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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-20-2015, 04:32 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,413
Posted By mda185
I had this problem with my E34 Touring on one of...

I had this problem with my E34 Touring on one of the rear brake lines. The hard metal line that connected to the rubber hose was a short piece that was attached to the subframe and connected to the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-19-2015, 04:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 397
Posted By mda185
That H Beam in the rear is attached to the ball...

That H Beam in the rear is attached to the ball joint that is pressed into the carrier. You should be replacing that also. I just posted to your other thread about this. FCP Euro has a good video...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-19-2015, 03:57 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 11,299
Posted By mda185
I have been told by other experts that the U...

I have been told by other experts that the U joint is the last thing to wear out on BMW driveshafts because there is very little deflection on it due to the 2 piece design and the center support...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-19-2015, 03:31 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,413
Posted By mda185
Great project and as others have noted, you have...

Great project and as others have noted, you have a great attitude for this. One thing I did not see mentioned is the rear ball joint which is pressed into the carrier that the suspension arms, the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-19-2015, 11:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 397
Posted By mda185
I am in the process of replacing all front and...

I am in the process of replacing all front and rear suspension arms and shocks/struts on a 2002 530i. FCP Euro has complete kits to do this at pretty good prices. They offer kits based on all...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-19-2015, 11:48 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 11,299
Posted By mda185
The CV joint is replaceable and the last time I...

The CV joint is replaceable and the last time I bought one, it was ~$225. I installed it myself. An indie shop will likely charge more for the part and charge at least 3 hours labor. The CV joint...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-17-2015, 10:30 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,117
Posted By mda185
Very well put. It's a choice most of us make. ...

Very well put. It's a choice most of us make. No one who knows anything about older BMWs would buy an E39 to drive it like an appliance and expect 100% reliability without refurbishing the parts...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-15-2015, 09:00 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 702
Posted By mda185
I think I posted this info in the other thread...

I think I posted this info in the other thread bluebee started about changing tires. A long time friend of mine ran a small indie auto repair shop for over 20 years. He balanced all my tires until...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-15-2015, 12:06 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 702
Posted By mda185
I have the Marc Parnes balance shaft pictured in...

I have the Marc Parnes balance shaft pictured in your first post and I use it for my motorcycle wheels. It works very well for the typical 3" to 5" width motorcycle wheel. It is just a static...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-15-2015, 07:26 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 317
Posted By mda185
There is no cheap replacement that will sound...

There is no cheap replacement that will sound better than the stock system unless you have the expertise and time to install raw drivers and custom amps, crossovers, etc. A lot has been written on...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-15-2015, 07:18 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 617
Posted By mda185
In a partial defense of mechanics that don't like...

In a partial defense of mechanics that don't like complicated jobs or to troubleshoot, it is getting harder and harder for a good independent shop to make money and compete with the larger chains...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-14-2015, 10:57 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 617
Posted By mda185
You can probably drive for a long time with the...

You can probably drive for a long time with the sticking shift pins without a problem but in a few cases, they have been reported to get stuck in gear when they failed completely. Doesn't happen...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-14-2015, 07:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 617
Posted By mda185
I have been able to do the bushings by only...

I have been able to do the bushings by only unbolting the rear of the tranny and lowering it a few inches to get access to the shifter. The hard part can be dropping the exhaust so you have room and...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-14-2015, 07:21 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 617
Posted By mda185
It is stuck on something. This is a well...

It is stuck on something. This is a well documented problem with spring loaded shift pins inside the transmission sticking instead of pushing the linkage back. I have done this repair on an E36 and...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-14-2015, 07:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 617
Posted By mda185
Drive shaft center support bearing seems like...

Drive shaft center support bearing seems like only other thing you did not consider. That is not easy to inspect unless you drop the exhaust and under panel that covers the drive shaft. If the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-14-2015, 06:58 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 8,492
Posted By mda185
I can't speak to any shop in NJ but I can tell...

I can't speak to any shop in NJ but I can tell you Brett Anderson, a fairly well respected BMW mechanic near Cleveland quoted me $10K to swap an S52 engine into an E34 a few years ago. That is a...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-14-2015, 06:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 212
Posted By mda185
They will fit. The bottom spring perch and top...

They will fit. The bottom spring perch and top plate are same size for all model year inline six models. What is important is to use sport struts with sport or M Tech springs. The valving and...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-12-2015, 07:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 310
Posted By mda185
The rear shocks on my 530i are Koni with H&R...

The rear shocks on my 530i are Koni with H&R springs and only about 10K miles on them. If one of them is blown, I will be very upset. Rear shocks on my daughter's 530i are blown and I have new ones...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-11-2015, 06:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 310
Posted By mda185
Anyone else experiencing worn out rear suspension bushings and ball joints at 150K ?

I recently added another E39 to the family. Bought a 2002 530i with 200K miles in very nice cosmetic condition for my daughter. The rear suspension is very noisy with all kinds of clunking and...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-11-2015, 06:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 202
Posted By mda185
Never truer words spoken and you don't even live...

Never truer words spoken and you don't even live near the pothole/frost heave center of the universe also known as Pennsylvania.:) Of course Wash DC was pretty bad when I lived near there in the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-11-2015, 06:19 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,198
Posted By mda185
bluebee, thanks for tackling this one. I...

bluebee, thanks for tackling this one. I recently bought the HF tire changer for my motorcycle and never thought seriously about doing my bimmer tires too. Now I will! I did buy a replacement tire...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-30-2015, 10:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,320
Posted By mda185
This is an E39 forum and knowledge here may not...

This is an E39 forum and knowledge here may not even apply to your car which is not an E39. Suggest you try You Tube and search there. That is where most of this kind of video is found. Also...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-20-2015, 09:53 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 3,490
Posted By mda185
I missed this when originally posted. I think I...

I missed this when originally posted. I think I agree with most of it. I am 2nd generation Italian in this country. My grandparents came over here with nothing and lived in a very poor...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-15-2015, 08:28 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,341
Posted By mda185
This is not a forum that can help you with...

This is not a forum that can help you with questions like this. Swapping the Nissan engine is possible but never done on the E39 chassis as far as I know. This means custom fabrication of engine...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-15-2015, 08:18 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,341
Posted By mda185
I realize this is old thread but one useful bit...

I realize this is old thread but one useful bit of information that did not emerge is that the S52 3.8 liter engine from the E36 M3 is a fairly easy swap into the early E39 with the M52 engine and...
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