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in a recent development, flying saucers were spotted in Wellington's Eastern Suburbs this morning.  The craft appeared to be made of aluminium and a ferrous metal painted to look like aluminium... despite its obvious weight, it flew, hovered, and generally disturbed BMW owners in the vicinity.

 

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On 8/10/2018 at 7:06 PM, Olaf said:

10 August 2018.  170,136km.

  • Replaced rear window seals (upper, and lower).

Some outstanding service from Novus at 138 Adelaide Road, Wellington.  Big shout out to Reuben (member on here)!   My second experience with Novus, and again, very positive.

I decided to get someone else to do it, after my recent experiences with  the windscreen in my e46... it was the right move.

So here's what a typical aged seal looks like on an e60.  they're a trim part; you don't need to remove the glass to change them out.

A wrinkly old seal, yesterday 

PS:  if you're ordering the seals, there's two pieces.  bottom rail (which even has a velvet seal to the bottlid), and the top (which includes the sides).  There's the version (for top and bottom, respectively) for double-glazed/armoured, and the 'normal' version.

The seals on my M5 were the same front and rear. I ended up doing it myself, it was surprisingly easy.  The hardest part was getting rid of the residue from the old seals which took about an hour.  Install took about 5 mins.

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2 hours ago, GorGasm said:

The seals on my M5 were the same front and rear. I ended up doing it myself, it was surprisingly easy.  The hardest part was getting rid of the residue from the old seals which took about an hour.  Install took about 5 mins.

yeah, having suffered the bruised pride when cracked the new windscreen on my e46 recently, I decided I should pay the professionals to lower my risk.  It's a rational and cold decision. 🤔

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Fair enough, I usually end up paying a guy for most of my stuff as well.  No shame there.

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17 August 2018.  170,166km.

  • Replaced front and rear brake rotors (genuine BMW) & retaining screws
  • Replaced slider pins and boots front and rear
  • Replaced front and rear pads & sensors (Hawk Performance HPS)
  • Replaced handbrake shoes and hardware (OEM Pagid)
  • Flushed and replaced brake fluid
  • Replaced sunroof seal (Genuine BMW).

Out tomorrow morning to bed in the pads.

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Went out and did the bed-in on an early-morning drive today.   Successive cycles of around 80-100 down to 10... cool downs, then rinse and repeat.  Feel has markedly improved.  Measured temps at start of cooldown (LASER thermometers are the coolest of toys tools, eh?), found left rear rotor 10 degrees (33%) hotter than the others, wondered about a lazy caliper.  Seems to have come right on the run back to Wellington.  Now just a (fresh, new) CEL to check.  

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21 August 2018.  170338kms

CEL came up while I was bedding in the brakes.  Quick check this afternoon, they found the intake boot had come loose - big air leak, over-fueling, running rough.

All sorted now, codes cleared, running like a Swiss watch.  🙂.   Thanks Page European!

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How are you finding the HPS pads?  I need to sort pads on all my cars.  It's going to be an expensive exercise as it would be a shame to not replace the disks at the same time :S

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6 hours ago, GorGasm said:

How are you finding the HPS pads?  I need to sort pads on all my cars.  It's going to be an expensive exercise as it would be a shame to not replace the disks at the same time :S

Early days, yet.  I'll give my thoughts after a decent drive, really only commuting at the moment.  

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21 September 2018.  170807kms

fewer kms over the last month.  I've driven the e30 a few times instead.  I got the Dynamic Drive system reset/recalibrated.  Steering feels better.  Sadly no new alignment until next saturday, Kelvin's fully booked this Saturday.  I'll sort out a vidjo of it - makes cool noises as it dances like Thom Yorke.  

Anyway, here's Thom dancing, while ya'll wait for me to edit a video...

https://youtu.be/DpVfF4U75B8

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29 September 2018.  171204kms

WoF.  Passed with flying colours.  Kurt at VTNZ Adelaide Road is a Bimmer-head as well, we talked about his e39 540i ///M.

Next stop:  new MBI, as the current one expires on Monday.  That'll be my BMW Car Club NZ annual membership paying for itself 🙂

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Oh, and impressions of the Hawk Performance HPS, now I've done a few kms (1,038), and some touring.... @GorGasm you were asking previously.

I'm happy with them.  I think the car stops shorter (when I need to), has more modulation, doesn't take much heat to get working.  Not the initial HARD BITE of OEM BMW pads.  Much lower dusting, which is a bonus.  But if you're needing serious retardation and are late braking before a bend, these are good in my estimation.

So, in balance, I like them and am happy with them.  They have much better feel than Akebono Euros on my e46; the Akebonos on my e46 take a lot longer to stop when they're cold, lack bite, have plenty of modulation, though don't shorten stopping distance.  

I'd probably put HPS on my e46 if the Akebonos ever wear out!

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Thanks for the feedback, will definitely consider for my stable.  The random pads my cars came with are filthy bastards.

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Do ceramic pads wear the rotors faster? There’s so much conjecture out there. I’d be interested to hear your impressions @Olaf

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8 minutes ago, NZ BMW said:

Do ceramic pads wear the rotors faster? There’s so much conjecture out there. I’d be interested to hear your impressions @Olaf

I dunno.  I installed the ceramic pads and new (slotted) rotors together back in Sept 2013, done ~75,000km & 5 years on them and the rotors look great.

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