Dialing in the stance. And some much needed wheels.

An exercise in beautification.
 

Having always been a stance enthusiast, the wheel gap on our E39 has annoyed me from the start. Even though the car was equipped with the factory sports package, which offers a modest 20 millimetre lowering, the wheel gap is so immense it seems like the car is riding around on a lift kit (had a look, none was found). 

Mömus BMW E39 wheels and springs lowering wheel gap

In my original vision for this car, the replacement rims were a multi-piece set with a nice staggered lip. Somehow this fits incredibly well on the E39. However, refining the end results more and more in my head, the wheels were to be of a more modern design, in an anthracite or gloss black finish. This decision came along to tie in with the rest of the mods that were installed to give the car a bit of a facelift.

Mömus BMW E39 wheels and springs lowering wheels style 238 styling 238

A set of original BMW Style 238`s in 19 inch were found. The wheels came with the winter tyres still mounted, in a for an E39 rather oversized 245/45/19. This was great as the nights over here still reach and exceed freezing temperatures. The gearbox has not yet thrown any faults, and apart from the occasional rubbing in tight turns, they are actually not that bad.
However, I'd like to save my fenders for once, so come the warmer weather they will be replaced for some 245/35/19's in summer attire.

Mömus BMW E39 wheels and springs lowering comparison

On to the suspension. Through time my preference for cars that sit so low, the belly scrapes during normal driving, has changed a little. In this case, a set of lowering springs will suffice just nicely. The chosen springs were designed for the E39 with the sports package, and are supposed to lower the car another 30mm, for a total of 50 milimeter compared to a standard, non-sport 5 series. 

Mömus BMW E39 wheels and springs lowering removal
Mömus BMW E39 wheels and springs lowering install

Unfortunately for us DIYer's, the E39 has multilink suspension with Mcpherson struts, so the spring replacement has a little more to it than average. Especially in the rear, where half the interior has to be dismounted, the job presents a bit of a struggle. However to me, once everything was back together, the results were certainly worth it.

Due to the e39's odd centre bore, some hub adapters were needed. They also nicely space out the wheels 15mm.

Due to the e39's odd centre bore, some hub adapters were needed. They also nicely space out the wheels 15mm.

Mömus BMW E39 wheels and springs lowering wheels style 238 styling 238 overview
Mömus BMW E39 wheels and springs lowering wheels style 238 styling 238 bumper fitment

We made a little video capturing the work we put in to this part of the build:

And so it finally time to attack those bumpers and a few other bits with some paint!

Mömus BMW E39 m sport package body trim mouldings paint DIY next time

Updating the lights! + Cheeky quad-projector mod.

An exercise in beautification.


Have I been waiting for this! The old-style, dull looking, pre-facelift headlights have finally made way for some updated, clear lens units. The new headlights started life as original halogen equipped Hella's. Before I took command of them, some LED bulbs had already been installed to give the angel eyes some more brightness.

Mömus BMW E39 Comparision facelift Quad Projector Mod Headlights Facelift

That's a cute mod, but nothing like what was in store for them. I'm a sucker for projector headlights. They can really make or break a (modern) car for me, just like a set of wheels and springs can. The by now 30 year old BMW 325i E30 had these things fitted as standard, so why are reflector headlights still around today?

I don't know either, but I can get rid of the dated look of these main beams by high-jacking the projectors out of the old units and refitting them right in here.

Mocking up.

Mocking up.

After some struggling around, and getting everything to fit nicely, the lights were ready to be sealed and mounted back together. 

Mömus BMW E39 Making Of Quad Projector Mod Headlights Facelift

To me, this takes the car to a whole new level. Mind you, BMW chose to only offer quad projectors from the F10 5-series on. 

Mömus BMW E39 Front Quad Projector Mod Headlights Facelift
Mömus BMW E39 Front Quad Projector Mod Headlights Facelift close up

To match the front, some "facelift" replica tail lights were installed. Unlike the pro's of choosing originals for the front (such as the shroud and halo design), the con's of original facelift tails were mighty. To me, hammering out the body to make them fit, was not an interesting proposition. 

Mömus BMW E39 Facelift DEPO Rear Tail Celis Replica Lights

These replica's do look a bit plasticky in real life. I'm currently looking into a way to hide that, such as a tint spray or foil. The side markers were also swapped for some clear ones, to match the clear indicators in the headlights and taillights. 

Mömus BMW E39 Pre Facelift Orange Amber Indicator side marker blinker
Mömus BMW E39 Facelift White  Clear Indicator side marker blinker

Finally, the license plate lights were updated too. I went with some LED versions that have a relatively subtle blue-whiteish hue to them. 

Mömus BMW E39 facelift tail light led license plate light

To see the modding of the headlights and the installation of all these parts, we made this little video:

I started work on getting the wheels off and to see how we can get this thing to sit a bit nicer.

Mömus Bmw E39 Next time styling style bmw 238 wheels and springs