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Old 01-12-2011, 12:49 AM
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All good, thanks for asking. The water was only about knee deep, and, as it turned out, the capsite was all full so we ended up down the road where there was a bridge over the river. At least I can say i crossed the Goulburn river 4 times though!
Goulburn River in Victoria, I presume?
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Goulburn River in Victoria, I presume?
That's the one. Comet Flats campsite at Woods Point.

Also decided that the sports suspension has to go...
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Old 01-12-2011, 12:52 AM
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well just to update you guys, AAMI, wrote the car off.
didn't even contemplate fixing it.

No water got into the cabin of the car at all.

I guess they didn't want to take the chance of repairing it and then continue to go back and back for repairs.

Maybe there are so many electrics under the bonnet, it wasn't worth taking the chance of just replacing the engine.

they are replacing it with a brand new 2010 320i inc innovations etc..
Nice. Decent move on their part. You'd hate to have it repaired only to have a string of problems down the track.
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Also decided that the sports suspension has to go...
What wheel/tyre set up are you on?
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What wheel/tyre set up are you on?
Got the staggered 19s, which I'm quite happy with, and a set of worn out Diamaris (sp?), that are due to be replaced. I know the ride harshness is partly because of that.
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Got the staggered 19s, which I'm quite happy with, and a set of worn out Diamaris (sp?), that are due to be replaced. I know the ride harshness is partly because of that.
Going to same-size 18s or, better still 17s, will be a cheaper and lot easier way to improve the ride quality. You can retro-fit standard E53 (non-sports) springs and dampers but it won't be cheap. Unfortunately, all the after-market suspension stuff tends to be down the sports end of the spectrum.

One of the big attractions of the 17s is that your spare can fully compatible with your road wheels. With both standard suspension and 17s the ride is surprisingly good even on bush tracks.
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Going to same-size 18s or, better still 17s, will be a cheaper and lot easier way to improve the ride quality. You can retro-fit standard E53 (non-sports) springs and dampers but it won't be cheap. Unfortunately, all the after-market suspension stuff tends to be down the sports end of the spectrum.

One of the big attractions of the 17s is that your spare can fully compatible with your road wheels. With both standard suspension and 17s the ride is surprisingly good even on bush tracks.
I was thinking about getting a set of 17s for bush/snow driving, and have seen them on eBay pretty cheap. The advantages I can see for that are being able to have a more off-roady tyre, and being able to get snow chains to fit.

The only down sides are having to store them somewhere and the hassle of changing them out when I want to go bush (I like the look of the 19s and would want to keep them for the 90% of the time that I'm on made roads).

But, for a couple of hundred dollars and a trolley jack, it's worth looking in to.
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I was thinking about getting a set of 17s for bush/snow driving, and have seen them on eBay pretty cheap. The advantages I can see for that are being able to have a more off-roady tyre, and being able to get snow chains to fit.

The only down sides are having to store them somewhere and the hassle of changing them out when I want to go bush (I like the look of the 19s and would want to keep them for the 90% of the time that I'm on made roads).

But, for a couple of hundred dollars and a trolley jack, it's worth looking in to.
17s do come up on ebay because most people who buy second-hand E53s tend to go to a bigger wheel with lower profile tyre. 17-inch tyres are also cheap compared to 18s and especially 19s. Better choice too, especially with ATR treads. Being a narrowed, taller tyre they also load up the suspension less and reduce suspension wear and tear. They also isolate the body from shock loadings and road vibration more, all of which helps the longevity of the vehicle in general. In many situations, ie rougher roads they can also improve the stability as there is less bump steer. Also less chance of aquaplaning in the wet.
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17s do come up on ebay because most people who buy second-hand E53s tend to go to a bigger wheel with lower profile tyre. 17-inch tyres are also cheap compared to 18s and especially 19s. Better choice too, especially with ATR treads. Being a narrowed, taller tyre they also load up the suspension less and reduce suspension wear and tear. They also isolate the body from shock loadings and road vibration more, all of which helps the longevity of the vehicle in general. In many situations, ie rougher roads they can also improve the stability as there is less bump steer. Also less chance of aquaplaning in the wet.
All excellent points and definately food for thought, just a matter of finding a set that I like the look of and choosing a tyre.
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All excellent points and definately food for thought, just a matter of finding a set that I like the look of and choosing a tyre.
There are two factory options in 17-inch wheels, style 57 and style 130. I'm not sure about after-market wheels. As for tyres there's lots of choice from a road through to all terrain. I really like my 235/65R17s Pirelli Scorpion ATRs. They give excellent all-road performance. If you can live without the looks of the staggered 19s, then I think you'll find the 17s will be fine everywhere, even on smooth bitumen. If you don't need an ATR tyre, there's also plenty of choice with road-pattern 17s.
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