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post #61 of 129 (permalink) Old Nov 5th, 2017, 09:24 AM Thread Starter
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My R53 is up for some serious pampering, the original owner had the paint protection put on and after a few serious stone chips that shattered the topcoat due to it being so hard. The paint protection is coming off and taking the clear coat with it and I cant afford a respray at the moment to a quick and nasty patch up is the only solution
If it's just on the plastic bumper I'd leave it for now.
Although on metal you're best of doing a patch up

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Great great thread. From 1st post to last, its like watching a full season of a tv episode! I felt tired (with that much of work) and subconsciously touch my back pocket if my wallet is still there. Hahaha.
Thank you. Yes it's quite an expensive hobby I have, thankfully that cost has been spread over the past five years, but it's still more than what I paid for the car
And as time goes on there's less to spend on, apart from the things that break

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If it's just on the plastic bumper I'd leave it for now.
Although on metal you're best of doing a patch up
A nice scrape on the rear bumper that was completely repainted after getting hit by a car and the lower black trim but the big one is a patch on the bonnet that was there when I got the car but that's getting bigger as its lifting around the edge so I need to feather it all out and do a temp patch until I have the time to respray the complete bonnet.
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I have a quick question in relation to the rear bumper plastic trim ( centre piece) , my old exhaust got a leak and managed to melt a hole through the rear bumper lower trim , I have purchased a replacement however I am a complete idiot when a screwdriver etc is involved , my question is this ..
How easy is this trim to replace ? can I do this without taking the whole rear bumper off ? I know its not just a case of unclipping the trim as there are 2 screws ( one at each end of the trim ) ..any advice would be greatly appreciated as for the last couple of months I have had a £70 boxed piece of new trim staring me in the face saying "come and have a go if you think you are hard enough !! "
I helped, well more watched, a guy take off my rear bumper couple of weeks ago to fit rear parking sensors. If I can recall. There are 2 x bolts each end behind the wheel arch plastic. You have to pop the arch plastic off, not the whole thing just the back couple of 'pops' to get at them. Undid and lifted out the chunky plastic inner moulding in the boot that protects when you load stuff. There is a metal thingy round the boot latch that has to come out. Pull up/off the rubber seal along bottom edge of the boot shut. There is a really hidden bolt that is up underneath just to the right of the right exhaust pipe (if an R53). Any connectors you can see on the top. And we pulled it off. Disconnect the fog/reverse light. The top kind of 'slots' into a slot just under the lip of the boot. Didn't take long but he knew what he was doing.
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Nothing new, I think I've pretty much done all mods that I'm ever going to do on this car, except for the front control arm rear bushes.
Just general maintenance, the old cabin filter was the cheap ebay one, it's almost 2 years old...
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A little more today, gear oil...



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Just read this thread from start to finish, really enjoyed all the developments and cringed on your behalf through the mishaps. Really good thread. I've enjoyed having the very basic mods done on my MINI, it's certainly an enjoyable journey
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This is a hell of a thread,thank you for sharing
I've found it really informative
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Another year another oil change (between "proper" book services), less than 5000 miles since the last change...


I still can't get over what little "full service history" actually means.
My car last "asked" for an oil change 3 years ago, and probably won't be asking for the next one until next year. Crazy BMW, crazy!!!!!!
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By the looks of of the oil coming out i'd say you forgot to put the drain plug in when filling


The old stuff looks brand new!

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By the looks of of the oil coming out i'd say you forgot to put the drain plug in when filling


The old stuff looks brand new!

The stuff coming out was just a year old, just fancied some Redline MTL
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The stuff coming out was just a year old, just fancied some Redline MTL
Ahh

Any improvements in shift quality?

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Any improvements in shift quality?
Slightly, I think, but it could just be all in my head
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A little more work.
One of those jobs where it's a HUGE task, but if you were to do it again it'd take half the time.

Front wishbone rear bushes, and while I'm at it inner ball joints, outer ball joints (didn't fit these, will do at a later date, probably take the strut off as they're a nightmare to remove), ARB bushes, steering rack bush (didn't fit this either, old one looked perfect, and the bolts male torx (I only have tools for female torx, like the brake disc screws).


Subframe coming down


Old wishbone bushes were quite worn (car still handled sweet), ARB bushes looked perfect but changed them anyway


Tool to remove old bushes


Old bush out, new one to go in


Couldn't really find a way for the tool to press these particular new bushes in, so took them to a garage


Main tricky areas that I wasn't expecting:
- Unplugging the electrical connections for the power steering pump and the headlight levelling.
- ARB bracket bolts required a breaker bar, not just to loosen them initially, but a breaker bar pretty much all the way!!
- Inner ball joint bolts also required a breaker bar, ALL THE WAY!!!!
- There's a video on YouTube of a guy using the bush removal tool, he's winding it by hand. I had to use my feet as so much force was required!!!
- The Superflex poly bushes that I fitted have a metal sleeve and the rubber protrudes, this makes it difficult to press in DIY. I'd recommend the Powerflex bushes with no metal sleeve.

Can't really comment on handling as I've yet to get alignment done.
But it really does need alignment as currently it doesn't feel right at all.
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Wow very nice thread Johnny

I wish I liked tinkering with my car as much as I liked driving it still probably wouldn't be half as good as yours

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