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Old 03-30-2005, 11:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I posted about my issue a couple of weeks ago, due to my car feeling like is about to fall apart everytime i drive thru rough roads and minor potholes (harsh ride).
Like i said before i replaced almost everything with OEM, (shocks/struts w/ mounts, main bushings from control arms and trailing arms, ball joints and tie rods).
I also swapped wheels (from 17" to 16") just to test and see if it made a difference and it didn't.
Now i know BMW's have stiff suspension, but is there a way I could get a softer setting to make my ride comfortable? I see you guys have upgrader suspension with brands like Bilstein or Koni. Well do Bilstein or Koni shocks/strus have a better feel than stock ones as making it comfortable? Or any suggestion on making my comfy yet at the same time be able to handle well (i don't race or track, i just commute and sometimes drive hard)
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i have bilstein sport shocks with h&r sport springs. the ride is great. not harsh at all.
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Originally posted by fushuman@Mar 30 2005, 01:14 PM
I posted about my issue a couple of weeks ago, due to my car feeling like is about to fall apart everytime i drive thru rough roads and minor potholes (harsh ride).
Like i said before i replaced almost everything with OEM, (shocks/struts w/ mounts, main bushings from control arms and trailing arms, ball joints and tie rods).
I also swapped wheels (from 17" to 16") just to test and see if it made a difference and it didn't.
Now i know BMW's have stiff suspension, but is there a way I could get a softer setting to make my ride comfortable? I see you guys have upgrader suspension with brands like Bilstein or Koni. Well do Bilstein or Koni shocks/strus have a better feel than stock ones as making it comfortable? Or any suggestion on making my comfy yet at the same time be able to handle well (i don't race or track, i just commute and sometimes drive hard)
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I'm afraid any aftermarket stuff you buy is going to make it stiffer. Can't think of anything that would make the feeling softer, sorry.
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