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Old 04-22-2013, 01:36 PM
5seriesman 5seriesman is offline
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confused on front struts!

I have a 95 BMW 540i 6 speed and I'm in desperate need of new front struts! Can some one please show me what they look like or show me the ones I need I had someone look at it and said I bought the wrong struts. Does a cap twist off and you drop them in I'm just confused! Any help will be helpfull! Thanks
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:53 PM
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I know this is a stupid question and all but I am in need of some good information
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:05 PM
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All the e34 front strut housings are relatively the same. It's the threaded end of the shafts that are different per year.
Yes that cap on top of the strut housing does screw off but sometimes due to climate need a bit more elbow grease to get them off.

As far as what type of strut insert (the strut itself) There are many to choose from.
However this is a complicated topic for there are various favorites. Here are a few:

Bilstein Sport
Bilstein HD
Koni
Boge/sach super tourings
KYB
OEM (mostly Boge/sach but IIRC they can be different)

Bilsteins: Possible the most well known and used. Can be harsh up front but iirc the sports are adjustable

Koni: the cheaper alternative to Bilsteins and are Adjustable. So you can determine the ride quality like bilsteins without the harshness.

Boge/Sach Super tourings: These are similar to Bilstein HDs but cost less. I had these not bad even when matched with sport springs.

KYB: Honestly I don't know much about them but a few people have them without complaint. They are cheaper then those above.

OEM: If bought from a dealer they possibly can be the most expensive. Doesn't mean they are the best of the best. Just oem equipment. As mentioned, some e34 models were equipped with Boge/Sach struts so see the above mention but add the dealer charge to them.

All this said, and not trying to be rude. Get a bentley manual. It will help you remove and install the struts as well as other maintenance issues.

Good luck
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:12 PM
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Here are some good write ups on it.

http://www.bmwe34.net/E34main/Mainte...ont_shocks.htm

http://home.comcast.net/~winstonfong...eplacement.htm

http://www.nmia.com/~dgnrg/page_27.htm



Here is a link to where you can download the Bentley manual. Go to section 310.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...hlight=playboy

Hope this helps.
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:44 PM
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You Guys are a lot of helpthe ones that I bought first was by Monroe but the man said it didn't have the shock houseing or something so he said it was the wrong one so now I got one that's really thick that has that but still think it's the wrong one lol http://m.autozone.com/autozone-mobil...oxxw?id=602072 this is the one I have rite now but its made by Monroe and this is Tue one I took back!http://m.autozone.com/autozone-mobil...oxxw?id=736017
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Old 04-22-2013, 03:27 PM
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I know they are a bit cheap but low on money would these work or witch one would work?
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Old 04-23-2013, 11:00 AM
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Bilstein also makes a touring shock for the e34 that is reasonably priced and suitable for daily driving. I picked up a front pair for $80 ea a couple months ago. So for so good. We'll see how long they hold up.
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