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Old 06-20-2018, 11:04 AM   #1  
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Default Alternative to H&R lowering springs for 530XI

I've used H&R sport lowering springs on a 2007 3-series with the stock shocks, and will never use these springs again. The ride was way too bouncy as I think they just didn't play well with the stock Sachs shocks spring rate.

My current BMW is a 2006 530XI on 19's. I want to lower the car, but the only available option I've been able to find for the E60 awd are the H&R springs... I'm aware of all the coilover options, but unfortunately don't have spare cash at the moment for KW's or Bilstein's. The Godspeed's and ISC coilovers are cheeper but I can't really find any positive reviews on either which gives me pause.

The OEM BMW springs from the E60 M Sport's exist, 31336761325- front; 33536763053- rear, but the non-AWD E60 with the N52 is 200 pounds lighter. I don't have the sport suspension on the car so I don't even have the same shocks used in the M Sports so I doubt this would be viable without retrofitting the entire suspension to Msport.

Is anybody aware of a better alternative to lower the car?



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Old 06-20-2018, 11:39 AM   #2  
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Use the godspeeds.. it's a billion times improvement over the H&R.
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Thanks for the input rice_rocket. I just took a look at the classifieds section here and was able to find a lightly used set from a member. I made an offer which was accepted. The price didn't break the bank, so I'm gonna give them a try. They should go out this week so I will report back with some pics and an update after I install them... Were they tough to install or did you have a shop do it? I've installed coils before, but never on a BMW... I may just have a shop do it so I don't botch it. Also, are they easy to adjust?
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No harder than any other spring install.. other than perhaps you might not have the right sized socket or wrench (18mm comes to mind as not so common and I have like only 2 sockets of that size). I actually found a vendor and shot them a best offer that got accepted. Adjustment wise.. start at the lightest setting on the strut (I think there's like a billion clicks to adjust it) I found that it gets too hard already like 3 or 4 clicks in, so just left them at full soft. My car is tucked in but not slammed.. so I would say 1-1.5" dropped.
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Old 06-21-2018, 11:06 AM   #5  
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Instead of lowering springs, you can always go with coilovers.

I went with ISC for my E61 (not really a lot of options to begin with), but they're pretty good.
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Thanks RiceRocket thats good info- I appreciate it!

Fuzzy, the ISC's have been on my radar for awhile, but most of the crowd using them seems to be on E61's. It's really hard to know without having ever used them, but I read a few reviews that made me a bit gun shy. For the price I scored the Godspeed's it's worth the gamble, and I cannot imagine that they could be any worse then the H&R springs. I'll keep you guys posted and let you know what I think and report back with a picture or two once I get them installed.
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So the garage that I dealt with in the past and planned to have these installed by seems to have been sold (German Motor Werks in Waterford). Does anybody have any recommendations for a solid garage in the Metro Detroit/SE Michigan area that could install the coilovers?
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