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#1 (permalink) Old 07-14-2010, 01:34 PM
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Shocks, springs, and suspension suggestions please!

My car is a 95 318i convert, teh suspension is absolutely devastated! Shock mounts rattle in the rear. Wobbling in teh front end. Bottom out going slow/fast over any bump. and to top it all off.... the girlfriend is getting annoyed with it. (LIKE I NEED HER BITCH'N...)

What i'm looking for is a kit to stiff'n up teh ride. If it doesn't go like hell i'd like it to handle well @least. I don't wanna bottom out anymore, and i want that damn rattle to STOP!!!

Anyhow... I've been look'n around on teh interweb and don't really kn ow what to get for my car. I looked @ Bavauto, seems like a good bilstein and spring kit. Any thoughts?

Also looked @ pelican, TurnerMS, BMP, JleviSW, all of them kinda have similar stuff for what i'm look'n for.

I don't really wanna spend more than $800 or $900... in fact less is better.

So any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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Wow, your girlfriend is willing to let you spend money on your car over her? Take advantage of this situation NOW!

In terms of suspension there are a few routes you can go. I understand not wanting to spend a ton of money but also realize if your shocks/springs are in that bad enough shape where it bottoms out it is likely you will need to replace other components like control arms, upper shock mounts, upper strut bearings, sway bar end links, etc. I would definitely change the strut bearings and shock mounts definitely when doing the suspension because it is likely they are worn pretty bad as well.

I would definitely look at the Bilstein shock and spring packages that Bavarian Autosport sells as well as the packages that Turner Motorsport has on sale. I'm currently running Bilstein sports with H&R lowering springs on my E39 and the ride and handling is really solid (although I'm now looking at coilovers).
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I highly recommend the Bilstein Sports and I always hear good things about H&R Sport springs. Seems like a good combo for a lot of people. I would agree with BimmerE39 that you should probably check out other components on the car and make sure they don't need replacing and if so it would be good to replace everything at the same time.


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I highly recommend the Bilstein Sports and I always hear good things about H&R Sport springs. Seems like a good combo for a lot of people. I would agree with BimmerE39 that you should probably check out other components on the car and make sure they don't need replacing and if so it would be good to replace everything at the same time.
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+1 with Nick318is......& TireRack.com seems to have the best prices on the Bilstein Sport shocks & struts.....& the H&R Sport spring set......

also.....BimmerE39 is correct, check those other suspension components for play & wear!



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If you're on a budget like I am, I bought Bilstein touring struts and Monroe shocks. The struts and mounts came from US Autoparts and the shocks and mounts from AutoParts Train. The total cost was about $400. If you need control arms and such, check out FCP Groton, they have packages with control arms and bushings, tie rods and end links for about $200 or less if you find them on e-bay. BMW E36 3-Series Control Arms


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Wow, your girlfriend is willing to let you spend money on your car over her? Take advantage of this situation NOW!
I know right?!?! I have a real keeper! She drives a E90 330i. so she understands what a BMW can and should ride and handle like. Plus, she loves the convertible...

Anyhow, so i read all the posts and wanna thank you guys. I had my Mech look @ it a while ago and he said that we're looking pretty good as far as the other components are doing.

I curious about the Bavauto springs.... how much do we (as a collective community) know about those springs?

and i found this kit as well.... any thoughts?
BMP design : H&R Race Springs/Bilsteins (Drop F2.0/R1.3)

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OH!!!! and how good are the H&R Cup Kits?

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I know right?!?! I have a real keeper! She drives a E90 330i. so she understands what a BMW can and should ride and handle like. Plus, she loves the convertible...
Good for you man. Bimmer chicks are always the best.

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Anyhow, so i read all the posts and wanna thank you guys. I had my Mech look @ it a while ago and he said that we're looking pretty good as far as the other components are doing.
That's definitely good news because collectively all that stuff adds up real quick.

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I curious about the Bavauto springs.... how much do we (as a collective community) know about those springs?
I've purchased a lot of stuff through Bavarian Autosport as I live in CT and the shipping is ridiculously quick. The springs from my understanding are a very mild change from stock and also have minor increase in spring rates with a minor drop. I don't know who the manufacturer is but I'd imagine they are probably made by Eibach or H&R for Bavarian Autosport with Bavarian Autosport specs. I would stay away from them if you want a more aggressive drop and a tighter ride.

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and i found this kit as well.... any thoughts?
BMP design : H&R Race Springs/Bilsteins (Drop F2.0/R1.3)
The Bilstein sports are the same as you would buy from anywhere else. However, the H&R race springs give you a more aggressive drop (probably the most aggressive you can go with lowering springs reliably) with a stiffer ride over the sport. Personally, if I wanted to drop my car that much I would go with coilovers but that's just me.


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OH!!!! and how good are the H&R Cup Kits?
The H&R cupkits are really solid and very well balanced. Instead of Bilstein sports you're getting H&R sports which are pretty much the same thing. This is just a complete package from the same manufacturer...although I'm pretty sure H&R and Bilstein are the same company (or part of the same company) so you really can't go wrong either way.
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Dude that is what i wanted to know and hear. I really appreciate the info. I will probably go buy the H&R cup kit today. i've talked to a lot of others about this as well and im getting consistent info. Its good to hear.

thanks peeps!

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Dude that is what i wanted to know and hear. I really appreciate the info. I will probably go buy the H&R cup kit today. i've talked to a lot of others about this as well and im getting consistent info. Its good to hear.

thanks peeps!
No problem man, glad I could help out. Let us know how everything works out.
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