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#1 (permalink) Old 09-23-2009, 11:36 AM
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I need to replace the front struts on both sides. Can I get some that are cheaper than what I get from the dealer but wont just fall apart? If so where/how much?
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Bilstein, Koni and even KYB (though probably "worst" of the 3 -- not necessarily bad just not as good) are all good.

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If I was going with just factory replacements, I'd probably go with Bilstein tourings (a little over a 100 per piece) and call it a day.

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BMW 3-SERIES E36 Sedan/Coupe/Conv 325i, 325is, 328i, 328is 05.92-99 (Driver Side) FRONT

so those ^ would be fine?
And also, if anyone could give me a link to a diy for strut replacement that would be great.
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this link has a crap ton of diy articles for suspension and everything else you may want...

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yes pelican site rocks! local compant quoted me $350 to replace my sagging headliner, went to fabricland (along with about 40 grandmas) found my new headliner material for $20 and did it myself following the pelican DIY! well worth doing!
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new headliner turned out perfect!

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nice, i need to redo the fabric on my roof...

it's held on by a ton of ghetto staples...

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thanks. that website is awesome. I'll probably be using it a lot in the coming weeks haha
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i know i've used it a few times...good stuff!

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Thank you bimmerwerkz guys! successfully installed my new struts and rotors. Very helpful.
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Don't get KYBs, get either Koni's or Bilsteins. I like the HDs a lot myself.

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Dyeah I went with koni. Didn't know they were bright construction orange haha. But you can't see them so its all good. I'm satisfied with the quality.
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