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adro last won the day on December 31 2018

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About adro

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    1990 325i Sedan
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    2000 540i Msport
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    2010 mk 6 Golf Tsi

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  1. adro

    E39 2000 540i Msport

    215,000 km. I was able to get in touch with FCP before they shipped it out and canceled the order...probably saved me $120 in postage alone. Thanks @BreakMyWindow ..I gotta stop being lazy and keep cross referencing realOEM. After messaging with Martin and Russell I think I'm just going to live with the clonk for abit longer...hopefully it gets worse making it abit more obvious to what it is. In other news, gave it a clean this morning.
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    E39 2000 540i Msport

    Haha yeah, I’ll straight swap you for your style 65’s 😍
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    E39 2000 540i Msport

    Snap, I didn’t check this.😰
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    E39 2000 540i Msport

    Booked the 540i into Wellington European to inspect the suspension and see if they could diagnose the steering clonk. They have done WOFs for me in the past and they have a courtesy car which when you have a small baby makes it alot easier to drop the car off. Visually they couldn't find anything showing wear and suggested/educated guess to replace the center drag link at a cost of $750 (part only). I have ordered the drag link off FCP along with new tie rods coming in at $410 NZD inc postage (probably going to get a call from customs wanting some money in a few days time). Also I have noticed now I have the shimmy back at 80km..This seems to have come back since I did the swaybar endlinks and I thought it was because I didn't torque the lug nuts down enough but it kind of comes and goes and today I noticed it feels like it settles if you stay at that speed for a while and it's not as violent as it was before I did the control arms...I'm guessing/hoping the noise and the vibration are related to the drag link...will wait and see. On a positive note I got around to inspecting the drivers seat to see why it was clicking under load and it turns out the back left mounting bolt was loose. So the seat click has gone! I'm now wondering if the mpar vibration is more suspension than balance related.
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    E39 2000 540i Msport

    Yes we do! @str8_6
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    540i Timing chain guides

    Good work. I remember thinking I had the wrong guides as the new ones didin't have the same big score marks down them...lol
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    E39 2000 540i Msport

    214,600 km Installed OEM Lemforder end links today along with OEM ARB bushings. Road tested and while the front does feel better, I still have the clonk...I'm starting to wonder if it's the shock or the spring binding...Will book it in with Auto38 when he's back from Holiday.
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    E39 2000 540i Msport

    Little Christmas present Happy New Year!
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    KwS's not M3, M3 Project (or, the M328i)

    Awesome, love the colour. Looking forward to following your progress.
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    E39 2000 540i Msport

    Thanks Martin, I'll have a look. I would love it to be something simple
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    E39 2000 540i Msport

    Have had a balance issue with the Mpars vibrating (similar to thrust arm vibration) @80km/h so have gone back to the style 66's. Took them back to the shop which re-balanced them however said there was nothing more they could do. Style 66's back on and no vibration @80km. Will save the balancing issue for a rainy day, unless someone wants to buy them off me...yours for $2000 located in Welly. I'm still chasing an intermittent front end clonk, it comes up through the steering column when suspension is loaded up or with a sudden change of direction, but isn't consistent with the steering...seems more a load issue. You can also kinda feel it through the floor panel too and it's significantly more noticeable once the car is hot and has a full tank of gas. centre drag link + tie-rods + pitman arm bushings were replaced at around 170,000km according to maintenance records. I've replaced the strut mount and have sway bar links on the way. Sway bar links are cheaper than drag link so figured I would try this first. I have re-torqued everything to spec and have got in with a pry bar to try find some play but can't find any weak point 😞 If the sway bar links don't fix it, it might be time to take it to a specialist. What do you guys think?
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    Beauty NZ New E39 540i M-Sport

    I deleted my comment cause I thought it was abit dumb...who hasn't spent a tonne of money on maintenance on their BMW! But totally agree on high km E39 is going to need some $$ put into it...and the E60's are so cheap now...you really have to want an E39 to go in. Oh man.....i keep looking at F11 535i Tourings...... 🤤
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    1990 E30 325i SE

    Thanks, It's nice to shoot some photos on a dedicated camera and a lens longer than 20mm 😉 a couple more:
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    1990 E30 325i SE

    Haven't done anything drastic to this car in a while now. Thinking about changing the wheels so went snapping tonight for a bit of before after documentation. Excuse the babyseat in the rear 😎 119,000 km H&R sport springs Koni adjustable dampening shocks E90 Top hats M3 CABs 3.73 LSD Getrag 260 (manual conversion)