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Old 04-28-2020, 02:40 PM
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How would I go about removing the engine vanity cover and air cleaner lower plenum as well to free up space and overall show the intake manifold like yours? Rerouted the air intake system to the passenger side?
Sorry I don't follow your question.
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Sorry I don't follow your question.
Sorry for confusion. I went back a couple pages and found out.

I believe on Page 8, you removed the OEM stock intake system (and beauty cover). Fabricated your own intake. I think you started a separate thread for it, so I'll search for it
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ZL1 wheels repaired and powder coated Prismatic "Graphite Black" it's essentially a black with a fine metallic flake and a satin finish. I liked the way the OEM GM satin black finish looked so I used that as a base and I figured the slight metallic finish of the graphite black would compliment the Platinum Grey Metallic on the body. The powder coat turned out to be slightly different than I was envisioning but overall I am very happy.

With my front left sidewall damaged and the other tires on lower tread it was time to replace the tires. I jumped from a 295/40/20 square setup of Pirelli Scorpion Verde to a slightly taller set of Hankook Ventus ST RH06 in 295/45/20. I knew they would be tight and after much research, measuring, and guesstimating I still wasn't confident they would fit. I was relieved to find out the fit perfectly.

I was going between these Hankook RH06s in 295/45 or doing the Michelin Pilot 4 SUV in 305/40. I run Hankook Evos on all my other cars and appreciate the value the tires offer; good grip, quiet ride, adequate tread life, and a fair price. My personal experience combined with the reviews I read were enough for me to give the tires a shot. The Hankooks are about 1/3 the price as the Michelins too.

For the way I use my X5 this 295/45 20x11 square setup is perfect. Given the limitations of the vehicle, tire options, DXC, etc. I can't think of anything I would change. Jumping back up to a taller and heavier tire does zap some of the acceleration performance but the added comfort of the beefy tires is welcomed and worth the trade off.

I am glad the X5 is back from my wheel guy but it was REAL fun dailying the E61 again, never a dull moment.


Garage space was taken by my e39 touring which is getting engine work and a manual swap so I had to get creative in the drive way with 2 jack stands and removing 2 wheels at a time to swap tires. lol


Tada





No rubbing except at full-lock to the right. I will heat, melt, mold this vent further forward. It eats up a lot of space but I can work with it.


I love tight fitment. Looking at the X5 from afar it looks fairly normal but poke your head in the wheel well and you can see where all the research, calculations ....and luck paid off! lol



A look at the tread pattern.
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Is that an air shock in the front?
Also, what size of a wheel spacer would you need to clear a larger tire in the front?
Like a 32" tire for instance: E71 BMW X6M Dirt Edition by Manhart Racing | BMW Car Tuning
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Is that an air shock in the front?
Also, what size of a wheel spacer would you need to clear a larger tire in the front?
Like a 32" tire for instance: E71 BMW X6M Dirt Edition by Manhart Racing | BMW Car Tuning
Hard to say since it depends on wheel width, offset, tire size and brand.
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Did you have any clearance issues with the 295/40R20 Pirelli Scorpions? I was thinking I might source a pair of 20x11 OEM wheels, and run a square set up using those tires. I was wonder how large a spacer would be needed to clear all of the suspension geometry and/or have the outer sidewall sit flush with the fenders front and rear

I'm also quite intrigued by the Phantom filter you have. I've tried looking it up, but I couldn't get anything.
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Did you have any clearance issues with the 295/40R20 Pirelli Scorpions? I was thinking I might source a pair of 20x11 OEM wheels, and run a square set up using those tires. I was wonder how large a spacer would be needed to clear all of the suspension geometry and/or have the outer sidewall sit flush with the fenders front and rear

I'm also quite intrigued by the Phantom filter you have. I've tried looking it up, but I couldn't get anything.
With the Phantom, I have been quiet as the company was in the process of getting the product launch together but it's taking them a while and then Covid hit and I am not sure where they stand. Last I heard they were doing data acquisition with their newly acquired test vehicle (E70 X5D).

I had no clearance issues with the 295/40/20. Clearance and spacers depends on the wheel offset.
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With the Phantom, I have been quiet as the company was in the process of getting the product launch together but it's taking them a while and then Covid hit and I am not sure where they stand. Last I heard they were doing data acquisition with their newly acquired test vehicle (E70 X5D).
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I had no clearance issues with the 295/40/20. Clearance and spacers depends on the wheel offset.
The OEM 11" 214 wheels have an offset of +37. Do you currently have spacers?

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The OEM 11" 214 wheels have an offset of +40. Do you currently have spacers?
Mine are +43. I run a 5mm up front and 30mm in the rear.
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It has been about a month since the last update and the X5 hasn't received any fancy upgrades or major maintenance, instead it has been put to work.

Here are some updated thoughts on a few items. The Brembo BBK is but the Ceramic Hawk pads I purchased squeal like crazy with a little bit of heat in them, upon further research this seems to be fairly common. The temporary solution others use is to put a TON of grease on the back of the pad which will only work for a short amount of time. No thanks. I will be replacing the pads when I have free time.

The Hankook tires are great, especially for the price. Cornering grip isn't the best but considering how I usually drive the X5 they are well suited for cruising + occasional spirited driving. In general they roll smooth and quiet but do pick up some textures and small undulations in the road periodically. It's a bit odd because I am used to a tire either being very communicative to what it's rolling over of it's a mushy/smooth ride, it's usually one or the other. The Hankooks are quiet 95% of the time but do transmit some vibrations/hums depending on the surface. It's not a big deal or a major annoyance, I just find it peculiar since it is selective on the what the tire transmits.

Cargo Box. This thing was installed for a trip out to AZ in which I also had 2 bikes on a hitch rack. I am a large human and ride a large bike so my handlebars, seat, and tires protrude over and around the perimeter of the X5 and add a bit of drag, much more than what "normal" people experience with their average sized bikes. I was a bit disappointed to see such underwhelming mileage, I was seeing 22-23mpg where I was expecting closer to 30mpg.

During this past winter trip I achieved 30mpg for a tank, driving in snow, with the cargo box, on snow tires, and bouncing around between 3,000 and 8,500ft. So I always thought the cargo box wasn't adding too much drag. Since this winter trip I have added the BBK and taller/heavier Hankook tires which both add some unsprung weight so I was kicking myself that I ruined the fuel efficiency of the X5 with the brake and tires (still worth it!).

The last couple weeks I have been moving into a new house and once the main move was over I took the cargo box off and while running some errands doing an out and back on the freeway 65-75mph, soly highway driving I was able to hit 31mpg one way and 36mpg on the return. Nice. My cluster mpg read out is usually within .5mpg of actual mileage so I use it as a fairly accurate reference. There are many variables which can impact fuel efficiency so this isn't a hard science but my guesstimate for mpg loss due to cargo box (at highway speeds) has gone from 1-2mpg up to 5-6mpg.

Anyway, here are some pics of the recent adventures.

Riding San Juan Trail in Southern Orange County



Always using HPR when I can.


In the mountains for sunrise. Noble Canyon Trail, Mount Laguna.


My buddies bike matched the brake calipers!




Scoured a deal on some lightly used SwissTrax Ribtrax!





Fun Fact: The tiles were previously installed in a hanger which was featured on the Swisstrax website.


Working on the new house, replacing a warped 20ft 2x4. Aka Activate Joust Mode. lol


Just a pic!


The last items to be moved from my old house was my E39 Touring project, "DAS VADR" The goal was to get it running before the move buuuuuuuuuuut that didn't happen so in the engine and trans went with the essential components so I could roll and trailer the chassis. If anyone wants more info on the build you can Google "Das Vadr E39 Touring" and links should show in the results.

This was 3 days before the move



It wasn't easy loading the wagon myself and with $50 worth of Harbor Freight tools but it worked (barely).


PSA: Air Suspension is awesome



Unloading at the new house




Reunited at last! ...now time to finish the garage remodel so I can pull the E39 in and finish it up!
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