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EdwardSkribLHndz 10-01-2012 08:32 AM

Best replacement for OEM shocks & struts?
Looking for best oem replacement, ride quality, comfort. Not coil overs.
I have Bilstein Sport with H&R springs. Love the handling, hate the bumps. Want to go back to oem feel.

2001 325xiT

LeMansteve 10-01-2012 10:02 AM

I'm replacing my shocks and struts with Sachs, per the Sachs part catalog. I believe at one point were or currently are the original shock/strut supplier to BMW. They should give you what you need, at a lower price than the Original BMW branded parts.


ZHPinthe103 10-01-2012 10:16 AM

Bilstein HDs with stock springs. pretty much stock feel/ride height

SpeedDemon 10-01-2012 11:32 AM

No question about it.... I've used pretty much every suspension setup that is available for the E46 and you hands-down want to get the Koni FSD struts and just use your H&R Springs with them.

EdwardSkribLHndz 10-01-2012 01:11 PM

Hmm, I've always heard bad about Koni.

SeanC 10-01-2012 01:18 PM

Koni Yellows.

scca_ziptie 10-01-2012 05:25 PM

Koni's are a good bang for the buck shock that will be close to factory feel. If you get Koni adjustable (top adjust) you can play with the damping to get a little more personalization/customization out of the driving experience.

erice46 10-01-2012 05:35 PM

How do the compare top hotchkis springs

Roach 10-02-2012 10:22 PM

Just put on the Koni FSDs with stock sport springs. Feels like stock only with slightly better control when cornering hard. Highly recommended.

SpeedDemon 10-04-2012 11:58 AM

FSD is not the same as other Konis. Read up and trust the guy who has had 4x E46s and has used every piece of suspension. /thread ;)

ZHPSteve 11-09-2012 03:36 PM

Would you also recommend these for a 330i ZHP? I have 120K Miles on what I think are the original shocks/springs so it's definately time to replace.

austin335i 11-21-2012 03:29 PM

I just installed Monroe OESpectrum front and rear. Feels softer than stock and doesn't control the rebound as well as stock. Probably a good choice for someone who doesn't know any better, seeing as they were affordable and readily available, but I would stick with koni str.t or FSD if you have the money.

boongsin12 11-21-2012 04:47 PM

I too am looking for OEM replacement for struts and shocks. I came across the Meyle brand struts and shocks and they are much lower in cost. Has anyone tried them? Seems like a good deal since Meyle is an OEM supplier.

SeanC 11-21-2012 06:23 PM

Since when Meyle is an OEM supplier?

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boongsin12 11-21-2012 06:43 PM


Originally Posted by SeanC (Post 14918234)
Since when Meyle is an OEM supplier?

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Oppps. I think I am incorrect. OE? manufacturer? right? :dunno:

SeanC 11-21-2012 09:31 PM

Meyle is an aftermarket supplier for BMW. Sachs is the OE brand for shocks.

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boongsin12 11-21-2012 09:43 PM

OK I understand now. But still want to know if anyone has used them.

Meyle shocks are around $40 from BMA parts

The struts are about $75 each also from BMA parts

I might also have a deal for Bilstein HD shocks and struts for $500. Should I get them or should I just go for stock sports suspension? I use my e46 as a daily.

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