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BFleming last won the day on January 26

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    2013 BMW F11 525d, 2017 VW Golf GTE

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  1. BFleming

    F10 Angel eyes

    Ask & you shall receive... this is my old cracked headlight that I dismantled before binning it. I shouldn't have binned it, but there you go.
  2. BFleming

    F10 Angel eyes

    The LEDs for angel eyes on the halogen headlights are soldered to a board under each light; they're not easily accessed and not changeable (like a bulb) so you're a bit stuck. Coding allows you to select a different brightness, but it doesn't work on the halogen lights (been there).
  3. BFleming

    F07 Replacing battery

    It's like there's writing missing from yours. This seems to be the usual image of a battery with the same BMW part number as yours:
  4. BFleming

    I’m back in a 5!

    Stunning car. I was considering downsizing to a 3 or 4 series, but I know I would sacrifice too much comfort - so I'll stick for a while yet. The comfort seats are superb. Mine:
  5. BFleming

    F07 Replacing battery

    Not sure where you are @tomnewo but if you're anywhere near Hertfordshire, I'll register the battery for free for you.
  6. BFleming

    F10 front Upper Wishbones??

    No worries; there are a few of us on here who have done springs etc on the F10/F11, so get in touch if you're stuck. And buy an impact gun! I've got this cheapie, but it has paid for itself a few times at this stage. When doing struts, they're perfect for getting the nut off the top of the shock - and back on - in seconds. https://www.vonhaus.com/vh_en/230v-impact-wrench-with-square-drive
  7. BFleming

    F10 front Upper Wishbones??

    Am I the only one lost by this statement? If you're not changing it, it doesn't matter what RealOEM lists, does it? BMW provides alternative wishbones for cars with geometry issues I imagine. Do you have geometry issues? I've got no idea what stretch bolts are, or how much of the suspension components you're actually changing. Top mount bolts - front ones? No need to change, they're there to locate the strut only and don't have a massive load on them. One practical bit of advice I will give you though... on the front suspension, seeing as you have adaptive damping, the wishbone needs to be separated from the hub upright in order to release the strut. It will 100% not come out without doing this, as I found out when I was fitting Eibachs to my own car. There is some light reading here (see my comment half way down regarding electronic dampers):
  8. The pins are marked on your diagram where applicable, e.g. the topmost connector A58*2B Pin 35. There are no pins marked on earthing points, which is because there are no pins there. You need a box of suitable terminals from Halfords; something like this: The RC ones are your friends. The connector colours relate to the gauge of wire connecting to them; red are small, blue medium, and yellow large. You probably need red or blue for your application.
  9. BFleming

    NCS Expert profile

    Pretty well covered here a couple of years back. Scroll down through the page and you'll get to the very simple NCS procedure. You always start the process by opening INPA and establishing connectivity there before closing INPA and opening NCS. You will usually have a list of profiles you can use, I use Expert Mode (Open) usually. HTH
  10. BFleming

    Alloy wheel cleaning

    The Korrosol doesn't smell great. I was washing my car last weekend, and my neighbour came out and said "that smells horrific". And it does. They're selling their house at the moment, and had a viewing 15 mins later, so had to open all their windows for as long as they could to clear the smell. Oops
  11. BFleming

    Alloy wheel cleaning

    Bilt Hamber Korrosol for me, they come up like new every time. I had a lot of issues with metallic fallout from the brke pads, particularly after a weekend of high speed Autobahn & Nurburgring runs. An alloy wheel refurber even told me the only way to sort them was a refurb... but the BH stuff was magic. Before (this was following using wonder wheels, my old favourite): During. This took a few applications: After: So a lot better - and they're near-flawless now, a few washes later.
  12. BFleming

    6WB retrofit to F10

    Out of curiosity, what instruments are you replacing? Been thinking about the 6WA for a little while myself... 6WB is a step too far (financially) for me.
  13. BFleming

    6WB retrofit to F10

    There's loads of information out there on this; in general it's: Add 6WB to the VO Change VO Production date << not sure about this bit personally >> VO Code DKombi and HU_CIC You may need to do another bit of trickery to ensure the correct CAFD appears when coding (if no CAFD appears). If so: You need to try and inject CAFD into Kombi ECU: Connect => Read FA (VO) => Activate FA (VO) => Read SVT (VCM) => Left-Click on DKombi => Click on "Detect CAF for SWE" => Select the CAFD from latest I-Level => Select OK => Right-Click on DKombi (the ECU itself not the underlying CAFD) => Select CODE. Might be easier to get the seller to code it too.
  14. BFleming

    F11 Again or move on to a G31?

    My new neighbour is a car dealer, specialises in performance stuff, and he arrived home last week with a 540i. I met him out walking, and asked him what he was doing to me! Anyhow he described the 540i as disappointing - which somehow made me sad, as it's an aspirational car for me. He didn't like the ride, but that might be down to the specification (20's and non-adaptive). He even has to deal with a cracked alloy. Anyhow, comfort seats and adaptive damping are still a must for me!
  15. Pavement parking is only illegal in London, and there's ample room in the above case for any wheelchair user or pushchair to get through. The highway code says you must not park on the pavement in London, and should not anywhere else. "Should not" isn't a legally binding term, it's one of those that's interpreted to mean "if you have to do it, be considerate about it". Certainly not illegal, nor worth getting all worked up about.