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nice one...i must admit i keep thinking about this swirl flap issue and how much it will cost to get done...

 

is it something we can do or should it be done by a bmw specialist/indy...

 

also does the car need coding or something to tell the car that the swirl flaps are gone?

 

The blanks were about £10 each I think, solid pieces of metal so they can't break apart!

 

I am reasonably confident with mechnical work, however I took it to my Indy as they have done hundreds of these so could probably do it with their eyes shut :lol: It looked fairly straightforward though, something you could do on your driveway in a couple of hours or so.

 

There is an actuator which moves a long rod along the manifold, the rod opens and closes all the flaps simultaneously. When Darren took the flaps out, he also got rid of the actuator and the rod. When running a diagnostics, it shows a fault with the swirl flap actuator - because it's not there! Other than that, no other errors or coding involved :)

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just checking ebay and there are different sizes of blanks...any idea what size they are?

 

22mm or 32mm?

What year is your car?

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have they all got swirlflaps?

 

just read this...

The BMW diesel engines produced between 2000 and 2008 all have a particular design problem with inlet manifold butterfly flaps (commonly known as swirl flaps). Swirl flaps are used inside the inlet manifold of the BMW M47TU & M57TU diesel engines to vary the length of inlet manifold tract subject to load and anticipated demand.

 

so i went to real oem put my vin number in and it came up with N47 engine???

so do i have em?

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Could you not code out the check control for the swirl actuator?

LOVE your updates!

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There isn't actually any engine warning (or other) light that comes up for the swirl flap actuator - it's only if you scan the ECU for faults that it will show up :)

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just checking ebay and there are different sizes of blanks...any idea what size they are?

 

22mm or 32mm?

 

 

I have to be honest, I'm not sure which size ones were fitted to mine as I wasn't paying that much attention (too busy taking pictures :lol: )

 

But as others have mentioned, it could be that your car doesn't have the swirl flaps?

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22 June 2013

 

My Dad has a 1 series coupe and the rear number plate lights are LEDs (from factory) which make the back end look a lot nicer. I fancied a similar look so had a look on ebay for something suitable. I'd seen some cars on the road with ridiculously bright ones which I'm not a fan of - I wanted to keep a similar brightness, but effectively make the light whiter.

 

Found some with built in resistors so the check control wouldn't throw a wobbler (though the errors could be coded out if the car didn't like them...).

 

So here's a comparison between the OEM bulb on the left and the LED on the right (if it wasn't that obvious :lol: ):

 

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As the days are really long at the moment I had to wait a while before getting a night time pic, but here we go. They look very bright in the pics, but in reality they are just right, exactly what I was after :)

 

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22 April 2013

I had planned on a little road trip with a friend to Amsterdam, so collected all the neccessary items needed when driving abroad. One of the recommended (but not compulsory) items is a fire extinguisher. I had always liked the look of the OEM extinguisher under the front of the seat, so looked into the options for this. From the dealers, the extinguisher is about £50 and the bracket for the seat is about £20... :shock:

So after a bit of research I found out that the extinguisher is made by a company called Kidde, and you can buy the same extinguisher without the BMW badge for £20, all in with a bracket!

I've attached it using the supplied bracket, however it moves about a little probably because the extinguisher weighs around 1kg. So eventually I think I will get the BMW bracket - which should accomodate this same extinguisher:

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you can buy the kidde ones from Costco

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06 July 2013

 

I noticed that the front O/S tyre wearing on the outer shoulder again. Had this before a few years ago and it turned out the alignment wasn't exactly tip top :lol:

 

I was down in London over the weekend and had heard good things about the alignment service at Hounslow Tyres. So popped over and got them to do a full alignment:

 

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I thought it was going to be bad as I haven't had it done for around 3 years now, but didn't realise it would be quite like this :o

 

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Anyway, the guy got to work to sort it all out. I watched him do the adjustments and it was all done live so you could instantly see on the computer what the measurements were (updated every second or so).

 

And here are the results:

 

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The steering seems marginally lighter and the car itself felt a lot more stable at higher speeds when coming back on the motorway. Having seen the results I reckon I will try and get this done every year or so from now on...

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20 September 2013

 

Time for new boots on the front, the alignment being out meant the shoulders were badly worn. Looked into getting Falken FK452s again, however they had been discontinued and replaced with the newer FK453. When pricing them up the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 was coming up for a few quid more than the Falkens, yet the performance stats were miles better. No brainer really, so 2 Goodyears were ordered and duly fitted.

 

Worn shoulder on the FK452:

 

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New Goodyears:

 

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Being fitted:

 

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01 November 2013

 

Not a very exciting post, however I was on the way to London and caught up in some heavy traffic for a lot of the way so decided to see what I could achieve economy wise. Couldn't quite believe it but I hit 50mpg (the computer has been adjusted after doing the calculations manually, so is pretty accurate!). Not bad for a twin turbo 3 litre :)

 

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19 November 2013

 

With the cold weather on its way it was time to swap to the winter wheels and tyres. Used these over 2 winters now and the tyres are still like new, hopefully will be able to get another couple of winters out of them.

 

Before and after (yes, I changed them over in the dark  :lol:):

 

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02 December 2013

 

Mileage: 113,240

 

Time for the iDrive indicated oil change and vehicle inspection. I have the oil changed every 10k or so as the iDrive suggests an interval of 19-20k which I think is too long between changes. Because this was the 3rd "official" oil change and it had been around 60k since the last diesel filter change, this was done too.

 

Vehicle check didn't flag anything at all and the car was given a clean bill of health :)

 

Again this was all done by http://www.darren-wood.com

 

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