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post #51 of 178 Old 1st October 2017, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
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Interesting. I need to research this, as I don't see anything inside that indicates the car has a jammer or any connections where I would plug anything.
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Interesting. I need to research this, as I don't see anything inside that indicates the car has a jammer or any connections where I would plug anything.
Just follow the path of the wire and see where it ends up under the dash of the M5. My X5 4.6is had some similar aftermarket junk like this and I had to follow the lines and eliminate them from the wire harness.

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Interesting. I need to research this, as I don't see anything inside that indicates the car has a jammer or any connections where I would plug anything.
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Just follow the path of the wire and see where it ends up under the dash of the M5. My X5 4.6is had some similar aftermarket junk like this and I had to follow the lines and eliminate them from the wire harness.
Yeah, follow the line. If it is a jammer, they're illegal in TX(and many other States). Apparently it's common to install a kill switch so that after you quickly slow down, you kill it, so the officer can read you and not suspect you're jamming.

Edit:kiznarsh- ha, not suggesting he fear the legality, just saying it may be why he can't find anything in the cabin. Kill switch SOP.

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Yeah, follow the line. If it is a jammer, they're illegal in TX(and many other States). Apparently it's common to install a kill switch so that after you quickly slow down, you kill it, so the officer can read you and not suspect you're jamming.
Plus like the rest of us outstanding citizens, TexaZ3 follows all posted speed limits at all times. No need for a jammer.

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Plus like the rest of us outstanding citizens, TexaZ3 follows all posted speed limits at all times. No need for a jammer.
But of course.

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With interior pretty much finished, I switched my attention to the exterior. Paint was in great condition overall, but there were few scratches, chips, scrapes, and other small imperfections. Hood and front bumper were repainted 8 years ago (they did a good job, but they did it with material that were available 8 years ago), and both needed a good paint correction.





I will not show the entire process of taping the car and going through multiple steps to prep the paint for correction, as it is a rather time consuming process, and leaves little time for taking pictures. I have taped parts that I didnít want compounds to get into with good quality painters masking tape (bad tape leaves adhesive residue):



I have done detailing on many cars and lately been using Chemical Guys polishing compounds and pads with great results.



Used my TORQ orbital and orange cutting pads with #32 compound first, followed by #36 and black pad, and then #38/white pad. Sealed with Zaino wax. Will take picture of the whole car when weather is nice (raining now!)





Once paint correction has been done I decided to see if I could bring polish headlight covers a bit Ė they were not bad by any stretch, just needing a good cleanup and polish.




Masked off the headlights




Chemical guys plastic polishing compound followed by #38 on orange pad



And they are looking better. Not like new, but good enough for the 17-year old original headlights.




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Fantastic attention to detail! Your mention of Zaino took me back to 2005 when I posted a thread on the first time I used Zaino on my M5: https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39...5-zaino-d.html

Good memories! I still remember how amazed I was at the time of the reflective properties and durability of Zaino. Of course now, high quality synthetic sealants are in abundance. I still use Zaino for the M5 and Z4M coupe as I don't want to change after years of use, but I'm trying Sonax Polymer Net Shield (PNS) on the M3. It's certainly an easier process than the first application of Zaino and seems to be durable. I still have a soft spot for Zaino, however.

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Yeah, it's most likely a laser shifter/jammer. If you search for images, you'll see a lot that are installed in similar locations.
+1

It's looks like a K40 laser receiver. I have same one on my car. If so there should be another small longer boxy thing there (laser shifter)
If not - then maybe system was dismounted but receiver was left behind

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Thanks for the confirmation! I will at some point remove front bumper and get rid of this thing, unless there is a way to remove the front mesh without taking bumper off? I don't want to mess with aligning the porkchops again.
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Thanks for the confirmation! I will at some point remove front bumper and get rid of this thing, unless there is a way to remove the front mesh without taking bumper off? I don't want to mess with aligning the porkchops again.
You can only access the mesh clips from the back so yeah, bumper does need to come off.

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