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Old 10-01-2004, 07:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Being that my car is almost 10 years old and probably has never had the suspension changed, I want something nice and smoothe.... what do people suggest? also keep in mind I like to get the IL6 moving at times and I am going to drop a m3 motor in in the spring
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H&R all the way.. if you have the money... their coilovers are wonderful... if not.. either the sport springs... are rather loose to my taste... or the race springs.. good and stiff....

No spring is good without a good shock/strut... Bilstein all the way there...

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H&R all the way.. if you have the money... their coilovers are wonderful... if not.. either the sport springs... are rather loose to my taste... or the race springs.. good and stiff....

No spring is good without a good shock/strut... Bilstein all the way there...

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I've read that the H&R's may be a bit stiff for less-than-smooth surface streets.

What about the Eibach Springs Pro-System Plus? It seems to have all the major components to update your suspension (sans the rear-end work that is often recommended here.

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If you install sports suspension, doesn't it make the ride a bit rougher though? Do you want handling or comfort? I understood your post as comfort
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Ah, I am going with H and R springs w/ Bilstein shocks. From what I hear, this is an unbelievably sexy combination.
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Your goal was similar to mine. I tried the H&R / Bilstein Sport combo but it was too stiff for me, streetwise. Also, it prompted the glove compartment door open sometimes. Later I exchanged the Bilstens for the Koni's and the ride quality is better. Yet Bilstein was great for cornering.
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Oh yes... I forgot to mention.. I'm a performance minded person.... I didnt think weather or not you were going for performance or just a good confortable ride... sorry... koni.. for confort... and bilstein for performance... my bad...

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okay...am I asking too much by wanting racing performance along with comfort?
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While looking at the group buy for some Koni's I found this review of a setup that would seem to be what you're looking for:

Review of Koni & Eiback combo at bimmerforums

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