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Old 11-26-2012, 06:39 PM
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E65 Suspension Replacement

Hey all. I did a search and did not find anything. I replaced my entire coolant system this fall and I am planning on replacing the entire suspension this spring along with lowering my ride on H&R's. Any idea exactly what parts other than struts and shocks that I will need? Thanks in advance.
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:27 PM
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What type of suspension are you having now and planning to replace? Do you have Sport package, EDC, Self-Leveling Air?
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:19 PM
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I have a 745i with standard suspension. I have the sport package but the car is not a sport model. I have dynamic drive but no EDC I don't believe.
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:20 PM
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Planning on keeping stock suspension setup and H&R springs.
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:22 PM
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Why not get KW V3 coilovers if you are looking to go lower?
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:38 PM
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Why not get KW V3 coilovers if you are looking to go lower?
Mainly price I guess. I can get all new shocks, struts, control arms, bushings, ball joint, and sway bars for about $1500. I would be looking at around $2600 just for the coilovers without the control arms ect...I will at some point pull the plug on a newer model but trying to keep everything in tip top shape while doing the work myself just in case I keep it. I have not done suspension work before but I am up to learning. My friend has a lift and will help me do the work for a case of beer. I help him code his E46 and he helps me.
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Old 11-26-2012, 11:43 PM
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I am thinking of doing suspension next spring when i get it out again. Where are you gonna get the struts and all of the parts from? I been looking looking randomly seems like there about 250 or so a strut. Bmw part store is where i have seen so far. What parts are all needed to doing a complete suspension? Thank you not trying to hijack your post
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Old 11-27-2012, 06:16 AM
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Doing strut and sping is fairly straight forward especially for standard suspension. You will need the strut spring compressor 27036. Borrow it from Autozone if you don't have it. See this page http://www.autozone.com/autozone/ino...gAndSuspension

I just replaced the rear bump stop and the strut protection tube myself. The job took me 3 hours. If you have an impact wrench, that would make the use of the spring compressor much faster and easier.
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I have a 745i with standard suspension. I have the sport package but the car is not a sport model. I have dynamic drive but no EDC I don't believe.
you cant have a sport package and not be a sport model??
anyhow, why are you changing the suspension?? Is it just time to do it?? seems that if your changing the springs def do the shocks, try a nice set of bilsteins, and new control arms will def help.
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Doing strut and sping is fairly straight forward especially for standard suspension. You will need the strut spring compressor 27036. Borrow it from Autozone if you don't have it. See this page http://www.autozone.com/autozone/ino...gAndSuspension

I just replaced the rear bump stop and the strut protection tube myself. The job took me 3 hours. If you have an impact wrench, that would make the use of the spring compressor much faster and easier.
I do have an impact wrench so that is good advice borrowing/renting from autozone. Thanks.
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I am thinking of doing suspension next spring when i get it out again. Where are you gonna get the struts and all of the parts from? I been looking looking randomly seems like there about 250 or so a strut. Bmw part store is where i have seen so far. What parts are all needed to doing a complete suspension? Thank you not trying to hijack your post
I have looked quite a bit and lately the cheapest place I have been able to get BMW parts has been BMA auto parts. The cheapest place I have found for shocks, struts, control arms ect... is FCPEURO.
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:02 AM
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you cant have a sport package and not be a sport model??
anyhow, why are you changing the suspension?? Is it just time to do it?? seems that if your changing the springs def do the shocks, try a nice set of bilsteins, and new control arms will def help.
Yes I misquoted on the sport package...I have the chrome around my windows and the wrong steering wheel. I just have the sport wheels which are my winter wheels.

No issue with the suspension right now but I have 86,000 on it and everyone on here always tells me I need a drop. So I bought new H&R springs. I figured that while I was replacing these that I would just go ahead and replace all control arms, bushings, struts and shocks. Car should drive like brand new for $1500. I was looking at the Sachs struts and shocks. I will check out the Billsteins also.
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:10 AM
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I thought the sachs oem are the only struts available? I would go with those then bilsteins anyway there proven to last over 100 k miles.
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Old 11-27-2012, 05:53 PM
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No Billys available for our cars. Repalced mine with OEM SACHS and Eibachs in July.
My original shocks and struts must have been in great shape with 130,000 because there is almost no improvement.....dont forget to replace the front upper strut bearings. They are cheap.
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Old 11-27-2012, 06:12 PM
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Is that the tension strut?
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Old 11-27-2012, 06:24 PM
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strut bearing

It is a bearing on top of the strut that allows the strut to spin when you turn the steering wheel. It is built into the top hat of the strut. You will have it in your hands when you release the top bolt that compresses the spring.
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Old 11-27-2012, 06:30 PM
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It is a bearing on top of the strut that allows the strut to spin when you turn the steering wheel. It is built into the top hat of the strut. You will have it in your hands when you release the top bolt that compresses the spring.
Did you replace the control arms and stabilizers also?
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Part number 31331090612 Keeps steering smooth and quiet lock to lock. Cheap as e65s go.
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Old 11-27-2012, 06:33 PM
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Man I replaced everything at one time, including wheels, tires, brakes, CATS and Borla exhaust.
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Old 12-20-2012, 07:28 AM
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Are SACHS the only replacement for our vehicles? I have an 07 750i Sport. It has 60k on it. The car actually has KW V3's in it right now. Not sure if I want to keep the setup as it's a little harsh on New England roads. So I was toying with going back to stock sport springs with new shocks.

I believe the stock sport model still sits about 1.3-1.5" lower than non-sport models. Is this correct?
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Are SACHS the only replacement for our vehicles? I have an 07 750i Sport. It has 60k on it. The car actually has KW V3's in it right now. Not sure if I want to keep the setup as it's a little harsh on New England roads. So I was toying with going back to stock sport springs with new shocks.

I believe the stock sport model still sits about 1.3-1.5" lower than non-sport models. Is this correct?
I do believe so, SACHS is the only replacement for our cars.You can get them from autozone for about $800.00 all 4. Yes the sport sits at least 1inch lower than the none sport from what I understand.
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Old 12-27-2012, 08:41 AM
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Autozone doesn't list any Struts/Shocks available for the 2007 E65 on their website. Would it be a special order that I would have to do in store only?

You got all 4 for $800 there?
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You might have to go in the store to do it.
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