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Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by thestig, Apr 4, 2012.
Trying to be a highway king I think
I would like to think that I am aware enough to have heard any rubbing.
If there are clearance issues they should be on the outside of the tyre as the wheels are ET13. Stock is ET20. The wheels are the same width as the original wheels which were also ET20.
I think that the wear mark you are referring to is just from the run down and pull over phase of the incident, as it's only on the section of the tyre that has folded under itself..
Looks a little like a low profile tyre being run under inflated.
Took a short two weeks in between me checking pressures to lose one like that.
False, You never had factory wheels on the car not even in your first post.
I have reworded my statement. Although, I drove around with 15 x 7 style 2 factory wheels on my car for at least 16 months. Numerous people would have seen them at the PM meets.
You can also see them in the photos from the Mt Hotham daytrip thread.
Now that I am making some progress through the upgrade list of no less than 36 incandescent bulbs (not including dash or instrumentation) that BMW have tucked away in various parts of the car, I have reached the point where the dash warnings are more than a little annoying.
Rather than use hot, power hungry resistors to trick the monitoring electronics into thinking that 19th century technology is still happily doing its thing, I figured it might be more 'effizient' for me to modify the monitoring circuits themselves. After all, one of the reasons I am upgrading the lights is to reduce battery load.
So, enter the E34 LKM (Licht Kontrolle Modul) or Light Control Module.
Here's my attempt at mangulating it into STFU or GTFO status:
Basically I have used tinned copper wire to short the relevant logic pins to ground, in effect forcing the IC into 'thinking' the current draw of the old lamps is still present. The modification pictured is for tail, brake, rear fog and number plate lights.
I will add more wire as the list of completed upgrades grows.
42mm C10W 'Festoon' 12 LED Array rated at 320 lumen.
Makes a great replacement for the engine compartment light BMW supplied. Such pittiful output (100 lm). Hah, what losers!
These shots were taken with all the garage lights out. Without the illumination from the new array it would be complete darkness.
Law Abiding Citizen
Number Plate LEDs arrived on Friday.
39mm C5W 'Festoon' 9 LED Array, good for 135 lumen at 6500K, stock lights were 45 lumen at 2700K.
LED All the things!
IT is here....
Pic of the Day:
Eibach/Bilstein B12 Sportsline Kit to suit E34
Busy weekend ahead.
Nice carpet I have to say :thumbsup:
In they go
Wasted no time, got stuck into it as soon as I got home from work. Called it a night when the fronts were done. I plan to finish the rears tomorrow.
Yesterday the rears went in.
For the alignment I dropped into Beaurepaires Cranbourne, as they were close and open. Honestly, I have never come across such miserable and presumptive fools! They were confused by my request for two tyre swaps, to match wheels and tyres across an axle. This due to the recent blow-out. They were rude, dismissive and of generally poor demeanor. To top it all off I didn't receive my alignment report. Not to be recommended under any circumstance! Avoid like H5N1!
The Eibach/Bilstein B12 Sportsline kit however is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! I'd like to ramble on for hours about things like rapid transition performance, gas strut technology reducing aeration, and slip angle. But I won't!
Suffice to say, even in the wet, up through Belgrave, Emerald and Cockatoo, it was 'Very Fast'. Anyone looking for a properly engineered performance suspension solution would do well to investigate this product for their vehicle.
A big thanks to John from Eibach for supply and service at a very competitive price.
Below we have a comparison of ride height before and after install. I have no idea what suspension was in the car, I can say it was old and tired, had BOC shocks and lowered springs of indeterminate origin. As you can see from the photos below the car is riding higher all round at the moment. Perhaps 10mm at the front and 20mm at the rear. Given than the B12 Kit is 50mm lower than stock, it shows how ridiculously low the old suspension was.
Oh and yeah, got to love those Michelin Pilot Sport 3.
Installed the rear speakers last week before refitting the back seat and parcel shelf. I pointed the tweeters at the rear window as they were far too 'bright' pointing forwards.
So my order from Miller Performance turned up today. With everything that has been going on of late, I kind of forgot it was due.
- Thermo fan, loom and mounting kit
- MAF Conversion kit and stock intake adaptor
- WAR Chip with 4 fully customisable and in car selectable tunes.
ZF strikes again.
Further ride refinement from Lemförder.
According to the box, you are not supposed to fit them whilst naked.... Is this a major problem in Germany or something?
Cree 5 LED 4W amber lights for my indicators and 6Ω 50W load resistors to make my cruise control work again. It stopped working after I replaced the final brake light (eye level) with LEDs
Painted the valve cover off of the donor car with VHT Wrinkle Plus Black (High Temperature) SP201.
Here is the paint curing process:
And the result after some initial sanding:
After more sanding. I may do more if I can be bothered.
this looks awesome bud. so into my bmw after having a few back in the UK.. had a 1990 535i sport . full electric leather recaros . electric rear blind. etc . all done up like a M5 . but i had the bbs 17in split rims with the deepdish .... think your just missing angel eyes and some headlight eyebrows...... but very very nice thread to read
Good Evening JF.......
A little dusty, but back where it belongs.
Fitted the MAF, Valve Cover....
And the War Chip
I have 4 tunes on it at the moment. A stock tune, a performance tune with tweaked fuel and spark, a repeat of the performance tune with an increased rev limit of 6800 rpm and a 'valet tune' which is the same as stock but has a 3000 rpm limit.
I also replaced the sway bar link pins, front lower control arms and upper thrust arms and their respective bushes. A big thanks to Reaper on this one for supplying enough "precision momentum" to release the ball joints.
Rear Seat and Parcel Shelf
On Wednesday night I wired in my load resistor to the eye-level brake light to get the cruise control up and running again.
This cleared the way to reinstall the parcel shelf and rear seat.
I also got the Cree indicators in with load resistors for flash rate.
Back out on the road again, the sound system pumped to deafening levels, it quickly became obvious that the tired Christmas tree plugs holding the parcel shelf down had finally given up and died. The result? EPIC rattle from the parcel shelf. Every time I pushed the plugs down, they would pop back up due to bass.
I set off to Autobarn to buy more plugs, they didn't have any black, only grey. To be honest, I never really liked the black fixtures on the parcel shelf, so I took the opportunity to change them with VHT Vinyl paint in Buckskin Tan. Whilst I was at it I thought I would spruce up the seat belt reel covers as they looked a bit manky and dated.
All done, this shot below for comparison to original black.
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