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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 09-09-2013, 08:23 PM
thtonedude thtonedude is offline
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Looking for a little help

Just bought my first bmw and I'm looking for a little help choosing what to go with on different parts, so far honestly the only things I know I'm getting are a stage 2 chip(which requires a high flow cold air intake, also don't know which one to get), angel eyes, oem rims, the free flow exhaust from dinan, and that's it. I'm looking for suspension, cold air intake, shocks. So if anyone could help me by recommending brands and where to get them that would be awesome. Also any other things I might want to upgrade would be cool. Btw not trying to spend too much but I am willing to pay some good money if they are decent prices so what it is. Thank you
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Old 09-09-2013, 08:59 PM
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For starters, I'd read this thread:
- CAI 101 should I do it or not (1) and which is better, stock or aftermarket cold air intake (1) (2) & a home-made CAI (1) & the general consensus on the effectiveness of an aftermarket CAI versus the stock BMW CAI (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & how to reduce the risk of hydro lock (1) (2) & what about a K&N oiled air filter over the stock air filter (1) & a forced induction group buy (1) and adding nitrous oxide to your E39 (1) & links to suppliers to improve performance of your E39 (1)
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Old 09-09-2013, 10:30 PM
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So basically stick to an oem cai, but what about the suspension? Because the first thing I want to change is the suspension so I can do that at the same time I'm doing the rims.
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Old 09-09-2013, 11:18 PM
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what about the suspension?
Well, to find the CAI threads, I had typed /cai F3 in the bestlinks; so, to find the suspension threads, I'll type /suspension F3 in the bestlinks, and this, among many others, pops up as perhaps relevant for starters:
- Most popular E39 shocks/struts (1) (2) (3) & an E39 suspension survey (1)

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BMW_suspension_systems_training_all_BMW_including_ E39.pdf (1.31 MB, 247 views)
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Old 09-10-2013, 05:03 AM
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Your first mod should be to make sure the cooling system has all been replaced recently.
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