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Old 01-12-2011, 07:53 PM   #1
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Lightbulb suspension question: undecided

Hi guys,
I am still deciding which suspension to go with... I gotta drop my car a few inches for sure,

any suggestions out there?

I have the sport suspension in my 323ci.

springs,coilovers, GC, shocks...


I want NO gap gotta be low at the front of course.

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Old 01-12-2011, 07:57 PM   #2
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Old 01-12-2011, 08:03 PM   #3
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performance isn't super important, just low?
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Old 01-12-2011, 08:10 PM   #4
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@ Snikwad: OK, coils..what brand?

@ Invictus: Performance is not THAT important but yeah. I would like the ride to be stiff. My friends s2k feels awesome.. I think hes got Koni yellow and Ground control.
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Old 01-12-2011, 08:12 PM   #5
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TCkilne, KW, Bilstein, HnR, GC, FK, BG... the usual.. id say thats a good order to go down too. personal rule for coils if it cost less than $500 new, id be hesitant to buy it.
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Old 01-12-2011, 08:15 PM   #6
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Whats your price range?

You options:

Lowering springs with stock shocks (wont last long...) (-1.1", -0.9") $200

Lowering springs with aftermarket sport shocks (-1.1", -0.9") $800

Cup kit (-1.5",-1.2") $650

Coilovers (adjustable, minimum -1" drop, max out around -3") starting at $1000 for Bilstein PSS, with lesser quality options available.
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Old 01-12-2011, 08:27 PM   #7
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Old 01-12-2011, 08:31 PM   #8
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Nice...
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hhhmmm... $500 max.

so what brand would you recommend?
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for $500, i suggest u hang tight and buy used coils like tien or FK or something, or add another $500 and get a new set of BGs, or FK, or Tien basics, or something since u want max low.
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Save up a bit more and go with a Cup kit.... but its not gonna ride like stock.
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Ok, I'll go with the cup kit.. which one tho? H&R race? or....
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Old 01-12-2011, 09:25 PM   #12
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I got Bilstein PSS9s on my sedan, and while it's definitely a rough ride (I don't happen to mind), the drop is awesome!
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Pss10s (the new pss9s) are pretty expencive though. Like $1700. There really more of a performanc coilover than a drop coilover.

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I'd grab the TrackSport kit from Turner Motorsport. Its about $1,100. Made by H&R. Tuned by TMS. Perfect setup IMO.
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yeah that's true, from the hard driving I have done, not much in this shiitty weather, this thing just whips around turns
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Old 01-12-2011, 11:28 PM   #16
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hhmm...... ok, nice. i am narrowin my preferences ....
H&R cup kit
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PSS9 MUCHO expensive
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i had/have cup kit... sport version, not touring, had to swap rear springs, wasnt low enough.
now i have tein s tech springs and bilstein sports on the back of my cupkit.
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Love my H&R cup kit sport. Perfect drop IMO. I did rub once i dropped it on 19's. Quick fender roll and its all good.
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Old 01-13-2011, 01:33 PM   #20
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ok, so I am going with the H R cup kit (sport or touring)?

anyone has this set up with pictures? before n after plz
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