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PropellerHead 04-27-2017 09:49 AM

Today, I bought these parts from...
 
I thought this would be a fun spot to share information about parts (and services?) from your favorite online or local sellers. My favorite place to go is a pull-a-part yard. I like them bc you can feel free to rip up a car just like yours to see how things fit together. Also, interior trim pieces like trim clips, screws for the doors, plastic parts, etc mean nothing to these guys. Grab what you can carry and head to check out. Smaller trim parts are free or near zero cost.

Back when I did my speaker upgrade, I cocked up the passenger window switch. This has bothered me for awhile, but has been one of those things that I try to stop looking at.

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Yesterday, I found a yard with THREE X5's (one '04 had BOTH tail lights, btw). Anyway, I found what I wanted and got TWO just in case one didn't work.

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The 1st one I tried worked!

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The best part? If it's a small interior part or one of those screws that BMW wants to sell for $3, they'll usually let it go for free. These cost me nothing when I also bought a radio. The plan for the radio may not work out, but I figured $25 wasn't bad to try.

Ricky Bobby 04-27-2017 09:53 AM

I really wish I had a pick n pull by me, I'm just like you - the little things bother me (and I know perfection is not reality if the car is used and driven)

The center cupholder is driving me nuts lately - I am thinking to use 3M scotchbrite pads this summer, pull the console, and disassemble it and re-spray in Plasti dip (new one is what $300? any used ones will have wear too) -

TiAgX5 04-27-2017 10:02 AM

Wish I had one here too.

My son and one of his friends went to a pick-N-pull $100 all you can carry day in FL. He got all the seats and door panels for his "well worn" Lexus ES 350 for $200. The car he stripped had a spotless leather interior.

Getting a drivers seat recovered would have cost more.

PropellerHead 04-27-2017 10:03 AM

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Originally Posted by Ricky Bobby (Post 1108000)
The center cupholder is driving me nuts lately - I am thinking to use 3M scotchbrite pads this summer, pull the console, and disassemble it and re-spray in Plasti dip (new one is what $300? any used ones will have wear too) -

Preach it, Bubba. I replaced my center cupholders late last year after 5 years of missing those little 'tits' to hold the cup in. :(

But ohhhhh, the feeling now! :thumbup:

Ricky Bobby 04-27-2017 10:06 AM

I bought the tits 2 years ago - now I need to replace the whole damn thing LOL

itsbrokeagain 04-27-2017 03:01 PM

What exactly can you fit in that damned thing besides only one cup? I find it mildly irritating it can't hold two.

Doru 04-28-2017 11:53 AM

Hey Prop, if you need an original radio, I have 2.
One from my e39, and one from X5.
The e39 was 2003 (no DSP), the X5 is 2004 (with DSP)
I think both are the professional HU models. Both mint condition, have no use.

PropellerHead 04-28-2017 12:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Doru (Post 1108079)
Hey Prop, if you need an original radio, I have 2.
One from my e39, and one from X5.
The e39 was 2003 (no DSP), the X5 is 2004 (with DSP)
I think both are the professional HU models. Both mint condition, have no use.

I did get one at the pull it yard that is not DSP. All I really want is something to connect when I get a new radio. I fear that the DSP in my car won't connect with the non DSP radio I have. I'll fiddle around including swapping the non-DSP radio with my mother-in-law's '01 with DSP to see what I find there.

Always an adventure!

crystalworks 04-28-2017 02:03 PM

We have a pick-n-pull but for BMW's it's really only useful for the e36,e38, or e39 chassis. Very rarely do I see an e46 and e30's are pretty rare now too. Never seen an e53 there. Never. :(

For little things like the cupholders, steering wheel trim, etc. I use CL and look for partouts or really cheap donor cars that blew an engine or the like.

semcoinc 04-30-2017 09:59 PM

I bought these helpful wheel mounting alignment studs which really help in dismounting and remounting the X5 tires

http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/T9sAAO...2z/s-l1600.jpg

Two for $12 I thought were a great deal :dunno:

Mercedes Benz M14 x 1.5 Wheel Stud Alignment Guide Tool F/H | eBay

Mike

PropellerHead 01-07-2019 05:03 PM

Back to the yard today and I picked up some things. I remembered that crystalworks had (or has) an interior but no headrests. CW, if you want 'em, they're yours for the $20 they cost me. This is a pic with dirt on them, but they're in very good shape.

I found an OE heated, dimming mirror. Drivers side only. The passenger side was delaminated. (or whatever it is that happens to these things)

And an auto-dimming mirror.

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Not pictured is about every fuse and relay from the glove box. Once I saw that the silly fuses are $1.20 ea at the hardware aisle, I just grabbed a handful.

Also, some IKE buttons. 4,200 door and moulding clips that always break. :D

Not a bad morning for $22. (entry is $2.):thumbup:

PropellerHead 01-09-2019 01:51 AM

After a pretty close call yesterday, I've added to the toolkit arsenal. When you're rolling around a few acres of metal- and especially in the back rows where most every 'import' section is in these things- You might find yourself in a particular, erm. Need. :eeps: The, uhhh 'facilities' offered are not always as complete as you might prefer. This little tidbit didn't find an itch to scratch today, but they'll stay in the box. Think of it like camping. Or a really long hike. Always be prepared.
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Today I was on a mission for a fellow board member. I'd robbed some auto dimming glass from a PP E53 drivers mirror yesterday and he's looking for the gears within. I went to a new yard feeling optimistic that even though there was only one E53 on the lot, a new venue would reap big returns. Yeah. We were a little late to that party it appears. :(
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Undeterred, and in possession of 5 BMW's from the century's turn, I toddeled on.
  • I've been meaning to fix or repair the completely pixelated DSP radio in my mother in laws '01. She doesn't drive it, but my wife often commandeers it when she needs to run my daughter around. Since the radios are the same in E39s and E53's, I was sure I'd hit paydirt.
  • I also was looking for a sunroof trim panel for my wife's E46. These things get crusty over time and the plastic breaks. Hers hung down at some point. We just can't have that.
  • While I was looking, I noticed the sunroof motor was pretty easy to get to. Especially if you don't have to care about ripping the headliner on a junker, you can get right up close and personal. I found one and had it out in minutes. She hasn't used her disconnected her sunroof in years. It'll open, but not close. Now, we don't know if this is a cartridge issue or a motor one, but hell. It was there, dry, and easy to remove.
    • I tested the pulled part today and it runs in both directions- and quietly. Tomorrow is the day I'll remove hers and see if it does as well. If it doesn't, I'll replace it with the pulled part. If it does, we have a cartridge issue.
  • Since I was eyeing E39's for the radios, I remembered I need to remove a trunk-mounted DVD I installed 19 years ago. :yikes: They were all the rage as was TV and video in motion with OE parts. I found the rear carpet part I'd cut a hole in and a nice replacement for the insulation behind the non-folding seats in the E39. Done.

Here's a shot of the haul...
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Now you might notice those retro cupholder looking things. I've always liked those. They're in an E39 loaner I get sometimes. I opened the door and there they were- sitting in the passenger seat. They even had the sticky bottoms taped up as if they'd never been installed. I only had a minute to drop them in while at the hangar dropping off my road trip rear wheels.

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You know how when you mow the grass or use a backpack blower or take a shower (or one of the other morning 'S's) and your mind just sorta flies into a moment of clarity? Well, that happened here as I ran around looking for all the little things that still irritate me even if I am twice as old as I thought I would ever be.

The last E46 service came complete with some time spent cleaning the engine bay. I so appreciated that effort it made me frown about the little modesty insert for the manifold cover.

Here we are before...

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Annnd after... Not bad for 17 years old. :smokin:
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All of the E39 trunk rummaging had me remembering that somewhere on my E39, I'd had a smear of a sticker for around 10 or 11 years. Sh!t like that reminds me of how careless I was at one point, and I'd had enough thinking about it.

Before:
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After: (anyone else notice the phone Numbers are different? WTF?)

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Finally, you might notice that little round thing in the back of the haul pic above. That's the heated steering coupler/ring/adapter/whatever. They're also really easy to remove if you don't care about ripping up trim pieces. I just paid $109 for mine in December. This did not cost that much.

Cost beyond a few hours of my time, fuel for the thirsty 4.8is, and some busted knuckles was, and get this..

$28.

It's going to be a full 35 degrees cooler here tomorrow. But I really do want to see if I can help out that member, find a radio with the same connection I need, and maybe steal some more interior trim and door fasteners.

We'll see what the cooler weather does for my knees. And in turn, what it does to my lazy ass. :popcorn:

Overboost 01-09-2019 09:22 AM

I wish I had a yard closer. Just like you I feel like a kid in a candy store. ;)

ahlem 01-09-2019 05:50 PM

This Fall I got a factory trailer hitch with all the hardware and the electronic module for $26.50. It was almost closing time and when I asked the guy if he got the power steering pump because it didn't show on the receipt, he just said "Yup". Probably wanted to get out of the office in a hurry.

semcoinc 01-09-2019 05:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Overboost (Post 1151535)
I wish I had a yard closer. Just like you I feel like a kid in a candy store. ;)

:iagree:

I should scout around the DFW Metroplex to see what I can find. :dunno:

Mike

Overboost 01-09-2019 06:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ahlem (Post 1151619)
This Fall I got a factory trailer hitch with all the hardware and the electronic module for $26.50. It was almost closing time and when I asked the guy if he got the power steering pump because it didn't show on the receipt, he just said "Yup". Probably wanted to get out of the office in a hurry.

That has to be the deal of the century! :thumbup:

crystalworks 01-09-2019 06:38 PM

Prop, your inbox is full. ;)

Nice haul. You've got some nicely stocked yards in your area.

burninator 01-09-2019 07:23 PM

I love going to pick n pull yards.

PropellerHead 01-09-2019 09:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by crystalworks (Post 1151623)
Prop, your inbox is full. ;)

Woops! I cleared a few. Damn. 50 messages is just notalot. :(
Quote:

Originally Posted by PropellerHead (Post 1151521)
We'll see what the cooler weather does for my knees. And in turn, what it does to my lazy ass. :popcorn:

Welp. Today was some home office PC work. Swapped a couple CPUs for a NAS build I'm preppping. Ran out of time and temperature for a return to find other parts.

Tomorrow, we spin up the 4x12TB drives and swap the i3 for the i5. So it looks like it'll be a challenge to get away.

crystalworks 01-10-2019 12:21 AM

I had to ditch our NAS (Seagate Armor stand alone unit) as it kept corrupting RAID arrays and killing drives. Ended up splitting the 30ish TB of storage, half in my rig, and half in the wife's. Use Allway Sync to back up the data from one to the other. It's a little cumbersome compared to the old stand alone unit... but the peace of mind has been priceless.

During my last CPU/mobo upgrade I switched from an ivy bridge i5 over to a Ryzen 1600x. Couldn't ignore the price to performance advantage. Plus, not having as many problems with specter patches has been nice.

EODguy 01-10-2019 02:45 AM

Crystalworks.

I'm tempted to just send you my head unit to be upgraded and change the setup after you write a post that makes it seem easy:bustingup: I'm lucky to change backgrounds[emoji38] don't suppose there's some app I should download that helps unlock things and make changes easier?:popcorn:

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Purplefade 01-14-2019 11:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by crystalworks (Post 1151645)
I had to ditch our NAS (Seagate Armor stand alone unit) as it kept corrupting RAID arrays and killing drives. Ended up splitting the 30ish TB of storage, half in my rig, and half in the wife's. Use Allway Sync to back up the data from one to the other. It's a little cumbersome compared to the old stand alone unit... but the peace of mind has been priceless.

During my last CPU/mobo upgrade I switched from an ivy bridge i5 over to a Ryzen 1600x. Couldn't ignore the price to performance advantage. Plus, not having as many problems with specter patches has been nice.



Oh yuck, I can totally relate, I ran a striped array for a long time thinking I was protected... right up to the moment it crapped itself and wouldn’t rebuild ☹️☹️

After that I ended up doing exactly what you did, split my 7 drives between two PCs but rather than using another “utility” to do my copies and backups I used MSSynctoys with Windows Scheduler to kick off my events.

Good luck brother, I wish you all the luck!


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srmmmm 01-16-2019 01:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by semcoinc (Post 1151620)
:iagree:

I should scout around the DFW Metroplex to see what I can find. :dunno:

Mike


Check in the Grand Prairie area, there are yards along Hwy 80.


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