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Old 06-24-2020, 10:22 AM
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wow, cool project and a fellow dutchie too!

Shame about the gearbox, that must have hurt!
Hi! . Yep not fun. I'm very happy that I can fix most other broken parts myself at home.

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It is nice to see a rescue of a 200k mile vehicle like that :-) Unusual in a jurisdiction where (road)taxes and gas prices are punitive.

Last winter I tried to sell my E70 diesel in the NL and it seemed even giving it away wasn't feasible.....in the end couldn't stay and deal with it so I brought it back to the US.
So true .
Same story for this E53 before I bought it. No one wanted it, high mileage, needed small repairs, V8, ect. That's a kind of sad but also cool story
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Old 06-25-2020, 04:40 AM
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Please do this! I am very interested in doing the same thing! Did they have to be baked open?
I just created a guide to mod the stock headlights :-)
Check it out here
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Old 07-01-2020, 06:01 AM
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Oh no

Walked out to the X5 today to go to a job interview and found a nasty rust spot!

I always thought that the paint on the top part of this door looked strange. It has alwasy been a little dull and pitted. Must be a DIY repair someone had done. When I touched it some water came out

Will have to fix this soon, there is probably rust under there.
Thankfully I can do this myself and it's only a small part of the door.



I will get some pics up of the repair once done
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Old 07-11-2020, 03:05 PM
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The bubble in the paint went away after it dried up.
I still want to get it fixed soon.

''That feeling when you drop your E53 off to get something done''


Had my front side windows tinted today aswel as a little sunstrip fitted.
The windows are tinted around 55% which is the maximum allowed tint on front windows in NL.

I like the look, matches the factory windows much better. A little darker would look even better but I don't want to get a fine

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What did you use to mount the rear spoiler?
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The quad 4 inch exhaust tips - where did you buy? Could you please post close-up pics?
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Old 07-16-2020, 04:34 PM
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What did you use to mount the rear spoiler?
Bison Poly Max Express, just commented on your post too

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The quad 4 inch exhaust tips - where did you buy? Could you please post close-up pics?
It's kind of a hack job to be honest, I just bought 1 meter of 4 inch stainless exhaust, polished that and tack welded them to the stock backbox.

When taking a closer look inside the tips you will see the cut off stock pipes. I don't like that at all.
4 Inch is just a little too much, 3.5 inch will be better and still look mean.

Actually I polished up the stock 4.6is tips and I think I will put them back on soon. I'm running the stock exhaust with dual cutouts after the cats, but the cutouts are old and they rattle when closed. I've had enough of that now and will soon get rid of them. After that I will either do a resonator delete or muffler delete.
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Update time!

I replaced the front airbags with BC Racing coilovers since 20-07-2020. Fitted like a glove! The reason for removing the air suspension is that there was a leak in a line or one of the bags. I added the front air myself without any modules, just an airtank hooked up to a paddle valve and the rear compressor. But the airtank was leaking and the compressor would only turn on when the rear bags needed air. This would mean I needed to pump up the bags everytime they lost air.(which was once a week) Finally got tired of it and hated to ride on the bump stop when the air escaped.
So I ordered the BC racing shocks for the front only, which I should have done in the first place...

Fitment is great, no modifications needed.

The ride quality is very comfortable, about the same as air! I had them on a very low setting the first day and it drove fine, not hitting the bumpstop like the air suspension would when it was at the same height. The tire would hit the fender on big bumps though, so I raised the ride height about 1 inch and increased the dampner stiffnes to 10 clicks from soft. Perfect.

Way less droop, I like that





I was reading about Big Brake kits for a long time and the first idea I had was to buy some Range Rover 380mm 6 Piston Brembo's off ebay and make them fit the E53 hub. Turned out that that they needed a new set of inserts to fit correctly and a new brake line. So I came acros this very nice thread: https://xoutpost.com/bmw-sav-forums/...o-upgrade.html

E70 X5M Big Brakes would be a direct fit to the E53. SWEET! So I went online to find me a pair and immediately found a complete set with rotors and pads for just 600 Euro's from Germany Cheap if you ask me. Pads and Rotors are OEM BMW and about 50% life left on the discs and pads. Nice.

They are huge.


Ready for paint


Base coat done, 364 Topaz Blau./ (no plants were harmed when painting these calipers)


Meanwhile doing the rear brakes too


And fixed the weird spot on my passenger rear door


2K clear coat done on the calipers.




Very happy with the results!!! Missing M sticker will come in soon.

I will fit them next week as this weekend I will have my first Time Attack event with my Renault Clio RS in Germany and I need to make sure the X is 100% ready to tow the trailer with the Clio. Looks like we will have a rainy weekend over there. Can't wait to make the trip with the X5, many pictures will be taken and I will post some over here.

After we are back from the race weekend I will put the X5 on the lift and replace some parts:
Rear subframe bushes (4x)
Rear camber and toe arms from Project Silver
Rear balljoints
Rear and front roll bar rubbers (2x)
Remove middle resonator or a muffler delete. Not sure yet.
Possibly replace 4 inch tip with stock 4.6is tips when keeping stock mufflers

When this is done I will have almost all new suspension parts apart from rear shocks and topmounts (bags have been replaced about 2 years ago(Arnott))

Will check condition of gearbox mount, engine mounts and central bearing as there is a big clunking sound when suddenly pressing the gas when driving in gear. Might be rear subframe bushes, dont know, will replace them first.

I will check for worn parts like CV joints and boots, Guibo's, diff bushings.
I want to give the underside a good clean and maybe restore some parts if needed. I've noticed that some heatshields are loose in some places. Find my minor oil leak. Check Steering U joint. Torque stiffening plate.

After all the work is done I want to re-torque front and rear suspension parts under load. After that I want to make sure the rear suspension is level and do a full alignment.

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holy cow that's soem serious brakes! Looking good, should stop pretty well? Doest the pedal get softer with the bigger pistons?

Good luck in the clio - nurnburg ring?
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I want those!

Looks awesome!

Hopefully to find these on my local junkyard!
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