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post #11 of 24 Old 7th June 2019, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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Beautiful car! I initially spent about the sane as you $11k in parts to get my 2000 M5 with 120k miles restored.

How is the Luk clutch working out. I believe it is oem?
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I compared it to the removed factory one, I couldn't see any design differences. It's pretty much like driving new car since everything is new in that area.
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What method are you using to secure your spare tire/wheel to the trunk? I recently purchased one and have not yet come up with an elegant way. Thanks
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What method are you using to secure your spare tire/wheel to the trunk? I recently purchased one and have not yet come up with an elegant way. Thanks
Actually, none. It barely moves, even after spirited driving. I believe the main reason is rubber trunk mat and tire cover have good friction between them plus the actual tire and wheel are not exactly light.

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Awesome!! We are like the same person! Iím practically doing the same thing to mine. Keep em looking new!


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Awesome!! We are like the same person! Iím practically doing the same thing to mine. Keep em looking new!


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I've read your blog, great stuff. I think you're crazier than me (in an a good way), lol.

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I feel you, I'm at $45K in my 3 year journey lol. Care to share the part# on the trunk mat? I see two different ones when I google it, I completely dig it by the way.
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I feel you, I'm at $45K in my 3 year journey lol. Care to share the part# on the trunk mat? I see two different ones when I google it, I completely dig it by the way.
Damn, that's a chunk of money. But, as long as it puts smile on your face...
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I got it elsewhere but that's pretty much the best price. Morristown is slightly better but you need to get something else to get $99 free shipping.
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Excellent post! Very helpful to others, while considering as noted you went far beyond just "bringing up to code."


Kudos on donut spare. That and a jack were my first purchases, have saved me twice. Really like the oil pressure gauge. Where did you re-route fog switch?

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Excellent post! Very helpful to others, while considering as noted you went far beyond just "bringing up to code."


Kudos on donut spare. That and a jack were my first purchases, have saved me twice. Really like the oil pressure gauge. Where did you re-route fog switch?
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I didn't "have to" replace pretty badly scratched up but otherwise good straight wheels and replace complete OEM exhaust system and some other stuff. I just felt that 3 previous owners took "good" care and not "great" care which M5 deserves.
But, besides aesthetics I also \wanted to improve on technical point: OEM exhaust system is heavy pig with restricted headers and 2 flow choking points right before OEM resonators. The fact I saved 80 lbs and gained 30 HP in process is undeniable. The sound is added bonus of course. The final potential benefit is that this exhaust system will support foreced induction if I ever go that way.
Haven't connected fog lights yet. I played with an idea to do it like on my previous 540 but it's a lot of work and you have to cut holes in lower dash, post #5:
https://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/s...Pressure-Gauge
I'll probably go with small aftermarket switch and integrate into slim panel next to "Sport" button for clean OEM look.
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I've always wanted to have a custom gauge pod built on the dash above the monitor. I know it's kind of race-car but I think it'd be neat and functional.

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