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mclaren55
02-17-2004, 10:00 PM
Well, it took me long enough to get a nice day out to take some photo's of the car. I don't have the skill of Gamite or DevilOnWheelz when it comes to photography, so don't be to harsh. Anyways, here she is, all washed up today.

http://www.cbtuning.com/videos/540isideways.JPG
http://www.cbtuning.com/videos/540iback.JPG
http://www.cbtuning.com/videos/540ifront.JPG
http://www.cbtuning.com/videos/540iMsymbol.JPG

That's it for now, the others didn't come out that well due to lighting (its dusk).

crusher
02-17-2004, 11:25 PM
very nice and clean!!

tlaselva
02-18-2004, 12:30 AM
Very nice. *th-up*

The M package is icing.

Much nicer than the new 5's....:rolleyes:

Gamite
02-18-2004, 12:41 AM
congrats ian.

Gianpaolo_E46
02-18-2004, 01:06 AM
thats the one from auotrader.ca good find, the black plastic was already painted body colour..looks better, ne mods planned yet?

suicide
02-18-2004, 01:25 AM
very sick man....i have always loved that car

Mystikal
02-18-2004, 01:41 AM
6-speed M-sport! Woooo!

I want to make passionate love to your car. http://forums.offtopic.com/images/smilies/boink.gif

Razkal
02-18-2004, 01:46 AM
Gorgeous car!

Congrats - hope to see you at the meets this summer!

bmwm5lover
02-18-2004, 02:18 AM
Looks good, colour is not my choice, and i personally like a bit of black accents on a car (trim), but dont listen to me, im just picky, ur car is definitely hot:)

Bill Gates
02-18-2004, 02:29 AM
beautiful car! congrats on your new ride. I'm lovin' the M package! *th-up*

GLI`
02-18-2004, 03:07 AM
nice car*th-up*

i like it:D

mclaren55
02-18-2004, 01:17 PM
Thanks guys, right now I am just saving money. I was going to get some headers and an exhaust, then put on some 19"s. However, I rather just keep my cash for now and see if I need it for something down the road. As for the colour, I looked at the black ones, but they show imperfections so easily, and with it being a daily driver it would be a bitch to keep looking mint. Either way, I love this car, its perfect.

///Greco540
02-18-2004, 02:12 PM
You might want to save the money you'll spend on the headers for something else. Headers on the 540 won't do much. I too wanted to get headers but some homework told me to save the money. The 540 and the M5 share the same exhaust manifold hence the manifold being able to flow alot more air than the 540 can produce. Going headers might not yield any results as a friend has already tried. Headers on an M5 is a different story.

IMO save the money on the headers and get a 3.15 quaiffe ATB diff. That will most probably be the best bang for the buck mod you can ever do on the 540 other than a supercharger.

mclaren55
02-18-2004, 03:14 PM
It already has a 3.15 diff, either way I wouldn't waste the money on a Quaiffe diff. And the headers produce an extra 9% in power, so that is still substantial enough for me. A supercharger for one voids my warranty, and two is over $11000 Canadian, so how is that bang for the buck?

///Greco540
02-18-2004, 03:28 PM
I thought you said you have a 6 speed? 6 speeds are not 3.15's they are 2.81's and they are all peg-legs except for the LSD equipped M5. What brand of header are you planning on buying? Do you have proof from the manufacturer that the 9% is there without any software? I know a few guys who have done headers in their NA 540's and they said it was a waste of money. I would say do the headers if you plan on supercharging, otherwise do the quaiffe. Not only will you gain in the added traction department that our 540's lack but the quaiffe will make the car that much more driveable in the winter snow.

I was going to spend $2600US on G-Power headers, the only ones that come in a 4-2-1 configuration. all others come in 4-1 configs which are designed for track use or high hp cars.

Your call.

DavidM5
02-18-2004, 05:06 PM
Very nice clean car!
Reminds me of my ex 98 540/6.
First mod to do is the short shifter, makes such a difference.
Then the 3.15 diff. Car feels much livelier with it.

Quack
02-18-2004, 05:24 PM
very nice, welcome to the E39 family, were you on the 407 last night around 6:30pm, there were a few 540i on there last night, I was in a black one

mclaren55
02-18-2004, 05:37 PM
I was told from someone that the 6 Speed sport packages came with a 3.15 rear diff. And that only the auto's and non sport packaged 6 speeds came with the 2.81. Either way, I am not big on increasing my gas consumption by that much more just to get a little more acceleration out of the car. Thanks for the tips though, like I said, I will most likely keep it stock and just save up my cash for this seasons racing budget.

Gamite
02-18-2004, 05:41 PM
post your other car.

mclaren55
02-18-2004, 06:15 PM
Alrighty then, here is a picture, and a video of my 97' Talon. I have had it for about 4 years, and it is in pieces in my garage right now. Waiting for some warm weather to install the new turbo and fuel cell.

http://www.cbtuning.com/videos/Background!.JPG

Right click, save as... (http://www.cbtuning.com/videos/03talon.WMV)

Enjoy.

Gamite
02-18-2004, 07:05 PM
crazy... 11.3..

///Greco540
02-18-2004, 07:31 PM
Originally posted by mclaren55
I was told from someone that the 6 Speed sport packages came with a 3.15 rear diff. And that only the auto's and non sport packaged 6 speeds came with the 2.81. Either way, I am not big on increasing my gas consumption by that much more just to get a little more acceleration out of the car. Thanks for the tips though, like I said, I will most likely keep it stock and just save up my cash for this seasons racing budget.

Partially right. It was the late model 540iA (automatics) that came with 3.15 peglegs as opposed to early pre '01 I believe automatics that had 2.81's. All 6-speeds though retained the 2.81 throughout the E39 lifecycle.

Gas consumption is not that much more noticeable with the 3.15. It's really not that much of a ratio change as opposed to a 3.46 yet with the 3.15 either LSD or quaiffe atb you will feel like the car is supercharged.

Miguel
02-19-2004, 03:16 AM
that Talon is impressive!

Rush
02-21-2004, 03:42 PM
Gorgeous ride ... congrats!
I don't think your car came with 3.15 and I've looked into headers as well, but as Greco540 pointed out, it a waste of money. Get some nice 19s instead(I just got mine ... hehe).

Mitch555
02-28-2004, 05:50 AM
Originally posted by mclaren55
I was going to get some headers and an exhaust, then put on some 19"s.


Go 20's! :P

20's look best on the E39.

mclaren55
02-28-2004, 02:25 PM
Eh guys, thanks for the comments. The 540i is going to stay stock for a while, at least until I get a better paying job, or don't have to worry about bills.

tlaselva
02-28-2004, 02:47 PM
Nice Talon! *th-up*

Care for some runs at Cayuga this spring?

I perfer racing people faster than me, but that's hard to find at times.

mclaren55
02-28-2004, 05:58 PM
Yea I am up for some runs at Cayuga. I just have to get the car back together, I have a T66 now and a fuel cell. Should be half finished tomorrow pending weather. I can get a couple other guys out to. They all run low 11's with imports to, should be fun.

Edited due to spelling.