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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 05-24-2012, 09:07 PM
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Old 05-24-2012, 10:29 PM
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Looks pretty good. The dash and consol look amazing. Although I'm not so sure about the dookie brown seats.
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Old 05-24-2012, 11:03 PM
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Looks pretty good. The dash and consol look amazing. Although I'm not so sure about the dookie brown seats.
lol... That color would be BMW's "Tobacco" color.. mostly found in the X3/5's I believe

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Old 05-25-2012, 06:08 AM
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Looking good, looks similar to my 330i interior but it had a bit more red in the color. I like the two tone interior look. Keep up the good work and what type of dye are you using?

Pics of my 330i two tone

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Old 05-25-2012, 04:33 PM
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That back seat color goes very nice on the red. It's gonna look great when its all complete. And Oscar that 330s interior looks amazing.

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Old 05-25-2012, 04:49 PM
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Nice work!


Heres my 2001 BMW 540iA Sport in Japanrot with Black interior that I bought about a month ago.









So far....new Michelin Pilot Sport a/s on 4 rear style 65 M5 wheels,Leatherique leather care,right rear wheel bearing replaced yesterday(that was a whippin),vanos flange gaskets on the workbench and a few this's and that's.

I really like it.

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Old 05-25-2012, 06:35 PM
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That back seat color goes very nice on the red. It's gonna look great when its all complete. And Oscar that 330s interior looks amazing.

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Thanks Mike and I agree with you, I think AZ636's interior choice with brown is going to go very well with his red.

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Nice work!


Heres my 2001 BMW 540iA Sport in Japanrot with Black interior that I bought about a month ago.



I really like it.

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Flyin-M5, Congrats on your e39 and welcome to the board.
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Old 05-27-2012, 07:49 PM
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And done... Phew exhausted, but worth it.

Near completion:





Carpet:*



Panels:



Overhead: excuse the no A pillars.*



Front: yes I know my handbrake cover is not installed



Rear:



All in all - it's a lot of work.. Went through 7 cans of paint for the tobacco and I ran out.. Barely had enough to finish panels need to order another 2 cans for headrests and I want to re-do a rear left panel (it spray bad when near empty)

Ask away, enjoy, I'll be happy to help w what I can

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Old 05-27-2012, 07:59 PM
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Old 05-27-2012, 08:22 PM
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Well....i know what my next interior project is! Now i just need some sport seats.. :-(
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Old 05-27-2012, 08:25 PM
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BTW... Did you paint the dash and vents or just replace with new black ones?
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Old 05-27-2012, 09:19 PM
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that looks really nice. the color combo works great together.
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Old 05-28-2012, 08:58 AM
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BTW... Did you paint the dash and vents or just replace with new black ones?
Thanks guys!

The dash was initially gonna be dyed.. but I landed a deal on one locally so swapped the dash, but still needed to dye the Airbag Cover and the Glovebox to match it since those 2 pieces didn't come w/ the new one.

If I were to do it agan, I would of dyed the whole dash instead of replacing it, knowing how big of a paint in the ass it is now.
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Old 05-28-2012, 09:41 PM
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Hey Bro, I really think you did an outstanding job. I found the Colorbond thread last night on the E46 forum, and read all 25 pages (my eyes hurt something fierce afterwards) all the while thinking this is my next project. I have to admit that I'm still a little hesitant dying my whole interior (it's the same as yours was), since I don't yet know how well it will hold up in the Florida heat. From what I can tell this stuff seems to be pretty resistant to almost any kind of abuse, so as far as long term durability goes you, and hopefully me in the near future, should be good for years to come. Few questions though: I know you replaced the tan dash with a new one, but by taping the front of the lower windshield is the spray pattern from the can a viable way to dye the dash without removing it? I really don't want to have to remove the dash from the car. Second, how many cans of black did it take to do the carpet, and to retain the original feel of the carpet was there anything special you did? What I mean is, did you just spray it on and let it dry, or is there another method? Lastly, and least important is how many hours did this dye project take? I have a long weekend coming up at the end of the month, and am trying to figure out if it's enough time to dye everything and get past the nasty stench everyone on the E46 board was talking about. Sorry for the really long post, but I just want to be sure I have all my ducks in a row before starting this. BTW hope you don't mind but I'm gonna do the same color combo as you, though I'm not sure about the headliner yet.
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Old 05-28-2012, 10:31 PM
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It turned out much better than I thought. The Dookie colored seats look much better now that the door panels match them.
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Old 06-26-2012, 02:18 PM
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Picked up a D700 and Did a quick random shoot, car's a bit dirty if you couldn't tell, but tomorrow's 81 and sunny so she'll get a wash and another quick snap... but it's been a long haul w/ the tobacco interior (picked up the A pillars today, so that's why they are missing in these photos haha).. here she is

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bmw2 by ATAperture, on Flickr


bmw3 by ATAperture, on Flickr

(yes I know it's a lil crooked, fixed but didnt re-upload new one)

bmw1 by ATAperture, on Flickr

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Old 06-26-2012, 04:35 PM
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1st pic needs more contrast and saturation. D700 is a great camera. It's now a back-up for my D800
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I like your french lights, but I wonder how you did it and how how you find it to improve(or degrade) the lighting for driving? By the way, I've always wondered this when I see those yellow lights on cars in europe. And while I'm at it, what does the DOT have to say about yellow headlights?
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Old 06-26-2012, 08:48 PM
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Old 06-27-2012, 01:29 AM
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1st pic needs more contrast and saturation. D700 is a great camera. It's now a back-up for my D800
haha I literally did it in under a minute.. just a quick clean up...

I def thought about the d800, but just made no sense to spend double for what I need You having any issue's w/ the focus like most? Apparently when tilted and focused on either corner, it blurs a bit? From what I read, its a big problem for most owners

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Hey Bro, I really think you did an outstanding job. I found the Colorbond thread last night on the E46 forum, and read all 25 pages (my eyes hurt something fierce afterwards) all the while thinking this is my next project. I have to admit that I'm still a little hesitant dying my whole interior (it's the same as yours was), since I don't yet know how well it will hold up in the Florida heat. From what I can tell this stuff seems to be pretty resistant to almost any kind of abuse, so as far as long term durability goes you, and hopefully me in the near future, should be good for years to come. Few questions though: I know you replaced the tan dash with a new one, but by taping the front of the lower windshield is the spray pattern from the can a viable way to dye the dash without removing it? I really don't want to have to remove the dash from the car. Second, how many cans of black did it take to do the carpet, and to retain the original feel of the carpet was there anything special you did? What I mean is, did you just spray it on and let it dry, or is there another method? Lastly, and least important is how many hours did this dye project take? I have a long weekend coming up at the end of the month, and am trying to figure out if it's enough time to dye everything and get past the nasty stench everyone on the E46 board was talking about. Sorry for the really long post, but I just want to be sure I have all my ducks in a row before starting this. BTW hope you don't mind but I'm gonna do the same color combo as you, though I'm not sure about the headliner yet.
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Sorry for the late notice, I dont know how I missed this giant post... Okay here we go:

Dying the dash that way would be tricky.. I can see it done, but honestly not sure how/if the pattern would show.. Worth a shot, and just stay consistant, start from the back and work your way to the front.

The carpet took me about 6 cans, 3 per side. To do it again, I'd go 8, because there's some spots I didnt cover well enough, so I ordered another 2 just to hit it one last time. It didn't say to do anything special, but I cleaned mine w/ some basic carpet cleaner from an auto store the day before I went at it. As far as the "feel" of the carpet.. it's def not the same. It's a lot harder now but I expected it considering you're spraying stuff on it. Personally I dont care for the feel as nothing by my feet are on it. It's a bit hard/crunchy if you will. Yep, spray and let it dry out.

I took my sweet time, I didn't want to rush this just because it was such a big project for myself. It def could be done in a weekend, but you're literally going at it... granted my biggest part was the taking the dash and putting the new one in. If your just pulling seats out and spraying away, you're def good on that part for a weekend job. I've had it on for about a month if not a little less and it's been through some heat waves, but its holding on quite well. I dont think you'll have any issues, just dont go light on the coatings and you'll be okay.

Headliner was a PITA to figure out, but to do it again, I could swap it in 30 minutes.

Feel free to PM me w/ any questions, and again, sorry for the late response.

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^he had yellow highbeam only, and they rarely on anyway.
That's correct.. only my high's are yellow which act as DRL's... goes great w/ the HID Fogs.. as far as "improvement", I've ran them on high's during a pretty big foggy night.. no cars were around so it helped that I was able to turn my high's on .. I personally like yellow in the fog rather than HID's but its really all a personal preference.

Here's a DIY I made on the process and a photo on how it looks when I drive around daily

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Old 06-27-2012, 02:27 PM
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Hey do you have your fenders rolled? My 275 in the rear won't fit.
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Old 06-27-2012, 03:28 PM
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Hey do you have your fenders rolled? My 275 in the rear won't fit.
Really? E39's should fit 275's no problem. Mine aren't rolled, in fact I could squeeze in 285's and be okay I think
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Old 06-27-2012, 03:55 PM
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Really? E39's should fit 275's no problem. Mine aren't rolled, in fact I could squeeze in 285's and be okay I think
Woah really? Everyone told me 275s wouldn't fit. I have 19x9.5s +22 offset with a 275/30 tire on the rears and it rips the tire when I do a turn. I'm riding on my stocks until I get it fixed. BTW sweet car man. What type of bike rack is that? I need to get one soon.
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Woah really? Everyone told me 275s wouldn't fit. I have 19x9.5s +22 offset with a 275/30 tire on the rears and it rips the tire when I do a turn. I'm riding on my stocks until I get it fixed. BTW sweet car man. What type of bike rack is that? I need to get one soon.
I run 275/30 on 18x9.5s. My wheels are +25, though and I'm at stock ride height.

Japan Rot is absolutely gorgeous and I am more than a little impressed with the outstanding interior work. Extra points for keepin' it real with the stock bumper!
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I run 275/30 on 18x9.5s. My wheels are +25, though and I'm at stock ride height.

Japan Rot is absolutely gorgeous and I am more than a little impressed with the outstanding interior work. Extra points for keepin' it real with the stock bumper!
I just rolled my own fenders today it wasn't too hard...so far no more tire rub, but I haven't took a high speed turn, nor do I want to and find out it still rubs. Haha
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