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Question suspension setups

i was wondering which was the best way to go interms of struts for my e36 325is with 104k... ive heard that the bilstiens for some reason raise the front end just a tad and you dont get the drop that you should? is this true or just a rumor, and also ive heard that konis are an insert that you use with your stock struts... what does that really mean? and is it much work to figure out? oh btw ive got eibach pro kit springs and so its the the greatest drop but i want to keep it as low as possible with these springs... (did that make sense?)

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ps. since im working down there what sways do you all sugest? uuc? gc is out of my budget but yeah, and also what other things should i replace since im redoing the entire suspension?
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bilstein pss9 kit, replace the control arms with e30 aluminum ones from TMS



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bilstein pss9 kit, replace the control arms with e30 aluminum ones from TMS
arnt those coilovers? not sure if i have the funds for that... right now im looking at just a 1000 dollar job...
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I vote Koni.
which ones? ive heard koni yellows... i dono what that means haha
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which ones? ive heard koni yellows... i dono what that means haha
koni yellows are the koni sport adjustables, they're very nice shocks

they're adjustable so you can choose between stiff or soft

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Yes, I have the adjustables, they're fantastic. And within your price range.



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I just put the bilstien BTS kit on my daily driver and love it. It did not lower the front as much as it did the rear, but it did not raise the front. The BTS kit was about $700 and came with bilstien sports and bilstien springs. Great for the price IMO.
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He already has springs. Sadly what ive heard that on the e36m3 many people are disappointed by the drop from the pro-kit. Hopefully this isnt true for the 325.

Bilsteins dont raise your car above what they should. If they do raise your car it's because your current struts are blown. Most people say "they raised my car" but they just brought the car back up to stock height. This wont happen with you because you alreayd have the springs. All struts you buy should put you at the same height.

Bilstein sports are awesome struts. Stiff and get the job done. On top of that they have a very note worthy lifetime warranty.

Koni yellow (SA's) are strut inserts. You insert them into your stock struts. They are dampening adjustable. Awesome struts. Probably what you should go with.


As far as sway bars UUC swaybarbarians are some of the best. Well priced too.

You should replace your control arm bushings. If you want to upgrade your control arms you could do aluminum ones, but they are pricier.

While you're at it, rotate your tires

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