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Old 08-03-2021, 05:49 PM
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Had more time to pack on my return trip. It's amazing how the Packout fits as if the e53 was built around them.
Holy $hit!. That must be one helluva project you're off to!
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Old 08-03-2021, 05:58 PM
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if you carry that much gear, you need a cargo trailer

I can't imagine stuffing my 20-year-old X5 that full of gear, without worrying about the added wear on the interior, or the strain on the suspension, especially. Even though you've kept yours in top condition, I'm sure it's not good for it (nor intended by BMW).

Spend a few bucks, and either rent a small U-haul trailer, or buy a small cargo/utility trailer from Northern Tool, Tractor Supply, Lowe's, Home Depot, etc. and just tow it. Believe me, it'll be better than stuffed full of gear (i.e.=no torn seats, no unpacking for your spare tire).
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Old 08-03-2021, 06:52 PM
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My X5 is my work truck and is quite literally built to handle what I throw at it. The weight of the tools is half the load rating of the e53.

Pickup trucks and work vans are worthless to my work method for many reasons.

https://youtu.be/uQepI0ntrhg

It takes less than five minutes to unpack with the Packout the main reason for the upgrade is I can get all the tools out of the way for a tire change in a reasonable time now.
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New Steering Wheel

Picked up an e83 Sport steering wheel for $70 at the local pick N pull. Cleaned & conditioned the leather, bought a new trim piece and it looks amazing.
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Wow, nice steering wheel. Is it plug and play?



I carry tools but not that many! Poor jack is all covered up.
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Old 08-03-2021, 09:00 PM
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My X5 is my work truck and is quite literally built to handle what I throw at it. ...
Ever considered adding the OEM cargo net?



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Old 08-03-2021, 09:03 PM
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It would probably get in the way more than help but I prob would have got one before Packout. The cases lock together so they don't go flying when I hit the brakes.
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Old 08-03-2021, 09:10 PM
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I carry tools but not that many! Poor jack is all covered up.
Toy jack that comes with the car!?

Bwahhaahhaa.

I have a 2T aluminum racing jack in my rear right footwell. Also, high torque Impact is in the trunk. (I usually have a wheel or four I could use as a spare without digging into the trunk).
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Wow, nice steering wheel. Is it plug and play?
Yep, 100% plug and play.
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What did you do to / for your E53 today??

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Picked up an e83 Sport steering wheel for $70 at the local pick N pull. Cleaned & conditioned the leather, bought a new trim piece and it looks amazing.


That looks legit! eBay is selling one for over $1100! $70 bucks is a steal!


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