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#1 (permalink) Old 04-13-2005, 10:58 PM
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i want to tighten up my suspension but am not sure how to do it. i am pretty sure the bushings need to be replaced. i already have bilstien sport shocks with h&r sport springs, eibach sway bars and a x brace.
i was thinking of replacing the control arms with 96+ m3 control arms with the 96+ m3 lcab and rtab. i have heard that the upper strut bearing can be replaced with 96+ m3 ones swapped right for left and left for right.
is this the right direction or are there other things i should be doing? thanks for the help

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u can add some strut braces... front and back.. but thats opretty much it

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i think you should look into changing all your bushings, it tightened up my car considerably and i only did a few. change your balljoints to performance ones, performance rear shock mounts, and urathane bushings.

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You could use H&R race springs instead of the sport ones.

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are the 96+ m3 bushings the ones i should use or would 95 m3 bushings be better?

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You could use H&R race springs instead of the sport ones.
i have heard that h&r race springs are not very good. something about them not being stiff enough and cracking prematuerly due to rubbing against the other coils

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If you get the ones with an offest (LCA) (I'm not sure what year but that's what they changed) then it will give you more camber. That's pritty much the main difference. Keep in mind that if you get an older bushing, it may have been manufactured way back when, Rubber has a tendancy to become brittle and crack over time. Should not be a problem at all if they were kept in a sealed plastic bag.

M3 bushings will be much stiffer, which is definately good. Urathane bushings would be much better than M3, but be aware that they CAN cause a funky creaking noise. I guess if you lube it with a urathane friendly oil, it will go away. Just something to consider.
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thanks guys. i talked to my mechanic and have decided to go with 96+ m3 bushings and 96+ m3 control arms.

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