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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 07-28-2015, 07:29 PM
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SLS adjustable links - update - left right height difference

Where can i find adjustable links for the SLS rear ride height sensors?

Bavauto has them, but will only sell as a lowering kit (with front springs).
There are adjustable links for newer cars, but google is not finding them for my 540iT.

I want to even out the touring left to right, and to induce a slight rake.

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Old 07-29-2015, 08:20 AM
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IMHO installing these links is ridiculous. The links are not 'adjustable' they are bent to fool the ride height system.

The rear ride height is adjustable using a sophisticated scan tool like Autologic, GT1, etc. You need to find a BMW expert shop that has such a tool and will level out the rear left to right and adjust your rear ride height just like you want. Be aware that changing ride height will alter rear camber and thus tire wear. You may need an alignment after changes.

Go to www.bimrs.org for an expert shop in your area. Then give them a call and ask what they are willing to do.
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Old 07-29-2015, 03:17 PM
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Threaded adjusters ! Where are those threaded adjusters?

An app that will let me dial the ride height would be even better. And torque motors for the eccentric chamber and toe bolts!

How about spacers between the subframe and the chassis?

I'm just obsessing on finding threaded adjusters. Their non existence is making me feel empty.
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Old 08-05-2015, 02:42 PM
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I just redid mine this summer. The old ones were rusted pretty bad.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/121702814008...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

Had Adjustable links for over four years with out the gloom n doom of previous post. Just buy some threaded stainless rod and cut to fit links. I think $20. is what I have into them.

Better way is to have it lowered by software adjustment. Any good Indy can do this.

Mine is lowered quite a bit and is spot on factory specs. I also have Thayer Motorsports adjustable upper rear links.
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Old 08-07-2015, 02:32 PM
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Thanks for the link on adjustable links. These looks like they need to be disconnected on one end to adjust length. Turn buckle adjustment would be terrific.

I checked with local indie, and they want 1 hour work to hook up the diagnostic ... ridiculous.at $128.

Note: I had recently replaced the rear ball joint and integral link. While dropping the right rear lower control arm, the ride height sensor got pulled straight, so either I broke it or it could be completely out of calibration.

The driver side is sitting 5/8 lower for the rear and 1/2 lower in front as compared to the left side. Ride height is not changing over night, so doubt it is a leak.

At $128 for re programming, it seems cheaper to replace the sensors.
Is reprogramming is needed after a sensor replacement?

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So it turned out that I screwed up reinstalling the passenger side ride height sensor. When I replaced the ball joint and integral link.

The alignment pin was not in place and the sensor tilted up and gave the extra ride height. I'm back on an even keel.
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Old 08-29-2015, 05:13 AM
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So it turned out that I screwed up reinstalling the passenger side ride height sensor. When I replaced the ball joint and integral link.

The alignment pin was not in place and the sensor tilted up and gave the extra ride height. I'm back on an even keel.

Easy way to do a lift kit lol. I've been thinking about doing it to my Range Rover
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