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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-21-2010, 08:19 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,012
Posted By XLR8
Cake and eat it too: 1985 e24 635csi is your...

Cake and eat it too:

1985 e24 635csi is your animal then, complete with airbag.

http://www.e-24.ru/eng/theory/evolution/1985/

probably the ugliest steering wheel to ever grace a BMW, but hey...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-20-2010, 11:49 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,012
Posted By XLR8
After awhile, a model becomes what is considered...

After awhile, a model becomes what is considered part of BMW's Mobile Tradition. When this happens parts are still available, some cheap and some strangely uber-expensive depending on the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-14-2010, 08:31 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,295
Posted By XLR8
First car I owned was a '94 Pontiac Firebird...

First car I owned was a '94 Pontiac Firebird formula with the 5.7l LT1. Boy what a car, it just fit me. Despite the solid rear axle and size, I felt it handled pretty well too.

I eventually had...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-14-2010, 07:05 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,012
Posted By XLR8
My suggestion: Get an e24 635csi or M6 for your...

My suggestion: Get an e24 635csi or M6 for your fun car and keep the e39 for daily driving.

I purchased a euro-spec 1979 635csi with dogleg 5-speed tranny. Very much a raw GT crusier, heck it...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-07-2010, 10:16 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,652
Posted By XLR8
My best acquisition? Well I *loved* my 540i,...

My best acquisition?

Well I *loved* my 540i, but it is a V8 with an automatic. People keep telling me that you also need to experience a BMW straight six with manual.

So, I purchased a 1979...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-07-2010, 09:11 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 475
Posted By XLR8
'02 540i coolant ovehaul finished, questions.

Just finished my overhaul of the cooling system on my 540i. I had some questions that I couldn't find using the "search".

1) Tensioners: How tight do you tighten them? I put the belts back on,...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-05-2010, 10:43 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 9,485
Posted By XLR8
I own a 2002 540i and am trying to restore a '79...

I own a 2002 540i and am trying to restore a '79 e12 based 635csi.

The differences 30 years makes to BMW is amazing. While the '79 shark could arguably be easier to diagnose (and cheaper to fix),...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-05-2010, 06:57 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,623
Posted By XLR8
I have the 2002 with sport package, and I can...

I have the 2002 with sport package, and I can guarantee you it has the same steering wheel that you like.

I'd have to agree with the previous poster that the steering wheel pictured in the bottom...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-04-2010, 04:00 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,623
Posted By XLR8
Steering wheel is replaced with a flat head...

Steering wheel is replaced with a flat head mini-screwdriver and a 17 (18 or 19?)mm socket. Takes about 5 min. I'm not joking. My e39 is simply the easiest car I've ever owned to work on. ...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-23-2010, 06:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 841
Posted By XLR8
I have those. I forgot to put them on. I'll do...

I have those. I forgot to put them on. I'll do it when I do the heli-coil.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-23-2010, 03:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 841
Posted By XLR8
I didn't pull the gasket to see. It had been...

I didn't pull the gasket to see. It had been curing with the gasket sealer around the cam openings, and I wasn't in the mood to reinstall a compromised gasket nor am I able to get another one...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-22-2010, 02:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 841
Posted By XLR8
I thought of heli-coil. Question is, do I want a...

I thought of heli-coil. Question is, do I want a VANOS M62 head (apperently non-replacable without expensive dealer tools) to be my test-bed for my first Heli-coil?

Apperently I can't even...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-22-2010, 01:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 841
Posted By XLR8
Valve Cover Disaster

I was happily doing the driver-side valve cover gasket (noticed oil on the rubber surrounding the rear-most cylinder, btw. Car was running fine, so those of you with zero symptoms (missing) at 90k+...
Forum: E24 (1976 - 1989) 03-06-2010, 05:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,241
Posted By XLR8
If your disability requires an auto, I would...

If your disability requires an auto, I would highly recommend AGAINST purchasing a manual and converting it.

Not only does it have the potential to be costly, but it could be a pain in the rear. ...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-04-2010, 04:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 868
Posted By XLR8
I had a 1994 Jeep Cherokee that I fought coolant...

I had a 1994 Jeep Cherokee that I fought coolant related leak issues for well over a year. It would always show leaking right under the water pump (I replaced two of them), but I would never be able...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-01-2010, 10:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 457
Posted By XLR8
Have you done this before? I'd like to know how...

Have you done this before? I'd like to know how much it costs to do this and if it was worth it.

With the cost of these tires, it might be worth it to get another 10-25k of tire life.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-01-2010, 10:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 457
Posted By XLR8
Rotatable Tires for Sport Package?

Does anyone know if there is a non-directional tire that will work with the sport package to allow for side-to-side rotating?

Browsing the websites of my local tire dealers shows the newest fad is...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-27-2010, 03:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,055
Posted By XLR8
Best H7 bulbs?

Anyone have a recommendation on the 55W H7 high beams? BOTH of mine went dead at that same time (leading me to believe the LCM was at fault).

I do a LOT of highway driving, ocasionally at night...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-27-2010, 02:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 722
Posted By XLR8
Well the dealer is 100 miles away, so I decided...

Well the dealer is 100 miles away, so I decided to give it another electrical work around with my Dad.

Come to find out, everything works well, power to the LCM, power to the lights, etc. We...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-20-2010, 02:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 722
Posted By XLR8
Anyone knows which fuse protect the power to the...

Anyone knows which fuse protect the power to the high-beams?

The bentley shows a number of fuses going to the LCM, but I can't make out which one controls the high beams.

My ground and wiring...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-14-2010, 07:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 722
Posted By XLR8
No high-beams. Need fixed by end of March

Well, my high beams have been out for a year.

I purchased an LCM off the 'bay without checking the part number (came off a 530i with xenon's so I thought it would work). Didn't work.
...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-03-2010, 03:18 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,357
Posted By XLR8
I think my car is mid 80-90k so I am definitely...

I think my car is mid 80-90k so I am definitely in need of the arms. I noticed the shimmy late in the season and thought I'd tackle it this spring. Sadly the tires didn't hold up. Which is sad...
Forum: Classic Bimmers 02-02-2010, 03:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,206
Posted By XLR8
Welcome to the Shark Club! You'll love it, even...

Welcome to the Shark Club! You'll love it, even if your shark breaks and you just dream about finding time and $$ to fix a couple of things... :cry:


Head over to www.bigcoupe.com and you'll...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-02-2010, 11:51 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,357
Posted By XLR8
Time to replace the thrust arms...

Just destroyed a front pair of Z-rate tires. I had a minor front end shimmy at 55-65mph, and eventually notched a nice saw-tooth pattern in the outer-edge of my left front tire.

I'm assuming this...
Forum: Classic Bimmers 08-12-2009, 09:41 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 39,790
Posted By XLR8
Here is mine: ...

Here is mine:

http://bigcoupe.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=8982

(Stickers and "M" badge have been removed."
I caught the bug and picked up this beauty for $1200. Needs some work and welding on...
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