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chmiel21 07-23-2010 05:37 PM

Slapping springs on oem struts
 
Hey guys sorry for the noobish question! I am looking to drop my car a bit. I will be buying more than likely 18 inch wheels in the spring when i pull my car back out of storage (Maybe 19). I have no idea what my suspension set up on the car is now as i only picked it up about a month ago. I want to drop a little bit but have to be careful because i have a pretty damn steep driveway back home...

Assuming these are OEM shocks be it sport or non-sport, can i just buy the Koni sport springs and put those on?

Here is a pic of my car if anyone can tell what I have from that. I'll have to go to my buddies and check them out this weekend.



Thanks :thumbup:

Edison@JleviSW 07-23-2010 06:05 PM

You can purchase a set of H&R Sport, Race or Eibach Pro Kit springs to install on your car however I do recommend replacing the shocks depending on the current mileage. The stock shocks will fail sooner with the stiffer aftermarket springs so it is worth it to replace the shocks at the same time to save on labor.

The best option IMO is the H&R Cup Kit which is a matched spring and shock set that replaces both the factory spring and shocks. That way you get a complete suspension upgrade and replace the springs and shocks with a matched set that is designed to work together.

chmiel21 08-01-2010 12:11 AM

Thanks for the input! I have read up a little more and either H&R cup kit sounds good or also i am kind of drawn to the Koni Yellows with H & R sport springs.. I would get more drop with the second option yellows + H&R Sport, correct?

BMW_Matt 08-01-2010 01:23 PM

Just get Tein springs and drop it.

e46techtuner 08-01-2010 01:37 PM

The rear shocks will start to leak eventually with or without aftermarker springs. I would get springs and shocks/struts because your going to have everything out...you might as well.

TrickTizzle 08-01-2010 02:02 PM

I'm running Eibach springs on OE shocks

chmiel21 08-01-2010 04:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by e46techtuner (Post 12063522)
The rear shocks will start to leak eventually with or without aftermarker springs. I would get springs and shocks/struts because your going to have everything out...you might as well.

True. I read up a little last night and decided i will be doing both at the same time..

Now I just have to pick which setup to go with.

Quote:

Originally Posted by TrickTizzle (Post 12063599)
I'm running Eibach springs on OE shocks

I like the height! Something to consider, thanks. :thumbup:

Au2bahn 08-01-2010 04:57 PM

UUC v2 Springs.

xchromex 08-01-2010 04:58 PM

Not to steal your thread but....

What is the difference between Cup Kit and Coilovers?

chmiel21 08-01-2010 04:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by xchromex (Post 12064040)
Not to steal your thread but....

What is the difference between Cup Kit and Coilovers?

Good question, i am not too sure myself. I do belive cup kit is a cheaper alternative just non-adjustable? Correct me if i am wrong!

beamah 08-01-2010 05:44 PM

I believe the cup kit is just non-adjustable H&R's springs and shock combo. where as a coilover is a full sleeve coilover that has perches and is adjustable.

BMW_Matt 08-01-2010 05:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by xchromex (Post 12064040)
Not to steal your thread but....

What is the difference between Cup Kit and Coilovers?

A LOT. For starters, coilover's are height adjustable at a minimum.

dpbim330 08-02-2010 12:32 PM

whats a good coilover brand thats not to expensive for a 2001 330i?

Edison@JleviSW 08-02-2010 12:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by xchromex (Post 12064040)
Not to steal your thread but....

What is the difference between Cup Kit and Coilovers?

The Cup Kit is H&R's version of a matched spring and shock combo. These are non adjustable and ideal if you want to upgrade the springs and shocks without going to a full coilover setup.

Quote:

Originally Posted by dpbim330 (Post 12067283)
whats a good coilover brand thats not to expensive for a 2001 330i?

KW V1s are very well priced for these cars.

dpbim330 08-02-2010 12:43 PM

what about raceland?

Edison@JleviSW 08-02-2010 12:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dpbim330 (Post 12067337)
what about raceland?

Read up: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=748286

Au2bahn 08-02-2010 01:56 PM

I have used UUC v2 for sale if interested

BMW_Matt 08-02-2010 01:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dpbim330 (Post 12067283)
whats a good coilover brand thats not to expensive for a 2001 330i?

How much do you consider, "not that expensive?"

J_D_III 09-25-2010 07:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nick@Jlevi SW (Post 12030073)
You can purchase a set of H&R Sport, Race or Eibach Pro Kit springs to install on your car however I do recommend replacing the shocks depending on the current mileage. The stock shocks will fail sooner with the stiffer aftermarket springs so it is worth it to replace the shocks at the same time to save on labor.

The best option IMO is the H&R Cup Kit which is a matched spring and shock set that replaces both the factory spring and shocks. That way you get a complete suspension upgrade and replace the springs and shocks with a matched set that is designed to work together.

At what current mileage should the shocks be replaced if you are getting aftermarket springs?:hmm:

J_D_III 09-25-2010 07:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TrickTizzle (Post 12063599)
I'm running Eibach springs on OE shocks

Do you have the sport suspension and what size rims and tires? I like the height your car is sitting at. Very Nice bro:thumbup:


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