Finished my cooling system, thanks guys!
Hey all, finished my cooling system yesterday. Replaced everything, water pump, fan clutch, thermostat, radiator, hoses, belts, etc. Just wanted to thank everyone on this site for the great resources.
My few tips to add from my experience: As I believe bluebee recommends, order an extra radiator nipple. I finished my entire system and then immediately broke that off so it was great to have extras. Also, I thought bleeding was much easier with the car jacked up. Lastly, the fan clutch counter holder is probably helpful but CN90's recommendation with lodging a screwdriver by the nut worked just fine for me.
Thanks again guys,
2003 E39, manual, sport, debadged, full service history from new, staggered authentic 18" alpina softlines, M5 mirrors and trunk lip, =30% 3M tint, DICE silverline ipod integration, valentine one rear headrest stealth install, CDV delete, 545i short shifter + zhp shift knob, zimmerman rotors, axxis pads, custom interior (two-tone sand beige black with microsuede A pillars, oem black headliner, sandbeige 18-way adjustable comfort seats)