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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 10-30-2013, 10:08 AM
Euro E39 Euro E39 is offline
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Question Bilstein B14 PSS to install in my 528

,,,,Bilstein PSS coilovers (B-14) in hand finally...$1000 and only $35 S/h all the way to Japan. Haven't seen many attempt to fit it on the I-6.

Short install parts list ready to buy..but if anyone can assist with a confirmation of what worked for them, I'd really appreciate it.

I've read Bfm E39Haemann's post and 540 M sport has greatly assisted in getting my shopping list started. Read the instruction booklet included.

Lesson learned: don't forget the split washers (4) to prevent knocking.

Front:
Upper Strut Bearing: 31331090612; the yellow bushing only.
http://www.ecstuning.com/ES50312/
Upper Front Strut Mount: 31331091708;
http://www.ecstuning.com/ES50352/


Rear:

Rear Shock Mount:
33521094091; please confirm 540 M sport part recommended.
http://www.ecstuning.com/ES2162702/

OR

33522229854
http://www.ecstuning.com/ES58410/

Rear Upper Spring Pad: 33531091924
http://www.ecstuning.com/ES58612/

Thank you for your help. Drive safely please.
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Old 12-05-2013, 04:46 AM
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Let's take a look inside the Bilstein PSS B-14 coilovers...destined for the 1997 528 M52...




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Old 12-05-2013, 04:54 AM
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FRONTS UNWRAPPED

http://s1331.photobucket.com/user/bi...IY/PSS%20FRONT

REARS UNWRAPPED


http://s1331.photobucket.com/user/bi...DIY/PSS%20REAR
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Old 01-28-2014, 02:48 AM
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Question Bilstein pss on 528: Install parts list help

540 DRIVERS

Can I get some help to identify the correct part number for the 540 sport 's
REAR SHOCK MOUNTS?....realoem checked.

I'm installing the PSS (B14) on my I6.
If you've successfully done this mod, please share any lessons you have with us.


Rear:
33521094091; please confirm 540 M sport rear shock mount

http://www.ecstuning.com/ES2162702/

OR
33521091710

OR

33522229854
http://www.ecstuning.com/ES58410/


Confident with this part number....
Rear Upper Spring Pad: 33531091924
http://www.ecstuning.com/ES58612/

Thank you for your help. Drive safely please.
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Old 02-04-2014, 01:03 AM
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Parts on their way from ECS tuning...doing the FF bearing hubs too..same time...maybe ceramics too while we've got it all apart...
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Old 03-27-2014, 10:08 PM
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Old 04-14-2014, 03:27 PM
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I installed my 540i Bilstein PSS B14's today on my 1997 528i.

The ONLY parts I needed are the following...

PARTS LIST

#1. 540i Camber Kit...I chose KMAC Stage 1 Camber Kit. The KMAC Kit Included a spacer that I DID use as it did say to in the instructions.


#2. 1 left REAR and 1 right REAR 528i Upper Control Arm....because the bolt is not worth the hassle of fighting, and you drive a BMW not a Civic, just saw it off and replace it
REPLACING will easily save you an aggravating 30mins of precious time that you will never get back in life


#3. Stock 528i upper Spring Pads...you could also replace your upper rear strut mounts. I bought 540 rear upper mounts BUT, the bolts do NOT line up with the shock tower holes, on the 528i chassis. You must use STOCK 528i REAR UPPER STRUT MOUNTS and SPRING PADS.


#4. 540i Left and Right Front Upper Spring Perch.(Note, you will only use the yellow bearings. They easily pop out and make sure the yellow side is facing up when you install it onto the coilovers.)

Here's a pic of the car with them installed. The front will go lower but, I am just happy to get them on today. Alignment is scheduled in a few days and then the front will drop another 1/4"- 1/2" to get that sexy rake
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Old 04-15-2014, 10:25 AM
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Here's the fronts completely bottomed out.
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Old 04-15-2014, 10:37 AM
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Old 04-15-2014, 10:43 AM
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Old 04-15-2014, 11:13 PM
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Looks FANTASTICO! cant' wait to get mine on now...
Regarding the REARS:
I have the 540 Sport rear shock mounts (33521094091) SACHS from ECS @ $34 ea. and the BMW OEM Rear uppper spring pad (33531091924) @ $5.32 ea.
Are these the wrong ones ?
What part number is the RIGHT shock mounts? 33521091710 OR 33522229854?
Thanks!
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I didn't replace my original 528i rear upper strut mount because I also ordered 540i mounts, thinking they would be needed. The 540i stud's on the mounts will not allign with the holes on the body.

You must use 528i rear upper mounts. Mine were not in bad shape so I only replaced the upper spring pad and used the original mount. If I would've know I would have bought mounts ahead of time.

However, 540i and 528i spring pads are the same.

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Old 04-17-2014, 05:06 AM
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528 mounts differ from 540

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I didn't replace my original 528i rear upper strut mount because I also ordered 540i mounts, thinking they would be needed. The 540i stud's on the mounts will not allign with the holes on the body.

You must use 528i rear upper mounts. Mine were not in bad shape so I only replaced the upper spring pad and used the original mount. If I would've know I would have bought mounts ahead of time.

However, 540i and 528i spring pads are the same.
540 sport/ and not M5 rear mounts were recommended from the couple of others that completed their B14 install...I wonder if it is because our 528s are from 97 and maybe has 7 series E38? geometry..late 98 may have changed. with the facelift?
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so that's what my car looks like without the lower suspension,,,, mine is so low,, I can't get under it without a jack... and it sticks to the road at any speed
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540 sport/ and not M5 rear mounts were recommended from the couple of others that completed their B14 install...I wonder if it is because our 528s are from 97 and maybe has 7 series E38? geometry..late 98 may have changed. with the facelift?
I used the 540 spring pad on my M5 when I added the PSS kit. I think it has to do with the spring diameter and fit at the top. There are some photos of the mounts in this link below. I'm not sure how the diameter of the 528 spring pad differs from the 540 but I know the 540 spring pad is smaller than the M5's and provides a much better fit for the spring.

http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39...tallation.html
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Old 04-29-2014, 01:29 AM
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Thank you all for your comments.
FF: How much do you compress the top spring section when installing the top hat ? May I see a picture of how much thread is remaining on top after tightening down the center lock nut?
I've read that I should stack up some ss washers between Bilstein OEM concaved spacer and the top hat. thoughts?
Thanks.
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