The V8 Bike Bus.

The V8 Bike Bus.

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AW10

3,714 posts

207 months

Thursday 30th January
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How are you finding the new tyres? Looking to ditch the Dunlop runflats fitted to my X5.

SteveR1979

248 posts

99 months

Thursday 30th January
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573 said:
I've just realised who you are. wavey
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573

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216 posts

159 months

Friday 31st January
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AW10 said:
How are you finding the new tyres? Looking to ditch the Dunlop runflats fitted to my X5.
I'm quite pleased with them, much more compliant sidewall than the various runflats I've tried. The previous Toyos that were on there were winter tyres and they had lots of squish in the treadblocks as you'd imagine. New ones have brought a noticeable increase of mechanical grip.

573

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216 posts

159 months

Thursday 13th February
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Regular readers may remember that the lower corner of the front valence was damaged by the place that made my exhaust.



I recently booked a mobile smart repair guy to come out and repair the damage. He's local to me and has done work for me before. I can never fault the quality of the work and his price is really reasonable. He's also a petrol head and currently has an E90 M3.









He repaired some small marks on the corners of the bumper plastics too and charged me £120 for everything. No complaints and the car looks great again.

573

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216 posts

159 months

Thursday 13th February
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I wanted to tidy up the tired steering wheel in the E53. I initially thought I'd just get the standard one retrimmed. However, I find I push the gear selector straight over to manual when I'm driving it and then drive it in manual. To improve the driving experience, I decided to add paddles to the wheel, so I tracked down an E46 M3 SMG steering wheel to swap over.

I sent the wheel off to Royal for a retrim, opting for M tri-colour stitching and the black alcantara. I initially considered the OEM grey from the CSL, but Jack informed me this aftermarket black is much harder wearing. I also decided I'd get the lower facia panel trimmed to match.

The wheel turned up today and I refitted the multifunction button panel. I'm really pleased with how it's turned out.



In between the rain showers I went outside and swapped the wheels over. I knew the E46 M3 wheel was a straight-swap for the pre-facelift E53 wheel but wasn't sure if it would fit mine with the existing slip ring. It turns out it does, so the swap was relatively straight forward.












The wheel feels really tactile and it's a better size than the standard E53 one.

Next job will be making the paddles active...

markirl

256 posts

95 months

Thursday 13th February
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Great thread, you've made huge improvements to the car!

I did the m3 steering wheel swap also on my old e39 530i auto, paddle wiring is nice and handy (although from memory I fitted the m3 slip ring too)

573

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216 posts

159 months

Friday 14th February
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Thanks. Yeah I've wondered if i'll need the slipring when I do the paddle wiring. Fitting the wheel as it is was completely plug-and-play with the existing E53 parts.

RazerSauber

926 posts

18 months

Saturday 15th February
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I tried to get a Smart repair once, the guy told me I'd be smarter buying a different car!

Lovely thing this. Really wish I worked closer to home so I could have a ludicrous barge.

BrettMRC

1,768 posts

118 months

Wednesday 17th June
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Great work on this OP, someone pointed me your way on my 4.6is thread - I have something to aim for now smile