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post #1 of 23 Old 1st May 2017, 07:33 PM Thread Starter
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Mitternacht: German for midnight. This will be the theme for my car.

Hey guys! I just picked up this car in Southern California on 4/29/17 and drove it back to Washington State. Really enjoyed the drive! The car currently has 56,000 miles on it and I have already started saving for rod bearing replacement. Plan on going with the BE bearings. Car currently has the following modifications:

- LUX angel eyes
- Yellow painted brake calipers
- LED interior lights
- Eisenmann Race Exhaust (section 3)

My planned modifications include:

- CIC upgrade
- 12mm spacers F/R
- H&R lowering springs
- Satin black powder coat on the OEM rims
- Modified headlights from Republic Werkz

I have a few questions about general use of the car though:

- When shifting gears, should you take your foot off of the gas like a true manual transmission or leave it on the gas? SMG transmission and I know how to drive a manual. I've tried both ways. Keeping foot on the gas pedal while changing gears yields a smooth transition. Taking foot of the gas makes for a jerky transition. What is the proper way to do it?

- What gas to use? Obviously you need minimum 91 octane but from who? On my drive home, I filled up from one Shell station and three Chevron stations. The previous owner used Shell V-tech. However, the list for Tier 1 gas stations is quite large according to Consumer Reports. I will more than likely go with exclusively Chevron premium.

Here's a picture in the current state.



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You don't have to take your foot off the gas. Some people (me included), very slightly feather back on the gas pedal - probably a vestige left over from manual shifting. Myself, I buy 91 octane from stations where there is NO ethanol in the 91-octane gas. That's my criterium.

If you lower with HR springs, you may find yourself scraping your front lip on cement blocks and sidewalks that are in front when you park - just be warned.
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I would do the SMG reset, it helps quite a bit. Car in neutral, double paddle pull for a few seconds rolling at about 40 MPH. You will notice an immediate difference in the shifting. You will learn the nuances of this transmission. You do drive it with your right foot to a large degree and you will get a feel for this especially if you drive a manual. Watch the downshift into first when coming to a stop. If you happen to get back to the gas in the middle of the downshift, the car will let you know. Haha


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The car currently has 56,000 miles on it and I have already started saving for rod bearing replacement.
youve already started saving.. why is that a common failure to expect at this point?

(sorry ive been out of the "e60 loop" for a few years and 5 cars later am thinking of getting one again.)

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Why don't you get an engine oil analysis performed before pulling the trigger on the rod bearings?
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You don't have to take your foot off the gas. Some people (me included), very slightly feather back on the gas pedal - probably a vestige left over from manual shifting.
+ 1

I find that the shifts are smoother if you ease up on the throttle a bit.
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You don't have to take your foot off the gas. Some people (me included), very slightly feather back on the gas pedal - probably a vestige left over from manual shifting. Myself, I buy 91 octane from stations where there is NO ethanol in the 91-octane gas. That's my criterium.

If you lower with HR springs, you may find yourself scraping your front lip on cement blocks and sidewalks that are in front when you park - just be warned.
I've been keeping my foot on the gas and it does yield much smoother shifts. I will be on the look out for places without ethanol. We run ethanol free gas in our lawn mower. And I already am very cautious with pulling into parking spots with curbs

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I would do the SMG reset, it helps quite a bit. Car in neutral, double paddle pull for a few seconds rolling at about 40 MPH. You will notice an immediate difference in the shifting. You will learn the nuances of this transmission. You do drive it with your right foot to a large degree and you will get a feel for this especially if you drive a manual. Watch the downshift into first when coming to a stop. If you happen to get back to the gas in the middle of the downshift, the car will let you know. Haha
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After I posted this thread, I came across the reset thread! So I will definitely be doing that ASAP.

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youve already started saving.. why is that a common failure to expect at this point?

(sorry ive been out of the "e60 loop" for a few years and 5 cars later am thinking of getting one again.)
From what I've read and seen on this forum, the rod bearings can fail anywhere from 60k-100k miles. Might as well start saving now.

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Why don't you get an engine oil analysis performed before pulling the trigger on the rod bearings?
An oil change is on the list of things to do and I did plan on having the oil analyzed. I won't be doing the fix for quite some time if the analysis comes back okay.

Thanks for the comments guys! I changed the emblems from the stock blue/white/black to white and black. Unfortunately, I ordered the wrong size for the trunk so I will need to wait for that to come.

Thanks, Jeffery

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Update:

- 12mm wheel spacers installed
- black and white BMW emblems installed
- CIC retrofit installed, one issue

The spacer install was super easy and no problems encountered, the emblem install went alright, I broke the pegs on the old one and wasn't able to get them out so they were hammered into the "abyss" of the trunk metal space and hood metal space. The CIC install went okay until I broke one of the four pins on the video screen. That pin was the pin for sound so no sound. Luckily, everything looks like it works. Love the new interface! Will order a pin and crimp it onto the existing wire. I'll get some pictures soon, need to wash the car again because I didn't have any towels to wipe up the water so I have a ton of water spots.

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Update:

- 12mm wheel spacers installed
- black and white BMW emblems installed
- CIC retrofit installed, one issue

The spacer install was super easy and no problems encountered, the emblem install went alright, I broke the pegs on the old one and wasn't able to get them out so they were hammered into the "abyss" of the trunk metal space and hood metal space. The CIC install went okay until I broke one of the four pins on the video screen. That pin was the pin for sound so no sound. Luckily, everything looks like it works. Love the new interface! Will order a pin and crimp it onto the existing wire. I'll get some pictures soon, need to wash the car again because I didn't have any towels to wipe up the water so I have a ton of water spots.

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Alright, so the no sound was due to me not moving the audio cables from the existing cable from the car to the cable on the emulator. Opened the car back up today, moved those two fat green wires over, plugged it all back in and tah-dah! all good now. I now have audio coming from the speakers. Not sure what the one broken power wire did for the screen though... guess it doesn't matter to much since the whole system is working now. Just need to do some coding...

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- 12mm wheel spacers installed

- black and white BMW emblems installed

- CIC retrofit installed, one issue



The spacer install was super easy and no problems encountered, the emblem install went alright, I broke the pegs on the old one and wasn't able to get them out so they were hammered into the "abyss" of the trunk metal space and hood metal space. The CIC install went okay until I broke one of the four pins on the video screen. That pin was the pin for sound so no sound. Luckily, everything looks like it works. Love the new interface! Will order a pin and crimp it onto the existing wire. I'll get some pictures soon, need to wash the car again because I didn't have any towels to wipe up the water so I have a ton of water spots.



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what tire manufacture and size are you running in the rear? I had Michelin Pilot sport2 285 and Michelin PSS 275 and had no rubbing issues. I just installed PSS 285 and getting a slight rub when the road dips or I hit an uneven road joints. My set up is Eibach springs, 12mm spacers and rd sway bars.

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