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About albash82

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    North Yorkshire


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    E39 530i M-Sport Touring (2002)
  1. albash82

    The Chancellor (E39 530i Sport Touring)

    Cheers for the advice... Not sure what to do tbh. Reckon I might even be able to get more life out of the current struts, will have a look when I get underneath again. Have you got the part no's for the struts you used?
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    Kit's E34 535i

    Looks ace! Good effort
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    The Chancellor (E39 530i Sport Touring)

    So i was waiting for good weather to get on with the above, the good weather arrived, but so did the knee surgery I'd been waiting for! Ah well... It was only minor, a torn miniscus- should be able to pedal my bike again within 6 weeks of op. I've been doing a fair bit of research with my time off... Turns out i should've done more research first, as i think I've bought the wrong front shocks, as well as the wrong ARB bushes! #facepalm I bought the Sachs shocks from ECP using my reg, but thru some random googling stumbled across an old thread on here : These are the ones I bought, but, according to the above thread, they won't fit the chancellor... https://www.eurocarparts.com/ecp/c/BMW_5+Series_3.0_2002/p/car-parts/suspension/suspension-and-steering/shock-absorber/?635110100&1&4526dbebd75b1352b62a206c16cf8005ba740787&000925 Aforementioned thread got me thinking Bilstein b8 is the way forward... The roads round here are horrendous, but I'm still rocking 17's Also, looking on realoem, i saw there was a different diameter ARB bush for sport, looks like I bought non sport ones... Luckily, ECP state 365 day returns and everything is still boxed... Soooo...... Discovered Autodoc App. 25% sale on, for 1 more day. Loaded into my basket -Stabilus struts for boot lid and glass -Meyle ARB bushes... (24mm) -Bilstein B8 struts. 35-114079 £420 Inc vat am p&p Can anyone please tell me if I'll: A- Be able to use the lemforder top mounts I bought with above bilstein struts? B- will I need to buy new springs and shock mounting parts for the bilsteins? Thanks in advance, Al
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    Suspension overhaul / eBay kits

    Bonza. I'm sure I'll find this useful. I've got exactly the same car, just coming up to 160k. Fully expecting to go deep in replacing various parts over the next few years.
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    The E39 First World Problems thread

    Rear view mirror fell off!
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    Part number help. E39 m-touring under-tray

    Yeah I should've done really. By the time I'd noticed the extent of the damage, I figured it was too long afterwards... Think the roadworks had gone!
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    The Chancellor (E39 530i Sport Touring)

    Yeah I was going to go with layers. I'll see where I end up anyway. This was my setup when I tried before... I ran out of time though. My next step was to put more planks under the jack!
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    The Chancellor (E39 530i Sport Touring)

    Yeah, you're right. I'll just order the proper tool for the job!
  9. albash82

    ttrw2's 2001 Le Mans Blue M5

    Ruddy good thread. Enjoyed reading it. Inspires me to look after my e39 better!
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    The Chancellor (E39 530i Sport Touring)

    Cheers for that mate. Yeah I've got my eye on a jack that should do the job. Also, I think I'll build some ramps out of MDF. Should be strong enough right? I can get plenty of offcuts from a factory... Sounds a bit ghetto, but I'm currently saving to buy my first house, so anywhere I can save helps!
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    The Chancellor (E39 530i Sport Touring)

    Oh yeah, I also need to invest in a decent trolley jack... My £50 halfrauds "low profile" effort doesn't get under the front bumper. So when I gave myself an hour or so to look at the D-bushes, I ended up spending the whole time faffing about with lifting each front wheel onto stacks of planks, which gave me access to the middle jack point... Then when I got the jack on there, it wouldn't lift it high enough to put my ancient (inherited from my dad) axle stands under the side jack points! I'm an absolute novice at fixing cars by the way... I've been a cycle mechanic and worked with tools for a long time, but yeah, I'm learning on this car!
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    The Chancellor (E39 530i Sport Touring)

    So my to-do list now comprises of: -Replace Anti roll bar D-bushes -Replace rear view mirror stick on button -Replace rear brake pad sensor -Replace front shocks and top mounts I've bought all the above parts, so it's just a matter of finding the time. Also, I need need to buy new gas struts for both the boot lid and rear window hatch. This looks like a tw@ of a job to do, but I'll have a go... The wife struggles to lift the boot!
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    The Chancellor (E39 530i Sport Touring)

    Yeah it is in good nick. It was well looked after. So the sills needed sorting as rust was evident at fore and aft on both sides. Got a mate with his own body shop, so trundled down one Friday after work, so he could sort it me over the weekend. As soon as he got underneath and had a bit more of a poke, there was the dreaded sucking of breath through his teeth and exclamation of "oh dear matey!" The front of the left sill was worse than expected, but the real mess was the jacking point on that corner. So it needed more time and money, but Garry (Smart Touch Autobodies, Knaresborough) is an absolute wizard and grafted hard, putting all new metal in.
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    The Chancellor (E39 530i Sport Touring)

    Sshhhhhhhhh! Chancellor MK1 might hear you (sad story, none of you will wish to hear it)