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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 05-21-2007, 08:37 PM
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Talking RESULTS AND 1st IMPRESSIONS BILSTEINS!!!

INstalled Bilsteins Sports with my OE stock sport springs.....well it took less than 5 hours here are some things you need to know.
A) the fronts are easy, make sure you have an extra hand to help pull them out use lots of PB
B) the rears are a pain, on the tank side the gas tubing gets in the way of reinstalling and on the driver's side, take the fuel fume/evaporator tank out and it will make it easier. the rears took twice as long as the fronts, because there were weird angles with all the suspension components in the way
C) IT IS A 2 MAN JOB FOR SURE!!!!
Driving Impressions.
GOOD: A) car does not nose dive under hard braking
B) under hard accelerating car does not pitch back
C) tighter feel of the road, meaning you get more feedback because the sloppiness of the factory shocks is taken out
BAD: A) is "firmer" on crappy roads, not teeth shattering, but noticeable..but smooth and stock like on regular well surfaced roads
thats it for bad, I like them and think they will get better after breaking in...they are definitely higher performance over stock
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Old 05-21-2007, 08:54 PM
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nice work .. that's a nice upgrade.
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Old 05-21-2007, 08:58 PM
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i think i'll be hosting a tech day at my place this weekend doing this mod...
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Old 05-21-2007, 09:00 PM
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I felt the firmness of the Koni adjustable even after setting them to full soft but after a week or so you'll won't notice the firmness. I am sure you'll feel the same way after one week.
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Old 05-21-2007, 09:06 PM
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Did it raise the ride height at all?
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Old 05-21-2007, 09:13 PM
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Did it raise the ride height at all?
I knew someone was gonna ske that
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Old 05-21-2007, 09:14 PM
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Did it raise the ride height at all?
I knew someone was gonna ask that
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Old 05-21-2007, 09:48 PM
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I knew someone was gonna ask that
i knew you'd say that twice
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Old 05-21-2007, 09:59 PM
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You are really one lucky man. I really need to start working on suspension.
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Old 05-21-2007, 10:08 PM
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i knew you'd say that twice
HaHA - i guess i stutter sometimes
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Old 05-21-2007, 11:08 PM
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I just ordered a set of Bilstein Sports for my 540i today from Bav Auto. I will have them professionally installed though. Glad to hear your report. Sounds like you are happy with them. I will ask the same question, but only once. Did the Bilsteins change your ride height?
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Brian, glad to hear you got them installed, and that you like 'em.

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Old 05-22-2007, 05:24 AM
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i think i'll be hosting a tech day at my place this weekend doing this mod...
Oh really...day(s)? details?
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BAD: A) is "firmer" on crappy roads, not teeth shattering, but noticeable..but smooth and stock like on regular well surfaced roads
thats it for bad, I like them and think they will get better after breaking in...they are definitely higher performance over stock
I noticed the same thing with my Bilstein Sports. The only difference is that I added the Eibach pro-kit springs. I don't think they had too much to do with ride though. If I spent most of my time <30mph on city roads, I wouldn't like these too much. However, most of my driving is on expressways and here is where Bilsteins really feel tight and responsive. No floatiness and you always feel connected to the road. When you get on a highway cloverleaf, the car feels perfectly flat with the road. These shocks were definitely built for higher speed driving. Glad you like them. You will find youself adjusting to the firmness very quickly.
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Old 05-22-2007, 08:03 AM
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Oh really...day(s)? details?
when i get my blisteins in, i'll be doing something for sure.
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Old 05-22-2007, 08:30 AM
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no difference in height, I thought because I put new springs pads in it would be a little higher, I couldnt tell a difference, I am sure they will need to settle in for a few days....I couldnt imagine how much an indy shop would want to do this job, especially if you dont take the rear apart yourself, with taking rear apart the previous day, total time was 7 hours
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no difference in height, I thought because I put new springs pads in it would be a little higher, I couldnt tell a difference, I am sure they will need to settle in for a few days....I couldnt imagine how much an indy shop would want to do this job, especially if you dont take the rear apart yourself, with taking rear apart the previous day, total time was 7 hours
My indy worked for almost two days total doing both the fronts and backs. He said he had a number of small interruptions but he went way over his original estimate of 6 hours. The owner ended up charging me for 8.5 hours but I know he put in at least 12 hours of work time. What a pain.
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Old 05-22-2007, 09:38 AM
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yes if there was only one mechanic on it, then yes they had no clue what they were getting into, lucky for me my total cost was $440 for Bilsteins, $50 for new pads, and a $40 donation to the school's Auto Tech fund for using their space, tools and lift. The Auto Tech teacher helped me get them out, but I loosened all bolts, compressed the springs, reassempled the struts/shocks, etc, took the wheels on and off etc
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How long to do just the front springs? Are they really that easy? Did you also install new strut mounts? Lastly, did you use info from a DIY website & which one

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Old 05-22-2007, 08:15 PM
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the front only took about 1.5 hours, make sure the bottum engine cover is unscrewed nearest the brake area, other wise when you push done on the asembly, it will break the bottum cover...
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Old 05-23-2007, 02:42 PM
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Brian-did you have to realign the front end after the install?
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Old 05-23-2007, 06:44 PM
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getting alignment checked tomorrow, we'll see if it is off
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Did you actually take any measurements of the height before and after, or just "eyeballed it"?
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Old 05-23-2007, 08:07 PM
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is that a MEET?
well... let's call it a tech day since some wrenching is going to happen.... this is contingent on me getting my bilsteins.
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