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  1. sinner

    Restart E39 530d Sport Touring

    Sort of an update. Finally finished pulling everything out of the old car, so yesterday it went to the scrappy. Which was a little bit sad, had a lot of fun with that car. 70k in 3 years and only the airbags failed. It got me totally hooked on E39s.
  2. sinner

    Restart E39 530d Sport Touring

    I know, sorry, work has been non-stop. However, I have been preparing a few things, and I have a week off at the end of March to fit it all. The list, in no particular order, is: Replace damaged drive shaft (recondition replacement) Eibach ARBs, thanks to @duncan-uk Engine mounts CP3 conversion and remap Arches rolled (when the airbag gave out it snagged the tyre…) Back on summer wheels Probably going to take a bit more than a week, but we’ll see.
  3. sinner

    The new project and not a 5! - 2006 E65 730D

    I was chasing a clunk like this on my last e39, it turned out to be the engine mounts. They have a hard life with these torquey diesels.
  4. sinner

    Restart E39 530d Sport Touring

    A short aside on brakes. I forgot to mention this, but figured you guys might be interested. While I was reconditioning the brakes a few years ago (forgive the low quality pictures), I thought it might be fun to make a set of titanium pistons. No more corrosion, nice and light, and low thermal conductivity. I realise this is completely over the top for a 530d, but I had the resources available and a little time to spare. Also, Ti is real pretty. Last month, I took them out of the old brakes, polished them up and put them into the M5 calipers, where they will spend the rest of their days.
  5. sinner

    Restart E39 530d Sport Touring

    Thank you Dan. I've been enjoying your 730d thread. Yes, just a bit of squealing. It's only really noticeable with the window down, which isn't a lot this time of year. It does have a dab of copper slip. The stuff I had was not great quality, more greasy than coppery, so I didn't want to use too much. I'll try finding something thicker. Power wise, I don't really have a goal. It would be nice to get close to 300; the turbo is certainly not limiting this, but the intercooler and head might. The HP pump and rail need doing before it goes much north of 250, I will get it dynoed after that. The main reason for the hybrid was to make the GT2260V a bit more responsive low down.
  6. sinner

    Restart E39 530d Sport Touring

    Happy new year! It was a bit manic in the run up to Christmas so there are very few pictures, but a lot got done. Brakes and suspension are done front and rear (excuse the couple weeks of surface rust). The front got Bilstein B6 dampers with the Eibach Pro-kit coils, with new top mounts and control arms. I’ve tried to use Lemforder throughout, but had to get a few bits from Febi and TRW. I had a square 8J set of 66s restored for winter wheels: BMW silver with Goodyear UltraGrip Gen-1. Even managed to fit them all in an E63 to get them down to the car. Ride height is much the same, but it’s a lot more controlled and predictable. There is no more knocking from the rear subframe, which is nice. M5 brakes work a treat, they don’t feel ridiculous, just modern. The DS2500 pads are insanely dusty and quite noisy, but they do work really well. As expected, the Quaife has made a huge difference too. These things are awesome. All in all, very happy with how the car is handling now, even on little winter wheels. With all that done, it was time to start the transferring parts over for the engine. I fitted an E60 exhaust manifold, these let the GT2260V sit slightly higher which lets them clear the engine mount. I previously fitted a stainless OE E60 manifold, but it cracked, in multiple places, so went with a cast iron eBay special. That went in with OE gaskets, studs and nuts. The turbo is now a hybrid GT2260V from TDI Turbos in Dorset. Very happy with this. I didn’t want to go front-mount as I like AC at low speeds, so the intercooler and its housing are from an E65. The picture is from the original install on my old SE, but it shows how it fits. I’ve since gotten a new Behr unit as the old one was pretty grotty. I cut out the support out for the original intercooler, and bonded in the lower section of the radiator housing from an E65. The quick-connects are from an E60, best use OE for these as all after-market ones I tried leaked, a lot. Lastly, a set of recondtioned (by bosch) injectors with a set of brass bleed off connectors. The injectors cured the lumpiness at idle, and stopped the thrust bearing catching. Nice and smooth now, especially after a remap from Enda - thank you! Lots of progress, but as with all project cars – fix one problem and a new warning light will appear… This time was ABS, which turned out to be the rear left sensor. However, the traction control light is persisting, coming on after about 30 min of driving. I guess this the ABS unit, so will be looking into getting that reconditioned. One of the drive shafts was also very beaten up by whoever changed a bearing last, luckily I still have a couple from my old car. The vacuum pump is still leaking despite a new seal, this needs investigating as I think it is internal to the pump. The knocking engine mounts will be done when I do the ARBs. And, of course, the 3.5 k RPM cut out still exists. I had hoped this was due to a leaking injector, but is more likely the regulator, it will be dealt with very soon. Until next time
  7. sinner

    Restart E39 530d Sport Touring

    Cheers Rob. Your thread was the inspiration for a lot of this.
  8. sinner

    e39 touring rear spring part numbers.

    Just written this up in my project thread: http://forum.bmw5.co.uk/topic/131077-restart-e39-530d-sport-touring/?tab=comments#comment-1454104 Part numbers for the BMW mounts are there, and the Eibach springs
  9. That is so much easier than internet explorer! Thank you
  10. That's what I use for the e60 stuff, it's good. But, there is a lot of e39 530d fuel system stuff missing. Which is why I am asking. Unless, I am being daft and can't read properly (highly likely).
  11. Anyone know where to find wiring diagrams and pinout for the 530d power train (specifically rail pressure control)? I have them for the E60 onward, but the sites I’ve used for the E39 are no longer functioning. Cheers
  12. sinner

    Restart E39 530d Sport Touring

    Thank you.
  13. sinner

    Restart E39 530d Sport Touring

    Sorry, very few pictures. I was working on my own and flat out in a less than ideal workshop. At least it was dry! Horror stories found were: split boots on all ball joints, a couple of well-hammered bolts needed filing to fit a six-point, the upper control arms had been fitted without the conical spacers that locate in the hub carrier, a rose joint link was in two pieces (no idea how that happened), the off-side rear airbag had nearly worn through, and the ABS sensors were covered with filthy grease. All in all, not too bad considering, but enough to drag the job out. New Parts fitted this time are: Subframe buses Powerflex diff mounts Rose joints and links Drop links Steel E46 M3 ARB mounts (33506779734) Control arms Hub bearings and flanges Pad sensor M5 rear brake conversion Parts transferred from the old car: Goodridge lines Bilstein B6 dampers Eibach Pro kit coil conversion (E2070-140) Spring mounts (2 of each 33531093785, 33531093786, 33531093787) For the brake conversion disc guard needed trimming and welding as the handbrake is orientated 90 degrees off on the M5. The pads and discs are new, the calipers are recondition. I also machined the hub flange to match the mounting bolt holes of the M5 discs (could have just brought M5, but had the normal ones already). If you have access to liquid nitrogen, it makes fitting the flanges into the bearings much easier! Unfortunately, BMW sent one wrong seal for diff, so holding off on putting that in until next time. Also, one handbrake cable is very sticky, so need to free it up or get a new one. I will get some pictures of the brake setup and suspension in a couple of weeks when I do the front end.
  14. sinner

    Restart E39 530d Sport Touring

    Quick update this time. I've taken a few days to get it ready for winter, and fix a few of the problems (all of suspension) I've found. The rear subframe is coming out for new bushes, arms and bearings. Finally gotten around to fitting the manual diff with the Quaife; looking forward to holding the gears a little longer. I'll try to get some more pictures of the other parts tomorrow.