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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 04-19-2005, 05:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys can you give me an idea of what springs/strut setup would work well on my 87 325e? I want something thats pretty low but wont bounch like crazy. Pictures would be a great help.

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Irelan Engineering is a great company. Also BMP, bav auto are also good. Do you want performance, looks, a soft ride. If you want performance then you are going to have a harsh ride and it will be bouncy. You have to sacrafice one for the other.
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Irelan Engineering is a great company. Also BMP, bav auto are also good. Do you want performance, looks, a soft ride. If you want performance then you are going to have a harsh ride and it will be bouncy. You have to sacrafice one for the other.
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not necessarily.

a mid rate spring, good shocks (tokico HP blues), and then good sway bars give crisp handling without sacrificing too much.

alot of people just use high rate springs and stock sway bars which you have to over compensate for the sway bars by using really high rate springs/shocks.

if you evaluate the whole system you can have comfort and still be sporty.

eibach pro kit springs, sway bars(avoid suspension techniques), and tokico hps (or illuminas) will net you a sporty ride which isnt too harsh.
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Originally posted by nukeduster+Apr 20 2005, 11:08 AM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(nukeduster @ Apr 20 2005, 11:08 AM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-RealBMW 02@Apr 19 2005, 05:19 PM
Irelan Engineering is a great company.* Also BMP, bav auto are also good.* Do you want performance, looks, a soft ride.* If you want performance then you are going to have a harsh ride and it will be bouncy.* You have to sacrafice one for the other.
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not necessarily.

a mid rate spring, good shocks (tokico HP blues), and then good sway bars give crisp handling without sacrificing too much.

alot of people just use high rate springs and stock sway bars which you have to over compensate for the sway bars by using really high rate springs/shocks.

if you evaluate the whole system you can have comfort and still be sporty.

eibach pro kit springs, sway bars(avoid suspension techniques), and tokico hps (or illuminas) will net you a sporty ride which isnt too harsh.
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Do any of you guys have some pictures of how the eibachs or Ireland eng. springs look? I would like it to be pretty low, like maybe 1.75 or 2" in the front. whats a nice inexpensive shock to use? the hp blues dont look to expensive. Thanks for the help guys.

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I run an Eibach Prokit with Bilstein Sport dampers. I highly recommend this setup--the ride is perfectly compliant and stiff when needed. Unfortunately, I have no way to photograph it, but, IMO, the car looks great even on the stock bottlecap rims. The best part: the car has never scraped anything.
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IEs are stiff and low, i have a set coming.
tokico blues(hp) are bottom end shocks. bilstein sports or konis are the way to go if you like performance.

you can get a vogtland/adjustable koni, or the bilstein spring/shock setup for under 600.

some of my stuff is installed and some is on the way, but this is my setup:
IE springs
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bmwbushings.com poly bushings, the whole line minus the diff bushing

i have yet to purchase a set of IE swaybars, but i will soon. there will also be some other not your everyday chassis mods.
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IEs are stiff and low, i have a set coming.
tokico blues(hp) are bottom end shocks.

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I purchased a set of Tokico blues and matching springs for my 1987 325 off ebay. This isn't a track car, simply a car to get me back and forth to work, so I had cost as a major influence in my decision.

The drop was just right and the ride is just firm enough for me. With about 10K miles on the shocks/springs, they are just as good as when I put them on.

If "bottom end" means inexpensive and 100% better than stock, then I agree.

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