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Old 03-03-2008, 06:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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328I suspension?

i just bought a 1998 328i and im looking to upgrade the suspension. any suggestions?
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Old 03-03-2008, 06:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Are you looking into a more performance oriented suspension? Is this a daily driver? Let us know your needs for this car and we can better help you decide on the right suspension for you.
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There's really only a few setups that I would recommend. For a strictly street drive, see if you can source a used complete M3 suspension setup (stock). Otherwise, Bilstien sports with H&R springs. Or if you really wanna spend some money the Bilstien PPS-9 kit or the ground effects coil over kit. There have been a lot of setups posted on this forum. Check out the search feature and you can find some member feed back on each of the above setups as well as a few others that people may or may not be happy with. Then sway bars are must for any of the above setups. For the M3 setup they mount differently than your stock ones.

If you don't want to stiffen the ride much a good set of adjustable sway bars can make a world of difference in the handling without sacrificing much on the comfort side.
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... kit or the ground effects coil over kit. .....
He means Ground Control
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Old 03-04-2008, 11:45 PM   #5 (permalink)
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dont get h&r race springs
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it all depends, like salty said, wat this cars purpose will be
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If your looking at coilovers, the TEIN basics are a great setup. Im on Bilsteins and H&Rs right now, and im happy with the setup. But this this spring/summer im looking into getting the TEINs
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crap unless you get revalved/shortened shocks. They bottom out like wo..
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You should get those with any springs that lower the car or that will happen. Never get shorter springs without getting shocks that are made for the shorter springs.
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i would agree on what way hes going to drive the vehicle
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this car will be a daily driver, but it is sometimes driven on a track. im a 16 year old kid paying for the car myself so what im really looking for are any options that are reasonably priced and will provide a noticable improvement in the handling. i dont mind if the suspension becomes a little uncomfortable for daily driving, if it improves the handling im fine with it. thanks
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do you know if vibrant front strut bars are any good?
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