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Old 05-02-2004, 02:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just bought 18" M5 rims for my 97' 328, and dont want to really spend 1200 dollars for coil overs. The thing is i still want to lower my car about an inch or 2. Could i jus buy lowering springs instead of the coil overs? Any suggestions would be great. Thanks
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H&R cup kit. I think a few guys have it on this forum. I'm not sure if you'll have clearance issues but it's a spring/shock combo that's a very nice ride around town and get handling on the track.

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P.S. I've also heard good things about the Eibach pro kit, some guys on the forum have that set up too.
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Yeah, you can do that. The cup kit is good, Eihbach is good as well.

You wont have clearance issues with oem or aftermarket springs provided you don't drop it more than 2.5" in the front and 2" in the back, but i suspect with a firmer aftermarket sping you have less potential for rubbing during a spirited romp.

Springs will run anywhere from $180-300, so you could feasibly buy sport shocks and springs for less than say the PSS9 coilover kit from bilstein.

Coilovers are nice though, i have enjoyed them on previous cars and intend on adding them to my current sled.
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Do you guys know of any good sites where i could get those sport springs from??
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yeah talk to autotechnica, he hooked me up with my stuff. and the price was very competitive, best thing is that he's not a huge company out to scrape an extra dollar off of you and he ACTUALLY checks to make sure the order is right.

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Yea, go with Eibach pro kit.
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if you are just looking for lowering springs... bavauto.com has them for around $200
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try H&R springs. should be arround 1 1/2 inches drop in the front and 1 inch drop in the rear, but may be a little different due to the size rims and tires you are using. B) B) B)
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