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Old 12-08-2012, 02:02 PM
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BMW 540i 1995 --- shocks/struts?

I'm aware this is probably a ridiculously ignorant question, however i just got my car, a 1995 540i a few months ago, and i'm just wondering. Does it use struts or shocks? D: please help.

I believe its the older 1995 model, being manufactured earlier in the year
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Old 12-08-2012, 03:32 PM
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Ouch...

Go to Pelican parts, and search for shocks.

Have www.RealOEM.com at the ready, enter the last 5 or 6 of your VIN, and go from there.

Folks here are very helpful, but YOU are expected to put some effort in yourself.
Your car is 17+ years old.
This forum has touched on everything under the sun concerning the E34.
Open a beer, and SEARCH yourself silly.

Then, when you are in need of clarification, the forum comes to your aid.

Oh, we love pics, too.

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Old 12-10-2012, 06:32 AM
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Yeah, Pictures...

And your car has shocks and struts :o))) Struts in front and shocks in the rear.
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:54 AM
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CarDriver is nicer than I am.

Nevermind that I wasn't sure...

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Old 12-10-2012, 12:08 PM
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LOL... You are so right though... When people are guided to were to look for information, they learn so much more than if you just gave a quick answer.
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Old 12-10-2012, 02:59 PM
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Yeah, Pictures...

And your car has shocks and struts :o))) Struts in front and shocks in the rear.
I believe there are shocks all round + struts in front
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Old 12-11-2012, 04:58 AM
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I believe there are shocks all round + struts in front
Yes, the car has four shocks, one at each corner. In the rear they are traditional seperate shock absorbers and springs. The McPhereson strut is used in front. The actual shock absorber is fitted inside the strut tube and surrounded by the coil spring as one large unit. Changing front shocks requres the removal of the strut assembly from the car and the coil spring from the strut, the shock is a cartridge inserted into the strut tube.
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Old 12-11-2012, 09:55 AM
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Old 12-11-2012, 09:05 PM
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:57 AM
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found it!

oop. Found it. They were two shocks in the front, and two struts in the back. My car doesnt have the electrical suspension, or anything of the sort, so its just that. Otherwise, it'd have all four struts i believe. Good to know! Now i just had to buy the strut mount...its worn out so man, does that thing make some squeaking noise. thanks to all!
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Old 12-12-2012, 06:10 PM
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Actually... you have it exactly backwards. Struts in front, shocks in the rear.
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Actually... you have it exactly backwards. Struts in front, shocks in the rear.
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