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    E39 Touring - Specific DIY links, FAQ's & Knowledge

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesdc4
    Please limit your posts in this thread to links and info regarding the E39 Touring. Post your questions in new or existing threads in the Touring specific subsection.

    Thanks,
    James

    This post is for a single point of reference for information that is specific to the E39 Touring model. The post will be updated as and when suitable content is found and known about which will help owners when looking and searching for information.

    Currently, the link to the photo gallery is not working for me. When it is working and available, I will post relevant pictures there which will then allow me to 'link' to it in references in this post - this will help keep content on 'bimmerforums.com' rather than just linking to all sorts of other websites / picture hosts etc. For now, some links will be to other websites where necessary.

    My focus is for high quality, reputable aftermarket Audio and electronics as well as styling and performance upgrades - I don't know what a spanner is! however, I will speak to some good people I know who are knowledgeable for when it comes to oily bits and see if there's more information/pictures out there which I can include. There's already some excellent threads which are Touring specific so naturally, they'll be listed here too.

    I think it'd be best to split this into various catagories and then include relevant links in each one to help make it easier to look information up. I'm new at 'owning' a thread like this so forgive me in advance if it looks a bit like a dog's dinner to begin with!

    Anyone who finds information which is deemed potentially good to include here is more than welcome to PM me about it and I will try to update the post asap.


    Suspension

    Rear Subframe Bushing Replacement

    SLS Airbag replacement

    Replacing Air Spring on E39 Touring

    SLS to Spring/Shock conversion

    Tailgate - Interior

    Removing interior trim of Tailgate


    Tailgate - Exterior

    Powered/Hydraulic Tailgate Retrofit
    Rear CELIS lights not working
    Removing Tailgate side trim

    Audio

    Full custom Audio upgrade

    Custom twin rear storage area subwoofer enclosures

    DIY subwoofer solutions

    DICE Mediabridge install in Tourings equipped with DSP

    OEM Satnav modules Retrofit - Link to be posted

    Cosmetic - Exterior

    Touring roof rails delete

    Cosmetic - Interior

    Published Articles/Reports/Brochures

    Suggestions welcomed! I thought I'd make a start and will update accordingly!

    Cheers, Dennis!
    Last edited by DennisCooper; 02-05-2013 at 05:10 PM. Reason: Consolidate links and titles.

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    Just for clarification...

    Please limit your posts in this thread to links and info regarding the E39 Touring. Post your questions in new or existing threads in the Touring specific subsection.

    Thanks,
    James

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    Link for changing SLS to traditional shock/spring combo is the same thread as replacing the air shock...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdrbling325IS View Post
    Link for changing SLS to traditional shock/spring combo is the same thread as replacing the air shock...?
    Thanks for catching that. I checked through the E39 DIYs and didn't see a thread for the former. We'll have to wait for Dennis to chime in. In the meantime, I'll see what I can find.

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    Hi

    I fixed that little blip ! apologies for the mixup. I'm looking for more threads I think will be useful to add !

    Cheers, Dennis!

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    Here's one I'm about to use for Replacing the Rear Liftgate Struts. It's on another forum, in case that matters:

    http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...iftgate+shocks

    An addendum to the above post:

    http://forum.bmw5.co.uk/topic/57716-...ds-more-oomph/

    There's an interesting slideshow in the last post showing a few disassembly photos and such. Not an exact match to some tourings, but useful for seeing what to expect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boondocksaint View Post
    It's on another forum, in case that matters
    It doesn't if you're just linking to it and not copy/pasting pics which would steal their forum bandwidth. Dennis does want to try to keep most of the info here on BF.c though, but I'd be careful about copyrights and check with authors before transferring any data.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boondocksaint View Post
    Here's one I'm about to use for Replacing the Rear Liftgate Struts. It's on another forum, in case that matters:

    http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...iftgate+shocks

    An addendum to the above post:

    http://forum.bmw5.co.uk/topic/57716-...ds-more-oomph/

    There's an interesting slideshow in the last post showing a few disassembly photos and such. Not an exact match to some tourings, but useful for seeing what to expect.


    I replaced all 4 shocks yesterday. NOT a job I want to do again! Took me over 5 hours.
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    Hey, I'm new to the forum. I just purchased a 1997 BMW 540i with 188,xxx on it. I must say I luv this car. When I brake I have real bad vibration like the front end is goin to fall apart. Hhhhheeeellllpppp lol

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    Hi

    Tonioray - Please post your issue along with any other relevant information in the E39 section - this post is about 'specific' DIY tips and tricks, FAQ's and knowledge relating to the Touring variant.

    Cheers, Dennis!

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    Since I was digging these up for another reason...

    Some of the Touring FYI / DIY's that I have done:

    540iT Manual Conversion How-To with Wiring & Coding Details
    http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...-Wiring-Coding

    Wiring Servotronic for an M5 Steering Box:
    http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...g-box-retrofit

    Additional Tips For Touring Mediabridge Install
    http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...NE-w-some-tips

    Another Hatch-Strut Replacement Tips Post
    http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...6#post25569526
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    Touring tailgate rust prevention

    Here's a link to my write-up on touring tailgate rust prevention.

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    Hi Guys, i see there already a few Tailgate Strut DIY's here but i wanted to update with mine, The More the merrier Right?

    https://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/s...MW-tool-Needed!

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    Hi!

    Iím new to all this but I own a 1999 528it wagon. Itís sweeet. Plan on doing all the work to it with help and knowledge from you all. My first question and bucket list, is to get a software to plug into ecm and start seeing codes and to fix problems. Which software and what plugs do I need ?
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