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Old 12-17-2011, 09:48 AM
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Howdy Folks,
You 1986 528e's front end needs to be rebuilt. the steering is sloppy/loose (drifts around in straight aways). the car does not take bumps well, the suspension is clunky and there is a vibration at higher speeds. Are there kits available for the control arms, steering linkage, sway bars, etc.... can anyone recommend one? Of course i am on a budget, so price is a concern.
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george in cincy
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Old 12-17-2011, 10:57 AM
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Howdy Folks,
You 1986 528e's front end needs to be rebuilt. the steering is sloppy/loose (drifts around in straight aways). the car does not take bumps well, the suspension is clunky and there is a vibration at higher speeds. Are there kits available for the control arms, steering linkage, sway bars, etc.... can anyone recommend one? Of course i am on a budget, so price is a concern.
Thanks in advance,
george in cincy
There are kits available, but be very careful about quality. I would not use any cheap aftermarket components, you'll be sorry in the long run. Stick with Lemforder, Boge, Meyle, Febi, Bilstein, etc. Sometimes you save the most money by carefully buying each part individually. You may also want to check out the myE28.com forum. There's lots of info available there regarding suspensions.
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Old 12-17-2011, 02:50 PM
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There are kits available, but be very careful about quality. I would not use any cheap aftermarket components, you'll be sorry in the long run. Stick with Lemforder, Boge, Meyle, Febi, Bilstein, etc. Sometimes you save the most money by carefully buying each part individually. You may also want to check out the myE28.com forum. There's lots of info available there regarding suspensions.
Thanks for the prompt response
I will check out my E28.com
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Old 01-15-2012, 12:20 AM
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I rebuilt the front suspension components of my E28 with used strut housings from Bavarian Auto Recycling Inc (My bottom spring plates were completely rusted away) and got the rest at Bavarian Autosport (www.bavauto.com). I have been very happy with all of the parts. I also purchased some parts I couldn't find at Bav auto from RMEuropean.com and was happy with what I received.
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Old 01-15-2012, 07:56 AM
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I rebuilt the front suspension components of my E28 with used strut housings from Bavarian Auto Recycling Inc (My bottom spring plates were completely rusted away) and got the rest at Bavarian Autosport (www.bavauto.com). I have been very happy with all of the parts. I also purchased some parts I couldn't find at Bav auto from RMEuropean.com and was happy with what I received.
Bob2089, Thanks for the lead. i finally got the car up on a lift. the tie rod end and center link are worn out. Bavarian Autosport has good prices on their replacements. do you know if the tie rod end assemblies are the same for right and left?
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Old 01-15-2012, 08:24 AM
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Bob2089, Thanks for the lead. i finally got the car up on a lift. the tie rod end and center link are worn out. Bavarian Autosport has good prices on their replacements. do you know if the tie rod end assemblies are the same for right and left?
No problem! Good luck with the project. I do believe the tie rod assemblies are the same for the left and right.
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Old 01-15-2012, 09:27 AM
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Bob2089, Thanks for the lead. i finally got the car up on a lift. the tie rod end and center link are worn out. Bavarian Autosport has good prices on their replacements. do you know if the tie rod end assemblies are the same for right and left?
The tie rods are the same left and right. I recently bought a Beck/Arnley center link from Rockauto for $40 on a closeout. Beck/Arnley usually supplies very good quality parts.
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