Build Log: M57 X5

TwinTurboWagon

Corporal
Nov 7, 2016
107
San Diego
Hi, my name is Evan and I like to modify BMWs.

Here are some of my old and current projects:

Imola Red E39 M5:
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/cars-sale-wanted/302513-ca-imola-red-e39-m5-m-texture-alcantara-tastefully-modded-clean.html

E39 540iT:
https://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1245562

535xi E61 Touring:
https://bmw.spoolstreet.com/threads/another-e61-project-wagon.4618/

The "N54 Powered E61 M5 Wagon" :)
https://bmw.spoolstreet.com/threads/twin-turbo-wagon-evans-e61-build-log.559/


The new addition to the fleet is a 2012 X5 diesel. I am very excited about this as a project since at the heart of this vehicle is the M57 motor which is wildly underappreciated in the US. Offering torque, reliability, and efficiency it's has great attributes for a fun daily driver.

The plans for this is vehicle are fairly conservative relative to my other projects and the plan is to enhance the performance, dynamics, and reliability while not sacrificing anything in exchange. Plans include:

- F85 X5M or F10 M5 brakes
- F10 M5 steering wheel
- JR 2.8 tune and supporting mods
- XHP X Delete and Transmission tune
- Upgraded headlights, fog lights, and reverse light
- Style 612M wheels (done)
- Revised Fitment (taller tires, KW V3 or springs)
- 3rd row delete, rear seat entertainment delete
- Stealth tow hitch.
- Fender flared, M Sport front bumper
- Clear Bra + Tint
- Mas :)


Here are the stock specs:

08/2012
78,XXX
Platinum Grey Metallic over Black
1 owner Southern California vehicle
Premium Package
Sport Package
Comfort Access
Comfort Seats: Heated/Ventilated/Active Driver
Heated Rear Seats + Steering Wheel
Technology Pakcage
Lighting Package
3rd Row + Rear Air Suspension
Rear Seat Entertainment
Soft Close Doors


LET'S GO!!!!

A rare picture of one of my vehicles in stock form...
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Pulling in the garage after driving it home
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Had some 612M wheels waiting
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Style 335 (19") vs Style 612 (21")
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Ooooffffph
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Saving 10-12lbs a corner of unsprung mass and rotational weight, nice!
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Much better, Day 1 was a success
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Interior received an emergency cleaning to remove all the oily/greasy/nasty interior shine the dealership covered everything with.
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Next up was debadging the tailgate and front doors. Heat gun, plastic razor, some "finger grease" and goo gone.
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Followed up with the DA polisher and some Chemical Guys V36
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This stupid thing....
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Hope the BMW engineer who thought this was a good way to store the DVD screen was fired....
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Phone cradle delete, will follow up with the OEM delete plate later
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More chrome delete. Exhaust tips were removed, cleaned, scuffed, cleaned, primed, and painted with satin black high temp paint
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Rear reflectors were also dipped black, don't worry I have some color matched paint on the way and will DIY color match the F/R reflectors
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Monochromatic roundals
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TwinTurboWagon

Corporal
Nov 7, 2016
107
San Diego
I had some gloss black vinyl left over from a project so I wrapped the front reflectors, I can't stand amber

Here is a before/after with all the above changes.
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After
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Put the mountain bike racks on
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Backing up X5s info for XHP license
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As a temp solution until I really upgrade the headlights I replaced the stock bulbs with some Osram CBB, not cheap but as you can see they offer much better intensity than the old stock bulbs
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TwinTurboWagon

Corporal
Nov 7, 2016
107
San Diego
Operation "kill all amber" continues with some LED turn signal bulbs
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Removed the bumper and the lower splash shields to poke around see what's what. Everything is very clean and no major oil leaks. Very un-BMW
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Garage TVs/Monitors FTW
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Flashed XHP XDelete. I like run this on one of my E61 wagons and really like the refined steering feel. With no servotronic and 285 tires up front the steering is a bit heavy so I am hoping this will help that a bit, it might also improve fuel efficiency.
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With the bumper off I decided to continue blacking out some items.
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The small silver romboid around the front cameras was particularly annoying and after exmaining it's texture I wasn't confident paint would adhere well to it so I removed the reflectors and wrapped the complete assembly in gloss black (had it lying around). It looks SO much better IMO.
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My goal was to run the beefiest setup possible. The tires already have enough width so increasing the aspect ratio is next, I am a big fan of running taller tires as it adds more cushion for ride comfort and also help fill the wheel wells. The X5 is in particular need of this but unfortunately the wheel carrier/upper ball joint is in a rather inconvenient location.

Stock Michelin PSSs are 285/35 325/30. I found some 285/45 325/40 Continental 5Ps which are OEM equipment on AMG Mercedes SUVs. I found a front tire on eBay and purchased it to test fit....

Here is the stock 285/45 Michelin
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285/45 Continental
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Bummer
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In addition to the spindle-tire contact the inner edge of the tires would have rubbed at full lock so this tire size NOT working was for the best but in terms of added tire meat and the juggernaut like aesthetics it would have been exactly what I was shooting for. :(

When the dust settled and the tire was returned I was only out $35 for 2 tire mountings, 1 balancing, and return shipping on the tire so it was a worth while experiment, now I know.

Moving forward I need to decide if I should go with taller but slightly narrower 275/40 315/35 Hankook S1 Nobles (OE Porsche tires) or just stick with the wider but shorter Michelins. For now I might just run the Michelins until they are toast and then revisit options.
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To make sure steering feel and lightness was optimized I also flushed the PS fluid with some new CHF11s
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A couple updated pics, killed many bugs driving out to Lake Havasu, AZ for Easter
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TwinTurboWagon

Corporal
Nov 7, 2016
107
San Diego
Had some time to dig a little deep into the engine bay. Removed the intake manifold to check carbon.
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Not too bad, this is the runner in valve cover
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Swirl flap
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Bottom of flaps were weeping.
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Plan was to delete the flaps but ordered the wrong (22mm) plugs. SMH
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Decided to clean the manifold. Technique was a good soaking in Super Clean followed by power washing and proved to be quite effective.
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After a few hours the solution was as dark as night
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Here are the results, CLEAN!
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I replaced all manifold gaskets but these are aftermarket and I am not thrilled with the fitment, they are a bit thin and don't fill out the recess.
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LOL!


Removed the rear entertainment system
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This center console is a pretty elaborate structure
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I have a nice little kit assembled if anyone needs this. Comes complete with the bracket and hardware.
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Flashed Rod Sutphin's transmission tune, excited to try this out, I hear great things. I also have a new pan/filter and fluid on the way to service the trans
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TwinTurboWagon

Corporal
Nov 7, 2016
107
San Diego
Purchased a used rear upper console trim off ebay to replace the DVD monitor and got a new phone delete plate for the the inner storage (from ECS Tuning).
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TwinTurboWagon

Corporal
Nov 7, 2016
107
San Diego
Putting "the truck" to use transporting a panoramic roof cassette for my E61
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License plates arrived. The original hardware was 2 rusty Philips head bolts, I replaced it with some black allen bolts with washers. This will look real clean once the personalized plate arrives.
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With the X5 debadged this will help enthusiasts know what motor is under the hood, common civilians will have no idea what's going on which is just the way I like it. If you know, you know.
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Adding a wireless charger. What's slick about this setup is the charger is mounted to the ash tray which can easily pop out if needed.
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Weekend projects:
Transmission service
Cleaned manifold (again)
Swirl flap delete.
I was going to do vacuum lines as well but I will save that for when I do the downpipe.
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Fluid, pan, mechatronics sleeves, bridge, and connector seal.
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Yummy
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RealOEM FTW
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Cleaned the trans support (and other splash panels not pictured).
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WTF is this sorry excuse of a transfer case bushing? I was surprised to find out the X5M bushing is nearly identical. With all the TQ of the M57 motor and this offset mount only on one side this seems like it would be a good item to reinforce with a solid rubber mount.
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Inspected the transmission wiring connector to confirm pin locations, I will be adding an X5M wheel with paddles and need to run wiring from the wheel all the way to this connector.
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Still have to crack open the filter but magnets looked fine with what I understand as a normal amount of metal powder/paste.
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New bridge seal and sealing sleeves installed.
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Patiently waiting for the trans fluid to get up to temp during refill....
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Used a WiFi endoscope to peak down into the valves. All things considered they look great, the only CBU I need to address is on the plastic portion of the valve cover. I will wait to clean that once I have another excuse to pull the cover since it should be and easy task and won't require walnut blasting.
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Manifold cleaned, power washed, dried w/ compressed air, and reassembled with swirl flap deletes.
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TwinTurboWagon

Corporal
Nov 7, 2016
107
San Diego
Depo smoked indicators
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With the exterior theme of the X5 getting darker the rear lower valance (Titanium color stock) got Dipped.
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Upgraded the rear sway bar to an Ultra Racing bar, this is the beefiest sway I could find for the E70. This is 24mm compared to my OEM 21mm. Endlinks were also replaced with Meyle HD units.
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Nav screen and the anti-glare coating has seen better days so I hit it with a 3" DA polisher and some Chem Guys V38
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People on FB (apparently those who have never done this mod) were in an uproar saying this was super dumb and they would never do it as the glare would be unbearable.... mmmkay.
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Like a GLOVE.... OEM style 167 M6 wheels fit nicely in the rear.
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Picked up a M Sport steering wheel. I am on the hunt for a clean heated M Sport/X5m wheel but in the meantime I came across this nonheated wheel for a great price so I will run this in the meantime. I also prefer the M sport paddles over the X5M paddles so I can keep these paddles and make a hybrid wheel if I end up with an X5M wheel, which I probably will.

I am always shocked at how careless dismantlers are with parts considering they plan on selling them. This wheel has a tiny little cut up top and a few dents on the left side of the wheel. I have already used a heat gun and some finger massaging to relieve some of the creases and are about 50% better, I will see if I can find a local upholstery shop that can maybe fully release them.
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Stud Conversion in the works, waiting for spacers and fender flares.
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TwinTurboWagon

Corporal
Nov 7, 2016
107
San Diego
Coming from the N54 world one of the aspects of the M57 that gets me really fired up is strength and reliability.
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This is what happened to cylinder #3 on my first N54 motor. Direct injection + port injection + misfire + some extra PI spray = detonation. It was a wild ride when she let go, fire and skidding out of control.
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Oil pan almost blew completely off and there were punctures all over the block
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1 doggo power
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15F 20R H&R spacers
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While installing fender flares I also popped off the front bumper and did a quick Morimoto xb LED fog light retrofit.
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Here is the evolution of the front end. REALLY liking the black fog lights.
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Time for a wash.
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Here are some pictures with the new flares, spacers, wheel studs, and LED fog light retrofit.
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In regards to fitment the next item will be running taller aspect ratio tired to fill up the wheel wells, after tires I will lower as needed to eliminate excessive wheel gap.
 

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TwinTurboWagon

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Nov 7, 2016
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I replaced worn Start/Stop and AC fan speed (not shown) buttons.
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Got some pedals from Ultimate Pedals, I have ran a pair on my old E39 M5 and am on my second set on my white E61, they are extremely well made and I am a big fan or brushed metals in interiors.
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Details
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Before
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During
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After
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In my eyes this is a nice sporty/classy touch to the interior.
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TwinTurboWagon

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Nov 7, 2016
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Getting back to the OEM hitch install
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These are all the goodies included in the kit
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I wasn't going to put up with the excessive bumper trimming required to fit the OEM hitch so I decided to modify the angle of the plate that mounts the trailer wiring connector. I cut it off and ground it flush with an angle grinder
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Paid a local welder $20 to mount it back on
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OEM crash bar vs OEM hitch, the hitch is real beefy and weighs about 55lbs
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Hitch bolted up, you can see the nee vertical orientation of the connector ....and all the scratches the welder added to the hitch while moving it around. I used some Duplicolor semi-gloss paint which matched the OEM finish very well.
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Moving onto the wiring
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Previous owners had little kids, I have now collected about 10-12 Lego pieces from the interior. Battery area got a vacuum.
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Wiring ran to fuse block and module installed.
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Trimming was a little tedious but I am happy with the results.
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In this photo the 4 pin connector/adapter is installed, some people inquired if it would sit too low in the new position, no.
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Clean!
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Added +AHMU to the vehicle order and then followed that up with some additional module coding
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Some module coding included rear view camera zoom for aligning a trailer
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The setup with the new 1UP Super Duty bike rack installed. It is the only rack would fit my monster 1360mm wheelbase Pole Evolink.
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Torgus

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I see you also like to buy cars that can be a pain in the ass, see n54 m57.

Did you notice a large change with the rear bar install? Would you do it again?

Any more info on coding the rear camera for a trailer? Would help me when I hook up my deck boat granted I only do it twice a year or so.

Love all the pics and mods. Once you do the deletes and tune you will really like it! I have a JBdiesel tuner I don't need if you want it for cheap. It is well worth the money I assure you.

The rear entertainment I assume hits you arm? What are you asking? My son might like it but honestly I don't want to pay much I assume there is no AV in? Maybe a straight up trade as we both have a parts we do not want or need?

How are the new fogs? I have a cracked lens on one side and have been thinking about doing the same. The darker fog looks great on the grey. I have a black and a white x5. Both look much better with the darker accents.


Edit iND sells painted front and rear reflectors I like mine. I could of had my local shop spray them for me as the front bumper takes like 5m to get off but it was more convenient to use them. Glad you went with the LCI version, looks much more updated.
 
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TwinTurboWagon

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Did you notice a large change with the rear bar install?

Any more info on coding the rear camera for a trailer? Would help me when I hook up my deck boat.

Love all the pics and mods. Once you delete and tune you will really like it! I have a JBdiesel tuner I don't need if you want it for cheap. It is well worth the money I assure you.

The rear entertainment I assume hits you arm? What are you asking? Maybe a straight up trade as we both have a part we do not want?
Large change? No, the difference is subtle but positive.

Coding info here: https://xoutpost.com/1063065-post5.html

I researched the JBD and was intrigued since I have a JB4 on my E61 but with the mixed feedback I read on it I decided just to wait and do it "right" by deleting + tuning. JR 2.8 or Malone 2.9 are the finalists I am considering, 2.8 seems perfect and I really appreciate how low-soot the tune is but the competitive pricing of the Malone grabs my attention. I am going to try and find some local members who have the tunes to ride along with if possible.

Unfortunately I already sold the rear seat entertainment to another forum member.

Evan
 

Torgus

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Nov 6, 2016
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Large change? No, the difference is subtle but positive.

Coding info here: https://xoutpost.com/1063065-post5.html

I researched the JBD and was intrigued since I have a JB4 on my E61 but with the mixed feedback I read on it I decided just to wait and do it "right" by deleting + tuning. JR 2.8 or Malone 2.9 are the finalists I am considering, 2.8 seems perfect and I really appreciate how low-soot the tune is but the competitive pricing of the Malone grabs my attention. I am going to try and find some local members who have the tunes to ride along with if possible.

Unfortunately I already sold the rear seat entertainment to another forum member.

Evan
People can flash through the obd2 now. Might want to look into it. No more sending off your DME and having a locked tune.

Honestly I would give you the JBD as long as you mail it back when you do the deletes. You are obviously an enthusiast and not a facebook asshat.

Any comment on the fogs? I edited my post right as you responded.

I have been pushing @[email protected] to make an x5D intercooler. Our only option is atm at 700. While a nice intercooler the price is high. Cheaper and more effective to run meth. I will probably do both next year as the x5D still feels very slow.

How did you like the tranny reflash? Worth the cost? Any mpg improvements or anything worth talking about.

Nice to have another X5D on the forum.
 
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TwinTurboWagon

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People can flash through the obd2 now. Might want to look into it. No more sending off your DME and having a locked tune.

Honestly I would give you the JBD as long as you mail it back when you do the deletes. You are obviously an enthusiast and not a facebook asshat.

Any comment on the fogs? I edited my post right as you responded.

I have been pushing @[email protected] to make an x5D intercooler. Our only option is atm at 700. While a nice intercooler the price is high. Cheaper and more effective to run meth. I will probably do both next year as the x5D still feels very slow.

How did you like the tranny reflash? Worth the cost? Any mpg improvements or anything worth talking about.

Nice to have another X5D on the forum.
Yes, I agree; nice to have another performance minded X5D owner here and happy that Tyler gives the diesel engines their own category. The torque, efficiency, and reliability are a superb fit for a daily driver IMO and factor in depreciation making these vehicles 1/4 of their MSRP they are also great deals.

The fogs, I have a bit of experience with these Morimoto LED units and assuming you get the right optics the output, build quality, and reliability are great. In this particular application when I have some time I will revise the mounting by adding a rear housing cap to keep moisture out. The LED fogs I used are sealed but the way I mounted them to the X5 housings essentially make it like a dual pane glass so although there is no possible harm to the LED fogs, the external lens of the X5 fog can fog up from moisture after a wash which isn't acceptable for my standards as I am an automotive lighting nerd. I will also be upgrading the projectors and doing some other fun stuff when the headlights are open.

The ATM is a nice option as it includes the necessary hardware, plugs, etc. but I agree the price is a bit steep. I was eyeing up the N54 based "race" stepped intercoolers are they look very close in dimensions, in/out piping angles, and mounting locations. I also love retrofitting things (I was the first to fit the 7" intercooler to the E6X chassis) but I think when the dust settles the money saved on retrofitting another intercooler to the X5D would be negligible when you consider the extra time and parts involved. It's still an option but I am not nearly as motivated as I originally was.

The Suthpin tune is nice, I rarely drive it in S or M and I honestly don't care much about the "I want to race people and want the fastest shifts possible" although the people who care about racing seem to be ecstatic with Rod's work. My priorities are to have crisp and smooth shifts with the trans being more intelligent in general, kind of making the 6HP act like an 8HP. Rod has been nice to work with, he is always updating revising the tunes and I like how the off-the-shelf tunes are vehicle specific with revisions for turbos setup etc. I didn't really notice any jump in mpg but my X5 seems to be a bit lower on the mpg scale compared to others but I also drive briskly and cruise in the 78-82mph range on the highway which really destroys mpg as the X5D has short gearing (IMO).
I would recommend his tune.


As for the JBD I would gladly take you up on your offer to borrow and return your piggyback tuner. It would be a nice opportunity to test it and appease my curiosity, I love collecting my own data on stuff. It seems like a great power-bang for your buck but then I read about how it dumps fuel into the system and can create a lot of carbon/soot. Clogging the DPF isn't a real concern as it's days are numbered anyways but carbon build up and lower MPG isn't appealing buuuuuuuut more power is! lol What has been your experience with the JBD? What setting did you run it in? What were your observations on MPG and what did your butt-dyno read? The claimed power figures on the BMS website seem pretty lofty.
 
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