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bcredliner 08-31-2016 03:34 PM

Thanks for sharing.

bmw540san 08-31-2016 04:04 PM

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Originally Posted by bcredliner (Post 1086529)
Thanks for sharing.

You're welcome. The thing I'm most surprised with is how easy was to get rid of inactive suspension warning light. I'm sure there is a "shadow" code in the DME but nothing is showing on the the dash nor there are any type of warnings whatsoever.

itscoo2pyopants 09-15-2016 10:59 PM

Got my bilstein shocks / struts and H&R springs installed the other day.

http://i1359.photobucket.com/albums/...pszcalbm7z.jpg

http://i1359.photobucket.com/albums/...ps5rjsogpe.jpg

feels much better than a tired air suspension. its only been approx 200 miles, but so far I am satisfied with this setup.

now i just have to find some time to do the rest of the suspension refresh.

bmw540san 09-16-2016 02:57 AM

I like the way it looks. Are those Sport Bilstein's with matching lowered springs?

X53Jay4.8is 09-16-2016 09:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by itscoo2pyopants (Post 1087877)
Got my bilstein shocks / struts and H&R springs installed the other day.

http://i1359.photobucket.com/albums/...pszcalbm7z.jpg

http://i1359.photobucket.com/albums/...ps5rjsogpe.jpg

feels much better than a tired air suspension. its only been approx 200 miles, but so far I am satisfied with this setup.

now i just have to find some time to do the rest of the suspension refresh.

Yeah the H&R spring set produces what I call the perfect ride height. I installed the H&R springs on my X5 and used the sachs sport shocks with them and the ride is superb. very worthwhile mod.

X53Jay4.8is 09-16-2016 09:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by itscoo2pyopants (Post 1087877)
Got my bilstein shocks / struts and H&R springs installed the other day.

feels much better than a tired air suspension. its only been approx 200 miles, but so far I am satisfied with this setup.

now i just have to find some time to do the rest of the suspension refresh.

Wait are you running a square set up on the X5 (10.5 inch rims all four corners)?

Does look

bcredliner 09-16-2016 10:40 AM

Nice Stance!

itscoo2pyopants 09-16-2016 04:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by X53Jay4.8is (Post 1087906)
Wait are you running a square set up on the X5 (10.5 inch rims all four corners)?

Does look

:iagree:

itscoo2pyopants 09-16-2016 04:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bmw540san (Post 1087886)
I like the way it looks. Are those Sport Bilstein's with matching lowered springs?

I bought my kit from fcp Euro. Not sure if these are the sport or hd bilsteins, but they looked exactly like yours. Springs should be sport (I don't think they have the "race" version for the x5). Mild drop. Good combo package for converting from air suspension.

Thanks for the inspiration to swap my suspension. I've been putting it off since I bought the vehicle 3 years ago. Felt bad to scrap a perfectly good air suspension, but at 120k miles it was about time for a refresh. Was on the fence with getting the bc coilovers or just getting a spring /shock combo. Glad I went with the bilsteins. Install it and forget it. No need to make adjustments

bmw540san 09-16-2016 04:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by itscoo2pyopants (Post 1087956)
I bought my kit from fcp Euro. Not sure if these are the sport or hd bilsteins, but they looked exactly like yours. Springs should be sport (I don't think they have the "race" version for the x5). Mild drop. Good combo package for converting from air suspension.

Thanks for the inspiration to swap my suspension. I've been putting it off since I bought the vehicle 3 years ago. Felt bad to scrap a perfectly good air suspension, but at 120k miles it was about time for a refresh. Was on the fence with getting the bc coilovers or just getting a spring /shock combo. Glad I went with the bilsteins. Install it and forget it. No need to make adjustments

No problem. Mine was at 106k miles yet one of the front mounts was cracked. I know the difference probably wouldn't as big when compared to brand new OEM suspension but I simply believe in good Bilstein setup with either stock or some other springs over air suspension.


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