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Albo 04-05-2011 07:41 PM

Introduction to my newish 530i...
 
I've been beating around the bush here for a few months and thought I'd do a formal "Intro Thread"

Here's the info and some pics from when I bought her:

http://www.bimmerboard.com/forums/posts/833213

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Here she is today after all the upgrades in my signature.. You'll note the two-tone I've got going on in the rear deck. I just repainted it with some Dupli-Color Fabric & Vinyl Paint. Came out great. Also just added a JL Audio 10w6 subwoofer in a sealed box being pushed by a 300W Orion Amp. Sound is much rounder now...just the way I like it..:)

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_U...2/IMAG0064.jpg

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https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_U...0/IMAG0070.jpg

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https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_U...0/IMAG0074.jpg

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/_U...0/IMAG0078.jpg

Just crossed over 76,000 miles so a full tune-up is in process. Many more upgrades to come as well... M5 Bumpers and Exhaust are next....after I replace the Torque Converter. Also....does anyone know anyone that can straighten and refinish my LM Replicas? They've taken a beating unfortunately...:cry:

This is my 7th BMW, but I plan on keeping this one for a looooong time!

02BMW530 04-05-2011 07:54 PM

Nice! I like white, it's what I would have ordered.


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Albo 04-06-2011 11:18 AM

I guess I'll make this my offficial upgrade thread.. I just ordered up a Flex-a-lite fan with an aluminum shroud....hope I can make it work!

menhir 04-06-2011 01:13 PM

It looks great! I've also removed the child seat anchors completely in mine and I'm pondering how to cover the holes left behind. What have you decided? Are you planning on putting the anchor covers back in place?

Albo 04-06-2011 01:43 PM

I'm going to put the anchor covers back, but paint the beige parts black so they blend in better. I hope to need those child seat anchors some day. :-)

Albo 12-27-2011 02:40 PM

Hello all, I got the Front and Rear M-Tech bumpers as well as a few other upgrades done recently. Will do a few other upgrades soon, but for now here is a list of upgrades and some new pics I took yesterday. The car has come a long way since when i bought it last year.

Bilstien Sport Shocks/Struts
Eibach Pro-Kit Springs
OBX Cat Back Exhaust - Painted Black
Grey Speedo and Tach Gauge Faces
M-Technik Front & Rear bumpers
Shadowline (Glossy) Window Trim
Aluminum Strut Tower Bar
18x8" - 18x9" M-Parallel Replicas with 235/40/18 - 265/35/18 Nankang NSII's
Umnitza Ice Lite AE's
Pioneer Double Din Head Unit
JL Audio 10" Subwoofer pushed by a 300w Orion Amp

Much more to come.....

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-a...8GM/s640/0.jpg

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-z...qpY/s640/1.jpg

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the540wgn 12-27-2011 03:10 PM

:thumbup:

I noticed your trim is now black.
Did you paint it or use a plasti-dip type spray?

I'm considering doing the same with my car cause I love the black accent.

Lurch09 12-27-2011 03:30 PM

Upgrades and car look great!

Nice work

AnotherGeezer 12-27-2011 03:31 PM

Very tastefully done.

carlova78 12-27-2011 03:35 PM

What does tgat obx muffler sound like?

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Rubihno 12-27-2011 05:24 PM

Simply beautiful

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Albo 12-28-2011 12:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by the540wgn (Post 6525959)
:thumbup:

I noticed your trim is now black.
Did you paint it or use a plasti-dip type spray?

I'm considering doing the same with my car cause I love the black accent.

I actually bought the ///M waste line trim from ECSTuning.com. I too prefer having a visual divide between the top and bottom.

Albo 12-28-2011 12:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by carlova78 (Post 6526023)
What does tgat obx muffler sound like?

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Will post a muffler video/sound clip tomorrow. I will say that I like it a lot...sporty rumble.

LalaRay 12-28-2011 02:35 AM

uhh looks like your car was running a lil hot... :yikes:
and nice so far but i think you should kept the trim white :p

BMW05 12-28-2011 10:18 AM

Looking good! I noticed your KUDA leather phone mount. . . I've got one also and use it everytime I get into my car to charge my phone. Have you considered de-badging your trunk? For $20-$25 you can buy new smoked side indicators to replace the clear ones.

Albo 12-28-2011 02:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LalaRay (Post 6526956)
uhh looks like your car was running a lil hot... :yikes:
and nice so far but i think you should kept the trim white :p

Actually I think the needle on my temp gauge is off just a touch to the hot side. I suspect I messed it up when I installed the gauge faces. There were faces that correspond to the temp and gas gauges as well, but I couldn't see how to install them without removing the needles. In the end I've grown to like this arraignment though.

OBC test 7 shows the car running between 88 to 95 degrees generally. I will also be installing a VDO water temp gauge where the foglight switch is at some point to more accurately and conveniently monitor temperatures.

The moldings I prefer black. Makes sense....I hate wearing pants without a belt too!

Albo 12-28-2011 02:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BMW05 (Post 6527483)
Looking good! I noticed your KUDA leather phone mount. . . I've got one also and use it everytime I get into my car to charge my phone. Have you considered de-badging your trunk? For $20-$25 you can buy new smoked side indicators to replace the clear ones.


Rebadge...probably will just rebadge.... 518i I think. :yikes:...j/k

I love that Kuda mount...my wife doesn't like the protrusion into the passenger area, but it's the price of convenience!

Light upgrades I will do eventually...just not that high on my priority list. Next up are brakes...

Albo 12-30-2011 05:33 PM

Video clip of the OBX Exhaust... and my latest upgrade... $40 ebay intake with Cosmo Racing Heat Shield.

http://youtu.be/0NgfJYw4LfU

LalaRay 12-31-2011 05:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Albo (Post 6527981)
Makes sense....I hate wearing pants without a belt too!

O yea??? :confused:

Albo 01-06-2012 10:16 AM

My latest "upgrade" to the E39.... an E90 shift knob:

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-1...SGA/s576/1.jpg

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-G...Y_w/s576/2.jpg

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-A...R_M/s576/3.jpg


New pic of the same:

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-f...Uf4/s576/6.jpg

Albo 02-21-2012 09:29 AM

Installed a Forge Motorsports Powersteering reservoir after cuting down the tops of the slowly leaking ps hoses that were connected to the old reservoir. ....

Drained the PS system and filled with Royal Purple ATF... the steering has greatly benefited.

Here are a few pics:

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-a...f48/s800/2.jpg

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-d...spE/s800/3.jpg

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-q...R7w/s800/4.jpg

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-h...F7U/s800/5.jpg

Albo 02-21-2012 09:50 AM

Also worked on the front brakes recently.

Cross Drilled rotors with Power Stop Ceramic pads and G2 Gold Caliper paint on the calipers:

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-A...auE/s576/8.jpg

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-X...P58/s576/9.jpg

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-O...YQ/s576/11.jpg

Albo 02-21-2012 10:12 AM

Installed a Metra Axxess Steeringwheel interface. I can now control volume, track selection, phone/mute and source select from my M-Sport wheel again. Much easier to install than the PAC solution.

See here:

http://contentdocs.installernet.com/...x254/23230.jpg

http://www.axxessinterface.com/

http://contentdocs.installernet.com/...duct/23230.pdf

Albo 02-21-2012 10:15 AM

Yesterday, I installed Gary's (germanautosolutions.com) DISA rebuild kit. I definitely feel the difference between the old, decrepit setup and the reinforced and properly functioning one. I highly recommend this kit...you don't really notice what you've been missing until you rebuil dthe DISA. Can't wait for the CCV to be done, too!

champaign777 02-21-2012 10:43 AM

Nice modes but i would like to do everything in opposite
First take care about your engine ( Filters, plugs, CCV, Vanos, Cooling system , Vaccum leaks , etc ) ,
second take care about your suspension and after all do all your modes above
For example wheels , tires and spacers should come only after suspension upgrade
GL


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