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  1. Barboots

    Are CIC Idrive controllers interchangeable?

    The later one would have the inbuilt track pad on top. I'd put a few bucks on incompatible. Cheers, Steve
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    Brighter halogens?

    I put HID into the projector housings of ours several years ago. My experiences are: - getting a fake set of Philips HID, which I was fortunately able to return. - getting a genuine set of Philips "no error code" HIDs, which frequently resulted in bulb warnings and occasional "blinking" upon the lights coming on. As I came to understand it at the time, the only way to avoid the warning chime, message and momentary drop-out was to install ballasts or do some DIY coding. - I investigated ISTA and similar to code out the problem, but was scared off. - ultimately I (my partner actually) put up with the annoyance for years. - Recently I used BimmerCode to code out the bulb check. I now only get nagged and flashed by the RHS [emoji849] Perhaps the globe is rooted from the blinking it was subject to for years. - the pattern of output is perfect, with sharp cut-off and no spill where it shouldn't be. - for the method I used, the installation was somewhat awkward and injurious... and I have a fair amount of patience, plus small hands. I'm thinking about going in again to swap left and right globes to see if the post-coding fault on one side follows. I'm tempted to chuck a decent set of LEDs in instead, but am concerned that I may not get equal output. Cheers, Steve
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    Brighter halogens?

    Adam are your halogen light fixtures the "projector" type? Cheers, Steve
  4. That's definitely a write-off in my corner of the world, as no insurance company would want to carry the liability for having declared it repairable. If you are uninsured, you will need a donor car of very similar specification. Cheers, Steve
  5. Finally got around to installing the battery backup for the Blackvue in my girl's 5'er. Whilst contorting myself to access the fuse box forward of the glovebox, I discovered a location for the battery pack. The "tray" can be easily removed to work on. I installed a switch to disconnect the camera when parked where monitoring isn't required... essentially at home. It's an easy reach from the driver's seat via the glovebox. I found using fuse position 31 (wipers) offered both a higher current capacity and an easier insertion of the fuse tap. The 7A battery draw has not caused any issues on this circuit. Sorry I forgot to take pictures along the way. Cheers, Steve
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    OEM grill colour F11

    Chris if the black grilles are OEM and you would be interested in shipping them to Australia, I'm interested. [emoji6] Cheers, Steve
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    Non-Genuine Wheel Centre Caps - eBay, etc

    I never inclined that searching was too difficult. I did say that I was after a referral for a particular supplier's product which proved to be lasting. Apparently reading is too difficult.
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    Non-Genuine Wheel Centre Caps - eBay, etc

    That's like trying to pick winning lottery numbers from all the ones which just take your entry fee [emoji16] I was hoping to get references from anyone who had purchased a half decent knock-off set. I don't like buying China's junk, so in the absence of a referral I'll buy some genuine ones and get another 8 years from them. Cheers, Steve
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    Non-Genuine Wheel Centre Caps - eBay, etc

    Thank you good Sirs [emoji106]
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    Non-Genuine Wheel Centre Caps - eBay, etc

    Link not working. Could you maybe just advise the item number? Cheers, Steve
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    Non-Genuine Wheel Centre Caps - eBay, etc

    Sounds like a good knock-off... I figured there must some out there [emoji6] Could you check your eBay purchase history and link me, or copy the Item Number please? Many thanks, Steve
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    Non-Genuine Wheel Centre Caps - eBay, etc

    Yeah I suspect that it's wheel cleaner that has started to work its way between the decorative part and the actual cap. Laziness has its own cost. I appreciate all the comments regarding cost/benefit on the knock-off ones. I think I'll pony up the AU$80 for a genuine set. Cheers, Steve
  13. How bad are the non-genuine centre caps for M351 alloy wheels? Should I snog, marry, or avoid??? [emoji16] We don't have salted roads here. Just heat. Cheers, Steve
  14. As mentioned, Goodyear Excellence seem to be a good fit for our usage pattern, however you can't really appraise a tyre from marketing blurb and size-irrelevant reviews. Hence my post. Amazon isn't a great option here in the West of Australia. There are a few tyre sale aggregator sites, and this is where I found the best price for matching RFT. In AUD, it's $1380 for the set fitted and balanced. Most everything else is around $2k and then upwards. Cheers, Steve
  15. Probably my second choice RFT. Unfortunately they're not competitively priced here at the moment, otherwise they would be further up the list. Cheers, Steve