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Old 10-19-2014, 10:46 AM
atl530i atl530i is offline
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Hello everyone,

I bought an E34 540i6 M Sport last year and have been working (or have had others working) on it since April of last year. The link for the full thread is in my sig.

The day I got it:

First thing was to get it running right. It had some really bad vacuum leaks:

While everything was apart, the knock sensors, valley pan, and everything under the intake was replaced or resealed. All 8 plugs were also replaced since they were covered in oil.

Next was to make it ride right… I bought some vogtland springs and koni adjustable shocks (they were 25% off which made them cheaper than Bilstiens) along with every bushing, washer, nut, and bolt for under the car. It rides exceptionally well and feels very planted to the road.

Rear shock mount on the driver side…

RD strut bar. I had one in my E90 and liked it so I got one for my E34.

It was advised that while the diff was out, I should put some new clutches and dog ears in.

A fresh 3.15LSD is a lot of fun.

Next, the clutch pressure plate decided to explode. It was a self-adjusting clutch from an E39 with an E39 flywheel (my car started life as a slushbox). I went with a JBR lightweight flywheel and OEM sachs clutch for now. The chatter is not bad and barely noticeable. Very rev happy now for being a V8.

I bought a parker gauge pod for the shift surround. I wanted to have oil pressure (if you have an M60 you know…), oil temp, and water temp. I will be checking bolts on the next oil change but this is cheap insurance.

I had a buddy weld a new bung where the original sensors go.

Euro LKM

I also wired the rear fogs thru the euro LKM so it will tell me if a light goes out, works great.

Re-pinned the LKM socket also.

E31 single pot brakes. I had M5 brakes on there but since I bought an E34 525, they are going on that now. Only reason for these and if I find some 4pot brembos, I can put them on no problem. Currently it has brembo blanks and hawk pads which is plenty. I also installed UUC stainless lines. I did meyle rear blanks and some nice semi-metallic pads from O'Reilly.

I wasn’t happy with the 19 years worth of road grime when I did my brakes so I cleaned the wheel well with some diluted degreaser and a rag. I did not want to scrape the under coatings off the car. I got most of it off and there was no rust behind the fenders when I took the inner liners off. I need to do the rears, it got dark that night and it started raining. Another day...

Got the rock chips fixed.

And that didn't last long...

From a couple weeks ago

Hanging out with my oldest this weekend. He helped me with the 525 this weekend with what he could also. Soon enough, he'll be swapping motors and whatnot into his BMW when he gets old enough.

The bra came off also


95 E34 540i6 M Sport - 92 E34 525i5 - 95 E34 530iA sold - 2007 E90 328i sold - 95 E34 525i5 rip
91 E30 318is w/s50 sold - 94 E34 530iA rip - 88 E28 535is5 sold - 81 E12 528i5 sold - 84 E30 318i5 sold

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Old 10-19-2014, 06:07 PM
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E34ZombieHunter E34ZombieHunter is online now
Nothin like an E34
Location: Lillington NC
Join Date: Feb 2013
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Mein Auto: 95 540i B/B
Damn that is sweet, keep it up!!

Gotta love an E34!!
If you want to get junkyard parts remember one thing, if it was wrecked you know it was running/driving. You may not know how well, but it was.








E28 v. E30 v. E34
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Old 10-19-2014, 07:21 PM
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Mein Auto: 1992 BMW 535i (manual)
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Old 10-19-2014, 09:23 PM
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Mein Auto: 1995 540i SPORT /6 spd
Dang, You got me thinking McDonald's...


Mmmmmmmm, Im lovin it.!
1995 540i /6 speed.Black on black. C.A.I/JBR LWFW/ Dinan tune/hi flow exhuast /545 SSK /3.15 with LSD / rev-shift racing motor mounts/stage 4, 6 puck clutch/ K Sport coil overs / 19" BBS LM's / suede sparco 368 steering wheel, Recaro bucket seats, sparco 4 point harnesses, NX wet kit, M/T drag slicks
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