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  1. AlexGSi2000

    Rear subframe tool recommendations

    I'm going to need one soon too! Fancy splitting the cost? Sent from my BBF100-1 using Tapatalk
  2. Replacement engine arrived today, so will be starting the prep work tomorrow evening and start moving over the ancillaries. New timing chain, gaskets.etc are still in transit so there isn't a massive rush. As for the M47 conversion, it did cross my mind - however, we would probably need to purchase other items such as the loom, ecu.etc and also deal with other conversion headaches, so we are sticking with the N47. I have been running an n47 as a daily for the past 9 months, despite the agricultural feel compared to the 6/8pot BMWs, I think once all the bits are removed that can hinder the engine such as the dpf, egr & swirl flaps its good enough, returning 60mpg+ on a run and an acceptable amount of shove with a remap.
  3. Precisely, everything stacked up - some things can never be expected. It's a shame the car is an SE, it almost doesn't justify the work, however - the options are to either throw in the towel and write off 1.6k (given the car is worth around £300 in parts) or spend around 1k and use the car for a couple of years. Sent from my BBF100-1 using Tapatalk
  4. Thought I would add an update to this thread - as I am now in the same position with another e90 320d This time round its my brothers car, owned for a total of 3 days before the engine "stopped". It was bought on a whim after much advice regarding BMWs - guess none of it sunk in The car came with full service history and an invoice for a replacement timing chain, clutch & flywheel (3 months ago). Anyhow, engine wouldnt turn over, so pulled it out of the car with the gearbox. I suspected the new timing chain had either failed or been fitted incorrectly - so off with the timing cover. Chain was fine - so took off the head and was greeted with this; The head was also toast - 4 bent valves. So, if the timing was good - how did this happen? I expect the timing chain was replaced 3 months ago due to failure (plenty of witness marks on the timing cover), what I'm thinking is that the piston was damaged when the timing chain originally failed and potentially cracked? Since then I guess it was a ticking time bomb and finally gave up. The top of the piston has gone, the liner has been dragged down too! I'm not repairing this one - so a replacement engine has been sourced, Ill fit a new timing kit and swap over the ancillaries from this engine once it arrives. Saves me from the boredom I guess!
  5. AlexGSi2000

    Slow to boost, grey smoke..

    Take a look at the injector values on INPA. Sent from my BBF100-1 using Tapatalk
  6. AlexGSi2000

    Coilover Spring Rates.

    Evening, I am experiencing quite a harsh ride on my new e39 - the previous owner fitted BC coilovers a few years ago. The ride feels quite compliant and soft for coilovers, however when I hit a small bump in the road - or a grid, it feels like someone has taken a sledgehammer to the shock tower - in both noise and feel, not very nice at-all. I fitted HSD coilovers to my previous e39, which felt much firmer and dealt with the odd bump much better. The BC coilovers currently have 7/5kg springs, which I think may be my issue - where as the HSDs had 10/8kg springs. At the moment I'm tempted to replace the whole suspension set-up however I think it would be wise to replace the springs for 10/8kg to try and replicate the feel of the HSDs. Just wondering if anyone has changed spring rates, or have a similar set up?
  7. AlexGSi2000

    e39 M57 530d Engine

    Engine removed from my 2002 530d. Covered 224k but in full order, full service history provided. Recent high pressure fuel pump - with receipt (almost £200 alone) Does not include; Injectors, manifold, loom. Asking £200 collected from Liverpool. Thanks.
  8. AlexGSi2000

    e39 Saloon Shadowline Trim

    Good condition, slight bend in offside rear strip, but should flatten once fitted. £75 collected from Liverpool. Thanks.
  9. AlexGSi2000

    E39 M5 bits. Chain guides tensioners ext

    Hi, How much for the big end bearings? Thanks.
  10. AlexGSi2000

    N47 2.0d parts, cams, carriers, HPFP etc.

    If you still have the cams and carrier in a couple of weeks I may take them off you. My brother bought a 320d on a whim last week - he managed 3 days before the engine died. Unsure if its chain failure or seized at the moment, if the former then I will have the parts. Could you PM me a figure? Cheers, Alex.
  11. AlexGSi2000

    AlexGSi2000 - e39 M5

    July 2019 update. The cars been with me for just over 4 months now, as I'm getting used to the car and its quirks, I'm enjoying it a lot more. Still cant believe I own one of my dream cars, every time I walk past it or start the engine I need to pinch myself . Not a huge amount of work has been done since my last update, a few smaller bits here and there; Swapped the tatty gear knob with the later 6-speed, courtesy of Darren. Makes such a difference. (Original parts safely stored!) Wiper arms aligned - don't think they were set correctly after a previous windscreen replacement. Spark plugs replaced. Both MAF sensors replaced. Polish & Wax Interior leather cleaned with LRC - Back to a nice matt finish. The MAF sensor replacement was a funny one which left me scratching my head for a few days. When I replaced the spark plugs, I cleared adaptations with INPA - figured that after time it may benefit if the engine calibrated (if thats the right word) again. After doing this reset, I lost a shedload of power - felt like 150bhp at best. No obvious signs, misfires.etc. After reading values with INPA the left lambda reading was too high - hitting maximum enrichment values. I did initially question the MAFs, but as the car has a shared intake, I thought it would affect both sides, so would expect to see both lambda sensors showing similar figures. I ended up replacing both MAFs which cured the issue and seemed to release more power from the engine - may have been placebo, but dont think the engine would have been showing its true potential with the older worn MAFs in place. Still a couple of bits to do over the next few months; not really had the time due to other projects on at the moment, but don't use the M5 on a daily basis, so happy to sit on the parts for a while; New flywheel - courtesy of a forum member who sold to me for a song. Gearbox input shaft seals, bell-housing to re-seal. Replace the rest of the gearbox linkage bushings For the time being - a few recent photos;
  12. AlexGSi2000

    What were you doing when Chernobyl blew up?

    I was born a few years after. I remember people talking about it when I was a kid - always fascinated me, I knew it was bad - but never realised how bad. I knew there were cover-ups, but the mini-series really drove it home. Was shocking to think it was still fairly recent in the grand scheme of things. I have seen an advert for "the real Chernobyl" - not sure which channel it was on, but may try and find it.
  13. AlexGSi2000

    R53 Part

    Many thanks, will send via PayPal in a moment. Sent from my BBF100-1 using Tapatalk
  14. AlexGSi2000

    Rear brake overhaul

    May be worth refreshing the caliper seals / replacing the pistons too. I'm sure you can get replacement handbrake parts - usually websites such as: brakepartsinternational will stock most wear items, if not copy the part numbers from realoem into eBay or get a quote from Cotswold's on here. Sent from my BBF100-1 using Tapatalk
  15. AlexGSi2000

    R53 Part

    Hi, Is it possible to have a price for; 2x 33531495714 2x 31326761054 (Mini suspension parts) Many thanks, Alex.