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What did you do to your E39 today ?

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4 hours ago, eleanorsskipper said:

Like the poise of the car!

mine is on std (for a 540i Sport) setup, but I’d like to set the wheels (and they are still turbines) wider by just a tad.

how far do you think I should go?

I’m minded to do 5mm, but yours @ 3mm seem good. 

 

Thanks chief!  As Dan mentioned in his post below yours the offset of turbines must be different so you need larger spacers.  Good advice there B) rear style 65's are I think 22 offset so only needs a small 3mm to just clear the strut on the front.

 

 

4 hours ago, Loadmaster said:

Shadow chrome 65s? So glad I bought mine, look fab on the E39.

 

Yes not long had them repainted to a shadow chrome 'look'.  Black all over then a few passes of silver across the front to mimic the look.

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1 hour ago, Clavurion said:

E39 waked from winter hibernation with refurbished Style 66's and gave a wash for both old ladies. 

 

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Lovely colour that Toni; what it is?

 

Those grilles shadow chrome too?

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18 minutes ago, d_a_n1979 said:

 

Lovely colour that Toni; what it is?

 

Those grilles shadow chrome too?

 

Messing metallic (Stratus grey on E53). Not very representative lighting on that picture.

 

Black chrome kidneys. Bought them years ago from Schmiedmann. It appears they are not available anymore.

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1 hour ago, Clavurion said:

 

Messing metallic (Stratus grey on E53). Not very representative lighting on that picture.

 

Black chrome kidneys. Bought them years ago from Schmiedmann. It appears they are not available anymore.

 

Ah yes; I tried to buy their last set last year but they were unhappy with the finish; ended up with gloss ones for my previous 530i instead...

 

Will be getting them again for my touring 8) 

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Well a supposedly simple task made itself complicated. Mot is due soon and since the car came back from the garage that didn’t fix it the hand brake has had lots of travel. 

 

Brake fluid went ok using a vacuum pump though lots of pumping needed to draw through fluid in any quantities :roll: whilst at the back i noticed the handbrake has no effect. Nipped up the cable and no charge. Whipped of the disc and found:

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Yup friction material detached from both shoes which I’ve never seen. 

 

ECP is just around corner so ordered up some shoes. Prefers are not in stock but dearer pagid are. Jump in other car get half way there and realise wallet is in other jeans. 

 

Get wallet. Collect shoes. 

 

Whip of old shoes. Start with new and realise they are smaller :evil:

 

back in car again. Show chap at counter. He confirms yes correct p/n cross refs with mine so ask to look at another box and they’re fine. Looks like some chump has put wrong ones in box :rolleyes:

 

so back home again. Swap shoes and go through the pain of handbrake adjustment. Why bmw make a job like this such a faff with that crappy adjuster through the wheel bolt shit I’ll never know...

 

Did both sides others were detached on one shoe this time not both but seem to have a good handbrake now so interesting to see the mot readings. 

 

Meantime missis is telling me she needs the car to do something she’s promised daughter :-o

 

Finally on to the front bleeding. Nothing coming out nipple. Seems it’s blocked. Managed to find a spare but that will need replacing as not happy with how it bled. 

 

Fluid change finished. Used about 800ml and brakes feel mich as before and have check fluid

message though level fine so more investigation needed. 

 

So that was 5 hours I’m not getting back and my planned list of jobs still pending. 

 

Cars  Eh? :unsure:

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Picked up a new drivers wing from BMW today ready for a front end tidy up.

 

By the time preparation of a second hand wing had been costed (plus cost of second hand wing) it really isn’t much more to get a new one.

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I managed to get a good used wing in the right colour paid £40-50 and it was fitted in an hour or so. Looks bob on an no paint needed.


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I tried 3 different wings. First one I damaged, next two were rust free versions which had rust on the lip edge of the arch. By the time they’d been cut and welded it’d have been close to the cost of a new one. I never seem to get lucky with second hand body panels! :-(

 

Looking forward to getting it to the body shop though.

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No I get you. I got lucky. Had issues with used e28 and e36 wings in the past but this one needs a polish but the bonnet and wing fit and match a treat.

A genuine bmw wing isn't horrendous either. Horses for courses.


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Changed the Guiding Suspension link tonight (No14) for the 4 wheel alignment on Saturday. Surprise surprise, the eccentric bolt (No15) snapped as the shaft welded itself to the bush due to corrosion. Luckily, I saw this coming so I bought a new bolt and nut before tackling the job. I simply sawed the bolt and replaced the guiding link with a new bolt and nuts. 

 

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=DM42-EUR-09-1999-E39-BMW-523i&diagId=33_0519

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3 hours ago, adam- said:

Tanked it so it's ready for the NC500.

Your tank will last for ages as you will crawl most of the route .. gives you plenty time to sit still and admire the scenery as the traffic on it now is horrendous ... lots of hire cars that just stop for pics, jams because no common sense is used for passing etc

 

Glorious route tho , the picture opportunities for your car are limitless

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Yeah that was my worry.  We did it about 8 years ago when I'd just passed my test and it was dead.  Now it seems to be super busy! 

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The Tourings first outing and ‘long drive’ since buying it. Haven’t done any long distances in it since fetching it back from Glasgee 8 weeks ago ;) 

 

Its on its first road trip over to Anglesey for a few days 8)

 

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Kicked and swore at it.  Just got back from holiday.  Car had been in long term car park for twelve days. Enough juice to unlock but not enough to start.  Had power drain issues a couple of years ago, but it seemed to resolve itself.  Seems like it’s happening again.  Last time I found that pulling fuse number 4, which looks after the washers, interior lights and the self levelling suspension sorted it, so I pulled the fuse before we even drove to Manchester airport.  Obviously not good enough.  I’ve just connected the meter between the battery earth cable and battery, but it’s not registering anything. I’m going to try another meter, as a check.  Any ideas gratefully received.

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Cheers Dan, I’ll have a look at them.  Busy weekend so it will be Monday/Tuesday now.  Annoying when something is wrong but you don’t know what.

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52 minutes ago, syncrofred said:

Cheers Dan, I’ll have a look at them.  Busy weekend so it will be Monday/Tuesday now.  Annoying when something is wrong but you don’t know what.

 

Yeah; Fuse 9 is the HVAC system and heated washer jets etc; the 56-58 are the stereo and phone/amp, if built in. If any of those are removed and the draw stops; there you go :)

 

I've had bit of a drain recently and it turned out to be connected to Fuse 9; it's either the HVAC (aircon/climate control panel) in the dash, or the heater valve in the engine bay (which I've got a new replacement to fit as soon as I've time); in the meantime, I've just unplugged it :)  It stopped the draw there & then!

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Washed it after getting back from a few days in Anglesey... Will th’oover th’interior tomorrow ;) 

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