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Old 05-13-2021, 10:22 AM
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Great Work CW!

You're doing great. Keep at it, i bet you are starting to see the finish line?

Yes, having a lift becomes an imperative as the years march on I feel. I just don't have space in my current place. I am looking forward to relocating next year and having the ability to pick somewhere where I can have a separate garage and finally install a lift. It will be a liberating feeling to trash my creeper!!
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Old 05-13-2021, 11:11 PM
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Nice work.

Nothing like dad and daughter pulling tranny in flip flops!

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Old 05-14-2021, 11:18 AM
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You're doing great. Keep at it, i bet you are starting to see the finish line?

Yes, having a lift becomes an imperative as the years march on I feel. I just don't have space in my current place. I am looking forward to relocating next year and having the ability to pick somewhere where I can have a separate garage and finally install a lift. It will be a liberating feeling to trash my creeper!!
Here! Here! Thanks for the support and motivation. I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel... but still only about 65% done due to other work planned (complete vacuum line replacement still to do).

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Nice work.

Nothing like dad and daughter pulling tranny in flip flops!

HA! You have to toughen them up young, lest they think life is easy. Don't tell OSHA. Really she just happened to come in when I was taking some pics. Though she is excited to start helping with oil changes and regular maintenance stuff.

I think they are just taking after their father. I grew up in Hawaii, military brat, Dad did 2 tours there. To this day, it's a rarity to see me in shoes unless I am playing a sport or it's under 20 degrees outside.
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Old 05-14-2021, 01:12 PM
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To this day, it's a rarity to see me in shoes unless I am playing a sport or it's under 20 degrees outside.
That makes 2 of us! LoL...
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Old 05-27-2021, 01:12 PM
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That makes 2 of us! LoL...
Sandal tan 4 life Happy!

With a summer trip/family reunion coming up wife has been working crazy hours, which means I put in OT with the munchkins so the truck progress has slowed. It's being made, just slower, only able to put in a couple of hours a few days a week after the kids go down. Will update when I have a chance.

But I did make this video with the DPF cleaning results for anyone interested. Ours turned out pretty clean so not sure the $400 was well spent, but I don't regret it just for the clean bill of health it got. As I've said, this is the last time I'm going this deep on the truck so that sucker is staying there now that it's bolted back in and torqued.



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Old 05-28-2021, 11:59 AM
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Sandal tan 4 life Happy!
Puwahaha... I am pretty sure mine are permanent. My wife and kids are always cracking jokes about them.
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Old 06-02-2021, 02:12 PM
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Still trudging along. A couple of hours a day here or there. Only support left on the drivetrain is the trans jack as I prepare to reinstall the Xmember for the Xfer case. Some accomplishments and tribulations:
  • DPF mounted and torqued down
  • Secondary EGR cooler installed and torqued
  • All EGT sensors and pressure sensors installed and torqued
  • Coolant lines for EGT reinstalled and added 3qts of water, will add BMW blue later
  • Reinstalled SCR injection tube/mixer onto DPF
  • Reinstalled wiring harnesses/clips on trans
  • Motor mounts torqued onto subframe
  • Subframe torqued onto chassis
  • Steering rack torqued onto subframe
  • Installed new actuator gear into the actuator (no errors, but preventative maint)
  • Reinstalled actuator onto Xfer case
  • Torqued rear driveshaft and new rear guibo onto Xfer case (torqued CSB too)
  • Cleaning heat shielding and under trays - reinstalling as I go
  • Brief cleaning under the body because why not
  • Started working on vacuum line replacement (debating to take off intake manifold)
  • Replaced pressure converters (VNE are OE supplier apparently as BMW was scratched off new part)

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Teaser pic... I'll have a full recount of the weekend's work which culminated in the below.

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We put ~70 miles on the truck today.
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Nav, DSP, Pano, Running Boards, OEM Tow Hitch, Cold Weather Pckg (Purchased 08/15 w/ 90,500 miles)

2010 X5 35d Build 02/10
Nav, HiFi, 6 DVD, Sports Pckg, Cold Weather Pckg, HUD, CAS, Running Boards, Leather Dash, PDC, Pano (Purchased 03/17 w/ 136,120 miles)
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Old 06-12-2021, 07:31 AM
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I imagine anything would seem "not as bad" as this diesel. LOL. I feel like I could drop a trans in a gas powered BMW in a day easy after fiddling with this DPF, EGR Cooler, and SCR stuff.

Got some more work done on Monday. Put in about 3 hours doing various things.

Finished the fuel filter install. That was an ordeal that I had started on Saturday because the 5" rubber line that U-turns after the filter was cracked and started leaking after I had disturbed it. "No problem" I thought. I'll run to O'Reilly and pick up a small piece of fuel line. Nope, nothing will make that radius without kinking. Ugh, guess I'll have to pick up that piece from BMW. $85 later I had it as they do not sell the rubber portion separately. You have to buy the whole plastic piece too.

Also got the motor mount arm reinstalled and both new motor mounts in place. The engine can now rest on its own mounts for the first time in a couple of months. :party0030: Haven't torqued anything yet as I anticipate having to move things around a bit while trying to get the EGR cooler and sensors back in place on the DPF. That should be fun...
  • Fuel filter and line installed
  • RS Engine mount arm installed
  • Both engine mounts installed loosely to engine arms

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I think Continental custom makes that small fuel line in that shape using a form. I could not get anything to make that radius.

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This shows condition of LS motor mount. Not failed, but like the other side, has some obvious droop to it.

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This is the steering shaft that you have to be wary of when lowering the subframe. You don't want to damage the seal that that shaft rides in or you will have a power steering fluid leak. Best to undo the steering rack (4 hard to reach nuts/bolts) so you can limit the amount the rack drops.

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You can see all my pink torque markings on the fasteners that have been done. Still need to torque the arm down, the one bolt behind the DPF is an absolute PITA to get to. Should be fun trying to get a torque wrench on that.
So you had to remove the DPF in order to remove the transmission?
Or it made it easier?
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Old 06-12-2021, 10:26 AM
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So you had to remove the DPF in order to remove the transmission?
Or it made it easier?
It's 100% a must. 100%. Still having nightmares.
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