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Some time ago & lifted my X5 by 50mm all round... & widened the wheel track too.

The rear was lifted 50mm simply by easing the levelling sensors to raise the rear by exactly 50mm each side - achieved by balancing the front end on a single Jack under the center of the vehicle with a beam bar under the bottom swivvel joints.
It took an hour to sort properly.

The front was lifted by inserting 50mm machined spacers, 40mm wide with domed tops, that were thread tapped & there fore could thread onto the original strut top studs & then be bolted thru the original body holes.

The domed spacers allowed for the strut top to be moved 20mm toward the center of the vehicle each side.
So, some careful drilling to slot the strut top 9mm bores centerwards.
When the strut was pushed to the body in the tower, the spacers can be eased toward the vehicle center & then lock the top mount bolts off.

The end result is that the tops of the wheels/tyres are pulled in toward the body center by about 1.5 degrees.
This small adjustment can be visibly seen when stood in front of the vehicle when the springs have settled after a few maneuvers around the driveway.

The next step is to acquire a set of matching standard rear wheels, so you can fit 285x45x19'ns all round
 a set of 30mm rear wheel spacers on the rear & 15mm wheel Spacers on the front.
This selection of specific spacers sets a matching track width Front & Rear.
The hardest OIL filled shockers for the rear.

I did this on my D-Sport 2 years ago. 17,000 motorway miles... & just put a new set of 4 budget Accelera tyres on yesterday... So it's safe to say the experiment worked.

The outer edge front tyre scrub ceased & the new set of 4 tyres fitted have worn evenly over the whole tyre width, if anything more in the tyre center as I run at 34 psi to avoid rim damage from Staffordshires' notorious potholes.

The handling is like driving on rails, very precise, very secure cornering... & a much more imposing brutish  look.

Its interesting to note, that the set-up actually allows my D-Sport to match & often exceed the handling of my partners Mercedes E-Class AMG.... which is worth £45,000 more than my old 2005 X5.

Pictures on request by PM, unless some one will load pics here for me, as I cannot get pics to load.

Regards to all

E53 D Sport Timing cover Hydraulic Tensioner swap out.

I have a major rattle that occurs at about 3,500 rpm only regardless of engine load, seams to be from timing cover.

Came on over a 2 month period of 40 miles a day.
I have gone thru the engine with a stethoscope & its defo from timing cover area.
before I order bits & pull it all to bits....

I spotted that the TOP 1/3rd of the timing cover is removable on its own, and want to know if the hydraulic tensioner can be removed from under this cover on its own... as I don't want to have to pull the whole front end off the car if I can possibly help it...

It may possibly be that the chain guides are worn out or maybe the hydraulic tensioner has gradually failed, but the tensioner change is the easiest bit to start with either way.

Any one got a good manual, or done this, or can look up the info, or have a pictorial ?

Much appreciated.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Transmission failSafe
« on: August 05, 2018, 06:43:28 PM »
Driving earlier today...

Car refused to go beyond 4th gear, regardless of throttling.

Then lost drive altogether

I put into neutral for 5 secs whilst coasting, & back into drive.

Transmission Fail-Safe came up & car locked into 3rd or 4th gear by the feel of it.

Stopped on hard shoulder, switched off for 2 mins & restarted, and drove another 20 miles fault free as if nothing had happened.

It's not done stuff like this before, so I'm curious of what it could be ?

Battery is new, lots of volts 13.8 > 14.1 generally.

any ideas of why this happened ?

General X5 Forum (E53) / Throttle reset procedure
« on: August 04, 2018, 02:49:41 PM »
I tried the throttle reset procedure, but some how got it wrong - or it didnt work..

I understand it is...

turn on ignition with all lights

press pedal to the floor & hold for 30 secs

release pedal

turn off ign

& in theory its done - -  or have i got it wrong ?

Anybody  ?

General X5 Forum (E53) / enabling auto locking of doors
« on: July 03, 2018, 10:13:19 PM »
enabling auto locking of doors...

Any one know the sequence of buttons n stuff to enable the auto lock function please ?

General X5 Forum (E53) / Swapping 'F to 'C in displays
« on: June 28, 2018, 10:27:44 PM »
I have just acquired an E53 D-Sport, that didn't originally have the Nav Screen, but has an aftermarket stereo with Navigation touch screen & CD player built in.

I had a normal D-Sport last week with the OEM Nav screen & know how to change the settings via the Nav Screen...

But how do I access the commands, settings & options with this thing ?

I tried accessing settings for the car via the retro-fitted Nav unit, but cannot change 'F to 'C even

Previously, I could simply press & hold the button on the left stalk & access everything, but that won't work, but the stalk button will scroll the display in the cluster tho..

Any suggestions welcomed please ?

Grant B

Any one done this timing chain tensioner job on a 2004 E53 D-Sport ?

I'm guessing the whole front of the vehicle probably has so come off ??

Any one got a diagram or instructional for this bob please ?

General X5 Forum (E53) / Big End Bearing noise - D-Sport Facelift
« on: May 15, 2018, 10:18:09 PM »
As she revs up & goes thru the auto box, if I back off the power at higher revs, I can hear what sounds like the big-end bearings banging away...

It started 2 weeks ago & got gently worse... oil & filter change didn't improve it any at all...

So, I'm wondering if there is a diagnostic mode to check oil pressure, or a relief valve that fails, or any one know if the oil pumps are known to fail or reduce oil pressure ??

The engine has done 189,000 miles, & has had 8k oil changes for the last 60k miles...
The turbo is spinning freely, & no unusual exhaust smoke or crank case smoke from oil filler.
All the fluids are the correct levels & colours.

It does seem odd that this has suddenly happened in the last 3 weeks..

Any clues or ideas or other things that can cause this sort of sound.

General X5 Forum (E53) / throttle reset
« on: May 07, 2018, 02:07:48 PM »
X5 E53 D-Sport..

Can some one refresh me with the throttle reset procedure please ?

General X5 Forum (E70) / Newbie to E70
« on: April 02, 2018, 05:56:30 PM »
I'm hoping up upgrade from an E53 D-Sport to an E70....
Got about £8>£10 k to play with.

So a few questions, if some one will humour me a few moments please ?

Is there a Sport verson of the E70 in a diesel ?   . . ala the E53 D-Sport with firmer suspension & more HP's.
I gather the engines are a straight 6, 3litre twin turbo, pushing about 300HP ?? yes/no ?

Guessing they have a 6 or 8 speed gearbox ??

at what mileage do I not bother looking, or best search below ?

I have seen some for approx £7,500 with under 100,000 miles - worth having ?

What mileages generally starts gobbling spares, ie gear boxes, engines, diffs etc ?

Any primary engine issues... such as timing chains, head gaskets etc & at what mileages to be wary.

I have been very fortunate with my E53 D-Sport which has done 187,000 miles & still has good diffs, excellent engine, but the gear box groans now & then, so Im debating whether to fix the gearbox or get an E70.

many thanks for your time Gents.
Grant B

General X5 Forum (E53) / E53 D-sport 3004 Auto Box swap out
« on: April 01, 2018, 12:02:12 PM »
I need to change the auto box in my 2004 D-Sport when the sun shines again...

Will a replacement box need to be mapped to the vehicle, or can I just get another+ torque converter & do it myself one weekend.

Doing the job isn't an issue, but I don't have the mapping/configuring equipment.

Happy Easter to all.

General X5 Forum (E53) / E70 Diesel M Sport or E53 D-Sport ??
« on: March 17, 2018, 05:11:14 PM »
I have ideas of replacing my E53 D-Sport with an E70 M-Sport Diesel...
Are there any/many advantages/dissadvantages to the E70 ?

My D-Sport has privacy glass all round.
Fully loaded, Black leather, Black externally.
Matching set of 4 wheels with 295 x 19 tyres all round
Hub extensions to match track all round.
Lifted 2" front & back
Bull Bars
150 Watt HID's all front 6 lights
Nav screen
Wood centre console & matching trims
Remapped & oodles of torque
Rust free - totally
Every thing works - (except front left parking sensor)
The biggest (New) battery that will fit in the hole.
Bonnet wind deflector
4 side window wind deflectors.
serviced to the hilt.

Whats is worth ?

General X5 Forum (E53) / E53 D-Sport Auto Box swap out
« on: January 26, 2018, 12:01:47 AM »
The Auto Box on my D-Sport is about to expire in a spectacular fashion soon I'm sure..

The mechatronic piston teats have hardened or broken up it seems after 186,000 miles, & she will go up from 1st to 2nd with an amazing BANG when cold & some times again between 3rd & 4th.... So I use the manual tip-tronic change mostly now & match the revs gently to eliminate the the risk of the gear cogs exploding out of the gear case side...

So... 3 questions ?
I have potentially sourced a matching gear box & torque converter with only 70,000 on it for £550, & wondering
(1) how much agro it is to swap the box out on ramps in the drive way ?
(2) if the replacement Gear-Box will need mapping to the vehicle ?

I have swapped many Landrover Discovery TDi gear boxes before, so the practicalities are not an issue, but does the X5 D-Sport present any unusual issues ?

(3) I live in Stafford nr Birmingham UK, so does any one know of a good Indie around here that will do a recon box refit service ?

Grant B

General X5 Forum (E53) / Women understanding a Mans Needs with X5's
« on: October 19, 2017, 05:42:37 PM »
My other half concocted this image for us
Trying to upload the image - but no luck.

I registered with "Tiny-Pic", uploaded the image, but it wont upload to the post when the "Upload-to-Post" button is pressed... the button wont work.
What am I missing ?

General X5 Forum (E53) / Break Linings Warning Icon
« on: July 20, 2017, 09:43:59 PM »
Hi people.

I had a warning light come up, re break linings low..
So, all 4 corners changed & the light is still on...

Does it need to be turned off ?  I have an OBD diagnostic tool, which found not alerts or faults - re this light.

I also have the little 3 button plug-in unit that re-sets the service gauge, but cannot remember how to make it work, it just flashes a lot but does nothing when the buttons are pressed... is there a sequence to make it work, as I have just changed the oil & filter & need to re-set the service warning lights to zero again..

Any help welcomed.

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