Sport seats came in the is model, vice the flat/
wider seats with the arm rests. The rear spoiler and front valance were stock on the is as well.
Re: Sport seats came in the is model, vice the fla
Plus, the 535is had the M Tech suspension with Bilstein Sport Shocks and springs...
Painted side mirror housings for '88 535is only.
Re: Not the M5 suspension
BMW called it the M Tech suspension, not me...
Re:sport shock are not shorter, just stiffer
Amazing the long lasting untruth that Bilstein sports are shorter. Right now I have a set of rear HD and sports and they are the same length. The sports are stiffer and have 5 instead of 3 spring perches. I have the front Bilstiens that came out of my Euro 535 and some sports, and the sports in this case are longer and stiffer. Of course this could be debated but I have had many sets on the floor at once and am here to tell you they are the same length. Don't take my word, check with shox.com. The 535is had the same size sway bars as the regular 535 and the M5 had much larger bars.
Sport shocks are advertised as shorter to be used
with lowering springs. I picked up a set of sport shocks and Eibach springs for my 535, will compare when I get around to installing. Also picked up Euro bumpers, headlights (7" and 5 1/4") front valance with wrap around turn/parking lights and fogs and a front spoiler. And the rear deck spoiler. It'll all look good with the BBS RS005's. Gave the metrics away.
Re:interested in what you find out
I was told by the Bilstein rep. the sports were sold with shorter springs so the assumption was the shocks were shorter too, but it has not looked that way to me, let us all know what you see.
Sorry; I don't check in much.
As for the "M Tech" suspension, yeah; that's about it. Puffery. Different shocks in most cases. A different antiroll bar in some. Otherwise just the same. Does your 'i' have gas shocks (Boge Turbo, f'rinstance)? That could be the difference in ride height.--
'78 R100RS Motorsport
Re: Sorry; I don't check in much.
No, I have yellow Billstiens
out with the HDs and in with the SPORTS
just replaced my HD Bilsteins with sports and there is no doubt they are stiffer, and harsher, makes the old car squeak more but will be more fun on the twisty, frost heaved river road.