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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-19-2019, 03:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 466
Posted By flyride
Steel brackets are just the E34 part before they...

Steel brackets are just the E34 part before they switched to aluminum.

Steel brackets will eventually break too, however. Not a bad thing to have a couple on the shelf.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-19-2018, 07:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 575
Posted By flyride
What you circled is the brake duct. The round...

What you circled is the brake duct. The round outlet to the right of it is the alternator air duct.

The brake duct is supposed to be loose fit. If it's not cracked or falling off, don't worry...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-08-2018, 08:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 938
Posted By flyride
You didn't mention how many miles were on the...

You didn't mention how many miles were on the car.

At about 200K miles, I had a driveline vibration that I could not pin down, even after replacing all mounts, CSB and giubo. The U joint itself...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-21-2018, 07:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 351
Posted By flyride
1. Make sure your PCV isn't in backwards. 2....

1. Make sure your PCV isn't in backwards.
2. Check your VC for cracks.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-05-2017, 09:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 659
Posted By flyride
It is, however, worth checking the VC very...

It is, however, worth checking the VC very carefully for cracks every time it is removed. A crack will result in an induction leak and possibly lean codes.

Misinstallation of the VC/VCG can cause...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-18-2017, 12:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,122
Posted By flyride
Here's the list of factory parts for the front...

Here's the list of factory parts for the front M-technic bumper. Aftermarket kits usually include bumper, lower grill, buffer strips, fog light assemblies and trims, and a few of the clips. You will...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-24-2017, 10:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 545
Posted By flyride
Since you installed new struts, make sure that...

Since you installed new struts, make sure that the top nuts aren't backing off. This includes the strut mounts and the nut on the strut itself.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-19-2017, 09:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 661
Posted By flyride
At least your car is kind enough to tell you it's...

At least your car is kind enough to tell you it's failing the fuel pump before stranding you!
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-19-2017, 09:26 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,564
Posted By flyride
I have the ULF setup in my E39 and it works...

I have the ULF setup in my E39 and it works flawlessly. Gen 5 advice is accurate - I have p/n 84109154358 and it works fine with iPhones.

I have TCU's in my M3 and wife's 330i. They work well...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-19-2017, 09:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 566
Posted By flyride
I have this...

I have this (http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-E36-46-E38-E39-Silent-Block-Tool-Ball-Joint-Removal-Installer-Tool-Set-/121860945796?hash=item1c5f7a7784:g:eL8AAOSwHaBWkSuE) eBay tool set, which works for...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-19-2017, 07:59 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,072
Posted By flyride
I will happily take the car off your hands and...

I will happily take the car off your hands and save you the $2000 :-)

Seriously, if your car is in good shape (meaning cosmetic and all this normal maintenance taken care of), it's worth more than...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-08-2017, 11:21 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,296
Posted By flyride
I'm not second guessing your decision, although...

I'm not second guessing your decision, although any plastic fan can come apart and do damage. I'm betting a majority of fans that have actually come apart have suffered some damage contacting the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-07-2017, 11:02 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,564
Posted By flyride
Factory ULF modules come up from time to time. ...

Factory ULF modules come up from time to time. I've seen them go as low as $150. 100% integrated with your factory sound system and buttons.

Here's the parts list you will need for the ULF:
ULF...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-04-2017, 09:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,296
Posted By flyride
Not sure how you wired up your electric fan, so...

Not sure how you wired up your electric fan, so unclear how it is controlled. The AUX fan circuit is not designed for general cooling - it cools the condenser when A/C is in use, and supplemental...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-04-2017, 03:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,296
Posted By flyride
Sometimes I'm not sure you are serious... ...

Sometimes I'm not sure you are serious...


Aux (electric) fan is only for the A/C system. Your engine cooling is from the mechanical fan. Is your fan clutch okay?


So maybe do the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-31-2017, 06:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,296
Posted By flyride
Yep, OFGH housing is also the alternator mounting...

Yep, OFGH housing is also the alternator mounting bracket.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-13-2017, 10:43 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 744
Posted By flyride
That pic shows a valve cover gasket leak for...

That pic shows a valve cover gasket leak for sure. A BMW kit will include the outer gasket plus two inner gaskets for the spark plug wells. Also change all the little stud grommets (PN 11121437395)...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-13-2017, 09:27 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 744
Posted By flyride
Not trying to be a jerk, but you should fix the...

Not trying to be a jerk, but you should fix the thing that's leaking. You dropped a long list and it doesn't sound like you know for sure what's leaking. Clean up the engine and then identify where...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-12-2017, 05:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 744
Posted By flyride
If it's on the driver's side, suspect the oil...

If it's on the driver's side, suspect the oil filter housing gasket or power steering. If it's on the passenger's side, it's usually the valve cover gasket.

Don't assume it's not leaking after...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-10-2017, 08:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 357
Posted By flyride
Given age, there probably is no M54 in existence...

Given age, there probably is no M54 in existence that could not benefit from replacement Beisan seal/O-ring kit. Raj told me specifically that he is unaware of any kitted M54 where the seals wore...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-08-2017, 08:12 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 529
Posted By flyride
M5 rear sway was one of the first changes to my...

M5 rear sway was one of the first changes to my car 15 years ago. Car is very neutral and no oversteering problems.

If your bushings are more than a couple of years old, it makes sense to replace...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-22-2017, 11:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 446
Posted By flyride
If the lamp plug is brittle and distorted or...

If the lamp plug is brittle and distorted or broken (especially the center lamp) try a replacement plug (or swap left to right, etc). This fixed sporadically intermittent dash warnings for me.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-20-2017, 07:15 PM
Replies: 418
Views: 181,550
Posted By flyride
We are saying the same thing. 12" Hg at the...

We are saying the same thing. 12" Hg at the intake is a higher vacuum force than 26" Hg since is referenced to ambient pressure (29.92" Hg on a 70F day at sea level). My mistake is referencing it...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-20-2017, 10:47 AM
Replies: 418
Views: 181,550
Posted By flyride
So you are suggesting that sucking harder on the...

So you are suggesting that sucking harder on the crankcase port causes more concentrated gas to come out? I don't see how, but maybe I don't understand your question.

FWIW, stock CCV is supposed...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-19-2017, 11:09 PM
Replies: 418
Views: 181,550
Posted By flyride
There will not be a positive pressure at any...

There will not be a positive pressure at any point in the circuit if you have negative pressure in the engine, since the negative pressure comes from the vacuum of the intake. All I can suggest is...
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