XBimmers.com | BMW X6 Forum X5 Forum
 
TireRack





Go Back   XBimmers.com | BMW X6 Forum X5 Forum > BMW X5 Forums > X5 Photo/Video/Audio Gallery

Post Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      01-19-2019, 08:24 AM   #67
argento
Captain
argento's Avatar
383
Rep
696
Posts

Drives: 2013 X5M
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Houston

iTrader: (0)

Documentation...DAY 92

I'm up and running again. I picked up my car a week ago (DAY 85) and have been testing.

FIRST of all, many thanks to Metropolitan Collision for amazingly detailed work. They've taken care of me since day one and the car looks better than before, IMO.

Since my last report on Day 57 through Day 85, the following has occurred:

1. The only extra parts required for the hood were the insulation and plastic rivets. This is not congruent with DIYs on this forum, but speculating it may be b/c it was a May 2013 build?

2. The other driver's insurance (which is covering repair) reimbursed me for all expenditures to date, except one: the office visit to the doctor on Day 1.
It's not that they weren't going to pay, there was confusion about if they were going to pay the doctor directly (like they did the rental) or if I was going to pay the doctor. The doctor office was going to send to collection, so I paid it and asked for reimbursement. The insurance offered to pay the bill and added an extra $400 for 'pain and suffering' w/o me requesting it BUT wanted me to sign a release. DO NOT SIGN THE RELEASE UNTIL YOUR CAR IS FULLY RESTORED. As of this day they still have my Dr reimbursement check.

3. During final QC, the vehicle didn't pass alignment, which was expected. Luckily the adjuster was there that day and approved the supplemental expenses to continue repair. There were no issues from the adjuster for using 100% OEM components. Over the next 10 days they replaced the right side control arm and it passed. But MET thought it could be more accurate and it still had a pull to the right. They determined it was the left upper control arm, so ordered and replaced, and performed alignment...passed, no issues. They went on to perform the functional checkout list I provided.

4. Over the course of a week, after pickup, I found a side mirror malfunction warning (but camera's worked), missing hood gasket, and some overspray on the lower bumper black trim valance. I drove it a week, stopped by my local BMW dealer b/c I know the Service Manager and Tech Supervisor well, they looked it over and found nothing more than listed. They both agreed that quality at MET was outstanding. Even the replacement bolts in the engine bay were carefully painted, not everyone does this. MET ordered parts, two days later I returned, they gave me a rental and a few hours later it was all done. The camera malfunction was just a reset in this case, it occurs when the camera connector is disconnected (as well as other reasons documented on this forum).

5. The diminished value representative inspected my car and is preparing the report to help me reconcile. Will keep you updated.

6. In a couple days I have an appt to have the front end ceramic coated.

Some pix, sorry not the best...

First Pickup Day:

Name:  IMG_1943_resize.jpg
Views: 939
Size:  149.2 KB


Name:  IMG_1947_resized.jpg
Views: 926
Size:  129.1 KB

Final Pickup:

Name:  IMG_1972_resized.jpg
Views: 919
Size:  135.0 KB


Name:  IMG_1973_resized.jpg
Views: 941
Size:  158.2 KB


MINOR UPCOMING MODS: Dashcam, avinusa idrive controller, led interior lighting, exhaust tips, and Dinan Springs w/bumper stops...
__________________

Last edited by argento; 01-19-2019 at 08:28 AM.. Reason: type-o
Appreciate 1
boneca1448.00
      01-19-2019, 08:27 AM   #68
0-60Motorsports
Brigadier General
0-60Motorsports's Avatar
Bahrain
647
Rep
3,003
Posts

Drives: BMW M3 JB 04 Coupe
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Kingdom of Bahrain

iTrader: (1)

Looks fantastic. Congrats on having it back. All im missing is the hood, on the look out for one....LED headlight install in progress. Waiting for bumper to come back from painters.
__________________
Current Mods:
2004 E46 M3cs JB/CSL
2010 E70 X5M AW/BLACK
2011 VW Golf R DSG White/Black
IG: @060Motorsports
Appreciate 1
argento383.00
      01-19-2019, 09:00 AM   #69
boneca
Colonel
boneca's Avatar
United_States
1448
Rep
2,718
Posts

Drives: 2022 BMW X5
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Boston

iTrader: (7)

Garage List
2013 BMW X5M  [10.00]
2011 BMW X5  [10.00]
I'm glad its all fixed and you enjoying it!

Not an easiest process but now u know! btw thx for the tips, here and there!

as fas as hood goes, I don't know which DIY u followed but when I upgraded mine I knew that I will need new insulation as PowerDome insulation is different from regular hood, rivets were optional as u can transfer them but I wanted everything new so I bought it (they are cheap).

some were saying that you will need new windshield sprayer lines (bought them too) but didn't need them (at least at that time).
also had upgraded roundel from IND so I had that ready too

Anyway enjoy it and congrats once again

Last edited by boneca; 01-19-2019 at 11:23 AM..
Appreciate 1
      01-19-2019, 11:18 AM   #70
9vapors
Major
578
Rep
1,191
Posts

Drives: CB X5M
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Des Moines

iTrader: (0)

Awesome man! Glad to see she's back on the road. It looks amazing with that hood! I'm happy to hear everyone played nice from the insurance company to adjuster and shop... that is a huge stress relief in things like this. As mentioned, the dash cam will be a nice add for peace of mind while driving. It tends to make you drive a bit more cautiously in my opinion because even your antics while driving are caught on cam. Loving my AVIN controller cover. Just feels better to me. Overspray is easy enough to buff off, they seem to have done top notch work. You can't see a difference between the original and new paint. I'm seriously looking at wrapping mine the BMW frozen grey color...
Appreciate 1
argento383.00
      01-23-2019, 07:30 PM   #71
argento
Captain
argento's Avatar
383
Rep
696
Posts

Drives: 2013 X5M
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Houston

iTrader: (0)

Dashcam Hardwire Diy

DASHCAM HARDWIRE DIY

[UPDATED: 20NOV2021]

IMPORTANT:
-This Thinkware F800 Dashcam is hardwired to the front fuse box using the Thinkware hardwire kit
-Park Mode is functional only when dashcam installed with the hardwire kit and mode activated via Thinkware App
-Constant power provided via Fuse F10 (Constant, 5A). Alternate constant power fuses to consider: Rear Fuse Box, F111, F113, or F115 (cigar or charging sockets). Do your own research before using.
-Switched power provided via Fuse F18 (Switched, 7.5A). Alternate switched power fuse to consider: Front Fuse Box F17, Active Video Switch. Do your own research before using.
-Ground is made on one of the screws behind the passenger side vent
-Newtis.info link references no longer freely accessible


EQUIPMENT & TOOLS:
Dashcam: Thinkware F800 PRO, Front Camera only, 32GB
Thinkware Hardwire Kit Cable (TWA-SH)
Plastic Pry Tools
Philips Head Screwdriver
T20 Driver
T20 Long Neck, Socket
Long Flat Head Screwdriver
Friction Tape
Electrical Tape
10mm Socket (Negative Battery Cable)
8mm Socket (Battery Cover)
Wire Cutter (Small Gauge, 22-26ga)
Wire Cutter (Crimping)
Fuse Puller (out of A42 Junction Box, Trunk Fusebox)
ATC/ATO Fuse Adapters, 16ga, (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0722CF9FT/ref=cfb_at_prodpg)
ATC/ATO FUSES, 5A, 3A (one each, AutoZone)

Name:  IMG_2036_Tools_resize.jpg
Views: 1289
Size:  156.9 KB

NOTES:
-CONSTANT POWER = HOT = 12V = BATTERY
-SWITCHED POWER = ACC
-Fusebox Schematics for your vehicle can be found in the Trunk Fusebox (Junction A42), Shown below for 13X5M...

Name:  Fusebox Schematic 13X5M.jpg
Views: 1304
Size:  113.5 KB
Name:  Fusebox Schematic Amps 13X5M.jpg
Views: 1309
Size:  56.9 KB
Name:  Fusebox Schematic Systems 13X5M.jpg
Views: 1278
Size:  113.6 KB

-Using the Dashcam hardwire kit provides the Dashcam with access to constant power, as needed, so that you can use PARK MODE (red indicator light always on). I set the Car Battery Drain Protection setting to 12.3V (highest allowable selection), the voltage where the system will shut off to avoid premature battery drainage.
-Optionally, you can turn off the Dashcam manually each time you leave the vehicle by pressing the button or disconnecting the power cable. With PARK MODE disabled, the Dashcam shuts down (no indicator lights) 35 minutes after vehicle is locked or after ignition turned off. For pure ACC only mode (and permanently disabled park mode), use the provided cable that connects to the cigarette lighter in the center console or equivalent.
-The vehicle voltage is shown In Dashcam LIVE VIEW.
-There are multiple size fuses in the fusebox. I connected to ATC/ATO fuses. If you select a non-ATC/ATO fuse to use, you will need to buy the corresponding fuse adapters and fuses for the OEM fuse location you selected.
-As shown where I installed, you cannot see the cable from driver's seat
-Should the Dashcam no longer be needed, this installation is completely reversible and leaves no trace of previous installation.

OVERVIEW
Objective: Hardwire DASHCAM to Passenger Side Fusebox
-Mount Dashcam on left side of interior rear view mirror
-Remove Bottom Right Trim Panel, duct, and cable clamp
-Unhinge fusebox from chassis mounting points
-Loosen passenger A-pillar screw and top rivet
-Pull door gasket away from work area
-Remove passenger side vent and trim
-Remove passenger side lateral trim piece
-Route hardwire cord across headliner to passenger A-Pillar, then down channel behind door gasket to right side of glovebox and into passenger side fusebox (Junction A4010)
-Crimp hardwire kit wires to Fuse Adapters and install Fuse Adapters into identified ACC (F18) and CONSTANT POWER (F10) fuse locations in fusebox A4010
-Fasten hardwire kit ground wire to vehicle ground screw
-Installation is reverse of removal

USING FUSE ADAPTERS
-See image below for schematic of Fuse Adapter. Place the OEM fuse in the bottom fuse location of the fuse adapter. Place the dashcam fuse in the upper fuse location of the fuse adapter. Note that the dashcam fuse must be of lower amperage than the OEM fuse. Also note the fuse adapter blade labeled 12V (HOT), must plug into the HOT leg of the oem fuse location in the fusebox.
-I used 16ga Fuse Adapters, but if you can get lower gauge fuse adapters do so. The hardwire kit uses 22-26ga wire, so crimping these together is not ideal, the adapter is much heavier and will strain the connection. As such, I stripped enough wire on each hardwire kit wire to double over and then crimp to the fuse adapter. Also I wrapped the crimp with friction tape to create some stress relief for the 26ga wire. I used a small bit of electrical tape to secure the end of the friction tape.
-The hardwire kit wire labeled "ACC" (red wire) is connected to the SWITCHED POWER fuse F18 which uses an OEM fuse of 7.5A. I used a 5A fuse for the camera fuse.
-The hardwire kit wire labeled "BATTERY" (yellow wire) is connected to the CONSTANT POWER fuse F10 which uses an OEM fuse of 5A. I used a 3A fuse for the camera fuse.
-I'm not certain if the camera fuses I chose are too high or too low. If someone can fill in the blank here, we'd all appreciate it. I believe the hardwire kit came with its own inline fuses, so this may be a moot point.

Name:  Fuse Adapter.png
Views: 1337
Size:  349.6 KB

WHICH FUSES TO USE, GROUND, AND FUSE HOT LEG
-In searching everywhere I could, I couldn't find the exact fuses to use and I didn't want to guess or assume those I did find were correct, so I did this the hard way. I poured through the electrical schematics on BMW TIS to find which fuses in the front fusebox (A4010) were as best-possible isolated circuits (not tree branched to many systems, especially systems that can be quirky, like those connected to the Footwell module, etc.). My OEM fuse selections happened to be ATC/ATO size fuses, as such I used corresponding sized fuse adapters.
-DISCLAIMER 2: My vehicle is a May 2013 build, E70 X5M, this procedure may not work for your specific vehicle. Also, I'm posting these instructions so that you can just use the fuses I selected with all work being performed with the BATTERY DISCONNECTED. DO NOT randomly pull fuses with vehicle ON, ACC, or SLEEP modes without performing your own research.
-For CONSTANT POWER I used the Parking Brake fuse (F10, 5A), which is HOT (12V) when the vehicle is completely powered down. [EDIT: this is true for only about an hour after shutdown. This procedure still works for my dashcam, but not if you need PARK MODE. If so, tap into rear distribution fuse box F111, F113, or F115). There are several timed sleep modes where different features shutdown. Once I unlocked the vehicle, the instrument cluster and associated electronics shut down under 5 minutes. At 8 minutes, the interior lights shut off. Note that opening/closing doors, pressing seat buttons, or compressing the suspension my activate/awaken systems. FINDING THE FUSE: working with battery connected (!), vehicle unlocked, Ignition/ACC OFF, I waited at least 15 minutes for the vehicle to shut down. I removed the candidate fuse and using a multimeter selected (trial and error) the hot leg of the fuse (in the fusebox) to identify which leg was outputting 12V. In other words, one multimeter sensor on ground and the other sensor in the fusebox candidate fuse location selecting the proper fuse leg showing 12 V. In the first two cases, neither F9 (horn) or F16 (outside mirrors) showed voltage in either fuse leg. Interestingly, the horn fuse was my first choice. In sleep mode the horn works, but sadly for me it only draws when the horn button is pressed. The side mirrors were a no-go b/c they do not fold in sleep mode (using interior button). My next and final selection was the parking brake F10 (5A), which showed 12V on the multimeter with systems shut down. The fuse leg showing 12V (HOT) is important because the fuse adapter to be used for this job needs to be oriented to align with the hot side of the fuse location. In this case, as if sitting in the passenger seat, the fuse location is parallel to you and the left side is the hot leg of the fuse (see image). PARKING BRAKE Schematic: https://www.newtis.info/tisv2/a/en/e...-brake/cn3OXgR
-For SWITCH POWER, I decided on fuse F18 (7.5A) HUD because it was a very isolated system IMO, IE: only the HUD electronics, light, and vehicle equipment level modules (IE: like ///M or not-//M, NAV, etc.) were connected to this fuse. I used the same approach as above to find the HOT leg of the fuse, except, because ACC was needed ON in this case, I left the candidate fuse plugged in with a tiny sliver of fuse blade showing to allow the multimeter sensor to touch. The fuse location is perpendicular to you if seated in the passenger seat, and with ACC ON, the HOT fuse leg is located on the leg nearest you (see image). HUD Schematic: https://www.newtis.info/tisv2/a/en/e...isplay/c6vc91B

Name:  IMG_2041_Fuse Adapter Install_resize.jpg
Views: 1312
Size:  100.0 KB

-A GROUND screw was found behind the passenger air vent. There are effectively three screws and one large black nut visible in that area, but only one of those worked. One screw mounts an electrical module to a small shiny bracket. I mounted the ring connector from the hardwire kit underneath the washer of this screw and it was acceptable (confirmed w/multimeter and constant power search above). Most times you want to get the ground ring between the screw head and washer, but I couldn't immediately separate the two enough to fit the ground ring between the two. I also used this space to house the excess cable from the hardwire kit.

Name:  Ground Screw.png
Views: 1280
Size:  340.2 KB

DISCONNECT NEGATIVE BATTERY CABLE
-Use 8mm Socket for Storage Trim
-Use 10mm Socket for Negative Battery Cable removal
-Installation is reverse of removal.
-BMW TIS: See DISCONNECTING NEGATIVE BATTERY CABLE link below

REMOVE INSTRUMENT PANEL TRIM, BOTTOM RIGHT
-Two screws are T-20 and one is a PHILLIPS
-Remove light connector and secondary connector that is mechanically attached to smaller removable flap in Panel Trim. Installation is reverse of removal.
-BMW TIS: See PASSENGER TRIM PANEL link below

REMOVE AIR DUCT, BOTTOM RIGHT
-Remove two T-20 screws, pull assembly straight down and out. Installation is reverse of removal.
BMW TIS: See PASSENGER FRONT FUSEBOX (A4010) link below

LOOSEN HARNESS CLAMP
-This step is optional, see RELEASE PASSENGER SIDE FUSEBOX HINGE below for details. In the image below the lower screw is evident, the upper one partially obscured. The entire part consists of the clamp and a duct. There is a large bundle leaving the fusebox and heading to the center of the vehicle. To the left of the fusebox there is a clamp held on with two T-20 screws that can be removed to loosen the bundle and provide additional slack when working with the released fusebox. Top screw removal is better served with a long neck T20 socket and extension. Bottom screw has potential to fall out behind the insulation, adding more time to your job. Installation is reverse of removal.
-BMW TIS: See PASSENGER FRONT FUSEBOX (A4010) link below

Name:  Clamp.png
Views: 1280
Size:  491.5 KB

RELEASE PASSENGER SIDE FUSEBOX (A4010) HINGE
-The fusebox is hinged at the rear and lowers down for access to the fuses. Note, I have medium size hands and after the fact realized that I didn't need to release the fusebox hinge or remove the harness clamp, but extra room always helps and this isn't too difficult. The fusebox is hinged against two tab shaped flat plates protruding from the chassis. The image below shows one side. The fusebox has two tabs, with short fat pin features protruding, on the outer sides of the fusebox and the chassis tabs have a socket feature. By prying the tabs apart, the fat pins slide out of the sockets releasing the fusebox. This provides extra room for you to work. The fusebox hinges are easier to see when the fusebox is up, but easier to remove when the fusebox is down. Place a long flat head screwdriver between the fusebox grey plastic plate and the chassis metal black plate and rotate screw driver to pry apart while simultaneously gingerly rotating fusebox to disengage. Repeat for the other side and it releases. Note that sometimes I would release one side and just as I got the other side released, the first side would snap back in…patience. This goes back together much easier than removal, just press fusebox into hinge, rotate to ensure it's secure, and double check by eying the hinges.
-BMW TIS: See PASSENGER FRONT FUSEBOX (A4010) link below

Name:  Hinge.png
Views: 1281
Size:  622.4 KB

LOOSEN A-PILLAR TRIM
-No need to remove the A-pillar, only loosen. Remove the AIRBAG tab using plastic pry tools, and then remove the T-20 screw. Pull from the top until you hear the top plastic rivet pop and release. This gives you some flex to route the hardwire cable down to the lower passenger fusebox. Installation is reverse of removal.
-BMW TIS: See A-PILLAR REMOVAL link below

REMOVE PASSENGER FRESH AIR GRILLE
-Removing this part provides easier access to grounding point, as well as area to store excess cabling. Use plastic pry tool to gently remove trim piece; Use phillips head screwdrive to remove single screw from grille. Pull grille straight out of dash. Installation is reverse of removal.
-BMW TIS: See FRESH AIR TRIM AND GRILLE REMOVAL link below

REMOVE PASSENGER SIDE LATERAL TRIM
-Removing this part provides easier access to grounding point, as well as area to store excess cabling. This trim (item 5 below) is held in place by four tab clamps (P/N: 07.14.9.126.987). Using plastic pry tools, gently pry outward (from dash to door) at clamp locations. This is much easier seen once fresh air grille is removed. Installation is reverse of removal.

Name:  Lateral Trim.png
Views: 1318
Size:  9.3 KB

PARTIALLY REMOVE DOOR GASKET
-Pull door gasket away from chassis to expose path from A-pillar down to the lateral trim piece at dash. Installation is reverse of removal.

ROUTING DASHCAM HARDWIRE CABLE
-The Dashcam was mounted to the left of the rear view mirror. At the headliner, disconnect the oem mirror/rain sensor cable grommet. Leaving the slack needed to mount the dashcam, route the cable behind the headliner along the top of the windshield. Rout the cable across the top of the A-Pillar cover and down the channel exposed by removal of the door gasket. This will take you straight into the fusebox area, with room behind/below the air grille for storage of excess hardwire cable. Wrap the hardwire cable inline plastic cases (presumably for inline fuses) in friction tape and seal off with a small bit of electrical tape. This will prevent excessive rattling from the plastic inline pieces. Tiewrap the excess cable as needed. Plug the fuse adapters, with both camera and OEM fuses to the corresponding fuse location in the fusebox.

Name:  IMG_2003_Cable Bundle_resize.jpg
Views: 1240
Size:  92.2 KB

BMW TIS LINKS
DISCONNECTING NEGATIVE BATTERY CABLE: https://www.newtis.info/tisv2/a/en/e...minals/G096cml

PASSENGER TRIM PANEL: https://www.newtis.info/tisv2/a/en/e...-panel/OK7GRDI

PASSENGER FRONT FUSEBOX (A4010): https://www.newtis.info/tisv2/a/en/e...minals/OM7xiMG

A-PILLAR REMOVAL: https://www.newtis.info/tisv2/a/en/e...ing/1VnYjedJ6P

FRESH AIR TRIM AND GRILLE REMOVAL:
-TRIM: https://www.newtis.info/tisv2/a/en/e...a-2-32/OhgYNTf
-GRILLE: https://www.newtis.info/tisv2/a/en/e...a-2-32/OO1N3FF


END

Name:  Dashcam Final 1.jpg
Views: 1276
Size:  82.6 KB
Name:  Dashcam Final 2.jpg
Views: 1278
Size:  103.9 KB


Update Pix; view of screen capture from LIVE VIEW with data and without:

Name:  IMG_2077_resized.png
Views: 1272
Size:  512.2 KB

Name:  IMG_2078_resized.png
Views: 1244
Size:  544.4 KB

NO, it wasn't me who hit that fire hydrant, lol.
__________________

Last edited by argento; 11-20-2021 at 10:58 AM..
Appreciate 3
boneca1448.00
protecon193.00
9vapors578.00
      01-23-2019, 07:40 PM   #72
boneca
Colonel
boneca's Avatar
United_States
1448
Rep
2,718
Posts

Drives: 2022 BMW X5
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Boston

iTrader: (7)

Garage List
2013 BMW X5M  [10.00]
2011 BMW X5  [10.00]
thx for taking time putting together great writeup!

this is just awesome
Appreciate 2
argento383.00
9vapors578.00
      01-23-2019, 08:03 PM   #73
argento
Captain
argento's Avatar
383
Rep
696
Posts

Drives: 2013 X5M
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Houston

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by boneca View Post
thx for taking time putting together great writeup!

this is just awesome
Thank you sir!
__________________
Appreciate 0
      01-23-2019, 08:53 PM   #74
9vapors
Major
578
Rep
1,191
Posts

Drives: CB X5M
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Des Moines

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by argento View Post
Quote:
Originally Posted by boneca View Post
thx for taking time putting together great writeup!

this is just awesome
Thank you sir!
Very nice man, mine doesn't have the parking mode, so I went to the rear view mirror...
Something like this...


If you wanted you could get some mirror taps as well.
Appreciate 2
boneca1448.00
argento383.00
      01-23-2019, 10:02 PM   #75
argento
Captain
argento's Avatar
383
Rep
696
Posts

Drives: 2013 X5M
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Houston

iTrader: (0)

Thanks! Saw that video, very helpful. The upper console is how I've done past radar detector hardwires, certainly a solid way to go.
__________________
Appreciate 0
      01-26-2019, 04:26 PM   #76
argento
Captain
argento's Avatar
383
Rep
696
Posts

Drives: 2013 X5M
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Houston

iTrader: (0)

CERAMIC PRO at A-Team Detailers....

A few pix from the Ceramic PRO added this week.

Name:  IMG_2048_resized.jpg
Views: 1034
Size:  126.0 KB

Name:  IMG_2056_resized.jpg
Views: 1012
Size:  116.2 KB

Name:  IMG_2057_resized.jpg
Views: 1028
Size:  109.5 KB

Name:  IMG_2061_resized.jpg
Views: 1083
Size:  106.5 KB
__________________
Appreciate 1
boneca1448.00
      01-26-2019, 04:27 PM   #77
boneca
Colonel
boneca's Avatar
United_States
1448
Rep
2,718
Posts

Drives: 2022 BMW X5
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Boston

iTrader: (7)

Garage List
2013 BMW X5M  [10.00]
2011 BMW X5  [10.00]
Quote:
Originally Posted by argento View Post
A few pix from the Ceramic PRO added this week.

Attachment 1979248

Attachment 1979249

Attachment 1979250

Attachment 1979251
just awesome

I want to do that too one day!
Appreciate 0
      01-26-2019, 04:37 PM   #78
argento
Captain
argento's Avatar
383
Rep
696
Posts

Drives: 2013 X5M
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Houston

iTrader: (0)

A few pix from messing around today:

Keeping it clean after oil service and air filter change:

Name:  IMG_0659_resized.jpg
Views: 945
Size:  139.4 KB

Loving the power dome. Showing light colored reflection on lower black trim, not overspray. Actually just 'forever blacked' that piece b/c it was too shiny/reflective and new.

Name:  IMG_2114_resized.jpg
Views: 964
Size:  129.1 KB

Name:  IMG_2115_resized.jpg
Views: 972
Size:  100.3 KB

Test fit of F85 LED Interior Lights (shown left side; original right); only testing footwells and rear seat lighting:

Name:  IMG_2030_F85 LED_resized.jpg
Views: 911
Size:  103.9 KB

avinusa idrive controller (with LED lighting in background):

Name:  IMG_2106_iDrive_resized.jpg
Views: 913
Size:  96.7 KB
__________________

Last edited by argento; 01-27-2019 at 08:42 AM.. Reason: updates
Appreciate 3
boneca1448.00
9vapors578.00
      01-26-2019, 04:45 PM   #79
boneca
Colonel
boneca's Avatar
United_States
1448
Rep
2,718
Posts

Drives: 2022 BMW X5
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Boston

iTrader: (7)

Garage List
2013 BMW X5M  [10.00]
2011 BMW X5  [10.00]
Quote:
Originally Posted by argento View Post

Keeping it clean:
clean especially under hood
Appreciate 0
      01-26-2019, 04:52 PM   #80
argento
Captain
argento's Avatar
383
Rep
696
Posts

Drives: 2013 X5M
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Houston

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by boneca View Post
clean especially under hood
Thanks...looks like it was a good day for us to work on the ///M's...
__________________
Appreciate 2
boneca1448.00
9vapors578.00
      01-26-2019, 04:58 PM   #81
boneca
Colonel
boneca's Avatar
United_States
1448
Rep
2,718
Posts

Drives: 2022 BMW X5
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Boston

iTrader: (7)

Garage List
2013 BMW X5M  [10.00]
2011 BMW X5  [10.00]
Quote:
Originally Posted by argento View Post
Thanks...looks like it was a good day for us to work on the ///M's...
great minds think alike
Appreciate 0
      01-26-2019, 10:00 PM   #82
9vapors
Major
578
Rep
1,191
Posts

Drives: CB X5M
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Des Moines

iTrader: (0)

Absolutely beautiful man, nice additions/updates... that engine bay is certainly clean. I'm going to do mine in the spring. I need to get on the power dome and follow through with wrapping mine. I bought a beater and the M sits in the garage for now. Mine is horrible in the snow anyway with it's cheap tires.
Appreciate 0
      01-26-2019, 10:28 PM   #83
argento
Captain
argento's Avatar
383
Rep
696
Posts

Drives: 2013 X5M
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Houston

iTrader: (0)

A few more pix from this evening of the ceramic coating. It was installed on Tuesday (1/22) and Wed-Thur I drove in the rain from and to work, a total of 14 miles. I haven't touched it, the coating is hydrophobic and self-cleaning and stays looking great, IMO.

Name:  IMG_2144_CeramicPRO_resize.jpg
Views: 902
Size:  124.5 KB

Name:  IMG_2147_CeramicPRO_resize.jpg
Views: 925
Size:  124.1 KB
__________________
Appreciate 3
9vapors578.00
boneca1448.00
      01-26-2019, 10:30 PM   #84
argento
Captain
argento's Avatar
383
Rep
696
Posts

Drives: 2013 X5M
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Houston

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by 9vapors View Post
Absolutely beautiful man, nice additions/updates... that engine bay is certainly clean. I'm going to do mine in the spring. I need to get on the power dome and follow through with wrapping mine. I bought a beater and the M sits in the garage for now. Mine is horrible in the snow anyway with it's cheap tires.
Thanks! I can't wait to see the wrap you're going to do, hopefully looking at it won't give me ideas and cost me money, lol.
__________________
Appreciate 1
9vapors578.00
      01-27-2019, 12:01 AM   #85
0-60Motorsports
Brigadier General
0-60Motorsports's Avatar
Bahrain
647
Rep
3,003
Posts

Drives: BMW M3 JB 04 Coupe
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Kingdom of Bahrain

iTrader: (1)

argento The X5M looks beautiful bud. I went deautoled X5 interior LED kit and its just perfect and way cheaper than OE led bulb kit. I have been using them in the my Golf R for and R32 before that for a few years.

Man i have to say I really dont like looking at our cars from the back because of that Inset factory exhaust. I wish someone would find some affordable tips to get installed to stock exhaust. All the tips I have seen are $400+ and if you are going above that amount might as well get a Megan Rear Muffler at a minimum LOL.

I am seriously thinking of giving up on the tips solution and going with a Supersprint Race rear muffler system:

https://www.supersprint.com/ww-en/bm...eft-v5.aspx#!/

https://www.supersprint.com/ww-en/bm...0-left.aspx#!/

Or maybe https://www.ebay.com/itm/RSE-BMW-X5M...4UI:rk:45:pf:0 but id rather pay that amount for Supersprint.

Tough choice.
__________________
Current Mods:
2004 E46 M3cs JB/CSL
2010 E70 X5M AW/BLACK
2011 VW Golf R DSG White/Black
IG: @060Motorsports
Appreciate 1
argento383.00
      01-27-2019, 12:46 AM   #86
9vapors
Major
578
Rep
1,191
Posts

Drives: CB X5M
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Des Moines

iTrader: (0)

If I didn't have my exhaust setup, I would have gone with these tips...

https://ebay.us/ktFzEN

The tips on mine are just some stainless ones off the shelf from my exhaust shop. They scuffed and painted them with high heat paint and it's held up perfect so far.
Attached Images
 
Appreciate 2
      01-27-2019, 09:04 AM   #87
argento
Captain
argento's Avatar
383
Rep
696
Posts

Drives: 2013 X5M
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Houston

iTrader: (0)

Cerakoted DiMisa Exhaust Tips....

Here are the tips I'm planning to install soon. I originally purchased DiMisa tips in black powdercoat. The powdercoat turned out to be polyester based, which is what I think they use on outdoor furniture. Tips appear to be great quality. I decided to coat them in a thermal ceramic coating for longevity. At this point I had already spent more than one should on tips, but made it worse to get them coated. Took them to Houston Cerakoters and they were extremely helpful and fair. Tips looked amazing. They want to get into more auto part coating and asked to photoshoot the //M after install...I left that place and 3 minutes later had the accident :-|

Name:  IMG_2148_resize.jpg
Views: 1190
Size:  179.2 KB

Name:  IMG_2150_resize.jpg
Views: 1169
Size:  177.2 KB

Name:  IMG_2157_resize.jpg
Views: 1225
Size:  160.0 KB

A little about cerakote: 9H pencil hardness; low coef friction results in 5000 wear cycles for each thousandth of thickness; tested in salt solution for rust resistance; 160 in-lb of impact force with no cracking/flaking.
__________________
Appreciate 4
      01-27-2019, 09:07 AM   #88
boneca
Colonel
boneca's Avatar
United_States
1448
Rep
2,718
Posts

Drives: 2022 BMW X5
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Boston

iTrader: (7)

Garage List
2013 BMW X5M  [10.00]
2011 BMW X5  [10.00]
Quote:
Originally Posted by argento View Post
Here are the tips I'm planning to install soon. I originally purchased DiMisa tips in black powdercoat. The powdercoat turned out to be polyester based, which is what I think they use on outdoor furniture. Tips appear to be great quality. I decided to coat them in a thermal ceramic coating for longevity. At this point I had already spent more than one should on tips, but made it worse to get them coated. Took them to Houston Cerakoters and they were extremely helpful and fair. Tips looked amazing. They want to get into more auto part coating and asked to photoshoot the //M after install...I left that place and 3 minutes later had the accident :-|

Attachment 1979731

Attachment 1979732

Attachment 1979733
beautiful tips
I remember paying $400 for Akra tips 3 years ago.
Appreciate 2
Post Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:32 AM.




xbimmers
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST