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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 04-17-2007, 11:38 AM
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H&R RACE Springs

If you are running H&R Race springs on your E39 please let me know what you think of the ride quality.

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Old 04-17-2007, 11:52 AM
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I didn't notice much difference between them and my old OEM sport springs.
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Old 04-17-2007, 11:54 AM
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I would get them, but they are to low for my liking over the H&R Sport Springs, which I am pairing with Bilstein HD's for an almost stock sport look
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Old 04-17-2007, 12:02 PM
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I didn't notice much difference between them and my old OEM sport springs.
Is the drop what you expected? What shocks did you match with them?

Really? The ride is a bit stiffer or the same as OEM sport?
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Old 04-17-2007, 12:06 PM
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I would get them, but they are to low for my liking over the H&R Sport Springs, which I am pairing with Bilstein HD's for an almost stock sport look
I want lower than sport and slightly stiffer.
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Old 04-17-2007, 12:12 PM
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I have to confirm that the race springs are what I have (they MAY be the 'sports').. I don't want to lead you down the wrong road.. I'll see if i can get hold of the guy who ordered and installed them for me.
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Old 04-17-2007, 12:14 PM
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I didn't notice much difference between them and my old OEM sport springs.
what is the part # and what shocks/struts did you mate it with?
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Old 04-18-2007, 06:44 AM
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Oops, correction, I have the SPORT H&R springs. sorry Franka!
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Old 04-18-2007, 06:56 AM
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Oops, correction, I have the SPORT H&R springs. sorry Franka!

Thanks, that's fine. I appreciate your effort.

So you would rate the H&R Sports as comparable to factory sport? What shocks are you using?

Is anyone running H&R Race springs? I would like to know what you think of the ride quality.

I expect they will be a bit stiffer than factory sport springs, but the question is by how much?

On a different track now. What about H&R coilovers in general? Where do they rate in the stiffness category to say Eibach or Sachs coilovers, or any other coilovers?
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Old 04-18-2007, 07:37 AM
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I'm using the stock shocks.. the ride is not much different at all from my OEM springs.. but the car sits where it should
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Old 04-18-2007, 07:49 AM
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Old 04-19-2007, 08:57 AM
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I'm wondering the same question. I was debating replacing the H&R sports for the race springs, I want something lower and stiffness is not a problem. Intrax was also on my list, whatever dropped it the most besides coilovers.
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Old 04-19-2007, 09:04 AM
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I think H&R race only makes the springs for the 540.
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Old 04-19-2007, 09:15 AM
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Performance aside for a sidebar discussion, you know what would be nice.... some comparison photos (side shots) of different setups. Mainly different springs since that is what dictates drop.

Any one have a side shot of the following:

H&R Race
H&R Sport
Eibach Pro

Did I miss any?
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Old 04-19-2007, 09:34 AM
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Old 04-19-2007, 09:36 AM
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I think H&R race only makes the springs for the 540.
True
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Old 04-19-2007, 09:45 AM
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I think H&R race only makes the springs for the 540.
they have both sport and race

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Old 04-19-2007, 10:02 AM
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they have both sport and race

Please what are the 2 springs in the 1st picture ?
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Please what are the 2 springs in the 1st picture ?
left is sport, right is race
both for E39
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Old 04-19-2007, 11:14 AM
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Thanks, are they for 540 or what?

Were they ever installed? How was the ride on the Race?
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Old 04-19-2007, 11:39 AM
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Thanks, are they for 540 or what?

Were they ever installed? How was the ride on the Race?
both are for the 540.

i have the race sitting here waiting to be mated with a set of shocks/struts. not sure which one to go with.
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HMMM, my springs are the blue versions... are we sure those are the race versions? If so, that is what I have.. they are definitely blue!
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Old 04-19-2007, 06:01 PM
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HMMM, my springs are the blue versions... are we sure those are the race versions? If so, that is what I have.. they are definitely blue!
In an earlier post to me you confirmed that you had the Sport not the Race. Hmmmm indeed.
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Old 04-19-2007, 06:03 PM
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i called tirerack today because I wanted to know the color of the Sports, they emailed me back saying they are all dark blue, which is what I am looking for an almost stock dark color, the race springs in pictures are red in color..but may vary
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