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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 01-12-2009, 10:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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new front struts were installed about 2k milles ago do not know what type ......now i need to do the rear shock mounts and maybe rear shocks ...how important is it to match front and rear shocks...thanks
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Old 01-18-2009, 12:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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As long as the shock/struts are rated for the weight of the car the handeling is not going to be affected to much. If the car is for racing purposes then you want to try to match. I personally have found (on 318's) that the monroe sensatrac's work best for everyday.
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What plans do you have for the car? Take that kind of approach to help you decide what kind you want. Most use the Bilstein/H&R combo for shocks & springs and last a loooong time.
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plan to use the car as a dd.......has about 50000 miles and twenty years on her......years ago i used bilsteins but then found boge gas struts worked for a dd....find the car low enough not to need new springs....do springs wear with time or miles????...thanks.lgreat site
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plan to use the car as a dd.......has about 50000 miles and twenty years on her......years ago i used bilsteins but then found boge gas struts worked for a dd....find the car low enough not to need new springs....do springs wear with time or miles????...thanks.lgreat site
There are a lot of factors when talking about wear and tear on springs like how hard to you drive and how often do you drive. I know that the factory struts and springs on my E39 were probably good for only 40K miles (although they started showing signs of wear before that). I've found that most aftermarket suspension components are over-engineered and tend to last much longer and perform better for a longer period of time. It never hurts to replace struts and springs at he same time in all honesty. That way you do not have an old worn part adding unnecessary wear and tear on new components.
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