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Old 04-13-2005, 12:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 95 318ti with 145,000 miles on what seems to be the stock suspension, and I believe its time that it gets changed. I don't want to spend too much on the suspension but I realize that its not going to be cheap. I would like a slightly stiffer ride with approximately a 1.25 to 2 inch drop in the front and I would like the rear to be adjustable because of stereo equipment. It is a daily driver but I will give up some comfort for better handling, being that I love to take corners at speed. Anybody have any suggestions? Is H&R any good? Is the Dinan setup ideal?
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I have a 95 318ti with 145,000 miles on what seems to be the stock suspension, and I believe its time that it gets changed. I don't want to spend too much on the suspension but I realize that its not going to be cheap. I would like a slightly stiffer ride with approximately a 1.25 to 2 inch drop in the front and I would like the rear to be adjustable because of stereo equipment. It is a daily driver but I will give up some comfort for better handling, being that I love to take corners at speed. Anybody have any suggestions? Is H&R any good? Is the Dinan setup ideal?
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...depends on how much you wanna spend....... I purchased Bilstein shocks/struts, along with Bavauto's performance springs... all together: somewhere in the neighborhood of $850 if I remember correctly.... great handling, pretty stiff, now sits just about as low as my stock setup (should be considerably lower than your stock height)

...H&R is great as well as Eibach among others.... but it will cost more..

coilovers would be the best option if you have some money at your disposal
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I personally did not like the bav auto springs, too soft. I felt the same way with the Eibachs and they seem to have a common sagging problem.

I love my H&R's, perfect compromise between comfort and performance. I'd stay away from coilovers unless you're hardcore into tuning suspension and weight balance. The good coilover kits almost always use linear springs, which means it's very stiff and I would say less than acceptable for street driving. It's really pointless unless you're ready to do some track driving on the weekends.

My favorite combo is Bilstein Sports w/ H&R Sport for the street and occasional track use. If all you care about is ride comfort but want a lower ride, the bav auto or Eibach springs will suit your needs. They have pretty close to stock progressive spring rates with shorter springs. However, Eibachs seem to cost more than H&R's for some reason, even though they are now mass produced in the USA.

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