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Old 01-29-2019, 11:45 PM
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I saw that you sold your truck on Panjo... ran across the images when I was doing aero kit research. How did that experience go?
The X5 is still with us. Too hard to let go.
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Very nice e53! How did you go about removing your headlight lenses? I googled it and came up with a generic YT video that suggested baking the light for 7 min at 270 degrees. It looked like the adhesive was super gooey at that point and he could fairly easily pry off the lens. Any advice?

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The X5 is still with us. Too hard to let go.
I imagine it would be Tam. One of my favs for sure.

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Very nice e53! How did you go about removing your headlight lenses? I googled it and came up with a generic YT video that suggested baking the light for 7 min at 270 degrees. It looked like the adhesive was super gooey at that point and he could fairly easily pry off the lens. Any advice?

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Thanks. The headlights took me a week to accomplish, had only one child at the time. Would take 2 weeks now. I would not recommend baking them. I used a heat gun to heat the plastic and a razor blade then made a clean cut all the way around the headlight. Used harbor freight pics with varying bends to cut the adhesive. It is not held/sealed on with butyl rubber rope like most headlights. They are glued together with an adhesive similar to windshield adhesive. I'm not sure it would even bat an eye if you threw it in the oven at 270*. And any hotter I'd worry about the headlight.
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Thanks for the advice! A couple more ??...

You said you polished a sealed them. What did you use to seal? I want to polish and seal the inside of my lenses as they're fogged/etched. A clear, thin sealant would be nice to add after polishing

Did you use butyl tape to re-seal the lenses to the frames or something else?

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Thanks for the advice! A couple more ??...

You said you polished a sealed them. What did you use to seal? I want to polish and seal the inside of my lenses as they're fogged/etched. A clear, thin sealant would be nice to add after polishing

Did you use butyl tape to re-seal the lenses to the frames or something else?

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Yep, I used butyl rope when I put them back on in case they ever had to come off again. I didn't want to have to deal with the cutting out the windshield type adhesive again... that stuff was brutal. I need to repolish and reseal the outsides again. The lacquer has worn off after a few years. Might use some Xpel or LaminX film after the lacquer this time and see how that works.
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I imagine it would be Tam. One of my favs for sure.



Thanks. The headlights took me a week to accomplish, had only one child at the time. Would take 2 weeks now. I would not recommend baking them. I used a heat gun to heat the plastic and a razor blade then made a clean cut all the way around the headlight. Used harbor freight pics with varying bends to cut the adhesive. It is not held/sealed on with butyl rubber rope like most headlights. They are glued together with an adhesive similar to windshield adhesive. I'm not sure it would even bat an eye if you threw it in the oven at 270*. And any hotter I'd worry about the headlight.
Sometime in 2002, I think it was about mid year, the headlights went from a seal that can be weakened with heat, making them fairly easy to open, to a seal that is intended to be permanent. I have opened both. It is possible to open the permanently sealed headlights but I assure you it is not easy and it will take many hours to get them done without damaging the lens.
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Old 02-04-2019, 02:43 PM
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Thanks for the advice! A couple more ??...

You said you polished a sealed them. What did you use to seal? I want to polish and seal the inside of my lenses as they're fogged/etched. A clear, thin sealant would be nice to add after polishing

Did you use butyl tape to re-seal the lenses to the frames or something else?

Thanks,

AM.
Oh was your first question about sealing the lenses on the outside? Like UV protecting? I used a minwax lacquer diluted with mineral spirits. I got the idea from a DIY on another forum... though I can't remember which. Audi maybe? I followed their DIY. I'll have to find it again soon though as I'll be redoing mine in the near future.
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Been neglecting this thread for awhile. Been neglecting the 4.8is for awhile really. Time for an update.

January 01 - 24, 2019

- Finished the aero kit installation during January.



February 01, 2019

- Installed the second set of used 325/35/20's in the rear. The first set lasted 3 years and just shy of 20,000 miles so I'm happy with that. Still had tread life actually but was cracking badly on the inside shoulders. $394.24



February 11, 2019

- Installed rear view camera for the Android head unit. I'm not happy with the angle of it though. Will have to see if I can figure out some way to tilt it up a little bit. $14.99

February 13, 2019

- Blacked out the side badges and the rear roundel/badges with plastidip. Still have to do the DINAN badge.





February 23, 2019

- Replaced OE ashtray to one that did not have the aux hole drilled into it. (51168402967) $21.12

February 26, 2019

- Replaced the final O2 sensor after getting codes. Right rear sensor. Now they have all been replaced with OES Bosch units. (15682) $95.13

March 03, 2019

- Installed a new REN 180A alternator from Ebay. Seems an oil leak killed the original, probably the voltage regulator. Might rebuild that sometime.
$198.96



- Installed new belt. (6PK1548) $12.29

- Installed new tensioner w/ pulley. (11287549588) $49.79

- Installed new idler pulley. (11281440237) $20.89



March 15, 2019

- Repolished the headlights as they were starting to fade and yellow again after rebuilding the headlights 3 years earlier. I also installed Xpel headlight PPF this time so it would not fade/yellow again. $61.98

March 21, 2019

- Installed Ebay steering angle repair kit. Worked great and saved some money over replacing the sensor with new. $98.00



March 22, 2019

- Installed LED fog lights purchased off Amazon from seller SiriusLED. $24.95

- Installed air suspension compressor rebuild kit from Ebay. $36.25



- Installed new license plate lights lenses to replace cloudy ones. (51137062293) $34.92

- Installed new rear hatch interior light lenses. (63316962044) $25.24

April 04, 2019

- Put in some new OE floormats to replace the OE all weather mats that I am not really a fan of. (82110008635) $118.69

June 25, 2019

- Truck turned 120,000 miles.



June 30, 2019

- Changed front and rear differential fluids. Used Lubri Moly 75w90. (LM2048) $23.75
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Any pics of led fogs? How’s the output?
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Any pics of led fogs? How’s the output?
I don't. Will see if I can get some. I'm really happy with them as output is at least as good as the halogens were. I've used this brand of lights before and have not been disappointed on any application yet.
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