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Old 09-23-2020, 08:29 AM
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Good Job guntherrex

If you could post the link for the DIY battery replacement video that would be helpful for when I need to attack this problem, someday down the road.

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Old 09-23-2020, 09:41 AM
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there are quit a few, for the ebay kit I bought this was the one that worked for me:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWrqrTvTMd0&t=125s

I do still need to get the key cut before I glue the key together. But the buttons work!

I also replaced a few missing plastic rivets after I got an assortment box of plastic thingiemabobs in the mail
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Old 09-23-2020, 10:34 AM
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Why not use the back of the old key and front of the new vs get the new key cut?


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Picked up our 4.8is last week and first thing I did was swap the BlueBus unit from our 4.4.

Love the functionality on the MKIV unit. After talking to Ted, figured out I needed to purchase a cable to hook up the DSP amplifier to the BlueBus. Have one on the way.

Second, I picked up an IR headset for the Audiovox DVD system previously installed since both headsets weren't included with the vehicle. Worked like a charm and love the system although I usually am against aftermarket electronics and installs.
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Old 09-23-2020, 11:08 PM
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Nice, let us know how it works out, I usually just hook up my 6amp trickle charger as a safety measure. Hasn't failed me yet *knocks on wood*
This one seems to be pretty solid and has gotten decent reviews. Will definitely update.

I have a 10A charger. But I have no idea the duty cycle or efficiency on that thing. From what I've read with ignition on (pos 2) E39/E53 chassis can pull ~20A without any accessories on and depending on what's going on with programming can pull more. I just wanted to be on the safe side.
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I got some Blizzaks for the style 57s I bought last week. $564 mounted. Now I will not be half-assing it with A/T tires all winter like the last two years.



Also I noticed my A/T Duelers will be 7 years old next year (not sure why, but the manufacturing date was only shown on the inside of the tire, not the outside).



I'm not sure if I want to tow on them next year at that age. They probably have around 30k miles and have tons of tread left, and don't show any real signs of age, but at that age they might be a risk while towing. What do you guys think?
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Old 09-24-2020, 12:34 AM
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I’ve driven very rough on 9-10 year tires, but what I would do is sell your current set for like [email protected] and use the proceeds toward a new set.
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It's true, that might be a good idea, but I think if I can push a $500 purchase out another year it might be worth it.



I went back through the previous owner's records, and the tires are 3/2014 mftr date but were installed in 9/2014, so that is only 6 years of use, and they have 27,000 miles on them. For 500 treadwear tires they probably are only half used, and the tread indicates the same.



I think I'll run them next summer and then think about replacing them in spring of 2022. I'd love to get a better tire, I really hate all-terrain tires in general. They have terrible ride quality, they're noisy, and they don't really have great grip. They're only a little bit better in snow than an all-season. The Blizzaks were an instantly-noticeable improvement in both ride and noise.
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Had to breakdown and replace the catalytic convertors. The rear suffered a partial collapse on the highway while towing, leaving me struggling with every incline on the way home from vacation. Front one wasn't in good shape either. Running at 45-50 mph in third gear on Interstate 30 is not fun. Found some affordable replacements at carparts.com and my new indie did a great job of installing them, including cleaning the carbon out of the secondary air injection tubes.


Runs like there's a new engine under the hood now, and the transmission upshifts like it's supposed to again as well. No more SES light either.


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Old 09-24-2020, 06:42 PM
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What did you do to / for your E53 today??

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Had to breakdown and replace the catalytic convertors.
Aahhh..!! I hope it went well.

The results seem fantastic!
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