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Old 01-18-2005, 04:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Im sure this question has been asked before but im haveing trouble finding a thread about it... Im looking ot upgrade my 1992 325is suspention... what would be the most significant upgrade from stock for around 500 bucks
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Old 01-18-2005, 04:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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also it's spelled suspension :P
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Old 01-18-2005, 04:14 PM   #4 (permalink)
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LOL ty

Alright so just springs not shocks? do i wanna lower it? or what band has a good name?
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I'm gonig with H&R springs and Koni for the rest...
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it would be good to get new shocks at the same time as springs. it should save you some $ on labor. the ride will also be much better if you get shocks too. eibach and h&r make good springs and bilstein and koni make good shocks.
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Old 01-18-2005, 08:39 PM   #7 (permalink)
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it would be good to get new shocks at the same time as springs. it should save you some $ on labor. the ride will also be much better if you get shocks too. eibach and h&r make good springs and bilstein and koni make good shocks.
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Did that job myself on the car.

if yours has more than 100k wich i really think you might, do the following.

get the springs and shock!!
my 93 had factory shocks, they where long gone, they would not go up or down, they where stuck.

recommend bavauto.com , they have their own springs, they are lower, to get the fander gat out, and a little harder, but they are not racing spring like the others., and if you have a daily commuter you really want to get this into consideration because a firmer suspension means youll feel all the road on your back..

also if going for sorter springs, get shock with reduced shock travel. bilstein makes them. they are also on sale on the same site.

and i really doubt you can get all the parts for less than 500.

and since youre doing this job, consider replacing front control arm bushings with an m3 bushing and then the trailing arm. they are weak and after 100k they will be long gone.

i know you might think is a lot and i agree, but just changing shock and springs and keeping worn out bushing will make the car discussing. sicne the car is lower and more firm, failed bushings will show way more and you will feel it, either by weird car feeling on the road or by noises when they are really gone.


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If you can't get springs and struts then go for sway bars. They won't really hurt your ride and they will make a big difference.
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UUC/Sachs stage 4 suspension plus. I did the whole install myself. It's sweet!!!
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do i wanna lower it? or what band has a good name?
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we don't know....do you?

bilistien is great, koni, H&R, Eibach...
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Someone recommended "replacing front control arm bushings with an m3 bushing and then the trailing arm." Does this mean replace the trailing arm bushings or the trailing arm itself?
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both if you can......why not?

the bushings alone are a good idea, but the arms might as well get swapped since you have them off anyways.

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for 500 you can do lots of things, if you dont need to mess with the shocks/struts and springs than, upgrade your swaybars and maybe get some good rear shock mounts, and if there is money left over look into maybe an xbrace.
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I'd be careful with springs though, lowering it too much can cause headaches on speed bumps and such. Sway bars are a great addition, as they decrease body roll on corners. Also consider a front tower strut bar, they're a common investment that's extremely simple to install.

And not to hijack this thread, but I have another question. I'm already extremely low because of my springs, but if I install an xbrace and sway bars, will that lessen my clearance? Thanks.
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And not to hijack this thread, but I have another question. I'm already extremely low because of my springs, but if I install an xbrace and sway bars, will that lessen my clearance? Thanks.

my x-brace sits a little lower than the rest of the car. i am yet to smash it on any thing. i only sometimes have a problem when coming out of parking lots that have a little peak just before the road.
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