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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 05-30-2012, 07:54 AM
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Thanks for the idea, but I cant find it on their site. Do you have a link to the product?
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Thanks for the idea, but I cant find it on their site. Do you have a link to the product?
Here you go:

http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E90-328...erior/Storage/
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Decided to skip over the second round of clay bar and jump directly to the Meguiar's Headlight Restoration Kit:



Will buy some UV protectant tomorrow and apply.
This was very easy with my drill and the included polishing pad.
Do you sand the headlights with the Meguiar's Kit?
Your headlights look a million times better BTW...

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Old 05-30-2012, 11:20 AM
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Do you sand the headlights with the Meguiar's Kit?
Your headlights look a million times better BTW...

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Nope... you just attach the polisher to your favorite drill, apply the PlastX to the lens and start buffing. Put a little elbow grease into it and they look great. I am very happy with this product. Will be using this on my other cars as necessary.
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Nope... you just attach the polisher to your favorite drill, apply the PlastX to the lens and start buffing. Put a little elbow grease into it and they look great. I am very happy with this product. Will be using this on my other cars as necessary.
That is interesting that you were able to get that clean of a finish with just polishing/ no sanding...

It looked like your headlights were heavily pitted in the "before" pictures...

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That is interesting that you were able to get that clean of a finish with just polishing/ no sanding...

It looked like your headlights were heavily pitted in the "before" pictures...

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It was more like "sand blasted" little tiny granules stuck to the lens covers. The Clay bar got rid of a good deal of the residue and the Meguiar's kit did the rest. I am going to do it again and then put some Lamin-X on it to protect the covers from this kind of treatment in the future.

Unfortunatley my trip to work involves a 45 minute drive through the desert. Not good for paint or plastic.
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I've been off of my feet for the last two weeks after some minor surgery, so haven't had an opportunity to work on the car much less drive it. In anticipation of getting back on the road next week to return to work, I had my local indy install the rear rotors (which have been sitting in the garage waiting for me to get around to them) as well as EBC Ultimax brake pad at all four corners. I just felt the Powerstep Ceramic pads I had previously just lacked the level of bite my driving style requires. He also performed a brake fluid flush for while he was in there.

In addition I had new Nankang NS-II's sized 245/40/18 installed in the rear to replace the worn and rubbing 275/35/18's.

Pedal feel is greatly improved...I wish I could have done this work myself, but it's going to be at least a month before I can turn a wrench or lift anything heavy.
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Decided I had enough of the crooked tips on the OBX muffler that i've been running for a few months....had a local shop install a Magnaflow 14816:







Wash and wax soon and then some really spiffy pics....
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Decided I had enough of the crooked tips on the OBX muffler that i've been running for a few months....had a local shop install a Magnaflow 14816:







Wash and wax soon and then some really spiffy pics....
If you don't mind me asking, how much that system out the door?
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I bought the Muffler from a seller on eBay...he listed it for $200, but accepted my offer of $150.00.
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How much was the install?
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I really need to learn how to weld...with the right equipment, I could have definitely done this myself.
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That's not bad at all. Know any good tint guys in so cal?
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That's not bad at all. Know any good tint guys in so cal?
Sorry...got nothing for you as far as window tint goes.
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No thanks. Liking forward to your updated pics
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Not the amazing pictures that I promised, but at least the car is clean. I do need to find some new locations!!



















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love the 2 tone deck

ugh getting married sucks because I cant put money into mine!

but dont let my fiance hear that
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Albo - Looks great/clean! I am assuming currently those rears are 245/40R18 like you’ve mentioned before & a square setup?

Also what made you switch to MF? The OBX one couldn’t get realigned?
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Albo - Looks great/clean! I am assuming currently those rears are 245/40R18 like you’ve mentioned before & a square setup?

Also what made you switch to MF? The OBX one couldn’t get realigned?
Yup...245/40/18 all around. The obx's tips seemed to be too far off ....but to be honest I didn't explore getting them straightened. I was exploring exhaust options for another car and came across this great deal on the 14816.

On the plus side....and I expected this... The manga flow has a more aggressive exhaust note. Me likey! Not the cheapest thing to do, but I'm happy.
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This the same muffler/tips you have on yours?

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000CCFJ4S/...hvptwo=&hvqmt=
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This the same muffler/tips you have on yours?

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000CCFJ4S/...hvptwo=&hvqmt=
That be the one...
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Thanks for the compliment, but I think I have a mental problem....I keep taking pictures of my car:
Let me know when you find the cure for this. I have the same syndrome.
Car looks good BTW.
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