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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 03-30-2012, 06:51 AM
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When you turn on your car, are both sides of the exhaust working? Or one side?
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:24 AM
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I have seen a Picture of a 550i exhaust without the valve. After seeing the pic I assumed that mine did not have a valve and disided on a new exhaust for my car to get that "V8" sound. only when the car was on the hoist did I see the valve. If I had checked I would not have bothered to try the exhaust and would have only opened the valve and let it like that!
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Old 03-30-2012, 10:12 AM
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So the 08+ with the Sport "M" package.. does have the valve?

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Old 03-30-2012, 12:24 PM
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So the 08+ with the Sport "M" package.. does have the valve?

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Haven't found it yet on my car. Take a look at yours and let us all know.....
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Old 03-30-2012, 04:04 PM
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I can't speak for a 2008 Sport, but my 2007 Sport has the valve. There are no vacuum lines under the car, they (and the soleniod) are in the left side compartment in the trunk. Remove the two fasteners and you'll see the lines connected to the soleniod which is just near the left turn/brake light. The valve itself can be found in the right-side exhaust pipe. It's deep inside on the curved part, use a flashlight and shine into the right pipe, you'll see it. The car sounds great on idle like a V8 should!
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Old 03-31-2012, 08:15 AM
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I think I have confirmed that my car (thus, likely any 2008 or newer 550 with the Sport Package) does not have this valve. I am guessing that the valve is removed as part of the special exhaust tuning that BMW claims is included with the Sport Package. So, this mod is already part of our car model.

Anybody else with a 08 or newer 550, please chime in.....

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Old 03-31-2012, 08:24 AM
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I think I have confirmed that my car (thus, likely any 2008 or newer 550 with the Sport Package) does not have this valve. I am guessing that the valve is removed as part of the special exhaust tuning that BMW claims is included with the Sport Package. So, this mod is already part of our car model.

Anybody else with a 08 or newer 550, please chime in.....

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I looked at an '09 this morning, in service (CPO fun...)- It actually had the valve. My theory is that the PO had it removed; Quite a few folks have the pipe cut off, the flap removed and then welded back on. Ahhh... Who knows...

I actually reconnected my hoses to the relay. While I loved the idle / startup sound, I ended up going back because of the uneven variations you get in sound when the car comes back down to idle (either from a rev or slow downshifting as you roll up to a light). I noticed that the car will hit 800RPM, float a bit, and then settle at the stock 500/600 (depending on whether your AC is on). That little pause was enough to annoy me, so I went back to the stock set-up- now I can't hear the idle adjusting itself. To each his or her own...

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Old 03-31-2012, 08:25 AM
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I think I have confirmed that my car (thus, likely any 2008 or newer 550 with the Sport Package) does not have this valve. I am guessing that the valve is removed as part of the special exhaust tuning that BMW claims is included with the Sport Package. So, this mod is already part of our car model.

Anybody else with a 08 or newer 550, please chime in.....

Keith
Ya, unfortunately we do not have this valve on newer 550's. i also checked.
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Old 03-31-2012, 08:38 AM
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Hmmm. Maybe there's a model year split. Either way, I know the '09 sounds the same as my '06 at idle- Maybe they tuned the exhaust properly to avoid boominess but also eliminate the silly moving parts...
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Old 03-31-2012, 09:01 AM
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I cannot find it on my 08 550 sport and some say it is yet some say it is not. Is the valve in the drivers or passenger muffler(referring to the two mufflers on the drivers side)? Is the mechanism for the valve located on the top or the side. I cannot see or feel anything on my car
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Old 04-24-2012, 08:02 PM
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ne one have a video or audio of this trick?
i am very disappointed on the way my 550 sounds
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Old 05-16-2012, 03:00 AM
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Has anyone had any "bad" feedback for us. I'll like to try this mod on my 545, I found the solenoid in the boot. It is on the Passenger side for LHD and driver side for RHD.
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Old 05-16-2012, 03:38 PM
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Why mess around with the vacuum tubes, etc when you can just put a simple 2.25" hose clamp on it. Wouldn't use a zip tie as these pipes get HOT..!
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Old 05-16-2012, 08:48 PM
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I tried the hose clamps and did not work for me for some reason. The zip ties seem cheesy, however it has worked for me. Ive had the ties on for 2 months now and no issues. If interested I can send pics of how I did it. Heat does not affect the ties, unless u wrap it on the exhaust itself.
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Old 05-16-2012, 11:11 PM
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Why mess around with the vacuum tubes, etc when you can just put a simple 2.25" hose clamp on it. Wouldn't use a zip tie as these pipes get HOT..!
i doute that there will be any damage done at all by joining the tubes. the valve just opens when the car is started and closes when switched off. As long as the tubes are joined properly, there will be no vacume leeks. this is a very simple mod, but a good one!
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Old 05-17-2012, 01:14 AM
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I tried the hose clamps and did not work for me for some reason. The zip ties seem cheesy, however it has worked for me. Ive had the ties on for 2 months now and no issues. If interested I can send pics of how I did it. Heat does not affect the ties, unless u wrap it on the exhaust itself.
Please do post them. I'm intrigued.
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Old 05-17-2012, 10:38 AM
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I put my valve back in. The exhaust was too droning at low speeds when I wanted to hear music.
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Old 05-17-2012, 03:28 PM
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Please do post them. I'm intrigued.
Here u go. I would start from left to right. Attack the first zip tie around the metal hinge thing.(If you look right between the two exhaust pipes you will see it)

Tie the second zip tie around the bell just like I did in the picture.

Tie the third one around the lever of the exhaust valve.

First leave them loose so you can play with them, then tighten them one by one and make sure the last zip tie around the lever does not slip off. Once the zip ties are tight, you must push the lever inward as far as you can and you will hear the valve open. Once you push the lever all the way in tighten the zip tie as much as you can.

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Old 05-17-2012, 05:44 PM
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Kalil, good shots. You know what I ended up doing, though? I plugged the relay output and paid a muffler guy $50 to slice off the pipe with the flap, remove it and weld it back on with a small connector to keep the length right. No mechanical worries, now. Car sounds great.
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Old 05-17-2012, 10:56 PM
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I put my valve back in. The exhaust was too droning at low speeds when I wanted to hear music.
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Old 05-18-2012, 12:48 AM
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thanks to op for the great mod, just did mine, was way too easy, removed the left side cover in the trunk, found the 2 hoses, pulled them out from that black connector, and crazy glued them together. Turned the car on, the valve opened and now it sounds perfect. No tools were needed, except the crazy glue.
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Old 05-18-2012, 12:58 AM
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thanks to op for the great mod, just did mine, was way too easy, removed the left side cover in the trunk, found the 2 hoses, pulled them out from that black connector, and crazy glued them together. Turned the car on, the valve opened and now it sounds perfect. No tools were needed, except the crazy glue.
I would rather find a straight push on connector to join those pipes.... as good as super glue can be, it will become brittle and brake.. Try a pet shop for the connector.
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Old 05-18-2012, 01:11 AM
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I would rather find a straight push on connector to join those pipes.... as good as super glue can be, it will become brittle and brake.. Try a pet shop for the connector.
I will let you know when it breaks
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Old 05-18-2012, 01:44 AM
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I will let you know when it breaks
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Old 05-18-2012, 04:27 AM
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Here u go. I would start from left to right. .......

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Thanks. I'll give it a spin over the weekend.
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