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Old 05-07-2019, 06:29 PM
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How about a cooler where the entertainment was?
The DVD player is the size of a single DIN unit. You would only be able to keep a 5 hour energy chilled.


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Me too, afraid to ask what is involved..
Don't be afraid, cars are essentially a bunch of nuts and bolts and with forums, Youtube, and more traditional guides like service manuals there isn't much mystery to it. With some basic tools, common sense, and patience you can get a lot accomplished.
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Old 05-07-2019, 09:35 PM
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The DVD player is the size of a single DIN unit. You would only be able to keep a 5 hour energy chilled.


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I thought the rear climate might be removed as well. Might hold 10 5 hour energy’s. Or a 6 pack.



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Old 05-08-2019, 11:22 AM
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I thought the rear climate might be removed as well. Might hold 10 5 hour energy’s. Or a 6 pack.
Climate control and rear entertainment are 2 completely different systems.
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Old 05-08-2019, 12:03 PM
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Climate control and rear entertainment are 2 completely different systems.


I’m aware. Just adding ideas. Carry on.


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Old 05-21-2019, 11:55 AM
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Putting "the truck" to use....

Shipping wheels


Found a $1,200 radiator setup at the salvage yard.


Transporting a panoramic roof cassette for my E61


License plates arrived. The original hardware was 2 rusty Philips head bolts, I replaced it with some black allen bolts with washers. This will look real clean once the personalized plate arrives.


With the X5 debadged this will help enthusiasts know what motor is under the hood, common civilians will have no idea what's going on which is just the way I like it. If you know, you know.


Adding a wireless charger. What's slick about this setup is the charger is mounted to the ash tray which can easily pop out if needed.




Weekend projects:
Transmission service
Cleaned manifold (again)
Swirl flap delete.
I was going to do vacuum lines as well but I will save that for when I do the downpipe.



Fluid, pan, mechatronics sleeves, bridge, and connector seal.


Yummy


RealOEM FTW


Cleaned the trans support (and other splash panels not pictured).



WTF is this sorry excuse of a transfer case bushing? I was surprised to find out the X5M bushing is nearly identical. With all the TQ of the M57 motor and this offset mount only on one side this seems like it would be a good item to reinforce with a solid rubber mount.


Inspected the transmission wiring connector to confirm pin locations, I will be adding an X5M wheel with paddles and need to run wiring from the wheel all the way to this connector.


Still have to crack open the filter but magnets looked fine with what I understand as a normal amount of metal powder/paste.


New bridge seal and sealing sleeves installed.


Patiently waiting for the trans fluid to get up to temp during refill....


Used a WiFi endoscope to peak down into the valves. All things considered they look great, the only CBU I need to address is on the plastic portion of the valve cover. I will wait to clean that once I have another excuse to pull the cover since it should be and easy task and won't require walnut blasting.



Manifold cleaned, power washed, dried w/ compressed air, and reassembled with swirl flap deletes.


Some quick snaps while running errands. I have a black kidney grill on the way.




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How is yanking the manifold?
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Inspected the transmission wiring connector to confirm pin locations, I will be adding an X5M wheel with paddles and need to run wiring from the wheel all the way to this connector.
Nice work. I still need to do a trans service on the wife's diesel. Question though... does the X5M wheel have a heated version? Her wheel is sport/heated and would be a must to retain.

Wife and I bought an E61 as well. It's nothing special but got it for a song from an owner who didn't want to spend more money on it. Are the E61 interiors wagon specific or does much of it crossover with the sedans?
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How is yanking the manifold?
pretty straight forward

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Nice work. I still need to do a trans service on the wife's diesel. Question though... does the X5M wheel have a heated version? Her wheel is sport/heated and would be a must to retain.

Wife and I bought an E61 as well. It's nothing special but got it for a song from an owner who didn't want to spend more money on it. Are the E61 interiors wagon specific or does much of it crossover with the sedans?
Yes, there is a heated X5M wheel and it's in Nappa leather too which is nice.
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How is yanking the manifold?
Not trying to jack your thread, I think all this stuff is great! That being said, I pulled the diesel manifold off MANY times on my previous 2009. A few things to watch out for are items located in the very back, there is a bolt that you wouldn't think to look for and hook-ups for the swirl flaps and a couple plugs as well, make sure you get those. Other than that, all of the bolts up top are 10mm and captive, make sure you don't lose any of the nuts from the center section; I usually got them loose and then used a magnet to pull them out.
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Nice build!
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