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Old 12-07-2004, 11:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anybody know any sites that sell body parts for E34s? I don't want anything fancy, I'm really only looking for lip spoiler and sideskirts. Also, who makes quality suspension products for these cars? I like the power on it, but the suspension could use some upgrades.
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The stock suspension on it is actually quite good, but I'm sure at 220,000 miles it is SHOT, mine was at about 100k.

Bilstein / Koni shocks along with H&R or Eibach springs are the most popular combos and they lower the car nicely and handle quite well. My e34 is lowered with bilsteins and H&R springs (a stiffer combo) and the ride / handling is just how I want it to be.

I'd replace all bushings and balljoints too if I were you, though.
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The stock suspension on it is actually quite good, but I'm sure at 220,000 miles it is SHOT, mine was at about 100k.

Bilstein / Koni shocks along with H&R or Eibach springs are the most popular combos and they lower the car nicely and handle quite well. My e34 is lowered with bilsteins and H&R springs (a stiffer combo) and the ride / handling is just how I want it to be.

I'd replace all bushings and balljoints too if I were you, though.
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The suspension does not look shot, although I do need to replace a front shock on a driver's side. I am leaning toward changing the bushings, but it's my first BMW, so I'm still doing research on it. Also, is it normal for the front to lift up a little, whe switching gears at high RPMs?
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Is the front end lifting or is the back end dropping?
If the front is lifting - it's a suspension issue, totally not normal and it's an indicator of worn shock absorbers. If it's the back of the car, it could be several things - old suspension and the torque is affecting it or the subframe bushings are shot.

New suspension components should clear that up. Even if the suspension doesnt look shot, if 90% of it hasnt been replaced, it IS. It's a heavy car and wears out front end parts QUICKLY.
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Yea, it's the front of the car that's raising. I already ordered some bilsteins for the front. Do you know where I can get some decent bushings for a reasonable price?
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