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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 11-11-2013, 04:50 PM
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air suspension vs coilovers

bmw 525i 2005. i have a question...air suspension or coilovers...im the type to be as simple as possible. now i have alot of questions as too air suspension. i know for coils once u install them u gotta camber your wheels and possibly roll your fenders if wheels rub...how much and what other work need to be done while using coilovers or air suspension...such as alignments cambering sway bars and cambering...which one is simpler...and are bags really as easy as all say it us? "just flick a switch and your height changes" or is it like a little computer where u actually have to know what your doing besides saying "oh i wanna lower it 50%" i need help. air suspension i heard is more convenient cuz when u wanna change height u can do it in 2 min vs coils u gotta jack the car up take the wheels off and adjust the spring....my main pet peeve is adjustments and the extra $ i gotta spend after getting coilovers or bags...thats a pain in the a$$ and cost more money for labor from the mechanic...my friends have coilovers and they had to make so many adjustments jus so the car would ride good and wheels wouldnt rub...its a pain.. now for bags dont u also have to adjust the cambering and fenders...cuz what if one day u wanna go like 2 inches down...but then another u wanna go stock ride height...how is the cambering and alignments gonna work for the various ride heights...so many questions and SO CONFUSED. please dont hate jus a kid tryna learn thanks. only positive responses .
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Old 11-12-2013, 11:02 AM
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Seriously? This is a BMW, not a "Donk", don't bag that poor thing.
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Old 11-12-2013, 03:00 PM
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In your first broken sentences "bmw 525i 2005. i have a question...air suspension or coilovers...im the type to be as simple as possible"
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Old 11-12-2013, 03:46 PM
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None of them.
Stick with the default strut and coil spring . . . if you want more sportiness then change the struts and coils, if you want comfort then keep using the OE struts and coils.

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Old 11-12-2013, 05:19 PM
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Not many people are adjusting their coil overs enough to worry about taking a tire off for an adjustment. You can find a plethora of ride settings so setup should be simple. Unless you are racing I wouldn't worry about it.

I would go OEM, otherwise your suspension setup could end up being worth more then your car.
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