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Are front license plates required there? Well, I'm sure they are but can you get away with not having one until you go in for your inspection, or will cops actually pull you over?

I've only gotten 1 ticket so far <*knocks on wood*> but that's cuz I was parked in a city known to give out such tickets. I usually just put it on temporarily but I forgot that day. $25 mistake.
 

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Could just sit back and stare at it for hours, looks beautiful from every angle. I love it!
It is so nice to view a slicktop E39 M5!! :cool:
 

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Great thread! I think quite a few of us have had those same piles of new parts for our M's. I had hoped that mine would be stealthy enough that people would think it was a plain ole 5 series. Not so... I lucked out when I found mine and got the Carbon Black. My E46 M3 is silver so I was wanting something different. I love the beast on the open highway. I used to have to drive from Boise to Cedar City on a fairly regular basis and the M5 was always my choice. Freinds are shocked and amazed when they realize how fast and comfortable it is at "speed". :eek

Another thing I love about older M cars is that they only came with manual transmissions. My daughter wouldn't drive either because she doesn't like having to shift... And most of the guys she dated over the years couldn't drive on either.
Thank you! I agree with you about older M cars with a manual. Having this much power and a third pedal makes it so much more enjoyable to drive it. I learned to drive on a manual and most of my cars had a third pedal and I don't like the fact how they are becoming so rare nowadays. New F90 M5 comes to mind.

Mine has been pretty stealthy so far to the regular eye. We had friends in town not long ago and they thought it was just a plain BMW until they heard the engine roaring and started asking questions. :laugh It really is the ultimate mile muncher on the open highway.

Are front license plates required there? Well, I'm sure they are but can you get away with not having one until you go in for your inspection, or will cops actually pull you over?

I've only gotten 1 ticket so far <*knocks on wood*> but that's cuz I was parked in a city known to give out such tickets. I usually just put it on temporarily but I forgot that day. $25 mistake.
I'm pretty sure that they are and the first Polizei that sees me without them would pull me over for sure. There are so many rules here that you wouldn't believe it. Maybe I can remove the license plate holder when taking pictures in the future, would look so much better.

When I bought my ZHP in Santa Clara, the previous owner drove it for 7 years without a front license plate. I had it for 3 days, parked it near downtown Santa Barbara and someone was passing by and slapped me a ticket on the windshield. I think I paid 12 bucks for that, it was one of those fix it ticket. Santa Barbara is definitely one of those cities know to be strict about that.

It is so nice to view a slicktop E39 M5!! :cool:
I was daily driving e39 530i with a sunroof for a long time and just recently started realizing how much more headroom there is without it!
Even the cabin somewhat feels more spacious. There's definitely a cool factor to slicktop as well. :)
 

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Few more updates that I managed to knock out before I went home for the holidays.

Did an early oil change because I wanted to switch to Liqui Moly and send a sample to Blackstone for analysis.



Some difference that I immediately noticed is that the oil comes up to the temperature slower compared to BMW's Shell and engine definitely works smoother and quieter on idle with LM. Cold starts stayed the same without any startup rattle.

At the end of the day, both are great oils and it's just the matter of preference. I personally love LM products and have been using them in all of my bimmers and plan to use it in the M5 as well.

Hood struts were getting weaker so I refreshed them with a new pair from Stabilus. Lifting up the hood feels much better and sturdier now.



I had a tear in driver's door rubber seal which wasn't pretty to look at. I bought a new one from the dealer when I got the car and finally got around installing it.



Took me 3 tries to line up the new rubber perfectly.



Then came the turn to replace the interior trim, something that I wanted to do since I first laid my eyes on the car.

Bruyere Club wood trim just wasn't working for me and I think it made the interior look old.
I got a set of technical graphite trim which was in very nice shape. Just had to clean them, buff out the surface scratches and throw some protection before putting them into the car.







To complete the swap, I had to replace the handbrake lever too. I scored a used leather handbrake lever for $20 that looks practically brand new.









I received the entire handbrake assembly, but I really didn't want to replace the whole thing. The leather lever was glued in place and after some twisting and pulling, it came off relatively easy.



However, the one in the M5 put up a fight and just wouldn't come off.
So I lost my cool and like a neanderthal grabbed a pair of pliers and destroyed the damn thing.
I then realized why it wouldn't come off, it was held in place with a pop rivet. Could've probably removed it without destroying it if I just tried to pry out the wood piece (learn from my stupidity), but didn't really care since I don't plan to ever reuse it. The leather lever is so much nicer.





Now, fitting the trim. It's normally a straightforward job but I run into a few bumps mainly with the center console part.

The central console piece that came with technical graphite trim had one broken plastic tab (circled red on the picture) and I thought no biggie, it's just one plastic tab, how important can it be.
But after fitting everything into the car, turns out that tab is very important because by fastening down that part puts pressure on the lower part of the armrest that holds the magnet. Thus not having enough pressure there made the opening and closing of the armrest feel very sloppy.

I then decided to use my old center piece. Bruyere wood trim was held in place with a few screws and was easy to remove. Technical graphite was glued in place so I had to separate it by cutting the glue and then transferred the trim to my original center piece. I also used glue which I left overnight to dry after putting some pressure on it.



The second problem that I had is a very common for e39. There are 2 screw locations in front of the gear knob that fastens down the center console trim and the front storage tray. The plastic hole where the screw goes in disintegrated as soon as I touched it and after googling for ideas on how to fix it, I found a great thread from Clemster that addressed this issue.

Here is the link to that thread - http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/434585-center-console-plastic-broken-here-s-quick-easy-fix.html

So I too fabricated a C bracket from thick metal and it worked out great!



A normal person would probably never notice these 2 small things and just left it alone, but I hate when something feels loose in the cabin and I wanted to do this right. I also got a new ZHP shift knob and leather boot. Here's the finished product. Pictures really don't do it justice, it looks much better in person.











Few more photos of a small gathering of the M Flight members in Kaiserslautern. Car club that I recently joined, mostly military guys stationed in Germany with some really cool toys that they get to rip on the Autobahn and eventually take them back to the US.

It's funny seeing how much E39M doesn't fit in styling-wise with its younger siblings.















Have a great New Year fellas!

 

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Fantastic work!
Thank you!

I see it more like a handsome father with his bad-boy sons.
I actually like that way of looking at it. :laugh

Oh, I don't know...:)
Fabulous stable you have there, Kevin!

More updates.

I installed Meyle HD front & rear sway bar links.

Replacing rear links was pretty much a waste of time and money. The original ones were still like new and fully functional, but anyway it was cheap to replace them and now I have shiny bits there.
The front ones were not perfect, but they weren't bad either, though it does feel little tighter at the front now.





I was missing the flashlight from the glovebox so I added a new one.
I also bought the plastic compartment for the first aid kit, just waiting on the bracket to mount it under the passenger seat. It's the little things that complete the car.





And some modern technology in the old girl.

I wanted the ability to stream music via Bluetooth in the car. I ended up getting this - Anycar AL-1080B for BMW. It can be found on German Amazon or eBay, it's around $100.

Plug & play gadget that connects to the back of the amp. This one comes with cables for BM24 amp, you can also get it with the connectors for BM54. It has Bluetooth, mic, SD slot, USB and AUX.

Sound quality is very good, the only complaint would be the static that is coming from the speakers when in Bluetooth mode.
The static can only be heard when the song is not playing so I can live with it for now. Beats listening to German commercials.







Now the notorious M lower fender liner aka pork chops.

We've all been there. BMW prices them ridiculously at 250 euro per side and I simply don't want to spend that much dough on a piece of plastic that will inevitably break again. I would rather spend that money on a weekend in Budapest which is in fact what I'm doing.

So, that means I went for the eBay cheapos made from recycled yogurt cups.

You can currently find 2 kinds on German eBay. The most common one on the left and the greyish one with a different texture in the middle of the picture. You can see what's left of my original on the right.



I ordered the left one two times in the row because to me it looked better in the pictures and both times it arrived poorly packaged and already broken in the corners like this. Luckily I got my money back from the seller.





I decided to try the one with a different finish and at just $15 shipped it was even cheaper than the other one.
This one might not look better but it is. The finish is slightly better and the plastic is more flexible while the previous one feels like it made of eggshells and will break at the slightest pressure. If you find yourself in a similar situation, try to get find the that one.







I was also missing screws that secure the pork chop to the bumper (part # 07119916966 - the one in the middle) but I picked up longer ones from a local hardware store because it helps to grab the bumper better.



I transferred the rubber from the leftovers of the old pork chop.



Here it is fitted.







The fitment is bound not to be perfect, but at a fraction of the price of the original one, this will do the trick until I can find a good used OEM pork chop.
At least it looks better than having nothing there and it will keep the crap out of engine undertray.

This brings us to the most anticipated mod for me. Found this at my doorstep today!









Eisenmann has delivered! I went for a Sport version with TÜV and 83mm tips.

I must give a shoutout to Sven Johann from Eisenmann that was great to deal with it and hooking me up with a great price.
Provided service and response time was spot on and they even delivered before the promised deadline.

Should go on the car this Saturday. I simply can't wait.
 

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That's an interesting solution for Bluetooth vs. more commonly seen Grom Audio.

Are you just using it for music streaming or did you hook up the microphone as well for phone calls? Any issues with DSP, assuming your car has it?
 

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I just wanted something simple that does the job.

So far I'm only using it to streaming music, but it came with a microphone so I should test that soon. I read the reviews on Amazon and people reported that the hands-free calling is working. I would only have to run the mic across the car since everything is in the trunk. Another nice feature is that I can even change the songs on the steering wheel.

No DSP in mine, my M5 is poor on extra options. Other than annoying static in the background, no issue thus far.
 

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Thanks, Kizarnish. Those are the only ones available from Eisenmann. 4x76mm mufflers were discontinued, according to them there was some power loss with that exhaust. I just hope these tips won't sit too close to the bumper since they are larger than stock tips.

Muffler delete sure would be a simple and cost-effective solution. Do you have it on your M5? If yes, how do you like it?
 

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Thanks, Kizarnish. Those are the only ones available from Eisenmann. 4x76mm mufflers were discontinued, according to them there was some power loss with that exhaust. I just hope these tips won't sit too close to the bumper since they are larger than stock tips.

Muffler delete sure would be a simple and cost-effective solution. Do you have it on your M5? If yes, how do you like it?
Interesting, I have the 'Race' versions with 4x76mm tips and didn't feel any power loss. Maybe the sport versions in 4x76mm only do ?

One thing i've noticed is the Eisenmann's sound alot better when they are warmed up. When cold they sound quite raspy.
 

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Not sure, I was told that by Reuter Motorsport and Eisenmann. Didn't ask for details, but probably nothing major.

Never heard them in person so I'm about to experience that very soon. :smile Though I believe Sport and Race are very different.
 

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Muffler delete sure would be a simple and cost-effective solution. Do you have it on your M5? If yes, how do you like it?
Yeah, they were deleted by the previous owner and I love it. I've had louder exhausts and this one sounds just right. It's a good balance between "race car" and "elegant sport sedan." The stock setup is too quiet, IMO. Same thing on my previous B8 S4. Plus shedding that weight really helps my fuel economy. ;)

It's also noticeably louder outside the car. I had a friend follow me once and as we parked, he came out and asked me what exhaust I had on there, haha. He couldn't believe it was the stock setup.
 

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I've heard and read nothing but a praise about muffler delete. I'm glad you like it and would love to hear it one day, though not sure if that will happen while I'm in Germany.

I agree that the stock setup is too quiet, I put 250 miles on the M5 yesterday and it drives better than ever, just missing more sound out of that lovely V8. When the no speed limit sign comes up, there just isn't a better car I would like to pilot.
 

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I've heard and read nothing but a praise about muffler delete. I'm glad you like it and would love to hear it one day, though not sure if that will happen while I'm in Germany.

I agree that the stock setup is too quiet, I put 250 miles on the M5 yesterday and it drives better than ever, just missing more sound out of that lovely V8. When the no speed limit sign comes up, there just isn't a better car I would like to pilot.
I could maybe think of a few that would be more fun for a one-and-done, but nothing beats it for DD duty or for constant mile munching, that's for sure.

Lose this thread, can't wait for more updates, you're doing everything the way I would but better.
 

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Got the exhaust fitted!

But before getting to that part, I must jump back to the transmission oil. When I did the clutch job I used Liqui Moly 75W-80 GL 3+ which is not a bad oil, but it was simply unbearable when the car was cold. First 3 gears and especially the 2nd was really difficult to shift. After the car is warmed up, all of the gears were buttery smooth so I decided to try something different.

After doing some research, I found that Royal Purple Synchromax is amongst popular on the board, but that stuff isn't very easy to find here.

I got in touch with Motul directly and at their recommendation, I bought 2L of Motul DCTF. Mainly used in dual-clutch gearboxes but it's also applicable in conventional gearboxes. Most importantly it fulfills proper specification - SEA 75W and BMW MTF LT-1 & 2 specifications.

The data sheet can be found here - https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/motul-production2/images/product_descriptions/technical_data_sheets/57372/PB_Multi_DCTF_10_2017.pdf?1508420965

While the car was up in the air for the exhaust install, I used that opportunity and changed the tranny oil.







This morning I had a nice cold start and it's already much better! I can shift in the first 3 gears without much effort while before I had to work to slot into the 2nd gear. Of course, it's still not fully warmed up smooth, but it's a vast improvement from before. This oil is definitely a better choice for cold shifting.

Now back to the exhaust. I had a nearby shop to help me with this as I was lacking proper tools and didn't want to try this on my garage floor.

While the finish quality is great, the fitment could be better.

It was a pain to get everything aligned properly. Once we mounted the Eisenmann mufflers, the right one was sitting too close to the diffuser and left one was actually touching it. So after much adjustments we got it to clear the diffuser, but I think for how expensive the exhaust is the fitment should've been better. Eisenmann does tell you that the diffuser needs to be trimmed down but I wasn't willing to do that. After learning a couple of new swears in German, it all worked out well. &#55357;&#56842;











I'm still gathering impressions, but the M5 is now definitely making all of the right noises!

On idle and lower rpms it's very much the same to stock but when you push it, it's where the Eisenmann earns its money and reputation. It's just a glorious exhaust note.

Though I must admit I wish it was a little louder and I'm hoping that will change once the exhaust is fully broken in as I drive it more.

I will try to get a nice video soon. It'll take some getting used to those big guns in the back now. &#55357;&#56842;
 

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So shiny!

I'm not too familiar with that exhaust but do they all stand out like that? Seems like they stick out too far, but maybe it's just the angle.

Here's how my generic tips are (old pic with the stock diffuser).

 
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