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Back in my 4th 540, thought I'd share my 4 weeks progress

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Hi all, I've been a member here since 2008 (I think) when I bought my first 540ia, I'm now on my 4th 540i this time a manual which is what I've always wanted in a 540.

 

as with all my previous I set about making it my own in the 4 weeks I've had it, I bought it off a customer of mine I run a garage and I have looked after this motor for about 6 years ever since my customer managed to talk his father into giving him the car, in all between him and his father they have owned it for 20 years since it was  years old ad it has had a well looked after life.

 

I managed to talk my customer into parting with it after I found he had just bought a newer 550i to replace it as it had developed some slight running issues, so after picking it up at a good price I set about sorting the issues, this was done by replacing all 8 ignition coils and a new Bosch air flow meter it now runs great.

 

After sorting that I set about buying new parts for it, this took longer than anticipated due to everything moving slower since Covid, here's my list of parts 

 

- Replacement pre face lift clear repeater headlights

-Facelift rear lights (with loom)

-Smoked side repeaters

-M style boot lip spoiler

-Replacement boot (correct colour) due to the only rust on the car around the lock

-Exhaust pipe, tail pipe and a silencer

-Genuine Alpina front lip

-Replica AC skirts

-Black facelift front grills

-8000K HID kit

-SMD LED rings

-LED number plate light units

-Style 121 19" 6 series wheels

-New HSD coilovers (these are amazing and ride so well)  

 

A few other bits I carried out or had done

 

-Window tints

-Paintless dent repair (all little dings around the entire car)

-Machine polish 22year old paint (looks amazing for 22 years old)

-Refurbed the style 121 wheels, came to me in gunmetal grey and I went with a coarse flake silver 

-Painted the the new lip, skirts and spoiler

-Dismantled the headlights to fit the SMD rings and medium smoke the internal light lenses cutting out a circle around the headlight projector, the tints were mainly to hide the new SMD rings so hey can't be seen when not switched on  

-Fabricate a replacment exhaust (getting good at these being the 4th one I have done this way)

-I have a machine shop at my garage so we milled out the centre bores of the style 121 wheels to fit the E39 hubs without adapters

-Fitted my private plate

-Dechrome

 

I'm sure I've missed a few bits but you get the idea it's been a busy few weeks.

 

Here's a few pictures I took the day I picked it up:

 

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Here's a few pics during the transformation 

 

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Here's how it looks now 4 weeks later (would have been 2 weeks if everything arrived when it should have......)

 

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A few more jobs still to do such as front wheel spacers possible rears too if I decide to roll the arches, possibly play with the height a bit more as it is literally as I set it the day I fitted the HSD coilovers change the front tyres as I don't like the 35 profile I'll switch them out for a 40 profile, I might if I can find them fit the sport bumpers.

 

Then I should be where I want it to be.

 

 

 

 

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 Thats a credit to you,looks superb and definetly doesn,t look its age,Well Done Sir.

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Honestly i'm not feeling the wheels :ph34r: but that's fine as we all like different things!

 

The stance though is spot on and the Alpina bib really changes the look. Great to see an e39 given some love B)

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Hi,

 

Another E39 being saved and improved on with excellent results ! 

 

I'm also not a fan of those wheels from an aesthetic and technical viewpoint. The technical aspects are that each wheel weighs 16.9 KG which is very heavy for the E39. The usual weight range for OEM E39 wheels is from around 8/9 KG to around 11/12. The ideal is to go with lighter wheels in order to reduce unsprung weight or, stay within the weight range of wheels for the E39. Keep in mind that although you 'could' fit 40 profile tyres, it's not the recommended profiles. For 19's on the E39 it's 245/35/19 front and 275/30/19 sizes that are recommended and keep within the required rolling radius specs for the E39's systems. You can also use 235/35 and 265/30 tyres too and the rolling radius stays within specification. Use a tyre size calculator if you want to run a higher 40 profile to see which widths could be used and stay within the rolling radius specs. 

 

The rear exhaust tips under the small cutout look great! a good blend of aggressiveness and subtlety !

 

Any more/other plans for it ?!

 

Cheers, Dennis!

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10 hours ago, DennisCooper said:

Hi,

 

Another E39 being saved and improved on with excellent results ! 

 

I'm also not a fan of those wheels from an aesthetic and technical viewpoint. The technical aspects are that each wheel weighs 16.9 KG which is very heavy for the E39. The usual weight range for OEM E39 wheels is from around 8/9 KG to around 11/12. The ideal is to go with lighter wheels in order to reduce unsprung weight or, stay within the weight range of wheels for the E39. Keep in mind that although you 'could' fit 40 profile tyres, it's not the recommended profiles. For 19's on the E39 it's 245/35/19 front and 275/30/19 sizes that are recommended and keep within the required rolling radius specs for the E39's systems. You can also use 235/35 and 265/30 tyres too and the rolling radius stays within specification. Use a tyre size calculator if you want to run a higher 40 profile to see which widths could be used and stay within the rolling radius specs. 

 

The rear exhaust tips under the small cutout look great! a good blend of aggressiveness and subtlety !

 

Any more/other plans for it ?!

 

Cheers, Dennis!

 

Thanks 

 

They do weigh a lot but I have to say I haven't noticed any negatives from running them I'm not a speed freak I'm a cruiser so maybe that is why.

 

They were not my first choice of wheel but they came up at such a good price I really couldn't say no, that and I had searched 121's on e39s before committing and  they definitely grew on me and now there fitted I do like them especially from specific angles showing there deep centers.

 

As for the front tyres I wrote the wrong fitted size the tyres currently on the front are 235/30 19 and it is a step up to the 35 that I want as they look odd next to the rear tyre wall height .

 

Other plans are little things really like the exterior door handle lights, wiring the rings to activate when unlocking, M5 mirrors and a few other finishing touches 

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Hi,

 

Yes, if you do just pootle around then the effects of heavy wheels will be masked to an extent. However, you've got a 540i and a manual at that! pottering about will be bit of a mismatch here! ;)

 

The 235/30 profile is too low, so going to 235/35 will be correct and look right, and hopefully you have the 265/275/30 for the rears?!

 

The Sport bumpers should be easy to source, plenty of E39's going to the breakers with them on so shouldn't be too long to get a pair and the complimentary bits. 

 

There's always lots of changes, modifications you can go for, plenty that are and look a bit off or questionable, but plenty that flow well and compliment very well! I'm eagerly awaiting my next modification ! 

 

If there's anything more rare, sought after or harder to find, drop me a line as I specialise in finding such items. Have 4/5 sets of Hartge wheels to sell, a set of Alpina 19's, various trim sets etc (other items are touring specific) 

 

Cheers, Dennis!

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31 minutes ago, DennisCooper said:

Hi,

 

Yes, if you do just pootle around then the effects of heavy wheels will be masked to an extent. However, you've got a 540i and a manual at that! pottering about will be bit of a mismatch here! ;)

 

The 235/30 profile is too low, so going to 235/35 will be correct and look right, and hopefully you have the 265/275/30 for the rears?!

 

The Sport bumpers should be easy to source, plenty of E39's going to the breakers with them on so shouldn't be too long to get a pair and the complimentary bits. 

 

There's always lots of changes, modifications you can go for, plenty that are and look a bit off or questionable, but plenty that flow well and compliment very well! I'm eagerly awaiting my next modification ! 

 

If there's anything more rare, sought after or harder to find, drop me a line as I specialise in finding such items. Have 4/5 sets of Hartge wheels to sell, a set of Alpina 19's, various trim sets etc (other items are touring specific) 

 

Cheers, Dennis!

Thanks Dennis

 

Yep rears are 275 35 19

 

When I say cruise about in no miss daisy but equally I'm no boy race although the V8 noise can be a bad influence.  But I do understand these wheels have a negative effect on performance but with such a torquey V8 I haven't noticed in everyday situations it effecting acceleration so it's likely only negligeble the effect in the everyday road driving. 

 

I will deffinitly keep you in mind when making purchases.

 

Darren

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Hi Darren,

 

Just one profile away on the rear tyres too!

 

It's one of those aspects, when looking from a purely technical view, then yes, heavier and larger wheels/tyres do affect the performance. In real life usage, the difference may be small enough to accept the compromise for most people/owners. I'd say once you go in a similar car with the same setup suspension wise etc, but the only difference being having lighter wheels - ideally lighter than OEM choices, then the difference in 'feel' and 'handling' would be significant. When driving more enthusiastically, the difference would perhaps be more marked. At that point, you might want to have the same for your car, or, you might not care/want the change! it is ultimately down to personal preference in this regard. 

 

There's a 540i Manual that I have my eye on. It's not on the market and the owner is not on the forums/social media etc. I'd love to nab it once he's ready to sell !

Drop me a line anytime/as and when items you decide on are needed !

 

Cheers, Dennis!

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That's a real night and day transformation, great work!

 

Not 100% with the wheels (just a personal opinion) but otherwise it really looks the part.

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