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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 03-20-2014, 07:51 AM
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Is Lemfoerder the same as what BMW uses for Suspension parts

I have a 2000 bmw e39 528i 120K NO SPORT SUSPENSION . I done a lot of posting for different problems with this car. So here's another issue with suspension. At 51k my son installed some TRW Control (thrust)arms R and L but not the Wishbones. Then at 101K he had the Drivers side replaced with a Genuine BMW Control (Thrust) arm and the Wishbone. Now I'm going to install some Monroe's Struts front and rear, and new Lemfoerder front strut mounts, so I can save a few $$$. The car is only going to be driven as a passenger car not a sports car. I was also thinking about installing new Control arm and Wishbone on the Passenger side at the same time. Not sure if their really bad yet? They have 70K on them. So as you can see I'm trying to save a few $$$ on this car. Going to try to keep it running for 5-8 yrs maybe? Is Lemfoerder the same manufacture that BMW uses for the Control arms and Wishbones? There's a big difference in the price on the Control arm $132 Lem vs $199 for BMW.

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Old 03-20-2014, 08:26 AM
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Lemforder is OEM supplier for BMW, Mercedes, Volvo etc.

Spend a bit more $ and get either Bilstein (I have Bilstein and love it sans clunking issues) or Sachs.
I wrote the DIYs (front and rear suspension overhauls) in forum.
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Old 03-20-2014, 08:39 AM
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Thanks CN90 for the info. I figured you would know. I'm really trying to keep the cost down on this car. Already have $3000 in parts so far. Car's only worth about 4-5K an then still facing possible Trany rebuild another $3.3K. I've done some research on the Monroe's and some people have been pleased with their performance for standard driving which at 64 that's all I'm about.

Any thoughts on how to check for leveling car when doing ATF fluid level check? Car is suppose to be level.

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Old 03-20-2014, 08:56 AM
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Monroe is $67:
http://www.amazon.com/Monroe-71455-O.../dp/B000C55NIM

Sachs or Bilstein is about $110-$120/each. I think this is better than Monroe, but it is certainly your choice.

The ATF level, once the car is up on wood ramps or jack stands, place a level under the chassis, near where the jack pad is.
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Old 03-20-2014, 09:08 AM
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One thing I notices when I did the suspension overhaul(thanks CN90 for the DIY info), the original BMW parts is a bit different from Lemfoerder ones, the Bmw one are a bit lighter, and at certain spot they are cut differently.
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Old 03-20-2014, 09:09 AM
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TRW is also a suspension supplier to BMW.
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Old 03-20-2014, 10:16 AM
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Do not use URO strut mounts, or you will be replacing them within a year.
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Old 03-20-2014, 10:22 AM
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TRW is also a suspension supplier to BMW.

Sorry to highjack the thread.
Ed, I just look at your signature line, our 540i build date are the same, mine is also a 97 March car, but my 6mt came afterwards.
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Old 03-20-2014, 12:11 PM
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Meyle makes struts as well. I would pick them before Monroe.
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Then just dial them to how YOU want the car to drive.

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Old 03-20-2014, 05:35 PM
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The ZF Group brands are Lemfoerder, Sachs, Boge etc and they make many of the original parts for BMW, along with Mercedes, VAG and other European makers. If you buy these brands you basically get the same part in a different box without the BMW premium, 2-3 times, price. Also be aware that later replacement parts may have changed during the production run so they may not be exactly the same as the original. In many cases the parts are exactly the same with the BMW logo removed. You can quite often see where the logo has been ground off.

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I'm in the process of installing Koni sports in the front and Bilstein HD in the rear. Got them for around $600 from tirerack.
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