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    BMW E39 530i SPORT TOURING AUTO 2002 52 Titan Silver

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  1. Dbcrd

    M54b30 Ccv and Disa

    I put a febi ccv kit on my m54b30 engine a year ago and so far no problems. Used an oem mani gasket i think.
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    M54b30 Vanos seals

    This seems to be the ultimate kit they do: https://x8r.co.uk/for-bmw-double-twin-dual-vanos-seals-repair-set-kit-m52-m54-m56-with-gaskets.html Wish it had been available when i did mine. Interesting to know what others think.
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    M54b30 Vanos seals

    I used a kit from x8r and got a local garage to fit. It cams with seals bolts anti rattle rings and i think gaskets as I've never been a fan of reusing gaskets. It was £80 or £100 2 or 3 years ago. I didnt know about the needle bearings and i dont think they were on x8r website at the time. If they were and i had known i would have done them as well as i see they are only anpther £20 and while its apart it makes sense. I see they do a complete kit now for £140 with absolutely everything - if i had to do this again that's what i would use. But that is partly based on relative costs when paying someone else to do the job.
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    M54b30 Vanos seals

    I researched this a lot and went with the X8R kit. It was that or a similar one from i6 automotive. I paid a bit more bought the kit that also included the round metal pistons as i didn't want to ever have to do the job again. All the research i did suggested avoid oem as there is allegedly a design fault in that an inappropriate rubber is used that was never corrected. X9r kits use viton i think. The x8r kit made a massive difference to my car. In terms of throttle response mainly.
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    E39 touring - sound deadening

    Wheel well might be a good start. I'm wondering if youre getting a bit more noise as you've maybe got no spare wheel in there. I have full size spare tyre in mine and what with that and the tray above and then the carpeted wooden floor it doesnt seem to bad. Maybe i just got used to it.
  6. For anything complicated i use M J F Engineering in Beare Green near Dorking. They pick me up and drop me at the train station as well. Either Holmwood or Dorking (direct trains to London). First rate BMW specialist in my view. +44 1306 713232 mark@mjf-engineering.co.uk
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    Rear air bag rubbing

    I also did a load of research on this when i changed the bags on the rear of my 530i sport. Fitted arnott and very happy. The fact there is not a sport specifc arnott was not a problem for me. They work fine on my car as far as i can tell. Note that the bags alone arent really the "springs" its also the receiver tanks that the air is compressed into. At least that is what i think. How much volume of air gets compressed for a given defection.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Door rubber strips with m logo. Wheels style plus m logo. Springs. Shocks. Rear air bags (academic) Maybe more.
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    Any one else had a recall letter?

    Doubt there would be any e39s still on the road with the original hedgehog anyway. Sad to see they still haven't learnt re. The Blower regulators. E93 came after e39 and you would have thought that they would have fed the issues back to the designers.
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    E39 head unit

    Not me 're. The shark fin sorry. Having researched dab in cars it didn't look like it would be easy to get it to work and I wouldn't put a shark fin on my touring.
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    E39 head unit

    I'm with Andyry200. Fitted a Chinese head unit over a year ago and am happy with it. Reverse cam in a touring also. Did it so it looks like the OEM above the number plate. By some accounts the quality of these units has come up over time and there are less issues these days. For peace of mind I bought mine from a bona-fide uk dealer with a years guarantee and support. Cost a bit extra over buying one on eBay but the service was good when I had questions. I don't think they look that cheap - similar to modern units I've had in hire cars I think. Head Units - OEM-Style Fit - BMW - Page 1 - Audio Tech Direct https://audiotechdirect.com/oem-style-units/bmw/
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    I've been using 16 inch Goodyear winter tyres from November to March for over ten years since I got the car. Changed a couple a year or two ago due to wear. I switch back to the 17 inch wheels and conti tyres for the summer. Massive difference with the winter tyres. It's still a fairly powerful rwd automatic though so not always glued to the road if there is ice.
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    What inspires you with your car ?

    How much was the Noco. When I checked they seemed to be ago I £150 Much more than the car battery itself. Wondering about getting something like this but they seem fairly costly.
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    It’s time to address the rust

    Loadmaster on here recommended a place near Gatwick a while back - you will get it by searching the forum. Otherwise you could call Mark at MJF in Holmwood near Dorking. In my view the best indie in the area and ask whom he recommends.
  15. I agree. I like soldering been doing it since the late 70s as a kid. The only thing I found was that my old antex 25w soldering iron didn't get the joints hot enough for the flow you need for a good joint. Probably as I was doing the work outside with an extension lead. So I used a gas powered iron I bought from Lidl or aldi and it worked fine. Other thing I found was the modern lead free solder I used was useless for making good joints. So I used some old ersin multicore I had hanging around. Last time I posted on this topic on this forum quite a lot of people disagreed and came out in favour of crimps. Each to their own.