Performance BMW magazine e39 540


Always nice to help out a magazine with one of their builds. When Seb from Performance BMW magazine asked us to put his newly painted e39 540 on air ride he couldn’t have realised just how good a decision he had made.. Heres a brief blog post on what we got up to.


Lets get building.




The brief was to fit the kit supplied by Airlift US as one of the first e39’s to sport the specific platform kit. It’s a bolt on kit basically, not the usual custom made kit for older chassis of BMW’s. There isn’t anything wrong with these bespoke kits but it’s nice to skip the maths and engineering charges with an off the shelf kit.


Everything as expected worked seamlessly, bar a few bush issues with the actual car which has been sorted now with a full powerflex set.




These cars, well BMW’s in general respond really well when asked to go low. laying out pretty much its entire belly.




The plan was to surprise Seb with the boot, i’m pretty sure he would have been chuffed with one of our simple “stock fits” but we thought we’d go slightly further seeing as though we can expect to see it pretty much everywhere it goes and plus the fact he’s a pretty decent, all be it slightly strange guy.


A hardline set up was designed and built for the boot area, copper lines were polished and bent to fit from the floor to the tank and in a compressor housing as pass through’s. The install and fabrication itself was trimmed in a premium vinyl and alcantara.






Seb’s happy, we’re happy and we hear the car is still moving on in terms of modifications with sport bumpers, brakes and maybe some cheeky wheels in the line…


You can see much more of this project in up and coming issues of Performance BMW, thanks for reading! Here’s a few more pictures..














Chears all! – Shakey – Studio Incar