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Old 24-10-2018, 06:51 PM   #61
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With removing the black crumbling rubber underneath the indicator, be vary careful about driving in rain and washing the car. The main negative I have with these is that water can very easily get into the headlight unit - usually through the headlight bulb cap. Over time, this can cause condensation in the headlight, and eventually the water will pool at the bottom of the unit. This normally wouldn't be a problem, except that the ballast for the Xenon bulb is there, and the water finds its way into this, causing it to short and blow the ballast. Trust me, I have had to replace 5 ballasts in total across both headlights, not a cheap hobby!
Thanks, the rubber was doing no job at all as there was only about 25% of it left, will probably go for a pair of new indicator units - not cheap at £150 for the pair but probably not a bad investment

Have found some closed cell self adhesive waterproof foam that I'm going to try first - got to be worth a try

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Old 24-10-2018, 08:12 PM   #62
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It is the most aesthetically pleasing option though, I did the same and the difference visually is amazing. I also applied a bead of silicone just behind the new rubber, along with new bulb cover caps and that worked for the most part. Actually ended up replacing 1 headlight unit (£954 after BMW car club membership discount!) and haven't had any problems as of yet.
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Old 24-10-2018, 08:33 PM   #63
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It is the most aesthetically pleasing option though, I did the same and the difference visually is amazing. I also applied a bead of silicone just behind the new rubber, along with new bulb cover caps and that worked for the most part. Actually ended up replacing 1 headlight unit (£954 after BMW car club membership discount!) and haven't had any problems as of yet.
Fortunately my bulb cover caps and gaskets are 100% perfect condition
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Old 28-10-2018, 06:48 PM   #64
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Productive weekend on both the garage and the 650.

Probably like most people, "stuff" tends to accumulate in the garage and yesterday saw me reach the point of saying "enough" so a swift 3 hours of sorting and tidying, plus a car load of rubbish for the top run saw the place looking a lot more presentable

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There followed the cars first wash since having its IGL Quartz Plus ceramic coating applied, very impressed with how easily all the dirt came off and the sheeting was very impressive.

This morning I decided to tackle the swapping of centre consoles - this was a s a result of tracking down an apparently quite rare leather trimmed one that was in perfect condition to replace the standard plastic item my car left the factory with.

I once again feel for the usual on-line claims of "its a 20 min job", quickly discovering that the build quality of the 6 series is very high, so many screws, nuts etc to remove it was untrue. The removal process required the central air vents and climate control panel to be removed then 11 screws and bolts were undone (handy having the other centre console on hand to quickly identify where they were) and copious amounts of electrical connectors. The unclipping of these connections had me concerned that re-attaching them all would throw up all sorts of error codes - time would tell.

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Removal of the console was reasonably straightforward, working methodically and being kept warm by an endless stream of mugs of tea from OH definitely helped. Once out the iDrive module needed to be swapped over (another 6 screws) the re-fitting could start.

Fitting the new console was again reasonably easy and the moment of truth when the car was started was NO error codes and everything working as it should.

Will anyone really notice that the centre console is leather instead of plastic -probably not but it was a satisfying job to complete and part of the process of making the car "mine"
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Old 28-10-2018, 06:55 PM   #65
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This afternoon was spent just giving a car a quick wipe over with IGL Premier detailer and cleaning and coating the glass

Happy that the car is well protected for the winter months now

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Old 05-11-2018, 05:22 PM   #67
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Thanks to Poobah and his Integra thread I now have seat backs and rear trim cards back to almost perfect condition.

Access to the rear seats on the car is pretty limited and the edges of the rear trim cards and the hard seat backs had taken a bit of a battering, leaving lots of grey scuff marks

I had priced up new replacement parts, figuring that I would never get used ones in the condition I'd like but the cost was eye watering - fortunately I found the answer in Wurth Plast PT - a tube of black plastic dye

Not cheap at £20 for 85ml but a little goes a long way and it has completely resurrected the panels - whilst not as new condition they are very close to it - now topped with Nano Pro Plastic and Rubber Coating - also a great product
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Those tailpipes look amazing, OE at the first glance..
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Thanks - that's appreciated as it was exactly what I wanted. MIJ have a lot of different pipes and simply wanted something that at first glanced looked OE but on closer inspection was ever so slightly different
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Only job this week has been an important and satisfying one - getting the roof protected.

The stretch of dry days has allowed me to put two coats of Fabsil on - it needs about 6 hours to dry so the dry days this week has been a real bonus

Sprayed on and then wiped in with a microfibre cloth - after its second coat the beading and water repelancy is incredible - so quick and easy to apply and stupidly cheap - paid £16 for a litre and still have about half of it left
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