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post #1 of 76 Old 28th January 2013, 07:38 AM Thread Starter
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If you had $2500 to spend on the m5, what would you buy?

long story short: my rod bearings are fine. My mechanic actually said my m5 was in awesome condition(body & engine). The noise i thought was rod knock is just a combination of a slight exhaust manifold leak that presents itself on a cold start and a bad power steering pump. Now that he's talked me out of a $2000+ procedure i have a surplus of money i can use on the beast.

Here's a list of possible combinations of stuff i could spend my money on:
1) BC coils + slimms finned cf diffuser + hamman rep cf lip
2) BC coils + alpha N
3) evolve headers
New ~ 4) evolve headers(SS?) + alpha N

Which one would you get? My car is pretty stock minus the stuff i have listed in my sig

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post #2 of 76 Old 28th January 2013, 07:46 AM
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Depends on what you are aiming for. Based on your list, would you rather have "show" or "go"? #2 seems like an OK compromise. I personally would get the headers for MY car, but for you, I'd go with #2.....

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~ UUC V12 clutch kit with segmented kevlar clutch disc
~ Custom crank case ventilation system
~ Cutsom dual electric radiator fan set up
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~ Muffler delete with ///M5 - MCINCO etched "Timmay Tips" LOL

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~ Remote oil thermostat/Setrab oil cooler
~ (4) Dinan 18x9.5" wheels

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another vote for headers

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are you confident enough that you wont need that 2500 for repairs in the near future? haha

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I am a cosmetic whore, first, so my vote would be #1

How old are your MAFs? I timed my Alpha-N purchase with my MAFs going out. For me the tune was mostly about piece of mind, not having to worry about MAFs.

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If I'm confined to the list, I'd pick the Evolve headers. If I can go outside the list, I'd get a GC coilover setup and a Dinan RSB with Beastpower brackets.


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