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Old 09-20-2004, 10:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey whats up. I just got my 325is but it needs new shocks. Does anyone know the diffrence between the sport shocks and heavy duty shocks? I also got the sport package on the car. Im guessing the heavy duty ones are stiffer, but they both cost the same. So i unno...
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More specific? Not sure what you mean by heavy duty compared to sport... Or maybe i'm just dumb... yeah that's probably it...
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Yes... what you need is sport shocks... heavy duty shocks are mainly for people using different set ups... that require a shock that can hold more pressure... so.. yea... sport shocks will work just fine...

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the blisteins are nice, but if you REALLY want performance get gas shocks
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the blisteins are nice, but if you REALLY want performance get gas shocks
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"whispers"..... Bilsteins are gas shocks... monotube... gas pressure shocks...


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DOH! 97alpineM3 beat me to it!

B's are Gas shocks, some of the best around for the street and the track!


Based on some earlier threads, please post with authority what you know from knowledge and experience. Enthusiasm and good intentions are terrible teachers...
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Heavy Duty is pretty much an OEM replacement shock but much stiffer.

Bilstein Sports are made for lowered springs with stiffer spring rates. I wouldn't recommend using them with stock springs. They are stiffer and they have a longer shock travel. You wouldn't benefit from using them with a stock spring setup.

Both are gas shocks. If you want a cheap solution and you still want a Gas shock, try SACHS Boge Automatic gas shock, I tried them about 3 years ago and they work great for OEM replacements. Avoid Bilstein Touring shocks, although they are OEM replacement gas shocks, they cost more than the Boges. Boges are very resonably priced and come with lifetime warranty like the Bilsteins.

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