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Old 09-29-2010, 09:09 PM   #1
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Suspension Question

A little background, I'm and technician for BMW and MINI, so to deal with aftermarket suspension is very rare yet why im asking this question. Recently I was on Ocean City and it was H20 weekend saw lots of lowered VW's and Audi's. So now I want to lower my car a little bit more, I already have factory sport suspension. I've been looking at the H&R Cup Kit with sport springs, I want to know if anyone has these and do they like them. I really don't want to do a coilovers, I just want a little drop due to the car sits low enough already. I already plan to purchase camber correction kits with what ever kit I go with. Im also looking at getting some 18's(19's to big but might consider). On my old E36 I had UUC motorwerks tuned suspension set and like it, droped the car perfectly. Im even up for purchasing the sport spring set and then getting new shocks and struts to compensate for the spring rates.
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Old 09-30-2010, 12:32 PM   #2
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A little background, I'm and technician for BMW and MINI, so to deal with aftermarket suspension is very rare yet why im asking this question. Recently I was on Ocean City and it was H20 weekend saw lots of lowered VW's and Audi's.

So now I want to lower my car a little bit more, I already have factory sport suspension. I've been looking at the H&R Cup Kit with sport springs, I want to know if anyone has these and do they like them. I really don't want to do a coilovers, I just want a little drop due to the car sits low enough already.

I already plan to purchase camber correction kits with what ever kit I go with. Im also looking at getting some 18's(19's to big but might consider). On my old E36 I had UUC motorwerks tuned suspension set and like it, droped the car perfectly. Im even up for purchasing the sport spring set and then getting new shocks and struts to compensate for the spring rates.

You are on the right track with H&R Cup Kits! If you are looking to achieve a slight drop without sacrificing ride quality, your best bet will be the H&R Touring Cup Kit.

Unlike competitors spring and shock kits H&R Cup Kits are not merely a 'matched' spring and shock package but rather a specially engineered 'solution' with springs and shocks being engineered individually in every application.

This takes the guess work out of your spring and shock selection and provides you with an application specific precisely calibrated spring and shock set designed to deliver improved handling, uncompromisable ride comfort, and sleek styling in one precision engineered package.

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Sticking with what you know, known for their quality and finish we carry UUCs camber correction pieces as well.

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Thank you Joe, i will probably do that, cause the drop isn't to much lower but just right. now i do got one question, what wheel spacers do you recommend, i was thinking like 10mm or maybe even 15mm.
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would you recommend the sport or touring cup kit.
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would you recommend the sport or touring cup kit.
Depends on how much lower and stiffer you want to go. H&R has 3 sets of spring for the non-M E46, but used in 4 spring sets and 4 cup kits, so that gets kinda confusing, but the gist of it is that they have a low, lower, and lowest. 29485, 29484, and 50484-88 respectively being their part numbers.

If you look at their application guide on their website, you could probably figure out the rest of the details. You can put either sport package or non-sport package cupkits on your car, because those labels are mainly for advertising purposes.

My personal bit of input though, is that while the dampers that come with the H&R cupkits are a good value, they are also only so-so low-pressure twin-tube dampers like OEM, and you could get a good deal more performance and quality with not much more money going with some high-pressure mono-tube dampers like those of Koni's and Bilstein's Sport lines.
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Thank you Joe, i will probably do that, cause the drop isn't to much lower but just right. now i do got one question, what wheel spacers do you recommend, i was thinking like 10mm or maybe even 15mm.
The best way to understand which size spacer you need, is to simply measure from the top outside edge of your tire to the inner lip of you fender. This will give you the best idea on how much size you have to work with, and to decide on how much your wheels need spaced.

Once you know that let us know and I will be able to recommend which size will be the best fit for your application.

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would you recommend the sport or touring cup kit.
It really depends on your end goals, the sport will be stiffer and handle slightly better, and the touring will perform better then stock yet retain your ride quality.

Please let us know if you have any questions! Feel free to shoot me a PM or email.

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