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I just made sure the fitment was good. Didn't require much cutting, i guess trimming would be a better word.
My fender liner on driver side looks like it has been replaced at some point, pass side is ok, but has one ear gone, and couple of cracks in it, so a good candidate to be replaced.
Not the priority right now, are OEM pieces reasonable in price or there is another source?

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I just made sure the fitment was good. Didn't require much cutting, i guess trimming would be a better word.
My fender liner on driver side looks like it has been replaced at some point, pass side is ok, but has one ear gone, and couple of cracks in it, so a good candidate to be replaced.
Not the priority right now, are OEM pieces reasonable in price or there is another source?
They are ridiculously expensive as OEM. Aftermarket pieces are much cheaper but are ill fitting.

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They are ridiculously expensive as OEM. Aftermarket pieces are much cheaper but are ill fitting.
https://www.ecstuning.com/b-genuine-...t/51718159424/

Looks like $70 per, which is not too bad for OEM. Unless you were talking about the porkchops, then yes, those are effing joke.

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Looks like $70 per, which is not too bad for OEM. Unless you were talking about the porkchops, then yes, those are effing joke.


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Looks like $70 per, which is not too bad for OEM. Unless you were talking about the porkchops, then yes, those are effing joke.
Yeah I bought my fender liners and some underbody plastic panels from ECS, but also bought a bunch of parts from Pelican. I'm close to them so the 1-day free shipping deal is pretty sweet.

Don't forget about getting new pop rivets for the fender liners. The ones on the back are pretty much consumables.

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As promised, more on the interior – I think at this point I would consider interior 99% finished – I’m still waiting for fresh set of floormats and a tiny black cover that goes over the screw in the rear door handle.

Other than that, its all done. I might change instrument cluster to a correct black one at some point later on, but right now this is not a priority.

So, both rear and passenger side rear quarter window sunshades were not functioning right. In the case of door shade, it was a typical problem with the plate holding the tab being broken, as was evidenced by the attempted fix by somebody else once I removed the shade:



I have reinforced the tab with some hot glue, wound back the spring, and re-installed the shade back on the door. Works great again!




The rear shade motor was working fine, but the culprit of these mechanisms was always those tiny plastic tabs that slide in the shade rail, they ALWAYS break off. Pretty weak design by BMW if you ask me. Of course, mine were broken off when I purchased the car, and the guides were sticking up (and tore up holes in the tint on the back window!)




What I have discovered when I started looking at the shade itself, was that one of the rollers on the driver side was missing as well.




So, I have ordered OEM roller set, but for the tabs I decided to go with something a little sturdier than OEM – a precision CNC-machined set of tabs with allen screws and lock nuts made from aluminum. Pretty much guarantees I never have to deal with this problem ever again on this car.

Both showed up last night and I have installed both to fix the shade. CNC tabs are absolutely awesome product – highly recommended. Fit great, feel even better – if anyone wants details on eBay seller – PM me. They were $37 shipped so not too bad compared to OEM plastic junk.




The trickiest part was to drill out the old rivets, which I have accomplished by sliding a piece of wood under the old guide rail to avoid putting my drill bit through the window.




Once both sides were drilled out, I have used 6mm socket and a 3/32 allen wrench to lock the new aluminum tabs in place.




After that, it was just a matter of screwing the rollers back on the rail, and making sure the tabs are greased properly. It lives – rear sunshade is back in business – hopefully for good.



Finally, I have tackled the notorious front cupholder. Just replaced the broken one with the OEM I got cheap on eBay. I never going to use it anyway, but wanted this fixed.





With the interior complete, I plan to switch over to the underhood/engine area and replace windshield cowl, some firewall covers that have completely disintegrated, plus address few other minor issues there as well. Stay tuned!

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Question for the masses - what is the best shock/spring combo used nowadays? Probably need to refresh the suspension with all the bushings and links, but wanted to settle on shocks and springs first. Just go with stock Sachs and use stock springs (cheap), or go with Bilsteins and H&R springs to lower a bit? What's the consensus? Don't want to go coilovers and such as I want to keep the car close to stock ride height and feel. Thanks!
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2000 Imola M5 Journal/Build Thread (Long and picture heavy)

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Question for the masses - what is the best shock/spring combo used nowadays? Probably need to refresh the suspension with all the bushings and links, but wanted to settle on shocks and springs first. Just go with stock Sachs and use stock springs (cheap), or go with Bilsteins and H&R springs to lower a bit? What's the consensus? Don't want to go coilovers and such as I want to keep the car close to stock ride height and feel. Thanks!


May also consider Koni/Stock or Koni/Dinan. Stock/stock always seems to be a very popular option as can be seen by the number of people that went aftermarket and ended up reverting back to OEM.

Here is an extensive suspension thread that has/had pics of different suspension set-ups.

The Suspension Thread – Popular coilover & spring/shock setups compiled here

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