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Old 06-07-2004, 09:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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one of my rear springs has cracked, i was going to replace both rears. However is it a good idea to replace all 4??

i was thinking of using H&R or eibach sportline (35mm drop)

from a driving poit of view would it be better to replace all 4 (it will be lower too)

any experiences using the springs i have mentioned above?
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Old 06-07-2004, 06:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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its always better to take advantage of maintainace to do upgrades. i say do it.
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Old 06-08-2004, 07:43 AM   #3 (permalink)
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another question...due to budget, can i get around with just changing my rear springs? as the front are fine. i was thinking of using O.E springs.

Is there anything wrong just changing rears?
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I wouldn't say anything is wrong so long as you use similar to stock size. I would only lower it if you are changing all 4. If you have ever noticed, most BMW lowering springs lower the back less than the front. So if you were to just put lower springs on the back, it would make the back a little lower than the front stock setup. It probably won't cause any problems, it just might look a little weird. BMWs stock already have a lower look to their stance. You should probably remain uniform in what you do.

I agree with Furious, take advantage of this to do some upgrades with performance parts in mind!
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I'd advise you to get all 4 spring and would go for the H&R Springs. They have both Racing Springs which lower your car slightly more than sport.

check out tirerack.com and go under suspension

I also have an 328 and im about to order the H&R Cup Kit which include shocks and the springs. (2.1F - 1.7B Drop)
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With new springs.... isnt it smart to upgrade the shocks/struts.... to compensate for the drop? Or is that a crazy rumor?
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A great way to upgrade your ride is to replace worn out or defective parts with "better than stock" ones. This way over time, your ride constantly improves.
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great point Mark. I agree. It is definitely not a crazy rumor. Stock shocks can handle the drop to some degree, but have a much better chance of failure in a shorter amount of time. I would also recommend getting new shock/struts. Overall, it will just make your overall ride and handling that much better than the already superb handling of a BMW.
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If you have ever noticed, most BMW lowering springs lower the back less than the front.
It seems on my car as though the back is lowered more than the front, not the other way around... (sorry to hijack). Any ideas why?
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i have noticed that with mine aswell back lower then front

also, eibach pro-kit says i won't need to update the suspension bits but i will at sometime update it just in case, but is it really going to hurt the original shocks if the lowering springs are put into my car used .
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well i got eibachs on mine, and I believe that all bimmers get lowered this way. That is why there is a majority of bmw owners whom only lower the front end.
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If you have ever noticed, most BMW lowering springs lower the back less than the front.
It seems on my car as though the back is lowered more than the front, not the other way around... (sorry to hijack). Any ideas why?
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i think thats why with most springs you get a lower drop in the front... plus i noticed that too but i think its just decieving. Problem with new springs and original suspension is your stock shocks/struts werent designed to compensate for the drop which could result in bottoming out. Im sure you could most likely get away with it though, im not that familiar with the suspension so i might be wrong.
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