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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 06-23-2012, 10:18 AM
cbruce2012 cbruce2012 is offline
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Mein Auto: 540i/6
Suspension, wheels, and tires

Hey, so I was thinking about starting a thread about what setup you have on your car. Preferabaly what you have or have used and your opinion on it. What tires have you used? Size? Brand? Suspension manufacture and components? Wheels? I think this will be a good place to start looking for what works and what doesn't. I'll start off with the kind of format that we might use. We can change it if something works out better...


1999 540i/6

Suspension:
Stock sport. The only thing I have tried so far and I like it. A little more body roll than I want, but overall very sporty and very well handling. I'm thinking of going with some eibach sway bars to counter the excess roll while still maintaining ride comfort.

http://www.tirerack.com/suspension/s...9&autoModClar=


Wheels:
I have the M-Parallel rims with 18x8 front and 18x9 rear. To me these are great looking wheels and I do not plan on changing them any time soon. I will be getting seperate winter rims and tires though I was looking at these for my winter rims...

http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/Wheel...All&sort=Price


Tires:
Currently have Michelin Pilot Super Sports on 3 corners and the front drivers side has a Nitto NT555 (previous owner got a flat and decided to replace with a non-matching tire...). I do plan on replacing them all soon seeing as my rears are almost like DOT comps. lol. Anyways, in the front I'm running 245/40/18 with the rears being 275/35/18. The car corners like it's on rails and stops amazing. Tire spin on launch isn't too bad with just a small squeak on the 1-2 shift. I do need to do a rear lip roll though to keep the rear passenger tire from rubbing. I haven't rubbed it yet, but the previous owner did, but only by about 1/32 of an inch, so hopefully a lip roll will clear... I will also be getting different winter tires, I was looking at these...

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....wtpackage=true



Sorry about the poor quality pictures, our nicer camera got sand in it and broke...
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