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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 05-13-2012, 08:20 AM
528iTSportWagon 528iTSportWagon is offline
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Touring Springs

I've finally decided to make the leap and ditch the factory springs on this wagon. This is my problem; the vehicle is a Non-Sport suspension with a standard - Non Leveling - rear suspension, so it has coils back there, not bags. I have run into one road block after another in my quest for springs.

I visited this idea a while back and if I remeber correctly H&R did offer a complete kit but I can't be for sure on that.

Does anyone one have any ideas on this?

Koni Yellows this time around as well? If so, do they make the rears for the Tourings??

Who else has had this issue with a Touring?

Right now Bilstein HD's, Factory Springs - Non Sport, M5 Rear Bar, Power Flex bushings. I'm wanting a more aggressive stance while trying to also regain some degree of the factory ride quality. With this hodge podge mess I have now the car drives wonderfully at speed but is a little on the rough side around town.
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Old 05-13-2012, 08:54 AM
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Hi,

I have the H&R's all round on my Touring as I also do not have the SLS setup. I also used the oem standard shocks (not Sport ones) and I've been extremely happy with the comfort, ride, handling and looks for the past 5+ years they've been on. I'm also running on 19 inch Hartge's so if you are looking for a more aggressive look, which size wheels do you have or plan to have?

If you wish to go lower than the 30mm the H&Rs do, then I'd suggest going for the coilover route and then, go for higher quality and branded ones. I'm considering the Apex kit which is 'mid priced' at around 500 for the setup, but I might just save up some more for the BC Racing kit or even save up more for KW V1's.

Cross reference with the big 'unofficial touring thread' over on bimmerforums as there's more Touring owners there who've done and discussed more than here on bimmerfest.

Cheers, Dennis!
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Old 05-13-2012, 09:12 AM
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Dennis,

Thanks for the feedback. You wouldn't happen to have the part number for that H&R Kit still laying around, would you??

Style 5's - 17x8 and I'm not likely going to change those.

I don't want to get this car down "in the weeds" so if H&R will give 30mm all the way around I would be pleased.
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Old 05-13-2012, 09:58 AM
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Hi

Unfortunately I don't have the part numbers - it's been over 5 or so years since they've been installed and I threw the box out the day of installation. Have a look on Ebay Germany, 'E39 Touring H&R' is the search term and plenty of results come up.

Drop some of the sellers a line and see if they'll ship to the USA. If not, ask if they'll ship to the UK, if they do that, I don't mind shipping them over to you.

Cheers, Dennis!
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Old 05-13-2012, 03:05 PM
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Yep, they've got a pile of them. Now I just need to learn German.
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Old 05-13-2012, 03:40 PM
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if you are just trying to translate the webpage google translate works pretty well.
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E39 2003 530i: SP, CWP, PP, Manual, Sunshades, Split folding rear seats, 17" Style 42s
E28 1987 535is: Manual, Bilstein HDs, 16" Style 5v2 (from e38)[Sold]
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Old 05-14-2012, 12:16 PM
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After a few calls today I've successfully tracked down a set of springs here in the states so the most difficult part of this battle should now be behind me.

Thanks for the help Dennis.


Does anyone have any input on Koni Yellows for a Touring???
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Old 05-15-2012, 09:54 PM
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We carry B&G springs for the wagon.
http://www.eaceuroparts.com/catalog/product/852
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:24 PM
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What about 2003 models?

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Originally Posted by Jared@EAC View Post
We carry B&G springs for the wagon.
http://www.eaceuroparts.com/catalog/product/852
The EAC website indicates they are for 97-02 models.
B&G's website lists them as "2003 BMW 525/528/530i Wagon".

Can anyone confirm if they will work on my 525iT produced in 3/2003?
Secondly, would they cause any problems if I kept my OEM non-sport struts?

Thank you in advance!
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Old 03-19-2013, 04:39 AM
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The EAC website indicates they are for 97-02 models.
B&G's website lists them as "2003 BMW 525/528/530i Wagon".

Can anyone confirm if they will work on my 525iT produced in 3/2003?
Secondly, would they cause any problems if I kept my OEM non-sport struts?

Thank you in advance!
From B&G's website
525/528/530i Wagon 1997-2003 (Chassis: E39) Drop F/R (1.6/1)

The old B&G application guide stopped it at 02 but their recent one fixed the error.
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Old 03-20-2013, 03:00 PM
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Thank you for the clarification, jnyost!

I see that someone already said the oem standard shocks were doing good after 5 years so my second question was pointless. Duh!
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Old 03-20-2013, 03:35 PM
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I'm using the HD Bilstiens all around on my touring and love em--Bought those from Jared at EAC--after putting the rear shocks on I decided I didn't need to upgrade the springs--250k miles on the car since buying it new and still going strong.
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