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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 04-11-2004, 01:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I can't seem to find anyone who sells plain old coilover springs for the E30 chassis without including ludicrously expensive shock absorbers or a camber kit. I just want some springs, adjustable if that's even possible (I didn't think that was what you adjusted, but my automotive friend says they can be), without paying out the wazoo for them.

eBay has like nine items, all for the E36; I think Eibach is the only place I've found with plain old coilover springs, but they're over $240.00. Am I going to have to pay that for a non-adjustable 1.6-inch drop, or is there something I'm missing?
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Well, I guess that means Eibachs for me.
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have you checked out ground control coilovers?
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Well, $379.
What does the site mean when they have a listing for E30 shocks: 1, 2, 3, and 4; then a separate listing for E30 with 5 in the shock column?
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you mean you just want springs alone?

my understanding is coilovers are a set of springs with a combination of shocks. I don't think there are just coilover springs w/o shocks.
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I just replaced the shocks, are they're one serious cash hog when done right. As are BMWs themselves - that may be why I can't find Honda prices for anything. I was fairly certain that coilovers were springs, or at least involved springs, hence coilover springs. Maybe I need adjustable shocks to go with them or something, I don't know if the ones I just got are...

I'm totally new to all of this, and as such am frequently wrong.
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coilover springs are a combination of sprign with shocks. they are very good for track racing, but not necessary for street cars. You already replaced the shocks. chances are you put in new BMW stock shocks. if you want aftermarket springs, they will lower your car at a price. you will probably need to change your shocks out. they might rub and your shocks will wear out faster. so you mgiht need another set of shocks quicker than you want it if you get lowering springs.
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e30's cannot have a true coilover setup in the rear without something substantial reinforcing the shock towers. which is why you can just get adjustable spring perches in the rear (the springs themselves are not adjustable on any setup, and coilover springs are just a smaller type of springs made to fit in the new perches). i'm not too educated on installing coilovers, but i know there is welding involved.
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