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23 hours ago, BarryM said:

 

I'll match your CO and raise 10ppm :), natural idle test of 0.08 very disappointing!

 

Not sure if all M62s are this efficient or Alpina do some clever stuff with their tuning but not bad on an engine with 128,000m

 

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 That's interesting, I've just looked at my emission test printout from the last MOT, fast idle CO; 0.0%, HC; 0ppm and natural idle CO...... 0.0%....! 

 The probe was definitely in the exhaust as I was there, I suspect the slight blow I have further up the exhaust system may have something to do with it.....

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25 minutes ago, DerekJr. said:

Retrofitted fitted some Salberk power-folding mirrors. I need to paint them though.

 

 

They look well... We're they a direct fit/plug n play etc? 

 

Where did you source them from? 

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Quite a lot.

New number plates, centre caps and front arb bushes.

Changed pollen, air and fuel filters.

New vac lines - it now boosts from 1500rpm. Superficially looked ok but many quite perished. Huge difference.

Still jobs to do.


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4 hours ago, d_a_n1979 said:

 

They look well... We're they a direct fit/plug n play etc? 

 

Where did you source them from? 

 

Yeah, they are a direct fit plug and play. I changed my window switch to the one that has the little fold button, and I changed the passenger side module that allows the mirrors to fold. I bought them from a friend while I'm waiting for the M5 ones to arrive that I've ordered from MStyle. But the company that makes the mirrors is Salberk, based in Germany. They are similar to M5 ones but more pointy (like E60 M5 ones or newer BMW M cars). I think they have an eBay shop. If you type 'Salberk E39' on Google, it should come up :) 

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7 hours ago, DerekJr. said:

 

Yeah, they are a direct fit plug and play. I changed my window switch to the one that has the little fold button, and I changed the passenger side module that allows the mirrors to fold. I bought them from a friend while I'm waiting for the M5 ones to arrive that I've ordered from MStyle. But the company that makes the mirrors is Salberk, based in Germany. They are similar to M5 ones but more pointy (like E60 M5 ones or newer BMW M cars). I think they have an eBay shop. If you type 'Salberk E39' on Google, it should come up :) 

Looks neat Derek.

 

Your bonnet grilles, they look different. What are they?

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fitted some (new to me) big brakes on the front. safe to say it's cured a few issues i was having on the front of the car, however doing the work identified a new issue with my oil cooler and rad. 1 step forward, 69 steps back. 

 

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Cheers

NF aka Deepan

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9 minutes ago, NuckingFuts said:

fitted some (new to me) big brakes on the front. safe to say it's cured a few issues i was having on the front of the car, however doing the work identified a new issue with my oil cooler and rad. 1 step forward, 69 steps back. 

 

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Cheers

NF aka Deepan

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Looks a good set up; I take it they're the PBMW 6 pot brakes?

 

Can you provide the info re the calipers, discs/pads and who did you get the caliper carrier adapter brackets from?

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17 minutes ago, d_a_n1979 said:

 

Looks a good set up; I take it they're the PBMW 6 pot brakes?

 

Can you provide the info re the calipers, discs/pads and who did you get the caliper carrier adapter brackets from?

 

They are definitely miles better than oem. even on normal journeys. 

 

Calipers - M135i 6 pots from the E88

Adapters - bought from @Jonathan Pugh

Discs - Brembo high carbon 09.C403.13 - 104-11-168A - drilled, slotted and vented discs - none left with ECP anywhere in the country, autodoc seem to have stock though - be sure to get the drilled and slotted ones, the flat discs of this brand/product number DO NOT FIT on the wheel bearing and can be dangerous. 

Calipers and Pads - bought from Addiction motorsports - ideally they need a refurb but i was having issues that needed immediate resolution so as soon as i got time we did the swap, they'll come off and get a refurb soon though as i have a piston and seal kit from Bigg Red for these and the 996 rears too (which i haven't fitted yet).

 

oh and 530d FAG wheel bearings that i had for my 530d but didn't fit, they came in super useful as M5 bearings have three locating pins whereas all other E39 bearings don't have any. 

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Used it for the kiln dried birch logs run; so it was absolutely filthy outside (we get our wood from a local farm) and the interior was full of sawdust, again :lol: 

 

So:

 

Interior - Hoovered inside within an inch of its life and a light dusting of Chemical Guys Citrus interior spray: https://www.chemicalguysuk.co.uk/shop/interior-trim/air-fresheners-and-odor-eliminators-interior-trim/chemical-guys-air23216zesty-lemon-lime-air-freshener-odor-eliminator-16-oz/

Exterior - power washed everywhere inc. wheel arches and under the sills (full of cow shit) :lol:, snowfoamed  (using Chemical Guys Watermelon snowfoam: https://www.chemicalguysuk.co.uk/shop/exterior/soaps-car-wash-products/chemical-guys-cws208-watermelon-snow-foam-auto-wash-cleanser-1-gal/ ) and left that to dwell for a good 10mins and then power washer rinsed again, alloys cleaned with the Chemical Guys alloy wheel brush and rinsed.

 

All exterior glass towel dried and the rest of the car hasn't been dried. It's going to lash it down here all weekend, so no point in doing a full in-depth clean as it'll be filthy again after a few miles :mad::roll: 

 

Rear number plate light bulbs swapped for standard Osram festoon bulbs; the LED ones are useless and keep failing... Front fog light bulbs changed for Osram HB4 Nightbreaker bulbs; main beam bulbs changed for Osram Nightbreaker H7s

 

All done :) 

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Made a start on my wheel refurb this week, with the spare as a trial effort. Just using Halfords rattle cans, silver colour is BMW Titan silver.  Came out better than I thought it would, given the shape of the wheel makes it hard to get paint and especially lacquer into the recesses without overloading the higher points.  

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Good enough to carry on and do the rest of the wheels myself, although I'll probably use generic silver wheel paint such as Hi-Cote rather than Halfords as it's a quarter of the cost. Toying with the idea of leaving the backs just lacquered grey rather than silver too.

While the spare was out I repainted the wheel well; it had obviously had water in at some point in the past so a wire brush down to remove surface rust and loose paint, followed by a couple of coats of grey Hammerite had it looking like this:

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Now looking at new centre caps for the wheels but can't seem to find any exactly the same; RealOEM gives the original part number but that's superceded now and only comes up with 'flat' centres rather than the originals with the lip all round the edge:

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Any idea if you can still get these or do the newer ones look OK?

I might play with getting the old centres out and painting these and getting a new vinyl logo to put in instead.

Anyway it's all progress and tinkering about in the garage, which beats Strictly or the Jungle.  Going to start refurbing the wheel bolts this week as they are very scruffy. Need to get the rocker cover gasket done too.

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3 minutes ago, Steve P said:

Made a start on my wheel refurb this week, with the spare as a trial effort. Just using Halfords rattle cans, silver colour is BMW Titan silver.  Came out better than I thought it would, given the shape of the wheel makes it hard to get paint and especially lacquer into the recesses without overloading the higher points.  

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Good enough to carry on and do the rest of the wheels myself, although I'll probably use generic silver wheel paint such as Hi-Cote rather than Halfords as it's a quarter of the cost. Toying with the idea of leaving the backs just lacquered grey rather than silver too.

While the spare was out I repainted the wheel well; it had obviously had water in at some point in the past so a wire brush down to remove surface rust and loose paint, followed by a couple of coats of grey Hammerite had it looking like this:

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Now looking at new centre caps for the wheels but can't seem to find any exactly the same; RealOEM gives the original part number but that's superceded now and only comes up with 'flat' centres rather than the originals with the lip all round the edge:

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Any idea if you can still get these or do the newer ones look OK?

I might play with getting the old centres out and painting these and getting a new vinyl logo to put in instead.

Anyway it's all progress and tinkering about in the garage, which beats Strictly or the Jungle.  Going to start refurbing the wheel bolts this week as they are very scruffy. Need to get the rocker cover gasket done too.

 

wheel badges? still available. have a set that i can post if you're interested.

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4 hours ago, NuckingFuts said:

 

wheel badges? still available. have a set that i can post if you're interested.

Are they new and the same as my old ones?  If so, yes, how much do you want for them?

Thanks

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2 minutes ago, Steve P said:

Are they new and the same as my old ones?  If so, yes, how much do you want for them?

Thanks


yep, I’ll ok you a photo in the morning. They’re available brand new from bmw, I got mine from someone who bought them from bmw a while back but went for some black ones instead. 
they’re oem, and we’re intended for my 65’s above but I need the *small* funds for other bits. 
 

£15 posted. 

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18 minutes ago, NuckingFuts said:


yep, I’ll ok you a photo in the morning. They’re available brand new from bmw, I got mine from someone who bought them from bmw a while back but went for some black ones instead. 
they’re oem, and we’re intended for my 65’s above but I need the *small* funds for other bits. 
 

£15 posted. 

Brilliant thanks Deepan

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Were you on one of their courses, or just 'borrowing' a space to do your own thing?
I was finishing off my Level1 while working o. the E39 :)

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The exhaust sounds awful, so it's booked in for it to be looked at tomorrow. It appears to be either one of the manifolds or one of the downpipe connections (only one would appear to be blowing as it sounds like an angry 3 cylinder - i.e. shit!) 

 

My working hypothesis is that it is presumably downstream of the cats as I haven't had any rough running, EML, or codes generated, which I would have thought I would have if it was one of the manifolds? I also have a slight rattle on acceleration which I presume is a loose bracket or shield, and hopefully not the innards of a cat disintegrating.

 

Fingers crossed it's something simple.... After buying another house, and putting a clutch and DMF in my fiancee's mini countryman, it would be preferable if it was something simple (read cheap!)!!!

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My previously mentioned track rod ends were changed this morning and then the tracking checked by the lazer Hunter alignment system. I found my nearest Hunter tracking station using the alignmycar website and the garage was walking distance to me. The garage was brilliant and the great thing about using the Hunter system is that it includes all the details of even the rarest cars; my E39 Alpina B10 V8 Touring is one of just 12 UK cars and is on there.

 

So no ball joint rattles now, and still driving straight and true - happy days.

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Did a drift / car control tuition day yesterday so my E39 has a better chance of staying the right shape when it gets slippery out there. Huge fun!

Where and what was it? I've looked at drift days but you don't actually get much seat time.


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On 18/11/2019 at 06:36, Loadmaster said:

Looks neat Derek.

 

Your bonnet grilles, they look different. What are they?

 

Thanks!

 

They are @MStyle double slant grilles (similar to new M grilles). However, I'm thinking of installing some facelift OEM grille but not sure yet. 

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10 hours ago, duncan-uk said:


Where and what was it? I've looked at drift days but you don't actually get much seat time.


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That is usually the problem with events run by track-based businesses, however I did a half day's tuition at Birmingham Wheels Raceway organised by an M3 specialist dealer who also does drift tuition. Was a nice informal day with about two hours of seat time with the instructor in their stripped and caged E39 M5 plus as much time as I wanted/dared in my 325i. He takes the approach that seat time is the only way to crack it and I must say it took me the whole day to get out of long ingrained instincts to correct the slide. It is a delicate balancing act. I got a hell of a lot more out of it than just getting to grips with starting to drift. Just having a safe space to be able to push a car through its limits without fear of trouble / damage was priceless.

 

To get that much time they run it as an open day for a small number of enthusiasts and do the tuition in the safe area while others take to the oval. I also got a lot of passenger time in the M5 and a race prepared E36 with 570 HP at the wheels. Doing 360 spins at speed felt almost safe in the very competent hands of the instructor. I'm not the best passenger but I really enjoyed it all, and met some really nice people.

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Had to wash the car in the rain at the end of a long day; some shite-hawks (seagulls) in Godalming of all places decided to party over my car and covered it in their acidic crap. Hopefully it's all off now.

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