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Old 01-11-2012, 06:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Snapped a strut..going for upgrade

What is a good set of struts, springs, coil overs for the E36 (98).
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ckeck ebay and bavauto.com they have some good stuff on there. stick with a name brand though.
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I was thinking SACHS since it was OEM, then I thought about Tokico or a lower cost Bilstein
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Go with ST coilovers! Best bang for your buck. They are also made by KW. In combination with the original wheel and tires, wheel spacers might need to be used. Because of the design of this specific car, the damping adjustment can only be made when the damper is not mounted. By modifying the interior trim , this problem can be avoided.
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your talking modding a car for some rear struts? your a vendor trying to get business, i dont want to be sold, i would rather here from a owner or a e36
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We aren't here just to sell stuff. We are here to educate as well
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your talking modding a car for some rear struts? your a vendor trying to get business, i dont want to be sold, i would rather here from a owner or a e36
What he was saying is that coilovers are a good choice because they feature the ability to adjust the ride height of the car. However with the E36 trunk liner the liner needs to be removed to access the Rear Shock Mounts (RSM). Im sure what he meant to say was that with a slight cut to the trunk liner it would be possible to adjust the dampening without having to remove the trunk liner every time. The cut in the liner wouldnt be very noticeable at all.

I have the Koni Sport kit with yellow adjustable shocks and i like them. They lower the car about 1". I have 18"s and with the drop the tires rubs slightly under cornering so you have to get the fenders rolled. If you go with 17"s you will have no fitment issues. I have heard that Bilstiens are okay, but only if your tracking the car. Other people say Bilstiens are to harsh a ride for DD use. You can get the Koni sport kit which includes the shocks and springs, or you can get the shocks seperatley and get H&R OE Springs which have the lease amount of ride drop.
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