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Old April 13th, 2019, 19:04   #916
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BTW, Dogdots Im in the mannford (west of tulsa) area where the legendary Ray_G resides. He' been a great mentor and awesome friend.
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Old April 14th, 2019, 03:49   #917
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If you boost power dramatically in a 335d the transmission is a weak link. My own advice would be to not go too crazy with power mods on an older car, as it may bring the transmission to an early death. But a delete and good tune would be a great idea, in my opinion.

I just picked up my 335d at my guru's after it received its 60K service. I had him do a transmission service and the car shifts noticeably better.
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Old April 14th, 2019, 05:56   #918
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Ok yea the transmission service is definitely important. Its near the top in my 3k worth of tune/delete/maintenance list lol
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Old April 14th, 2019, 16:30   #919
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My main question is what is too many miles on these cars?
I'm only at 213k miles on my 2012 X5 35d and it's still too early to tell.


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Old April 26th, 2019, 18:18   #921
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I'm surprised California hasn't crushed that car and jailed the owner. That thing kills polar bears and babies.
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Old April 27th, 2019, 06:43   #922
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How's parts availability for that car, Dan? I've always liked those but would be afraid I would be stuck without a parts source.
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Old April 27th, 2019, 07:18   #923
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How's parts availability for that car, Dan? I've always liked those but would be afraid I would be stuck without a parts source.

The running bits are standard e28, so very easy to find.
The M21-diesel-specific bits can be hard to find. Some things like coolant hoses are NLA. I had to get injector nozzles from Germany, etc.
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Old April 29th, 2019, 09:26   #924
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Super cool danix!
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Old April 29th, 2019, 10:00   #925
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4 wire lighting (brakes, running, turning lights) using Tekonsha Zero Contact kit--this can not short. It is fault protected but does not have the fault recovery modes of the Invisihitch module
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Just to share with the group, I did my hitch install this past weekend (2014 535dx). I went with the kit from Stealth Hitch instead of Invisihitch/Execuhitch because I liked the fact that I could use my own hitch ball (or change it when it gets buggered up). Other than that small detail, I couldn't really find any difference between the two kits. The folks on the phone were very nice and patient with my newbie questions. They gave me a small discount because I supplied my own wiring kit.

I used the Tekonsha four-pin kit mentioned in a previous post and (knock on wood) it went in just fine. The four-pin connector doesn't have a lot of wire, so I mounted the module under the left tail light (there's a little room under there) and ran it out of the grommet beneath the tail light. There was a nice free spot on the + side of the battery to connect to and a nice ground right under the tail light. Honestly, it couldn't have been much easier for a ham-fisted amateur like me.

Couple other notes:
1. Once i got the bumper cover off and all the parts exposed, I noticed that my gravel guard and TPS antenna part were shaped differently than the ones in the instructions, but I was able to make it all work. I only had to trim the gravel guard and was able to leave everything else intact, which helped in buttoning everything back up pretty securely.
2. Note that with Stealth Hitch, you lose your rear towing eye mount as this is integral to the bumper support that you replace. However, you now have the trailer safety chain loops to grab. I'm not crazy about this but can't change it. (Note to Stealth - here's an improvement opportunity!) I note that my factory bumper support was beginning to rust along the bottom edge.
3. If you are considering doing this to your car, do yourself a favor and watch the video on youtube with the white 2016 535 for clues about how to disassemble and not to break stuff (it helped me a great deal).
4. I can't help wondering why two companies making similar hitch products are both located in the Atlanta area. Maybe one is an offshoot of the other?

Anyway, acid test coming up this weekend. Stay tuned for any disaster updates!
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Old April 29th, 2019, 12:13   #926
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Just to share with the group, I did my hitch install this past weekend (2014 535dx). I went with the kit from Stealth Hitch instead of Invisihitch/Execuhitch because I liked the fact that I could use my own hitch ball (or change it when it gets buggered up). Other than that small detail, I couldn't really find any difference between the two kits. The folks on the phone were very nice and patient with my newbie questions. They gave me a small discount because I supplied my own wiring kit.
I used the Tekonsha four-pin kit mentioned in a previous post and (knock on wood) it went in just fine. The four-pin connector doesn't have a lot of wire, so I mounted the module under the left tail light (there's a little room under there) and ran it out of the grommet beneath the tail light. There was a nice free spot on the + side of the battery to connect to and a nice ground right under the tail light. Honestly, it couldn't have been much easier for a ham-fisted amateur like me.
Couple other notes:
1. Once i got the bumper cover off and all the parts exposed, I noticed that my gravel guard and TPS antenna part were shaped differently than the ones in the instructions, but I was able to make it all work. I only had to trim the gravel guard and was able to leave everything else intact, which helped in buttoning everything back up pretty securely.
2. Note that with Stealth Hitch, you lose your rear towing eye mount as this is integral to the bumper support that you replace. However, you now have the trailer safety chain loops to grab. I'm not crazy about this but can't change it. (Note to Stealth - here's an improvement opportunity!) I note that my factory bumper support was beginning to rust along the bottom edge.
3. If you are considering doing this to your car, do yourself a favor and watch the video on youtube with the white 2016 535 for clues about how to disassemble and not to break stuff (it helped me a great deal).
4. I can't help wondering why two companies making similar hitch products are both located in the Atlanta area. Maybe one is an offshoot of the other?
Anyway, acid test coming up this weekend. Stay tuned for any disaster updates!
Nicely done. I'm getting my trailer brake controller wired, routing auxillary 12VDC power to trailer and doing the lighting. I have done some light towing of 1440 lbs with the Invisihitch at 187 lbs tongue loading plus load leveling torque applied, and it tows like a luxury vehicle. It's uncanny how smooth and controlled it is.

BTW: Invisihitch sells a universal, class III 2" square tube female adapter that you can plug any appropriate item into. I don't remember the add-on pricing, but it wasn't much. They also include a hitch ball and adapter that fits in it with your purchase (you specify the ball size you want). The female adapter is rated for 400 lbs tongue loading, IIRC. I'm towing with this until I get a custom stinger made for my Hensley hitch.

The only problem I have with their 2" square tube female adapter is it scrapes my very steep driveway on some approach angles--when I don't apply load leveling. When I dial in appropriate load leveling first, it's not a problem. But it does slightly complicate hook up (my driveway slopes up immediately as I exit garage). Other than this minor gripe it's great.
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Old May 1st, 2019, 07:39   #927
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BTW: Invisihitch sells a universal, class III 2" square tube female adapter that you can plug any appropriate item into. I don't remember the add-on pricing, but it wasn't much.
Ditto with Stealth, however included with the 2" receiver were numerous warnings not to use it to tow. I'm now set up for a bike rack down the road.
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Old May 1st, 2019, 17:39   #928
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Ditto with Stealth, however included with the 2" receiver were numerous warnings not to use it to tow. I'm now set up for a bike rack down the road.
Found out today Invisihitch (which had acquired Execuhitch) went out of business. Stealthhitch bought up the IP, trademarks, and website, but revised the hard parts (male & female) to stainless steel. The Stealth hitch guy I talked to used to work for IH, but was really pooh-poohing them, lol.

Now I would like more accessories, but they went out of business and sold all their materials and Work-In-Process, supposedly.

Crap, can anyone run by their shop and pick up a trunk full of adapters? lol. It's only worth scrap value to them but worth a ton to existing IH/EH owners!!

Invisihitch.com even re-directs to Stealthhitch.com. Buyer beware, as these guys could also go out of business and disappear altogether at any time. Ugh. Sucks to be captive to a tiny, niche vendor base. IMO, too many people buy the cheap Uhaul or what-not instead of shopping for value, leaving thin margins and shallow markets for these vastly better engineered products.
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Old May 6th, 2019, 11:50   #929
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For anyone interested, I successfully did my first mini road trip with a trailer this past weekend moving both kids home from college. My 535dx was rock solid, particularly when the trailer was loaded down. My mpg's went straight to hell - normally ~35 but with a 5x8 Uhaul trailer I got a gasser-like ~23 mpg. No big surprise here; I expected the mpg's to take a hit.

No issues on hills, accelerating to highway speeds, nor stopping from those speeds (but as a novice I was extra careful while driving with the trailer). I brought spare tires, tools, a jack, and anything else I could think of to be prepared for mishaps, and to Mr. Murphy's credit, nothing bad happened!

Next thing will be the acquisition of a bike rack and possibly a platform for the receiver attachment. Stay tuned!

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fully loaded on the way home

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Old May 7th, 2019, 07:37   #930
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Started driving my 2014 328d on my 60 mile roundtrip work commute, since I got the wife a new X5. Got 48.4 MPG on the display for a tank average, which was a personal best. Was a little lower at 47.5 when I hand calculated it, but is still good. Just had to share!
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