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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 11-12-2013, 06:22 PM
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BMW 550I shocks

How can I tell if my shocks are going bad cause when I drive I def feel it in my seat and my steering feels funny every time I hit a bump it moves from side to side like its wobbly , the steering is not good at all . My mechanic said their shot cause he did the struts arm bushings .the old test by shacking the car ain't working ,but like I said it keeps bouncing when I hit lil bumps not even big bumps and the steering is like hard to control it goes with the bump basically


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Old 11-12-2013, 06:37 PM
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How many miles on your car? Do you have sport package?
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Old 11-12-2013, 06:40 PM
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How many miles on your car? Do you have sport package?
Yes it has sport pkg and just hit 84000


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Old 11-13-2013, 10:42 AM
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If you are on roginal shocks then yea its around time to replace.
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Old 11-13-2013, 05:05 PM
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I feel the same wait, interesting... But it's only my rear that it feels like it sways. If I hit a bump while I'm turning, it feels like my rear end hydro planed for a sec. Doesn't feel solid, if that makes any sense.
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Old 11-13-2013, 06:11 PM
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Yup, change'em. And do all four corners.

Sucks driving around a bad ass BMW that handles like a R/V.
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Old 11-13-2013, 06:23 PM
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Yup, change'em. And do all four corners.

Sucks driving around a bad ass BMW that handles like a R/V.
Not sure if that was for me or OP but thanks for the input!
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Old 11-15-2013, 10:16 AM
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I am in the same predicament. Appreciate it if the shocks make and part # and possibly where I can purchase is posted.
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Old 11-15-2013, 06:56 PM
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I purchased a set of Koni FSD/H&R springs based on my research, soft on bumps, firm in the twisties. I have not installed them yet but do a search for feedback.
Stay away from Bilstein Sports, great for track, not so great for real world bumpy roads in the NE.
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Old 11-21-2013, 12:34 AM
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Jager keep me posted on your impressions! Would like to hear how you like them.

I just flash tuned a buddy's 335ci to around 420hp/460 lbs torque and it quickly became clear his suspension was inadequate. Lots of lurching and bouncing, very unsettled ride with that power.
BMW's philosophy has always been to match the power to the quickness of the suspension, never to overwhelm it and lose control. I am a big believer in that.
Likewise I think the 550 is a great car, but it suffers from a slightly lazy suspension.
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Old 11-21-2013, 05:12 AM
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Prices on suspension pieces look really good @ Allshocks.com and the Tire Rack. Good time to replace the upper Control Arm bushing.

The B8 Sport Bilstein requires lowering springs & results in a 1.2" lower vehicle.

Dallas roads are currently torn to crap but I went with:
Bilstein 35-109655 Struts for the front & Eibach 2078.140 Springs. This is the Sport package.

We shall see what happens to ride quality.

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B6 HD. :35-109631 Front

KW Coil Overs are on sale at Allshocks currently. Eibach on sale at Tire Rack

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Old 11-21-2013, 08:25 AM
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Jager keep me posted on your impressions! Would like to hear how you like them.

I just flash tuned a buddy's 335ci to around 420hp/460 lbs torque and it quickly became clear his suspension was inadequate. Lots of lurching and bouncing, very unsettled ride with that power.
BMW's philosophy has always been to match the power to the quickness of the suspension, never to overwhelm it and lose control. I am a big believer in that.
Likewise I think the 550 is a great car, but it suffers from a slightly lazy suspension.
Peder,
Will do, I will not install until the spring, too cold now to work in the garage. I notice some of that lurching in long sweeper on-ramps which is a good test. The 540 with Bilsteins just takes a set and very little correction needed though you feel every bump. The 550 with stock worn Sport suspension does not inspire confidence, i.e. feels floaty which I hope the FSDs will cure based on your experience.
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Old 11-21-2013, 03:04 PM
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Yep, actually the H&R Sport springs provide the stiffness and resistance to rolling and the Konis provide dampening for comfort.
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Old 12-02-2013, 10:52 PM
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The only difference between a Bilstein B8 & B6 is that the 8 version has a shorter stroke length.
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