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Old 09-08-2010, 08:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am looking to pick my wife up a e36 with 120k on it. The car will be used to drive her back and fourth to school for the next few years. She'll be driving roughly 140 miles a day. I want to go with the e36 because I just love this car. My question is what would be the best struts and shocks to go with? I have seen a lot on the Bilstein struts but what is the difference between the sport and touring strut. I see that the price varys but am I going to get a good highway ride with the sport? It looks to be heavier made so that is why I was looking at it I just want to make sure she has a nice comfortable ride going 70 down the interstate....


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I am looking to pick my wife up a e36 with 120k on it. The car will be used to drive her back and fourth to school for the next few years. She'll be driving roughly 140 miles a day. I want to go with the e36 because I just love this car. My question is what would be the best struts and shocks to go with? I have seen a lot on the Bilstein struts but what is the difference between the sport and touring strut. I see that the price varys but am I going to get a good highway ride with the sport? It looks to be heavier made so that is why I was looking at it I just want to make sure she has a nice comfortable ride going 70 down the interstate....


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The Sports do have a more solid & thicker piston.....but they are generally used with lowering springs & other suspension upgrades......The Sports are actually shorter in height. I went with the Sports, but I also lowered my car with H&R sport springs.......

Maybe just go with the HD's.......

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Depends on what you want the car to be like for 140 miles a day. You might want to try the HD struts if you want to maintain the same comfort in the ride.

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GETTING THE RIDE THAT IS RIGHT FOR YOU
Bilstein mono-tube gas pressure shock absorbers are available in a wide variety of sizes and stiffness settings, depending upon the vehicle type and use. All Bilstein shocks absorbers instantaneously self-adjust to changing road surfaces; in addition, their performance does not gradually decline from age, use or heat, requiring no compensating manual adjustments as with conventional multi-tube shocks. Shock stiffness settings are divided into five usage categories shown below.
SPORT (S) - B8
For the performance-minded driver, Bilstein “Sport” shocks deliver absolute mastery of the road surface. Designed to push a car’s suspension to its performance peak, these shocks are well suited for use with special springs, anti-sway bars or other suspension upgrades.
HEAVY DUTY (HD) - B6
For most vehicles including full-size sedans, SUVs and trucks. These shocks provide improved handling and stability without sacrificing ride comfort. They offer super damping ability that makes them ideal for heavy hauling for occasional off-road use, while maintaining and exceptional “street” ride.
COMFORT (C) - B4
For the driver who wants maximum ride comfort, with the virtual elimination of “bottoming out” and vehicle sway. These shocks generally maintain and, in many cases, enhance a vehicle’s original ride qualities while increasing road-handling and overall stability.
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For rigorous demands of driving competition. Their success should be measured by the unprecedented levels of acceptance and use by professional drivers in virtually all major Motorsports. Include such features as spherical bearings, adjustable spring seats longer or shorter than standard dimensions. *Not suited for street use.
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thanks to both of you for the info... I have thought about lowering it but the most important thing here for her is comfort....
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Go with tourings; if she cares about comfort, she's going to hate you for getting the HDs. They are incredibly stiff.
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