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dmako
05-03-2006, 06:46 PM
Deal no deal, no deal turns into deal

My thanks to all who replied to my questions. Now get ready for some real questions. Hope to pick up in a few weeks.


Details:

BMW 528i '99 - black, 4 door sedan, sport package, moonroof, 5 speed, 1-owner, new tires, serviced by dealer, 102,000 miles. Never driven in winter, garages. Highway miles. CT to Fla. $11,500.

propr'one
05-03-2006, 07:11 PM
honestly bro, coming from a postwhore this actually means something. You dont NEED to start a new thread every time you want to ask a question, you already have 3 threads aobut what cars your gonna buy

528 looks good, my m52 has that many miles on it, runs storong

good luck!

dmako
05-03-2006, 07:13 PM
Understood, thanks for setting me staight.

O.S.
05-04-2006, 09:19 AM
congratulations and enjoy!

crusher
05-04-2006, 10:51 AM
congrats on your new ride.. post some more pictures of your rims they look deep dish like the one that came with the 540's..

BMWags
05-04-2006, 12:22 PM
miles or kilometers?

Darkness95m3
05-04-2006, 02:35 PM
102,000 miles. .

^^Miles^^

dmako
05-04-2006, 06:52 PM
Thanks much, will also keep post to single topics, mostly help on topics.
Pics will be posted, hopefully in 5 - 7 business days, waiting on funds.
PS: pic was taken with camera phone.

Basicly a bit early (months) 50 year birthday gift to my self, can't afford new. Will drive in the spring, summer, fall months.

Depending on he full in$pection$, I'd like to add something to make it sound a bit better, nothing drastic, just a bit more sporty.

suger ray
05-04-2006, 07:46 PM
nice car enjoy

O.S.
05-05-2006, 09:05 AM
very nice gift!
I got mine 1 month early for my birthday too :). a gift to myself

dmako
05-05-2006, 05:30 PM
very nice gift!
I got mine 1 month early for my birthday too :). a gift to myself

Just starting to hear about this CDV, starting to look into it's removal. As far as removing the CDV, did you do your self? Seems easy up to a point.

Also it seems some remove, while some replace. Any comments on removal vs. replace?

O.S.
05-06-2006, 12:39 AM
since your car is off warranty you can just remove the CDV. it is a simple procedure but I did not do it myself. My mechanic did it when he installed my exhaust and short shift kit.

the short shifter, cdv remove, clutch stop and the tranny fluid change are the first things one needs to do. they are a must IMHO. once you've driven with these things done - you can not go back.

dmako
05-06-2006, 11:24 AM
since your car is off warranty you can just remove the CDV. it is a simple procedure but I did not do it myself. My mechanic did it when he installed my exhaust and short shift kit.

the short shifter, cdv remove, clutch stop and the tranny fluid change are the first things one needs to do. they are a must IMHO. once you've driven with these things done - you can not go back.

This is *great* info!

Can you expand on the clutch stop mod?

dmako
05-06-2006, 07:16 PM
Does the clutch stop limit the travel of the clutch pedal towards the firewall? If so, great as the clutch pedal does seem to have a long throw.

Where/how does this clutch stop mount? In the car, linkage?

Thanks

dmako
05-06-2006, 07:30 PM
I found this info which seems to answer my questions. Wonder if it'll work on a E39?

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=206363

Ok so after reading all these threads about clutch stops I decided to give it a shot... I have an 01 325xi (sedan) so I don't know how many other applications this will work PERFECTLY for but it should work on all begining E46's til mid 01 in the sedans. (the coupe may be a little different but not much and the post-mid 01's I don't know how much play you have with the magnetic switch so you should experiment a little). I ran to Lowes right by
work and played around for about an hour on my lunch break until I finaly found the perfect things. You need 2 parts, no glue, and less then 30 seconds install time. Part #1 is in the drawers with all the other bolts, its called an "Elevator Bolt" 3/8" x 1 1/2" it is blackish in color (price $0.97). Part #2 is a few isles over in the adhesive bumpers for furniture, its called "Grippers" 1 1/2" Self-Stick the part # is "7384" from SoftTouch (price $3.04).

The grippers package has 8 little discs in it so you can make 8 clutch stops

Assembly: Take elevator bolt out of package. Take 1 disc out of package. Remove sticker covering adhesive from disc. Center disc on elevator bolt and press on.

Installation: unscrew your factory clutch stop by hand (the black thing behind your clutch pedal on the floorboard). Screw in your newly assembled one all the way (just hand tight you don't need to wrench tighten it it isnt going anywhere)

You're done. No glues, no mess, etc. This setup is the perfect height, it doesn't require any adjustment of the clutch switch for the ignition (my car doesn't have cruise so can't test that obviously). The best part about this is it looks a lot more professional then most of the homemade ones i've seen pictures of on these boards. Enjoy.

Being less then $5 and less then 30 seconds of install time (and probably less then 2 minutes of shopping time now that I told you all the part numbers) you should have NO reason to not go do this right now... I was kinda skeptical but this has been the best mod for the money anywhere.

O.S.
05-06-2006, 11:14 PM
clutch stops are the same for all e39, e36, e36 etc and the solution that is described above will work on all.
there are a couple of things to consider though....

1st ... for the DYI clutch stop - you need to add a nut to screw on the clutch stop and then you can screw the clutch stop into place, once the desired hight has been set use the nut to tighten the clutch stop to the floor so that it does not screw in or out of the position it was set to.
2nd. look here to read about the ignition switch workarround : http://www.540i6.com/clutchstop.html . I did that 2 years ago and it works just fine. takes 10 minutes

the clutch stop goes under the clutch pedal to reduce the travel.
I set mine to stop the clutch pedal just below the point where I can switch gears. Now all I gotta do is to press pedal down till it stops, shift and release ... no hunting for the best pedal position as I never depressed it all the way down because I hated the long pedal travel.

I hope this helps

dmako
05-07-2006, 10:01 AM
clutch stops are the same for all e39, e36, e36 etc and the solution that is described above will work on all.
there are a couple of things to consider though....

1st ... for the DYI clutch stop - you need to add a nut to screw on the clutch stop and then you can screw the clutch stop into place, once the desired hight has been set use the nut to tighten the clutch stop to the floor so that it does not screw in or out of the position it was set to.
2nd. look here to read about the ignition switch workarround : http://www.540i6.com/clutchstop.html . I did that 2 years ago and it works just fine. takes 10 minutes

the clutch stop goes under the clutch pedal to reduce the travel.
I set mine to stop the clutch pedal just below the point where I can switch gears. Now all I gotta do is to press pedal down till it stops, shift and release ... no hunting for the best pedal position as I never depressed it all the way down because I hated the long pedal travel.

I hope this helps


This helps very much so!

It's all coming together.

All the items I noticed (slow clutch, long clutch throw) can be fixed and cheaply. Going to try the Lowes clutch stop first. Yes the nut for adjustment is a good idea. Also going to try and find a M10 bolt since the BMW is metric I'd assume.