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Old 01-26-2008, 10:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Suspension recommendations...

Well, my little girl is in need of new front shocks...and the back is soon to go too...

I'm not planning on replacing anything for a few months so right now I'm just shopping and asking around to see what I should get.

I'd like to not spend too much, but since I'm replacing then I may as well upgrade to some kind of sport suspension and possibly lower it a little to make her a little more aggressive looking.

What does everyone recommend for semi-inexpensive, some what sporty, replacement suspension?


thanks...
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Old 01-26-2008, 11:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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id say go with some eibach race springs (to which ever rating you want in terms of comfort) strapped around some koni struts...

remember that while you are doing this stuff down there it;s always a good idea to replace any bushings that my need to be address, so you may want to fit that into your budget too...
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koni adjustables with ground control adjustable slip overs. out the door should be around $600 if you install yourself. but that doesn't include realignment.
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^^ really?? You mean just the shocks for $600, right?

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I was going to do the c3 motorsport kit ($1500) but I'm contemplating just going cheap with Bilstein sports ($400) and some Eibach Stage III springs ($300). Might as well do all those bushings as well.
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^^^ this might be a n00b question...but is that price per axle or no?


edit: what about the bav auto kit that includes bav auto springs and bilstein sport shocks?

it goes for around $560...
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Total would be $700 for the Bilstein/Eibach combo. (depending on source, of course) I've always been pretty happy with Bavauto's stuff, so if you're happy with what they are representing, then go ahead and take the plunge!

If you need help during installation, you can fly me out there and we'll have it done in about a day. How does that sound?

No but really, you are more than welcome to seek help here. I'll even give you my digits if you want.
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from research, but in the e36 field of course ive found that the bav auto springs arent really too focused on performance, they are more of a smooth ride spring and use the upgraded shocks to make up for that... just fiy... they do drop it a bit i think though...
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^^ really?? You mean just the shocks for $600, right?
not really, sometimes i'll throw out a price not available to the public without thinking. in this case, i was obviously not thinking. sorry for the mix up.
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If you need help during installation, you can fly me out there and we'll have it done in about a day. How does that sound?
I've actually considered this option...


ps. Salty, the bav auto springs drop it and "average" of 1 1/4 inch...
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eibach pro springs suck! i bought a set from advanced auto and it felt like i had no suspension at all. they compressed all the way i thought my wheels were going to fly off when i went over rail road tracks.
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