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Old 06-19-2020, 03:52 PM
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THANK YOU so much! I have really enjoyed reading and studying the pictures/details you have posted. I have 3 X5 35ds with the JR 2.8 tune and love the power/torque and fuel mileage. You have really given me more incentive to get back in the garage and work some more and at 73 years old, and some days I need your ideas that you have shown just for some more boost.
Happy to hear you enjoy the thread and you find it motivating.
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- Manual Swap, MFactory SMFW, Spec Stg 3+ Clutch, Shiftteck SSK
- EOS Port Injection Manifold, Fuel-It: Stg 2 LPFP +Ethanol Sensor
- N54B30, JB4, Hexon RR550s, Custom Y-Pipe Inlet, AR DPs, 3" Exhaust, VRSF 7" IC, ER CP, Tial BOV, RB PCV, BMS OCC

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Old 06-19-2020, 04:24 PM
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ZL1 wheels repaired and powder coated Prismatic "Graphite Black" it's essentially a black with a fine metallic flake and a satin finish. I liked the way the OEM GM satin black finish looked so I used that as a base and I figured the slight metallic finish of the graphite black would compliment the Platinum Grey Metallic on the body. The powder coat turned out to be slightly different than I was envisioning but overall I am very happy.

With my front left sidewall damaged and the other tires on lower tread it was time to replace the tires. I jumped from a 295/40/20 square setup of Pirelli Scorpion Verde to a slightly taller set of Hankook Ventus ST RH06 in 295/45/20. I knew they would be tight and after much research, measuring, and guesstimating I still wasn't confident they would fit. I was relieved to find out the fit perfectly.

I was going between these Hankook RH06s in 295/45 or doing the Michelin Pilot 4 SUV in 305/40. I run Hankook Evos on all my other cars and appreciate the value the tires offer; good grip, quiet ride, adequate tread life, and a fair price. My personal experience combined with the reviews I read were enough for me to give the tires a shot. The Hankooks are about 1/3 the price as the Michelins too.

For the way I use my X5 this 295/45 20x11 square setup is perfect. Given the limitations of the vehicle, tire options, DXC, etc. I can't think of anything I would change. Jumping back up to a taller and heavier tire does zap some of the acceleration performance but the added comfort of the beefy tires is welcomed and worth the trade off.

I am glad the X5 is back from my wheel guy but it was REAL fun dailying the E61 again, never a dull moment.


Garage space was taken by my e39 touring which is getting engine work and a manual swap so I had to get creative in the drive way with 2 jack stands and removing 2 wheels at a time to swap tires. lol


Tada





No rubbing except at full-lock to the right. I will heat, melt, mold this vent further forward. It eats up a lot of space but I can work with it.


I love tight fitment. Looking at the X5 from afar it looks fairly normal but poke your head in the wheel well and you can see where all the research, calculations ....and luck paid off! lol



A look at the tread pattern.
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- M5 Driveshaft, M5 LSD, M5 Axles, M5 Brakes
- M5 Front End, M5 skirts, M5 Mirrors, M-Tech Rep Rear
- KW V3, RD Sport Sways, UR Strut Braces, Forgestar F14 SDC
- Manual Swap, MFactory SMFW, Spec Stg 3+ Clutch, Shiftteck SSK
- EOS Port Injection Manifold, Fuel-It: Stg 2 LPFP +Ethanol Sensor
- N54B30, JB4, Hexon RR550s, Custom Y-Pipe Inlet, AR DPs, 3" Exhaust, VRSF 7" IC, ER CP, Tial BOV, RB PCV, BMS OCC

E39 540iT:
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- E38 Contour Seats
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Old 06-21-2020, 07:14 PM
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2 Injectors replaced-all GOOD NOW!

I just replaced two injectors and all is good now-All Codes gone and back to running great again! THANKS! Jim
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Old 06-23-2020, 12:27 AM
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Awesome thread

Thank you, this has been a wonderful read this evening!
Last week I purchased a low miles (<48k) 2011 X5 35d that is also Platinum Gray Metallic with black Nevada leather interior, Sport package, Cold weather package, DVD, running boards, no third row seating but self leveling suspension (air bags), no roof rails (although considering retrofitting M style low profile), no tow (was going to install ďhiddenĒ Execuhitch but after seeing your modded OE tow package have changed my mind). To make the deal I had the owner install brand new 611M wheels (10 x 20 f & 11.5 x 20 r) shod with Pirelli P Zero nrft (285/40/R20 & 325/35/20).
I must say that I covet your luxury seating and technology packages and also would have preferred to have the premium sound package. The low miles, flawless paint and interior and obsessive maintenance made it too irresistible to pass by.
My first mod was to add a JBD piggyback tuner the day after purchase. My first major mod will be to perfect the paint and install full vehicle Kavaca paint protection film to deepen the gloss, have the hydrophobic properties of ceramic coating and insure that my finish stays in this shape for many years to come. After that, many of the mods you have made are on my list and you have inspired others, like the additional reverse light bars.
I have a few questions that I appreciate if you could help me with.
1.) As a fellow Californian, after the emissions deletes, how are you expecting to handle the smog requirement when it comes up with registration? I am very much interested in doing a full emissions delete and was thinking of registering in Montana to be able to accomplish. If you have an alternative solution I would be grateful to hear it. Also, just because it is on my mind and I would like anotherís perspective, what are your thoughts about it making the vehicle harder to sell, down the line?
2.) I saw that you used Redline oils for some components but not for oil changes. Why?
To my knowledge, Redline full synthetic Euro Series 5W30 is the only oil available that is full-synthetic ester blended with polyol ester base stocks to achieve a NOACK rating of 6. Because of this I can feel comfortable with 15,000 mile OCI. Just for reference, I would normally only allow 6k to 7k OCI even with Liqui Moly or Motul branded oils.
3.) I saw you added an oil catch can and also plan on that. What are your thoughts about adding a secondary, 2 micron or less, fuel filter after the OE filter?
Being new to diesel ownership I wasnít aware of HPR or the specifics about the quality but am curious to try now. However, I would still worry about water in the fuel, especially since the sell through has to be very much slower than any level of gasoline. And, Iíve been told, since I started to research diesels, that our fuel quality in the states is significantly below the European standards.
Iím sure many more questions or comments will come up as I start on my build and you continue your awesome build so I wanted to reiterate how much I appreciate your taking so much time and effort to educate and inspire the rest of us enthusiasts.
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Old 08-03-2020, 12:50 PM
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1.) As a fellow Californian, after the emissions deletes, how are you expecting to handle the smog requirement when it comes up with registration? I am very much interested in doing a full emissions delete and was thinking of registering in Montana to be able to accomplish. If you have an alternative solution I would be grateful to hear it. Also, just because it is on my mind and I would like anotherís perspective, what are your thoughts about it making the vehicle harder to sell, down the line?
2.) I saw that you used Redline oils for some components but not for oil changes. Why?
To my knowledge, Redline full synthetic Euro Series 5W30 is the only oil available that is full-synthetic ester blended with polyol ester base stocks to achieve a NOACK rating of 6. Because of this I can feel comfortable with 15,000 mile OCI. Just for reference, I would normally only allow 6k to 7k OCI even with Liqui Moly or Motul branded oils.
3.) I saw you added an oil catch can and also plan on that. What are your thoughts about adding a secondary, 2 micron or less, fuel filter after the OE filter?
Being new to diesel ownership I wasnít aware of HPR or the specifics about the quality but am curious to try now. However, I would still worry about water in the fuel, especially since the sell through has to be very much slower than any level of gasoline. And, Iíve been told, since I started to research diesels, that our fuel quality in the states is significantly below the European standards.
Iím sure many more questions or comments will come up as I start on my build and you continue your awesome build so I wanted to reiterate how much I appreciate your taking so much time and effort to educate and inspire the rest of us enthusiasts.
Happy to hear you are enjoying the thread.

1. That is a path you must travel down alone...
2. I don't have the time to dive into the tech specs of oil. For me it's a bit like politics where there will always be conflicting info and opinions about what's best. I try to find OEM replacements when possible to save some money so I usually do some basic research on lubricant options depending on what I am servicing, find some info from reputable sources which I find convincing, and roll with it.
3. I have heard of people doing this but don't really see the need for me given my location and the fairly consistent use of HPR fuel.
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N54 Powered M5 Wagon:
- M5 Driveshaft, M5 LSD, M5 Axles, M5 Brakes
- M5 Front End, M5 skirts, M5 Mirrors, M-Tech Rep Rear
- KW V3, RD Sport Sways, UR Strut Braces, Forgestar F14 SDC
- Manual Swap, MFactory SMFW, Spec Stg 3+ Clutch, Shiftteck SSK
- EOS Port Injection Manifold, Fuel-It: Stg 2 LPFP +Ethanol Sensor
- N54B30, JB4, Hexon RR550s, Custom Y-Pipe Inlet, AR DPs, 3" Exhaust, VRSF 7" IC, ER CP, Tial BOV, RB PCV, BMS OCC

E39 540iT:
- OEM Style 167, KW V1
- E38 Contour Seats
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Old 08-03-2020, 01:28 PM
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It has been about a month since the last update and the X5 hasn't received any fancy upgrades or major maintenance, instead it has been put to work.

Here are some updated thoughts on a few items. The Brembo BBK is but the Ceramic Hawk pads I purchased squeal like crazy with a little bit of heat in them, upon further research this seems to be fairly common. The temporary solution others use is to put a TON of grease on the back of the pad which will only work for a short amount of time. No thanks. I will be replacing the pads when I have free time.

The Hankook tires are great, especially for the price. Cornering grip isn't the best but considering how I usually drive the X5 they are well suited for cruising + occasional spirited driving. In general they roll smooth and quiet but do pick up some textures and small undulations in the road periodically. It's a bit odd because I am used to a tire either being very communicative to what it's rolling over of it's a mushy/smooth ride, it's usually one or the other. The Hankooks are quiet 95% of the time but do transmit some vibrations/hums depending on the surface. It's not a big deal or a major annoyance, I just find it peculiar since it is selective on the what the tire transmits.

Cargo Box. This thing was installed for a trip out to AZ in which I also had 2 bikes on a hitch rack. I am a large human and ride a large bike so my handlebars, seat, and tires protrude over and around the perimeter of the X5 and add a bit of drag, much more than what "normal" people experience with their average sized bikes. I was a bit disappointed to see such underwhelming mileage, I was seeing 22-23mpg where I was expecting closer to 30mpg.

During this past winter trip I achieved 30mpg for a tank, driving in snow, with the cargo box, on snow tires, and bouncing around between 3,000 and 8,500ft. So I always thought the cargo box wasn't adding too much drag. Since this winter trip I have added the BBK and taller/heavier Hankook tires which both add some unsprung weight so I was kicking myself that I ruined the fuel efficiency of the X5 with the brake and tires (still worth it!).

The last couple weeks I have been moving into a new house and once the main move was over I took the cargo box off and while running some errands doing an out and back on the freeway 65-75mph, soly highway driving I was able to hit 31mpg one way and 36mpg on the return. Nice. My cluster mpg read out is usually within .5mpg of actual mileage so I use it as a fairly accurate reference. There are many variables which can impact fuel efficiency so this isn't a hard science but my guesstimate for mpg loss due to cargo box (at highway speeds) has gone from 1-2mpg up to 5-6mpg.

Anyway, here are some pics of the recent adventures.

Riding San Juan Trail in Southern Orange County



Always using HPR when I can.


In the mountains for sunrise. Noble Canyon Trail, Mount Laguna.


My buddies bike matched the brake calipers!




Scoured a deal on some lightly used SwissTrax Ribtrax!





Fun Fact: The tiles were previously installed in a hanger which was featured on the Swisstrax website.


Working on the new house, replacing a warped 20ft 2x4. Aka Activate Joust Mode. lol


Just a pic!


The last items to be moved from my old house was my E39 Touring project, "DAS VADR" The goal was to get it running before the move buuuuuuuuuuut that didn't happen so in the engine and trans went with the essential components so I could roll and trailer the chassis. If anyone wants more info on the build you can Google "Das Vadr E39 Touring" and links should show in the results.

This was 3 days before the move



It wasn't easy loading the wagon myself and with $50 worth of Harbor Freight tools but it worked (barely).


PSA: Air Suspension is awesome



Unloading at the new house




Reunited at last! ...now time to finish the garage remodel so I can pull the E39 in and finish it up!
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N54 Powered M5 Wagon:
- M5 Driveshaft, M5 LSD, M5 Axles, M5 Brakes
- M5 Front End, M5 skirts, M5 Mirrors, M-Tech Rep Rear
- KW V3, RD Sport Sways, UR Strut Braces, Forgestar F14 SDC
- Manual Swap, MFactory SMFW, Spec Stg 3+ Clutch, Shiftteck SSK
- EOS Port Injection Manifold, Fuel-It: Stg 2 LPFP +Ethanol Sensor
- N54B30, JB4, Hexon RR550s, Custom Y-Pipe Inlet, AR DPs, 3" Exhaust, VRSF 7" IC, ER CP, Tial BOV, RB PCV, BMS OCC

E39 540iT:
- OEM Style 167, KW V1
- E38 Contour Seats
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