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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 05-25-2014, 08:14 PM
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h&r sport springs 29742-1 and 29742-2 pics

Thinking about going with 29742-2 for a lower ride height any one have any pics? Thanks
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I know members have used them before and they have a good thread with a good combo (Koni/Bilstein with springs) for maintaining comfort while adding cornering ability as well us reducing understeer (replace rear sway bar with M5 bar).


This one has H&R springs and you'll notice the reduced ride height.
The picture should give you an idea of the difference you will see.
wait for others to chime in and they may have other pictures, thoughts, etc
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I don't think many people are aware of this. H&r makes two sets of sport springs for the e39 i6 model. Part number 29742-1 h&r sport spring applicable for the e39 with standard suspension and 29742-2 for the e39 with sport suspension. Since the suspension geometry are the same the only difference I can see is the one labeled for the sport suspension has a lower hide height then the one labeled for standard suspension. Again h&r labels these as sport springs for the different applications of standard and sport suspension I do not see why they can not be interchangeable
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they are interchangable as the non-sport models have thinner sway bars, springs, softer shocks and struts, etc.
There may be other bits which are different, but I'll leave that to more seasoned members to discuss. When you put sport springs on non sport models, you will notice a difference in the way the car rides, just not height.
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Old 05-27-2014, 02:10 PM
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Obviously a overall stiffer ride to go with the lower stance. Has any one done this to there base model? How's it ride?
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The -1 and -2 springs can be used interchangeably IF and only IF you have shocks that support them. Running either set of springs on a standard non-sport (or KYB, Monroe, etc) shock will cause that shock to be blown in relatively short order. They are simply not meant for the decrease in ride height and you'll be hitting the bump stops frequently. The bump stops are even different in the front from sport to non-sport.

That said, I have a 2002 530i sport and needed to replace a rear spring due to it breaking. Of course I'd be doing both at the same time to keep things even and a whole set of springs ends up being the same cost as two rears. I like the ride height of the sport and did not want to lower the car any further. Since the -1 springs lower the car from a standard suspension height, they are very similar to the OEM sport springs. The -2 springs lower the car additionally from the OEM sport springs.

Attached are photos from installing H&R 29742-1 springs with four new Sachs Advantage (OEM) shocks. I found one rear was blown (oddly not the one with the broken spring) and I had the rest apart so I replaced all four at 92k miles. I'm very happy with the ride height and the car is firmer than before, though it's hard to judge with the rear end as soft as it was.
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