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      02-11-2020, 04:18 PM   #1
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914er's X5 M50i progress/build thread

This started out as a "day I picked up the car" thread.... and has turned into more of a continuous upgrade/modification thread.

So.... I'll update this first post with a list of all current mods, nad just keep adding pictures/updates on the back-end of the thread as they happen

MOD LIST (last updated 5 June, 2020):

Engine/Drivetrain:
DYNOTUNE Scheduled for June 13th, 2020... more to follow
Removal of 2x charcoal intake filters
Permanent opening of Exhaust flapper valves
Bimmercode - disable Auto Start/Stop
Bimmercode - default to Adaptive at startup

Interior:
BMW Retrofit G05 Glove box CD player -----------------------------------------------------------------Part # 65122451536 and 65122451539 (BMW)
2x A/C underseat vent covers
2x Samsung Galaxy Tab A tablets
2x BMW tablet cases (for the Tab A) ---------------------------------------------------------------------Part # 51952449295 (BMW)
2x BMW universal tablet seat mounts --------------------------------------------------------------------Part # 51952408224 (BMW)
2x Samsung 128gb memory cards
2x 10" right-angle micro USB to USB-C cables
2x Edifier H650 flat-foldable headphones (to fit in rear center console storage)

Exterior:
2x Pirelli Scorpion Verde AS Non-RFT 275/40/21 (currently installed on OEM 21s)
2x Pirelli Scorpion Verde AS Non-RFT 315/35/21 (currently installed on OEM 21s)
2x Vrederstein Ultrac HP Summer Non-RFT 295/30/22 (Currently in garage, awaiting order of new wheels)
2x Vrederstein Ultrac HP Summer Non-RFT 335/25/22 (Currently in garage, awaiting order of new wheels)
4x BMW floating center caps ----------------------------------------------------------------------------Part # 36122455268 (BMW)
2x M performance upper black foil graphics (doors) ---------------------------------------------------Part # 51142456384 (BMW)
2x M performance lower black foil graphics (rocker panels) -------------------------------------------Part # 51142456383 (BMW)
Autotecknic G05 dry carbon mirror replacement covers
2x Cerium grey M fender emblems ----------------------------------------------------------------------Part # 51148094237 (BMW)
2x H&R 15mm front spacers w/ lugs --------------------------------------------------------------------Part # 3055664 (H&R)
2x H&R 20mm rear spacers w/ lugs ---------------------------------------------------------------------Part # 4055664 (H&R)
4x custom-length wheel locks ---------------------------------------------------------------------------Part # 388205TCKIDZ9KUS (Turner Motorsports)
2x M performance European license plate bracket
Maxton Design gloss black front lip spoiler
OEM G05 rear diffuser with hitch cutout... in OEM BLACK paint
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      02-11-2020, 05:19 PM   #2
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Congratulations. Good luck, enjoy and be safe.
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      02-11-2020, 07:59 PM   #3
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I wish I could say I'm sick of all these white m sports, but I can't, they look so damn awesome. Congrats!
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Very nice! Congrats!
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      02-11-2020, 10:32 PM   #5
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Congrats ! Excited for you.
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Woo, I know it's been a long trek to get your X5 ordered, built and shipped! But f'yeah congratulations!
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      02-12-2020, 03:44 AM   #9
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First things first..... gotta shut the kids up.

2x Samsung Galaxy Tab A tablets (purchased refurbished on ebay for under $75 each)

2x 10-inch charging cables, usbc to micro usb, with right angle plugs ($1 each)

2x 128gb micro sd cards to increase storage

2x BMW tablet mounts. Part # 51952408224

2x BMW tablet cases, specific to TabA. Part # 51952449295

2x Edifier H650 headphones...... and yes, they fold flat inside the rear center armrest without obstruction.
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And..... now on the first appearance accessories.

2x cerium grey fender M badges. Part # 51148094237

2x Autotechnik carbon mirror caps.

Fitment is superb. Install was about 45 minutes for the first (figuring out what I needed to do)..... and 10 minutes for the 2nd one.

Step 1 - pop the mirror loose by prying at the bottom, and then just let it dangle (no need to unplug, there was enough room). I would recommend using something WIDE, but that wont scratch. I ended up using a rubberized spatula, instead of a thin pry tool, because I didn't want to risk cracking the mirror. Worked perfectly.

Step 2 - remove 5 tiny torx screws from the inside of the mirror

Step 3 - gently push in the top 2 tabs that hold the mirroc cap on.

Step 4 - gently pry the mirror trim loose from the housing (only a few mm)

Step 5- gently pry the mirror cap off.

Step 6- install carbon mirror cap.

Step 7- press mirror trim back into housing, and into mirror cap tabs

Step 8- re-install 5 screws

Step 9- pop mirror back in.
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I made a short little video to show everyone what the dealer-installed CD player looks like, and operates like.

This is for everyone embarrassed to ask..... because CDs are "outdated".... lol

Whatever.... sound quality is superior to streaming services, and I have a ton of CDs.

No regrets..... not for $420 installed.

Part # 65122451536 and 65122451539


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Last post of the day:

H&R 20mm rear spacers, extended lugs, and turner motorsports custom length wheel locks.

H&R front 15mm spacers, and same.

BMW floating centercaps.

Been a long day.

First picture "before". 2nd picture "after"
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Quote:
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I made a short little video to show everyone what the dealer-installed CD player looks like, and operates like.

This is for everyone embarrassed to ask..... because CDs are "outdated".... lol

Whatever.... sound quality is superior to streaming services, and I have a ton of CDs.

No regrets..... not for $420 installed.

Part # 65122451536 and 65122451539


Congrats.

I think I'm going to get this done as well.
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      02-15-2020, 03:52 AM   #15
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Congrats.

I think I'm going to get this done as well.
Awesome. I think you should.

I mean, I get it.... CDs are "old" technology or whatever... but to spend this much on a car, and to not have one, when the SOUND QUALITY is better than streaming services?

It's not like we're talking cassette tapes with inferior sound quality. CDs are still relevant, still sound great, and most people have tons of them.

To spend all that money on the B&W stereo, to NOT be able to play CDs?? Just seemed silly to me.

I am absolutely pleased I decided to have it done.
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Looking good with those spacers!
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Regarding the sound quality in the cars. I also agree that it's a shame to fill bad source into great sound system (garbage in, garbage out) ... however ... please ... CD's are history. I completely understand all of you who have tons of CDs at home, but they are sooo clumsy for use in cars. And that's where TIDAL comes in. It streams in Hi-Fi (that is the EXACT CD quality) or in some cases even in MASTER quality, which are direct studio recordings, with even higher resolution than CDs. And you have the whole music world, in CD quality on the reach of your finger ... on all of your devices, not only your car. I don't want to sound like some promotor of TIDAL, but anybody who is looking for high-quality streaming service, just check out TIDAL, it's awesome.
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      02-18-2020, 10:00 AM   #18
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It's official.... Run-flat tires SUCK.

I had my all-season Pirelli Scorpions (non-runflats) installed today, which normally wouldn't even be worth mentioning....

..... except it's worth mentioning.

When I bought the car a week ago, I thought to myself "Between the air suspension, downgrading to 21s instead of 22s, and the accoustic glass.... there shouldn't be this much road noise, or harshness over bumps".

I was right. It was those shitty Continental run-flats.

Car rides MUCH quieter, and smoother over bumps. Not just "a little"... it's a NOTICEABLE difference.

I'm not sure I'll ever put those Contis back on the car.

Anyway..... new shoes;
Pirelli Scorpion 275/40/21 front
Pirelli Scorpion 315/35/21 rear
(Stock size.... MUCH better than stock ride)

I think they even "look" a few mm wider, so I'm even happy with the appearance.
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It's official.... Run-flat tires SUCK.

I had my all-season Pirelli Scorpions (non-runflats) installed today, which normally wouldn't even be worth mentioning....

..... except it's worth mentioning.

When I bought the car a week ago, I thought to myself "Between the air suspension, downgrading to 21s instead of 22s, and the accoustic glass.... there shouldn't be this much road noise, or harshness over bumps".

I was right. It was those shitty Continental run-flats.

Car rides MUCH quieter, and smoother over bumps. Not just "a little"... it's a NOTICEABLE difference.

I'm not sure I'll ever put those Contis back on the car.

Anyway..... new shoes;
Pirelli Scorpion 275/40/21 front
Pirelli Scorpion 315/35/21 rear
(Stock size.... MUCH better than stock ride)

I think they even "look" a few mm wider, so I'm even happy with the appearance.
Sorry if you've mentioned this previously, but did you also get the space saver spare?

I'm considering replacing the run-flats on mine with non runflats, probably the same tires as yours, but don't have a spare tire.
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".... Run-flat tires SUCK."

100%...and that's why I'll be swapping 21" BMW issue perf. summer RFs to factory size MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4 SUV tires (non-RFs) when I take delivery of my new M50i next month.

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Sorry if you've mentioned this previously, but did you also get the space saver spare?

I'm considering replacing the run-flats on mine with non runflats, probably the same tires as yours, but don't have a spare tire.
I did get the space saver. Even with runflats.... it just made sense to add it to the order for only $150 if I recall. I would likely never use that space under the cargo floor anyway.... so why wouldn't you have a spare there?

Just my thoughts anyway.
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Congrats Bud! I know you were patiently planning and waiting for your car so I'm very happy to hear and see that you finally got it. I look forward to your continued modifications and progress on your build.
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