitted. I just drilled out the sides: It's a bit rough up close, but looks ok as a whole: People often port them, personally I preferred a subtler look, and I am pretty sure the total hole area is larger than a ported version. Cheers
  10. sinner

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    As far as I can tell, it is the same for all, the M5 to the 520i (mine is a 530d). The E39 stock MC is 34311165544. The E65 MC is 34336785926, or the later 34336797650. I've got a bit more on it in my project thread.
  11. sinner

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Exactly. I don't have any noticeable dead travel at all now.
  12. sinner

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    The front cylinder is a little larger in diameter than the E39, 26.99 mm to 25.40 mm. That extra oil displacement takes up the pedal slack, improving pedal feel and feedback. Transferred force is slightly reduced, but the braided brake lines help mitigate this. I have not noticed a need to push harder.
  13. sinner

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Fitted an E65 master cylinder. Brakes feel pretty great now.
  14. sinner

    Restart E39 530d Sport Touring

    Just a little brake update this time: This lot turned up this morning, and since it wasn’t raining yet, I had a productive afternoon. The engine-bay brake hoses are from HEL, I’d been trying to find a braided option for a while. Thanks to @BarryM 's brake post, I had a set made: 125 mm M10x1 Female and 125 mm M12x1 Female. Luckily, they went straight in without any corroded fittings to deal with. The master cylinder is for an E65/66/67. It has 27 mm front cylinder, 1.6 mm larger than the E39; not a lot bigger, but enough to take up some movement at the pedal. The rear is the same. This is well documented on M5 forums: https://www.m5board.com/threads/e65-brake-master-cylinder-on-e39.602592/ Parts needed: Master cylinder 34336785926 or 34336797650. I used the 34336785926. M10x1 to M12x1 brake line adapter. There are probably cheaper options out the, but I used this: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Brake-hose-Connection-Adapter-M12x1-auf-M10x1-Braking-force-regulator-VW-Opel/222580352476?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649 I had to bend one of the brake lines slightly to accommodate the adaptor, and cut a little material from the top of the new master cylinder to clear the reservoir. It fits well otherwise. Super happy with it! Pedal feel is significantly improved, brakes feel great. A nice improvement for not a lot of effort. Cheers
  15. sinner

    Turbo Comparison and Specs

    It is indeed, but every little helps. It's also really easy to fit a sensor from the later diesels (0281002497), which gives range to 1800 bar. Although, clearance to the manifold is very tight. The CP1 probably wont get close to 1800 bar, but it will go beyond 1500 bar.