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Old 06-21-2005, 12:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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ok so i want to lower my 318i. are springs worth it? i dont have much money should i try to save up for coil-overs?and which springs are the best for my car
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springs by themselves are not worth doing IMO. YOu need to do springs and struts at the same time. THere are a wide variety of springs out there. I got mine on sale from www.bavauto.com. They are working great for me, however I have heard that they have a tendancy to sag over time. For shocks, Bilsten sports are the favorite for lowered cars.

In the end it really depends on if you want thte look or the performance. If you just want the look you can shave some money off by going with lesser quaity brands. But if you want the car to be able to perform better (not worse than stock as it would with lesser brands) then you will have to stick with Bilstein shocks, or maybe Koni Adjustables and bavauto springs or H&R if you do not might extreme camber problems. I can't remember which other companies are good right now.
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Springs alone can make your handleing worse actually, and cause a dangerous bounce in your suspension. It will also make your OEM shocks break after a while due to continuous compression they are not designed to handle. I recommend springs and shocks because Coils are very expensive.
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can anyone give me some ideas on which shocks and springs to get. or a few ideas
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H&R is the way to go for springs. If you want decent shocks go with Bilstein sports. If you want better shocks go with Koni fully adjustables. The problem here is Koni is expensive. The install should put you up at baout near a granmd, which is kinda funny cuz Coilovers cost about a grand ofr your car (for the cheaper coilovers which are sufficient). I'd say stay away fromt he Konis just because instead of gettign konis you could go with coilovers.

Go with Bilstein SP (sports), not the Bilstein HD (Heavy Duty).

Along with H&Rs. Just because it seems everyone and their mom has this suspension and finds it sufficient.

You are probably looking at about a 1-1.2 inch drop itn eh front and about .75-1 inch drop in the rear.
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Koni's are geat shocks, but I have heard that they do not last as long as the Bilstiens. And by as long, I mean they may only last 2-3 auto-x seasons where as Bilstiens can last even longer. So 2-3 years of very hard semi track driving for 1-2 days at least once a month as opposed to perhaps 4-5.
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if your strapped on money! then lowering your car isn't right for u... u need to have ALOT of money for suspension work... ecspecially when an alignment is 70 bucks a pop... plus labor is a shit load of money also!
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if your strapped on money! then lowering your car isn't right for u... u need to have ALOT of money for suspension work... ecspecially when an alignment is 70 bucks a pop... plus labor is a shit load of money also!
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I kept asking everyone here the same question. I finally decided to listen to them and just get my springs and shocks at the same time. Its cheaper than coil overs, and the kit I got was the HnR sport springs, and Bilstein sport shocks: only 729 from turner. Package deal= CHEAP!!!!!
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