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#1 (permalink) Old 04-11-2005, 12:39 PM
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so I bought an 89 325i/is (still haven't figured out which one yet)... but I bought it with a busted oil pan, oil pump, and power steering rack. Got all the necessary parts, put it back together, runs great... what I just found out though, I thought when I got it, that it had aftermarket springs, turns out the previous owner, just cut the springs in half... so I was going to ask y'll what you think I should put on the car, I know of a few, I just wanted some suggestions, any help would be awesome... thanks in advance
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eibach baby!

p/n 2010.140 (dont pay more then $260 for these, list is like $370)

or if you wanna be hardcore get their pro-street coilovers p/n:2003.710(list $1900, dont pay over $1400)


nice to work for an authorized eibach dealer, have access to their whole catalog, including custom tailored springs =)

Was thinknig about getting some high rate springs for an off-road/rally inspired car I've been running thru my head. 85 325e, lifted 1", 225/75/14's, cut out fenders, full car painted desert cammo.

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any good adjustable shocks? I was pretty much pointed toward eibach, I've liked them on my other cars... I was thinking maybe KYB for the shocks... also, the wheels on there are 14s (obviously)... would some 17s be good? or you think that might be the limit on that car, for drivability and visual... and control clearly... and what about the tires, can I go with 215 safely? because the ones on there are only 195... how about 225? sorry for all the questions... just wondering...
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any good adjustable shocks? I was pretty much pointed toward eibach, I've liked them on my other cars... I was thinking maybe KYB for the shocks... also, the wheels on there are 14s (obviously)... would some 17s be good? or you think that might be the limit on that car, for drivability and visual... and control clearly... and what about the tires, can I go with 215 safely? because the ones on there are only 195... how about 225? sorry for all the questions... just wondering...
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on my current car i run 17x7.5" rims, with 215's all around
you can fit 225s up front and 245s in the rear without rubbing as long as you buy a wheel with the correct offset

kyb's are excellent shocks, i used them on my 5 and they helped to sort out its suspension very well.

keep in mind, im very performance oriented so they may be too stiff for some people, but i loved kybs on my car.

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What are you going to do with the car?? Autocross, track days, street.....

I like Koni's and Ground Control coilovers with custom spring rates.
Theres no point in spending 1200.00+ for a full coilover if your only driving the car on the street Imho.

Finally pulled the M50 from the donor car.
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so I bought an 89 325i/is (still haven't figured out which one yet)... but I bought it with a busted oil pan, oil pump, and power steering rack. Got all the necessary parts, put it back together, runs great... what I just found out though, I thought when I got it, that it had aftermarket springs, turns out the previous owner, just cut the springs in half... so I was going to ask y'll what you think I should put on the car, I know of a few, I just wanted some suggestions, any help would be awesome... thanks in advance
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You got any pics of it? With the springs cut it must be sitting too low, no??
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well just to let you know, i jacked up the back of my car, and the springs fell out, so the person who owned it before isn't the brightest person ever... about what I'm going to do with the car, it's going to be a daily driver, but I'm going to autocross it, and maybe drift some, because I had an 89 rx7 that I used for drifting, but that got totaled when someone ran over the front of my car, so I got this... I had tokicos on the 7, and those were awesome, but I was thinking kybs on this, takes for all your suggestions... anymore would be great too....
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Talking Get Bilsteins or Koni

I just ordered Bilstein Sports and Suspension tecniques springs. (1.3"lowering)
And adjustable camber shock mounts for front. (recommended)
(After all my research.)
My mechanic said KYB and Tokico's are the worst.
I hear Koni are excellent too but expensive.

I hear good things about H&R springs too but $50 bucks more than ST's
I was going to get Eibach Pro Kit springs but my guy says there just a bit too low for the car. maybe (1.6"front,1.4"rear)

I'll let you know how it works out.

Did one autocross already, next one this sunday SCCA SOLOII.
What a blast. can wait to drive with the new suspension.

Stock the car was definitly rolling over side to side, specially ion the sloloms,but not bad for original equipment. Should be flat this weekend.
Probably could drift pretty good. I read you could leave a full tank o gas and the spare tire in to get better balance for drifting maybe?

I''ll stick to autocross.

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check out eibach with konis... are you talking about adjustable hieght wise? or just ride?
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