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Old 07-01-2019, 06:55 PM
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I replaced worn Start/Stop and AC fan speed (not shown) buttons.


Got some pedals from Ultimate Pedals, I have ran a pair on my old E39 M5 and am on my second set on my white E61, they are extremely well made and I am a big fan or brushed metals in interiors.


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In my eyes this is a nice sporty/classy touch to the interior.


Getting back to the OEM hitch install


These are all the goodies included in the kit


I wasn't going to put up with the excessive bumper trimming required to fit the OEM hitch so I decided to modify the angle of the plate that mounts the trailer wiring connector. I cut it off and ground it flush with an angle grinder


Paid a local welder $20 to mount it back on


OEM crash bar vs OEM hitch, the hitch is real beefy and weighs about 55lbs


Hitch bolted up, you can see the nee vertical orientation of the connector ....and all the scratches the welder added to the hitch while moving it around. I used some Duplicolor semi-gloss paint which matched the OEM finish very well.


Moving onto the wiring


Previous owners had little kids, I have now collected about 10-12 Lego pieces from the interior. Battery area got a vacuum.


Wiring ran to fuse block and module installed.


Trimming was a little tedious but I am happy with the results.


In this photo the 4 pin connector/adapter is installed, some people inquired if it would sit too low in the new position, no.


Clean!



Added +AHMU to the vehicle order and then followed that up with some additional module coding


Some module coding included rear view camera zoom for aligning a trailer


The setup with the new 1UP Super Duty bike rack installed. It is the only rack would fit my monster 1360mm wheelbase Pole Evolink.

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Old 07-11-2019, 03:39 PM
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Awesome work, may I ask what benefits U get from changing the Sway Bar? Was the OEM broken?
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Awesome work, may I ask what benefits U get from changing the Sway Bar? Was the OEM broken?
The sway bar is thicker than OEM. A thicker sway bar = less body roll.
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Old 07-11-2019, 05:02 PM
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The sway bar is thicker than OEM. A thicker sway bar = less body roll.

I guess kinda like the E39 guys who use the M5 rear sway on a NON M5 I would think. I might give this a try since my E39 felt a lot better in the curves after I swapped it out.
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Old 07-30-2019, 11:51 AM
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It took me a couple months but I finally realized I live a few miles from a Proper station that has HPR, I go to the same station to fill my wagon with E85. It's nice that they don't over charge for the "performance" diesel, same price as Shell, Chevron, etc.


A fellow X5D owner lend me his JBD to try out until I get deleted/tuned. Running it at 100%. It offers a nice bump in power.


Since I have multiple BMW key fobs from the same generation I had some custom keychains made to keep them organized.


Personalized plates arrived.


Happy to report it is centered, I haven't had great success in the past.


Some pics racked up.



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Looks great! I've never heard of high performance diesel before....I'll have to look into that.

Question: does the rack and bike make your rear squat that much or is it just a weird camera angle?
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Old 07-30-2019, 01:15 PM
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Looks great! I've never heard of high performance diesel before....I'll have to look into that.

Question: does the rack and bike make your rear squat that much or is it just a weird camera angle?
No squat ever since I have rear air. Might be an illusion with my ultra high OEM non-sport suspension.
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Nice! What cetane number does this fuel has ?


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Nice! What cetane number does this fuel has ?
http://web-assets.propelfuels.com.s3...cation_R95.pdf
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Old 07-30-2019, 03:07 PM
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Wow! Im from Romania, and the best diesel fuel we got is 55. I bet there s a huge difference when you top up with hpr.


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