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Old 07-23-2010, 05:37 PM   #1
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Question 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.



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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.
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Old 08-01-2010, 12:11 AM   #3
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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?
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Old 08-01-2010, 01:23 PM   #4
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Just get Tein springs and drop it.
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Old 08-01-2010, 01:37 PM   #5
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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.
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I'm running Eibach springs on OE shocks
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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.

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I like the height! Something to consider, thanks.
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Not to steal your thread but....

What is the difference between Cup Kit and Coilovers?
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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!
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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.
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What is the difference between Cup Kit and Coilovers?
A LOT. For starters, coilover's are height adjustable at a minimum.
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whats a good coilover brand thats not to expensive for a 2001 330i?
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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.

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KW V1s are very well priced for these cars.
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Read up: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=748286
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How much do you consider, "not that expensive?"
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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?
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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
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