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Old 06-08-2004, 06:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I'm looking for some sport springs. Ride quality isn't a must, but it's a plus, I'm pretty good at dodging pot holes, but nobody is perfect.

I found the Eibach Pro System at tirerack.com. It says average lowering is about 1.3 inches. That's around the max that I want to lower the car. Anyone have this kit on their car? How much did it actually lower it?

My other way to go would be Eibach Pro springs but with some Koni Adjustable shocks.

Any other opinions on this? Pictures of your cars with the suspension upgrades would be nice.

List your shock/ spring combo and give a picture from the side from about ground level so I can get a good comparison of how much lower it actually is.

Thanks for the help guys.

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P.S. I've no money for the coil over kits, they don't seem worth it to me. I don't need the adjustable ride height, I just want a good spring/ shock combo.
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Old 06-08-2004, 07:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i have Bilistein sport 2, W/Eibach pro sprrings. its sexual chocolate on four wheels! it has a very sporty look from the side, but you wont care what it looks like from the side. i hear the Koni's are not bad from friends, but overall, bilistein/eibach sounds best.

i also recommend sway bars, good ones too. dont buy cheap.
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Speedy, have you had any problems over speed bumps and such? Basically I'm looking for a spring/ shock set up to give me a pretty decent improvement in handling, but mostly to take away that initial body roll my car has at the very start of a corner.

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i also have the blisten eibach combo it rides like a dream and the rims tucks pretty good in the back with 18s
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if u dont try to ralley over speed bumps u will be fine,

wait . . . what tire size/ rim size do u have?

i run 225 45 16 and i dont have problems w/speed bumps. an occasional 1 or 2 here n there, when they r real big. same as any other lowered car. big dips i have to go through at an angle, and sharp driveway peaks too, but ive been doing it for a while and i can fly like im at stock heights. it takes practice, (maybe a pad under ur ass if u bottom out 2 hard!) but i think u will like the pros over the cons everyday.

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My friend had the Eibach pro-kit and loved the handling it had while cornering, but he was disappointed that his rims in the front would sometimes rub if he hit a bump or if he took a corner to hard.

He recommended me to get the H&R Cup-Kit since it gives maximum drop for springs and also handles beautifully.

As soon as i get my money im gonna order the H&R kit and ill let you guys know how it is.
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My only concern is how low the car looks. I'm concerned it's going to be too low for my tastes. I really only want about an inch drop at most.

How much drop did you guys end up with the Eibach Pros?

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Im getting the bilstein/H&R combo from TMS, ill let you know how this one works out within the next 2 weeks if you guys are curious at all.
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I've heard only good things about the stien/H&R setup on any BMW. The Cup kit is supposed to be amazing also, I don't think you could go wrong with it. Remeber almost no spring will drop you less than an inch. Most if not all (that I have seen) drop around 1.25 inches. Either of the springs that you are looking at, are ones I would consider as well if I was going to lower the car. I would strongly reccoment adjustable stien of Koni shocks, if you are concered at all about how it will handle. You can also stiffen them up to help keep your car from bottoming out.
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add a post after you get your h&r with bilsteins let me know how you like it, i am looking into getting that set up from TMS pretty soon here too... just waiting to get my new rims !!
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Sounds good man i think im grabbing the TMS sway bars to so a big suspension upgrade all at once... ill post so everyone knows what i think
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