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General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Window regulator and vinyl wrap
« on: Yesterday at 09:50:19 AM »
Ive looked at the centre console removal to wrap the top part and it looks like a right load of hassle. I'm not sure if I'm in the mood for that..

General X5 Forum (E53) / Window regulator and vinyl wrap
« on: September 22, 2018, 11:55:13 AM »
Sorry the title is a bit odd..
First- my X5 has the silver highlight interior trim pieces and I am bored with them. I fancy doing a spot of vinyl wrap to update it a bit. Choices are - pretend carbon gloss, pretend carbon Matt or plain black Matt. I've just installed an M3 steering wheel which has the bottom part in Matt black so may go the same. What do you think?

Second- my driver window seems to have a it of 'slack' in its operation i.e. the motor runs slightly before the window moves. It's like the cable isn't tight or something. Before I take it too bits, is there something that can be adjusted to tighten it up?

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: tyres
« on: September 13, 2018, 08:49:34 PM »
I can confirm that different size / worn tyres front to rear can mess with the diffs. I had two new front Prestivos put on mine about a year before putting new rears on. During that time my diffs clicked and clucked when selecting R from D or vies versa. When all tyres were new (ish) the noise went way so something was clearly amiss with rolling radius difference.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Vibration ooo err..
« on: September 07, 2018, 05:47:31 PM »
For ages now my V8 has developed a strange vibration between 2-3k rpm. Intermittent tho, one day ok the next it was horrible. Slight but harsh feeling.
Anyway, yesterday I remembered that lump of rubber bolted to the exhaust and I thought I would take it off to see what happens. Low and behold the harshness has gone.. I did replace the driver side rear exhaust about 18 months ago which thinking back is about when it started. It would seem that the replacement didn't like the exhaust damper even tho it is BMW. Odd. Just thought I would share.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: PAS
« on: September 04, 2018, 09:48:15 AM »
 Done the wheel swap. Why I didn't think of doing this ages ago I don't know.. Feels so much better and modern.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Rear Subframe
« on: September 01, 2018, 10:53:40 PM »
And you left rusty shocks on.. Tut tut.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Rear Subframe
« on: August 31, 2018, 05:07:58 PM »
Sounds like a plan...

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: PAS
« on: August 31, 2018, 05:06:23 PM »
What they do to lighten the steering is remove the torsion bar at the end of the column where it goes into the rotary valve and grind some of the diameter to make it not as resistant.
I have found various hot rod and racing websites where it is commonly done to set up vehicles.
My M wheel arrived today- tip top condition, smaller and chunkier. Install tomorrow I think. Is it really necessary to disconnect the battery? What about airbag fuse removal instead?

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: PAS
« on: August 31, 2018, 05:19:34 AM »
I managed to squeeze info on how they reduce steering effort. It would seem that it's not a valve but a small torsion bar that is altered on the steering rack. Changing the tension on it allows more fluid pressure to the relevant side when turning the steering wheel. Apparently.
Anyway, I bought an E46 M sport steering wheel to put on until I figure out the rest.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: PAS
« on: August 28, 2018, 04:29:14 PM »
Well I had two prices for having it lightened by steering developments Ltd. I hope you are sitting down..
£1150 to give them the car or £400 if I remove the rack and send it to them. That doesn't include vat. That's a bit lumpy.
There has to be another way. The pump must have a bypass/regulator valve so if the spring on that can be altered then the pressure to the rack will be different. I think.
Must research more.
Still nobody has come forward and say the E39 wheel will fit correctly on an E53.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: ebay suspension kits?
« on: August 28, 2018, 02:05:12 PM »
I put one on the rear of mine 2 yrs ago. All the bits for the back end cost about £100 I think. No probs so far.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: PAS
« on: August 26, 2018, 08:53:03 PM »
I've found a company in the uk that specialise in lightening pas systems. Steering developments.co.uk. I've emailed them to enquire. Talking of the pulley thing- our mini has hydroelectric pas where the pump runs at 80% when driving and 100% when crawling. So in theory a faster running pump should work.
Also, can an m sport wheel from an e39 fit straight on an e53?
Mine has the three spoke wheel with the twin spokes at 6 o'clock and I fancy something slightly chunkier and smaller diameter - yes I know the steering may be heavier.. Just bored and looking for something to mess with I suppose.

The lounge / Holiday villa
« on: August 24, 2018, 09:03:19 AM »
I'm looking to hire a large (6 bedroom +) holiday villa in Spain / canaries / Balearics next August 03- 17.
Plan is for myself, wife and two kids have it for two weeks but during our stay extra family members can join and ruin our holiday for a long weekend etc.
I've scanned James Villas etc but thought I would ask on here.

General X5 Forum (E53) / PAS
« on: August 23, 2018, 03:36:02 PM »
Anyone know of a way to make the pas on an E53 any lighter? Our range rover sport is lighter and I want it like that.
I did read somewhere about altering a valve in the pump or something along those lines. Anyone.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: new x pipe :)
« on: August 16, 2018, 10:18:36 PM »
I'm contemplating getting a H pipe instead of the fat box in the centre of the exhaust- doesn't it have an X pipe inside it anyway?
I want a deeper V8 burble like our L320.
An X pipe gives more power in high revs but less torque in low revs whereas a H pipe is opposite. Allegedly.

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