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Don't mess with my mesh. The mesh covers the brake cooling ducts. I don't like the two round aluminum ducts you see sticking out of the front grille on some of the cars that have this modification, and I wanted something other than a black grille (if the car was a lighter color I would of kept the black grille). I think the car needed a menacing smile. Besides Most people will never see the front of the car, only the back.
Here's the story on the car. It was built 9 years ago from a 2000 528iT with 115 miles on it. Auxillary fan fire required replacing the wiring harness and some other parts. Well those parts came from 2 donor M5's. Drivetrain had 11K miles. Entire M5 wiring harness was transplanted (no cutting). Every part that could be transferred. Was. Spare tire area was replaced with sedan bodywork, so battery is now in the middle like the sedan. Leaving room for the M5 exhaust to be run properly.
I had been bugging the original owner/builder to sell me the car for the last 8 years. Last year he sold it to me. But that is just the beginning. The car was never finished. The interior and all touring functions needed attending to. The body needed a really good paint job.
I took the car apart, got a wiring harness from a wrecked touring and spiced all the features back in with the correct colored wire. Now the rear hatch, wiper, sprayer, soft close all work. All the rear interior parts are new. Suede headliner, rear seats are sewn with M5 inserts so they match the front M5 seats. Wide screen nav, DSP, HID, etc.
I even had to buy new seat belts for the rear because the interior was originally tan.
In December I took the outside of the car apart and sent it to the paint shop. I got it back last week and am in the process of putting everything back together. Now I can't use it for Home Depot any more (roof rail delete moldings).
Also filled the phone antenna hole.
I need help with two things:
Suggestions for stereo speaker upgrade and the suspension is just not right. It has H&R springs at all four corners, M5 front struts and Koni (non adjustable) sport shocks in the rear. The rear feels a little bouncy. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I will probably try to email the owners of the other M5 tourings to see what they have done.
The only non stock modification I have done so far is the UUC short shifter. It seems I can't shift without it.
2000 M5T Orient Blue/Black
UUC short shifter
UUC twin disc clutch
wide screen navigation
roof rail delete
OEM rear roof spoiler
H&R springs/M5 front struts/Bilstein rear sport shocks/M5 sway bars
OEM M5 staggered wheels with Michelin Pilot Super Sport
ESS VT-560 SC
BSW speaker upgrade
Rockford Fosgate amp & Kicker 8" woofer
Blue Angel Eyes
HID fog lights
open brake ducts
1993 3.8 Daytona Violet/Individual Interior
18" Z8 wheels (staggered) Pirelli P-Zero Nero M&S 245/40-18 front 265/35-18 rear
HID headlights white lens & repeaters
motorsport 345mm big brakes
Spherical bearing upper control arm bushings
850i lower control arms
MK adjustable strut brace
M5 touring 20mm rear sway bar
Alpine head unit (Rockford Fosgate amp & JL Audio subs) (Sony amp & MB Quart door speakers,
Kicker mids in dash, Boston Acoustics in rear deck)
UUC short shifter
2002 525iT Blue Water Metallic/Grey
sport & premium package
M5 front bumper cover
Heated Comfort Seats
Parallel Spoke forged staggered 18" wheels
medium tint with UV tint windshield and sunroof
Blue Angel eyes
Last edited by HartgeM5; 12th February 2009 at 07:25 AM.