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Re: MicahO, about the suspension mods........ (archive)

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Posted by MicahO on August 30, 2001 at 07:55:15:

In Reply to: MicahO, about the suspension mods........ posted by Paul Shovestul on August 30, 2001 at 06:42:18:

I did pretty much what you describe - I did NOT buy the M shocks, preferring instead to buy new Boge Gas shocks. I felt that the BMW shocks were to highly priced to justify them. If/When I move to a locale with flatter roads, I may go to Bilstein HD's, but even at that point I do not think that I would pay the premium for the BMW shocks. The ride with the new Boges is great. Turn in is much quicker and flatter, the wife noticed that before she noticed any more stiffness in the ride.

I have not yet done any sway bar work. Tourings have a big (but flexible) 25mm bar on the front, and a measly little 15mm bar in the back. When I do buy bars, I will probably try and get the parts from the M5T, I think the rear bar is 19mm, the front is 25mm, but stiffer than ours.

My suspension is still in flux, and may be for another year. I have done the front, but didn't want to tangle yet with the healthy self-levelling rear. That will probably happen in over winter or in early spring. Even so, the changes are nice without getting unbalanced.

Micah O'C


on your touring. Am I correct that you have installed the M-Sports springs, but not the shocks or sway bars? Which shocks are you using and do you plan on installing the M-Sports shocks and sway bars later? How do your shocks perform with the M-Sports springs? The entire package, springs/pads/shocks/bars/shipping is about $1150 from Maximillian with the shocks being about $530 of the total. Holding off on the shocks looks attractive to the wallet. Any regrets about not doing the shocks when you did the springs? BTW, thanks for the informative posts and the suggestion to use the ETK to extract PN's for these european suspension options.

M-Sports Parts for US Spec '93 525i, 5spd, w/non-leveling suspension, 12/92 build.
Front springs (+25kg) 31-33-1-138-810
Rear springs (+50kg) 33-53-1-138-817
Front shock 31-32-1-138-833
Rear shock 33-52-1-139-839
Front stabilizer bar,25MM 31-35-1-140-192
Front stabilizer bar bushings 31-35-1-140-193
Rear stabilizer bar,18MM 33-55-1-140-219
Rear stabilizer bar bushings 33-55-1-138-104

Paul Shovestul





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