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Old 01-15-2012, 05:36 PM   #1
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525i touring wagon self leveling suspension

I have a leak coming out of resavoir that is connected to the shock/strut. It has a rubber seal on the bottom in the center of the resavoir. That seems to be where it is leaking. Can I get a rebuild kit? Can I bybass the entire self leveling system? Is their a after market shock/strut that can replace it with?
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Old 06-20-2012, 11:05 AM   #2
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Touring rear suspension

It's been a while, but I replaced the standard rear shocks on my 99 528iT with Koni adjustables from Tire Rack, along with the front struts as well. As I recall, these were the only aftermarket items available for the Touring chassis. The reason for this is that the rear shocks are located at a different position at the top (wider, compared to sedans) for a more square design of the inside luggage area, therefore the shocks are longer. When I did the upgrade, I also replaced the springs with H & R (also from Tire Rack - I believe) to create an aftermarket "sport" version of the car. It lowered the car to a better ride height as well, approx. 3/4" all the way around.

One thing to consider, this set up amplifies the inherent negative camber of the factory chassis, so even with moderately sized 235 x 17's, it loves to eat the inside of all four tires - it's one of the few negative trade-offs for sports car handling in a larger car. To slightly compensate for this wear pattern, I always used a non-staggered wheel set up, so I could rotate tires both front to rear (less wear in front that rear) and remount the tires once in a while so that the inboard side went on the outside.

Hope this helps.....
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:55 PM   #3
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I have a leak coming out of resavoir that is connected to the shock/strut. It has a rubber seal on the bottom in the center of the resavoir. That seems to be where it is leaking. Can I get a rebuild kit? Can I bybass the entire self leveling system? Is their a after market shock/strut that can replace it with?
If you research it is much easier to fix the SLS on the touring than converting to a regular spring suspension. The SLS is a very nice suspension system, just my 0.02 cents
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Old 09-09-2013, 10:19 AM   #4
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I repaired the air suspension on my 528iT last year. One thing you do not want to do is jack the back of the car up to the max. height with the OEM jack. I learned the hard way. Here is a link for Re-manufactured air suspension parts.

http://www.suncoreindustries.com/BMW...suspension.php

The company was great, and shipped my order out the same day. After a years time, they are still doing they're job.

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