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Old 04-02-2006, 07:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Suspension requirements help

I am going to upgrade my M3 with some coilovers and need some help as to what I need to have the right set-up. So far I only have the coilovers but have read that I will need shock mounts, will I also need the camber and caster plates too or just one or the other? Do I also need any bushings, rear trailing arms, or anything else?

My goal is to have a nice handling car that does not squeak with the firmer ride. I am riding on 19" Works too. Sway bars worth it too?
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I put in Camber plates when I put in my Konis, and handling was much more neutral.

Sway bars are definitely worth it. Although idk how that works with M3s and coilovers given that our sway bars attach to our struts.

What year M3 do you have?
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I have an '03 M3.
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I have an '03 M3.
I had an O3 also. Now a HEAVILY modded (emphasis on HPDEs) O5.

You won't like hearing this but the OEM suspension on 03s is GREAT for street driving.

You'd be better off participating in a few HPDEs. THEN and ONLY then (i assume you're not an expert or you'd have mentioned it) will you know what you need in re suspension for your goal(s).

There are many other benefits to spending a few hundred bux on assorted track days .... trust me .... you'll thank me vociferously for it.

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[snip]My goal is to have a nice handling car
Just occurred to me: You should already have a "nice handling car." If you meant otherwise .... we need to explore the probs.

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that does not squeak
Your OEM suspension shouldn't "squeak." A properly set up street and/or non-extreme HPDE suspension shouldn't "squeak" either.

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with the firmer ride.
You may WANT a "firmer ride" but you, IMHO, don't NEED it.

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I am riding on 19"
I also. I decided to give up some handling for looks. [chuckle] YMMV!

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Works too.
I don't understand the above remark. Clarification please? TIA.

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Well thanks for all the feedback.

What I meant were Work Vs-XX wheels. Since driving my car for over the last week in Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and right now in NYC I kind of think the firmess on the stock suspension is plenty stiff. The Ground Controls I have are on back order and will not be ready until May. Maybe I should rethink my needs.

The one thing that I really don't want is putting on aftermarket 19's and having too much wheel gap. So I figured I would get dual adjustables coilovers to lower the ride a little and have the ability to soften the ride when I know my fiance will be in in for long durations.

The car right now is great but I could use a little less leaning on the turns.
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