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  1. Andyrt200

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    It’s nice to get the complimentary full heath check & wash from BMW at the same time, they pointed out a worn track rod end I hadn’t spotted on ours. Obviously hopefully to get some extra business but weren’t pushy about it, I guess they realise not many E39 owners are really going to want to pay £100 odd an hour!
  2. Andyrt200

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Ignore me, I didn’t look closely enough at your pictures & was assuming they were rear hubs, just clicked your realoem link & noticed your working on the fronts!
  3. Andyrt200

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    I couldn’t get them off before I’d removed the bearing carriers / hubs so made sure they went back first. Wished I hadn’t when a tiny bit of a corner got court under the bearing carrier, I only realised after doing the final tightening on the stretch bolts Out of interest how did you manage to get the handbrake cables out of your old hubs? I tried for a while but gave up as they didn’t have to come off the car, was a bit annoying as every else was off them & it would have been nice to take then off to get them as clean as yours!
  4. Andyrt200

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Very interesting, did you get the alignment done at the BMW dealership? I’ve asked a few places how they compensate for staggered rims & just get a confused look or irrelevant answer. So I then try ask how the machine takes into account the wider rear track, as that will affect front & rear toe measurements but no one has been able to give me an answer. If you have factory rims you’d like to think the factory machine would take that into account, but with after market rims I just do the alignment myself to what feels best. I set my rear camber to the least I could at about -1.5 each side & gave it even toe in, the rear 275s now have the most even wear I’ve seen on any BMW after 20k. (I had replaced everything in the rear end before settling it up) I take it the top picture is the before & the bottom after? But either way how is the non adjustable front camber different between the two?! Also interesting to see the front toe, I had been trying to find a ball park figure for that for a while. Someone else on here said it should be showing quite a bit of toe out, which seemed odd. I assume the 0.08 you have each side is toe in? But maybe it is tow out? It’s not really that clear. If the little pictures included there are to be believed you have front toe in & rear tow out....
  5. Andyrt200

    Crankshaft oil seal gone?

    Ah yes I was wondering about that approach too. Not sure which is harder! I guess with the engine out there are probably more “while your at it” jobs, not sure if thats a good thing or not
  6. Andyrt200

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Blimey, they are usually very good on postage, it’s not like it was going to get broken in transit! Is the seal usually replaced when you have a new windscreen? My old one isn’t bad but as has been discussed here before its a tiny bit too low after the last new windscreen it had a couple of years ago so it was causing wind noise. I just put a bit of sealer inside the gap to stop the noise which did reduce it a lot but it’s still not perfect. As I said it needs a new screen again now so I’ll make sure it’s fitted correctly this time. I guess it’s maybe better to get a new genuine seal for the windscreen to be fitted with to be on the safe side? I just need to pull the old seal out first to remove the sealer & do something with the thin rust line, or the new seal will be resting on that line again.
  7. Andyrt200

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Ah great thanks, the screen needs replacing due to a massive stone chip & I was wondering if I needed to try to do it at the same time, much easier if I can do it at a different time
  8. Andyrt200

    Crankshaft oil seal gone?

    The underside has been covered in oil for ages, but as I had the gearbox cover off to fix the exhaust studs I cleaned the worst off to see if I could see where it was coming from. This was after a short 3 mile drive: we have a gravel drive so it doesn’t show how much it’s dripping. I know I need to keep topping it up a lot though! Obviously an engine out job to fix properly, I have swapped a M4B25 on a compac before, the hardest thing about it was the rusted studs on the exhaust, at least I’ve done one pipe already on the E39. Mean time am I right in assuming oil leaking there on an auto isn’t anything like as bad as it would be on a manual?
  9. Andyrt200

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Is that the seal round the outside of the front screen? I was wondering if the windscreen needed to come out to get that out, there is a thin line of rust along the top of the roof on ours where it has been rubbing over the years...
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    Tyre widths

    I’m sure you have see this site https://www.willtheyfit.com/index.php?width=245&aspect=40&diameter=18&wheelwidth=8.5&offset=20&width2=265&aspect2=35&wheel_size=18&wheel_width=8-5&offset2=20 not the most exciting picture! but no the 265s won’t bulge out a lot more than the 245s. Conversely I have got a 245 on a 9” rim on my 200sx & that is stretched a bit, but the rim still doesn’t actually stick out more than the tyre.
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    Tyre widths

    It’s what TVR did with 8” rims on all the later cars with the spider wheels, admitted they went with 225 & 255 tyres. BMW used those tyre sizes on the E90s we had I don’t know for sure but it looked very much like the rims were the same width front & rear. My fronts on the E39 are 245s on 8.5” rims & sit nice & square, the rears are 275s on the 9.5”s also sitting square. Your rears will bulge out, but it still look fine I’m sure. I only really wanted staggered rims so the rears had more dish on the spokes.
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    Alloys specs??

    Top link, thanks! 20 odd years ago I picked up a set of Style 10 Sternspeichen-Styling (Star design as I remember) for my E34 535i, BMW tried to tell me they weren’t available in 17” when I bent one, after I found the part number & some grumbling later I had a new one from Germany. Also my tyre guy kept telling me they were the wrong offset for my E34, but I now see they weren’t! I still have that bent one...
  13. Andyrt200

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    These were the JRs I got in the end: The have both the 114 & 120 PDC, so I was tempted to try them on the E39 but these would need the slim bolts, it seems to always be the smaller PCD that has regular holes (hence my 114 having normal nuts). So maybe they don’t actually do much bigger than 120 meaning they would always need slim bolts (or in your case nuts) for BMWs. I’m not sure they would suit the E39, probably would be better for an E36 or something similar. They wouldn’t look as good as the CH-Rs anyway. BMW made a good range of option wheels, generally they look & fit better! Will be interested to see your new wheels
  14. Andyrt200

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Yes the silver is great at hiding the water spots, it’s also quite good at hiding how dirty it is so I get a nice surprise every time I wash it! That water filter looks like it would be very useful for the other cars though.
  15. Andyrt200

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    No need for the winter wheels to have a perfect finish, they are usually covered in salt anyway, well most people’s are I suspect you keep yours cleaner than most My old ones have pealing paint where someone didn’t rub them down properly but I’m not sure I can justify a full referb for them... I forgot you had a stud conversion, I guess they are quite long to go with the 15mm spacers then. I have regular nuts on the JRs I have now on my 200sx (so they don’t all need slim nuts or bolts) the first set did need slim line nuts to go with them but they fouled the callipers so I know what you mean about messing about! But unless you have odd thread studs there would likely be slim line nuts for you. Mind you with those lovely summer wheels you don’t exactly need any! I just occurred most cars seem to be ET40 these days & its real struggle to get ET20s to fit where as with the E39 your starting with ET20 so you have lot more to play with...
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