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    Grinders E39 ///M5

    In Nov of 2014, I bought a 2000 E39 M5 from my father. He was the original owner of one of the earliest E39 M5s in the states. It's in an M5 specific color that was only made for one or two years, "Silverstone Blue" so it's kinda rare. But I have to say the color is VERY close to a non-M specific color, so meh.

    At the time of writing this it has about 97k miles on it.

    I have yet to do any real photo shoots with it, so I only have some cellphone snaps.

    Table of Contents:
    Pictures
    Mods

    I'll update more as I go!

    Last edited by Grinder34; 08-05-2015 at 11:05 AM.

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    Last edited by Grinder34; 05-07-2015 at 02:53 PM.

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    Mod List

    Installed Mods:
    Square 18x9.5" Apex Arc-8 with Michelin PSS 285/35/18
    DICE Mediabridge with bluetooth dongle
    Dinan RSB (middle setting)
    Ultimate Cup Holders

    Wanted Mods
    Facelifted Steering Wheel (or better)
    Simmbones Front Lip
    Tilting/Sliding center console
    Grafxwerks lighted sills
    E60 short shifter
    Weathertech floor liners
    Slimmbones XL Fog Covers
    Beastpower Swaybar brackets
    EVO-XR Headlight Upgrade (with facelifted headlights)
    Louder horn
    Muffler delete with Timmay tips
    Front Swaybar
    Endlinks F/R
    Opened front grille for brake ducts
    540 brake ducts
    Lemfoerder Control Arms OR X5 thrust arm bushings
    Rear Diff/Subframe brace
    Rear cupholder delete

    Dream Mods
    Supercharger Kit
    Coilovers
    CF Body panels
    Dry sump oiling
    Track wheels/tires

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    Maintenance To-Do and Log


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    To-Do
    CPS (2x intake, 2x exhaust)
    MAFs (2x)

    Last edited by Grinder34; 08-05-2015 at 11:07 AM.

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    Nice! Looking forward to seeing where you take this.

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    Tuning & Service: Self Tuned
    Machining services: Bob @ Ace Crankshaft, Bayshore NY, Ralph @ Chudnow Manufacturing

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    Well, for the forseeable future, not much. I just blew all my modding money on new wheels. The OEM setup is narrow (245) up front and wide (275) in back. But it's also set up to understeer dramatically. A typical remedy to that is to do a square setup all around with the OEM 275s, but since I'm me, I went 285 all around and the fronts barely clear both sides! Also, wow tires are expensive for this. I think when I got my last set for the Subaru it was like $500/set total. With these the tires were $1200 new (I got them used on the used rims), but it'll also chew through them I'm sure. Oh, at least the other advantage of my square setup is that I can actually rotate tires.

    In the future, I think it's a pretty easy mod to do:
    Brake "ducts" (brake cooling)
    Muffler delete (weight savings, sound)

    We'll see what the budget allows for. Ms are NOT cheap to mod.


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    CANT. WAIT. FOR. MORE. PICS!!!!!


    Quote Originally Posted by Batmobile_Engage View Post
    It doesn't have to have a nut on the outside. Many are short, but I often try to find long ones that sometimes have a bend in them.

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    Well in an hour i'm leaving for a road trip through the "mountains" (east-coast version) and eventually ending up at fallingwater. I'll see if I cant find a place to take some good pics along the way.


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    Welp, I ordered a Dinan rear sway bar. They've been out of production for a while, but Dinan decided to do one last production run and for some reason made it *cheaper* than before.

    Now i gotta figure out what swaybar bracket I want to get. The OEM ones are a paper-thin aluminum that break even under daily driving, let alone anything spirited. There's an almost identical OEM bracket made from steel, and costs $3 a side, so I'll probably go with that to at least try. I've read that you have to trim the Dinan bushing to make everything work, which makes me a little uncomfortable. The nuclear option is beastpower brackets but they cost over $100 and are WAY overengineered:

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