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General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Bumper spoiler
« on: April 22, 2018, 07:33:36 PM »

On the facelift cars such as a 3.0d or th 4.4 V8 you can look for a how to by Sanj who fitted the earlier 4.6 lower spoiler as it was separate. They do appear on eBay and it's worth keeping your eyes open at breakers as well for 4.6 or 4.8

The later 4.8i was lower spoiler is integral in the bumper and quite rare to come across, there sometimes on eBay but they tend to be costly. I bought one off a member on here who had managed to get hold of a spare.

There was a chap I think from Poland or poss the Ukraine selling the 4.8i kit in fibreglass for a few hundred pounds but not sure of quality or fit, but having said that a member on the E70 had a kit and recently fitted it and it looked pretty good to me and you would be had pressed to tell the difference.


General X5 Forum (F15) / Re: Calipers
« on: April 20, 2018, 09:56:56 PM »

A few on here have painted them with calliper paint whether spray or brushed and it's not bad but they need cleaning first and come out pretty well, but the paint needs to cope with the heat.

Also some car tuning modification places can do it for you but check prices, there are also brake specialists can offer it also.

I agree we have one Abarth with red calipers and another without painted brakes and it doesn't look as good, and if we keep that car then the brake calipers are going to be painted this year as it does look better. On the BMW my ones are painted blue as did our previous 135i.


Performance / Re: X5 E70 30D bhp
« on: April 20, 2018, 09:43:59 PM »

Here's a link to his post in the E70 section

Performance / Re: X5 E70 30D bhp
« on: April 20, 2018, 09:38:31 PM »

I think standard it was about 245 bhp for the 3.0d so to me 335 bhp would be pushing it considering it's a single turbo, especially as the 4.0d was a twin turbo and that was only 306 bhp.

It may be worth contacting Jason at BW Chiptune as he has done a lot or remapping on BMW cars on here and also offers members a discount and can tailor the map to your needs as well. His details are in the performance section I think of the e53 part.


General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Gutted !!!
« on: April 20, 2018, 08:05:55 AM »
That's good your mechanic go it all done and no rattles and no squeaky fan.

I guess it's like a nearly new car now with all the improvements

It sounds quite involved but well done on getting it sorted

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Tow weight chassis plate
« on: April 18, 2018, 08:03:17 AM »

I think the plate is the black sticker information on the drivers door shut B pillar as that shows tyre pressures etc

Here's a link to towing capacities for the X5 which should help


Gallery / Re: F85 X5M
« on: April 18, 2018, 07:43:43 AM »

That's a good colour combination as it lifts the interior as a lot have of them have black and it's a bit somber.

I agree the alcantara headlining is a nice touch on the car as is the full leather option which many people don't opt for but to me it makes the car more individual, not that an X5M isn't


Good luck with fitting the replacement system vapour barriers and looking at the weather you should be okay today


General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Spring cleaning....
« on: April 17, 2018, 06:29:01 PM »

Definitely a good job getting all clean.

Re going the SC route it may be worth getting an insurance quote first as some companies I've had have said no to any mods, where as others are okay.

However, it is tempting to go that route but an early X5M E70 can be had from around 20k but do have higher mileage so worth thinking about and they have 555bhp.

Also I have seen a few on the market which have then been mapped at 600 and one even up to 650bhp, but I shyed away from that one as it's probably pushing it a little and I guess I wouldn't get a BMW warranty on it.


Gallery / Re: F85 X5M
« on: April 17, 2018, 06:21:07 PM »

Congrats on getting the X5M, and it looks good in the Donnington Grey and can I ask what colour interior did you go for in the end?

Also re the fuel consumption very similar to mine whilst it was being started and stopped and the odd short mile journey whilst in the garage the last few weeks.

The consumption will be better on a run esp with the 8 speed box, but you will have restrain your right foot  :))


General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: A star tyres , myth or fact
« on: April 16, 2018, 07:47:42 PM »
I may give non run flats a go as I’m not convinced by the arguments.

I don’t think the issue is that tyres have to be run flats. I think it’s more they have to be a certain radius and have to maintain close to that radius.

As long as the tyres I buy do that, I really can’t see what problems there would be.

Cost is not an issue befor anyone pipes up, I’m happy to spend same money as run flats would cost.

I had a m3 before this and even with its much firmer suspension, it didn’t jar as much as the x5 when going over pot holes at speed. It’s ridiculous and I can only assume it’s the run flat tyres.


You can try non run flats but it may also be worth checking your insurance co as they may require them, and may use it as an excuse  in the event of the claim, other companies will be okay.

I had a 1 series a while back and at the MoT they remarked on the rear tyres were not runflats and said it could affect the handling as the set up of the car was based On the car having the harder side wall of the run flat tyre.

On my last E53 I have same size tyres all around and no probs, again with thestaggered set up as all four tyres were new no problems.

However others have had probs where the difference is excessive but I still can't find what the figure may be but if you run a matched set then your less likely to have probs


General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: A star tyres , myth or fact
« on: April 16, 2018, 07:10:49 PM »

Here is a helpful link to you tube that I found which explains how the 4x4 systens work and the problems that are associated with the system and it also occurs where you have tyres which are too different in their circumference.
I couldn't believe the propshaft pic


I've still not found the level of tolerance that a BMW can accept but did find a downloadable handbook for the X5 E70 on a website -tried the link and it doesn't work

In their day the old Vauxhall Calibra Turbos used to knacker up their 4x4 system when the tyres were just change in pairs rather than a set of 4 and thatswhy so many were converted to

Also found this link which explains about the tyres and the basis of why. You need matched tyres.



General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: A star tyres , myth or fact
« on: April 16, 2018, 08:20:00 AM »

I would think somewhere in the technical information for the BMW there is a mention but I know when Horizon had his original set up of staggered on his old X3 that was approx 1.1% difference in the circumference and that was the recommended set up from BMW. See link below.


So if BMW recommends that and it's 1.1% out then that is okay,but how far it can be out before it causes probs I haven't found as yet.

Given that the tyres will wear over time and if they were the same make then they should wear at a similar rate you should be okay, but Bmw recommend you change the tyres as a set, I assume to avoid problems. So if you change say two tyres to brand new ones then I think that could cause probs due to the difference.

 I will have a look in the X5's handbook tonight to see if it's mentioned there


I know Sid10 definitely had the 220d tourer a white one and his was well spec'd and he was amazed by the space it offered.

I think his was also a 7 seat option as well.


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