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Old 08-19-2021, 05:39 PM
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E53 M54 Exhaust Headers

Figured I'd share my header install experience I did on my '03 X5 3.0i this weekend. After getting fed up living with catalytic converter rattle I finally gave in & purchased these 'Doctor LAVR' M54 exhaust headers from a Moscow ebay seller.

They are custom made specifically for E53/E39 fitment unlike the usual cheaper E36/E46 ones typically found that will bolt up to M54 but flanges & angles will be wrong for this chassis.

The quality seems to be top notch. He included all gaskets & plugs/hardware required aside from the cylinder head studs/nuts which I picked up from the dealer.

As expected this job was a pain even on my work hoist but the fitment is perfect. One cylinder head nut I had to could only get on with an 11mm ratcheting wrench due to header tube blocking socket access but all others swivel sockets/U-joint worked fine. The headers are easier to work around than the factory cats.

The only tweak necessary was prying the center resonator pipes apart enough to get the flanges to match the header flanges. I didn't bother installing rear o2's as I might code them out of the DME. So for now CEL is on.

The exhaust volume went up exponentially with the headers & rear mufflers removed previously. It sounds very aggressive on startup & deep low down but gets obnoxious past partial throttle. I picked up some e53 4.4i N62 V8 rear mufflers to throw on & maybe modify. The catless exhaust smell is noticeable at times but way less than I expected.

Overall I am very pleased. Highly recommend these if you don't mind going catless on the 3.0i.




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They look great! Nice welds.
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This is something I've considered too, as I don't live in a state with smog testing. How much did they run you? I can't find the ebay seller. They do look pretty good though. I already have a set of 4.6iS mufflers on my car, but they didn't make any difference for the sound, which was kind of disappointing.
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I might gut the 4.4i mufflers. But without cats I might not need to.

Here you go:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/332380752293

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Old 08-19-2021, 06:15 PM
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I wish we could order these in the United States. I tried three times, with three different payment types. Nothing! I think they are banned to sell here.
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Old 08-19-2021, 06:20 PM
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I wish we could order these in the United States. I tried three times, with three different payment types. Nothing! I think they are banned to sell here.
You can. I had same issue. I contacted the seller & he had to send me an invoice through PayPal directly. I do live in Canada but another member on here in the States previously bought these same headers iirc.

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Old 08-19-2021, 06:26 PM
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You can. I had same issue. I contacted the seller & he had to send me an invoice through PayPal directly. I do live in Canada but another member on here in the States previously bought these same headers iirc.

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THANKS for the heads up!!!! Good looking headers! I canít wait to slap these bad boys on the truck!!

How long was shipping?
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Glad to be of help. Message the seller through ebay. He's great, excellent fast service considering the time zone difference. It took a couple weeks to get to me (Vancouver, BC)

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Glad to be of help. Message the seller through ebay. He's great, excellent fast service considering the time zone difference. It took a couple weeks to get to me (Vancouver, BC)

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