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    E39 M5 Le Mans Blue, Alpina B10 V8 & Clio 182 FF

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  1. Jameswsb

    E39 M5 Suspension - Experiences Please

    Yes the Bilstein and Intrax set up will cost around £900 where as the OEM equivalent is £1400 plus from memory. Definitely invest in the Intrax springs if you are retaining the B8's. I'll get a picture taken tonight
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    Removing plenum e39 M5

    You need to remove all the hex bolts surrounding the inlet pipes (velocity stacks or whatever people are calling them these days), undo the jubilee clamps off the air filter/inlet tubes and also remove the oil separators at the front. Should then just lift off from memory.
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    E39 M5 Suspension - Experiences Please

    Ill get a photo taken tonight and post it up. Unfortunately OEM springs are known not to work well with B8's. The spring perch is higher on the Bilstein's which is why you are getting an increase in ride height. If it was me I would get hold of some Intrax springs asap and sell the BMW ones to recoup a significant proportion of the cost. This forum thread is worth a read
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    MAF issue? (e39)

    Mafs really can be a pain in the ass on these cars. I fitted a new Bosch item to my B10 V8 a few years back which was fine for a while and then started to stall at lights. No codes or CEL. farted around for ages before getting another new maf which sorted the problem . I'm going alpha N on the M5 to get rid of them.
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    E39 M5 Suspension - Experiences Please

    Just to update the thread and help anyone who maybe in a similar position I ended up fitting Bilstein B8 dampers and Intrax Springs. I've done a good thousand miles or so since fitment and now have a good appreciation as to how they feel under a variety of circumstances/road types. My thoughts are highlighted below; The car looks brilliant. The springs drop the car around 15-20mm at the front and around 10mm at the rear which looks superb whilst avoiding the slammed look. It looks like a factory 'competition' style ride height to my eyes and gets rid of the front arch gap of standard M5's. I have had no real issues with speed bumps although I am more a little more careful now. The ride is tougher at low (below 30 ish) speeds but its not unbearable by any means. Ride at higher speed is great and the car feels much more tied down. This set up avoids the god awful rock hard feel you get with so many coilover set ups over ruts/expansion joints etc. Body roll is really kept in check and the car feels more agile and handles superbly. I know find myself really testing the tyres more which I think is a good indicator of how chuckable the car now feels. Strangely the steering really does feel so much better. I wasnt expecting this, but more detail is communicated through the steering wheel and it feels brilliant. The damping at medium/higher speeds is superb and the car remains compliant and exceptionally well controlled across quick, undulating A & B roads. Now I realise this is a comparison with aged standard equipment and I would have loved the opportunity to try new standard with perhaps some intrax springs but the opportunity to do so just wasnt there. Plus I managed to get a set of B8's/Intrax that had done just 3k miles so I saved a fortune. All in all a great mod that I'm really happy with.
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    e39 M5 Gearbox - Do I need detents?

    All M5's are a pain in the arse to shift when cold so wouldn't worry about that. Replacing the main rear bush and linkage assembly will tighten it up nicely, real oem is your friend here. There are split opinions regarding the E60 shifter, if you want easier shifting personally I wouldn't bother as it makes the box noticeably notchier even though throw is reduced.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Where did you get them done? I cant find anyone in the north who knows how to do shadow chrome properly but they look brilliant!
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    E39 Saloon Boot Struts

    Stabilus ones fitted this weekend and I was really impressed with them. So much cheaper than stealers and they are excellent quality. Cheers for the input.
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    E39 M5 Mysterious Clicking Noise

    Thanks for the suggestions guys. I know my centre exhaust brackets are knackered so ill change those out along with the rubber mounts as a starting point. I hadn't actually thought of this being a potential cause despite the state of the originals. Looks like the clutch will get done soon too so an opportunity to get the centre bearing etc done at the same time. I'll get the garage to look at the prop joint and driveshafts at the same time.
  10. Been noticing recently a sort of metallic clicking coming from the rear (i think) of the car whilst moving away from a standstill. Its particularly noticeable if in a confined space such as covered car park where obviously the noise is effectively amplified. I've heard people mention a 'jangling keys' noise when describing the failure of the prop bearing which is a pretty good description but the car drives spot on otherwise. Is that a likely culprit of perhaps driveshafts? anyone had any similar experiences? Cheers
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    e39 M5 Oil Choices.

    I have used Castrol, Shell and currently Fuchs Pro Race S and haven't found any real difference between any of them to be frank. So long as you are using a good quality recognised brand, changing it regularly will have more effect than which brand you use IMO. Personally I cant see the technical reason why BMW specifies 10w-60 as it is very thick when almost all other manufacturers stick with 5w-40 or similar in their high performance models so I can see why people switch to this grade, however careful warming up with 10w-60 should effectively mitigate the effect when cold. I will probably head back to Shell next, simply because its brilliant value and I know its highly regarded in the states for its thermal stability when used hard. Having spoken to numerous specialists and engine builders they all say the same thing - change it regularly and forget about it.
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    E39 Saloon Boot Struts

    Perfect. Thank you
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    E39 Saloon Boot Struts

    Has anyone got any recommendations on these? BMW ones are expensive and I'm wondering if anyone has used Febi alternatives? Cheers
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    E39 M5 Drivers Seat Cushion

    Hi - please could you price up a drivers seat cushion for my M5. Vin is cb37083. Thanks