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#1 (permalink) Old 09-07-2004, 12:53 AM
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i am thinking of upgrading my suspension and need to know if i am going in the right direction.

i already have h&r sport springs and am considering a x brace, bilstein sport shocks and eibach sway bars. are there any other components i should be looking into. the car will probably never see the track but i would like to have great handling for spirited driving on the streets.
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What are your wheel and tire sizes, your make and model of 3 series, engine size...
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its a 328is with the stock 16's. the tires are z rated potenzas, 225/50/16

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Get the bilstein sp's ASAP. You shouldn't be runnign h&R's wiht stock shocks man. Not only is your car bouncing, but you are putting excesive tension on the rest of your suspension components

I say go with a good paid of sway bars (like 22 and 25)
Upgrade to 17" that are lightweight and some ZR tires (for good priced one consider yoo es100's)

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thanks everyone

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im thinking of going with H&r springs and bilstein sports for starters, but im unsure about camber adjustments. i got 16"s, but will prolly get 17's soon enough. anybody go with this set up and have other problems?
 
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Whatever you do, get the E46 M3 convertable rear shockmounts, those are the most heavy duty ones BMW makes, or you could spend some more bucks and go aftermarket urathane.
E36 stock rear shock mounts go bad way too early in the car's life and are listed as a common failure.

(while the suspinsion's all dis-assembled, replace bushings of whatever's readiably accessable)


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what are your guys opinion on h&r sport shocks with koni adjustables for the springs? i was ognna go with that setup for my E36 M

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go to turner motor sports they have a full shock replace thing makes mounts and all alot heavier duty buy that now then get a Blistein Pss-9 kit then your done not including strut bar and all



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I have recently installed a set of lowering Eibach sport spring / Bilstein sport shoch for my E36 '95 318is. The result is amazing, it vastly improves the handling, sharper steering, and most importanlty it was not as bumpy as I expected. I have a set of '17 geniue M3 ten spokes wheels, the ride was not harsh at all - it absorbs most of the hump and bumps well. I highly recommend to anyone who is interested in upgrading suspension.
 
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are the E46 M3 verts rear shockmounts a good thing to replace on all e36's or just ones the see the track?

are there any other components that should be upgraded or reinforced at the same time for preventative maintenance?

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just ordered the shocks, swaybar kit, and x brace this morning so it will be here in approx. 10 days. i cant wait to get it hooked up

unfortunately it snowed here (edmonton) this morning but it should all melt soon :P

i am also getting the e46 m3 vert. rear shock mounts installed and having the swaybar mounting tabs reinforced.

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Good job. Get those shocks on before anythign if you aren't installign it all at once.


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