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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 01-05-2013, 11:37 AM
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Whats up everyone. I have a 99 automatic 540i with a little over 100k miles and its my baby. I messed up last week. But as far as maintaining it goes its perfect. All vacuum hoses and seals are being replaced. ALL of them. A trusted friend whose a forced induction specialist has been doing engine work for years and gave me some killer deals. So together were rebuilding the engine to perfection. We haven't talked about transmission yet. But the car is going to have custom piping and turbo put in. His work is the best and I trust him with my vehicle not to mention will be watching all of it done. The question is will my automatic transmission be able to handle the power? Ive never tranny flushed it because im sure you all know the story about that. Any comments about this? Btw itll be running 5 pounds of boost and i can turn it up to around 12 if needed. It isnt a race car i wont be going past 7 or 8. Mostly just at 5 to have that extra boost when i need it. Any suggestions on the transmission?
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Old 01-05-2013, 11:53 AM
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Only 1 way to find out... run it and see. If it starts going, then increase the pressure in tranny (install stiffer springs?). Check out other forums for info, im sure DSM ppl have some info about there tranny and how they modified it.

Please keep us updated about the project and list info (PICS WOULD BE GREAT!!!). Im too interested in turboing my 540i
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Old 01-05-2013, 11:58 AM
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The hardest part of this it getting the chip/computer tuned. The stock one wont even know the car is turbo. So on monday all specs of computer and everything will be sent in to the factory. The guy his name is Tim. So Tim told me that in 2 weeks parts come in. Im a specialist in custom cosmetics. So during the couple weeks im going to do speakers tvs and everything. Then the dreaded week of leaving the car in the shop for all of the installs for speed. Should be running around 450 to 500 horsepower when finished. So excited i want to jump out of my skin!!! Ill def keep posted and any change i have ill put pics up for all to see.
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Old 01-05-2013, 12:15 PM
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How much is he charging for vaccums & seals? It's something that I have wanted to do for a while - but the indy euro garage I had been taking the car to for years gave me issues on my last visit and refused to accept fault and it got ugly...

I've been looking to sell the E39 - but for how little the resale value is i'm thinking of just doing some maintenance and keeping it. Keep us updated on the turbo install... +1

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Old 01-05-2013, 05:45 PM
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Old 01-06-2013, 12:56 AM
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Alright guys update for questions. At first I wanted to keep it as simple as possible. Straight 5 psi of boost and nothing more. With this i can run it without an intercooler. But after thinking hard about it, this isnt something you want to skimp out on. I need to keep it as cool as possible plus this can give me the option of turning it up when needed if needed. Im getting hook up price on everything because hes my friend. Usually for a complete rebuild he charges 5 grand. My fuel pump and housing was cracked. I asked bmw they quoted me 855 installed for just the pump. Valley pan gasket another 1600 installed. This is when the idea of turbo came to mind. Ill replace the injectors with the high performance ones for the turbo, which by the way are only 260. BTW not completely sure on these prices because hes my friend getting better deals. Im about 7 grand into this. This includes fuel pump, all hoses and seals done, turbo and all that piping, an intercooler, boost guages, and a nob to turn boost up or down. Thats the only thing i skimped out on. didnt want to pay 400 for a screen just said put a nob and its free. He does great work so im very excited about this.
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Old 01-06-2013, 08:05 AM
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Since u already reached 15+ posts, might as well post pics

Maybe this will help for tune:

megasquirt(.dot)info (for some reason the link is blocked)

Guy in e30 put m62 motor in his car and is running this tune...
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Old 01-06-2013, 11:00 AM
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Old 01-06-2013, 11:32 PM
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Ill show you what i have done stock to the car. Muffler scuba tanks were cut off and a fat cone filter was it. Im sorry to say it will be about a week or 2 before the pics come up everyone since parts wont be coming in. I plan on making this a show car since i do custom cosmetics paint and audio. This car will be changed from top to bottom. Ill show everything as is stock and then the difference soon. Give me about 3 weeks straight for the entire thing to show and ill have vids up for everyone. Just was a bit worried about the tranny thats all. But pics for sure just give it some time for the parts to be ordered.
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Old 01-06-2013, 11:40 PM
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Can't wait to see it brotha man. If ya feel like showing it off when it's done feel free to shoot me a PM.

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Old 01-07-2013, 06:35 PM
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Whats up everyone. I have a 99 automatic 540i with a little over 100k miles and its my baby. I messed up last week. But as far as maintaining it goes its perfect. All vacuum hoses and seals are being replaced. ALL of them. A trusted friend whose a forced induction specialist has been doing engine work for years and gave me some killer deals. So together were rebuilding the engine to perfection. We haven't talked about transmission yet. But the car is going to have custom piping and turbo put in. His work is the best and I trust him with my vehicle not to mention will be watching all of it done. The question is will my automatic transmission be able to handle the power? Ive never tranny flushed it because im sure you all know the story about that. Any comments about this? Btw itll be running 5 pounds of boost and i can turn it up to around 12 if needed. It isnt a race car i wont be going past 7 or 8. Mostly just at 5 to have that extra boost when i need it. Any suggestions on the transmission?
I don't think anyone has turbo 540i yet. There is probably a good reason for that. That being said I can't wait to see pictures of this
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I don't think anyone has turbo 540i yet. There is probably a good reason for that. That being said I can't wait to see pictures of this
Dont hold ya breath,....
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Old 01-08-2013, 02:36 AM
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Im yet to see one as well. But it can and will be done by my specialist. Just having control over the psi is going to be great. Ive decided to do turn this car into a show car. Im sure many will disagree with this because lots of people say its either speed and power, or looks or whatever. But I want the ultimate car and i feel the 540 is it. Im only 20 but have been customizing cars for 5 years. Started a little early. Been to every car show in San Diego and Ive never seen one completely custom 540i. Ive already taken the before pictures and I want to show everyone what this monster will become. So far the roof spoiler has come in and the tv deck for the front. Im going for a more modern look in the car. Replacing all the old style with new. Ill have pictures of everything. Wish me the best of luck. My strength is Subwoofers and custom boxes. So ive already ordered 4 12's for the trunk and its all going to be styled nicely with videos and all. Another opinion for everyone, On every show car ive worked on, i put lambo doors. Not the standard 45 but the 90 degree ones. Whats everyone think about that? And besides inside the car under the seats by peoples feet im going to stay away from neons. Possibly too old school? Friends, help me create this beast.
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Old 01-08-2013, 04:10 AM
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Your only 20..... Mmmk well im only 19 and im not impressed, why a 540... There not special why arent you turboing a M5 mr.big shot lambo doors guy? Thats much more outstanding then some 6,000 dollar 540
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Your only 20..... Mmmk well im only 19 and im not impressed, why a 540... There not special why arent you turboing a M5 mr.big shot lambo doors guy? Thats much more outstanding then some 6,000 dollar 540
I must agree. Turboing m5 would be a lot 'cooler' and worth doing since 540 value would not really hold high as m5s... plus im sorry to say this, but i hear a lot of talk but not a lot of proof. Pics are a must! (i know that u said couple of weeks, but pics would hav been a plus when talking about turboing e39, especially in e39 forums lol)

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Your only 20..... Mmmk well im only 19 and im not impressed, why a 540... There not special why arent you turboing a M5 mr.big shot lambo doors guy? Thats much more outstanding then some 6,000 dollar 540
Someones Jealous. Im 17 so I'm not impressed either
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I must agree. Turboing m5 would be a lot 'cooler' and worth doing since 540 value would not really hold high as m5s... plus im sorry to say this, but i hear a lot of talk but not a lot of proof. Pics are a must! (i know that u said couple of weeks, but pics would hav been a plus when talking about turboing e39, especially in e39 forums lol)

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Agreed. But the cost of a Good 540i is half of a good m5.

Turboing a m5 would just be finanical suicide. Most people supercharge their 540i because its much cheaper. It also makes a little bit of sense because once your m62 dies there is a great supply of them that are very cheap
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Old 01-08-2013, 11:07 AM
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True true. M5 is pretty tight. By the time im finished with this itll blow any M5. However the 540 is what i have to work with. And it truly is a joy to drive. And honestly ive never actually drivin an M5. Again im sorry everyone for the delay in pics. Its easy for people to just talk all day about something and not have any proof. I promise ill have it soon and every up grade done even if its one at a time will be photographed and posted for all to see. Cant wait until its finished. Also, working on cars and making a project is a passion. Not only will people be (impressed) with the final product, but my own enjoyment of working on the project is my ultimate goal. I just wanted to share my thoughts and ask some questions from some people on here. The pics will be up soon. Ill keep updating every day for all to see. Again thank you for the replies, very excited to see this project come to life.
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Will it blow away a supercharged e39 m5?

Also I like to know how much this is costing you? I love projects but I wouldn't spend $30,000 on a 10 year old car. I see e60 m5s on Craigslist for $36k and that car even though its ugly is a pretty cool car... Minus the SMG which I hear is horrible
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Im 17 so I'm not impressed either
Dont you have a broke stock 540..? Who cares that your 17...

And Sh*t with a supercharged M5 at 520+ Whp i kinda really wish i could go back and just got a M5 instead
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lol No dude not a chance. I mean a stock m5 of course.
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Thanks LALARAY. Engine work isnt my specialty but I've been doing my best to learn as much as possible about it. Turbo Tim has been a very very close friend of mine so hes giving me everything at cost. And free labor. Custom fabricated piping, custom turbo, intercooler, custom computer (btw computer work tomorrow is getting numbers to specially design a second computer for my car) Its going to be a completely custom project. He said usually he would charge up the @$$ for this project. But hes charging me 6500 for all of this. Also doing the engine rebuild including hoses and seals and all that. Said the goal is to get it to push a standard 465 and be able to turn it up or down from there. A killer deal for the car. I figured its kind of an investment. So excited to show all of you what itll look like when its finished.
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Dont you have a broke stock 540..? Who cares that your 17...

And Sh*t with a supercharged M5 at 520+ Whp i kinda really wish i could go back and just got a M5 instead

who cares that you're 19 Booom you didn't see that coming

Yeah but the city is paying me $8000 for repairs! I was thinking S62 I already have a bunch of m5 parts(cluster,sway bars, doorsills, impact strips, shifter....) then we will be even in horsepower. Now all I need is LSD!


$6500! I would do that all day long assuming that it would make 400ish horsepower
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who cares that you're 19 Booom you didn't see that coming

Yeah but the city is paying me $8000 for repairs! I was thinking S62 I already have a bunch of m5 parts(cluster,sway bars, doorsills, impact strips, shifter....) then we will be even in horsepower. Now all I need is LSD!


$6500! I would do that all day long assuming that it would make 400ish horsepower
Dont think a S62 with 394hp and 370lbs of torque is what you would call even to me
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