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Old 02-05-2010, 02:01 AM   #1
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H&R spring question?

I am looking to lower my car. I have a 2001 BMW 330Ci Vert with sport suspension. If I purchase H&R springs, will they drastically lower the life of my stock shocks? If so how much life can I get out of my shocks? How will I know if my shocks are blown, and how much are new ones? Thanks.
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Old 02-05-2010, 02:06 AM   #2
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Depends on how and where you drive. How big are your rims? I dont know for sure, but I think you would know if you had a blown shock (dads got a blown shock but dealer wont do anything about it. Go over a speed bump and the noise is horrible.)
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Old 02-05-2010, 02:09 AM   #3
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I have the same rims that are in your sig pic. Style 68 Staggered.
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Old 02-05-2010, 02:10 AM   #4
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I am looking to lower my car. I have a 2001 BMW 330Ci Vert with sport suspension. If I purchase H&R springs, will they drastically lower the life of my stock shocks? If so how much life can I get out of my shocks? How will I know if my shocks are blown, and how much are new ones? Thanks.
which type of H&R, the Sport or the Race? Race those babies are gonna get too much a work out. Sport should be good, although I recall the Cabrio is heavier and might have different part numbers than others.
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Old 02-05-2010, 02:14 AM   #5
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I was looking at the sport not the race. Any advice?
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Old 02-05-2010, 02:55 AM   #6
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So, If you have my rims... but on an '01.... do you have the sport package with the sport suspention?

With sport suspention youll drop .75 in the front and .25 in the back

With standard suspention youll drop 1.3 in the front and 1.0 in the back

according to Modbairgains. http://www.modbargains.com/_e/Suspension/product/HR_Sport_Springs_E46_PR/H_R_Sport_Springs_BMW_E46_3_Series_and_M3.htm

Dang, now I wanna drop my car lol.
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Old 02-05-2010, 03:08 AM   #7
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yeah i have the sport suspension. will they wear my stock shocks a lot faster?
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Old 02-05-2010, 03:18 AM   #8
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yes, your OEM shocks WILL wear out faster. Get a cup kit and call it a day.

EDIT: Just saw it's an '01. Assuming you still have original shocks, with lets say 100k+ miles; you will need new shocks pretty fast with after market springs.
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yes, your OEM shocks WILL wear out faster. Get a cup kit and call it a day.

EDIT: Just saw it's an '01. Assuming you still have original shocks, with lets say 100k+ miles; you will need new shocks pretty fast with after market springs.
And my '04 with 65k? Assuming original shocks (cause I have no idea)

Thinking about it, I just kinda want to go with an adjustable coil-over setup. That may be farther down the road for me. Maybe Stage 3 of my little "plan"
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And my '04 with 65k? Assuming original shocks (cause I have no idea)

Thinking about it, I just kinda want to go with an adjustable coil-over setup. That may be farther down the road for me. Maybe Stage 3 of my little "plan"
no idea, I'm just basing the assumption on my shocks which are original from the factory in '01. They are almost gone and if I put those springs on, I will need new shocks in a few weeks.
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Old 02-05-2010, 03:38 AM   #11
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what about the UUC tuned springs? it says those will not wear the shocks as much as other aftermarket springs will.
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Old 02-05-2010, 03:52 AM   #12
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what about the UUC tuned springs? it says those will not wear the shocks as much as other aftermarket springs will.
Unless the UUC springs are some sort of magic, I call shenanigans on the advertising
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Your original shocks are most likely ready for replacement anyway! So, lowering the car with stiffer springs and keeping the worn out shocks is not a good idea. Do springs and struts/shocks at the same time. If you haven't done arms and bushings now is also the time for those.
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Sorry dont mean to thread jack or anything, but how can you tell when your shocks are bad?
I have h&r sport springs with 123K (just to let ya know)
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Just get a cup kit and call it a day. I have an 02 330ci with 138k and just recently replaced the suspension with a touring cup kit. The shocks were def blown. It feels like a new car. BTW upgrade your rear shock mounts to rogue engineering. It's a must with any suspension upgrade. The stock ones will break (even if new). I found out the hard way.
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yes, your OEM shocks WILL wear out faster. Get a cup kit and call it a day.
The best advice. The H&R Cup Kit is the best bang for your buck and will save you on labor by swapping out the springs and shocks at the same time. Your factory shocks will wear sooner with just the springs so unless you want to replace the shocks later on, I suggest doing it at once.
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With a stock sport suspension setup H&R Sport spring will not substantially wear them out. As stated above, it will all depend on your driving style and location. Also if you are considering H&R race springs like said your shocks will be toast.

We have both available, however for your application I would recommend the H&R Sports.

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Sorry dont mean to thread jack or anything, but how can you tell when your shocks are bad?
I have h&r sport springs with 123K (just to let ya know)
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to the op. Good luck lowering your car!
You will notice the car continues to bounce and rebound after you have hit a bump. You can also press down on the trunk to see if the car pops back or is slow to rebound.
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