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Post by StuBeeDoo » Fri Mar 24, 2023 7:15 am

Yesterday, I gave it another 6k mile oil change, replaced the rear brake pads (with the help of iCarSoft, to wind-back the EPB motors), and fitted the summer wheels/tyres. Mileage is now back down to a monthly average of c.500.
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Post by StuBeeDoo » Sun Jun 25, 2023 8:41 pm

Today is the fifth anniversary of my F25 ownership. In that time I've covered 50,115 miles, and I've now owned it longer than both the first two owners put together.
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Post by StuBeeDoo » Tue Oct 24, 2023 8:19 am

I spent all the daylight hours yesterday replacing the steering tie-rods and ends, and front discs and pads. The steering was advised on the last MOT, and the next one is this coming Monday. I just need to finish rebuilding one side this morning, and change all the filters (the fuel filter is getting done with the MOT). Then I need to get a 4-wheel alignment done.

I've documented elsewhere on the forum the purchase of a paddle-shift steering wheel. I've booked-in to get it enabled on Friday, so I'd better fit it.........

Then the only thing left to do is swap to my winter set of wheels.

I'm starting to think I'm really getting too old for this working on the garage floor malarky. :(
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Post by X5Sport » Tue Oct 24, 2023 9:59 am

StuBeeDoo wrote: Tue Oct 24, 2023 8:19 am I'm starting to think I'm really getting too old for this working on the garage floor malarky. :(
I know that feeling! I can’t get mine into the garage to it’s cold tarmac for me :cry:
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Post by StuBeeDoo » Wed Oct 25, 2023 4:18 pm

StuBeeDoo wrote: Tue Oct 24, 2023 8:19 amI just need to finish rebuilding one side this morning, and change all the filters (the fuel filter is getting done with the MOT). Then I need to get a 4-wheel alignment done.
...............swap to my winter set of wheels.
All the above done yesterday. :)

StuBeeDoo wrote: Tue Oct 24, 2023 8:19 am........... paddle-shift steering wheel. I've booked-in to get it enabled on Friday, so I'd better fit it.........
Done today. :D
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Post by sapphireblack » Thu Oct 26, 2023 7:47 pm

No pictures of your steering wheel conversion?

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Post by StuBeeDoo » Fri Oct 27, 2023 12:30 pm

sapphireblack wrote: Thu Oct 26, 2023 7:47 pmNo pictures of your steering wheel conversion?
Seeing as you asked.............
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Can anyone spot the subtle difference from the common-or-garden F25/F26 paddle shift 'wheel??
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Post by sapphireblack » Fri Oct 27, 2023 1:22 pm

I'm not familiar with what was original, its the same aside from the paddles or different altogether?

Either way thats a nice neat upgrade. If its from a used vehicle its in remarkably good condition too.

I changed my regular sport steering wheel with the silver trim piece to the M Sport version. I imagine you're as pleased now as i was then. Still not convinced you'll use the paddles very much when the novelty has subsided. :wink:

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Post by StuBeeDoo » Fri Oct 27, 2023 1:55 pm

sapphireblack wrote: Fri Oct 27, 2023 1:22 pmI'm not familiar with what was original, its the same aside from the paddles or different altogether?
Not that different. Nappa leather, rather than basic "printed" leather. And the paddles, of course, but the same design/size 'wheel.
The trims are a bit of a mix'n'match. The car came with the silver trim, which I've never liked but never got 'round to doing anything about. The paddle-shift 'wheel comes with the ///M badge and black trim. So, I swapped the black and silver trims and fitted the non-///M lower part from the displaced 'wheel.
sapphireblack wrote: Fri Oct 27, 2023 1:22 pmStill not convinced you'll use the paddles very much when the novelty has subsided. :wink:
You may well be right, but it's done now.
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Post by sapphireblack » Fri Oct 27, 2023 2:08 pm

Surprised you didnt use the M badge section, but it all looks very good :thumbsup:
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Post by X5Sport » Fri Oct 27, 2023 2:22 pm

Looks very similar to the MSport wheel that was in my 2 series - no doubt these wheels are used widely across BMWs ranges. Very neat job, and looks the business :D
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Post by StuBeeDoo » Mon Oct 30, 2023 9:20 pm

sapphireblack wrote: Fri Oct 27, 2023 2:08 pmSurprised you didnt use the M badge section
:sick2: Not a fan of ///M adornments.



Fresh MOT today, no further work needed. :) Should be OK for another couple of years now.
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Post by sapphireblack » Tue Oct 31, 2023 6:23 am

Me neither particularly, although in my case the steering wheel badge is in keeping with the wheel badgesl.

What i do find amusing are the randomly applied M boot badges on all manner of BMWs. I've actually seen an M badge on a non BMW car :D :

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Post by X5Sport » Tue Oct 31, 2023 9:13 pm

Like an M3 badge on a 316i :rofl: :rofl: :shutup:

Like no one would notice!
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Post by sapphireblack » Wed Nov 01, 2023 5:49 am

X5Sport wrote: Tue Oct 31, 2023 9:13 pm Like an M3 badge on a 316i :rofl: :rofl: :shutup:

Like no one would notice!
Sad people, just deluding themselves. :roll:

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