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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 02-23-2012, 07:46 AM
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Recommended swaybar links for lowering suspension

I have a 2000 528i and in the process of ordering my H&R SPORT SPRINGS and BILSTEIN SPORT STRUTS. Since this is such a popular set which swaybar (links) should I buy?

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Old 02-23-2012, 07:58 AM
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I personally would stick with the OEM ones.
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Old 02-23-2012, 08:01 AM
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Here's a really good topic from Graham on Mason Engineering's adjustable end links.

It's a good read.
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I personally would stick with the OEM ones.
That is incorrect... on any lowered application, the OEM endlinks apply too much preload to the sway bar. The correct thing to do is install adjustable endlinks like these:

http://www.turnermotorsport.com/p-21...inks-pair.aspx

or these (as AnotherGeezer's link shows):

http://www.masonengineering.net/Subp...W_Products.htm

or here (powergridinc makes good stuff...they sell e39 adjustable links in their ebay store):

http://www.powergridinc.com/swaybar.asp
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That is incorrect... on any lowered application, the OEM endlinks apply too much preload to the sway bar. The correct thing to do is install adjustable endlinks like these:

http://www.turnermotorsport.com/p-21...inks-pair.aspx

or these (as AnotherGeezer's link shows):

http://www.masonengineering.net/Subp...W_Products.htm

or here (powergridinc makes good stuff...they sell e39 adjustable links in their ebay store):

http://www.powergridinc.com/swaybar.asp
I did not know that! Ya learn somethin new everyday!
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I did not know that! Ya learn somethin new everyday!
Daily occurence for me too... I'm going to get some adjustable links when I upgrade my sway bars this summer.
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Daily occurence for me too... I'm going to get some adjustable links when I upgrade my sway bars this summer.
Yeah it makes life interesting for sure! And now that I know this I might look into it myself as my car is lowered.
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I run Eibach 27mm front and M5 oem rear, perfect combination for me... I do not see any reason to buy shorter links unless you go deeper than 50mm (which I would doubt to call it a benefitial anyways)...
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I think the recommendation is to only use the front pair and those must be longer than stock to accommodate a drop. Seems like the rears are not required.

Could be wrong though.
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I think the recommendation is to only use the front pair and those must be longer than stock to accommodate a drop. Seems like the rears are not required.

Could be wrong though.
I think the greater problem is that there is a lack of adjustable rear links available:

CORRECTION: The rear endlinks the link below are not ADJUSTABLE...they are simply just SEXY!
I've found one example of a set made by an outfit called LI-Customs...



See here:

http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39...-brackets.html

Website = www.Li-Customs.com.


In theory, an drop in height (front or rear) should require an increase in endlink length, but many people forgoe the rear links.

...and to be clear... 50mm...or nearly two inches in our parlance...is not a trivial amount. A two inch increase will cause the front sway bar to pivot upwards by a commensurate amount. A longer endlink is definitely need to compensate.

Here is neat little discussion about the topic with a nice pic that will let you visualize the problem:

http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39...end-links.html

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The Heim joints would tend to handle the offset load a lot better than the fixed point stock part would.
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The Heim joints would tend to handle the offset load a lot better than the fixed point stock part would.

True..and after reading through Graham's post, it does make sense that the rear link is thrown less out of whack by a negative change in ride height.
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