BMW X5, anyone ever done one?

morgandc

New member
I am thinking bikes on the back of the trailer. I have considered using the back of the trailer for a spare x5 tire. Also, thought about welding on an additional receiver hitch or two on the X5 :)
 

Cody1771

Explorer
damn X5's... new transmission, then a total top end rebuild when the timing chain guide failed causing a bunch of bent valves... not something you want happening on a remote back road... all within about 6 weeks of each other.
 

Pedro

Capitan rally fluffer
I am thinking bikes on the back of the trailer. I have considered using the back of the trailer for a spare x5 tire. Also, thought about welding on an additional receiver hitch or two on the X5 :)
The hitch gate has a pass through hitch so you could put the bike rack on the trailer with it. I just figured for the sake of tongue weight it would be best on the back of the trailer.
 

Cody1771

Explorer
yeah i've been wondering about a build thread for that thing! the top end of the engine on mine is being rebuilt right now, timeing chain guide broke and the cam slipped bending several valves :mad: imo these are not reliable enough for overland travel outside your home area.
 

Cody1771

Explorer
just got back from the shop and they had it pretty torn down, the timing chain guide is supposed to have a UHMW guide to keep the chain from slapping around but it disintegrated and is now non existent, The U-shaped piece is whats supposed to have it attached.



you can also see the pilot valves that move the intake cams for the variable valve timing which is what i originally thought the problem was.

Here are a few shots of the engine torn down, pretty fancy looking engine IMO.





and here is the head, you can't see it in the pic but a bunch of valves are bent due to the slip in timing when the guide let go, both heads are coming off for a total Re and Re. the pistons and bores are in great shape so the bottom end isnt being touched.



there are so many special tools involved with these, this would definitely not be a reliable over-lander if you where going any more than just out of town range.
 

Detslider

Adventurer
I spent a day traveling southern Baja with a couple we met near Cabo who were taking their X5 to Panama and back.
 

Cody1771

Explorer
yeah does look like an X3, looks like the company that built that off road X5 is only a few weeks from releasing a 1.5" spacer kit designed to be used with the X5 with air ride. looks like i might be gaining a little ground clearance...
 

Cody1771

Explorer
X5 is gone, damn thing cost me over $8000 this year. traded it in for a new Ford Focus, all adventuring will be done on 2 wheels or by foot from now on :D
 
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