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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-07-2014, 10:18 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 457
Posted By Spencercat
You can gain 10-15 HP at the high end by using...

You can gain 10-15 HP at the high end by using the Dinan manifold, which is the same part as the earlier 740i manifold. You also lose 20 torques midrange, which is why I went back to stock on mine....
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-06-2014, 08:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 381
Posted By Spencercat
Don't be too hard on yourself about that. I had...

Don't be too hard on yourself about that. I had it done a few years ago and only got about 10-15 HP, all at the very top end, while I lost about 20 torques in the midrange. Ended up going back to...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-03-2014, 09:46 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 554
Posted By Spencercat
Had the pump bracket break on my '99 540i6, it...

Had the pump bracket break on my '99 540i6, it does seem like a weak point in the serpentine belt system, and is the point most likely to fail when there is added stress/tension on the belt. Mine...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-06-2014, 02:41 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 629
Posted By Spencercat
OP: Two other places to check for voltage leaks...

OP: Two other places to check for voltage leaks would be in the junction box underneath the passenger seat (esp. if it is filled with water), or in the DME box under the passenger cabin filter in the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-17-2014, 09:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 319
Posted By Spencercat
panfila: Ebay is your friend on this job,...

panfila:

Ebay is your friend on this job, assuming the back end of your lights isn't busted.

Truck: You probably have different, later headlights which do not have removable front sections like...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-16-2014, 03:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 584
Posted By Spencercat
If those other suggestions don't pan out,...

If those other suggestions don't pan out, disconnect the battery and check the wires leading to the starter. One of them may have worn out.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-16-2014, 02:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,106
Posted By Spencercat
My advice: read the responses so far. And don't...

My advice: read the responses so far. And don't go to the dealer.

It could be the LCM, but before you throw parts at the problem, make sure it's not a low battery. Unlock the cluster, and check...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-08-2014, 01:59 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 637
Posted By Spencercat
Not sure how to get the seat out without moving...

Not sure how to get the seat out without moving it :(

More info/pics here:
...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-08-2014, 08:03 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 637
Posted By Spencercat
You should check for water in the passenger seat...

You should check for water in the passenger seat area, there is a fuse block under the floor there that gets wet if the door weatherstripping fails. +1 on checking the battery, even a new one can be...
Forum: Parting Out 09-09-2013, 10:23 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,816
Posted By Spencercat
I need the following parts for a black/black '99...

I need the following parts for a black/black '99 540i 11/98 build date:

interior C pillar covers (all tabs intact)
pre-facelift DS headlight bucket/rear (not lens/cover)
black plastic surround...
Forum: Parting Out 09-02-2013, 09:40 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 201
Posted By Spencercat
WTB: E39 Parts

I need the following parts for a black/black '99 540i 11/98 build date:

light grey interior C pillar covers, don't need reading lights (all tabs intact) - $10
pre-facelift DS headlight...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-10-2013, 11:43 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 299
Posted By Spencercat
Haven't been in there in a while but I recall...

Haven't been in there in a while but I recall getting greater access by unbolting the engine mounts and raising the engine an inch or so. Maybe that would give you the access you need?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-15-2013, 10:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,341
Posted By Spencercat
I think one of the 'most likely' things that will...

I think one of the 'most likely' things that will cause trouble that's not listed above is that the thrust arms will need replacing. Symptom is shuddering through steering wheel when braking from 65...
Forum: Cars - Private Party 12-07-2012, 01:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,568
Posted By Spencercat
Bump for new price: $1500

Bump for new price: $1500
Forum: Cars - Private Party 09-26-2012, 09:04 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,568
Posted By Spencercat
bump

bump
Forum: Cars - Private Party 09-23-2012, 11:17 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,568
Posted By Spencercat
'81 633 CSi for sale (CT/Westchester) $1900

I've got a 1981 BMW 633 CSi with a 5 speed in need of a new home. Bought this as a project, worked on it, and now ready to pass it along as I need the space. It is a running, driving, braking...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-22-2012, 07:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 578
Posted By Spencercat
I put Bilstein HDs in my 540 a couple of years...

I put Bilstein HDs in my 540 a couple of years ago, stock springs, and the only complaint I have is that they were a bit stiff in below-freezing weather (less than 20 degrees F) for the first winter....
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-04-2012, 12:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,254
Posted By Spencercat
There's a heater hose back there that can break. ...

There's a heater hose back there that can break. Not too hard to get to, but it can cause a mess. Good luck.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-31-2012, 05:32 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,254
Posted By Spencercat
Shuddering brakes are probably thrust rods in...

Shuddering brakes are probably thrust rods in front suspension, leaking oil can be a pain to figure out. Power steering hoses also leak, look them over.

Fix the thrust rods then make your...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-29-2012, 07:26 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 921
Posted By Spencercat
+ 1 on the brakes shuddering due to bad thrust...

+ 1 on the brakes shuddering due to bad thrust arms. Lots of info on that here, replacement solved my 60 down to 50 mph shuddering.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-29-2012, 07:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 860
Posted By Spencercat
Not sure but sounds like normal to me. I...

Not sure but sounds like normal to me. I replaced my clutch at around 145k miles due to slippage, not shuddering. I took out the clutch delay valve and noticed I had to be more careful letting the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-01-2012, 02:42 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,565
Posted By Spencercat
I was able to track one down locally...

I was able to track one down locally...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-01-2012, 02:10 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,565
Posted By Spencercat
Oops, you are right. I misremembered the price...

Oops, you are right. I misremembered the price from an earlier post in this thread, and now recall that mine did cost about $160...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-01-2012, 01:37 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,565
Posted By Spencercat
Very thorough analysis and sleuthing. I...

Very thorough analysis and sleuthing.

I wouldn't plan on relying on a busted radiator, even with the Evans coolant. Not when you can pick up a new radiator for less than $120.

My 540 had the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-24-2011, 07:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 936
Posted By Spencercat
I have the Grom in my 540i and have had recurring...

I have the Grom in my 540i and have had recurring problems with it. I think you have to try emailing them if the usual fixes (update firmware, unplug replug) don't do the trick.
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