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Old 07-01-2005, 02:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone here try this brand of shocks and springs. How would you compare to eibach springs and bilstein shocks.



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Basically its a $80 difference if I were to buy the eibach springs and bilstein shocks, for all 4 sides.
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i hear good things about tokico, but ive never really heard any with a bmw riding on them.
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Tokico is not a the same quality. Like above I have never heard of the on BMW's. But my on experiance with them went like this.

A friend of my dads (he has placed in top 3 in SCCA nationals, great driver) drove a 93 MR2 turbo. He put new tokico struts on it when he bought the car and was an avid auto-x'er. He blew the tokico struts in his car 2 times during 1 auto-x season. After that season, he switched to Koni adjustables. He ran 2 seasons with those, before he sold the car. Still with strong struts. Bilstiens are supposed to last longer than Koni's... I would recommend not getting tokico. However, he was satisfied with the handling of the car. Hence why he bought another set to replace the blown ones thinking he got a bad set. However, he was much more satisfied with the Koni struts.
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I ran those exact blue tokicos on my 318is for two years on the street. By the end of the two years the fronts went. They handle well and gave the car a great stiff ride but I agree with the above, they don't last long. Bilstein on my 325is and I love them. Haven't experienced Koni's.
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I'll put it this way... if you have the extra money... I'd spend it towards suspension... it something you feel every day... something you take for granted till it fails.... if you have the chance to make her better... and or buy better parts... I say do it...

As for tokico.... I've never liked them... they dont ride like stock... and when I say stock... I mean soundness... they ride like a beaten up old Ford truck.... which may seem stiff to some... but totally loose to others that have felt a rather good suspension set up before....

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