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Old 03-08-2004, 05:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Those with 19' wheels and lowering springs such as H & R's or Eibach springs, what is you ride quality like? Is it too firm or is it an uncomfortable ride? A shop suggested that I get 19' wheels, 245/35 19 front and 265/30 19 in the rears with H & R springs and Bilstein shocks would make my BMW 528i look sweet and not sacrificing ride quality. I am reserved with this configuration b/c originally I wanted 18's with the H & R setup. Any info. would be appreciated.
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i heard that just installing the springs will reduce ride quality a lot. havent tried it, but i am looking into it as well
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Yeh I myself have a 98 Non Sport 540i w/19's and want to lower it. Would H&R Springs and Bilstiens lower the car??? I don't want that 2" gap that i have in the front anymore. Would this be the right way?
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I have the 18" rims with the lowered springs. Performance is not sacrificed at all.

Not sure about the 19" rims though as those are even stiffer tires.

18" rims with lowered springs
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Okay I talked to EuroSport about it and they said H&R Coilovers would be the best way. They cost about 1400, i wonder if I could grind them for a lower price if not I am pretty sure I can get them cheaper.
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Okay I talked to EuroSport about it and they said H&R Coilovers would be the best way. They cost about 1400, i wonder if I could grind them for a lower price if not I am pretty sure I can get them cheaper.
From my ride experience with coilovers they are too rough and harsh on the road especially on a freeway. It would bounce a lot.
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I would go with stock M5 shocks and struts for that price.
OEM BMW MADE IS ALWAYS BETTER THEN ANY AFTER MARKET SHOCKS
SINCE THEY CARE ALOT ABOUT THE RIDE QUALITY!
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i want to find out same thing what is the deal. i also have a 2002 530i with 19" staggered 19x 8.5 up front 19x 9.5 rear. what would be a good spring and shock to get rid of 2" gap up front and 1.75 rear gap?
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Hi I am new to the site but i also have 19" wheels but have'nt installed them yet on my 528i sport for fear of looken like a 4x4
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I've had 18's and 19's staggard and the ride quality with the 19s was awfull. I have bilstien and eibach setup with 18's now and it's not bad at all but understand that ride quality will suffer when you lower. It'll hop on irragular surfaces and the ride will be tougher but you can take a 30 mph offramp at 75 mph so you give up 1 thing and get another plus no one wants that 2 inch gap under the wheel wells it looks wrong
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I Just Purchased Some 18" M Pars That I Am Gonna Put On This Spring
And I Want To Get The Lowering Springs Also I Will Let Everyone Know
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