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Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 06-11-2021, 07:46 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 31,038
Posted By thstone
I have a friend who has a house in Lake Arrowhead...

I have a friend who has a house in Lake Arrowhead (about 75 mins north-east of LA) and went up there last Saturday to get out of the city.

I recently suffered a leg injury so we couldn't go...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 06-10-2021, 10:58 AM
Replies: 170
Views: 31,038
Posted By thstone
Hey X5O, your build and YouTube video's were one...

Hey X5O, your build and YouTube video's were one of the inspirations for my build and this thread! Thanks for joining us here, I think that you have a lot of experience that can help us all.
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 06-02-2021, 01:26 AM
Replies: 170
Views: 31,038
Posted By thstone
Acceleration will be impacted from two causes:...

Acceleration will be impacted from two causes: (1) lower (effective) gearing due to the larger diameter tires; (2) increase in unsprung weight of the tires.

In driving on the street around town,...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 06-01-2021, 12:20 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 31,038
Posted By thstone
Brian, Sounds like great progress! The...

Brian,

Sounds like great progress! The Method Racing 701's are pretty bad ass and should look and perform great.

I sent some thoughts via PM regarding the lift.

Tom
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 05-14-2021, 01:32 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 31,038
Posted By thstone
Nice starting point, I really like the blue, it...

Nice starting point, I really like the blue, it stands out in a sea of white, black, and grey/silver X5's.
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 05-12-2021, 10:32 AM
Replies: 170
Views: 31,038
Posted By thstone
Emory39, your X looks great! What lightbar did...

Emory39, your X looks great! What lightbar did you use and how hard was it to wire up?
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 05-12-2021, 10:31 AM
Replies: 170
Views: 31,038
Posted By thstone
Henn28, thanks for the post! Let's see some pic's...

Henn28, thanks for the post! Let's see some pic's and keep us updated on your progress.
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 05-07-2021, 06:33 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 31,038
Posted By thstone
Renting a travel trailer these days works a lot...

Renting a travel trailer these days works a lot like AirBnB: there are national websites where private trailer owners post their trailer for rent and renters (like me) use the website to reserve the...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 05-07-2021, 12:40 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 31,038
Posted By thstone
Since the trailers and WDH's are rentals, I don't...

Since the trailers and WDH's are rentals, I don't have the flexibility to fully adjust the trailer hitch to perfectly match the X5 - I kind of have to take it "as-is" unless there was a glaring...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 05-07-2021, 12:34 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 31,038
Posted By thstone
:D:D My guess is that climbing 4200...

:D:D

My guess is that climbing 4200 vertical feet over Grapevine/Tejon Pass on I-5 (north of LA) is a big hit to the mileage. Next time towing, I'll check the mileage over a long section of flat...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 05-05-2021, 05:01 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 31,038
Posted By thstone
Air bag install...

Air bag install...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 05-05-2021, 05:00 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 31,038
Posted By thstone
Pro Tips for Towing: #1: Use a weight...

Pro Tips for Towing:
#1: Use a weight distribution hitch with anti-sway control
#2: Use side mirror extensions so you can see around the trailer.
#3: Donít be in a hurry. If youíre used to...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 05-05-2021, 04:59 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 31,038
Posted By thstone
Overall, the E53 X5 tows and handles the trailer...

Overall, the E53 X5 tows and handles the trailer weight very well. Both trailers include the use of a weight distribution hitch (WDH) with anti-sway control. While you can feel the weight of the...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 05-05-2021, 04:58 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 31,038
Posted By thstone
On the steepest hills (6% or more), the...

On the steepest hills (6% or more), the transmission will downshift to 3rd and the engine will rev to 5,000 rpm to maintain a speed around 55 mph. Under these conditions, this is all the power there...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 05-05-2021, 04:58 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 31,038
Posted By thstone
** Towing Update ** Sorry for the lengthy...

** Towing Update **

Sorry for the lengthy delay in posting! The biotech business that I run has been super busy and Iíve been car racing a lot.

At this point, I have towed on four separate...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 02-04-2021, 04:05 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 31,038
Posted By thstone
Thanks for the comments! I'll have to see...

Thanks for the comments!

I'll have to see about removing the rear bumper cover to take some photos of the hitch mounting points. If I had to guess, I would say that the hitch most likely mounts...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 02-03-2021, 03:41 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 31,038
Posted By thstone
Tow Hitch/7-Pin Connector/Brake Controller ...

Tow Hitch/7-Pin Connector/Brake Controller

Generally I like to DIY whatever I can because I like working in my workshop and find it to be a great stress-reliever from my work life.

After...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 02-02-2021, 01:11 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 31,038
Posted By thstone
Thanks for the comments! Despite its...

Thanks for the comments!

Despite its reputation as a family grocery hauler, I am finding that the E53 performs really well in a wide range of conditions despite the lack of advanced tech that came...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 01-31-2021, 09:52 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 31,038
Posted By thstone
Snow!!! I drove up to Lake Arrowhead, CA...

Snow!!!

I drove up to Lake Arrowhead, CA (about 60 miles north east of LA) early this morning where there was 3-5 ft of snow and it was super beautiful!

At first, I was a bit hesitant to use...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 01-04-2021, 01:19 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 31,038
Posted By thstone
Glad that you liked the WildPeak's. I think that...

Glad that you liked the WildPeak's. I think that there are a lot of very good AT tires on the market so its hard to make a bad choice.

Tell us more about your experience of finding the limit of...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 01-01-2021, 04:29 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 31,038
Posted By thstone
1979 911SC 3.0L Targa 209,000 miles. Engine never...

1979 911SC 3.0L Targa 209,000 miles. Engine never touched. Transmission recent full rebuild. All original (including cassette player) except for fully upgraded air conditioning system to keep me cool...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 01-01-2021, 01:00 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 31,038
Posted By thstone
** Fender Flares ** With a break over the...

** Fender Flares **

With a break over the holiday, I finally had time to get the fender flares installed!

I ended up installing a combination of the factory 4.4is fender trim along with an...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 12-09-2020, 01:47 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 31,038
Posted By thstone
I wrote a review for them and they posted the...

I wrote a review for them and they posted the photos. For $85 its really a great product.

For clarity, I am not sponsored or compensated in any way by any of the manufacturers/products that I...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 12-09-2020, 01:39 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 31,038
Posted By thstone
Sure, hope this helps... Crossbars:...

Sure, hope this helps...

Crossbars: https://omacshop.com/products/bmw-x5-2000-2006-cross-bar-fly-bar-black-2-pcs-alu?_pos=5&_sid=d497e7124&_ss=r

Roof basket:...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 12-09-2020, 01:16 AM
Replies: 170
Views: 31,038
Posted By thstone
Couple more pics...

Couple more pics...
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