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Old 10-04-2020, 02:35 PM
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Truly amazing difference, nice work! Now just touch those seat track bolt heads with some black paint and you’re golden


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Truly amazing difference, nice work! Now just touch those seat track bolt heads with some black paint and you’re golden


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Now that you mention it...

I did sand all the rust on the bottom of the rails but since I had to move the seat forward to get at the bolts in the back to remove it I was only able to sand and paint a small section of the top and was supposed to clean up the rest once I had power to the seat again. Thanks for reminding me



I used some nail polish since that's all I had on hand. It's not pretty but it won't rust
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Night and day!
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Very nice work c-bass. This is the our first step in any used BMW purchase. A full deep cleaning. The wife usually has me pull the seats, door cards, and interior trims and take them to the living room where she goes to town on them with Tuff Stuff, Lexol cleaner, and BMW conditioner. Only had to pull carpets once, usually she shampoos them in the car.

I like your driveway. Looks VERY familiar.

Keep bringing that one back. You're doing the Lord's work.
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Now that you mention it...



I did sand all the rust on the bottom of the rails but since I had to move the seat forward to get at the bolts in the back to remove it I was only able to sand and paint a small section of the top and was supposed to clean up the rest once I had power to the seat again. Thanks for reminding me







I used some nail polish since that's all I had on hand. It's not pretty but it won't rust


Too funny man! I was just bustin on you a little bit - X is looking amazing! I love seeing it brought back to life - not sure what exactly it is about these, but I have a real soft spot for the E63 chassis and the E70 5.0i, specifically from 2011 to 2013 with the M package... That WILL be my next X5 and I plan to overhaul it completely, bumper to bumper!

Keep up the amazing work . (Love those seat bolts &#129322


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Looks AMAZING! Too bad the scratches on the seats from the dog are so prominent. I'm watching to see what you come up with there so I can fix mine!
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Wow! Amazing!
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Old 10-04-2020, 08:55 PM
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Looks AMAZING! Too bad the scratches on the seats from the dog are so prominent. I'm watching to see what you come up with there so I can fix mine!
I don't think I'll be fixing these seats because the driver's cushion has been flattened on the door side and I can get better seats for $35 at the pick and pull yard so it wouldn't even be worth it on the material at that price.
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Too funny man! I was just bustin on you a little bit - X is looking amazing! I love seeing it brought back to life - not sure what exactly it is about these, but I have a real soft spot for the E63 chassis and the E70 5.0i, specifically from 2011 to 2013 with the M package... That WILL be my next X5 and I plan to overhaul it completely, bumper to bumper!

Keep up the amazing work . (Love those seat bolts &#129322


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I've had my eye on the E70 platform but the newer engines scare me a bit with their parts pricing and I had a bad experience with the N52 platform first time around. So I decided to get my feet wet with the E53 platform first.
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I've had my eye on the E70 platform but the newer engines scare me a bit with their parts pricing and I had a bad experience with the N52 platform first time around. So I decided to get my feet wet with the E53 platform first.


Solid choice, not toooo pricey to work on and parts are still pretty much readily available and yes... the E70 with its overly hot engine bay concerns me a bit too, but I’m actually planning on replacing all the rubber lines with braided stainless and (probably) upgrading the turbos, down pipes and definitely the turbo blankets and cold air intakes - may even run a secondary (not BMW) high flow water pump for the intercoolers and I have a buddy of mine who’s into metal fab so we’re talking about mocking up an aluminum “ram air” if you will, to move air through the intercoolers and out of the engine bay more efficiently.

As my wife tells me, “keep dreaming” and I keep telling her, “it’s not if, it’s when”

Looking forward to the pics of yours backing out of the driveway on its maiden, restored to health, voyage


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can't believe that's the same car! Hope the mechanical bits prove reliable too!
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