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Old 06-10-2019, 09:06 PM
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Do you have the part number on shifter and sport button?
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Beautiful and detailed build log! Because of this, I am looking to replace my E90 335xi with an E61 535xi.
Awesome, they are great vehicles, make sure to maintain it properly and it should be a relatively headache free experience.
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Do you have the part number on shifter and sport button?
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We have entered the final stages of the build and with most of the mechanical maintenance and upgrades done it is time to tidy up some loose ends, to me this means fixing some of the visual eye sores which are out of place on the wagon. Previous owner had kids and dog and used the wagon as a daily driver (rightfully so!) but this meant there was extra wear on the rear seat and cargo area.

I went back to the dismantler who was parting out the E61 I got the panoramic roof cassette from and picked up a few more interior parts.

Original rear seat cushion


Replacement cushion


Much better.


Replaced some broken cargo floor hinges


Replaced child seat anchor covers


Replaced cargo hook covers


Saggy elastic strap replaced


Both thigh supports on the front seats were inoperable. The motors were working but the cushion was not responding to electronic adjustment. Turned out both plastic gears were shattered. Thankfully repair process was cheap and easy, $10 and 15 minutes per seat.


Needed to find a solution to get the gears ofer the metal lip at the end of the worm gear


My solution was to Dremel down the metal enough for the plastic to slide over and into position. I ended up taking off more material than shown in this photo but it worked like a charm.


10mm socket makes for a nice press base


Plenty of grease in the assembly to reuse and relube the gear


Yellowing plastic from UV is never cool so I applied some Plasti Dip to visually refresh and protect the plastic



The Style 167s had some very minor curb rash repaired. For the record these wheels fit in the back on an E70 X5 perfectly!


Refreshed wheels with full polish on the faces.



Up next is cleaning the undercarriage, then onto mild paint correction and interior/exterior detailing.
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Originally Posted by ucsbwsr View Post
Awesome, they are great vehicles, make sure to maintain it properly and it should be a relatively headache free experience.

https://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/par...MW-535xi&mg=25
Thanks man. I am looking for the price that you put the sport button into. Having some struggles locating it.
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Originally Posted by 535xrayindigo View Post
Thanks man. I am looking for the price that you put the sport button into. Having some struggles locating it.
Sorry, I don't understand your question
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Originally Posted by 535xrayindigo View Post
Thanks man. I am looking for the price that you put the sport button into. Having some struggles locating it.
Maybe he meant to say piece and not price?
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Originally Posted by kd7iwp View Post
Maybe he meant to say piece and not price?
Correct. Thank you. Looking for the bezel that goes around the shifter. Was able to find everything else on realoem.
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Originally Posted by 535xrayindigo View Post
Correct. Thank you. Looking for the bezel that goes around the shifter. Was able to find everything else on realoem.
Hopefully this helps.

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Hopefully this helps.
You sir are a hero! Found on eBay and purchased.

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Made it to the BMW CCA Clean car show in San Diego. Great event where you get to drive right onto the grass a Spanish Landing Park right on the edge of the harbor, couldn't ask for a better location. The wagon was well received and grabbed it's fair share of attention.

Will be going again next year but will be bringing board shorts so I can take a dip in the harbor between eating some grilled brats, chatting with people, and enjoying other's builds.

These are also the first pics showing the style 167s wheels with fully polished faces, I was a little worried they might look too much like chrome but am happy with how they turned out, clean!

Quick wash and clay bar.


Love the Grigio Telesto


Wagon providing a seat + shade. Hanging with my good friend, volleyball bad-ass, and fellow BMW enthusiast - Matt Anderson.


Polished faces popping



Girlfriend made it too and we were able to sneak in the X5D.


Hard to beat this venue




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