View Full Version : Complete front suspension kit? aswell as shock question

11-12-2005, 05:29 PM
Does anyone sell a complete front suspension kit of good/high quality for my 89 735iL?

Looking for all bushings, all the arms, sway bar links, top mounts, all that good stuff in one bundle, or atleast as much as possible in one bundle.

Also, I am looking into Bilstein replacement shocks but I don't think thye have the LAD system for the rear, who else makes replaement shocks for the rear LAD system and stock shocks up front? They have to be good for lowering as I will be dropping the car with some Eibach or H&R Springs.

11-13-2005, 04:23 AM
LAD shocks only OEM. Also the springs are different for the LAD system. They are solfter. If you want to replace the LAD, you have to buy an self levelling elimination kit from www.bavauto.com
That site even has an instruction on how to do that. But only this will set you back about 200 $.
I assume you do not have EDC. Otherwise it will be even more complicated.
Front is no problem. You can buy whatever you want. But I would buy new parts for this, not used ones.
Vinesparts is selling a kit now
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/BMW-FRONT-SUSPENSION-KIT-CONTROL-ARM-E32-735-740-750_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ42609QQitemZ8014017 150QQrdZ1QQsspagenameZWDVW
The say all parts are made in Germany. That is not the insurance that the product is good. There are many smaller makers, and even some bigger ones have not the quality like Lemfoerder or Meyle.
But quality is more expensive, as you know.
And made in Germany is basically no longer allowed to say as far as I know, it should be mentioned made in the EU.
And those products can come from any of the cheaper producing countries in the EU, also the newcomers to the EU.

11-13-2005, 04:54 AM
How do I know if I have EDC? My parts guy also wants to know because I have to know for getting my wheel hub assembly.

This elimination kit, is it worthwhile? I mean if I go with just shocks all the way around and load the rear up of the car, will the new suspension help it hold its ground or would I be better off keeping the LAD for loading up the rear. I often have 3+ people in my car in the rear so thats kind of where I am coming from.

11-13-2005, 06:40 AM
There is a switch at the center console with K and S. K stands for Komfort and S for Sports mode.
In case of EDC II, the electric connections for the shocks are in the engine room on top of the shocks under plastic/rubber and some wires come out. On EDC III the wires are connected lower at the shocks. Go to my website and have a look under EDC and Niveau=LAD, which explains both systems. German language but a lot of drawings.
If I would have the choice I would leave the LAD in the rear and install only in the front lowering shocks/springs. That gives the car an agressive look.
I think you cannot just close the LAD system as it needs to have a circulation system as also the power steering pump is in the same system. It is a double pump, one works for LAD the other part for servocontrol/power steering.
That is why bavauto offers this elimination set.
With LAD the rear ride height is always the same and that is a big advantage.

11-13-2005, 08:12 AM
Also the spoilers. This winter he will do lower side skirts. 4 exhausts is photoshop till now, but already under preparation. A wonderful car.
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11-13-2005, 02:18 PM
Yah thats a HOTT car!! I got his rear picture in my gallery cause I think I might debadge mine aswell but leave the BMW symbol.

What kind of suspension/other mods is he running? That baby is hot

11-13-2005, 02:24 PM
One thing shogun. I think I may do this, new shocks and springs up front and then new LAD shocks in rear with lowering springs if I can find a set that has them avalible for LAD rears. That way the whole car will be on lowering springs, but also on new shocks because they are shot and the fronts are goign to go if the rears are gone.

That way I can also keep my LAD system even when the car is lowered and if I load it up while its lowered it will still have a good stance to it because the rear will come back up.

So right now its looking like...

Bilstein Front Sport Shocks
Replace OEM Rear LAD shocks
Eibach or H&R Lowering springs (Not sure if they support LAD, if not I will have to find some that will)

11-14-2005, 12:10 AM
Search for the homepages of the spring makers, I think they have what you want.
Here another one with some ideas

11-14-2005, 12:27 AM
H&R Springs
Sport Spring E32 w/self-leveling 1.25 1.0 29656-2 $ 399.00 Kit

Eibach doesn't have self-leveling compliant springs. So H&R it is.