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Old 10-11-2019, 08:08 PM
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I finished wiring the paddles and got everything operational. I will be creating a guide explaining the process for E70s, there was info online but it wasn't definitive so I am hoping the consolidation of the necessary steps plus some pointers will be helpful for others. Keep an eye out for a link soon.

In addition to the paddle shift project the maintenance train continued to charge forward with the following:

- Fluidampr harmonic balancer + upgraded alternator pulley
- Water Pump + Thermostat
- New Belts



Removing AC stretch belt


Alternator pulley: Left-Old Right-New


Left: OEM balancer
Right: Fluidampr


OEM HB looked to be in good shape. There was no record of it being replaced in 85k so it's nice to know the Fluidampr is in there now, especially before tuning.


Noted some minor wheeping around the crank hub, not an urgent matter but it will be corrected at some point.


Old vs New




Cleaned, inspected, and greased up.


Refilled cooling system and got up to operating temp.
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Old 10-16-2019, 12:27 PM
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Paddles in action!


Also, this chirping noise shown below would happen periodically on start up, usually when the engine hasen't been ran for >12 hours. This was resolved when replacing my harmonic balancer, alternator pulley, and water pump. My guess it was caused by the alternator pulley.


I had some odd locking behavior, the driver door stopped unlocking at all and you needed to utilize the "actual" key however the driver door would lock with the FOB. Gas cap also needed a manual release to open. All other doors were unresponsive. Research said it was either a fuse or lock actuator. Thankfully it was a fuse, I replaced the 15A with 20A.



My initial fog light retrofit utilized 3M VHB which is amazing stuff but it didn't offer the structural rigidity needed for this application and with the heat sinks of the projectors completely exposed there was too much space for water and dirt to ingress so I revised the design.

To mount the LED projector bracket to the fog housing I used my ultra tiny drill bit and some steel wire to create 4 anchor points


Next was JB Weld which completely seals the perimeter and also adds rigidity.


Last were rubber housing caps to seal the rear, these work but they are a little excessive in their volume and the flange that grabs onto the housings could be deeper so I will be trying a different design later to optimize the design.


I gave the X5 a wash immediately after installing the revised fogs and so far so good, next wash will be with a power washer




I finally had the opportunity to take some output pics. Some things to note on these photos: The X5 is parked at a slight angle relative to the wall and the ground also has a slight angle which makes the output scale up in size towards the left. I did a quick aim of the projectors inside the fog housings before installing them into the bumper but never did another aiming once in the bumper, as you can see the driver side is aimed a bit higher and should be lower to match the passenger side.

The passenger side is aimed about as low as it can go, the projector assmebly bottoms out on the fog housing limiting the downward angle. I might be able to improve this a little by mounting the LED projector up a little higher in the fog housing when I join the two assemblies but the improvement will be small. The limited downward aim combined with the relatively high location of the fog lights in the X5's bumper these fog lights are more like supplemental driving lights. That being said with the ho-hum performance of the E70's adaptive xenon lights and the impressive output of the small LED fogs, they do a nice job complimenting the headlight's low beam output and help fill out the beam pattern. Photos are with an iphone and exposure is on auto.

LED fogs only


Low beams only


Low + Fog


Fog only


Here is a video cycling through the lights
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Old 11-26-2019, 12:39 PM
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Where to begin? Lots to cover so I will get to it.

I added twin Diode Dynamics Stage 6" "wide" light bars as reverse lights. I run a single DD bar on my E61 and it's amazing, this is double amazing. Tapped into OEM wiring, mounted to the subframe braces. These offer tons of light and with their optics and location tucked forward under the bumper you aren't going to be blinding people when reversing ...unless thy happen to be on their hands and knees for some reason.







Installed H&R 1.2 front springs, they come with adjustable links for the rear but before ordering the springs I already DIYed some adjustable links by modding the stock units. I hear mixed reviews on the H&R springs and the ride quality but I figured I would give them a shot and come to my own conclusion. I should really get some struts which are intended to operate lowered but as part of the experiment I wanted to see how the stock struts performed, I replaced thin bushings and upgraded from teh "3rd row" bump stops to the "sport."







Rear links set to 65mm as H&R recommends, I like the drop but those tires are a bit thin



I like custom stuff and I like turbo noises so I "built" aka trimmed and assembled some silicone and metal. The goal was to retain the cold air source like stock but shorten the intake ducting and hopefully increase turbo response and flow capabilities. Freeing up room in the engine bay is always a bonus. I plan on dyno testing this vs stock to confirm performance later. I have a detailed thread on this project in the forum, just search!
Stock intake for reference


My intake





Thick boy tires. The Michelin PSSs originally on the 612M wheels were 285/35/21 and 325/30/21 A 30 profile tire is too thin IMO for a 5,000+lbs SUV. With the short gearing and only 6 spd trans on the diesel I wanted meatier tires to A) add comfort and B) give it some longer legs at highway speeds. The added rotational mass will hurt acceleration and braking a bit but I have some solutions lined up for that.

These are Continental SportContact 5P 285/40/21 and 325/40/21 If you recall I test fit a 285/45 front tire that DIDN'T fit up front, that is the matching tire for these monstrous rear tires. With tire sizes limited in 21" I had limited options and this was staggered setup was my best option. I am not crazy about the Hot Wheels raked look but this was a function>form modification. The front tire looks perfect, if they made a matching 325/35 rear it would have been ideal buuuuuuut they don't! These rears have a 31" diameter!





At some angles the rear tires look out of place and at other angles they just look beefy. The exaggerated rear flares do help the rear meat blend in a bit.






Apparently the 3rd row got some use with the previous owner, good for them. Aside from a comical test to see if all 6'8" 255lb of me could fit in there I have never and will never use it. I bought the X5 with 3rd row for the load leveling so this seat is nothing but added weight and cargo space. 100lbs and 6 cu/ft of cargo space to be exact! I purchased some of the OEM cargo rails but will install once my new non-3rd row cargo floor arrives.




Now onto the good stuff. The diesel motor has been chock long enough, time to let that motor be efficient. In addition to the bump in MPG, and +150whp and +150wtq with the DPF, SCR, and Uerea tans gone that is another 100lbs lost.



Cleaning as I go



Fabbed up a block off plate for the low pressure EGR connection




Malone Tuning + Flashzilla tuning device. I currently have Stage 2, 2.5, and 2.9 to play around with. Currently running 2.9 and will data log and see if we can't make some tuning revisions to optimize everything.




Let's take a moment to appreciate this Rawtek exhaust, this features a 3.5" DP and an high flow cat in the mid-pipe. Rawtek is more expensive than other X5D exhaust options but with build quality like this the price is easy to justify for the discerning enthusiast.








The real headlight retrofit is coming soon until then I wanted to test out these new Philips XV2s.


Since removing the rear DVD system I had a void in the console, the gentleman who bought the system was supposed to send me his storage cubby but I never heard from him so I sourced the parts from eBay. Hard to see but now I have a place to put "oddments" as BMW would say.


With some exhaust sensors now rendered useless I went through the engine bay, removing what I could, rerouting some items, and giving a little nip/tuck to clean things up. Happy with how it is looking.

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Old 11-26-2019, 12:55 PM
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Engine bay clean ups are my favorite things. Great work sir. Hopefully removing both DPF tanks in a few weeks when I do my full delete as well.
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Old 11-29-2019, 12:45 PM
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Nice work, per the usual.

Funny, I am also 6'8" and until recently was also 255lbs. I've dropped down to 240 over the last couple of months. Sorry, OT, but thought it was an interesting coincidence.
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Nice work, per the usual.

Funny, I am also 6'8" and until recently was also 255lbs. I've dropped down to 240 over the last couple of months. Sorry, OT, but thought it was an interesting coincidence.
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The X5 has it's first road trip under it's belt (~700 miles round trip). Being deleted the X5 has the potential to be efficient but you really need to be mindful of your driving habits, for me >70mph the MPGs really start to deteriorate. I averaged 23MPG on the outbound trip which included getting over some mountains and also some spirited "demo" driving with relatives. On the return trip the first 80 miles were mainly rolling 2 lane road with light traffic and 55-65mph, this yielded 28.3 mpg and once back on the highway doing 75-80mph for the next ~300 miles including the mountains the gauge read 25mpg once I returned home.

I have some more tricks up my sleeve to optimize efficiency but it's pretty clear driving habits are the most important variable with fuel efficiency. I am interested to see what kind of mileage I can get with the beast but the reality is I rarely have the patience to drive that way, lol. I have another road trip for the holidays were I will do my best to see what ind of MPG I can achieve.

On a side note, while running the Propel HPR fuel there is no visible smoke while driving even at WOT, awesome. In addition to no smoke the renewable fuel also has almost double the cetane of regular diesel, and the icing on top is the fuel reduces green house emissions by 40-80%, SICK! You gotta be in CA to indulge.


I found a cheap E60 M5 cluster on eBay made a hybrid cluster. M5 gauges, X5 gauge faces, M5 needles, M5 bezel, X5 KOMBI. I was torn on the white vs red needles, I modded the cluster in my E61 and left the needles white as there is no arguing the superior daytime visibility. I prefer the svelt looks of the M5 needles so I figured I would give them a shot and see how I get along with the red. At this point the hybrid cluster is just an aesthetic mod but my goal is to get the radial engine oil temp gauge that surrounds the tachometer to work so I can know when my engine is up to temp before stomping on it.








With an upcoming multi-state trip for the holidays and 2 pups some extra cargo space is needed. I was eyeing up the Thule boxes but found a killer deal on a Yakima Skybox, not crazy about the styling but the dimensions and capacity were a good fit. I paired it with some Yakima Whispbars, this is my 3rd set and love the sleek profile. Happy with how it all turned out but the red really clashes with my color scheme. Pffffft.

Box was functionally perfect after lubing the locks but it had a bunch of stucco and white paint marks on it from careless handling/storage but I polished the turd and made it a little more presentable.






Worn front end sway bar links replaced with Meyle HD



Another chill upgrade. ATM stepped intachilla. I went with the optional ASV pipe so all the leaky OEM connectors from the turbo outlet to the intake manifold are replaced with quality silicone and clamp connections.







Clean as you go!


Can you tell which screw was close to the turbo outlet? lol


Adapters installed on turbo outlet and ASV


Stuffed in there. I will probably build a custom shroud that goes down to the bottom of the intercooler so airflow is optimized.


Everything reassembled, time to datalog and make sure I don't blow off any connections.



The last piece of the puzzle for the upcoming road trip is a winter wheel/tire setup. I have the OEM 19s that came on the X5 but 19s won't clear the eventual X5M brake upgrade and I don't want to reconfigure the winter set again down the road so I was on the hunt for some 20s. The OEM 20" X5 wheels are all heavy AF and during researching "5x120" on Craigslist I found a set of Camaro ZL1 wheels that caught my eye since they are concave and had a 10-spoke design that I would describe as more of a split 5 spoke. With more researching I found they have the same 20x10 20x11 widths as OEM X5 wheels and mangeable offsets at 23F and 43R. Bore is 67 so that will need to be machined out to 74.1 but no biggie.

The kicker is they are FORGED and made by Alcoa, tipping the scales at 26lb F and 27lb R, light, really light! I decided to go with a square 20x11 setup for simplicity and found a killer deal on Michelin Aplin LA2 tires, 295/40/20. Got 4 new tires for a little more than the retail price for a single tire!

My current 21" 612M wheels are forged but carry a bit more weight and the beefy Continental add more weight, especially the monstrous rear tire. My current setup tips the scale at 68lbs F and 80lbs R. The winter setup will be 61lbs per corner. I am eager to see how performance is impacted. If all goes well I might consider the ZL1 wheels for summer (all the time buy mountain trips) as well.

Pic of the ZL1 wheels for reference, I think the styling will suit the X5 well. I had some concerns of putting sports car wheels on a performance truck but considering the quality of the wheel and the fact that the ZL1 isn't THAT much lighter than the X5 I think it should be fine, if my wheels breaks in half while driving then the jokes on me.




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Very cool stuff going on.

Our intercooler is pretty good so I can only imagine how much better your new one will be. I want to do the same stuff you've done. New intercooler, new charge pipes along with new turbos and a clean intake.

WHEN you get your new cluster working, please let me know. I want to discuss getting a temperature meter working in my X5d.

What about the lug holes on those ZL1 wheels?

My X5 seems to be an outlier with regard to fuel mileage. Even at 80mph, 26-28 mpg is pretty standard. If I drive at 65-70mph, 30+ mpg is no problem. Once I was able to drive steady at 68mph (indicated) for over four and a half hours and the OBC said 33.6 mpg. Like you experience, though, spirited driving will drop the mpg pretty quick. I think if you can get some more long road trips on yours, you might see some improvement, especially with the deletes.
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Old 12-04-2019, 11:37 AM
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Very cool stuff going on.

WHEN you get your new cluster working, please let me know. I want to discuss getting a temperature meter working in my X5d.

What about the lug holes on those ZL1 wheels?
Thanks for the kind words and the optimism that I WILL get the radial temp gauge working! We will see! Some of the 335d owners have experimented and tried some module cloning and coding to no avail, the hurdle seems to be diesel related since 335i guys can do it no problem. I haven't dove into the project yet but I mean, we have engine oil temp sensors and a gauge fully connected and ready to transmit data, it's just a matter of connecting the signal. How hard can it be? (Famous last words)

I do have a fellow enthusiast who is an advanced coder and wizard of all things related to BMW electronics. He helped my resolve the coding on my E61 to get the DSC system operational, it was tricky since I built a Franken-wagon with a manual trans, full RWD conversion, a 535i DSC unit in a wagon that was only imported to the US with AWD. On a project I will usually do as much research and attempt the coding myself and once I hit a wall, kindly ask him to bail me out. Thankfully he loves my weird projects and contributing to my builds.

I don't see an issue with the Lug holes on the ZL1 wheels, the 5x120 bolt pattern is identical and they accept a M14 bolt with a conical seat, same as the e70. I have Motorsport hardware studs and nuts so I can just slide the wheels on with whatever spacers I need (should be 10mm front to clear the spindle, and 25mm rear to match the offset).
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I'd accept just a basic temperature meter in place of that stupid consumption meter. It is an absolute waste of space and has been for decades.

Okay, I wasn't sure if the ZL1 wheels were M12 or M14. Sounds like you're all set.
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