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Old 11-28-2006, 06:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all, I've been researching alot of stuff on this forum and I thought what the heck I'll jsut sign up ! I just recently bought myself a 1993 325i for a pretty good deal but the thing is, one of my shocks are blown out. I plan on buying this set here eBay Motors: BILSTEIN SHOCKS STRUTS BMW E36 318 325 328 92-98 (item 190055090596 end time Dec-02-06 22:31:33 PST) but will they fit ? The guy says that it fits all e36's but I just want to make sure becuase i can't find the part numbers anywhere. Also I plan on getting a new set of springs as well. I narrowed my choices down to 1) eibach pro-kit and 2) h&r sport. I've had experience with the eibach sportlines on my old honda before and the ride was great, but never with h&r's. What do you guys recommend ?
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Old 11-28-2006, 07:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The Bilstein's on the link you provided are their "Touring Class" shocks. They're designed to be used with OE springs, not shorter sport springs.

For shorter sport springs (like Eibach or H&R) you should use Bilstein Sports.
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Turner Motor Sports and Pelican Parts... and Bimmer World all have competitive prices... I would not buy things such as this from ebay... as you never know what you'll exactly get... trust the companies that supply these products... such as the few listed above... they are what power the BMW aftermarket world... support them... as they help most all of us in our love for BMWs...

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My sig will show you an example of Bilstein Sport Shocks and H&R Sport Springs...

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Old 11-29-2006, 12:30 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for your help guys, geoff your 325 is pretty nice. I'm going to shop around and see what kind of deals I can get.
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Thanks!

And for reference, the red e36 in my photoshoot is running the exact same suspension setup... but he looks lower than me, we can't understand why...

There's only 2 things i can think of:
1) My suspension was only in the car approximately 4mnths at the time of the shoot
2) I put brand new bump stops in when I did my suspension and I think he carried over his used ones (don't think this matters)
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Is the red car a 325 also? Did he keep or remove the spring pad up in front.
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Both 325is' but he is supercharged

Not sure, but I put new spring pads in... So maybe his are original and just condensed whereas mine are brand new and adding a bit of height...
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