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    Some guy parting out a 1998 540i near me

    Hi e39 board, long time no post. There's a guy who lives near me who is parting out a silver 1998 540iA (non sport. nav) with black interior.. If anyone needs parts, I would be more than happy to pull and ship. I'd say 90% of the car is intact, however the interior is in rough shape. Aside from the acoustic cover, the entire engine compartment is untouched.

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    been a very long time

    Dan,

    I remember you from way back (pre-9/11 days). What kind of car you driving? Ferrari? Still hang out with Jimmy?

    dave
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    yes it has

    Dave,

    Wow that was a long time ago. How have you been? I am still driving the 540i & bought an integra for a beater. Haven't spoken with Jimmy in years, but I imagine he's still living ridiculously large.

    -DanB

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    Hey Dan, good to hear you still have the 540

    I'm still driving mine but mostly summers here. I've got 35k on the s/c with no problems (knock wood). I added underdrive pulleys and a smaller s/c pulley for a about a 5% boost in hp. It still sticks my passengers to their seats and surprises all the young kids. I have no plans to replace it.

    How is your car running since your s/c was rebuilt? Also does your friend still have the VF engineering s/c'd car? If so how is the reliability with that system.

    I've got a '98 silver sport, but with a grey comfort seat interior, so I can't use any interior parts off that parts car, but thanks for the offer.

    You don't happen to have a powder coated set of valve covers kicking around? Or a set of headers? Thanks for the great Sunday advice too, interesting stuff and I enjoy it.


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    Re: Hey Dan, good to hear you still have the 540

    Hey Vin!

    Glad to hear the s/c is doing well & entertaining passengers! I think I am running 8.5 lbs of boost right now, so I don't know how much I'd be pushing it to run an underdrive pulley. The motor has been s/c'd for something like 90K miles, so I don't think I'd want to tempt fate with more power! Maybe a 3.15 LSD someday. :-P

    My car had some horrible problems (bucking, dying, etc). I tried everything in the book I could think of to no avail, so I threw in the towel and sent it off to Evosport. They threw everything they had at it, and couldn't diagnose the problem through traditional methods, so they just started replacing parts. New cat$, high flow injector$ (after mapping/balancing the Dinan ones), MAF, fuel pump, ECU, and a few other things later, and the car still ran like crap. Not a happy call to receive. Wouldn't you know, the culprit was the last thing they checked - the stupid Dinan turbotronics box! The upside is that Evosport gave me a huge discount on the parts and labor, and the car is running like a champ. I figure I would have had to replace most of that stuff at some point anyway.

    Dustin (DB540) sold his VF'd 540i, bought a Porsche, sold that, and is now driving a GMC truck - so I don't know about the longer term reliability of the VF kit. It's well engineered so I imagine it will last a long time.

    Don't have any powdercoated valve covers lying around, but if this guy doesn't sell the engine off his car (there's a pending buyer), maybe he'll part them out. I'll let you know.

    Nice to hear from you, and glad you like the Sunday emails.

    Dan


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    All good here, still have my 03 540i6, 80K miles now. Just put in the M5 diff from Chivas Dan, first real performance mod. Maybe a SC or NOS in the future??

    My wife had a 93 Integra, great car, sold it in 2000 for $8K if I remember right. Better than 50% resale after seven years, can't say the same for the 540!

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    Gotta ask...is Jimmy still selling light bulbs?






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    Re: Hey Dan, good to hear you still have the 540

    Wow they made you pay for all the parts and labor that didn't solve the problem? I understand some parts are not worth the work of re-installing and others are good for preventive maintenance. But ALL that?

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    Good question


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    Re: Hey Dan, good to hear you still have the 540

    All good points, and I was pissed. I'm sure I could have gotten into a fight, but I did not have the bandwidth at the time. The upside is that I have a huge list of components to rule out the next time the car breaks down!

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    By the way

    To Evosport's credit, Brad called or emailed most every step of the way, so I could have put the brakes on at any point. My rationale was that they were replacing quite a few high mileage components which are known to fail, my ECU was toast before they got the car, and the injectors were an expensive hunch. Of course it would have been nice for them to have quickly and efficiently traced the problem to the aftermarket Dinan turbotronics box (which they may not have known was there in the first place), but that's the risk I took in choosing their shop. In hindsight it probably would have been cheaper to take the car to a Dinan dealership, or even flatbed the car to Dinan headquarters.

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    What do you think of the M5 diff?

    Integras are awesome except for (ironically) tonight! I was driving along when the lights started to flicker and the radio shut down, so I limped the car into a parking structure. No broken belt, so I figure the alternator just went out since the battery is fairly new. Wife drove out to help me so I pulled the battery and put it on the trickle charger at home. I'll throw it back in tomorrow and either limp it home, or to the Acura shop, depending on the difficulty involved in diagnosing and replacing the alternator. Given my track record however, it's probably the fuel pump and I should just take it to the shop.

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    m5 diff

    Dan,

    Good luck on the Integra, I shouldn't have said anything!

    I like the new power band on the diff, helps with sixth gear on the highway. LSD definitely gives it a more balanced feel coming out of corners, much more even traction. Gives the throttle more control over the attitude of the car, easy to bring it around at will. All my driving has been on my winter tires, and they break loose so easily that it's hard to get the full benefit of the diff. So I can't wait for summer, and the melting of the two feet of snow on the ground! I do get a drone between 50 and 65mph, which I'm getting used to. Cruising at 75 is no issue, maybe a factor of the higher revs?

    dave
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    Re: m5 diff

    Got the integra back on the road and about to order an alternator brush.

    I would love to try the 3.15 LSD, however I don't think that 80 MPH in 5th gear at 4500 RPM (or whatever it is) would be very fuel efficient.

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    Dan, a cheesy list...

    Stuff I could use;

    * Radiator shroud (mine cracked when removing the fan clutch)
    * Sunroof gasket
    * Door jamb protectors, all four. Little white clips would be a bonus.
    * Little blanking plate immediately above the cup holders. Should traverse the whole width of the console as I don't have seat heaters.

    Thanks,
    B.

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    Re: Dan, a cheesy list...

    I'll snag any available parts tomorrow and get back to you. I think all of that's still on the car.

    -Dan

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