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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 05-14-2012, 11:23 AM
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Old 05-14-2012, 11:54 AM
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I'm at work and cant play much on it. Just a quickie!
NICE!! did you use photoshop? I've never used PS, but i've been thinking about buying it. Is there a good free alternative?
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Old 05-17-2012, 09:15 PM
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Spent a little time clay baring the headlights...

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After 10 minutes of baring with Stoner's Invisible Glass as a lubricant:







Will do round two tomorrow and polish with Meguir's PlastX.
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Old 05-18-2012, 09:46 AM
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It didn't help much. Use 3M kit or Sylvania Kit
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Old 05-18-2012, 10:32 AM
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I would use the Sylvania Headlight Restoration kit...
http://www.autozone.com/autozone/acc...er=272381_0_0_
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Old 05-18-2012, 12:01 PM
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Either one is good, I just like the drill attachment that comes with the 3M kit. Makes sanding a lot easier.
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Old 05-18-2012, 02:46 PM
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^ but the Sylvania has the sealant that protect against UV damage
I did use the 3M kit though.
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Old 05-18-2012, 06:51 PM
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Lol! Don't worry about it fellas... The clay bar was just step one. You will see the finished product tomorrow.
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Old 05-19-2012, 04:30 PM
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Decided to skip over the second round of clay bar and jump directly to the Meguiar's Headlight Restoration Kit:



Finished product after 10-15 minutes of polishing on each side:











Will buy some UV protectant tomorrow and apply. This was very easy with my drill and the included polishing pad.
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Old 05-19-2012, 08:34 PM
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looks much better, i would suggest buying some lamin-x and really protect them.
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Old 05-19-2012, 11:27 PM
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Old 05-20-2012, 07:43 AM
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Still has orange reflectors though
New headlights can wait... More important things to address along the way.
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Thinking about my old E38:


















...and my E46:







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Old 05-20-2012, 03:12 PM
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Nice e38, my bro is trying to get one of those. The color and quad setup are perfect too.
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Old 05-24-2012, 09:37 PM
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mind taking some detailed pix of your audio setup? steering wheel controls, head unit, etc.

trying to get mine on point and your taste is impeccable.
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Old 05-25-2012, 12:24 AM
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mind taking some detailed pix of your audio setup? steering wheel controls, head unit, etc.

trying to get mine on point and your taste is impeccable.

As luck would have it, I'm making some changes to my interior soon.... I"ll document my audio system.
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Old 05-25-2012, 05:22 PM
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solid, thanks.
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Old 05-25-2012, 10:58 PM
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Spent some time today, installing some interior tid bits...

E90 leather handbrake handle:





Bought an E39 Double Din kit off of eBay as well, needed to replace the Metra kit I've been using. The new one seems to be a blatant rip off of the Janus Design kit, but I have to say it's an excellent value at $60.00 shipped for New Jersey.
















And a video showing some of the wiring and old dash kit. Oh....and yes...disregard the bit about not having to cut the air box. It IS required:

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Old 05-25-2012, 11:44 PM
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damnit, i wish i could do that. living in an apartment with limited tools sucks

not to mention my current lack of cash flow
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Old 05-25-2012, 11:55 PM
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damnit, i wish i could do that. living in an apartment with limited tools sucks

not to mention my current lack of cash flow
Little by little... That's how I started.
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Old 05-26-2012, 12:10 AM
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Where in so cal you live? looks like IE somewhere.

I'm trying to find a reputable indy garage in south oc as well as a window tint place/guy
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More updates to come, but today I installed the E90 European Sunglasses Holder that I bought from ECS Tuning. I bought a gray one for my wife's E90 (which was a straight forward install) and liked it so much that I order one for my E39 as well. It does not fit natively, so I made some adapters out of some urethane shims that I bought from Home Depot. I'm not quite finished... The final product will have the shims trimmed so they are not visible. First two pictures show the shims screwed into the original mounting holes.













Last picture show holder closed with sunglasses in it.
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