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Andyrt200 last won the day on November 22 2019

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  1. I fitted them front & rear as I like their 1144 pads. Probably not much to base it on really! They have been fine for the last 30k miles. However they do seem to rust a bit more quickly than any of the discs on our other cars. The E39 gets far more use than any of the other cars so you’d assume the rust marks should get worn off but they don’t. The other cars suffer from condensation on the discs causing a bit of surface rust, but that comes off after a quick drive. The E39 is never sat long enough for that to happen but I do find you get marks of the pads rusted on. I guess the pads pick up a lot of salt this time of year so, maybe getting used more isn’t such a good thing! Its just a little annoying when you go to the bother of painting the centre of the discs...
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    Air suspension

    I got the bags & valve block from Aerosus, they are usually good but the first bag had a fault & sprang a leak from the pressing in the steel top as soon as I put the car on the ground. You have to pay for the postage back to Germany for the return which isn’t great. The replacement bag, the other bag & valve block have been fine for the last 30k miles.
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    Air suspension

    At a guess I’d say it’s more likely that. If it’s a leak it would pump its self back up when you start the car, unless that is happening with you? Ours was doing that when it had a slow leak from the rusty accumulator tank. I should have changed it sooner but left it & the tank burst open on a pothole so it fell to the floor. I did then put in new accumulators but the old bags got damaged running flat so had put new bags in shortly after. The bloody thing kept dropping on the opposite side after all that. After a new valve block it finally stays at the hights I set in INPA. It did take a few goes to get the hights to stick in INPA, I guess you have tried a few times though?
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    Anyone running the M5 lower grill in Sport bumper?

    That would be good, thanks. As BMW saw fit to put them in I’d rather keep them open. My other half managed to boil the fluid on a wet track in the TVR as that didn’t have any vents (I made some after, it just give you a bit more confidence). It as much about weight as speed other people were out on there own & were fine she had an instructor with her. The touring E39 obviously has the capacity to carry a big load as well as being a heavy car it’s self. You’re probably going to be taking it easy with a load of logs in the back but if you have a few power lifting mates out with you it could be a bit different Mind you I’m fairly sure my E34 535i didn’t have any vents & I used to make a lot more use of the available power when I was in my 20s & I didn’t have any problem in that on the road. I wonder if the E39 520s have cooling ducts? You’d probably be fine with them blocked really, BMW obviously sell cars all over the world, so possibly there’re for the hotter countries, safe to say they’re not needed at the moment!
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    Wiper mechanism

    Thanks, you’ve reminded me I really must fit that new bar I got BEFORE the old one falls off. Good fitting tips
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    Anyone running the M5 lower grill in Sport bumper?

    I would want to do the same, but I think probably would drill first for round hole, cut corner to corner with dremmel & then find a wood chisel that fitted well in the square & chop up nice & tight to the bar from the front. Kind of prefer Denis’s hexagons though, think I’ll try cutting everything off the original grill & attaching the hexagon sheet to that. If it looks pants I can always just get a proper M5 one!
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Told my other half the bumper I just finished repairing & respraying was her valentines present She was actually very pleased. There’s love, for the E39 anyway....
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    eBay Sport fog lights

    Yes the seller has agreed to refund when they are sent back. The trouble is I still need fog lights, not sure if it was a genuine mistake from the the seller or they are trying to fob me off as their out of stock or something. Not sure if I should re-order from them or not. They sound good but nothing comes up on eBay for that. They are here though: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004ALFGJA/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_wmYrEbD5VWS2P but they are clearly the same as the plastic lenses I got sent already. The seller from that thread is still selling some but doesn’t list the JOM name in the title: https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F263495723789 It is on the description though however the picture isn’t clear enough to make out the marking on the lenses, I’ll drop them a message.
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    E39 component door speaker install

    I keep forgetting about the projects threads. Probably should start one really, would only be a couple of years late!
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    E39 component door speaker install

    They would be good if the door panel was flat in front of the speaker but the problem with fittings the larger speakers is they stick out past the flat part of the grill on the door panel so it needs from nothing at the bottom to lots in different places. It may be possible to trim that stuff down in the right places to fit a bit I guess.
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    Anyone running the M5 lower grill in Sport bumper?

    Yes do let us know how much that is. The sides do need opening up, sinners way is good.
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    Anyone running the M5 lower grill in Sport bumper?

    I was wondering about drilling out the holes like that. I wonder if that takes longer than mucking about making a sheet fit?! I guess the M5 has different cooling ducts then, it must have some it needs them a lot more! I have a feeling they used the gap next to the fog light. I wonder where the alternator cooling comes from then though? I guess that real M5 grill still hasn’t actually got the fixings on the back for the cooling ducts if they aren’t there on the M5? I agree, the ported ones don’t do it for me either: https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F173398709438 Better in black than silver but your looks better still!
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    Anyone running the M5 lower grill in Sport bumper?

    Looks good! Nice spoiler / splitter too, is that a custom one? Looks different too the ones available on eBay. I guess that mesh must bend enough for the slight curve of the bumper, yours looks like its a good tight fit along the bottom edge. I don’t think it could be screwed on, along the bottom anyway, the screws would go right through & be visible Must be glued on. I don’t know how the eBay M5 grills attach along the bottom either thinking about it, there are little pins sticking out of the bumper, but they don’t look like they hold it back, more for vertical placement. Getting the mesh fixed on shouldn’t be too bad as there is plenty of room to make brackets to hold it. Its more the brake cooling ducts I’m wondering about as they clipped directly to the back of the Sport grill: There are some slightly rusty screw holes visible in that picture that haven’t got anything to attach to on the back of my bumper so there are obviously some other bits in there too. It’s been many years since I took the front bumper off so can’t remember, probably just one of those things you need too just strip down then work our rather than planning too much!
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    Anyone running the M5 lower grill in Sport bumper?

    Sounds good thanks Dennis, look forward to the pic I found this pic on eBay of the back of the side I was talking about. Would be interested to see what your body shop did there Denis.
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    eBay Sport fog lights

    Yes they’re the exact ones I ordered. For the £30 that ones I got are on eBay are they’re not too bad, but it’s not so good when you pay £49 to get the glass ones!