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Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   11th March 2015, 05:56 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,496
Posted By gherardini
Sex lube as in Astro glide. not board wax. I...

Sex lube as in Astro glide. not board wax.

I have to redo my thermostat this weekend or next. I'll take a pic & post of the angled center pipe. it is very not straight-aligned as the two outside...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   11th March 2015, 04:47 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,496
Posted By gherardini
tmaschm, call me. i just did this. i'll talk you...

tmaschm, call me. i just did this. i'll talk you through it. check your PM.
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   9th February 2015, 03:03 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,450
Posted By gherardini
No, I did pop an E8 as well. I will be adding the...

No, I did pop an E8 as well. I will be adding the vent valve to my order and spending next weekend working on the ///M replacing two CPS and both E8 and F7 valves. I'm a little excited that I should...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   28th August 2012, 05:14 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,444
Posted By gherardini
Thanks. They are OEM Hellas. My AEs are Predator...

Thanks. They are OEM Hellas. My AEs are Predator ICE VXX, that was as bright as I could get without some major disassembly, which on the OEM lights is pretty simple, you can bake them; but on the...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   17th July 2012, 10:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,458
Posted By gherardini
If you're going through lasers, my bet is that...

If you're going through lasers, my bet is that you blew a capacitor. simple to replace, harder to figure out which one went. magnifying glass might help.
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   19th June 2012, 11:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 837
Posted By gherardini
I had a Thule fairing a bit larger than that one...

I had a Thule fairing a bit larger than that one on my Volvo 950 a while back. It does not rest on the roof. And really doesn't provide a big measure of wind reduction. A bit, but not worth the bug...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   15th June 2012, 11:16 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 25,382
Posted By gherardini
I think that it's really impressive that people...

I think that it's really impressive that people will still put this [undisclosed] amount of money into these cars. It really stands as a testament to how great they are.

I like all the shiny bits...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   15th June 2012, 10:06 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,843
Posted By gherardini
Yes it will. It does a great job on smaller...

Yes it will. It does a great job on smaller areas, though I've used it to remove some pretty long scratches, gouges. And it does take time, your fingers can get tired depending on the size of the...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   25th April 2012, 06:18 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,633
Posted By gherardini
Well.... mischief managed. As I said...

Well.... mischief managed.

As I said initially, it's a rule that the first place you look is the last place you screwed with. It's also a rule that the simplest solution is the one to look at...
Forum: GTBoard.com: General Sportscars   8th April 2011, 08:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,395
Posted By gherardini
Solved. Fixed. And it only cost me $500 to get it...

Solved. Fixed. And it only cost me $500 to get it that way... [grumble, grumble, grumble.....]

It looks like Sailor24 was on the right path.... My wife was nagging me to get it fixed.... so I took...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   11th February 2011, 06:40 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,510
Posted By gherardini
OK, if you want to get technical about it... ...

OK, if you want to get technical about it...

The spreadsheet makes a good straight line example.

But begin to factor in how each of the vehicles perform at their top speed, and the difference...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   7th February 2011, 09:19 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,474
Posted By gherardini
How has the board helped you??

On the thread for http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/149945-pictures-you-your-m5-4.html#post1994640 I posted my pic with the board member Doug when I got back from Iraq with...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   30th January 2011, 04:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,594
Posted By gherardini
First off, congratulations on the new ///M!!! You...

First off, congratulations on the new ///M!!! You will have a long love affair with it, enjoy every moment you're driving. We all do.

Secondly...
1. Plugs [I get mine from rockauto, go with the...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   27th January 2011, 08:40 PM
Replies: 278
Views: 92,682
Posted By gherardini
I hope Doug doesn't mind I'm posting his...

I hope Doug doesn't mind I'm posting his picture...

I bought the ///M while on leave from my year in Iraq. When I finished my tour 6 months later, I was going to ship the ///M out to NH to my...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   17th January 2011, 09:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 967
Posted By gherardini
I had to do pads and rotors on the 540iT last...

I had to do pads and rotors on the 540iT last summer, I'd never done pads and rotors save for my '76 MG midget about 25 years ago, and they were a PITA. However, after doing the Touring's, I WILL...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   12th January 2011, 05:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,129
Posted By gherardini
Well let me be the first to say it.... Congrats...

Well let me be the first to say it.... Congrats on the ///M!!

The symptoms disappeared, but did the codes associated with the symptoms disappear as well? Are you throwing different codes? Did you...
Forum: E60 M5 and E61 M5 Touring Discussion   3rd January 2011, 02:58 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,453
Posted By gherardini
I thought the current DIY section was called...

I thought the current DIY section was called "Search."

That said, while it might be neat to have a lot of DIY posts collected in one area, but who is going to "Search" [there's that word again]...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   28th December 2010, 06:03 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 17,326
Posted By gherardini
from Valentine One Radar Detector - E3...

from Valentine One Radar Detector - E3 (http://www.greenlightradardetector.com/store-products-E3-Valentine-One-Radar-Detector_1094510020.html)

The Valentine1 is "7) 100% invisible to VG-2, VG-4,...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   27th December 2010, 09:33 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,839
Posted By gherardini
That's a heck of a ///Milestone. Congrats! ...

That's a heck of a ///Milestone. Congrats!

Hoping that I can manage just a *little* bit better on the service expenses....
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   22nd December 2010, 04:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,189
Posted By gherardini
That ///M5 *really* improves the look at that...

That ///M5 *really* improves the look at that hotel... ;-)
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   21st December 2010, 02:29 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,174
Posted By gherardini
First off... I love it when pople are excited...

First off... I love it when pople are excited about getting their ///M5s. That is so totally awesome! Congratulations!

Second... Go say three hail Mary's for starting a post like this and *NOT*...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   17th December 2010, 05:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,364
Posted By gherardini
My guess is yes. I'd order some new ones from...

My guess is yes. I'd order some new ones from bimmerzone. there's a thread on the main page about MAFs with a link to bimmerzone's MAFs. You order the pair of sensors and simply change the sensors...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   16th December 2010, 05:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,382
Posted By gherardini
Those are PHAT!!! Righteous.

Those are PHAT!!!

Righteous.
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   12th December 2010, 05:42 AM
Replies: 251
Views: 32,712
Posted By gherardini
It is totally simple... 1. Call Powerchip...

It is totally simple...

1. Call Powerchip and pay them for the flash. They will FedEx you a cable.
2. In your web browser, navigate to http://www.powerchipgroup.com/powerflash/powerflashv2.exe...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   3rd November 2010, 09:54 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 14,242
Posted By gherardini
As with the rest of the board, there won't be any...

As with the rest of the board, there won't be any castigation. You made a gaffe, acknowledged your error and fixed it. Any mistake can happen at any time. I think you handled the entire situation...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   27th October 2010, 06:36 AM
Replies: 18
  M5 less
Views: 1,384
Posted By gherardini
Good luck with the new ride!!!

Good luck with the new ride!!!
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   27th September 2010, 05:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,477
Posted By gherardini
Mobil 1 0W-40 $5.90 / quart AR

found this on one of my deal shopping sites. which irks me only because i just went through 14 quarts this weekend doing oil changes on the ///m and the 540it. there is a rebate link on the amazon...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   6th August 2010, 12:20 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 14,851
Posted By gherardini
I love seeing people pick up this mod. I started...

I love seeing people pick up this mod. I started this thread and posted the pics of my install. Plain and simple, pictures do *not* do this mod justice. By any means. I think I went with standard...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   23rd April 2009, 08:44 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,730
Posted By gherardini
Oooooooo..... That sucks soooo bad!! Sorry, hope...

Oooooooo..... That sucks soooo bad!! Sorry, hope they can reclaim it quickly!!
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   12th April 2009, 03:57 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 12,530
Posted By gherardini
Hey Q, Any chance you purchased it with your...

Hey Q,

Any chance you purchased it with your AMEX card? If so you are in luck. Did you know that AMEX has 90 day lose/broken/stolen insurance on every single purchase with them? Just file a claim....
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   9th April 2009, 03:01 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,025
Posted By gherardini
I just had my control arm bushings changed out, 2...

I just had my control arm bushings changed out, 2 hours each. Used this post to bring him so that it was done correctly, apparently there is some misinformation about on how to properly install them....
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   17th March 2009, 02:18 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 396
Posted By gherardini
Try this. It's fixed a lot of issues......

Try this. It's fixed a lot of issues... http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/48709-very-happy-fixed-my-dsp-problem.html

I would also ensure that the battery has a full charge...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   17th March 2009, 01:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 11,564
Posted By gherardini
You are correct. It's a feature for those with...

You are correct. It's a feature for those with dogs and leave them in the car.
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   12th March 2009, 09:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,783
Posted By gherardini
Nice ///M. I like the sterling grey, not sure if...

Nice ///M. I like the sterling grey, not sure if I like it better than TiSi, but it is certainly a beautifully reserved color.

Hey Gustav, are you spotlighting all the southern Arizona ///M5...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   12th March 2009, 03:00 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 32,599
Posted By gherardini
What a great post!! Thanks for all the effort....

What a great post!! Thanks for all the effort. Subbed for forever...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   8th March 2009, 07:03 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,603
Posted By gherardini
Here's a great set of distructions to hardwire...

Here's a great set of distructions to hardwire the Valentine1. Modifications I've Made to My Car (http://www.ideaphile.com/bmw/v1/index.html) It will take you longer to gather the tools than it will...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   25th February 2009, 01:39 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,926
Posted By gherardini
You definitely have the best color combination!...

You definitely have the best color combination! Very nice setup, I'm envious of all the performance mods you have already and some pretty decent mileage as well. I purchased mine with 36k on the...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   5th February 2009, 02:52 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,463
Posted By gherardini
Way too many variables for us to get too worried...

Way too many variables for us to get too worried about.

Certainly a tricked out Fit, supercharged, coilovers, exhaust upgrade, i bet track tires as well, weighs in at 2,400 lbs

vs.

an...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   28th January 2009, 07:59 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,372
Posted By gherardini
I just had my clutch done with the CNS Racing...

I just had my clutch done with the CNS Racing oversized, dual mass flywheel, replaced the guibo, tranny mounts, transmission flush and it cost me $3500 or so for everything. I think I overpaid for...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   22nd January 2009, 08:21 PM
Replies: 45
  Poll: Net worth?
Views: 5,129
Posted By gherardini
this is hysterical! I wonder how much change...

this is hysterical!

I wonder how much change the latest economic developments and/or 2nd and 3rd owner net worth has changed this poll lately.
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   16th December 2008, 04:08 PM
Replies: 21
  wow.
Views: 3,900
Posted By gherardini
Nothing cooler than building a car around an...

Nothing cooler than building a car around an engine...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   30th November 2008, 03:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 885
Posted By gherardini
IIRC, directly replacing the license plate...

IIRC, directly replacing the license plate illumination bulbs WILL result in a light out warning. I think it's because the LED does not have the resistance that the OEM incandescent bulb has, so the...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   27th November 2008, 06:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 545
Posted By gherardini
Thanks to everyone who chimed in here. It sets my...

Thanks to everyone who chimed in here. It sets my mind at ease knowing that at least I'm not beating the heck out of the new clutch that I just put in. Well... that and that I was feeling pretty good...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   27th November 2008, 06:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 621
Posted By gherardini
Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends on the ///M5Board!!!

Thanks for all the help, insight and tips throughout the year!!

My best to all of you and your families.





Now go out and wash your ///M
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   18th November 2008, 10:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 609
Posted By gherardini
Stealth Auto. I swear by them and they look so...

Stealth Auto. I swear by them and they look so cool!
Stealth Bulbs - Mirror Signal Bulbs look SILVER but flash AMBER when lit! - Stealth Auto...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   16th November 2008, 03:49 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,066
Posted By gherardini
if you use Firefox, download this flash...

if you use Firefox, download this flash downloaded plug-in https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/5229 and download the video. then burn to CD. Voila!
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   10th November 2008, 11:19 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 43,772
Posted By gherardini
not the immobilizer. With the immobilizer the car...

not the immobilizer. With the immobilizer the car either starts or it doesn't. Not maybe sometimes.

I would check the battery terminals and see if they are tight. If they wiggle at all they are...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   6th November 2008, 06:31 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,707
Posted By gherardini
My girl friend, very occasionally, who drives it...

My girl friend, very occasionally, who drives it like she's going to church on Sunday. Unlike me, who drives it like I'm going to NASCAR on Sunday.
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   5th November 2008, 09:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,355
Posted By gherardini
or just a bad relay... sometimes that happens...

or just a bad relay... sometimes that happens after a few years...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   3rd November 2008, 04:50 AM
Replies: 188
Views: 13,924
Posted By gherardini
...you come off the highway entrance ramp and...

...you come off the highway entrance ramp and have to slow down for highway traffic....
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   4th September 2008, 02:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,598
Posted By gherardini
Oooooo! I love this game! Lighted door...

Oooooo! I love this game!

Lighted door sills.
Clear corner headlights.
Predator ICE v3 for angel eyes

oh yeah... and this thread is completly useless without pics!!!
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   3rd September 2008, 04:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 479
Posted By gherardini
I googled it and found this tip. Thought is was...

I googled it and found this tip. Thought is was amusing...

"If you wish to rid yourself of the rodents, lay dishes of Instant Potato Buds and dishes of water around the outside of your car. They...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   2nd September 2008, 06:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 786
Posted By gherardini
I met member jimmythefish a this weekend out in...

I met member jimmythefish a this weekend out in Green Valley, AZ, and we went over the mods we each had done to our cars. He had the 275's up front and loved them.

At times he has one road he...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   1st September 2008, 08:36 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,085
Posted By gherardini
I have 8 of them, is that all there were? I tried...

I have 8 of them, is that all there were? I tried to get the BMW DVD of them all, but apparently there ended up being licensing issues with the DVD release when I got my ///M so it wasn't available...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   26th August 2008, 02:47 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,794
Posted By gherardini
And I'll be right behind you... ouich

And I'll be right behind you... ouich
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   15th August 2008, 03:33 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 72,070
Posted By gherardini
I had a 3" extension, a 6" and a universal joint....

I had a 3" extension, a 6" and a universal joint. My job went fine, though torquing was a bit of a PITA. I might be very happy with hand tightening next time. I couldn't seem to get reliable torque...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   2nd August 2008, 02:55 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,351
Posted By gherardini
Ultimate Cup Holder - Drink Holders for BMW 3 5 7...

Ultimate Cup Holder - Drink Holders for BMW 3 5 7 Series (http://www.ultimatecupholders.com/)

cherrsagai
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   29th July 2008, 02:55 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 6,276
Posted By gherardini
not on my leather seats he wouldn't be....

not on my leather seats he wouldn't be....
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   27th July 2008, 05:52 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,721
Posted By gherardini
I often think that the "keep things the same"...

I often think that the "keep things the same" response is taking the easy way out, you don't have to think of a valid reason why you'd like change and no one likes change anyway, the status quo is so...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   8th July 2008, 06:29 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,299
Posted By gherardini
On the iBMWr list for BMW bikes a while back, i...

On the iBMWr list for BMW bikes a while back, i remember a member who was a California Highway Patrol officer post that he almost never gave a driver a ticket for speeding, but most always for not...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   7th July 2008, 10:14 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,920
Posted By gherardini
Get some stealth bulbs for your turn signals!!! ...

Get some stealth bulbs for your turn signals!!! Getting rid of that ugly yellow corner really improves the look from the front.

Looks great!
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   29th June 2008, 07:50 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,997
Posted By gherardini
Glad the hear that you are OK. Next time, screw...

Glad the hear that you are OK. Next time, screw the dog.

Get into the mindset of if they are not smart enough to stay out of the road, it is not worth endangering your life and the value of your...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   29th June 2008, 07:34 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,444
Posted By gherardini
These are probably on the crappy side of pics,...

These are probably on the crappy side of pics, I'm not terribly good at adjusting apertures and such to compensate for the dark background and lighting, but they may give you a sense of what they...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   27th June 2008, 11:34 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,444
Posted By gherardini
All told, I think I spent close to $1500 for the...

All told, I think I spent close to $1500 for the clear corner euro lights, the Predator ICE angel eye upgrade, upgraded high beam bulbs, upgraded xenon lamps, Lamin-X, and stealth turn signal bulbs....
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   13th June 2008, 05:08 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,444
Posted By gherardini
Hey, it's the happiest car in America! MGZ,...

Hey, it's the happiest car in America!

MGZ, Diny: I saw these pics once from a board member, I just thought it looked impossibly mean!!!
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   13th June 2008, 08:12 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,444
Posted By gherardini
talking Lights, Camera... Action!!! Umnitza lighting mods finally done!

This has been a looooong project getting finished. After I purchased my M5 while I was still in Iraq back in Nov 2006, my first purchase was Predator ICE lights from Unmitza. Along with some Xenon 6k...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   10th June 2008, 10:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,085
Posted By gherardini
That was just baaad! Nice match.

That was just baaad! Nice match.
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   23rd May 2008, 02:52 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,517
Posted By gherardini
you are such a great role model! I'm only half...

you are such a great role model! I'm only half way behind you hoping to get that and more, too!!!

Congratulations!
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   20th February 2008, 10:26 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,476
Posted By gherardini
what was pointed out to me by a friend who is an...

what was pointed out to me by a friend who is an auto dealer is to check the brake pedal. most people selling the vehicle might buff it out real nicely, but not give thought to swapping out the brake...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   21st January 2008, 10:23 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,085
Posted By gherardini
post #15 on this thread. but here's the quick...

post #15 on this thread. but here's the quick link...
http://www.ideaphile.com/bmw/v1/index.html
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   21st December 2007, 08:05 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,824
Posted By gherardini
ahahaha! i once got 27 m.p.g for a trip up to...

ahahaha! i once got 27 m.p.g for a trip up to northern tucson. but i was following a suburban with 7 mountain bikes on top of it acting like sails with my bike tucked neatly in the trunk and my...
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