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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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Well I figure with my stock 17" style 19's I shouldn't have too many rubbing issues, but I will definitely measure before I buy.
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The car looks a lot better...! Just needs more low for those wheels IMO...

Also note, that spacers and the powder-coated black lugs can be found from Turner Motorsports, ECS Tuning, and/or www.EACEuroParts.com .

Thread from Turner about information on spacers (great thread IMO!):
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I highly recommend H&R spacers.

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The car looks a lot better...! Just needs more low for those wheels IMO...

Also note, that spacers and the powder-coated black lugs can be found from Turner Motorsports, ECS Tuning, and/or www.EACEuroParts.com .

Thread from Turner about information on spacers (great thread IMO!):
http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum....php?t=1364210

I highly recommend H&R spacers.

Thanks!
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Excellent Link there... lots of good info regarding spacers. I would have preferred a nce name brand like H&R or Eibach, but the fact that they all use the same T-6061 Aluminum as the spacer that I bought gives me some confidence.

In addition, I've used spacers from this seller on my E46 and a Jeep Patriot (don't ask )...so I feel secure with the quality.
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You should have seen the original....this one's been "modified".
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Keep in mind ....always measure the gap between the inner fender lip and the outer edge of your tire to determine how thick a spacer you can fit. I had about 16mm of space in the rear and and 17mm in the front. The 15mm spacers have brought me very close to inner lip of the fender. In fact I did notice two instances of fender rub in the rear. This should resolve itself once I install the appropriate tire size on the rear. I am currently running a 265/35/18 on the rear, but it should be a 245/35/18 on an 18x8" wheel.
I vote to roll the rear fender and keep the 265 tires unless you already have it rolled.
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I vote to roll the rear fender and keep the 265 tires unless you already have it rolled.
The 265 tires are part of the visual problem. If you look at the front versus the rear...you can see that the rear tire looks like a "block". The sidewalls actually have to curve inward in order to have the beads seat on the wheel. Another side effect of this a central "bowing" of the tread..it causes enhanced wear at the center of the tire. A proper tire size will improve asthetics, longevity and maybe even some handling performance.

As Jason suggested, I may have to invest in some coilovers :-)
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Ok....not as big as the wheels... But another "enhancement".
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Nah...not my style.
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You do make a convincing case...


Well...i noticed that I had a major brain fart. I'm not running a 265 tire in the back....i'm running a 275!

Can't believe I forgot that.

Any way... I'm going to play around with different spacer sizes to get to where I need in the rear (just ordered some 5mm spacers). I'm going to replace with better tires when this set wears out.
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I know..... The headlights need work!!
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nice pictures but yea the headlights need some work try this out
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Thanks for the link.. I was Planning to claybar them, but I may just go whole-hog and use this DIY.

I'm trying to improve my picture taking skills.
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This is a test....this is only a test...
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Do either that DIY which looks excellent, or get yourself a 3M kit which worked brilliantly for me.
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..and it's much appreciated
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