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Thread: Back in an E39 - UK 2002 530i Sapphire Black

  1. #26
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    Quote Originally Posted by TecNickal View Post
    Super clean car - nice. Black looks great.

    Is that a storage cubby to the right of the steering wheel? Must be a UK thing?
    Yeah; little cubby hole and the OBD port is in there too
    Previous car and spec: 2002 UK BMW E39 530i Sport in Slate Green - E46 M3 steering wheel retrimmed by Royal Steering Wheels with Storm paddles / D2 coilovers / Ultra Racing front-upper strut brace / Cades Artemis 18x8 & 18x9 alloys running 235/40/18 & 265/35/18 Vredestein Ultrac Vorti tyres / OEM intake with a K&N filter / Front OEM calipers with MTec 324mm 'C Hook" discs and EBC Yellowstuff pads / Rear OEM calipers with EBC OEM spec pads and Mintex discs / HEL braided brake lines with ATF Blue brake fluid / Headlights uprated to Xenons with OEM ballasts and Osram Xenarc D2S 5K xenon bulbs
    Current car & spec: 2002 UK BMW E39 530i in Black Sapphire - ongoing project, watch this space

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    Quote Originally Posted by TecNickal View Post
    Super clean car - nice. Black looks great.

    Is that a storage cubby to the right of the steering wheel? Must be a UK thing?
    That's the Euro dash. One of the most worthwhile upgrades to the E39, IMO You can retrofit it to North American E39s with this kit:

    http://e39source.com/product/bmw-e39...tyle-dashboard
    Nate J. - Build Log
    (oOO\(|||)(|||)/OOo)

    RIP, Seabiscuit. Black Sapphire/Schwarz 03-11-2003 530iA Sport (CK39185). T-boned 03-01-2017 at 155,861mi.
    Take 2 "Otto" - Toledo Blue/Sandbeige 04-25-2002 530iA Sport (CH98032). Sold 11-10-2017 at 147,743mi.
    Take 3 "Manuel" - Toledo Blue/Grau
    10-29-2001 530i5 Sport (CE92358). 200k mi+ and going strong.

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  4. #29
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    D2 coilovers ordered and collected


    Booked in on Wednesday 08th Nov to have them fitted along with new drop links and ARB bushes all round and a fast road setup

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    Car had been back to the body shop yesterday; he wasn't happy with how the lacquer had settled on the front-end respray; so he's flatted it off again and polished it to a gleaming finish


    I'm really happy with the bodywork now; it's not perfect, never will be, it's a 15 year old car! But, it looks massively cleaner now and the panels all feel like glass (bar the roof )


    I need to 3M refurb the OS headlight, you can see in the pics the difference between that one (original) and the replaced OEM Hella headlight on the NS (was replaced a month before I bought the car). Will get on to that in the next day or so as weather looks to be fine for a few days **Edit** headlight now refurbed using the m kit; looks a lot better, but still doesn't have the clarity of the new passenger side headlight, so may look to replace it with a new one come the New Year!

    It's still bothering my OCD haha






    Previous car and spec: 2002 UK BMW E39 530i Sport in Slate Green - E46 M3 steering wheel retrimmed by Royal Steering Wheels with Storm paddles / D2 coilovers / Ultra Racing front-upper strut brace / Cades Artemis 18x8 & 18x9 alloys running 235/40/18 & 265/35/18 Vredestein Ultrac Vorti tyres / OEM intake with a K&N filter / Front OEM calipers with MTec 324mm 'C Hook" discs and EBC Yellowstuff pads / Rear OEM calipers with EBC OEM spec pads and Mintex discs / HEL braided brake lines with ATF Blue brake fluid / Headlights uprated to Xenons with OEM ballasts and Osram Xenarc D2S 5K xenon bulbs
    Current car & spec: 2002 UK BMW E39 530i in Black Sapphire - ongoing project, watch this space

  5. #30
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    82mm stud conversion kit ordered:

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/371575433483

    Will probably get some nicer looking wheel nuts such as Ultralite ones from SPD Automotive (where I got my coilovers from) such as these:

    http://www.spdautomotive.co.uk/acata...6.html#SID=153

    Will get these fitted on Wednesday along with the coilovers and then see what spacers I can get away with on the alloys; might just be that 15mm spacers are needed upfront etc
    Previous car and spec: 2002 UK BMW E39 530i Sport in Slate Green - E46 M3 steering wheel retrimmed by Royal Steering Wheels with Storm paddles / D2 coilovers / Ultra Racing front-upper strut brace / Cades Artemis 18x8 & 18x9 alloys running 235/40/18 & 265/35/18 Vredestein Ultrac Vorti tyres / OEM intake with a K&N filter / Front OEM calipers with MTec 324mm 'C Hook" discs and EBC Yellowstuff pads / Rear OEM calipers with EBC OEM spec pads and Mintex discs / HEL braided brake lines with ATF Blue brake fluid / Headlights uprated to Xenons with OEM ballasts and Osram Xenarc D2S 5K xenon bulbs
    Current car & spec: 2002 UK BMW E39 530i in Black Sapphire - ongoing project, watch this space

  6. #31
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    Suspension/coilovers installment part 1:











    Will sort Part 2 out tomorrow or Friday (when interior is refitted and car sits as I want it)


    For now, this will do as I'm brain dead, mad hungry and missing skin of various knuckles and the middle of my scalp (stood up when I shouldn't have)

    - - - Updated - - -

    Back on the drive; had another ride height tweak and steering geometry tweak and all is as it should be now


    Haven't gone too low for now; want to see winter out before I drop it any lower; it's 25mm lower at the rear and 30mm at the front; more than enough for what state the roads around me will get in soon and for when we trek up to Dunkeld and back in Feb etc:


    Previous car and spec: 2002 UK BMW E39 530i Sport in Slate Green - E46 M3 steering wheel retrimmed by Royal Steering Wheels with Storm paddles / D2 coilovers / Ultra Racing front-upper strut brace / Cades Artemis 18x8 & 18x9 alloys running 235/40/18 & 265/35/18 Vredestein Ultrac Vorti tyres / OEM intake with a K&N filter / Front OEM calipers with MTec 324mm 'C Hook" discs and EBC Yellowstuff pads / Rear OEM calipers with EBC OEM spec pads and Mintex discs / HEL braided brake lines with ATF Blue brake fluid / Headlights uprated to Xenons with OEM ballasts and Osram Xenarc D2S 5K xenon bulbs
    Current car & spec: 2002 UK BMW E39 530i in Black Sapphire - ongoing project, watch this space

  7. #32
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    Looks sweet! A little more sidewall on the tires to fill out the wheel wells, and maybe a little more spacer up front would make it just about perfect to me, but this looks like a great setup.
    Nate J. - Build Log
    (oOO\(|||)(|||)/OOo)

    RIP, Seabiscuit. Black Sapphire/Schwarz 03-11-2003 530iA Sport (CK39185). T-boned 03-01-2017 at 155,861mi.
    Take 2 "Otto" - Toledo Blue/Sandbeige 04-25-2002 530iA Sport (CH98032). Sold 11-10-2017 at 147,743mi.
    Take 3 "Manuel" - Toledo Blue/Grau
    10-29-2001 530i5 Sport (CE92358). 200k mi+ and going strong.

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    How is the ride of the D2 coil-overs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by computiNATEor View Post
    Looks sweet! A little more sidewall on the tires to fill out the wheel wells, and maybe a little more spacer up front would make it just about perfect to me, but this looks like a great setup.
    I've got 15mm spacers for the fronts; should be with me in the next day or so

    The rears are 265/35 tyres, OEM spec, so happy for them to stay as they are for now. Might be looking to sell my alloys and buy some new ones, so may go for a wider tyre then, but I'm fine with the OEM sized tyres

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason5driver View Post
    How is the ride of the D2 coil-overs?

    They ride very well Had them on a lot of previous cars and on my previous 530i. No noise, no harshness, smooth and quiet, firmer than stock but not stupidly hard and the car handles like it's on rails now
    Previous car and spec: 2002 UK BMW E39 530i Sport in Slate Green - E46 M3 steering wheel retrimmed by Royal Steering Wheels with Storm paddles / D2 coilovers / Ultra Racing front-upper strut brace / Cades Artemis 18x8 & 18x9 alloys running 235/40/18 & 265/35/18 Vredestein Ultrac Vorti tyres / OEM intake with a K&N filter / Front OEM calipers with MTec 324mm 'C Hook" discs and EBC Yellowstuff pads / Rear OEM calipers with EBC OEM spec pads and Mintex discs / HEL braided brake lines with ATF Blue brake fluid / Headlights uprated to Xenons with OEM ballasts and Osram Xenarc D2S 5K xenon bulbs
    Current car & spec: 2002 UK BMW E39 530i in Black Sapphire - ongoing project, watch this space

  10. #35
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    15mm hubcentric spacers fitted to the front of the car; wheels sit much better now, just under the arches and not hidden away like they were previously

    Running 5mm hubcentric shims on the rear still and they're fine, any more and the tyres would rub the arches, more so fat boy here sat in it

    Weather's getting colder and colder here now in North West England; so winter alloys & tyres will probably be fitted later this week and then, fingers crossed, that's the work done on the car for this year

    New Year will bring about a full brake disc, pad, lines and fluid overhaul and will then get someone to refurbish the drivers seat (currently covered with a heated seat cover ) and may look to get the steering wheel retrimmed too
    Previous car and spec: 2002 UK BMW E39 530i Sport in Slate Green - E46 M3 steering wheel retrimmed by Royal Steering Wheels with Storm paddles / D2 coilovers / Ultra Racing front-upper strut brace / Cades Artemis 18x8 & 18x9 alloys running 235/40/18 & 265/35/18 Vredestein Ultrac Vorti tyres / OEM intake with a K&N filter / Front OEM calipers with MTec 324mm 'C Hook" discs and EBC Yellowstuff pads / Rear OEM calipers with EBC OEM spec pads and Mintex discs / HEL braided brake lines with ATF Blue brake fluid / Headlights uprated to Xenons with OEM ballasts and Osram Xenarc D2S 5K xenon bulbs
    Current car & spec: 2002 UK BMW E39 530i in Black Sapphire - ongoing project, watch this space

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    Well; front brakes decided they couldn't wait until the NY to get refreshed; so they were done last week:

    New calipers, discs and pads ordered for upfront, had a sticky front NS caliper issue so replaced the whole lot rather than just one side!


    • Mtec grooved discs (hats painted Hammerite satin black to stop rust)
    • Mtec brake pads (proving to be very good so far after being bedded in over the first 150miles)
    • Professionally refurbed ATE brake calipers (painted Hammerite satin black)
    • Motul brake fluid




    Fitted my 16" turbines and winter tyres also; the cars all set up for the UK winter now


    Previous car and spec: 2002 UK BMW E39 530i Sport in Slate Green - E46 M3 steering wheel retrimmed by Royal Steering Wheels with Storm paddles / D2 coilovers / Ultra Racing front-upper strut brace / Cades Artemis 18x8 & 18x9 alloys running 235/40/18 & 265/35/18 Vredestein Ultrac Vorti tyres / OEM intake with a K&N filter / Front OEM calipers with MTec 324mm 'C Hook" discs and EBC Yellowstuff pads / Rear OEM calipers with EBC OEM spec pads and Mintex discs / HEL braided brake lines with ATF Blue brake fluid / Headlights uprated to Xenons with OEM ballasts and Osram Xenarc D2S 5K xenon bulbs
    Current car & spec: 2002 UK BMW E39 530i in Black Sapphire - ongoing project, watch this space

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