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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-05-2019, 01:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 331
Posted By Fudman
Sorry, here are the pictures

Sorry, here are the pictures
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-05-2019, 11:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 331
Posted By Fudman
Tire sidewall damage

After returning from a long overseas trip and not having driven for awhile, I was running some local errands when I clipped a curb at very slow speed (parking lot) and caused some wheel rash and tire...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-20-2018, 06:25 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 811
Posted By Fudman
Saw this and thought I would respond since I...

Saw this and thought I would respond since I haven't looked in on B'fest or posted in ages. My car only has 139K but is still running great. Haven't wrenched on her in months (a good thing, I...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-24-2018, 06:59 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,128
Posted By Fudman
If you go to HF today, there's a sale on (you'll...

If you go to HF today, there's a sale on (you'll need the online coupons):

Creeper - $19.99
Steel Jack Stands - $17.99
1.5 ton Jack - $59.99 (this is adequate for the e39, get the 3 ton if you...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-24-2018, 06:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 501
Posted By Fudman
Yes, if you pry the piece off, it is labeled...

Yes, if you pry the piece off, it is labeled behind.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-23-2018, 12:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 518
Posted By Fudman
+1, This is not worth spending money on a...

+1, This is not worth spending money on a professional repair. It is barely visible in an obscure location. And it is not worth compromising your insurance record for a low payback settlement. I...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-12-2018, 07:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 6,452
Posted By Fudman
Who the heck are all these new members who post...

Who the heck are all these new members who post one time on their first day only? Is this some locksmith bot joining forums to push using locksmiths? :thumbdwn:
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-10-2018, 02:41 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,905
Posted By Fudman
1) My O-rings were brittle and plasticized. So...

1) My O-rings were brittle and plasticized. So were the O-rings from the other cars. You could not tell they were rubber.

2) Beisan O-rings should last the "life" of the engine. Poolman had...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-09-2018, 05:29 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,905
Posted By Fudman
You need to have your butt-dyno recalibrated. ...

You need to have your butt-dyno recalibrated. :bareass: LOL! Having been through 5 of these procedures, the most noticeable differences/improvements occurred when you have a Vanos-related issue...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-09-2018, 05:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 857
Posted By Fudman
I painted my original grill with Plasti-Dip satin...

I painted my original grill with Plasti-Dip satin black (on a black e39). It held up well for about 6 years. I thought I would upgrade to a solid plastic grille and went to eBay. Pure junk. The...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-07-2018, 10:13 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 503
Posted By Fudman
Depending upon your miles, you may want to...

Depending upon your miles, you may want to consider changing your thrust arms, control arms and tie rods. The additional labor is relatively low since the struts are out and the difference is...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-07-2018, 07:25 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 503
Posted By Fudman
There is typically a tradeoff between performance...

There is typically a tradeoff between performance and comfort (ride quality). And ride quality is somewhat subjective. The standard Boge/Sachs sport struts give a good compromise of ride and...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-29-2018, 05:09 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,888
Posted By Fudman
FYI, Here is the DIY I followed. ...

FYI, Here is the DIY I followed. https://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showpost.php?p=3438018&postcount=1
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-27-2018, 09:40 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,888
Posted By Fudman
I used the wet sandpaper method too. Worked fine...

I used the wet sandpaper method too. Worked fine for me. I recommend covering the lens when you are done with a flexible plastic lens cover. In addition to adding protection against rocks and...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-27-2018, 09:36 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,860
Posted By Fudman
Interesting. I had a similar problem years ago. ...

Interesting. I had a similar problem years ago. I added R134 but I added too much. Turns out that the BMW system requires a specific range of refrigerant by weight. Too much is as bad as too...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-06-2018, 10:08 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 8,362
Posted By Fudman
I hate to correct Q-Silver as he is usually...

I hate to correct Q-Silver as he is usually correct but the shocks are different. The Sport pkg uses a different Sachs shock from the non-sport. Also the sway bars are a bit bigger. Check RealOEM...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-28-2018, 01:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 886
Posted By Fudman
A very good synopsis of the impact of different...

A very good synopsis of the impact of different types of weight on vehicle performance. To see some quantitative differences, refer to this C&D article on plus size wheels (unsprung weight):...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-17-2018, 10:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 670
Posted By Fudman
+1. It all depends on how good of a job you want...

+1. It all depends on how good of a job you want and your level of experience painting cars. Matching colors and finish are a challenge, especially the metallic colors on older cars. It sounds...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-13-2018, 09:19 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,776
Posted By Fudman
Poolman, Hate to see another B'Fest old timer...

Poolman,
Hate to see another B'Fest old timer hit the bricks but these cars (and we) are not getting any younger. Thanx for all you contributions over the years. It's been fun. All the best and...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-05-2018, 08:23 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,609
Posted By Fudman
The cheapest and easiest (DIY) way to achieve the...

The cheapest and easiest (DIY) way to achieve the former, without compromising ride quality, is to swap out the rear sway bar for a heavier RSB. An e39 sport RSB would work well with the stock 528...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-16-2018, 02:14 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 8,006
Posted By Fudman
The locking assembly is primarily metal so it is...

The locking assembly is primarily metal so it is a LOT more durable than the actuator, which is primarily plastic. When you reassemble the actuator to the locking assembly, pay special attention to...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-16-2018, 11:22 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 8,006
Posted By Fudman
528iAut is correct. While the actuator is an...

528iAut is correct. While the actuator is an electro-mechanical component (the electrical signal causes an electric motor to spin and move the tabs), the failure mode is probably mechanical: A...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-16-2018, 05:12 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 8,006
Posted By Fudman
From my personal experience with similar driver &...

From my personal experience with similar driver & the passenger door symptoms, the source of the problem has been a failed #2, the actuator (electrical unit), and not #1, the mechanical unit. The...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-12-2018, 05:15 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,238
Posted By Fudman
I ran the old Dunlop 2Ds which were very good in...

I ran the old Dunlop 2Ds which were very good in both traction and treadlife. Am now running the Nokia Hakkas which are better. But when the snow gets deeper (6"+) and your airdam becomes a plow,...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-29-2017, 10:05 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,826
Posted By Fudman
Post cat O2 sensors do nothing and will not yield...

Post cat O2 sensors do nothing and will not yield a code. Did you replace your original pre-cat O2 sensors with Bosch? I did. Bosch O2 sensors stink! One lasted 35K. I replaced it with the...
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