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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 10-24-2012, 10:46 PM
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I would like to lower my 2001 525i since everything is stock about the car. Lowering it might give it an aggressive look. I'd like to keep my stock rims & tires on, as well. Not really in the market to buy huge rims & tires.

So, what would all of the suspension experts recommend for a lowering set-up? I've looked at E-bay for lowering suspension and this is what I've found:

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Does anyone have any experience with these 2 coil-over(s)? Any suggestions?
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Old 10-25-2012, 04:27 AM
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You don't say what your current suspension is or what size wheels you are currently running. If your primary reason for doing this is to improve appearance and you wish to retain your current wheels/tires, adjustable coilovers is the best approach as the height would be adjustable. However, overall appearance is a function of several considerations, including height, rake, size of wheels and how well your wheels/tires fill your wheel wells. If there is a specific "look" your are seeking, it is better to replicate those components to attain that "look". Otherwise, you are experimenting and that can lead to disappointment.
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Old 10-26-2012, 10:20 AM
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Thank you for answering, Fuldman & King5. My current suspension is stock. My wheels & tires are stock, too. Which is 225/55/16 and BBS BMW stock wheels. The reason I would like to retain my stock wheels & tires is because I feel the car would be more responsive to its current stock mode. Meaning, stock wheels & tires would work well with the car than aftermarket big rims & tires.

If I were to choose bigger rims & tires that would mean longer stopping distance, needing bigger brakes, and costly tires. I just wanted to lower the car about 2-2.5" that it is now, so it would look like it has stance. Are the coil-over(s) in the links I've listed any good? Thank you.
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I'd be weary about purchasing ebay brand coilovers. I'd recommend that you check out the BMW E39 ST V1 coilovers by KW Suspension if you're looking to keep cost down yet want something that is quality for your BMW.

The ST V1 will give you the ability to adjust the height of your car with pre-set damping from the engineers at KW. This is perfect for an ever day driver and does still maintain a ride quality that is similar to the OEM Sport Suspension. Itís slightly stiffer and will definitely give you more responsiveness on turns as compared to the OEM setup!
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