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2 hours ago, Andyrt200 said:

Drove through some sodding massive puddles in the storm today, the winter tyres are very good at dispersing the water, very glad to have them on! 

One truth I have learned through the years: every tyre is great on dispersing water while they have about 6+mm left, and everything below 5mm you start to feel more aqua planing on deeper puddles and even not so deep ones, even on reputable brands. That's why in countries where winter tyres are requested by law, they must be at least 4mm thread left on them during winter conditions. I'm on some random budget tyres right now, about 2 months old, still with about 7mm or so, and doing A and B class roads today wasn't a problem at all even with exceeded speed limit, I just enjoyed driving while chasing the storm and waves down the coast line.

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12 hours ago, d_a_n1979 said:


You & me both pal...

 

Preston to Dunkeld this afternoon, torrential rain and serious wind all the way up the M6, only really calmed down as we got onto the M80 heading towards Perth etc...

 

Were forecast some snow this week, fingers crossed it’s properly decent snow so I can at least brag about having decent winter tyres :lol: Need them as well as I’m aiming to lift the Inver Stone in Crathie this week, so need to get there as it’s up a windy B road in the middle of nowhere!


Hope you do get to try them in the snow, I’m sure if you’re going to find any it’s going to be up there! Hope you get that stone lifted too. I’ve been a bit disappointed not to get to try them for the last couple of years here.
I did have them just on the back a few years ago when we last had some decent snow when the E39 was just a backup car & not getting used much, I took my son out just for the sake of it, we had great fun stopping to help push lots of people with front wheel drive cars up very slight slopes they couldn’t move on then driving off no problem in the E39! I think modern tyres with those bands of rubber & almost no blocks are much worse in snow + FWD cars are all getting much heavier, isn’t doing them any favours. 
Its effective having them just on the back but stopping is interesting, plus it takes some of the fun out of drifting! They are on all 4 corners this year. 

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23 minutes ago, Andyrt200 said:


Hope you do get to try them in the snow, I’m sure if you’re going to find any it’s going to be up there! Hope you get that stone lifted too. I’ve been a bit disappointed not to get to try them for the last couple of years here.
I did have them just on the back a few years ago when we last had some decent snow when the E39 was just a backup car & not getting used much, I took my son out just for the sake of it, we had great fun stopping to help push lots of people with front wheel drive cars up very slight slopes they couldn’t move on then driving off no problem in the E39! I think modern tyres with those bands of rubber & almost no blocks are much worse in snow + FWD cars are all getting much heavier, isn’t doing them any favours. 
Its effective having them just on the back but stopping is interesting, plus it takes some of the fun out of drifting! They are on all 4 corners this year. 

 

Well, as i type this its snowing and coming down quite heavily now :) Unfortunately that means no trip to Crathie to get to the Inver Stone as it’s too risky to fit it in this. If its snowed and frozen, but dry, that’s fine. But not doing it whilst it’s snowing and wet... Last thing I need is a 125kg stone dropped on me head/toes :lol: 

 

It’s probably a day for walking along the river into Dunkeld today and supping beer in the Tay Bank next to the roaring fire ;) But the tyres will soon get tested, more so on the drive down from the house as its steep, winding and narrow... I might test the handbrake too ;):mrgreen: 

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Had my application accepted by Goodwood for their first Breakfast Club meeting of 2020 on 1st March - Vee Power Sunday.

 

Extremely chuffed that I can display on the track's start/finish straight! :D

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2 hours ago, Loadmaster said:

Had my application accepted by Goodwood for their first Breakfast Club meeting of 2020 on 1st March - Vee Power Sunday.

 

Extremely chuffed that I can display on the track's start/finish straight! :D

 

Nice, wish I'd seen that sooner - the only breakfast meet I was booked on was for V8s a year or so back that got cancelled :(

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A good drive up the A9 today from Dunkeld to Dalwhinnie & Newtonmore to lift 2 more of the Scottish Manhood stones... The winter tyres certainly justified their cost today too :mrgreen:

 

Dalwhinnie Stone lift:

 

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Some fantastic scenery up there; lots of snow and 0ºC temps, colder than that at times and even more so when the wind picked up!

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On 11/02/2020 at 15:15, Loadmaster said:

Had my application accepted by Goodwood for their first Breakfast Club meeting of 2020 on 1st March - Vee Power Sunday.

 

Extremely chuffed that I can display on the track's start/finish straight! :D

 

Great news, I’ll see you there :)

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Fitted new front foglights this morning - yay!

Copped a stone in the windscreen at 70mph a few hours later - boo.

Autoglass via insurer said they could send someone round tonight - yay!

Phoned them to confirm appointment after some hours, only to be told that the engineers have finished for the day and they should never have booked my appointment - $@*£!

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Found an ECP receipt for my E39.

 

On the 16th March 2007, I paid £22 for a pair of carbon pollen filters and £41 for a front ABS sensor. I thought I put all the paperwork in one folder before I got rid of it 6 months later. Obviously not.

 

Still, happy memories of a lovely car which is now baked bean cans.

 

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49 minutes ago, 535i Andrew said:

Found an ECP receipt for my E39.

 

On the 16th March 2007, I paid £22 for a pair of carbon pollen filters and £41 for a front ABS sensor. I thought I put all the paperwork in one folder before I got rid of it 6 months later. Obviously not.

 

Still, happy memories of a lovely car which is now baked bean cans.

 

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£22 for a pair sounds cheap, I think they each are about that price now after discount code added.

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Managed to change the stat, water pump (wanted a metal impeller in there!) and belts on Friday before the storm came in.  


Temperature gauge now sits nice and central when travelling at speed, within legal limits obviously, and a great deal more peace of mind.

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25 minutes ago, Ray112 said:

£22 for a pair sounds cheap, I think they each are about that price now after discount code added.

 

I remeber fitting the ABS sensor as it was the first 'car' job I ever did in the garage of my current house, we had not long moved in but can't recall fitting the filters. I also found a print out from Euro car parts I made showing all the different brake pad and disc offers. Back then the last digit of the part number meant something, like genuine or OEM etc etc. 

 

Unlike now where they are very expensive until you put in a code, which they don't honour the next day when you can get to them to pick it up.

 

Robbin Bastar......

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On 11 February 2020 at 15:15, Loadmaster said:

Had my application accepted by Goodwood for their first Breakfast Club meeting of 2020 on 1st March - Vee Power Sunday.

 

Extremely chuffed that I can display on the track's start/finish straight! :D

 

Just got my application approved too - going to take a 5.7 V12 along.

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14 hours ago, sharkfan said:

 

Just got my application approved too - going to take a 5.7 V12 along.

What do you reckon of the price of this Alpina..?

 

https://walkersautotech.co.uk/used-bmw-west-sussex/bmw-e39-alpina-b10-v8-s-4-8-auto

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32 minutes ago, Loadmaster said:

 

It's rare, it's Alpina and it's an E39 V8, it's lovely 8) but £23k it's not that lovely!

 

You could have an absolutely immaculate E39 M5 for hell of a lot less than that; but, it's horses for courses

 

I think it's just a typical dealer trying to sell a car on its rarity and trying it on price-wise... Just like Hexagon do and the other usual suspects.

 

At that price; it'll be up for sale for a long time! 

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2 hours ago, d_a_n1979 said:

 

It's rare, it's Alpina and it's an E39 V8, it's lovely 8) but £23k it's not that lovely!

 

You could have an absolutely immaculate E39 M5 for hell of a lot less than that; but, it's horses for courses

 

I think it's just a typical dealer trying to sell a car on its rarity and trying it on price-wise... Just like Hexagon do and the other usual suspects.

 

At that price; it'll be up for sale for a long time! 

Yeah, will keep an eye on that one out of curiosity, not because I want it!

 

Walkers was where I used to go for servicing with my previous E39, but BMR opened up/moved nearer to me - both places are equally good, service-wise.

 

Their (Andy Walker's) cars don't hang around long usually, see what happens.

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There is 0.1 second difference to 60 between the E39 M5, the B10 V8S and the B10 V8; in real life you won't notice that difference as to do it that quickly you have to nail the gearchanges in the M5 and just mash a heavy foot in the Alpinas. Each of the cars though is at least a second quicker than the 540i so you will notice that.

 

The V8S  has the costly achilles heel of its front brakes, bespoke Brembo stuff that nobody makes any spares for so think about £400 per disc and £400 for a set of pads. The V8S has 28bhp and 30lb/ft more grunt than the V8 but it's all at the top of the rev range so once again it's wringing the neck of 20 year engines and cars. The M5 is the daddy if you want to drive at 10/10ths but for traffic jams, wafting and occasionally NASCAR roar the Switch-Tronic B10 V8 makes a convincing argument.

 

I have no knowledge of E39 M5 foibles or issues but the M62's of the Alpina's, 540i's and 535i's are all getting on and timing chain guides as well as the too highly strung cooling system need care or replacement.

 

For estate fans, there were no M5 Tourings at all, 4 rhd B10 V8S Tourings, 4 rhd facelift B10 V8 Tourings and 8 pre-facelift rhd B10 V8 Tourings.

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My mot's expired and my rear suspension is shot I set about stripping it all today in readiness for a complete refresh, what a joy that was, some of it looked like it had been on there since new (20 years!) so as you can imagine it put up a bit of a fight (great fun working on my back, on the drive, and then it started snowing...), just need to order the tool now to get the wishbone bushes out as they're properly past it and then I can start putting new parts back in. One thing that struck me whilst working on it is just how 'over engineered' the rear suspension is on the e39, I've had cars with far simpler set ups that handled very, very well like the mk3 Mondeo, but, I'm sure that with all new components it should make a huge difference.

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17 minutes ago, NWJW said:

My mot's expired and my rear suspension is shot I set about stripping it all today in readiness for a complete refresh, what a joy that was, some of it looked like it had been on there since new (20 years!) so as you can imagine it put up a bit of a fight (great fun working on my back, on the drive, and then it started snowing...), just need to order the tool now to get the wishbone bushes out as they're properly past it and then I can start putting new parts back in. One thing that struck me whilst working on it is just how 'over engineered' the rear suspension is on the e39, I've had cars with far simpler set ups that handled very, very well like the mk3 Mondeo, but, I'm sure that with all new components it should make a huge difference.

Mondeo is FWD, so totally different story to any RWD car.

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6 minutes ago, Ray112 said:

Mondeo is FWD, so totally different story to any RWD car.

  

  The funny thing with the Mondeo though is that it's always been engineered with 4WD in mind so there's space in the trans tunnel and rear subframe to add a prop, diff and half shafts if needed, the mk1 was available from the factory with 4wd as is the mk5, the mk2 and 3 aren't really any different underneath to the mk1 and have a lot in common with the X-type Jag which was available in 4WD and the Land Rover Freelander was apparently based on the same chassis. Anyway, I'm drifting off topic now..... :)

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On 18/02/2020 at 18:04, sharkfan said:

There is 0.1 second difference to 60 between the E39 M5, the B10 V8S and the B10 V8; in real life you won't notice that difference as to do it that quickly you have to nail the gearchanges in the M5 and just mash a heavy foot in the Alpinas. Each of the cars though is at least a second quicker than the 540i so you will notice that.

 

The V8S  has the costly achilles heel of its front brakes, bespoke Brembo stuff that nobody makes any spares for so think about £400 per disc and £400 for a set of pads. The V8S has 28bhp and 30lb/ft more grunt than the V8 but it's all at the top of the rev range so once again it's wringing the neck of 20 year engines and cars. The M5 is the daddy if you want to drive at 10/10ths but for traffic jams, wafting and occasionally NASCAR roar the Switch-Tronic B10 V8 makes a convincing argument.

 

I have no knowledge of E39 M5 foibles or issues but the M62's of the Alpina's, 540i's and 535i's are all getting on and timing chain guides as well as the too highly strung cooling system need care or replacement.

 

For estate fans, there were no M5 Tourings at all, 4 rhd B10 V8S Tourings, 4 rhd facelift B10 V8 Tourings and 8 pre-facelift rhd B10 V8 Tourings.

My 1990 540i touring has most of the horses still in the stable. Has 180k on the clock & due to a windfall the beast will get the g/box, cooling system & suspension sorted.

I may consider changing it (I’m 68 in August), but...........

Maybe keep it & invest in an electric bike to get me around town. God knows that I can’t sustain flooring it away from lights to show Idiots with their baseball caps on backwards how an estate looks from the back!

R

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Nothing... :roll: 

 

Its not moved for a few days, it’s absolutely filthy inside and out as I’ve not had chance to properly clean it since our week away to Dunkeld and it’s done nothing but lash it down :mad: 

 

Im desperate to clean it :lol: 
 

However, parts ordered from BMW for the front end refresh (will update with pics when they land) and my new 18” alloys & tyres have been delivered too :mrgreen:

 

Will update with pics in due course ;) 

 

 

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On 12/02/2020 at 20:27, BarryM said:

 

Great news, I’ll see you there :)

It's all off! Postponed until October...!

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